Photo: Jicarita Peak

December 4th, 2013 at 2:23 pm by under Photos
Photo by John T. Denne submitted via Report It!

Photo by John T. Denne submitted via Report It!


Photo: Governor Health Care Press Conference

November 13th, 2013 at 10:46 am by under Photos

Photo by photojournalist Bob Thomas: Governor Susana Martinez held a health care press conference Wednesday.


Photos: NM same-sex hearing

October 23rd, 2013 at 8:26 am by under Latest Posts, Photos
Photo by Bob Thomas (KRQE)

Photo by Bob Thomas (KRQE)

Photo by Crystal Gutierrez (KRQE)

Photo by Crystal Gutierrez (KRQE)

Sunday at Balloon Fiesta

October 6th, 2013 at 5:14 am by under Latest Posts, Photos

9:00 am Thanks for joining us this morning for another beautiful day at Balloon Fiesta. Events today include wood carving contest and the Gas Balloon race launch at noon-2pm. There will be another balloon glow Sunday night as well.  We’ll be live blogging all week.


8:50 am A princess coach balloon inflates on field.


8:44 am The Bees take off


8: 23 am Heading out into the field now for some more photos for our photo gallery later this morning….

8:20 am Balloons over the museum


8:08 am It’s time for Darth Vader Balloon to lift off


8:00 am The Butterfly balloon takes off


7:54 am Here is some quick video from the field

7:51 am The Stage Coach takes the stage during lift-off.


7:44 am Creamland “Airabelle” Hot Air Balloon deflates and the crowd lets out a disappointed cry.

7:34 am Sunrise hits balloon field


7:27 am 550 balloons this year. On the weekends the park can expect anywhere from 50,000 to 80,000 people


7:25 am Balloons take to the air in the first wave


7:21 am Dean and Jess talk about the Gas Balloon race that will take place later this afternoon


7:16 am First wave of balloons take off


6:40am Mass Ascension is a go this morning, there is no Albuquerque Box today. Today is Purple Sunday. Pilots will be posting purple ribbons on their baskets as a memorial to those balloonist who passed away this year.



Yesterday’s oldest pilot is 90 years old.  Later today the Gas Balloons will take off; there are five this year.


6:11am Pilot briefing lights up


6:00am Matt and chief photog set up for morning live shot at the Balloon Fiesta park.


5:30 am @mattatkrqe We’re on the quest for the best breakfast burrito at @balloonfiesta park! What’s your favorite? #ABQ #BalloonFiesta #Yum

5:10 am Welcome to the second day of the 42nd annual Balloon Fiesta Enchanted Sunrise!  Weather at the park is slightly warmer than yesterday and very little winds.

  • Current Temp: 42°
  • Dew Point: 20°
  • Relative Humidity: 44%
  • Wind Chill: 42°
  • Wind: 0 SSE
  • Wind Gusts: 8 mph
  • Pressure: 30.25″
  • Today Precip: 0.00″
Join Dean and Jess this morning for mass ascension today!

Day 1 at Balloon Fiesta

October 5th, 2013 at 5:36 am by under Latest Posts, Photos

Thanks for joining us online this morning. Later today there is the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race Inflation at 2:00pm and this evening a Balloon Glow. Join us again tomorrow for more coverage of the 2013 Balloon Fiesta.


8:49 am Spider Pig and the famous Bee’s are inflating on the field.

8:41 am Angry Bird and the Humming Bird make their debut at the Balloon Fiesta


8:33 am Darth Vader makes his way across Albuquerque skies


8:26 am Creamland “Airabelle” inflates and the crowd roars with loud cheers


8:24 It’s time for lift-off with the clock balloon, called Tick-Tock


8:17 am The sky fills with balloons on a clear morning in Albuquerque


8:09 am Angry Birds balloon is on the field


7:55 am Special shapes take to the air. A fan favorite is the Zebra balloon


7:45 am Jill Lane with special guest Travelin’ Jack, New Mexico’s Roving Bulldog Reporter join us at Balloon Fiesta


7:40 am Humpty Dumpty lifts off


7:32 am John Garcia New Mexico Economic Development joins Matt and Kristen on set


7:28 am Balloons begin to inflate on field. There  is a large crowd this morning on the field.


7:12 am @krqe13katie Doesn’t get more #newmexico than this! Balloons dot a beautiful sunrise #abq #balloonfiesta

7:09 am. Balloon Fiesta ascension is at pilot’s discretion. The flag on the field is green.

7:03am Green Flag is up and waving in the wind.  The surface winds are about 5 knots. There is no Albuquerque Box this morning and there is a drainage wind. Balloons flying will be heading downtown and towards the Sunport.

6:55 am Dawn Patrol takes off


6:40 am No launch as of yet. waiting on dawn patrol to get a better reading. pilots will go to their spots and will know if mass ascension from the field. If there is no launch this morning there will be static display.

6:10am Conditions aloft aren’t looking too favorable but we’ll find out more shortly. 9,000ft above sea level or about 4,000ft above ABQ winds are 19 knots.


6:00am There is only a slight breeze this morning at the pilot briefing tower.


5:40am Heading to pilot briefing shortly.  Crews at the KRQE News 13 set are preparing for our live show this morning.

The first day of Balloon Fiesta has arrived! Its the 42nd year and we are all hoping for an Enchanted Sunrise.

Traffic is the big item at this point and there are a lot more people at the park early this year than we have ever seen.