Day trip: Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Courtesy photo Gabriel Monte Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum • Location: 9201 Balloon Museum Drive Northeast, Albuquerque. • What activities can you enjoy at this location: The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum presents the development of ballooning through historic, scientific and artistic objects reflecting worldwide achievements in this field. The museum offers interactive and hands-on […]

Education column: Students going green with conservation programs

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools Ever had cookies baked in a solar oven? How about cooking your own solar personal pan pizza? Students in the Clovis Municipal Schools have. The CMS Energy Program and other energy conservation projects headed up by our own Mike Thomson, district energy manager for Clovis Schools, are teaching students about […]

AFRCC airmen respond to balloon chase in Colorado

American Forces Press Service TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Air Force Rescue Coordination Center personnel here responded to calls for assistance when a hot air balloon, believed to be ‘piloted’ by a 6-year-old boy, broke free from its tethers and flew haphazardly through the skies near Denver Oct. 15 At approximately 1:25 p.m. Central […]

ENMU sponsors hot air balloon

By Celena Cordova, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University wants fiesta-goers to see its message about tuition costs is powered by hot air, not full of it. “Avoid Soaring Tuition” was chosen as the slogan for the university’s hot air balloon at the 2008 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Fiesta goers will have the opportunity […]

NASA weather balloon crashes

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Freedom Newspapers: Chelle Delaney John Winter inspects the snow drift-like remains of a NASA research balloon that descended northeast of San Jon Wednesday. By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A NASA weather balloon the size of a skyscraper crashed Wednesday about 18 miles northeast of San Jon. Launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Fort […]

Dear readers: Rock on, but I’m not that old

By Ned Cantwell You just know it is not going to be a fun morning when you click the “in box” and the subject line of the very first e-mail says, “Your article sucks.” Worse than that, there comes a time when you long for the day when the governor’s office ignored you. It took […]

Balloon ride has controlled crash landing

By Don McAlavy, Local Columnist Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was published in last Sunday’s Lifestyles section. We were about to land, and were low on fuel. We had taken the ‘wind blows’ route while the chase crew (our rescue crew) had to stay on the […]

My daughter had wild balloon ride in Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. The second part will be published in next Sunday’s Lifestyles section. Clovis is not the best place to have a hot air balloon fiesta, but that is just what Clovis did from 1980 through 1986. You never know what the […]

Amos goes to new mouse city

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ correspondent Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.   Of late, Amos has become obsessed with the thought of missions. One day, he walked across […]

Balloon show to take place as scheduled

CNJ staff Two hot air balloon shows were canceled Saturday due to weather, but this morning’s ascension will go off as scheduled, weather permitting of course. The Bank of Clovis Balloon Jamboree balloon ascension at a site north of the Plains Regional Medical Center is slated for 6 a.m. this morning. Saturday morning’s launch was […]

Novelty, regular balloons will dot Clovis sky during second annual Pioneer Baloon Jubilee

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Alamogordo residents Terry and Mary Jo Drake began hot-air ballooning in 1991 and began offering balloon rides to students at the New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped, in Alamogordo, in 1993. But, they were never able to get one boy, who had some physical handicaps besides being visually […]

Objections to toy commercial are gross overreactions

Freedom Newspapers We are continually amazed at the tactics proponents of zero-tolerance policies, especially concerning drug use, will use to bolster their arguments. The latest in the ongoing battle comes from, of all things, a television commercial for a toy store. The Toys “R” Us commercial features the company’s mascot, a talking giraffe named Geoffrey, […]

Balloon race drifts near Clovis/Cannon

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Balloon racers participating in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta lifted off from Balloon Fiesta Park Saturday. Courtesy photo. STAFF & WIRE REPORTS Military officials were trying to contact a balloon team participating in the America’s Challenge cross-country gas balloon race Monday to prevent the balloon from encroaching into restricted air space, said a local airport […]

Positive Altitude

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As one of New Mexico’s premier tourist attractions, The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta played host last year to an estimated 850,000 spectators. Courtesy photo. By Helena Rodriguez What: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta When: Begins at 5:45 a.m. Saturday Where: Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque Approximately 750 colorful, hot-air balloons, in a wide array of shapes and […]

High tech comes to Wild West

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Roger Hendershot, left, and Richard Lueb, right, both with the National Center of Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., work on a Cryogenic Whole Air machine launched from Fort Sumner. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina FORT SUMNER — The city is best known for Billy the Kid’s grave and historical memorabilia of […]

Color them gone

Janet Bresenham His balloon is called “Ajuua Dreamer.” Tom Gardner of Albuquerque explains: “One time when we were in El Paso, we met some ladies from Juarez who made a toast by saying ‘Ajuua’ and they said it referred to a circle of friends and a circle of good cheer,” Gardner said. “Balloonists are very […]

Ballooning an uplifting experience

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By Janet Bresenham When it comes to hot air ballooning, it’s all about the wind. How fast it’s blowing on the ground. How much speed it gathers climbing to higher altitudes. How fast it could carry a balloon. How much balloon enthusiasts wish it would calm down long enough to lift aloft and assure a […]

Pioneer Days celebration takes to the skies

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Airabelle the Cow, a heifer-shaped balloon sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Farmers, will be one of many balloons launching Saturday. By Janet Bresenham When 31 hot air balloons get ready to launch from Clovis on Saturday morning, John Sando hopes he will be aboard a special one named “The Desert Dancer.” “That would be awesome,” […]

Couple picks interesting wedding

CNJ Staff Daniel Hackett and Jill Chandler of Portales will make themselves part of Clovis’ Pioneer Days in a special way Sunday — they plan to get married during one of the balloon launches scheduled for the celebration. Hackett, a graphic designer at the Portales News-Tribune, said he and his fiancee will exchange vows at […]

Pioneer Days Celebration will feature traditional rodeo

By Gary Mitchell Airabelle the Cow and her friends plan to crash the 33rd annual Pioneer Days party this year — and add a whole new dimension to the event. Airabelle, an 80-foot-tall by 120-foot-wide balloon shaped like a dairy cow, will lead the charge of more than 30 hot-air balloons during the Pioneer Balloon […]