hot-air balloons


V.21 No.40 | 10/4/2012

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The Last Frontier of Free Viewing

By Sarah Bonneau
The Alibi reveals some secret spots for taking in the Balloon Fiesta.

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The Fiesta Proper

Where to go, when to be there and what you’ll pay.

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V.20 No.39 | 9/29/2011

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Balloon Fiesta 2011

By Elise Kaplan

The breakfast burritos are warm. The air is crisp. And the coffee is strong enough to keep everyone awake for the Dawn Patrol. Saturday, Oct. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 9, hot-air balloon pilots will take to the skies for Albuquerque's most iconic event.

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Ballooney Tomes

New works inflate the fiesta

By Sam Adams

Park Van Tassell and Sid Cutter aren’t household names to most of us. But to the ballooning community they ring bells like, say, DiMaggio and Jordan. With the 40th Albuquerque International Balloon Festival on the horizon, two books tell how these figures helped develop ballooning in the Duke City—along with insider views into the mechanics, history and evolution of this wildly popular event.

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Remembering Sid Cutter

By Elise Kaplan

Forty years after Sid Cutter founded the Balloon Fiesta, 555 balloons will grace the sky in his honor. This year's event is dedicated to Cutter, 77, who died in May from stomach cancer, and includes airborne tributes to the Albuquerque balloonist who started it all.

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news

The Daily Word 09.30.10: Un-naked Santa Fe, Ochocinco Os, Color Me Badd

Apartment fire kills a baby.

Albuquerque balloonists missing in Italy.

For all his talk of government spending, Jon Barela's company sure does like those film tax rebates.

Santa Fe stiffens its nudity law to prevent another World Naked Bike Ride.

A distant, Earth-like planet that may have life.

Canada's throwing out its anti-prostitution laws.

Drivers text anyway.

Tony Curtis died.

Lobo Club won't spend donations to buyout (fire) Locksley.

Chad Ochocinco cereal box accidentally advertises a sex-talk phone number.

Obama likes Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity.

AIG says it's totally going to pay us back.

The men of Color Me Badd tell their story.

It's OK to vote against stuff.

Does gargling salt water help anything?

V.19 No.39 | 9/30/2010
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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The Fractal Man's Amazing Homegrown Flying Machine!

Mathematician has airborne art down to a science

By Marisa Demarco

All balloonists think they fly the most beautiful thing in the sky, says Jonathan Wolfe. "And they're wrong," he laughs.

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