News Briefs: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta ranked second in national contest

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta ranked second in national contest

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The results are in for the “Best Cultural Festival.” The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta came in second in the nation. USA Today held an online contest for fans to cast their votes. The balloon fiesta held on to the number two spot for weeks. It just couldn’t beat out the Texas Renaissance Festival with its jousts and court jesters. The Roswell UFO Festival, which was on the original list, didn’t break the top ten.

City honors employee for saving man’s life

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The city is recognizing one of their own for a rescue that was off the books. Last month, Captain Kevin O’Brien was driving home when he noticed a pick-up had clipped another car. As he was maneuvering around the wreck, he saw that the driver was slumped over the wheel and he knew something was wrong. O’Brien pulled the driver out of the pick-up and started CPR. A move that saved the man’s life. He recommends that you download the phone app “pulse point.” If you call 911 and tell them someone needs CPR he gets a notification if he’s close by.

Bike and Wine Tour in Corrales this weekend

CORRALES, N.M. (KRQE) – If you’re a bicyclist who likes wine there may a perfect pairing for you this weekend. The Corrales bike & wine tour is Saturday and Sunday. Participants will pedal through a 10-mile route that includes four wine tasting stops. The tour is aimed at helping people relax with riders going at their own pace. At the end of the route cyclists will be greeted by live music. Tickets are $8. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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