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Balloon Fiesta Security Heightened | The Line

Balloon Fiesta Security 3

September 27, 2019 – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will lift off in just over a week. Always one of the state’s biggest tourist draws, this year’s event will come with some pretty big security changes. Organizers have placed metal detectors at all of the public entrances to Balloon Fiesta Park. And undercover officers will be spread throughout the festivities. Host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists talk about if the clamp-down is too much, too little, or just right. They also debate whether the measures are a sign of the times.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Michael Bird, Public Health Consultant
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & KKOB
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Affirm


For Further Reading:
Balloon Fiesta Ramps Up SafetyAlbuquerque Journal

Public Safety Measures Announced for 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon FiestaBalloon Fiesta Website

Balloon Fiesta Security Facebook Live Q&ANew Mexico in Focus


The Line Top 10 Countdown: #2 Violent Crime In New Mexico

Top Stories of 2017 #2

December 29, 2017 – Number two on the list of the top ten stories of the year is the high rate of gun violence and violent crime across New Mexico. Homicides in Albuquerque are at their highest rate in recent history and even small New Mexico towns are not immune to violence, as the recent shootings in Aztec and Clovis show. Gene Grant and our panel of local journalists discuss these stories.

Line Panelists
Dan Boyd, capitol bureau chief, Albuquerque Journal
Matt Grubs, staff writer, Santa Fe Reporter
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial editor, The Santa Fe New Mexican