KRQE Newsfeed: Duplicate ballots, Possible penalties, Breezy and warm, Speaker accident, Zozobra balloon

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[1] Error leads to 452 duplicate absentee ballots being sent to Bernalillo County voters – As of Monday, nearly 16,000 absentee ballots were sent out to Bernalillo County residents, according to the county clerk’s office. Some voters received two ballots, for a total of 452 duplicates that were distributed. County Clerk Linda Stover said the duplicates came from an error involving their vendor they work with to mail out the ballots. The county clerk’s office says a notification letter was sent once they discovered the mistake. The letter guided voters on what to do if they received a duplicate. Any duplicate ballots that are turned in are thrown away.

[2] Spotlights on old ‘Bank of the West’ building keeping neighbors up at night – Owners of one of Albuquerque’s tallest buildings may be facing penalties after neighbors complained about massive flood lights on its roof. Residents around the former Bank of the West building, on Central and San Mateo, say the building has left on the flood lights and they are so bright it looks like the lights are on in their homes at night, even blocks away. After several complaints, the city says its given the owners a pre-criminal notice earlier this month for violating light pollution codes. If the lights are not turned off by Wednesday, the property owner will be fined $500 per day. If the fines reach $10,000 the city could place a lien on the property.

[3] Winds lightening through mid-week around New Mexico – The winds will pick back up this afternoon, but only to around 30 to 45 mph, with the highest of the wind staying in the mountains and eastern New Mexico. Skies will be mostly sunny across the state, with the exception of the far southeast plains and the northern mountains. The winds will lighten even more on Wednesday through Friday. Skies will stay mostly sunny and dry through Friday, and temperatures will be near normal.

[4] Audio structure falls on concertgoers at ‘Boots in the Park’ – Concertgoers packed Balloon Fiesta Park for the “Boots in the Park” country music show Saturday night. A 50 mph wind gust brought down a speaker tower that was surrounded by people. Two people were taken to the hospital with injuries according to an incident report by the private company who put on the concert. In a statement the city of Albuquerque said in part that the organizer is responsible for public safety measures.

[5] Zozobra hot air balloon design unveiled ahead of 100th anniversary – The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe, the City of Santa Fe, and the City of Albuquerque revealed the design of the Zozobra hot air balloon. The balloon will feature Zozobra in full body form and is 135 feet tall. This year’s Balloon Fiesta will run from October 5 – 13. The 100th burning of Zozobra will take place on August 30.

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