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Colorado Edition: Ballots And Balloons

Scott Franz
Capitol Coverage

Today on Colorado Edition: We'll talk about what issues will be on local ballots this year. Plus, an extended version of our conversation about the Balloon Boy hoax, 10 years later. 

Local Elections

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Yesterday, we brought you reporting about the two statewide ballot measures that Colorado voters will see this election: Proposition CC and Proposition DD. 

Today, we're going to dive into some of the local issues on ballots across Northern Colorado, issues that range from questions about marijuana to taxes. 

Kevin Bommer, executive director of the Colorado Municipal League joins us to break-down some of the local issues that will be on the ballot. 

Balloon Boy Hoax, 10 Years Later

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Colorado National Guard

Ten years ago today, a balloon that took off from Fort Collins captivated the nation.

After launching a weather balloon into the sky, Richard and Mayumi Heene were not able to track down their six-year-old son, Falcon. The concern was that he had climbed into the balloon before it took off. 

Authorities were called, and people around the country, and the world, watched the balloon fly south from Fort Collins. The balloon landed 12 miles from Denver International Airport, and when authorities approached it, the boy was nowhere to be found. As it turns out, Falcon was hiding in the attic above the family's garage the whole time. 

Robert Sanchez, a senior staff writer for 5280 Magazine and author of the article, "The Balloon Boy Hoax - Solved!" joined us to talk about the impact of the hoax, 10 years later. 

This is an extended version of the interview aired in the episode of Colorado Edition that was released on Wednesday, October 14

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman (@HWZimmerman), and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. Managing editor Brian Larson contributed to this episode. 

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a daily news magazine taking an in-depth look at the issues and culture of Northern Colorado. It's available on our website, as well as iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts

You can hear the show on KUNC's air, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m. 

Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.