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Colorado Edition: Amendment 78; historic landmark in Fort Collins

Alana Schreiber / KUNC
The house on 308 Cherry Street in 2021. It was once home to Virgil Thomas, the first known African American to graduate from a Fort Collins high school.

Election day is less than a week away, and Coloradans will soon be voting on a constitutional amendment that would dilute Gov. Jared Polis’ ability to spend emergency funding without input from state lawmakers. KUNC’s Scott Franz explains the ins and outs of Amendment 78.

At the end of September, the Fort Collins City Council voted to approve landmark designation for the house that was once home to Virgil Thomas. In 1940, Thomas became the first known African American to graduate from a Fort Collins high school. We talk to homeowner Kim Baker Medina and member of the Fort Collins BIPOC Alliance Core Team, Rahshida Perez, to learn more about elevating Black history in Northern Colorado.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and edited by Henry Zimmerman (@kombuchacowboy). Our production team includes Tess Novotny (@tess_novotny), Alana Schreiber (@ayyschreib) and Rae Solomon (@raedear1). KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. Web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. 

The mission of Colorado Edition is to deepen understanding of life in Northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It's available as a podcast on iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

You can hear the show on KUNC, Monday through Friday at 2:30 and at 6:30 p.m.

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. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a daily look at the stories, news, people and issues important to you. It's a window to the communities along the Colorado Rocky Mountains.