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‘Balloon Boy’ Falcon Heene Found Alive at Home

October 15, 2009

The story finally comes to a happy ending! It seems Falcon Heene was scared and had been hiding in either his attic or garage the whole time as the story played itself out on national television.

From CNN:

The 6-year-old Colorado boy who is believed to have set adrift a helium balloon Thursday, prompting ground and air searches, has been found alive, authorities said.

He was found in a box in the attic at his family’s Fort Collins home, according to authorities.

From the New York Times:

The 6-year boy, Falcon Heene, was just found alive, according to reporter Dan Frosch, who is at the boy’s house in Fort Collins, Colo. A Larimer County Sheriff’s deputy said that he was found in a box in the family’s garage.


A 6-year-old boy was found alive at home Thursday, sheriff’s officials said, hours after the runaway flight of an experimental balloon riveted the nation and led to a frantic search for the child, who was feared to have fallen from the craft.

The news that the boy was safe came during a live press conference with Larimer County Sheriff’s Office officials.

A family’s runaway experimental balloon aircraft crash-landed in a field Thursday about two hours after floating away from home, but there was no sign of a 6-year-old boy.


Experimental Balloon Lands…No One Inside

October 15, 2009

A runaway balloon has touched down after a 6-year-old boy untied it from his family home in Fort Collins, Colorado.

From CNN:

The boy was not inside the helium aircraft when it landed, CNN affiliate KMGH reported.

A sibling saw the boy get into the craft Thursday morning. Officials were concerned that the boy may have fallen out of it, an undersheriff said.

Margie Martinez of the Weld County Sheriff’s Office said a sibling saw Falcon Heene climb into the basket before the balloon took off from his parents’ Fort Collins, Colorado home.

Since the door on the balloon was unlocked, it’s possible the boy had fallen out, Martinez said.

The balloon appeared to be a saucer-shaped, Mylar-coated helium balloon, similar to a party balloon. The craft was drifting eastward, authorities said.


A family’s runaway experimental balloon aircraft crash-landed after floating away from home, but there was no sign of a 6-year-old boy authorities thought had been inside.

The bizarre scene played out live on television. The balloon rotated slowly in the wind, tipping precariously at times several hundred to several thousand feet in the air, before coming down in a field.

Rescuers rushed to the scene but found no sign of the boy.

Six Year Old Floats Away in Experimental Helium Balloon

October 15, 2009

UPDATE #2: Falcon Heene found alive hiding in a box in his attic. Follow this link for details.

UPDATE: CNN is reporting that the balloon was found empty. Reports are also saying that it turns out that the family was on the reality television series Wife Swap.

From CNN:

The boy was not inside the helium aircraft when it landed, CNN affiliate KMGH reported.

A sibling saw the boy get into the craft Thursday morning. Officials were concerned that the boy may have fallen out of it, an undersheriff said.

Margie Martinez of the Weld County Sheriff’s Office said a sibling saw Falcon Heene climb into the basket before the balloon took off from his parents’ Fort Collins, Colorado home.

Since the door on the balloon was unlocked, it’s possible the boy had fallen out, Martinez said.


A 6-year-old boy climbed into a homemade balloon aircraft and floated away today, forcing officials to scramble to figure out how to rescue the boy. We’ve been watching this on TV on KGW out of Portland, Oregon, and I can only imagine how scared the parents are at this time!

Credit: KUSA

Credit: KUSA

They’re saying it’s 7-10,000 feet in the air. The temperature must be below freezing and the child must be getting bounced around. CNN said that the boy climbed in through a door. I really hope that he doesn’t attempt to climb back out. It also appears that the balloon is deflating. Any idea how fast it is going? It looks to be a pretty high speed.

From KMGH:

The balloon, in the shape of a flying saucer is covered in foil and filled with helium. The craft’s dimensions are 20-feet across and 5-feet high. It has a compartment for a passenger underneath. It lifted the boy into the air near Fort Collins Thursday morning after the balloon became unhooked at the boy’s home.

“We were sitting eating, out looking where they normally shoot off hot air balloons. My husband said he saw something. It went over our rooftop. Then we saw the big round balloonish thing, it was spinning,” said neighbor Lisa Eklund.

Airtracker 7 located the craft at 12:35 p.m. at about 8,000 feet in Weld County. It appeared to be slightly tilted. The altitude of the balloon was fluctuating between 7,500 and 8,500 feet.

Skies in the area are partly cloudy and southwest wind speeds are 15 to 20 miles per hour.

“It is believed the device could rise to 10,000 feet,” said Eloise Campanella, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

From the Associated Press:

Live footage from a local TV helicopter showed the balloon gliding quickly through the air.

Larimer County sheriff’s spokeswoman Eloise Campanella says the device, which is shaped like a flying saucer, has the potential to rise to 10,000 feet. Sheriff’s officials last saw the device floating south of Milliken, which is about 40 miles north of Denver.

Campanella says the 6-year-old climbed into the access door and was in the airborne device.

FAA spokesman Mike Fergus says the agency has been notified and it was unclear whether traffic controllers had picked it up on radar.

From CNN:

The boy’s family had been building the experimental aircraft at their home on Fossil Ridge Road in Fort Collins, CNN affiliate KUSA reported.

The family has described the structure as a a dome-shaped “homemade flying saucer,” Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Kathy Davis said.

“We’re trying to determine the best course of action,” Davis said. “This is a first and we’ll do what we need to do.”

Plane Bursts Into Flames on Denver Runway

December 21, 2008

The plane was bound for Houston, carrying 112 passengers and crewmembers when it crashed shortly after 6 p.m. last night.

From the  Denver Post:

Denver International Airport spokesman Jeff Green said on 9News today that the total number of people injured last night was 58, 20 higher than originally reported after an airport runway accident.

Two of those on board Continental flight 1404 are in critical condition this morning. Others received mostly bumps, bruises and broken bones as they evacuated the plane which had skidded off a runway at Denver International Airport on takeoff. The Boeing 737-500 ended up in a ravine and burst into flames, with the plane’s entire right side engulfed.

Relatives and friends of those traveling on flight 1404 who need information about those on board may telephone Continental at (800) 621-3263 or go to

Blockbuster By the Bay: Oakland A’s Finalizing Deal for Matt Holliday

November 11, 2008

Could it be true? Are the Oakland A’s about to trade for Matt Holliday? If they do, this would be a blockbuster pulled off by Billy Beane!

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

The A’s are working to complete a trade with the Rockies that would bring Matt Holliday to Oakland in exchange for reliever Huston Street, starter Greg Smith and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, major-league sources said Monday.

Smith confirmed Monday that he is flying to Denver for a physical in the next day or two.

“I don’t know how official everything is,” Smith said. “All I know is I’ve been called, and I’m flying to Denver probably tomorrow.”

He emphasized he does not know any details about other players who might be involved in a deal.

Holliday, a 28-year-old outfielder hit .321 last season, with 25 home runs. He’s a career .319 hitter.

Holliday has just one year left on his contract, for $13.5 million. A source said extending Holliday’s contract is not part of the deal. Holliday’s agent is Scott Boras, who is well-known for driving hard bargains.

Street, 25, has been an A’s closer for four seasons, posting save totals of, in chronological order, 23, 37, 16 and, in 2008, 18. He was affected by injuries the past two seasons and was replaced by Brad Ziegler as the closer for the final months of last season, when Street’s last save was July 27.

Gonzalez, 22, came into the 2008 season as the A’s most touted prospect. He played 85 games for Oakland, hitting .242 with 22 doubles and four home runs. His on-base percentage was .273.

From Fox Sports:

Over the weekend, the teams discussed A’s outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, left-hander Greg Smith and reliever Huston Street, according to one source, but it is not known if any or all of those players will be included in the package for Holliday.

Gonzalez and Smith are two of the six players that the A’s acquired from the Diamondbacks last offseason for right-hander Dan Haren and minor-league pitcher Connor Robertson.

“Talks are continuing. They’re very fluid and at this point, everything’s speculation,” Rockies spokesman Jay Alves told The Associated Press, speaking on behalf of general manager Dan O’Dowd.

Oakland owner Lew Wolff, attending a regional luncheon of Associated Press Sports Editors, wouldn’t confirm or deny a trade but said he had already spoken with general manager Billy Beane three times on Monday.

“Billy’s doing different things right now,” Wolff told AP.

Holliday will earn $13.5 million in 2009, then become a free agent.

The A’s are not acquiring him with the intention of flipping him or even trading him in July. The team is in position to increase its payroll to as much as $80 million, and plans to contend next season.

John McCain Vows to Bring Change to Washington

September 5, 2008

John McCain is preparing to give the biggest speech of his political career. With polls indicating a close race between McCain and Obama, the outcome will likely be decided in scattered swing states in the Midwest and the Southwest. McCain hopes to reach out to many of these voters tonight at the Republican National Convention with a speech which will discuss changes in Washington.


Credit: Reuters

From the Associated Press:

John McCain, a POW turned political rebel, vowed Thursday night to vanquish the “constant partisan rancor” plaguing the nation as he launched his fall campaign for the White House. “Change is coming” to Washington, he promised the Republican National Convention.

“I will reach out my hand to anyone to help me get this country moving again,” McCain said in remarks prepared for the a prime time address. “I have that record and the scars to prove it. Senator Obama does not,” he said of his rival for the White House, Sen. Barack Obama.

McCain also invoked the five years he spent in a North Vietnamese prison. “I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s,” he said. “I was never the same again. I wasn’t my own man anymore. I was my country’s.”

McCain’s speech was the highlight of the final night of the party convention, but before he took the podium, delegates unanimously awarded the vice presidential nomination to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. She is the first female ticketmate in Republican history.

McCain, 72 and campaigning to become the oldest first-term president in history, faced a delicate assignment as he formally accepted his party’s presidential nomination: presenting his credentials as a reformer willing to take on his own party and stressing his independence from an unpopular President Bush.

He and Palin were departing their convention city immediately after the Arizona senator‘s acceptance speech, bound for Wisconsin and an early start on the final weeks of the White House campaign.

Palin has been the object of intense scrutiny since McCain tapped her as his running mate last week. “I’m very proud to have introduced our next vice president to the country,” he said. “But I can’t wait until I introduce her to Washington.”

The last night of the McCain-Palin convention also marked the end of an intensive stretch of politics with the potential to reshape the race. Democrats held their own convention last week in Denver, nominating Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden as running mate for Obama, whose own acceptance speech drew an estimated 84,000 partisans to an outdoor football stadium.

Barack Obama Accepts Presidential Nomination

August 29, 2008

Barack Obama has officially accepted the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States and in his acceptance speech, declared that the “American promise has been threatened” by eight years under President Bush. He also made it clear that John McCain represented a continuation of the Bush presidency which undermined the nation’s economy and discredited our standing around the world.

Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Credit: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

From the New York Times:

The speech by Senator Obama of Illinois — in front of an audience of nearly 80,000 people on a warm night in a football stadium refashioned into a vast political stage for television viewers — left little doubt of how he intended to press his campaign against Mr. McCain this fall. And he linked Mr. McCain to what he described as the “failed presidency of George W. Bush” in cutting language that seemed intended to reassure nervous Democrats that he had the spine to take on what has proven this summer to be a scrappy Republican opponent.

“The record’s clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush 90 percent of the time,” Mr. Obama said. “Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush was right more than 90 percent of the time? I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to take a 10 percent chance on change.”

“America, we are better than these last eight years,” he said. “We are a better country than this.”

The speech by Mr. Obama loomed as arguably the most important of his campaign to date. It was an opportunity to present himself to Americans who were just now beginning to tune in on this campaign, to make the case against Mr. McCain and to offer what many Democrat said he has failed to offer to date: a idea of what Mr. Obama stood for, beyond a promise of change.

With his speech, Mr. Obama closed out his party’s convention here and prepared for a quick shift of public attention to Republicans as Mr. McCain names his running-mate on Friday and his party begins its convention in St. Paul, Minn., on Monday.