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Eye On Boise Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic archive

FRIDAY, SEPT. 4, 2015

Hot-air balloons over Boise on Friday, Sept. 3, 2015 (Betsy Z. Russell photo)

Balloons are back over Boise...

At least two dozen brightly colored hot-air balloons filled the sky over downtown Boise this morning, as the annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic kicked into gear. Yesterday’s launch was canceled due to high gusty winds 300 feet above the ground, but today’s conditions were...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 30, 2013

Hot-air balloons over Ann Morrison Park in Boise, as part of the 22nd Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic on Friday morning. The balloon launches will continue each morning through the weekend. (Betsy Russell)

Balloons over Boise...

After adverse weather conditions halted the balloon launches two days in a row, this morning’s mass balloon launch from Ann Morrison Park for the “Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic” was a sight to see. Dozens of brightly colored balloons rose from the park; some drifted...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2012

Hot-air balloons rise in smoky skies over Boise on Thursday, in the 2012 Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. (Betsy Russell)

Balloons launch into smoky skies over Boise 

The brightly colored hot-air balloons rising over Boise this morning are still a pretty sight, but the view is marred this year by the wildfire smoke that's been plaguing our air all month. The Idaho DEQ predicts air quality in the "moderate," or yellow category...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29, 2012

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011

Hot-air balloons launch from Boise's Ann Morrison Park for the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, which runs through Sunday (Betsy Russell)

Balloon rally fills Boise skies with color 

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on this weekend's "Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic," which is filling the skies over Idaho's capital city each morning with colorful hot-air balloons. The allure of hot-air ballooning: “It's calm and exhilarating and serene, all at...

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One hot-air balloon lifts off as others inflate at Ann Morrison Park in Boise, as part of the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. (Betsy Russell)

Balloon classic, from liftoff to landing... 

Click here to watch an audio slide show of the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, which is underway in Boise through Sunday; I rode along with Coeur d'Alene hot-air balloon pilot Val Favicchio yesterday, and this tells the tale. I'll also have a full story...

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Thirty hot-air balloons launched in downtown Boise on Friday as part of the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. (Betsy Russell)

Balloons fill the Boise skies

There are 30 hot-air ballons drifting in the skies above Boise today, as the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic continues; this shot just shows a fraction of them. The mass balloon launches continue each morning through Sunday. Tonight, the balloons will inflate on the ground...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 1, 2011

Balloons over Boise, during the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic on Thursday morning (Betsy Russell)

Balloons over Boise... 

Twenty-two hot-air balloons launched into the skies over Boise this morning, and 30 are expected to launch each morning tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, as part of the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. "It was 20 years ago this morning that 10 balloons lifted off in...

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Hot-air balloons drift over Boise on Wednesday, the first day of this year's Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic; mass balloon launches are scheduled each morning through Sunday from Ann Morrison Park. (Courtesy photo / Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic)

The balloons are back...

The balloons are back - this week is the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, in which dozens of colorful hot air balloons launch in the morning skies over Boise. About 30 are scheduled to participate; this photo from yesterday shows the first day's launch, which...

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