February marked the start of my second internship at the Colorado Springs Gazette. After a break in Idaho during late December and January I was more than ready to get back to work, and I think it showed in the energy that I brought to my assignments.
I also jumped right back into the deep end with one of the most involved stories of my career so far: the death of El Paso County Sheriff’s deputy Micah Flick. Flick died in a stolen-car investigation that turned into a shootout right as I was finishing up my last assignment for the day.
Hours later I had been on scene, then at the procession for his body. Days later I was the pool photographer at his New Life Church memorial service, which involved no small amount of pressure to get it right. Which I did, thankfully.
After that I had more fun assignments like a mountaintop wedding and state wrestling championships to look forward to. I enjoyed the usual Colorado Springs diversity of sports, food, the great outdoors and the ever-exciting trips onto Fort Carson. Now the trick will be maintaining that fresh energy, throughout the rest of the internship and into whatever comes next.