Best of February (and a little January too)

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.

Photos from a trip to Boise and Nampa with a stopover in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Kenn Noble looks over the edge of the I.B. Perrine bridge before jumping off for the fifty-somethingth time. Noble’s BASE number 127, putting him in the early crowd of people to jump off all four parts of the acronym: Building, Antenna, Span and Earth.
Photos from a trip to Boise and Nampa with a stopover in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Kenn Noble jumps off the edge of the I.B. Perrine bridge before jumping off for the fifty-somethingth time. Noble’s BASE number 127, putting him in the early crowd of people to jump off all four parts of the acronym: Building, Antenna, Span and Earth.
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A Super Blue Blood Moon sets over the mountains outside of Colorado Springs on Wednesday, January 29, 2018.
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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper walks off the stage past a picture of El Paso County Sheriff’s deputy Micah Flick after speaking at Flick’s memorial service at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
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Commander Tom DeLuca places his hand on the casket for deputy Micah Flick at Flick’s memorial service at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
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El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder salutes the flag that draped deputy Micah Flick’s coffin as a deputy plays taps at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
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Firefighters salute the procession for El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick outside of the El Paso County Coroners Office Officers on Monday, February 5, 2018. Flick died in a shootout during a stolen car investigation.
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Lewis-Palmer junior Joel Scott grabs a rebound to try for a basket against the Sierra Stallions at Lewis-Palmer High School on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The Rangers defeated the Stallions 75-62. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
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Mesa Ridge High School’s Dominick Fini grimaces in pain while throwing his opponent Weston Holdren from Grand Junction Central High School at the third place match for 4A 220lb State Wrestling Championship at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on February 17, 2018. Fini injured his hip at the beginning of the match, but continued wrestling to win 8-1.
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The Classical Academy’s Nathan Johns thrusts a finger up for victory after escaping in overtime to score a point against Valley’s Josh Flanagan and win 3-2 at the finals of the State Wrestling Championship at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on February 17, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
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Parker Matheny, 4, tries to get the attention of Kent Valley Selects player Andrew Deskin in the penalty box at The Broadmoor World Arena on Friday, February 16, 2018. Matheny’s big brother plays for Deskin’s opponents the Colorado Springs Tigers U16 AA team. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
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Chris Buxton dips his wife Michelle while having their picture taken at the Ptarmigan Hut before the Mountaintop Matrimony group wedding ceremony at Loveland Ski Area on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Chris and Michelle were there to renew their vows after 11 years of marriage.
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A Gray Eagle drone waits on the tarmac at Fort Carson on Friday, February 9, 2018. The Gray Eagle drone is the Army’s first armed fix-wing aircraft since 1947.
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Coquilles St. Jacques by Eric Veidt of The Margarita at Pine Creek on Thursday, February 15, 2018.
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Laurie Works, who’s sisters died in the 2007 New Life Church shooting, is working on her Master’s Degree in Psychology at UCCS so she can help victims of trauma. Photographed at the memorial to her sisters outside of New Life Church on Friday, February 23, 2018.
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