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Halle Thornton

Digital Team Intern

Garden of the Gods is in the running for "Best Local Hike" for the Gazette's 2006 "Best of the Springs." Mark Reis photo
Michael Finley, a Falcon High School senior, killed April 14, 2017, when a suspected drunken driver turned in front of him. (Facebook)
Lawn technician Ruben Zendejas for J. Rick Lawn and Tree applies fertilizer to a lawn in the Cheyenne Mountain area Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Last week's snow made for an ideal time to feed the lawn. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Bear Creek Nature Center
Bear Creek Nature Center
Location: 245 Bear Creek Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: (719) 520-6387
Things to see/do: Hikes, interactive exhibits, hands-on items, interpretive programs, guided and self-guided tours
Warm temps on the first day of Spring brought out lots of customers for freebies at Rita's Italian Ice. Good friends Mia Reyes, Alexa Reyes, Janessa Wood, and Elena Jimenez (left to right) have their hands full with cool, frosty treats on Monday, March 20, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Magnum P.I. the bulldog walks in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Colorado Springs Saturday, March 14, 2015. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette