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Linda Navarro

Charity Events Columnist

Linda has been a Gazette journalist for nearly 50 years. She has been a writer and editor and has covered beats including police, courts, television and features. She has also been a news researcher and for several years wrote a column answering readers' questions, "Did You Ever Wonder?" Since 2006 she has been both writer and photographer for "Around Town" events, many of them charity fundraisers raising millions of dollars for many of this area's 2,000 nonprofits.

People watch the sunrise among the rocks below the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Vittles for Vests Shield 616: Officer Brandon Felice, left, and Shield 616 founder Jake Skifstad dig into Chef Supansa Banker's gourmet offering and buffalo sliders.
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Vittles for Vests Shield 616: Officer Brandon Felice, left, and Shield 616 founder Jake Skifstad dig into Chef Supansa Banker's gourmet offering and buffalo sliders. 082717 Photo by Linda Navarro
Pioneers Museum Gift of History Breakfast: Roger Hadix wore a uniform from the 1882 D&RG Reds (also called the Colorado Springs Reds) and Don Sanborn represented his family's Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb history with a Pikes Peak Auto Highway map tie.
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Pioneers Museum Gift of History Breakfast: Roger Hadix wore a uniform from the 1882 D&RG Reds (also called the Colorado Springs Reds) and Don Sanborn represented his family's Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb history with a Pikes Peak Auto Highway map tie. 082317 Photo by Linda Navarro
Big Brothers Big Sisters Garden Bruncheon: Hostess Mari Sinton-Martinez, left, with Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Danielle Summerville as BBBS videos run in the background.
082517 Photo by Linda Navarro
Big Brothers Big Sisters Garden Bruncheon: Hostess Mari Sinton-Martinez, left, with Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Danielle Summerville as BBBS videos run in the background. 082517 Photo by Linda Navarro
Happy Trails BBQ at Bear Creek Nature Center: Lynn Wilson, left, and Erin Breen visit a pollinator garden outside the center.
 082517 Photo by Linda Navarro
Happy Trails BBQ at Bear Creek Nature Center: Lynn Wilson, left, and Erin Breen visit a pollinator garden outside the center. 082517 Photo by Linda Navarro
Buck Walsky's massive Beach Front installation in the Fine Arts Center's courtyard has moving bicycle wheels, structural steel and, by night, a blue "electric jellyfish" underwater sky above. 082617 Photo by Linda Navarro
Becky is the oldest member of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's giraffe herd born Jan. 9,1981. (The Gazette, Carol Lawrence) 07/07/08
Children play in the water as Uncle Wilber performs on the top of the hour in Acacia Park Friday, Aug. 21, 2009. The fountain runs through Labor Day, Sept. 7, with hours Monday through Thursday 1-6 p.m., Friday 1-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)