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Matt Steiner

News Reporter

Matt joined The Gazette in 2005, left briefly, and rejoined in August 2015.

An undated photo of Jones Park.
An undated photo of Jones Park.
The Oak Valley Ranch neighborhood below the Pikeview Quarry is shown in this Dec. 2, 2008 file photo. Photo by Carol Lawrence
Longinos Gonzalez Jr. (left) and Scott Turner (right)
Mark Waller
Tim Geitner (left) and Mark Waller (right)
The sun rises over a row of wind turbines Thursday, April 14, 2016, south of Calhan, Colo. About 145 turbines produce power near Calhan. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Natalie Johnson, executive director of the Manitou Springs Creative District and Manitou Arts Center, is heading up an effort to form the Manitou Creative Arts District in the wake of the town being turned down as a Colorado Creative District. The mural of Manitou Springs local artist Floyd Tunson was recently painted by artist El Mac on the side of the M.A.C. Thursday, June 23, 2016. photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
TUSSOCK MOTH
Pilot Mark Curley lands a helicopter for refueling near The Broadmoor's Mountain Golf Course on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The Pikes Peak Region is experiencing a near-epidemic infestation of two species of defoliating moths in our forests; the Douglas-fir tussock moth and western spruce budworm. Their activity causes thousands of trees to become defoliated, or have the needles eaten down to the branch or twig. These trees are brown and appear dead, but many may not be. In order to protect our forests, the City of Colorado Springs' Forestry Division will be implementing an aerial treatment plan to spray approximately 4,000 acres beginning June 21. The treatment will take place over seven to ten days. The City has hired Frontier Helicopter, who will use a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter to apply a biological control pesticide treatment. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette