Matt Steiner

News Reporter

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

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
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
In an area near Rampart Range Reservoir, Pikes Peak District Ranger Oscar Martinez addresses the media about the revegetation of a mastication area on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. A wild rose grows in the area, one of the native wildflowers to plant itself in the area. Fifty-thousand ponderosa pine seedlings were planted by hand, also. photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
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Konrad and Rebecca Schlarbaum hike past a patch of pine trees stripped of needles on Mt. Cutler trail on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. A large number of pine trees in N. Cheyenne Canon have been defoliated by the Douglas-Fir Tussock moth. Many of the trees will be able to recover, unless they are hit hard again. In the foreground, new growth starts to appear on a branch of a pine tree that lost needles in the infestation.(Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Kim Lehmann, the Director of Operations at the National Mill Dog Rescue, points out hail damage in the ceiling on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
In the wake of Sunday morning's mass shooting at an Orlando gay night club and with the Colorado Springs PrideFest less than a month away, the conversation about security among leaders in the El Paso County LGBT community took on a more serious tone on Monday. "Not just at LGBT clubs, but any night club needs to re-evaluate their processes and make sure they have the right steps in place," said Nic Grzeka, the president of PrideFest and owner of Club Q, a gay bar in central Colorado Springs. (photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)