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Rachel Riley

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Rachel Riley covers local and breaking news. The recent Boston University graduate joined The Gazette's staff after interning at the newspaper in Summer 2016. During her undergraduate career, she held part-time positions at two New England newspapers, an investigative journalism nonprofit and an environmental magazine based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Peggy Crippen drives her Jeep Grand Cherokee up High Plains View, once of the worst roads in the Pioneer Village development, on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. After the Pioneer Village Public Improvement District had High Plains View regraded, the road returned to worse than their original condition after about a week. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
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El Paso County Public Health was participating in a full-scale, statewide Public Health Emergency Response Event to test the community’s response procedures during a health crisis. Mina Liebert (in wheelchair) plays a role as a person needing medication during an emergency while being pushed by volunteer Jason Linta at Rampart High School on Friday, June 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, looks around the Cadet Chapel as she visited the U.S. Air Force Academy on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Colorado Springs. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
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A stack of ballots wait to be processed for next Tuesday's election at the El Paso County Citizens Service Center El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office at the El Paso County Citizens Service Center on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette
A bear ambles up Ruxton Avenue in Manitou Springs on June 14, 2017. City officials might institute a policy requiring residents to store their trash indoors until collection day or in bear-resistant containers to discourage the animals from wandering into urban areas. Photo courtesy of Nancy Wilson.
Looking south toward Pikes Peak from just south of Castle Rock Monday, February 6, 2017 as traffic moves along a portion of I-25 that is currently two lanes each way. The federal government has agreed to add the I-25 widening project to its priority list of infrastructure projects. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Hurricane Irma Florida
Leonel Geronimo, stuffs food into his suitcase as he and others wait for a bus in anticipation of Hurricane Irma in Miami Beach, Fla., Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Geronimo wants to get to a shelter off the beach, but is not sure what bus to take or which shelter to go. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
Lori Bellingham pulls weeds in her garden plot Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at the Charmaine Nymann Community Garden at the Bear Creek Regional Park in Colorado Springs. Pikes Peak Urban Gardens wants to start a community garden, similar to the one at Bear Creek Regional Park, at Fountain Creek Nature Center. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)