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Rachel Riley

News Local and Breaking news

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.

BALLOTS
Julie Christopher drops off her primary election ballot at a 24 hour ballot drop box outside the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (Gazette file photo)
The Tiny House Jamboree was held at the United States Air Force Academy on Sunday, August 7, 2016. Photo by Ryan Jones, The Gazette.
Waldo Riestra, 29, and Steven Cordoves, 27, and Jorge Canela Jr. were arrested Thursday in raids on illegal marijuana grow operations in Teller County. (Teller County Sheriff's Office)
Local guitarist Benjamin Pratt sarenades pedestrians with his guitar and battery-powered amp as he walks along Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, on a record-setting day. Friday marked the hottest Febuary day with as the temperature reached 77 degrees at 1:02 p.m.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Local guitarist Benjamin Pratt sarenades pedestrians with his guitar and battery-powered amp as he walks along Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, on a record-setting day. Friday marked the hottest Febuary day with as the temperature reached 77 degrees at 1:02 p.m. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Chris Whitney (Photo via campaign website)
A fire is burning in the Security-Widefield area near Venetucci Farm, Gazette news partner KKTV has reported. (Courtesy of KKTV)
fire aftermath
A tire fire continues to burn on private property days after the end of the Carson Midway fire. Crews in protective masks and gear from the El Paso County Public Works and the EPA work to remove the smoldering tires on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The tires were being used as a wall or boundary on the private property. The tires are in the process of being smothered and moved to a tire disposal area that just happens to be near the fire. Yesterday, the EPA decided to move the tires so that they will cause the least environmental damage. An elementary school in the area of the tire fire was closed until Wednesday, when conditions were determined to be safe. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Katie Barr was jailed without bond Tuesday after results of a months-long investigation accused her of misappropriating and stealing taxpayer dollars for personal use. (Photo courtesy of Fremont County Sheriff's Office)