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Stephanie Earls

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Jeffry Anderson, office manager, to the Colorado Dermatology Institute writes down the voicemails he received on Wednesday April 4, 2018 in Colorado Springs. Jeffry and his son Dr. Reagan Anderson have been outspoken about the need for major reforms to the veterans health care system, and especially Vet Choice, whose third party administrator is suspected of skimming tens of millions of dollars from the VA while it failed to pay providers and effectively crippled the program on the ground. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
Brass Brewing celebrated its grand opening last week in the former Triple S Brewing Co. at 318 E. Colorado Ave. Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Martin Frick, 93, became the manager of the Cog Railway after he sold the company several locomotives from his native Switzerland. Photographed at his home on Thursday, March 22, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Martin Frick, 93, became the manager of the Cog Railway after he sold the company several locomotives from his native Switzerland. Photographed at his home on Thursday, March 22, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Pueblo West resident Kevin Williams, of Apple Valley Cider Co., uses locally-sourced apples from the Penrose area to create his alcoholic ciders, which are now available in Colorado Springs. Courtesy photo.
Psychologist Michael Sunich (center) works with mostly veterans in his practice. A veteran and his service dog stick around after a session with Sunich on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Sunich is among a dwindling number of providers, outside the VA setting, who participate in Vet Choice, which allows veterans to seek care from community providers. The temporary program, signed into law in 2014, was meant to combat long wait times at VA clinics and extend options for veterans, but Sunich hasn't received a paycheck in 12 weeks. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
The Celtic Steps dancers perform during the St. Patrick's Day celebration Friday, March 17, 2017, at Jack Quinn's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
2018 Pikes Peak Brewers' Bracket: Vote for your favorite brewery here. (file photo)
180313-N-KV696-1270 CLEAR, Alaska (March 13, 2018) Sgt. 1st Class Steven Adams, who is assigned to 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment's, addresses Charlie Company, 1st Platoon while conducting a force protection mission at Clear Air Force Station as part of the Joint Force Land Component Command in support of exercise Arctic Edge 18. As the JFLCC for the exercise, U.S. Army Alaska is the headquarters responsible for command and control of all ground-based forces participating in the exercise. Arctic Edge 2018 is a biennial, large-scale, joint training exercise that prepares and tests the U.S. military's ability to operate tactically in the extreme cold-weather conditions found in Arctic environments. Under the authority of the U.S. Northern Command, more than 1,500 participants from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy will utilize the unique and expansive air and ground training areas in Alaska. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kiona Miller/Released)
Some of the 12 beers of Christmas on tap at Brewer's Republic in Colorado Springs Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, are from left to right Pikes Peak Brewery's  AdAmAn, Prairie's Beer That Saved Christmas, Delirium Noel, O'Dell's Isolation, Upslope's Christmas, Brvery's 6 Geese A laying, and Kannah Creek's Winter soulstiz. (  The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Some of the 12 beers of Christmas on tap at Brewer's Republic in Colorado Springs Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, are from left to right Pikes Peak Brewery's AdAmAn, Prairie's Beer That Saved Christmas, Delirium Noel, O'Dell's Isolation, Upslope's Christmas, Brvery's 6 Geese A laying, and Kannah Creek's Winter soulstiz. ( The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado Springs Fire Chief Ted Collas, pictured March 1, 2018, is being honored as an American Red Cross Hometown Hero for his fire department's work installing free smoke detectors in homes. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)