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James Wooldridge: Summer Internship best photos

James Wooldridge, a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was The Gazette's photo intern for 10 weeks over the summer and provided a unique eye as he documented the community of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.

TOP OF THE WORLD RODEO
From left: Breezie Lynch, Shannon McDonald and Kim Austin of the Greeley Stampede Riders wait to walk in a parade before the Top of the World Rodeo Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Cripple Creek. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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END OF SUMMER
McKenna Comiskey, 9, does a backflip Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at Vista Grande Pool. Her family is going to try to come back to the pool as much as they can before McKenna starts the fourth grade Thursday. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Air Academy track athlete Maria Mettler is the Gazette's Peak Performer of the Year. She was photographed at Colorado College's Washburn Field Friday, June 9, 2017. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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TEN MILE RUN
Michael Weiss competes in the Garden of the Gods 10-Mile Run Sunday, June 11, 2017. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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SKATEBOARDING
Aaron Flanagan skates at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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COLORADO CLASSIC
Many fans rode their bikes to watch Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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CRASH
A five-car collision on Interstate 25 just south of Rockrimmon Boulevard left four injured when a southbound semi crossed into northbound lanes Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. One injury was critical but none appeared life threatening. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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WILDFIRE TRAINING
Firefighter Ubaldo Gomez pretends to be injured as CSFD Firefighter Trainees respond to the incident Friday, June 16, 2017, at Rosemont Reservoir. During the two-day exercise, the Trainees learned to 'contain and control' wildfire in a realistic environment. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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HILL CLIMB
Media workers prepare for the 95th Annual Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb at sunrise Sunday June 25, 2017. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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HILL CLIMB
Chris Fillmore poses for a portrait after setting an overall Two Wheel and Heavyweight Division record in 95th Annual Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Sunday June 25, 2017. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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AF CLASS 2021
A new basic boards the bus as parents wave goodbye Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Air Force Academy. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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AF CLASS 2021
Cadet Johnson, a cadre member and instructor for new cadets, yells at the basics on a bus their first day Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Air Force Academy. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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AF PRACTICE
Air Force offensive linemen Dalton Lawrence (right) and Nolan Laufenberg block Zachary Lyle during a drill at the team's first football practice Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at Air Force Academy. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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AF PRACTICE
Air Force's defensive line does a drill during their first football practice Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at Air Force Academy. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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AFMARCH
Basics wait to march into Jacks Valley Monday for the second half of basic training, July 24, 2017, at Air Force Academy. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Caleb Crump throws punches at Tyler Arvin during their fight Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Massari Arena at CSU-Pueblo. Crumb won the fight. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Kids swim in the deep end of Vista Grande Pool Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. For many of them, school starts this week. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette
Kids swim in the deep end of Vista Grande Pool Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. For many of them, school starts this week. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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STATE GAMES
Bunny Temple dives for the ball during the sand volleyball tournament in the 2017 Rocky Mountain State Games Sunday, July 22, 2017, at BooDad's Beach House Grill. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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PRIDEFEST
Lexie Bartnik, 3, looks at a drone in the sky before the Colorado Springs PrideFest Parade Sunday, July 9, 2017, on Tejon Street downtown. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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SPRINGS SPREE
Alexis Phillips (right), 6, and Lydia Phillips, 13, are lifted in an inflatable ride at Springs Spree Sunday, June 11, 2017, at America the Beautiful Park. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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FIREWORKS
Adriana Gutierrez (right), 9, and Layla Carlson, 9, watch fireworks Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Manitou Springs. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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FAIR
Crystal Porter feeds an alpaca and two goats in the petting zoo at the El Paso County Fair Monday, July 17, 2017, in Calhan. Porter works in the carnival and uses her breaks each day to feed the animals. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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FAIR
Maxwell Kurtz, 3, competes in an ice cream eating contest at the El Paso County Fair Monday, July 17, 2017, in Calhan. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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PARKOUR
Michael Johnson, 6, watches Twitch Tippit practice parkour on the playground at Acacia Park during JUMPFest, an annual parkour competition, Saturday, July 29, 2017. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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GIRAFFE
A giraffe at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo eats lettuce off of the hat of Zachary Rivas, 10, Monday, July 10, 2017. A giraffe at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo recently made a plasma transfusion to a giraffe at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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KING SOOPERS
James Rowcliff (left) and Sam Seifert dress a mannequin for the opening of a new King Soopers marketplace, the first of its kind in Colorado Springs, Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. The store opens Wednesday, Aug. 9, and will carry groceries, clothing, small appliances and more. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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OT 14ER GUARDIAN
Loretta McEllhiney, peak manager of Colorado's 54 14,000-foot peaks, hikes up an eroded section of the Devil's Playground approach up Pikes Peak Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. McEllhiney, who hikes up the mountain for work day after day, is meticulously planning a reroute for this section of trail. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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LIGHTNING
Lightning strikes over a field of cows during a thunderstorm Monday, July 17, 2017, west of Calhan. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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GREAT BLUE HERON
A great blue heron rests by a lake at Colorado Springs Country Club during the Mackenzie Place Octogenarian Golf Tournament Monday, July 24, 2017. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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WALDO CANYON FIRE PICNIC
Steve Martin (right) and others at the Waldo Canyon Fire Picnic take shelter from a hailstorm Monday June 26, 2017, at Mountain Shadows Community Park. As the storm approached, speaker Matt Meister said to the crowd, "I think we all appreciate the rain, five years later." Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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WALDO CANYON FIRE PICNIC
Chris Schantz looks out over a neighborhood that was partially destroyed by the fire five years ago during the Waldo Canyon Fire Picnic Monday June 26, 2017, at Mountain Shadows Community Park. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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COLORADO CLASSIC
John Murphy celebrates after crossing the finish line in Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic men's race Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in downtown Colorado Springs. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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DEMOLITION DERBY
Mariah Sonnier, 7, is carried into the kids' demolition derby by Kyle Stackhouse and Jim Ross at the DoubleM Demolition Derby Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Cripple Creek. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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DONKEY DAYS
Keira Smith, 4, pets a donkey before the Donkey Derby Race at Donkey Days Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Cripple Creek. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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DEMOLITION DERBY
Two donkeys stopped to greet Tim Romero in his car Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Cripple Creek. The donkeys that roam the lands around Cripple Creek are believed to be descendants of the pack animals used in the early days of the Cripple Creek gold mines. For their work carrying supplies and goods in the mines, donkeys became known as "Rocky Mountain Canaries." Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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BIG BOUNCE
Dominic Haight (right) and Jill Baker-Haight slide at Big Bounce America, the world's biggest bounce house at 10,000 square feet, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at Pomar Youth Sports Complex. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Noah Herndon has a machine count his tickets after winning jackpot at Arcade Amusements in Manitou Springs Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette
Noah Herndon has a machine count his tickets after winning jackpot at Arcade Amusements in Manitou Springs Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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BACK TO SCHOOL
Shelly Welch teaches projects based learning, a course in the library during the first day of kindergarten Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Kindergarten students were accompanied by their parents and started a day before the other grades at the school. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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AFA BOSS
Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria greets his Air Force Academy Class of 1985 classmates after taking command of the Academy from Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in front of the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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CELTIC FEST
Glendale Pipes and Drums practices their bagpipes at the Pikes Peak Celtic Fest Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Memorial Park. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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David Krause poses for a portrait at his home near Cripple Creek. Cripple Creek was once known for its prosperous gold mines, which Krause hopes to uncover and continue mining on his land.
David Krause poses for a portrait at his home near Cripple Creek. Cripple Creek was once known for its prosperous gold mines, which Krause hopes to uncover and continue mining on his land.

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Trucks compete in their division of the DoubleM Demolition Derby Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Cripple Creek. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette
Trucks compete in their division of the DoubleM Demolition Derby Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Cripple Creek. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Jerry Davenport (right), Gordon Kunzman, Allan Williams and Frank Ulrich play in the Mackenzie Place Octogenarian Golf Tournament at Colorado Springs Country Club.
Jerry Davenport (right), Gordon Kunzman, Allan Williams and Frank Ulrich play in the Mackenzie Place Octogenarian Golf Tournament at Colorado Springs Country Club.

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