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Gazette photos of the month: August 2017

The best photos of the month presented by your photo staff at The Gazette. From the Colorado Classic to Great American Solar Eclipse, August offered many interesting visuals. All images can be purchased at http://gazettephoto.mycapture.com/mycapture/photoRequestForm.asp.

WORLD ARENA ICE
Will Sailor, bottom, floods the Broadmoor World Arena as Joe Palato picks up the remainder of the hose as they work on the preparation of Colorado College's hockey season on Wednesday August 9, 2017 in Colorado Springs. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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golden eagle
About a month ago, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Benjamin Meier found an injured golden eagle on the ground 20 ft. from Hwy. 24 near Divide, Colorado, in a rainstorm. After a month of convalescing at the Colorado Nature and Raptor Center in Pueblo, the female golden eagle was returned to the wild on Double Eagle Ranch near where she was found in Divide on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Colorado Nature and Raptor Center Director Diana Miller opens the king-sized crate to release the giant bird of prey. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Andrei Krasilnikau, racing for Holowesko/Citadel Racing races toward the Peak to Peak HIghway after the first King of the Mountain as a storm brews in the distance Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, during Stage 3 of the the Colorado Classic . The 79.4-mile Stage 3 started and finished in Denver.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Andrei Krasilnikau, racing for Holowesko/Citadel Racing races toward the Peak to Peak HIghway after the first King of the Mountain as a storm brews in the distance Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, during Stage 3 of the the Colorado Classic . The 79.4-mile Stage 3 started and finished in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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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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Spectators try to find shelter from a rain storm in downtown Colorado Springs Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Spectators try to find shelter from a rain storm in downtown Colorado Springs Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, during the men's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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state fair
Cade Simpson from Weld County finds a few moments to relax before the Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. This will be the last weekend for the State Fair in Pueblo. Some of the weekend entertainment includes the Clydesdales, Toughest Monster Truck Tour, racing pigs, a butterfly experience, a stilt circus and much more. The final day is on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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REUNION
Eliana Burrs, 8, sheds tears as she hugs her mom, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Bethany Anderson-Burrs, 21st Space Wing, 4th Space Control Squadron, after she returned from a seven month deployment in Qatar Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. Sgt. Anderson-Burrs surprised her two daughters, who thought she was returning at the end of August. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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Keegan gives Dr. Evelyn Naber-Fitzpatrick a kiss while her daughters A.J. 12, lower left, Mickey, 16, lower right, and volunteer Marilee Lake hold him Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Monument Valley Park. Naber- Fitzpatrick replaced Keegan’s hip last year. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Keegan gives Dr. Evelyn Naber-Fitzpatrick a kiss while her daughters A.J. 12, lower left, Mickey, 16, lower right, and volunteer Marilee Lake hold him Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Monument Valley Park. Naber- Fitzpatrick replaced Keegan’s hip last year. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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GLENDO ECLIPSE
Eric DeSilva and Charlie Cuellar, back, and Jennifer Cuellar and Alison DeSilva, front, who holds onto her son Alex, 9, look at the sun through their solar glasses as it completes first contact as they have their photo taken by an attendee at the event in the fields surrounding the Thomas Memorial Airport in Glendo, Wyoming on Monday August 21, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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GLENDO ECLIPSE
The full diamond ring effect occurs at 11:42am during totality with the 2017 solar eclipse over the surrounding fields of Thomas Memorial Airport in Glendo, Wyoming on Monday August 21, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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partial eclipse
Partial eclipse at about 11:47 taken through a telescope set up at the Space Foundation Headquarters and Discovery Center on Monday, August 21, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Bryce Yamashita was hosptialized with bacterial meningitis when he decided to pursue his passion for photographer. Yamashita now spends his free time capturing images of wildlife and the beauty surrounding him.  Photo taken in Garden of the Gods Aug. 2, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Bryce Yamashita was hosptialized with bacterial meningitis when he decided to pursue his passion for photographer. Yamashita now spends his free time capturing images of wildlife and the beauty surrounding him. Photo taken in Garden of the Gods Aug. 2, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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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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water park
The John Venezia Community Park has a free water park that will be open daily until Sept. 4. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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PARENTS VISIT
Bryce Raynsford, left, and Kodi Newsome both of Woodland Park, Colorado fish at the ponds at the Red Rocks Open Space in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday August 26, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Volunteer Nick Clayton, right, repairs a wooden ramp while Baaron Pittenger, 16, left, pulls weeds Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in the bike park at Red Rocks Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs. The bike park, built by the trail-building group Medicine Wheel about 10 years ago, has been closed since May because it needed repairs. About 30 volunteers repaired the broken ramps and cleaned up around the park and the Colorado Springs Park and Recreation provided the wood and other supplies.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Volunteer Nick Clayton, right, repairs a wooden ramp while Baaron Pittenger, 16, left, pulls weeds Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in the bike park at Red Rocks Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs. The bike park, built by the trail-building group Medicine Wheel about 10 years ago, has been closed since May because it needed repairs. About 30 volunteers repaired the broken ramps and cleaned up around the park and the Colorado Springs Park and Recreation provided the wood and other supplies. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Cowboys herd longhorn cattle down Tejon Street in Colorado Springs Friday, Aug. 18, 2017,  to promote the Ride for the Brand Rodeo Saturday at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo begins at 6 p.m. For more information visit ChampionshipRanchRodeo.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cowboys herd longhorn cattle down Tejon Street in Colorado Springs Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, to promote the Ride for the Brand Rodeo Saturday at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo begins at 6 p.m. For more information visit ChampionshipRanchRodeo.com. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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S TITONIMMA
Jordan Titoni looks for fish as he carries his spearfishing gun at the Chatfield Reservoir on Saturday August 5, 2017 in Littleton, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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paragliding
A paraglider flies past a group of cows and small pond before landing moments later in a field on Sunday, August 6, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, 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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Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, right, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, race organizer Kent Gart and USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall laugh as cyclist T.J. Eisenhart talks about his favorite style of music Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, during a press conference for Colorado Classic at USA Cycling in Colorado Springs. The four-stage bicycle race begins Thursday in Colorado Springs before heading to Breckenridge on Friday and Denver Saturday and Sunday.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, right, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, race organizer Kent Gart and USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall laugh as cyclist T.J. Eisenhart talks about his favorite style of music Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, during a press conference for Colorado Classic at USA Cycling in Colorado Springs. The four-stage bicycle race begins Thursday in Colorado Springs before heading to Breckenridge on Friday and Denver Saturday and Sunday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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COLORADO CLASSIC
Stormy skies loom over the iconic sight of Garden of the Gods as the Men's peloton rides past during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, 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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Colorado Classic
Storm crowds brew as the peloton crests a hill on Mesa Rd. during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic mens race on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Shortly after the photo was taken, the crowds opened up on the race with rain and hail. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, 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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Temple Beit Torah
Rainsoaked juvenile Wild Turkeys cross the road in Cheyenne Mountain State Park on Monday, August 7, 2017. According to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website, Wild Turkeys dwindled in numbers at one time. Colorado Parks and Wildlife launched an aggressive reintroduction program in the 1980s and since then Colorado's turkey population has surged to more than 35,000. The abundant birds are now found in 53 of the state's 64 counties. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The peloton races past a mural on Larimer Street during Stage 4, the final stage, of the Colorado Classic in Denver Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The peloton races past a mural on Larimer Street during Stage 4, the final stage, of the Colorado Classic in Denver Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Bighorn Sheep gather on a ridge above Mountain Shadows on Monday, July 31, 2017. Bighorn Sheep are the state animal of Colorado and the symbol for Colorado State Parks and Wildlife. On Monday, August 7, all 42 Colorado State Parks will be offering free admission in celebration of the 141st birthday for our state this past week. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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boxer shakur
Shakur Stevenson is an American professional boxer who competes in the featherweight division. As an amateur, Stevenson represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in the bantamweight division. Stevenson (right) spars with Delante Johnson at the Olympic Training Center. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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PIKES PEAK ASCENT
Joseph Gray, of Colorado Springs, makes the final hairpin turn as he placed first for the men's race with a time of 2:08:20 in the Pikes Peak Ascent on Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Colorado Springs. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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The KrummChucks team from USA Swimming races across Prospect Lake Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, during a heat of the Colorado Springs International Dragon Boat Festival in Memorial Park. The KrummChucks finished third in the heat behind Phantom Dragons/Pink Phantoms and the Mutineers.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The KrummChucks team from USA Swimming races across Prospect Lake Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, during a heat of the Colorado Springs International Dragon Boat Festival in Memorial Park. The KrummChucks finished third in the heat behind Phantom Dragons/Pink Phantoms and the Mutineers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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ROCKIES
Colorado Rockies left fielder Gerardo Parra, right, kisses his bat before exiting the dugout as teammate and shortstop Trevor Story looks on as Rockies faced off against the Atlanta Braves at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado on Thursday, August 17, 2017. The Braves won the encounter 10-4. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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People and dogs come-and-go through the new metal gates and fence surrounding the Soda Springs Park Pavilion during a re-opening celebration Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Manitou Springs. The pavilion was closed for more than a year because of trouble with unruly homeless people. The artistic gate and fence were built by Concrete Couch with the help of about 200 other volunteers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
People and dogs come-and-go through the new metal gates and fence surrounding the Soda Springs Park Pavilion during a re-opening celebration Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Manitou Springs. The pavilion was closed for more than a year because of trouble with unruly homeless people. The artistic gate and fence were built by Concrete Couch with the help of about 200 other volunteers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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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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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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MANITOU TRUMP
Laura Ettinger poses for a portrait outside of Create Cafe, which she owns, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Manitou Springs. Ettinger, an independent, is appalled by President Trump. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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CORY GARDNER TOWN HALL
A man holds a disagree card as U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) speaks at a town hall Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at Pikes Peak Community College. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

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jail overcrowding
Bunk beds for inmates fill one of the areas of the El Paso County Jail on Tueday, August 22, 2017. Their max bed capacity is 1,753, but they set a new population record Monday (Aug. 21) with 1,791 inmates, and that number went up even more Tuesday to 1,794. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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CHRISTMAS
Cassandra Minard, center, wipes away tears after being handed tissues by her husband DA after her and Bob Tretheway became overcome with emotions during the hospice care at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Friday, August 11, 2017. Minard and her husband were married two years after DA introduced his wife to Tretheway and officiated their wedding. Tretheway passed away a few days later in hospice care. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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CAPT. BRIAIN GUYETTE
Capt. Brian Guyette, B-1 Lancer pilot and 2008 graduate poses for a portrait at Arnold Hall at the US Air Force Academy on Friday August 25, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Guyette received the Col. James Jabara Award for Airmanship which goes to a graduate whose Òaccomplishments demonstrate superior performance in fields directly involved with aerospace vehicles,Ó according to the awardÕs criteria. Guyette flew combat missions over Iraq and Syria in 2015, eradicating Islamic State personnel and positions among his other achievements, from February to July 2015. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)

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