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Gazette photos of the month: Sept. 2017

The best photos of the month presented by your photo staff at The Gazette. From Broncos games to Aspens, balloons and everyday features, September offered many interesting visuals. All images can be purchased at http://gazettephoto.mycapture.com/mycapture/photoRequestForm.asp.

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David Daniel Pe–a, 3, rides his bike through the pews at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His father Elmer Pe–a Pe–a, 37, a married father of three, recently became the first person known to seek protection from ICE at a Colorado Springs church. David and his father Elmer spend their days shaded by light filtering through 19th-century stained glass of the church, roughly 70 miles from the rest of the family in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Fall colors in Nederland, Colorado on September 23, 2017. (Photo by Hannah Tran, The Gazette).
Fall colors in Nederland, Colorado on September 23, 2017. (Photo by Hannah Tran, The Gazette).

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A B-25 Mitchell, front, and a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt fly over northern El Paso County with 14, 115-foot Pikes Peak in the background as the warbirds fly to Denver to promote the Pikes Peak Regional Airshow Sept. 23 and Sept. 24 at the Colorado Springs Airport.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A B-25 Mitchell, front, and a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt fly over northern El Paso County with 14, 115-foot Pikes Peak in the background as the warbirds fly to Denver to promote the Pikes Peak Regional Airshow Sept. 23 and Sept. 24 at the Colorado Springs Airport. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A member of the opposition force waits for other Stryker armored vehicles to pull in at a training exercise at Camp Red Devil in Fort Carson, Colo. on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. The opposition used the strikers to assault the 2nd Brigade's position during part of the exercise.

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A member of the opposition force waits for other Stryker armored vehicles to pull in at a training exercise at Camp Red Devil in Fort Carson, Colo. on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. The opposition used the strikers to assault the 2nd Brigade's position during part of the exercise. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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COCOL101
The Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy, Lt Gen. Jay Silveria, gave passioned anti-rascism speech during lunch at the Air Force Academy, telling cadets that if they are fascist that there is no place for them at the Academy. The head of the Air Force Academy stood all his 4,000 cadets at attention Thursday to deliver a message on racial slurs found written on message boards at the academy's preparatory school. He delivered the same message to the preparatory school. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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DEVOS
Lt Gen Jay B. Silveria, left, talks with Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, as they walk past Cadet Chapel as she visited the U.S. Air Force Academy on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado as part of her "Rethink School" Tour. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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LABOR DAY LIFT OFF
Crew members of Zach Burgess' Claw'd balloon help to get it inflated and positioned so that spectators could view it on the final day of the Labor Day Lift Off that took place at Memorial Park on Monday September 4, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Due to the higher wind speeds and poor visibility the balloons were grounded for the event. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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FOUNTAIN-FORT CARSON PRACTICE
Head coach Jake Novotny of the Fountain-Fort Carson football watches as Rayshaun Anthony takes down the Roll Tackle Ring as the team practiced their drills at home on Wednesday September 6, 2017 in Fountain, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Derby, top, Django, left, and Molly fish for hot dogs in a pool full of water at Pawtoberfest 2017 in Bear Creek Regional Park in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. Molly is a veteran hot dog retriever and has been to three Pawtoberfests, while Derby and Django moved to Colorado Springs one year ago.

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Derby, top, Django, left, and Molly fish for hot dogs in a pool full of water at Pawtoberfest 2017 in Bear Creek Regional Park in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. Molly is a veteran hot dog retriever and has been to three Pawtoberfests, while Derby and Django moved to Colorado Springs one year ago. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY FOOTBALL
US Air Force Academy defensive back Brett Baldwin, center, and the rest of the team get ready to enter Falcon Stadium before the start of their game against the Virginia Military Institute Keydets on Saturday September 2, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Falcons won the game 62-0. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Larry Glass photographs Kyle Franklin in Dracula at the Pikes Peak Regional Airshow on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Large cameras dotted the crowd as spectators snapped photos of the planes.
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Larry Glass photographs Kyle Franklin in Dracula at the Pikes Peak Regional Airshow on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Large cameras dotted the crowd as spectators snapped photos of the planes. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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WEATHER FEATURE
A heavy fog covers Garden of the Gods as seen from the trails at Red Rocks Open Space on Tuesday September 26, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Race for the Cure
Breast cancer survivors Kim Ryan and Mary Kay Albertson walk arm in arm during 2017 Komen Race for the Cure on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Thousands participated in the annual run and walk through the Garden of the Gods. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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balloon glow
One of the balloons with the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park skims Prospect Lake on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Conditions have been favorable for the most part, with some of the second wave not flying on Sunday. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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family intersection
In May, motorcyclist Onesimos "Oney" Vigil died at the busy intersection of Fountain Mesa and Fortman/Calleberes Ave. His family is advocating for a safer intersection and their efforts have not been fruitless-- the intersection is on a list of roadways that will likely get some county money for safety improvements if the TABOR excess ballot question passes on Nov. 7. His daughter, Rosa Romero, brings her daughter Emerie Romero, 3, to a roadside memorial for Rosa's father and Emerie's grandfather on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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FIREFIGHTERS
Joann Massey Izzarelli, of University Park, Texas, looks up at the name of her late husband Rusty Massey on the walls of the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial on Saturday September 16, 2017. Rusty who died in February of 2016 of cancer served as a Battalion Chief for University Park for twenty-four years. The 2017 Observance of the annual IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial was held at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday September 16, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Retired Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, who was the 50th Space Wing Commander on Sept. 11, 2001,  speaks during a 9/11 ceremony Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Retired Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, who was the 50th Space Wing Commander on Sept. 11, 2001, speaks during a 9/11 ceremony Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) carries the flag onto the field before a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) carries the flag onto the field before a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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BRONCOS FOOTBALL
Denver Broncos tight end Virgil Green (85) celebrates at the end zone after his completed touchdown during the game on Sunday September 17, 2017 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Broncos Chargers
Chargers Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) scores a touchdown over Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) during the first quarter of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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BRONCOS FOOTBALL
Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles (28) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis (27) during the game on Sunday September 17, 2017 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) left, celebrates with Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) after Sanders scored a touchdown during the first quarter to give the Broncos a 7-0 lead against Dallas Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) left, celebrates with Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) after Sanders scored a touchdown during the first quarter to give the Broncos a 7-0 lead against Dallas Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Denver Broncos nose tackle Domata Peko (94) celebrates after the Broncos defense stopped Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21), on the ground behind Peko, for a short gain during the first quarter Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Denver Broncos nose tackle Domata Peko (94) celebrates after the Broncos defense stopped Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21), on the ground behind Peko, for a short gain during the first quarter Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Big & Rich give a toast to the military and their families as they perform Saturday, Sept. 17, 2107, during the American Kickoff concert at Falcon Stadium on Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Big & Rich give a toast to the military and their families as they perform Saturday, Sept. 17, 2107, during the American Kickoff concert at Falcon Stadium on Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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In The Stairwell
Most of the AFA a capella group, In the Stairwell, are back at the Air Force Academy and have started practicing for the semi-finals show of America's Got Talent. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Air Force Thunderbirds perform during the Pikes Peak Regional Air Show Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, at the Colorado Springs Airport. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Air Force Thunderbirds perform during the Pikes Peak Regional Air Show Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, at the Colorado Springs Airport. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A copse of frosted aspens change into a vibrant gold along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

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A copse of frosted aspens change into a vibrant gold along Gold Camp Road on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

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Fall begins to take hold of the aspens surrounding the Crystal Mill, outside Marble, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The powerhouse was built in 1892 and operated until the closure of the Sheep Mountain Mine in 1917. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Fall begins to take hold of the aspens surrounding the Crystal Mill, outside Marble, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The powerhouse was built in 1892 and operated until the closure of the Sheep Mountain Mine in 1917. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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An outhouse basks in the glow of the turning aspens near Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, on a warm sunny afternoon. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
An outhouse basks in the glow of the turning aspens near Crystal, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, on a warm sunny afternoon. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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balloon glow
The "old woman who lives in a shoe" looks down on the crowd during the balloon glow. The glow of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off drew thousands on the first day of the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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PEAK PERFORMER
Running back Julian Cooks of Doherty High School is posed for a portrait at the football field on Monday September 4, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cooks was the peak performer of the week as he rushed 303 yards and completed five touchdowns in a 83-55 win over Rangeview High School last Friday September 1. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Gabriella Christians reaches for the disc while playing catch with friends in the lawn below the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, after the the rain stopped. The wet, Seattle-like weather will continue in the Colorado Springs area until Friday.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Gabriella Christians reaches for the disc while playing catch with friends in the lawn below the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, after the the rain stopped. The wet, Seattle-like weather will continue in the Colorado Springs area until Friday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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bike boy
An ecstatic seven-year-old Silas Felps takes his first ride on his new bicycle. Felps had his bike stolen from Chipeta Elementary School. After his mother posted about it on social media, some of their neighbors decided to get a new bike for Silas. And not just any bike, they wanted to get him one just like the one he had. They found the bike on Amazon, had it shipped and put together for free by Criterium Bikes. As Silas was headed to a soccer game, they surprised him at Goose Gossage Park with the bike on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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FLAG
Caleb Aldrich, 6, right, a junior reporter from the Children's Hospital Colorado runs though a list of questions as he talks with wide receiver Bennie Fowler III. One of the questions he posed was what was Fowler's favorite type of pizza at UCHealth Training Center on Wednesday September 27, 2017 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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A balloon eclipses the rising sun as it takes off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A balloon eclipses the rising sun as it takes off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Glenn Powel pours a cup of specialty coffee Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017,  at Barista Espresso and Specialty Coffee in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Glenn Powel pours a cup of specialty coffee Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at Barista Espresso and Specialty Coffee in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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rescue Mission
Linda Guest gets some love from her dog, Colby, before putting him on of the kennels in the day center of the Springs Rescue Center. The rescue opened the second half of its resource center — bringing to completion a project that homeless advocates have been seeking for years. The 11,000 square-foot center marks the latest addition to the nonprofit’s burgeoning campus off Las Vegas Street, west of Tejon Street. And it acts as a one-stop shop for myriad services that were either exceedingly hard to find, or spread out across several miles of Colorado Springs. The day center opened in the Spring. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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jail overcrowding
In one of the most violent sections of the El Paso County Jail, an inmate shows off for the visiting media tour 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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Sky Sox
Usually, the mountains at Lake Dillon are a crisp backdrop, but with the haze caused by the fire the distant ones fade out. A sailboat spends a warm sunny day on the lake on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Elmer Pe–a Pe–a, right, folds sheets and adds covers to pillows as his son David Daniel, 3, lays on the remaining pillows that were on the ground at the All Souls Unitarian Church in Colorado Springs on Thursday September 21, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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