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2017 photos of the year: Jerilee Bennett

Gazette photographer Jerilee Bennett shares her top photographs of 2017 in review.

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, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
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, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Teddy bear in one hand and daddy's hand in the other, Kataleya Rendell leaves a welcome home ceremony with her dad, Sgt. Paul Rendell. Rendell and about 200 Ft. Carson soldiers from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were welcomed home to Ft. Carson on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The soldiers have been gone to Eastern Europe for nine months to support U.S. Army Europe and participate in Atlantic Resolve as the regionally allocated heavy brigade for Europe. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denise Vosburgh, daughter of original Tuskegee Airman Marion "Rodge" Rodgers, raises her arms upward as a plane formation honoring her father flies overhead. The service was held at the Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Abbey Turnau, mother of two young children , takes to flight during a paragliding class at Kenosha Pass on Sunday, August 7, 2017.  (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Abbey Turnau, mother of two young children , takes to flight during a paragliding class at Kenosha Pass on Sunday, August 7, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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balloon glow
The Balloon Glow 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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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. ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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A few drops of rain fell, but they didn't dampen the 77th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade in downtown Colorado Springs on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Cowboys and cowgirls of all ages lined the streets to watch and participate in the parade. The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo will kick off on Wednesday night and runs through Saturday at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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An assembly line of pumpkin carving was underway at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo by volunteers and staff on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Austin Kennedy (right) shows her pumpkin art project to fellow staffers, Brenda Cordova and Frankie Medeiros (left to right). The pumpkins will be used as decoration and enrichment for animals at the annual Boo at the Zoo that starts Friday night. The event runs October 20-22, 27-29 and 31 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Animals shows, treat stations, and a haunted fun house are among the activities. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Pumpkin Patch
Eight-year-old friends Courtney Edwards and Lily Hutchison (left to right) play a game of chase inside and on top of hay bales in a maze at the Colorado Pumpkin Patch on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Besides a pumpkin patch, the pumpkin patch has many activities for kids including a petting zoo, pony and hay rides, a corn box, an 80-ft. straw slide, and a 30 ft. in-ground jumping pad. The pumpkin patch will be open through October 29. It is located at 17405 Walden Way near Hodgen Rd. and Hwy. 83 in northern El Paso County. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Lighted magnifying glasses give customers the opportunity to closely inspect the marijuana they are thinking about buying at Maggie's Farm. Maggie's Farm is one of two recreational marijuana stores in Manitou Springs. Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Thunderbirds
The Thunderbirds were practicing for the Air Force Academy's graduation the next day on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, 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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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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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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A car was driven into the pool at the Cheyenne  Mountain Resort on Monday, July 3, 2017. The water from the pool was pumped out in order to have it towed.  (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
A car was driven into the pool at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort on Monday, July 3, 2017. The water from the pool was pumped out in order to have it towed. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Vietnam Vet Dean Byrne removes branches from the massive tree that upended his World War II German Kubelwagen in his front yard on Main Street in Security, Colorado, on Monday, January 9, 2017. He was trying to remove a few branches to be able to get his truck out from his garage. The Pikes Peak region was plagued with very destructive winds. Monday's windstorm probably will not rank among the biggest insured catastrophes in Colorado history, according to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Vietnam Vet Dean Byrne removes branches from the massive tree that upended his World War II German Kubelwagen in his front yard on Main Street in Security, Colorado, on Monday, January 9, 2017. He was trying to remove a few branches to be able to get his truck out from his garage. The Pikes Peak region was plagued with very destructive winds. Monday's windstorm probably will not rank among the biggest insured catastrophes in Colorado history, according to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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A vigil was held on Sunday night for the teen who was shot and killed near the Albertaco's Mexican Food. A large crowd of mostly teens who were friends of the teen sobbed for their friend and his senseless death. Students raise their lit phones in honor of their friend, Nate. Sunday, October 30, 2017.  Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
A vigil was held on Sunday night for the teen who was shot and killed near the Albertaco's Mexican Food. A large crowd of mostly teens who were friends of the teen sobbed for their friend and his senseless death. Students raise their lit phones in honor of their friend, Nate. Sunday, October 30, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Melissa Murphy kneels by a tricycle next to a driveway at her home where her two young children were stabbed to death. Murphy's children, Noah Murphy, 7, and Sofia Murphy, 5,  were stabbed to death in the early hours of Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Their older brother is being held as a suspect on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. The home is in the Venetian Village neighborhood and is located at 912 Carlisle St. The woman who was kneeling by the trike came from inside the home. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
Melissa Murphy kneels by a tricycle next to a driveway at her home where her two young children were stabbed to death. Murphy's children, Noah Murphy, 7, and Sofia Murphy, 5, were stabbed to death in the early hours of Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Their older brother is being held as a suspect on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. The home is in the Venetian Village neighborhood and is located at 912 Carlisle St. The woman who was kneeling by the trike came from inside the home. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Residents of Black Forest have had concerns with the safety of the intersection of Shoup Rd. and Milam Rd. before yesterday's horrific accident in which a mother and her daughters were killed. Teddy bears, toys, and flowers were placed at a makeshift memorial at the site on Monday, October 24, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
Residents of Black Forest have had concerns with the safety of the intersection of Shoup Rd. and Milam Rd. before yesterday's horrific accident in which a mother and her daughters were killed. Teddy bears, toys, and flowers were placed at a makeshift memorial at the site on Monday, October 24, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Noah Harter
For Memorial Day, Kim Harter places 22 flags on the grave of her son, Noah Harter, to symbolize the number of veterans who commit suicide every day. Harter was a Marine veteran who suffered from PTSD after tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan committed suicide in May 2015. Harter graduated early from Rampart High School so he could enter the Marines when he was 17 years old. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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The Broncos celebrated the 25th anniversary of Thunder, a grey Arabian gelding, who is widely considered one of the most majestic mascots in sports. Thunder takes the field before a game against the Jets on Sunday, December 10, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons picks off a pass intended for the Oakland Raider wide receiver Amari Cooper during the fourth quarter of a game against the Raiders on Sunday, October 1, 2017. The play ended a drive at the end of the game in which the Raiders threatened to score and win the game. The Broncos won the game 16-10. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons picks off a pass intended for the Oakland Raider wide receiver Amari Cooper during the fourth quarter of a game against the Raiders on Sunday, October 1, 2017. The play ended a drive at the end of the game in which the Raiders threatened to score and win the game. The Broncos won the game 16-10. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Rocky the Colorado Leprechaun has been cheering in the Broncos stands for over 30 years. When many players took a knee last week during the National Anthem, the act become a national controversy. Rocky decided to dress as a patriotic leprechaun and cheered, showing both his allegiance to the anthem and the Broncos. The Broncos defeated the Oakland Raiders 16-10 on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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Denver Broncos tight end A.J. Derby (83) catches a pass before scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of a game on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
Denver Broncos tight end A.J. Derby (83) catches a pass before scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of a game on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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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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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 on Monday, July 31, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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While Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is swarmed on television, Pikes Peak Pats vice-president Cody Neumann lifts an exact replica of the Lombardi Trophy as he walks through the celebratory crowd at the Fox and Hound. Hundreds of Patriots fans gathered at the Fox and Hound, the official location for the Pikes Peak Pats, the region's Patriots fan club on Sunday, February 5, 2017. The club has over 800 members and is the largest sanctioned Patriots club outside of Massachusetts. They bought the $500 trophy for the club two years ago. photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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After a double overtime, the Palmer Ridge girls' field hockey team defeated the Kent Denver team in a shoot out. The final score was 3-2, giving the school their first state championship in girls field hockey. They were playing at All City Stadium in Denver on Thursday, October 26, 2017. They were celebrating the goal in the shoot out that gave them the win. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

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After receiving their runner-up trophy, brokenhearted CSCS's girls basketball players Katie Hildenbrand, Virginia McGrath, Rachel Ingram, and Madison Mackie (left to right) watch Lamar take the first place trophy. Colorado Springs Christian School girls lost to Lamar 24-18 in the 3A Colorado State Basketball Championship finals at the University of Denver on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
After receiving their runner-up trophy, brokenhearted CSCS's girls basketball players Katie Hildenbrand, Virginia McGrath, Rachel Ingram, and Madison Mackie (left to right) watch Lamar take the first place trophy. Colorado Springs Christian School girls lost to Lamar 24-18 in the 3A Colorado State Basketball Championship finals at the University of Denver on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Palmer Ridge Head Coach Tom Pulford hands over the state trophy to members of the team as they celebrated the school's first football state championship. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to win the Colorado 3A state football championship at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Greenback Cutthroat Trout
Armed with a stunner and fish nets, aquatics biologists Cory Noble and Josh Nehring (left to right) with Colorado Parks and Wildlife wade up Bear Creek to capture Greenback Cutthroat Trout on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. In the 1930's, the Greenback Cutthroat Trout was thought to be extinct. But the rare fish was not extinct in the wild, partly because an innkeeper in the 1870's had stocked a pond near Bear Creek with Greenback Cutthroat Trout. The biologists were capturing males and females for the purpose of artificial spawning and eventually increasing the population of the trout by restocking at various locations in the state. The Greenback Cutthroat Trout is the state fish of Colorado. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Paige the Elephant, the Colorado Renaissance Festival elephant, held her yearly birthday party in Acacia Park . Since the elephant was being so well fed, an accidental bowel movement was a possibility. A Renaissance Festival worker had a important job to make sure nothing was left behind on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Paige the Elephant, the Colorado Renaissance Festival elephant, held her yearly birthday party in Acacia Park . Since the elephant was being so well fed, an accidental bowel movement was a possibility. A Renaissance Festival worker had a important job to make sure nothing was left behind on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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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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More than flowers and gardening supplies have been an attraction at the Lowe's on N. Nevada Ave. A Great Horned Owl made her nest in the outdoor gardening area this Spring. One of the three babies looks down from a high spot in the nesting area on top of landscaping materials on Thursday, May 11, 2017.  Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
More than flowers and gardening supplies have been an attraction at the Lowe's on N. Nevada Ave. A Great Horned Owl made her nest in the outdoor gardening area this Spring. One of the three babies looks down from a high spot in the nesting area on top of landscaping materials on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Big Horn Sheep gather on a ridge above Mountain Shadows on Monday, July 31, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Big Horn Sheep gather on a ridge above Mountain Shadows on Monday, July 31, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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A silhouetted howling wolf sign on Hwy. 24 is the perfect perch for a Red-Tailed Hawk looking for morning prey on Wednesday, June 27, 2017. The sign was advertising Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center near Divide. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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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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Early blossoming trees at the Pioneers Museum provide a flower munching squirrel with a meal late Thursday. The weather forecast is for a different kind of white on Friday, snowy, rainy conditions for the Pikes Peak region. Thursday, March 23, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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A living Statue of Liberty and Abraham Lincoln statue take a break at the Freedom Fair at Ft. Carson on Sunday, July 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Easter
The Sangre de Cristo Mountains (Spanish for Blood of Christ) made for an inspirational background for those attending an Easter service in Westcliffe, Colorado on Sunday, April 16, 2017. The First Baptist Church of Westcliffe lead the annual service. Last year it was cancelled because of deep snow, but this year most were in light jackets. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains include ten of Colorado's 14ers. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Sunset at a pond near Cripple Creek in July 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Sunset at a pond near Cripple Creek in July 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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