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Gazette photos of the month: February 2018

The best photos of the month presented by your photo staff at The Gazette. From the procession and funeral of Micah Flick to snowy days, kids meeting an astronaut to winter sports, art openings to Sandhill Cranes, February offered many interesting visuals. All images can be purchased at http://gazettephoto.mycapture.com/mycapture/photoRequestForm.asp.

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The hearse bearing the casket of El Paso County Dep. Micah Flick arrives at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, before the funeral for the deputy on Saturday. February 10, 2018. Flick was killed in the line of duty on Monday, February 5, 2018. The hearse is being escorted by an honor guard on horseback from the El Paso County Sheriff's Dept. as it nears the church. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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4A GIRLS SWIMMING
Cat Wright of Cheyenne Mountain takes a moment to breathe following her winning time of 2:02.53 in the 200 Yard IM in the CHSAA 4A State Swimming Championships at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center on Saturday February 10, 2018 in Thornton. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Chris Buxton dips his wife Michelle while having their picture taken at the Ptarmigan Hut before the Mountaintop Matrimony group wedding ceremony at Loveland Ski Area on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Chris and Michelle were there to renew their vows after 11 years of marriage.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Chris Buxton dips his wife Michelle while having their picture taken at the Ptarmigan Hut before the Mountaintop Matrimony group wedding ceremony at Loveland Ski Area on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Chris and Michelle were there to renew their vows after 11 years of marriage. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Wildlife managers Adam Gerstenberger, left, and Tim Kroening move a tranquilized bear cub into an artificial den Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, while a team from Colorado Parks and Wildlife relocated seven rehabilitated orphaned cubs to two den sites on Pikes Peak where they will hibernate for the rest of the winter. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Wildlife managers Adam Gerstenberger, left, and Tim Kroening move a tranquilized bear cub into an artificial den Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, while a team from Colorado Parks and Wildlife relocated seven rehabilitated orphaned cubs to two den sites on Pikes Peak where they will hibernate for the rest of the winter. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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SCHOOL CHOICE
Sharon Begin holds the tail as she helps Jessica Sombke dressed in an inflatable dinosaur outfit, across the Lexington Dr., and N. Union Blvd., intersection as the two helped to promote New Summit, a new charter school, during their recruitment of new students to the school on Saturday February 17, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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First graders hug former NASA astronaut Lt. Col. Duane G. Carey after he gave a presentation Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at McAuliffe Elementary School in Colorado Springs. Harris Corporation sponsored the presentation by the Carey as part of the Space Foundation's Space in Community program. The retired Space Shuttle pilot Carey will be visiting other schools in the area through Friday.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
First graders hug former NASA astronaut Lt. Col. Duane G. Carey after he gave a presentation Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at McAuliffe Elementary School in Colorado Springs. Harris Corporation sponsored the presentation by the Carey as part of the Space Foundation's Space in Community program. The retired Space Shuttle pilot Carey will be visiting other schools in the area through Friday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Having Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day on the same day makes things complicated for observers of Lent. Father Mark Zacker puts ashes puts ashes on the forehead of Moses Sisneros while other children from Corpus Christi Catholic School wait their turn at Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day haven't fallen on the same day since 1945. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. Observers of Lent might face a bit of a dilemma with Valentine's Day being a day of indulgences of sweets and big meals. The children of Corpus Christi Catholic School didn't miss out on a Valentine's Day party, though, they just had it a day early. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Angelia Rose, 9, right, show her mother, Angela Deherrera, the 911 Hero Award medal she received from El Paso County Sheriff’s Office commander Jeff Kramer Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2018, during an assembly at Jordahl Elementary School in Fountain. Rose called 911 on Dec. 20, 2017, when her mother was extremely sick with a fever. Dispatcher Dani Rodgers received the call from Rose and said before the assembly that Rose was brave and calm and even told her mother to sit down and rest because she would take care of everything. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Angelia Rose, 9, right, show her mother, Angela Deherrera, the 911 Hero Award medal she received from El Paso County Sheriff’s Office commander Jeff Kramer Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2018, during an assembly at Jordahl Elementary School in Fountain. Rose called 911 on Dec. 20, 2017, when her mother was extremely sick with a fever. Dispatcher Dani Rodgers received the call from Rose and said before the assembly that Rose was brave and calm and even told her mother to sit down and rest because she would take care of everything. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Diana Miller holds up Aquila, a golden eagle, during a presentation at The Pueblo Nature and Raptor Center during Pueblo Eagle Days on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Aquila is one of the birds that suffered permanent damage in an accident and lives at the center as a teaching bird.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Diana Miller holds up Aquila, a golden eagle, during a presentation at The Pueblo Nature and Raptor Center during Pueblo Eagle Days on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Aquila is one of the birds that suffered permanent damage in an accident and lives at the center as a teaching bird. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Sandhill Cranes
Hundreds of Sandhill Cranes have started arriving in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. . The greatest numbers can be seen in mid-March at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. Every year, the town of Monte Vista pays homage to their migratory guests with the Monte Vista Crane Festival. This year the festival will be March 9-11. Approximately 23,000 - 27,000 Sandhill Cranes migrate biannually (peak Mid-March and Mid-October) through the San Luis Valley. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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SNOW FEATURE
A fresh layer of snow covers the hills, a pond and surrounding areas of Red Rocks Open Space as seen from the C-Line Jump Trail on Tuesday February 20, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The super, blue, blood moon sinks over 14,115-foot Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs as seen from Highway 94 Wednesday morning, Jan. 31. 2018. Shortly afterward the moon disappeared behind the clouds.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The super, blue, blood moon sinks over 14,115-foot Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs as seen from Highway 94 Wednesday morning, Jan. 31. 2018. Shortly afterward the moon disappeared behind the clouds. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Officers responded to what is believed to be an officer related shooting at Galley and Murray on Monday, February 5, 2018.
Officers responded to what is believed to be an officer related shooting at Galley and Murray on Monday, February 5, 2018.

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Girl Scout Cookies
El Paso County Sheriff Deputies run into the ambulance entrance at UC Health Memorial Hospital on (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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OFFICER PROCESSION
The hearse carrying the body of El Paso County sheriff deputy Micah Flick, 34, as part of the police procession that progressed down South Nevada Ave., on Monday February 5, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This was Flick's 11th anniversary today with the sheriff's office and he is survived by his wife and seven-year-old twins. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Firefighters salute the procession for El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Micah Flick outside of the El Paso County Coroners Office Officers on Monday, February 5, 2018. Flick died in a shootout during a stolen car investigation.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Firefighters salute the procession for El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Micah Flick outside of the El Paso County Coroners Office Officers on Monday, February 5, 2018. Flick died in a shootout during a stolen car investigation. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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About a 1,000 people braved the cold and snow to line the southside of Woodmen Road between Powers and Tutt blvds in Colorado Springs, Colo., to pay their respects for El Paso County deputy Micah Flick who was killed Feb. 5, 2018. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
About a 1,000 people braved the cold and snow to line the southside of Woodmen Road between Powers and Tutt blvds in Colorado Springs, Colo., to pay their respects for El Paso County deputy Micah Flick who was killed Feb. 5, 2018. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Commander Tom DeLuca places his hand on the casket for deputy Micah Flick at Flick's memorial service at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Commander Tom DeLuca places his hand on the casket for deputy Micah Flick at Flick's memorial service at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, February 10, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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EXPORTS
Ann DeMarco is the manager of Highland Health, a locally owned and operated recreational dispensary and has been open in Trinidad since October 2015 is ranked #1 on Leafly List: Best Dispensaries in Colorado (Fall 2017 and Winter 2017). The city of Trinidad, population 8,100, is selling marijuana at around $300 per capita monthly, 15 times that of Boulder County. The city is home to 21 marijuana shops, and Las Animas County sells more than $4 million in legal marijuana per month. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Laurie Works, who's sisters died in the 2007 New Life Church shooting, is working on her Master's Degree in Psychology at UCCS so she can help victims of trauma. Photographed at the memorial to her sisters outside of New Life Church on Friday, February 23, 2018.

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Laurie Works, who's sisters died in the 2007 New Life Church shooting, is working on her Master's Degree in Psychology at UCCS so she can help victims of trauma. Photographed at the memorial to her sisters outside of New Life Church on Friday, February 23, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Doug Brewer sits at the bar Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018,  inside Thunder & Buttons in Old Colorado City. Brewer, who spent last year inside bars as he tried to get over a hard breakup, is sober now and about to release a book about the characters he has met on the westside of town.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Doug Brewer sits at the bar Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, inside Thunder & Buttons in Old Colorado City. Brewer, who spent last year inside bars as he tried to get over a hard breakup, is sober now and about to release a book about the characters he has met on the westside of town. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A dusting of snow covers the Hank the Cowboy statue in downtown Colorado Springs Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, as pedestrians cross Pikes Peak Avenue. The Colorado Springs area received about half an inch of snow overnight. The Hank the Cowboy charactor was created in 1939 by Stanley Reed, a staff artist at The Gazette/Telegraph newspaper to promote the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. The Bronze statue by Colorado sculptor Rusty Phelps was installed at the corner of Tejon Street and PIkes Peak Avenue in 1997.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A dusting of snow covers the Hank the Cowboy statue in downtown Colorado Springs Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, as pedestrians cross Pikes Peak Avenue. The Colorado Springs area received about half an inch of snow overnight. The Hank the Cowboy charactor was created in 1939 by Stanley Reed, a staff artist at The Gazette/Telegraph newspaper to promote the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. The Bronze statue by Colorado sculptor Rusty Phelps was installed at the corner of Tejon Street and PIkes Peak Avenue in 1997. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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After stopping at the Dollar Store to buy a massive bouquet of Valentine's balloons, Caroline Rubalcava had trouble getting all the balloons into her car. She tied the balloons to her car door and went to the grocery store to buy even more larger balloons. Eventually, she was able to get most of the balloons stuffed into her car so she didn't loose them on I-25. She was taking them to surprise her sweetheart at work for Valentine's Day on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Mesa Ridge High School's Dominick Fini grimaces in pain while throwing his opponent Weston Holdren from Grand Junction Central High School at the third place match for 4A 220lb State Wrestling Championship at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on February 17, 2018. Fini injured his hip at the beginning of the match, but continued wrestling to win 8-1.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Mesa Ridge High School's Dominick Fini grimaces in pain while throwing his opponent Weston Holdren from Grand Junction Central High School at the third place match for 4A 220lb State Wrestling Championship at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on February 17, 2018. Fini injured his hip at the beginning of the match, but continued wrestling to win 8-1. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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The Classical Academy's Nathan Johns thrusts a finger up for victory after escaping in overtime to score a point against Valley's Josh Flanagan and win 3-2 at the finals of the State Wrestling Championship at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on February 17, 2018. 

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
The Classical Academy's Nathan Johns thrusts a finger up for victory after escaping in overtime to score a point against Valley's Josh Flanagan and win 3-2 at the finals of the State Wrestling Championship at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on February 17, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Denver Nuggets
Nuggets Mason Plumlee (center) gets caught up in the net as he and Spurs Pau Gasol go for a rebound. The Denver Nuggets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 122-119 at the Pepsi Center on Friday, February 23, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Lewis-Palmer junior Joel Scott grabs a rebound to try for a basket against the Sierra Stallions at Lewis-Palmer High School on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The Rangers defeated the Stallions 75-62.


(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Lewis-Palmer junior Joel Scott grabs a rebound to try for a basket against the Sierra Stallions at Lewis-Palmer High School on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The Rangers defeated the Stallions 75-62. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Air Force forward Ryan Manning, left, battles San Diego State forward Jalen McDaniels for a loose ball during the second half Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Clune Arena on the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. San Diego State won 67-56.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Air Force forward Ryan Manning, left, battles San Diego State forward Jalen McDaniels for a loose ball during the second half Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Clune Arena on the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. San Diego State won 67-56. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Girl Scout Cookies
It's officially Girl Scout cookie time in the Pikes Peak region. Cookie sales started on Sunday, filling the garage of the Lucero family to the brink. This is the third year that Tom Lucero and Anita Lucero (back, left to right) have had had a Cookie Cupboard, or a distribution point for the cookies. Brownie Bailey Lucero (left, front) helps fellow Brownie Hayleigh Hiszem and her mother, Cassie Hiszem, carry their cookies to their car on Monday, February 5, 2018. Last year, the wildly popular S'Mores ran out early, but this year there are plenty of S'Mores. On the website girlscoutsofcolorado.org, there is a cookie locator search tool. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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DERRICK WHITE
Santiago Chavez, 7, leans in eagerly as former UCCS and current San Antonio Spurs basketball player Derrick White signs a towel for the young fan at Berger Hall on Saturday February 17, 2018 in Colorado Springs. White returned to UCCS for a jersey retirement ceremony. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Sophie Windle, 5, runs out of the Enchanted Forest ice sculpture at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. The Forest was carved by veteran carver Laurie Petty and her team from Dazzling Ice.

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Sophie Windle, 5, runs out of the Enchanted Forest ice sculpture at the 11th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. The Forest was carved by veteran carver Laurie Petty and her team from Dazzling Ice. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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GALLERY OPENING
Diane Zins, from just outside of Madison, Wisconsin, looks at the a portion of 'Untitled 147' by significant and influential Manitou Springs artist Floyd D. Tunson. Tunson put on the inaugural exhibit of 'Janus' which held its grand opening in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art at the new Ent Center for the Arts on Thursday February 1, 2018 in Colorado Springs. The work featured new pieces by Tunson. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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NATL SIGNING DAY
Palmer Ridge lacrosse coach Sue Walker, left, shares a moment with her player Elizabeth 'Liz' Phillips, a commit to University of Colorado, as nine high school students from Palmer Ridge signed and committed to their college of choice to play college sports during National Signing Day at Palmer Ridge High School on Wednesday February 7, 2018 in Monument, Colorado. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Summit Elementary School in Divide is one of two schools statewide to win the 2017 National Title One Distinguished Schools award. Summit Elementary won for "closing the achievement gap between student groups." The school is recognized as a school that has "successfully used Title 1 funds to improve the education for economically disadvantaged students." Third graders Annie Demuth does her schoolwork in a claw foot bathtub repurposed as a reading spot and Sophia Mijares works on a white board at the school on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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WINTERFEST
The sun begins to set as David Camp helps his grandson Xire Stoker, 5, into his ice skates during 'Winterfest' on Saturday February 24, 2018 in Palmer Lake. Proceeds from 'Winterfest' will be going toward building a boat launch and purchasing playground equipment and trash cans for the lake. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Leah Stevens, left, prays with her children Sienna Robinson, middle, and Isaiah Robinson before they placed flowers on a memorial outside the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, for deputy Micah Flick who was killed when an investigation of a motor vehicle theft turned into a deadly shooting Monday outside a Colorado Springs apartment complex. Stevens has worked at the Sheriff’s Office for 17 years and was a good friend of Flick. “He was always smiling,” Stevens said, “And a great friend and co worker.” Three other law enforcement officers were shot. The suspect was killed and one citizen injured. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Leah Stevens, left, prays with her children Sienna Robinson, middle, and Isaiah Robinson before they placed flowers on a memorial outside the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, for deputy Micah Flick who was killed when an investigation of a motor vehicle theft turned into a deadly shooting Monday outside a Colorado Springs apartment complex. Stevens has worked at the Sheriff’s Office for 17 years and was a good friend of Flick. “He was always smiling,” Stevens said, “And a great friend and co worker.” Three other law enforcement officers were shot. The suspect was killed and one citizen injured. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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World-class mountaineer and author Gerry Roach cheers after reaching the highest point of the Flat Top north of Montrose, Colo., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, while recovering from surgery to repair his left quadricep tendon. Roach, 74, has summited the major mountains of the world include Mt. Everest and has written many books including the book that sits on a shelve of most climbers in Colorado - “Colorado’s Fourteeners: From hikes to Climbs.”  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
World-class mountaineer and author Gerry Roach cheers after reaching the highest point of the Flat Top north of Montrose, Colo., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, while recovering from surgery to repair his left quadricep tendon. Roach, 74, has summited the major mountains of the world include Mt. Everest and has written many books including the book that sits on a shelve of most climbers in Colorado - “Colorado’s Fourteeners: From hikes to Climbs.” (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sandhill Cranes
Hundreds of Sandhill cranes have started arriving to the San Luis Valley of Colorado. The greatest numbers can be seen in mid-March at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. Every year, the town of Monte Vista pays homage to their migratory guests with the Monte Vista Crane Festival. This year the festival will be March 9-11. Approximately 23,000 - 27,000 Sandhill Cranes migrate biannually (peak Mid-March and Mid-October) through the San Luis Valley. The birds have wingspans of about 5-7 feet. Sandhill Cranes mate for life, choosing their partners based on dancing skills. Their loud, rattling bugle calls can be hear up to 2.5 miles away. After spending time in Monte Vista, the Sandhill cranes continue on their migration to their summer breeding grounds in Idaho. Thursday, February 21, 2018.(Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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SKATER COMMERCIAL
Elise Freezer, 11, an aspiring figure skater throws her teddy bear 'Sunny Oliver' as she practices and shows off her routines at the Cadet Ice Arena at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Tuesday February 6, 2018 in Colorado Springs. Freezer is to be featured on SunTrust commercial during Olympics. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The casket bearing the body of El Paso County Dep. Micah Flick arrives at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, before the funeral for the deputy on Saturday. February 10, 2018. Flick was killed in the line of duty on Monday, February 5, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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