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Gazette photos of the month: March 2018

The best photos of the month presented by your photo staff at The Gazette. From the Sandhill cranes migration to Leadville Skijoring competition, preps basketball championships to the Stations of the Cross Shrine, March offered many interesting visuals. All images can be purchased at http://gazettephoto.mycapture.com/mycapture/photoRequestForm.asp.

SANDHILL CRANES
Sandhill cranes use the Monte Vista National Wildlife refuges’s marshes and grasslands to feed and rest on Sunday March 11, 2018 in Monte Vista. It’s estimated that 23,000-27,000 Sandhill Cranes migrate through the San Luis Valley biannually, with the peaks in mid-March and mid-October. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Father Damian de la Cruz, left, and Mary Jo Manzanarez pray while hiking to the Stations of the Cross Shrine on the mesa above San Luis, Colo., on Good Friday, March 30, 2018.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Father Damian de la Cruz, left, and Mary Jo Manzanarez pray while hiking to the Stations of the Cross Shrine on the mesa above San Luis, Colo., on Good Friday, March 30, 2018. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Nat Geo
The Pikes Peak Humane Society and sister shelter Pueblo Animal Services will be the subject of a new six-week reality show on the Nat Geo WILD channel. "Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue" will debut this Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m. Mountain time. Cpl. Avery Borden, one of the featured animal enforcement officers, gets a sloppy kiss from a stray Pit Bull before taking him to the Humane Society on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. The series will show our local Humane Society in action with everything from animal rescues and emergencies to heartwarming adoption stories. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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St. Mary's players cheer with the state champions trophy at the University of Denver - Hamilton Gym on Saturday, March 10, 2018. St. Mary's defeated Colorado Springs Christian School 44-38 to become the state 3A Girls' Basketball Champions.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
St. Mary's players cheer with the state champions trophy at the University of Denver - Hamilton Gym on Saturday, March 10, 2018. St. Mary's defeated Colorado Springs Christian School 44-38 to become the state 3A Girls' Basketball Champions. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Pikes Peak, with a light dusting of snow, towers over Kristi Abbott, left, and Lynn Day as they walk with Abbott’s dog, Kya, through the dog area of Red Rock Canyon Open Space after the fog cleared Monday, March 26, 2018. The weather forecast for Monday night and Tuesday calls for a chance of snow for 14,115-foot Pikes Peak and the rest of the Colorado Springs area. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Pikes Peak, with a light dusting of snow, towers over Kristi Abbott, left, and Lynn Day as they walk with Abbott’s dog, Kya, through the dog area of Red Rock Canyon Open Space after the fog cleared Monday, March 26, 2018. The weather forecast for Monday night and Tuesday calls for a chance of snow for 14,115-foot Pikes Peak and the rest of the Colorado Springs area. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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COG RAILROAD
Youhanna Ghaifan, left, and Josiah Hall, both football players for the University of Wyoming enjoy the summit of Pikes Peak and the surrounding views on Thursday March 15, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Pikes Peak Cog Railway, which has shuttled generations of visitors on breathtaking, 8.9-mile trips to the summit of Pikes Peak and back, won't reopen this spring after several months of maintenance, and it could remain closed for up to three years while its owner, The Broadmoor hotel, studies its fate, hotel President and CEO Jack Damioli said. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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A skier launches off of one of the large jumps at the 70th annual Leadville Skijoring competition on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The teams are scored on how fast they complete the course while landing each of the jumps, clearing all of the gates and collecting all of the rings.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
A skier launches off of one of the large jumps at the 70th annual Leadville Skijoring competition on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The teams are scored on how fast they complete the course while landing each of the jumps, clearing all of the gates and collecting all of the rings. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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POLAR PLUNGE
Nathan Cape, front, of Pueblo, runs out of the 39-degree water after he and his friends Tracy Benton, back, and Jean Collier, not shown, participated in the annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at the Country Club of Colorado at Cheyenne Mountain Resort on Saturday March 10, 2018 in Colorado Springs. ÒThe frogs make it all possible. This frog makes it possible to jump in that cold water. ItÕs not a flotation device but itÕll make us look that much cooler when we jump in,Ó Cape said. Cape is the Regional Director of Southern Colorado for Aventa Credit Union and part of Aventa Cares and their group raised "about $350 dollars." (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey reads The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss to Amanda Parnell's third-grade class Friday, March 2, 2018, at Wildflower Elementary School as part of Read Across America Day on the children author's birthday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey reads The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss to Amanda Parnell's third-grade class Friday, March 2, 2018, at Wildflower Elementary School as part of Read Across America Day on the children author's birthday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Krista Halsnes on her horse Rango hauls Tanner Coulter down the raceways at the 70th annual Leadville Skijoring competition on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The teams are scored on how fast they complete the course while landing each of the jumps, clearing all of the gates and collecting all of the rings.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Krista Halsnes on her horse Rango hauls Tanner Coulter down the raceways at the 70th annual Leadville Skijoring competition on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The teams are scored on how fast they complete the course while landing each of the jumps, clearing all of the gates and collecting all of the rings. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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ST. PATRICKS DAY PARADE
Patric Ryan, right, dressed a leprechaun gives out high-fives to the children on both sides of Tejon Street as he walked with the Westie Rescue Network during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in downtown Colorado Springs on Saturday March 17, 2018 as tens of thousands that showed up for the event. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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HOMELESS CAMP
George Post, a homeless member who currently resides behind Rocky Top Resources, takes a smoke break as he begins to pack up his camp items on Wednesday March 7, 2018 in Colorado Springs. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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CASING CEREMONY
The 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division soldiers relax at the Arrival Departure Airfield Control Group (A/DACG) at Colorado Springs Airport on Thursday March 1, 2018 before their deployment to Afghanistan. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Freshman Casey Gurtler, left, and sophomore Jordyn Rogers lock arms with other students as they surround the Palmer High School campus in downtown Colorado Springs Wednesday, March 14, 2018, during the national student walkout against school violence. About one-third to a half of Palmer 1,650 students walked out of school for 17-minute, one minute for each student killed in the shooting in Parkland, Florida last month.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Freshman Casey Gurtler, left, and sophomore Jordyn Rogers lock arms with other students as they surround the Palmer High School campus in downtown Colorado Springs Wednesday, March 14, 2018, during the national student walkout against school violence. About one-third to a half of Palmer 1,650 students walked out of school for 17-minute, one minute for each student killed in the shooting in Parkland, Florida last month. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Juniors Teegan Crawford, left, and Ryan Santos walk out of class with other Palmer High School students Wednesday, March 14, 2018, during the national student walkout against school violence. About one-third to a half of Palmer 1,650 students walked out of school for 17-minute, one minute for each student killed in the shooting in Parkland, Florida last month.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Juniors Teegan Crawford, left, and Ryan Santos walk out of class with other Palmer High School students Wednesday, March 14, 2018, during the national student walkout against school violence. About one-third to a half of Palmer 1,650 students walked out of school for 17-minute, one minute for each student killed in the shooting in Parkland, Florida last month. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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MARCH FOR OUR LIVES
Ben Heimer, 10, holds a cutout of Republican Doug Lamborn who is a Republican for the House of Representative for Colorado's 5th District during the 'March For Our Lives' event on Saturday March 24, 2018 which started at Acacia Park and proceeded throughout downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. The event gained international attention following the mass school shooting that left 17 dead earlier this year in Parkland, Florida. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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fire aftermath
A tire fire continues to burn on private property days after the end of the Carson Midway fire. Crews in protective masks try to lessen the smoldering fire on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The tires were being used as a wall or boundary on the private property. The tires are in the process of being smothered and moved to a tire disposal area that just happens to be near the fire. Yesterday, the EPA decided to move the tires so that they will cause the least environmental damage. An elementary school in the area of the tire fire was closed until Wednesday, when conditions were determined to be safe. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Firefighters look down a formerly grassy alley between two townhouse buildings that burned in a fire on Monday, March 26, 2018. Approximately 20 units in the Sunstone Townhomes burned, displacing 68 people.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Firefighters look down a formerly grassy alley between two townhouse buildings that burned in a fire on Monday, March 26, 2018. Approximately 20 units in the Sunstone Townhomes burned, displacing 68 people. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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A large brush fire that was fueled by high winds came close to to the Navajo Village housing area at Ft. Carson near Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Crews were able to knock down the fire before it reached the housing on Sunday, March 4, 2018. As a precaution, about 400 people from the Navajo Village Housing area, the Warrior Transition Battalion and the 10th Special Forces Complex were evacuated to concerns of smoke inhalation. The post's Special Events Center is housing about 120 evacuees, officials said Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
A large brush fire that was fueled by high winds came close to to the Navajo Village housing area at Ft. Carson near Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Crews were able to knock down the fire before it reached the housing on Sunday, March 4, 2018. As a precaution, about 400 people from the Navajo Village Housing area, the Warrior Transition Battalion and the 10th Special Forces Complex were evacuated to concerns of smoke inhalation. The post's Special Events Center is housing about 120 evacuees, officials said Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Nain Dominguez
When Seniors get their Meals on Wheels this week, they might get a visit from a local celebrity during March for Meals Community Champions Week. Katie Pelton, noon anchor for KKTV and Call to Action Investigator, gets a big smile from Bette Tate as she receives her meal on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Silver Key Senior Services supplies the meals for homebound seniors and volunteers deliver the meals. Pelton also has a column in the Gazette called "Voice of the Consumer". Linda Navarro, Charity Events/Columnist for the Gazette, will be surprising some Seniors on Friday with deliveries. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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A firefighter sprays water on the charred ground outside of a home on Oak View Road after a 78 acre fire was contained, on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
A firefighter sprays water on the charred ground outside of a home on Oak View Road after a 78 acre fire was contained, on Thursday, March 15, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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castle fire
A group of Bighorn Sheep trot across Hwy. 96 just west of Wetmore, Colorado. The traffic respectively stopped and watched as they scurried up the rocky hillside on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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AIR ACADEMY HOOPS
Air Academy guard Liza Louthan, left, comforts senior forward Mary Parchinski as both were emotional in the final minute of the game as the Cadets fell short to the Evergreen Cougars 50-36 in the round of eight in the 2018 4A CHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament on Thursday March 2, 2018 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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geological formations
Goemmer Butte is reflected in a slow flowing creek on CR420, south of La Veta in the San Luis Valley of Colorado on Thursday, February 22, 2018. To see the world-class formations, the Geological Society of America has looked to Brian Penn for days-long trips around Walsenburg and the outskirts of La Veta. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC player Shane Malcolm shakes a fan's hand through the goal net after defeating LA Galaxy II 2-0 at Weidner Field, on Saturday, March 17, 2018. 

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC player Shane Malcolm shakes a fan's hand through the goal net after defeating LA Galaxy II 2-0 at Weidner Field, on Saturday, March 17, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Colorado College center Troy Conzo slides in after a shot attempt as University of Denver goalie Tanner Jaillet snags the puck out of the air at the Magness Arena on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The University of Denver won 3-2 to tie up the series 1-1, with a tiebreaker game Sunday.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Colorado College center Troy Conzo slides in after a shot attempt as University of Denver goalie Tanner Jaillet snags the puck out of the air at the Magness Arena on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The University of Denver won 3-2 to tie up the series 1-1, with a tiebreaker game Sunday. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Easter Bunny
Rachel Garcia and her father, James Garcia, were hoping that to get their dogs, Sadie and Fezzik (left to right), to sit on the Easter Bunny's lap for a fun photo at Chapel Hills Mall. But Sadie ended up feeling a little more comfortable on the floor for the photo shoot. The mall has been having pet night on Monday nights this month and the Garcias were taking advantage of the last one. However, the Easter Bunny will be visiting with kids everyday through March 31 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Lucy Malecki, 3, meticulously works at dyeing eggs at the Casa Verde Condominium Association Common House on Saturday, March 31, 2018. More than a dozen families came to dye eggs for tomorrow's Easter egg hunt.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Lucy Malecki, 3, meticulously works at dyeing eggs at the Casa Verde Condominium Association Common House on Saturday, March 31, 2018. More than a dozen families came to dye eggs for tomorrow's Easter egg hunt. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Sanctuary Church
The Sanctuary Church on the westside of Colorado Springs is a church that is home to a diversity of members. The homeless, drug addicted, and alcoholic can find a place to worship without judgment with people from all other walks of life. A homeless woman named Regina writes about her life challenges on slips of paper and then drops them into a box beneath a cross during a service on Sunday, February 11, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The U.S. Olympic Museum begins to take shape as crews work on the steel beams of the 60,000-square-foot building Monday, March 5, 2018, in Colorado Springs. The Museum is schedule to open in the summer of 2019. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The U.S. Olympic Museum begins to take shape as crews work on the steel beams of the 60,000-square-foot building Monday, March 5, 2018, in Colorado Springs. The Museum is schedule to open in the summer of 2019. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Col. Clarence “Bud” Anderson, the last living American triple-ace fighter pilot from World War II, left, visits with Pearl Harbor survivor Donald Stratton, in front of a replica of the P-51 "Old Crow" that Bud flew in WWII Saturday, March 4, 2018, after Anderson became the first induction into the museum’s Veterans Honor Program at the National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Col. Clarence “Bud” Anderson, the last living American triple-ace fighter pilot from World War II, left, visits with Pearl Harbor survivor Donald Stratton, in front of a replica of the P-51 "Old Crow" that Bud flew in WWII Saturday, March 4, 2018, after Anderson became the first induction into the museum’s Veterans Honor Program at the National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The grocery store facade in the movie “True Grit” is now the south wall of the True Grit Cafe that was built in 1986 as a tribute to John Wayne and the movie. The walls of the Ridgway, Colo., restaurant are decorated with pictures and posters from the 1969 western.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The grocery store facade in the movie “True Grit” is now the south wall of the True Grit Cafe that was built in 1986 as a tribute to John Wayne and the movie. The walls of the Ridgway, Colo., restaurant are decorated with pictures and posters from the 1969 western. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Proud parent Susie Howery takes a picture of the St. Mary’s girls basketball team before the girls were introduced to the student body Friday, March 23, 2018, during an assembly to honor the 3A Colorado State champions. The Prates team defeated Colorado Springs Christian School 44-38 March 9, 2018, at Denver University to win the school’s first girls basketball title. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Proud parent Susie Howery takes a picture of the St. Mary’s girls basketball team before the girls were introduced to the student body Friday, March 23, 2018, during an assembly to honor the 3A Colorado State champions. The Prates team defeated Colorado Springs Christian School 44-38 March 9, 2018, at Denver University to win the school’s first girls basketball title. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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state 4A
Cory Amber Oliver grieves in front the Travel Star Motel on Wednesday. Cory said she is the wife of Corky Oliver and was the woman held hostage last night during a stand off with the CSPD Swat team. Eventually, Corky Oliver was shot and killed by the Swat team after refusing to come out. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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DANIELS SCHOLARS
Alexandra Artuso, 18, reacts to being one of seventeen students in Colorado Springs to receive the Daniels Scholarship, a program provides four-year college scholarships for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership and a commitment to serving their communities on Tuesday March 27, 2018 in Colorado Springs at the City of Colorado Springs Administration Building. Artuso wants to study clinical psychology at Biola University in southern California and help kids who experience anxiety and depression Ñ just like she has. ÒIÕve been getting counseling at for free at a womenÕs clinic, and itÕs changed my life,Ó Alexandra said. ÒThis is an epidemic, and this is what I want to dedicate my life to. The Daniels Fund is making that possible Ñ we wouldnÕt have been able to pay for it. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Discovery Center
Sasha Chrisiansen and her son, Cody Christiansen, look through a microscope in front of a display of the sun on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Space Foundation Discovery Center. Next week, the Space Foundation will have a special Spring Break at the Discovery Center, with hands-on, immersive activities and experiences, based on space, science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics during this Explore Space Spring Break Experience. The four-day Spring Break Experience will help children explore different space-themed activities from driving robots on “Mars,” to piloting underwater drones in the oceans of Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Prior registration is required. The center will be open to the general public, also, during Spring Break. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Anika Olson, 3, looks at her distorted reflection in the hubcap of a semi-truck tire while her grandfather, Rick Olson, watches at the Junior League of Colorado Springs' Touch-A-Truck weekend, at the Norris-Penrose Event Center on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The event raises money for the Junior League's Fostering Change program to help foster children transition and age out of foster care.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Anika Olson, 3, looks at her distorted reflection in the hubcap of a semi-truck tire while her grandfather, Rick Olson, watches at the Junior League of Colorado Springs' Touch-A-Truck weekend, at the Norris-Penrose Event Center on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The event raises money for the Junior League's Fostering Change program to help foster children transition and age out of foster care. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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Noah Olson, 3, left, and his brother, John Olson, 4, help their mother Melissa Olson built raised beds for the Mid Shooks Run Community Garden Thursday, March 29, 2018. About 30 volunteers helped Pikes Peak Urban Gardens build the gardens at the corner of Boulder and El Paso streets in downtown Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Noah Olson, 3, left, and his brother, John Olson, 4, help their mother Melissa Olson built raised beds for the Mid Shooks Run Community Garden Thursday, March 29, 2018. About 30 volunteers helped Pikes Peak Urban Gardens build the gardens at the corner of Boulder and El Paso streets in downtown Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sgt. Alfredo Burgos cooks a lunch of Spam and Kielbasa for the mechanics team with Spc. Logan Lee after they work on an M1 Abrams at the firing range during the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team's live fire gunnery exercises at Fort Carson, on Friday, March 2, 2018.

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Sgt. Alfredo Burgos cooks a lunch of Spam and Kielbasa for the mechanics team with Spc. Logan Lee after they work on an M1 Abrams at the firing range during the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team's live fire gunnery exercises at Fort Carson, on Friday, March 2, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

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EASTER EGG FESTIVIES
Camryn Pierce, 6, carefully takes a spoonful of sugar for her tea as her mother Kristian Pierce watches as the two enjoy some Victorian tea in the Tea Room following the Victorian Easter Egg Hunt that took place inside of the Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs on Saturday March 31, 2018. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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