Nearly one-third of my retrospective photos of 2020, were related to COVID-19. Gone was the coverage of all the yearly events that make Colorado Springs unique. Gone was the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Easter egg hunts, Cinco de Mayo, Territory Days, and the Pikes Peak Rodeo, parade and street breakfast. At first I wondered, what are we going to cover if everyone is in their house? But the real big story of year was how we coped with the virus and that's something that will make one of the most unique years in my career. The social unrest after the video of the death of George Floyd tested our city as police and protesters clashed numerous times. And the death of Gannon Stauch, although it seems like it was more a year away, was a very tragic way to start this trying year. But eventually the wildflowers still bloomed, the aspens turned yellow, we didn't have the Ascent, but did have the Pikes Peak Marathon. We didn't have the usual Labor Day Liftoff, but we did still have some pop-up balloon locations instead. And even amidst the pandemic, we were able to open the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, a new city legacy that will entertain visitors for decades to come.


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