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Independence Day celebration

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Below: An adorable example of what make Independence Day special in the Tri-Lakes area. There are more photos below. Photo by David Futey.

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Thompson gets the axe July 10

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Photos by Bernard Minetti

Below: Firefighter-paramedic Ron Thompson displays the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District (TLMFPD) commemorative fire axe he received as he celebrates his retirement after serving 20 years in the department. 

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Below: Thompson (center pointing) is surrounded by TLMFPD personnel and well wishers. To his immediate left is Fire Lt. Tracy Cox who organized the farewell get together and TLMFPD Chief Robert Denboske. To his right, is his wife Sheila.

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Below: Thompson cutting his retirement cake. Observing are (L-R) TLMFPD Chief Robert Denboske; Sheila Thompson, Ron’s wife; Will Thompson, Ron’s son; Ron Thompson; Annette Thompson, Ron’s daughter-in-law; and Fire Lt. Tracy Cox who baked the cake, all observing cutting the first slice.

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Patio homes get conditional approval

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Miles Scully, Gleneagle golf course owner, presents his development proposal to the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners (L to R) Dennis Hisey, Amy Lathen, Jim Bensberg, Sallie Clark, and Wayne Williams. Photo captured from internet broadcast of the hearing.

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Below: View of the proposed patio home building site as seen from the adjacent Eagle Villas complex. Photo provided by Dick Durham.

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Monument Board of Trustees, July 6: Glenn resigns; Trustee Easton appointed mayor

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Photos by Jim Kendrick.

Below: (L to R) Trustee Travis Easton is sworn in by town clerk Scott Meszaros to succeed Byron Glenn as Monument Mayor. 

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Below: With Easton in the foreground, Meszaros swears in Rick Squires as a Monument Trustee to fill the vacancy created by Steve Samuels’ resignation. Volunteers are being sought to fill Easton’s trustee position.

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Monument Board of Trustees, July 20: Streamlined building permit process approved

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Below: (L to R) Monument Police Chief Jake Shirk receives Executive Certificate from Aurora Police Chief Daniel J. Oates, President of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Donala Water and Sanitation District, July 14: Ranch access issues continue

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Below: (L to R) Donala board president Dennis Daugherty congratulates Mike Lavin for being named employee of the quarter. In the foreground, is board vice president Tim Murphy. Photo by John Heiser.

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Wastewater plant grand opening celebration July 24

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Photos by Jim Kendrick.

Below: Grand opening July 24 of the expanded wastewater treatment plant that serves the Donala, Forest Lakes, and Triview districts was attended by more than 100. 

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Below: (L to R) Principal engineer on the project, Roger Sams of GMS, receives commendation from Donala board member Dale Schendzielos and Donala General Manager Dana Duthie. 

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Art Matters: Chautauqua at TLCA: Exhibit for two women artists

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Below: These sketches by Elizabeth Hacker, show her thinking process and quick eye to the natural bird. 

Violet green swallow

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Finished drawing of a bluebird

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Color sketch of the western bluebird

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Below: Detail of Elizabeth Hacker’s painting Rising Phoenix. She has started painting mythical birds and imaginative works for her more personal works of art. Photo by Janet Sellers.

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Below: From her studio, Hacker can watch birds, animals, and one of her many flower gardens amid the age old Ponderosa Pines and Aspens. Every window has a vista of nature and lush native greenery. Her artist’s eye has planned for perfect harmony in the garden views, so it is easy to see how her paintings echo that natural surrounding. She can see her bluebird house and countless bird feeders attract her portrait subjects for her bird and flower paintings. Photo by Janet Sellers.

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Independence Day Celebration

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Below: (R-L) Stephen and David Watts of Dotsero brought their 5-piece contemporary jazz band to the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (TLCA) stage on July 3, opening Fourth of July activities for the Tri-Lakes area. At an early point in the concert, Stephen encouraged the capacity crowd to "just have some fun." It was clear from the first song of the first set that having fun would not be a problem for those in attendance this evening. As with previous trips to the TLCA, this fourth appearance by Dotsero further demonstrated how the band draws the audience into its unique sound and takes them for a moving and rhythmic ride. Information on the TLCA and a list of upcoming events can be found at www.trilakesarts.org. Information on Dotsero and their new album release is available at www.dotsero.org. Photo by David Futey.

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Below: (L-R) During July 4th festivities since 1989, Dorothy and Si Sibell have hosted a barn dance to raise awareness and funds for charities that assist those in need in the Tri-Lakes area. The Sibells, who according to Si have been residents of Monument "since we got here and never made enough money to leave," will be donating this year’s proceeds from the July 3 event to the American Legion Post 9-11 and the Rampart Range Sportsmen (RRS). The RRS will be using the funds they receive to assist children in need. This year’s barn dance was sponsored by the Monument Merchants Association with music was provided by Jack Daddy. Photo by David Futey.

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Below: Victoria Aguilar prepares to pass out a wagon full of candy during Monument’s Fourth of July Children’s Parade. Photo by David Futey.

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Below: The 28th Annual Fun Run opened up Fourth of July activities in Palmer Lake. Sponsored by the Palmer Lake Elementary School and coordinated by Sue Walker, over 600 runners, joggers, walkers, and a few pushing strollers participated in the run. The course circled Palmer Lake before heading into town for the finish. Photo by David Futey.

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Below: Boy Scout Troop 17 leads off the Monument Children’s Parade. Photo by Barbara Ball.

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Below: Girl of the West from the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs. Photo by David Futey.

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Below Hillbilly Train from Pueblo. Photo by David Futey

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Top right: Lewis-Palmer High School Cheerleaders. Photos by David Futey

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Below: Robert Tessier and George Griego of the Pikes Peak Detachment of the Martine Corps League drove their fire engine in the parade. Photo by Harriet Halbig. 

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Below: Ford Model A’s in the parade. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Below: The Pikes Peak Rangerettes. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Below. Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Below: Anna Yaussy and Joshua Shoulders were among the young patrons who marched in the Fourth of July parade with library staff and volunteers. Photo by Harriet Halbig.

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Below: Children’s Specialist Julie Simmons, Monument Branch Manager Jean Harris, and volunteer Ashley Pollard awaited the beginning of the Fourth of July parade. Photo by Harriet Halbig.

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Below: The library’s kazoo band, under the direction of Nathan Worthey, was part of the Fourth of July parade. Photo by Harriet Halbig.

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Peace Poster Project at TLCA

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Below: Palmer Lake artist Dan Fraley and Palmer Ridge High School sophomore Kelsey Hemp pose next to one of Fraley’s paintings, Paiute Jim and Mate, on display at the Peace Poster Project event held at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (TLCA) during July. Fraley’s inspiration for this painting came from the only known photograph taken of indigenous people who lived in the Monument area. Hemp assisted Fraley with assembling the show. She is also active at her school and in the community in promoting peace initiatives. Fraley expressed a hope that shows similar to the Peace Poster Project will be offered around the world. Fraley created a template for making it easily replicated. Works, including entries from Lewis-Palmer Elementary School, lined the walls of the TLCA. The show included a copy of the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and other documents. Fraley said, "People are looking for a direction given the state of the economy and other concerns. They are looking for what to do next to help fix things." Fraley believes one way to ‘fix things’ and promote peace would be to lessen the country’s dependence on oil and seek initiatives that promote clean energies and energy efficiency. Fraley is presently proposing concepts to provide clean energy assistance to homeowners. Information on the Peace Poster Project can be found at www.peaceposterproject.org. Photo and caption by David Futey.

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Gift shop makeover at TLCA

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Below: Lauren Chickering, the new Tri Lakes Center for the Arts administrative and events coordinator, peruses the TCLA gift shop. The new gift shop makeover includes floor to ceiling treasures in art:small gems and jewelry, home decor, fun greeting cards and artist prints and paintings. Brilliant wall colors set off the dynamic works in the resort-like setting. Photo by Janet Sellers

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July and August library events

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Photos by Harriet Halbig.

Below: Rachel Hetrick and Kelley Daenzer practiced their painting skills before the young patrons arrived.

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Below: Bunny Daniel Leidenberger patiently completes his costume for Amelia’s Amazing Zoo.

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Below: Riley and Chloe Troy got their faces painted by teen volunteers at the library party.

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Below: The cast of Amelia’s Amazing Zoo posed for photos at the cast party. 

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Palmer Lake Historical Society, July 16: Historical Society relives Battle of Glorieta Pass

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Below: Col. David Hughes USA (Ret.) addresses events surrounding the Civil War and The Battle of Glorieta Pass c. Mar 1862 to an overflow crowd at Palmer Lake Town Hall on July 16th, 2009. Col. Hughes is a well-known author and lecturer of Colorado Springs history. He is staunchly advocating preservation of western Colorado Springs history and sites especially along Colorado Avenue. Photo by Bernard Minetti

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Below: Please help find the hat: When he left the Palmer Lake Historical July 16 meeting, Col. Hughes inadvertantly left his prized hat on top of his car. Anyone with any information as to its whereabouts, please contact OCN at 488-3455. Photo by Bernard Minetti.

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Red Cross needs volunteers for emergency shelters

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Below (L to R): Jaici Murcia, Volunteer Emergency Services Director, Pikes Peak Chapter American Red Cross, and Jeanie Ahrens, Tri-Lakes area Red Cross Volunteer and Shelter Manager, stand beside one of the five newly-acquired Disaster Services trailers. These trailers are equiped with 50 cots, 100 blankets, and 50 comfort. The trailers will be used to support emergency shelters in the event of a major disaster. A trailer will soon be located in the Tri-Lakes area to provide support to any of our five approved shelter sites. Walmart provided funds for the purchase of these trailers. Photo provided by the Red Cross.

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