Springtime on the local beat || Photojournalism

It is time, my fair friends, for an update on local journalism stories I’ve photographed recently for the YourHub section of the Denver Post. I curated these from a number of shoots I’ve been assigned since the turn of the new year into 2016. (Is that a phrase people use, “turn of the new year”? Maybe we should make it into a thing.)

Now that we are officially rocking the month of May, I thought it would be appropriate to include photos featuring planting little seedlings, creating new artistic works, and finishing up the school year. Summer will be soon upon us, so let’s all venture into gardens and take in the rich world.

Oh, and p.s. — I’ve got something of a new project in the works that I’ll be sharing with you soon. I just need to tinker away behind-the-scenes a little bit more, then will introduce you all so we can be best pals. Stay tuned!

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Alfonso Valenzuela references a breakfast order while preparing food at Ralston Road Cafe on February 18, 2016, in Arvada, Colorado. With ongoing and delayed redevelopment at the Ralston Creek site, several neighboring businesses have vacated their properties. However, Evan Marlangoutsos, owner of Ralston Road Cafe, intends to continue operating the restaurant.

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David Uhl works on a painting in his studio on April 20, 2016, in Golden, Colorado. David Uhl creates fine art oil paintings primarily focused on motorcycle art, aviation art and automotive art. He opened his Golden studio in 2008.

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Deanna Curtis, the executive director of Wild Wings Environmental Education, holds Cupid the barn owl during a presentation at Front Range Christian School on April 20, 2016, in Littleton, Colorado. Wild Wings Environmental Education has been in operation for eight years and offers programs to school, libraries, corporate events, and more.

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A variety of cheese available at Cheese and Provisions on January 15, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. Steve Duty opened Cheese and Provisions in December 2015.

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Brad Silverman, playing the timpani, watches conductor, Norman Gamboa, during a rehearsal with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra at North Middle School on February 24, 2016, in Aurora, Colorado. The Aurora Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1978. The nonprofit, community orchestra plays several concerts each year.

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Seedlings set aside for the city of Northglenn grow in the Westminster Greenhouse on April 13, 2016, in Westminster, Colorado. The city of Northglenn rents space at Westminster’s greenhouse to grow plants for the city-maintained flower beds found at locations like the recreation center and city hall.

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Swimmers participate in an aqua aerobics class at Goodson Recreation Center on February 25, 2016, in Centennial, Colorado. In 2014, voters approved a mill levy increase which provided for numerous improvements in the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District. Goodson Recreation Center has since seen an upgrade to the pool deck.

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Rebecca Stein, a materials handling technician, kneels to shelve books in the children’s section of the new Castle Pines branch for Douglas County Libraries on April 12, 2016, in Castle Pines, Colorado. The branch at Castle Pines opened on April 14.

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Kitchenware available at the Vintage Vine on March 2, 2016, in Littleton, Colorado. The Vintage Vine is a multi-vendor furniture and decor store, offering vintage and refurbished goods.

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Tim Morgan, the president of the South Suburban Pottery Guild, works on a piece in the pottery studio at Goodson Recreation Center on April 22, 2016, in Centennial, Colorado. The South Suburban Pottery Guild was established in 1984 and partners with South Suburban Parks and Recreation.

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Jerry Martinez, president of the Colorado Arabian Horse Club, puts a halter onto his horse, Starovin, during the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo at the National Wester Stock Show Complex on March 11, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. The Colorado Horse Council, first established in 1972, advocates for the horse industry and coordinates lobbying efforts for legislative proposals that may affect those who own horses. The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is also put on by the Council.

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Dr. Sarah Duncalf performs an adjustment for Laura MacLeod at Apiary Chiropractic on March 31, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Duncalf opened Apiary Chiropractic in January.

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Dayna Streufert helps Howard Jay Wilson, Jr., plant seeds at EarthLinks on March 29, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. EarthLinks is a nonprofit that offers work opportunities to the community’s homeless and low-income individuals through gardening and the creations of products out of recycled goods.

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Oudomphone Xaynourath, left, head monk, and Savang Inthamanivong, right, elder monk, sit in front of a shrine in their temporary home at the Lao Buddhist Temple on February 12, 2016, in Westminster, Colorado. Construction is ongoing on a new temple at the same site where the Lao Buddhist Temple burned down in 2011. Phase one is slated to be completed in December.

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Lexie Guzman, 20, holds her daughter, Elyana Munoz, 15 months, while finishing up dinner prep at Hope House of Colorado on January 19, 2016, in Arvada, Colorado. Hope House of Colorado, an organization that provides support to teenage mothers, will be expanding at its current location in an Arvada residential neighborhood. The expansion will allow for increased community programs and classes.

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Maggie the goat stands on top of a hutch in her pen on January 21, 2016, in Edgewater, Colorado. Edgewater recently passed an ordinance allowing residents to own specially regulated animals — such as goats and chickens — in addition to three cats and/or dogs on their property. Prior to this, Alison MacLean was told she couldn’t have her two goats, a dog and two cats.

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Students run around the school room during a free play period in their Head Start program on February 26, 2016, in Lakewood, Colorado. Head Start is an educational program for 3- and 4-year-old children who are low-income, homeless or have an identified special need.

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Ben Cathcart, a horticulture specialist with the city of Northglenn, plants ornamental white flowering cabbage at the Westminster Greenhouse on April 13, 2016, in Westminster, Colorado. The city of Northglenn rents space at Westminster’s greenhouse to grow plants for the city-maintained flower beds found at locations like the recreation center and city hall.

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