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There’s a growing demand for pet paintings and an eager cadre of artists creating them. We met four local artists with different painting styles to learn about their processes. Check them out at the link in our bio. ⠀
First photo: Tif Choate @art_t_choate
Second photo: David Kennett @bffpetpaintings
Third photo: Andy Mallen @andymallen6253
Fourth photo: Meredith Topping-Brooks @lilangelpetboutique

(📸 by @HelenHRichardson, @hyoung and Suzanne Brown, The Denver Post)⠀

#petportrait #painting #acrylic #paint #artist

Cres Fleming, with his dog Stella, waves to Durango & Silverton Train Locomotive 486 as it passes the spot where the 416 fire started near Hermosa, Co. Fleming, who lives just minutes away, was on the scene moments after the fire started on June 1st and tried to put it out with a converted truck carrying 200 gallons of water. But the fire backed by 35mph winds took off up the steep hill. The location of where the fire started is to the left in this photo. Fleming believes embers from the train's smokestack ignited the 5,400-acre wildfire. He also loves the train and wants it to keep running. The train, an economic driver for Durango and Sliverton, is now a contentious topic in community. ⠀

Full story in our bio link. ⠀
(Photo by @HelenHRichardson, The Denver Post) #416fire #durangosilvertontrain #Colorado #Locomotive

The line at the Build-A-Bear in Park Meadows shopping center stretched down, back and around on the second floor. The company had a promotion where plush bears could be purchased at a price matching a customer’s age. Malls across the U.S. and Canada were so overwhelmed by the number of customers that showed up that they shut down the promotion. More photos in our bio link. ⠀
In the second photo Kaleigh Arnett-Harris 8, of Denver celebrates being next in line to enter Build-A-Bear at Park Meadows Mall, on July 12, 2018. ⠀
(Photo by @jamondp, The Denver Post) #buildabear #parkmedows #shopping #payyourage

The Morgan family has lived on a 350-acre ranch near La Veta for more than 40 years, having purchased the land in 1977. But when the Spring Creek fire began heading toward their property and home Thursday evening, they had only two and a half hours to evacuate. Larry Morgan grew up there, he buried his parents in a small cemetery there, his daurghter took her senior pictures there, and his grandson had his first Christmas there. Four generation's worth of memories. “The land is what shocked me,” he said. “When we walked up to the cemetery and up through the land, I couldn’t recognize it. It was like walking on another planet. It was just burned to dust." Read their story in our bio link. ⠀
(Photo by @HelenHRichardson, The Denver Post) #wildfire #springcreekfire #laveta #Colorado #denverpost


Mjhave Dawkins keeps cool by wearing half of his shirt, while waiting to cross Colfax Avenue at Emporia Street as temperatures approached triple digits on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Photo by @aaronontiveroz AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post) #wxCO #itshotout #Colfax #denverlife

A fire broke out Tuesday afternoon at a recycling yard in southern Adams County along the South Platte River, releasing a large plume of black smoke into the air. The fire is burning in the 5600 block of York Street, according to an Adams County Fire Rescue spokesman. We will be updating the story as it develops, link in our bio. (Video Hyoung Chang @hyoung_ccc, The Denver Post) #fire #adamscounty #breakingnews

A FASTER trainee Jerry Walker, a high school principal from Oklahoma, fires his handgun on a gun range during a training session at Flatrock Training Center in Commerce City, on June 12, 2018. At least 30 Colorado school districts and charter schools allow teachers to carry guns, but no statewide training standards regulate them. Denver Post reporter @lizzy_hernaddez called every school district in Colorado to see how they are navigating guns in schools. Read the full story in our bio link. (Photo by @akakross, The Denver Post)

Since the Spring Creek fire broke out early last week, Dr. Rosemary "Romy" Nicoletta has helped evacuate more then 200 horses and livestock. In all the commotion an injured horse reflexively kicked her in the eye Wednesday night as she bent down to treat its wounded leg, but she got back up and continued working. It's merely a symptom of the sudden chaos forced upon the animals of Costilla and Huerfano counties as the massive blaze continues to rage. That same day Nicoletta ventured onto the torched mountain side in search of horses that had to be left behind in the rush to evacuate. The horses were found uninjured at the top of a mountain near the ranch.⠀

“I am blown away,” Nicoletta said. “There are some things like this that defy logic. There’s always these little miracles.”⠀

Read her story in our bio link. (Photos by @helenhrichardson, The Denver Post) #springcreekfire #veteran #horses #rescuegoats #horserescue

As of the morning of July 5, Colorado had 11 active wildfires with over 199,193 acres buring or already burnt. For fire updates, follow or the link in our bio. ⠀
In this July 2 photo, members of the Craig Hotshots return to their crew cabs after a long day of fighting the Weston Pass Fire on July 2, 2018, near Fairplay, Colorado. (Photo by @helenhrichardson, The Denver Post) #Colorado #wildfire #hotshots #Cowx #forestfire #LakeChristinefire #Adobefire #416fire #BurroFire #SpringCreekFire #Chateaufire #westonpassfire #Badgercreek #Chedseyfire #buffalofire

Happy #IndependenceDay from the #DenverPost! Last night’s #4thofJuly eve celebration at Civic Center Park celebration July 03, 2018. (Photo by @akakross Andy Cross, The Denver Post) #fireworks

The glow of the Weston Pass fire can be seen from Highway 9 on July 2, 2018 in Fairplay Colorado. More photos from Colorado's major wildfires in our bio link. (Photo by @helenhrichardson Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post) #fire #wildfire #westonpass #colorado #nightskies #SpringCreekfire #WestonPass #chateaufire

At Shooters Grill, in Rifle, the award-winning barbecue comes with a gun on the side. The restaurant’s waitstaff, while serving brisket and cornbread, wear holstered — and loaded — sidearms. The fact that both the food and the servers pack heat has made the eatery famous around the world, drawing diners from overseas and vacationers who drive in from Canada. Pictured here is Lauren Boebert, owner of the Shooters Grill in Rifle. Full story in our bio link. (Photo by @rjsangosti RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post) #m #gunculture #2ndamendment

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