Anna White takes a break during a long day harvesting potatoes near Center in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. "Usually a teardrop tattoo means you killed somebody in prison," White explains. "But mine is about my Choctaw heritage. You remember the Trail of Tears? That's what it's for."

Adams State University freshman Alisha Masterson is ushered outside by Sgt. Orlando Dordan of the Alamosa Police Department during an active shooter drill at Conour Hall.


Alex Tate, who goes by "Tater," elucidates the philosophy that led him to join the Rainbow Family, at the group's regional gathering in southern Colorado.

Auctioneer Art Goehl at the Pinstripers Panel Auction during the Early Iron Festival in Alamosa, Colorado.

Alamosa High School agriculture teacher and Future Farmers of America director Kevin Rice stands in the Vocational Agriculture building's greenhouse at the FFA Welcome Back BBQ.

Rodolfo Gonzalez, left, and Sebastian Mondragon, both 8, check the progress of their radishes in the garden dome at the Boys and Girls Club of Alamosa on Tuesday.

From left, inmates Victor Garcia, Oscar Gaspar, and Chris Salazar watch television in B-Pod of the Alamosa County Jail.

Michelle Ferrera, left, holds her adopted daughter Destiny at the Alamosa County Courthouse to celebrate National Adoption Day.

Jeff Merrion takes a break from the road at a gas station outside Phoenix.


Rusty Yelvington, lead singer of Denver band the Atomic Drifters, performs at Alamosa, Colorado's Early Iron Festival.


Heather Gibson, 23, awaits transfer to another facility at the Alamosa County Jail.

A little girl waits for the signal to migrate south during the Migration Games at the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge's Kids' Crane Festival.

Jaden Juarez, 6, clings to his mom Shareni Juarez before his first day of first grade at Alamosa Elementary School on Thursday.

Joe Young processes incoming potatoes at Mitchell Farms near Center, in southern Colorado's San Luis Valley. Much of the labor crew at Mitchell Farms is related to Young.

Joe Hix, his head covered to protect against swarms of mosquitoes, scouts for a campsite in the dry lakebed that was once Bonny Lake in eastern Colorado.


Abdul Kamara, 23, recalls the winding path that brought him from war-torn Sierra Leone to Colorado.

Casey Martinez, calling herself "Lemon Meringue," cheers runners in the 5K race at Alamosa's Mellow Yellow Lemon Run.


Erwin Young processes potatoes at Mitchell Farms near Center in Colorado's San Luis Valley.

Tom Mix of Center, a member of the San Luis Valley Antique Iron Club.

Adanisha Vigil, left, and Melanie Cox, both 12, giggle their way through the Early Iron Festival.

Jail Sergeant Royce Brubacher, an Army veteran who served in Iraq at the beginning of the invasion, displays a bologna sandwich from a transfer inmate's lunch at Alamosa County Jail.

Maggie Benton, 6, gets a hug from grandfather Norman Roberts before her first day of kindergarten preparation at Alamosa Elementary School on Thursday.

Tony Leyba enjoys the sunshine on the back patio at the La Puente homeless shelter's annual Christmas party in Alamosa.

Josiah Duran, 9, holds Mickey, a 2-year-old shelty mix donated to him through the efforts of Alamosa Police officers Steve Earls and Captain Sam Maestas, after Josiah's dog was hit by a car.


Ron Garcia, Refuge Manager, explains invasive species to guests at the grand opening of the Baca National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Contact Station near Crestone, Colorado.

Isabella Cordova, 4, gets help from grandma Carla Jacquez in making an origami crane at the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge's Kids' Crane Festival.

Gavin Hickman plays Frederick Graham/Petruchio in Alamosa High School's production of Kiss Me Kate.