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Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Noah Keithley boulders in Little Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The Salt Lake Climbers Alliance, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Access Fund announce the signing of an unprecedented lease for 140 acres in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The parcel, known as the Gate Buttress, is about one mile up LCC canyon and has been popular with generations of climbers because of its world-class granite. The agreement secures legitimate access to approximately 588 routes and 138 boulder problems at the Gate Buttress for rock climbers, who will be active stewards of the property. The recreational lease is the result of several years of negotiations between LDS Church leaders and the local climbing community.

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Picture this: A crowd all holding onto the same large, colorful flag. A distraught man holding his hands to his face while a police officer speaks to him after a tragedy. A fire ripping through acres and acres of trees.

June featured Pride celebrations, sporting events and outdoor summer activities. But it was also a month of heartache as a community mourned the loss of a mother and son who were killed on a street in Sandy. The devastation of the nationally reported Brian Head Fire that caused hundreds to evacuate their homes was also a major focal point of the month.

Take a look at the month of June through our lens.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Noah Keithley boulders in Little Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The Salt Lake Climbers Alliance, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Access Fund announce the signing of an unprecedented lease for 140 acres in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The parcel, known as the Gate Buttress, is about one mile up LCC canyon and has been popular with generations of climbers because of its world-class granite. The agreement secures legitimate access to approximately 588 routes and 138 boulder problems at the Gate Buttress for rock climbers, who will be active stewards of the property. The recreational lease is the result of several years of negotiations between LDS Church leaders and the local climbing community.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Kira Uchida of the Weber State Wildcats, center, competes in the 50-meter race at the Special Olympics Utah's 48th annual Summer Games at Provo High School on Friday, June 2, 2017. Uchida came in first place her heat. The annual games consist of hundreds of Special Olympics athletes and Unified Sports® partners from all over the state of Utah who practice, train and compete in team sports and Olympic-style events to prepare for the Summer Games.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
United States midfielder Clint Dempsey (8) kicks the ball between Venezuela defender Jose Manuel Velazquez (6) and Venezuela's Pablo Camacho (17) during a soccer game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, June 3, 2017.
Kelsey Brunner, Deseret News
Cole Jensen leaps from the safety of his horse to wrestle a steer during the Utah High School Rodeo Finals in Heber City on Saturday, June 3, 2017.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Kayla Huston shows her support for the United States team before a soccer game against Venzuela at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, June 3, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
A large flag is carried during the Pride Parade in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
A goose knocks off Hunter Cornia's glasses as he and other volunteers help biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources capture and band geese at River Oaks Golf Course in Sandy on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The biologists will relocate many of the birds to other parts of the state.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
A man reacts as he talks to a Sandy police officer after a multiple shooting on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
People release flying lanterns during a vigil at Brookwood Elementary in Sandy for the victims of a shooting earlier that day, Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Sophie Fry, Kate Munger, Sydney Schmidt and Jessey Fournier, all 14, sit beside a memorial to the victims of Tuesday's fatal shooting on Alta Canyon Drive in Sandy on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.
Alex Goodlett, Deseret News
Logan Burrell enters a B-25 bomber during a tour of the aircraft at the Heber City airport on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force flew the B-25, which is named the Maid in the Shade, from Arizona and is offering rides to the public throughout the week. The plane served during World War II and flew approximately 15 missions before it was retired as a training aircraft.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
2016 Utah state champion Ryan Torcicollo competes in the foot lock competition at the Utah Community Forest Council/International Society of Arboriculture-Utah Chapter’s 24th Annual Tree Climbing Championship in Murray on Friday, June 9, 2017. The event showcased talents of the state’s best climbers as they compete for the title of Utah champion. Competitors performed five climbs – Work Climb, Aerial Rescue, Belayed Speed Climb, Secured Foot Lock, and Throw Line. Each event tested the competitor’s ability to quickly, professionally, and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Hassan Farah, left, congratulates Refugee Foster Care student Okubit Tadesse on graduating from high school at Jordan Park in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 9, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Natalie Hansen and her son Tobin tie a large ribbon on a tree as community members gather to tie ribbons and write messages to the Rackley family and first responders of the murder-suicide along Alta Canyon Drive in Sandy on Saturday, June 10, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Sherry Mattingly becomes emotional as she hugs her father George Lange's riderless horse in Murray Park as The National Pony Express Association holds its commemorative Re-ride and passes through Utah on Sunday, June 11, 2017.
Alex Goodlett, Deseret News
Spanish Fork's Cambrie Hazel poses for a portrait in Spanish Fork on Monday, June 12, 2017.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Rio Tinto Kennecott uses a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone to inspect a haul truck on a demonstration flight at the Bingham Canyon Mine on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Workers at the mine are using drones to improve safety and business efficiency.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
NASA, Lockheed Martin and Orbital ATK conduct a qualification ground test of the launch abort motor that will be used for NASA’s Orion spacecraft at the Orbital ATK facility in Promontory, on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Orion will carry crew and launch on NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System, enabling new missions of exploration across the solar system.
Kelsey Brunner, Deseret News
Sacha Gomez, left, pushes Courtney Clason, 10, and Lexi Gomez, 17, into the water from the floating dock on a sunny day at Tibble Fork Reservoir on Thursday, June 15, 2017.
Kelsey Brunner, Deseret News
Carl Fisher hikes with his two daughters, Aurora, 4, and Ophelia, 1, toward Clayton Peak to look out over the recently purchased land in Big Cottonwood Canyon overlooking Wasatch County on Friday, June 16, 2016.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Brothers Ryan, Chris and Stephen Dekorver work on a rendition of the Star Wars character Boba Fett at the 15th annual Utah Foster Care Chalk Art Festival at The Gateway in Salt Lake City on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Alex Goodlett, Deseret News
Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino (18) jumps over Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad (15) during a game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Alex Goodlett, Deseret News
Real Salt Lake forward Brooks Lennon (27) celebrates a goal with forward Yura Movsisyan (14) during a game against the Minnesota United at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Alex Goodlett, Deseret News
Aliana Bravo, 9, slides down a slide at Seven Peaks in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Alex Goodlett, Deseret News
Imam Yussuf Abdi hugs friends and family after returning to the Salt Lake City airport on Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Search crews carry a boat to the river as they respond to a report of a person floating in the Jordan River near 3900 South in Murray on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Myles Rackley fist-bumps Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan after soccer practice in Sandy on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Myles, 11, was injured June 6 in a shooting that left his mother and younger brother dead.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Former West Jordan police officer Aaron Jensen becomes emotional after speaking to members of the media about winning a $2.7 million sexual discrimination lawsuit against West Jordan during a press conference at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Jensen said the lawsuit had consumed his life for the last seven years and he was still trying to come to terms with the fact that he could now move on.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Leah Bernhart, 4, plays near an F-16 after attending a change of command ceremony at Hill Air Force Base on Friday, June 23, 2017. Col. David B. Lyons relinquished command of the 388th Fighter Wing to Col. Lee E. Kloos. The F-16 is transitioning out of the base and is being replaced by F-35s. Bernhart attended the ceremony with her mother, Senior Master Sgt. Leslie Bernhart, who worked with Kloos in 2010.
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
The Brian Head Fire, pictured Friday, June 23, 2017, continues to grow and has burned more than 27,700 acres. At least 13 homes and eight out buildings have been destroyed by the fire.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Gavin Norman, 13, uses a technique he invented to put out a fire with dry ice at his home in Stansbury Park on Friday, June 23, 2017. Gavin, an eighth-grade student at Clarke N. Johnsen Junior High School in Tooele County School District, has been named the state merit winner for Utah in the landmark 10th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
Kelsey Brunner, Deseret News
Fire retardant is dropped over the flames shortly after a fire started at the mouth of American Fork Canyon on Saturday, June 24, 2017.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
A child stands in the Khadeeja Islamic Center as people come to pray on Eid al-Fitr in West Valley City on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Thousands came to the center to pray and celebrate the end of Ramadan.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
Goncalo Planchuelo does a flip off the high dive at the Farmington Pool in Farmington on Monday, June 26, 2017.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
The Salt Lake Bees' Cesar Puello crosses over home plate after hitting a home run during a baseball game against the Reno Aces in a baseball game at Smith's Ballpark in Salt Lake City on Monday, June 26, 2017. The Bees are wearing Trappers jerseys for '80s throwback night.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
SWAT teams search for terrorists during a full-scale emergency response drill simulating a terrorist suicide bombing on a FrontRunner train in Ogden on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Emergency personnel from a wide variety of agencies — including the Utah Transit Authority, FBI, Utah Medical Examiner's Office, and Davis and Weber counties — participated in the exercise.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
A group of friends wade into the water as they enjoy the Provo River on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Utah Jazz draft pick Donovan Mitchell is surrounded by students during a “Welcome to Utah” assembly at South Jordan Elementary School on Thursday, June 29, 2017. Bradley joined fellow draft picks Nigel Williams-Goss and Tony Bradley at the assembly, where they read to more than 700 students, answered questions and stressed the importance of a good education.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Firefighters mop up a blaze that destroyed several cars and structures in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 29, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Homes that were spared from the Brian Head Fire are pictured on Friday, June 30, 2017. The evacuation order for Brian Head and Dry Lakes was lifted Friday, 13 days after residents were forced from their homes by the raging fire.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Smoke covers the area as the Brian Head Fire continues to burn in southern Utah on Friday, June 30, 2017. The evacuation order for Brian Head and Dry Lakes was lifted Friday, 13 days after residents were forced from their homes by the raging fire.
Kelsey Brunner
An F-35A Lightning II sits under an awning at Hill Air Force Base on Friday, June 30, 2017. Two of the jets will make their debut during Independence Day flyovers in more than a dozen cities, including Centerville, Clearfield, Huntsville, Liberty, Morgan, Murray, North Ogden, Park City, Riverdale, West Point and Vernal.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Provo firefighter Jeff Anderson helps to bring down a Bucket List hot air balloon after a flight over Provo on Friday, June 30, 2017.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Real Salt Lake defender David Horst (4), Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad (15) and Orlando City SC defender Jose Aja (4) reach for a header on a corner during a soccer game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Friday, June 30, 2017.