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(PHOTO GALLERY) 2021: Casper’s Year in Photos

Crowds gather for the Mills Centennial Celebration on June 12. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — 2020 was a year of the pandemic and political unrest. Most of us were happy to ring in 2021, which, as it turns out, was still a year of the pandemic and political unrest.

What continues, fortunately, are the little moments in life that bring communities together.

Here are some of those moments, along with other newsworthy incidences, that we captured in 2021.

Have a safe and happy New Year from Oil City News.

Protesters stand in front of the Wyoming State Capitol building on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 during a “Free Wyoming Rally” organized by former Rep. Scott Clem to protest Gov. Mark Gordon and state health orders put into place to slow the spread of COVID-19. An estimated 400 people showed up to the event, according to a Wyoming Highway Patrol lieutenant. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Neal Bicknese, 85, receives the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as his wife Patsy, 84, waits for hers at Primrose Retirement Community of Casper on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
U.S. representative for Florida’s 1st congressional district Matt Gaetz gives a speech on the steps of the Wyoming State Capitol building on Thursday, January 28 in Cheyenne. Gaetz, an avid Donald Trump supporter, has made national headlines after attacking Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney for her vote to impeach Trump for his role in the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol building. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Dancers perform in the 2021 Wyoming State Spirit Tournament on January 29. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
A blue haze lingers over Casper as a cold front brought record-breaking cold temperatures to central Wyoming on February 12. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
NCHS’ Kyler Henderson celebrates his championship win over Thunder Basin’s Jais Rose in the 132 lbs. class on February 27. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
NCHS’s Brooklyn Hytrek is overcome with emotion after NC’s narrow loss to Sheridan in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Wyoming State High School Basketball tournament in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Snow-covered Casper is seen by drone after a March 2021 snowstorm. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Harpist Courtney Hershey Bress performs during a rehearsal with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at NCHS for the WSO’s final concert of the season. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Parents and students against the school district’s mask mandate are allowed into the Natrona County School District Central Services Facility during a meeting on mask variances on Monday, April 26, 2021. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Natrona County High School seniors gather in the hall before marching into the arena during the 2021 NCHS Graduation Ceremonies on Thursday, May 27 at the Ford Wyoming Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Roosevelt School students line up for graduation on May 27. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Heighden Walsh, left, and Airielna Horn take selfies while waiting in a staging area before Kelly Walsh High School graduation ceremonies at the Ford Wyoming Center on Friday, May 28 in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Midwest High School students prepare to graduate on May 28. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
People gather at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery for Memorial Day on May 31. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Kelly Asheim holds her grandson’s skateboard after the two rode downtown for the first Casper Art Walk of 2021 on Thursday, June 3. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Fans gather for a Sara Evans outdoor concert during the Mills centennial celebration on June 12. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
North Casper’s pool is a popular spot as Casper experiences record high triple-digit temperatures on June 15. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Seth Berg, NDSU, attempts to hang onto his ride during the 2021 College National Finals Rodeo. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The late evening sun lights up the sky after a performance of the 2021 College National Finals Rodeo on June 17. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The annual Midsummer celebration at Crimson Dawn brings hundreds to Casper Mountain on June 21. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Sissy Bredenberg talks to a customer while looking up a title on the computer at Videos To Go on June 25 in Mills. The venerable video store closed this year after more than 30 years in business. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The Casper Mountain Young Marines re-enact the iconic WWII Iwo Jima flag-raising image for the American Legion’s float during the annual Fair and Rodeo Parade on July 13. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps put in a late night practice at Kelly Walsh High School on July 12. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Hank Powell, 6, and his brother C.J. Powell, 9, pose with their hens during the 2021 Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo on Wednesday, July 14. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Casper Police officers approach an apartment building near East 26th Street and South Jefferson Street on July 15. Police responded to the area for a repot of shots being fired. Witnesses say people exchanged gunfire in the area. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Carlice Cutright, 20, hoists a baby yak at Casper Creek Yaks on July 22. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Connie Morgan bends a neon tube while restoring a vintage beer sign at GloW in the Old Yellowstone District. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Two superfans pose before the ZZ Top concert in Casper on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 at the Ford Wyoming Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Billy Gibbons’s weathered hands and guitar rock Casper during ZZ Top’s performance on August 12. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
A nearly-full moon slowly sinks behind clouds early Tuesday, August 24. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Ronny Bay gives his son Steven Bay, 5, a kiss before Steven’s first day of kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary School on September 9 in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Casper Fire-EMS crews and Casper Police talk as a vehicle is removed from the North Platte River on September 17. The work truck landed in the river after an apparent medical incident. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Crowds cheer during the annual Oil Bowl football game between NCHS and KWHS on September 17. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Wild turkeys cross a road on Casper Mountain on September 20. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Racers compete in the Indian Relay Races event on September 23 at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Pedestrians walk past a crash at a central Casper intersection on Monday, September 27. No one was seriously injured in the incident. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Light snowfall contrasts against bright Casper Mountain colors on September 29. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
A hearse carrying Casper Police Lt. Daniel Dundas drives under a large flag on the way to a public memorial service at the Ford Wyoming Center on October 4. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Natrona County High School Students play lawn games during a 125th anniversary pep rally at the school in October. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Nyomi Kooser, 13, and her mom Jessica Davis dress up as characters from the popular video game ‘Among Us’ during the annual Casper Downtown Halloween Trick or Treat event on October 10. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Clotilde McFarland tells stories about her life during her 100th birthday celebration on September 8. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Pedestrians watch the annual Downtown Christmas Parade on November 27. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
James Diekemper with the Town of Bar Nunn helps move mountains of tumbleweeds near Antelope Park on December 9. Days of strong, gusty winds brought thousands of tumbleweeds into the town, where they piled up along fences, vehicles and homes. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Firefighters examine a garage after a fire in north Casper on December 15. No one was injured. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Teresa Gonzalez gives a silent prayer before eating her early Christmas dinner at the Wyoming Rescue Mission on December 23 in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)