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Photos: A photographic look back at 2019 in the Oil City

Jerry Kelly stands at his work station where he spot cleans and runs the dry cleaning machines at Wardrobe Cleaners on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Kelly started out as a delivery boy in 1953 and eventually become co-owner. The business closed this year after 103 years in the same location. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – Nearing the year’s end, it’s customary to pause and reflect.

In our case, we do that with photos.

At Oil City News, we often use visual journalism to capture happier, light hearted events. Inevitably there are also those times where our focus must be on tragedy and heartbreak.

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Between the celebrations and heartbreak are the little moments that make up a community’s life. We hope you enjoy these moments from 2019, and we look forward to documenting the Oil City in 2020.

Outgoing city council member Kenyne Humphey wears a wig and prop cell phone during a video compilation of her many hair styles over her 12 years on council as Jesse Morgan and Dallas Laird look on during the first session of 2019 on Tuesday, January 8, in Casper. The three council members all said goodbye and handed over their seats to three incoming members. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon motions to the crowd as new governor Mark Gordon looks on during the 2019 Inaugural Gala in Cheyenne on January 7. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
A family sleds down the hill behind Washington Park near the end of a snowy day on Monday, January 21, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Rebel, an English bull terrier, waits with his owner Danielle Zitterkopf during the Lead Dog’s Revenge race at the 2019 Canines for Charity Sled Dog event on Saturday, January 26, on Casper Mountain. The object of this race was for dog handlers to run the sled without the dog jumping out. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Officer Jacob Carlson kneels with his son, Zane, as people wish him well during his retirement gathering on Thursday, January 31, 2019, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Paradise Valley Dual Language Immersion (DLI) students perform in a play celebrating the Chinese New Year on January 31. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Josh Norcross, 23, plays the VR game Rec Room at PowerUp Gaming Lounge on February 1. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Ice cakes respirator equipment after crews extinguished a fire that destroyed a work shed on Bryan Stock Trail on February 6. No one was injured. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City
Mannequins and fixtures are grouped in areas of Macy’s in the Eastridge Mall on Feb. 12, as stock is reduced during its closing sale. Macy’s corporate parent announced in late December 2018 that it was leaving the Casper market. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The ‘Super Snow Moon’ rises from behind cloud cover on the horizon on Feb. 19, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
A bloodied Kevin Anderson of Kelly Walsh walks off the mat after beating Vincent Genatone of NCHS during early rounds of the 2019 Wyoming High School State Wrestling Championships on February 22, at the Casper Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Maya Drengenberg, 2, is bundled up while waiting outside as fire crews finish containing a garage fire at her home in Casper on Tuesday, February 26. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Mourners gather outside of the chapel after a memorial service for Deborah Steplock on Tuesday, March 5, at Highland Park Community Church in Casper. Steplock, who was shot and killed by her adult son in her home, was laid to rest in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was born. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Faithful gather in Our Lady of Fatima during Ash Wednesday morning mass on March 6, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
KW’s Davion Mcadam celebrates after their close win over Cheyenne Central during quarterfinals of the 2019 Wyoming State 3a/4a High School Basketball Championships on March 7, at Casper College. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Dakota Markisich, 6, pets a beagle during “Paws to Read” on Saturday, March 11, at the Natrona County Public Library in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
John Snider tries to dig his car out for a trip to the store on March 13, in central Casper. A winter storm brought heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions to much of Wyoming leading to closed schools, businesses and roads. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Stage light shines into the wings as a cast member waits his cue during a dress rehearsal for NCHS’ production of “Oklahoma!” on March 12. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The popular musical collective Postmodern Jukebox performs at the Casper Events Center on April 4. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Emotions run high after R.J. Gunter of Green River loses to Tru Reed in the age 8 and under class during the 2019 Wyoming Amateur Wrestling Association’s Kids/Cadet State Championships on April 12, at the Casper Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Zachery Doane tosses a rugby ball with his Teacup Yorkie, Jayven, during a lunch break at Washington Park on April 23. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Kaisha Brown, 13, Madi Park, 12, and Cheyenne Crouch, 12, participate in a birthing demo using a training mannequin in mother baby unit during the National Take Our Daughter and Sons To Work Day on April 25, at the Wyoming Medical Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Lionel Adams looks over the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall on May 2, at Casper College. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Parents and students gather for the Nicolaysen Art Museum’s third annual Fifth Grade Art Show on May 2. The event was held in conjunction with the first Casper Art Walk of 2019. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Natrona County High School junior Maille Gray, 17, talks during a “Climate Strike” on Friday, May 3, in Washington Park. Gray, an outdoors enthusiast, organized a local strike in conjunction with a world-wide movement of young people demanding action on climate change. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Section chief Jason Lutz comforts his daughter Lindsey Lutz, 8, as his stepson Camden Kler, 11, looks on before the start of a deployment ceremony for the Wyoming Army National Guard 2nd Battalion, 300th Field Artillery on May 8, at Natrona County High School. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Students use binoculars to identify birds in nearby trees during bird spotting activities at the 2019 Wyoming Outdoor Expo on May 10, at the Casper Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Joan Dietz kisses her husband of 55 years Jon Dietz after a ceremony at Shepherd of the Hills Assisted Living honoring his service in the military on May 10. Joan calls Jon “the love of my life.” Two veterans were given honors before transitioning to Central Wyoming Hospice. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Gerald and Wilma Radden watch as flags are lowered to half-staff during a short ceremony for Peace Officers Memorial Day on Wednesday, May 15, in front of the Casper Police Department headquarters. Jerry’s grandfather, Officer Scott Radden, died in the line of duty in 1925. He remains the only Casper officer to had died on the job. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
KWHS’ Chayci Russell sprints to the finish in the girls 4A 200 meter dash prelims on May 18. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
WSO Concertmaster and violinist Rebecca Mothersbaugh hugs new music director Christopher Dragon after his official announcement on May 24, at The Lyric. Dragon was chosen after a year-long search and season of guest conductors. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Rhiana Valenzuela, 18, stands with her son Nykolye Wurtz, 5 months, before walking with her class at the 2019 Roosevelt High School graduation ceremonies on Thursday, May 30, at the Casper Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
NCHS students gather in the late afternoon sun before graduation ceremonies on May 30, at the Casper Events (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
KWHS graduates wait to enter the Casper Events Center on May 31. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Finley Short, 5, runs out to hug her father, Craig Short, as he runs the Casper Marathon on Sunday, June 2, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Children play during the opening day of the David Street Station splash pad on June 3. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The Reverend Horton Heat performs at the Gaslight on June 6. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The annual Casper PRIDE Parade moves through downtown Casper on June 10. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Panhandle State bull rider Cody Ballard isn’t happy while looking at the scoreboard after his ride during the 2019 CNFR on June 11. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Sheriff’s deputy and camp counselor Justin Dorman is taken down by K9 officer Jope during a demonstration at Camp POSTCARD on June 13, on Casper Mountain. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Bruce Hall and Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon in Casper on June 26, 2019. (Brittani Wert, Oil City)
Michael Stack, as the Marvel character Punisher, poses on June 26, in central Casper. Stack, 33, has been a comic book fan since childhood and is now a serious cosplay actor. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Jennifer Gallagher, RN, holds a newborn while Sarah Wilhelm, RN, prepares a car seat at the Wyoming Medical Center on Friday, June 28, 2019. A mini-baby boom kept the hospital busy this summer. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Children duck as water is sprayed from passing floats during the 2019 Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo Parade on Tuesday, July 9, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Peter Veinbergs tosses his daughter Emerson, 9 months, into their air while waiting for Jalan Crossland to take the stage on Friday, July 12, at David Street Station. Peter and his wife Alicia came from Sheridan to see Crossland, who they try and see as often as possible. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
People spill out onto the street doming during a house concert in a central Wyoming neighborhood on July 26.(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Zach Hutchinson examines a three-toed woodpecker before removing it from the net on July 18, on Casper Mountain. Hutchinson, community naturalist for Audubon Rockies, leads bird banding operations to study the bird population in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Fans line the barrier during Mark Chesnutt’s set at the Beartrap Music Festival on August 4, on Casper Mountain. (Brittani Wert, Oil City)
Kaylee Waller, center, is comforted by her sister Chloie Waller, 10, and sister-in-law Madison Klose, 11, as she becomes emotional while standing next to her newborn, Gypsy Weber on August 8, at the Wyoming Medical Center. Gypsy’s father, Garrett Weber, died before Gypsy was born. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Jerry Kelly stands at his work station where he spot cleans and runs the dry cleaning machines at Wardrobe Cleaners on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Kelly started out as a delivery boy in 1953 and eventually become co-owner. The 103-year-old business closed this year. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Tehya Huseas holds a scarlet macaw at the Metro Animal Shelter on August 12, in Casper. The animal was one of eight exotic and endangered birds rescued from a hoarding situation the previous month. They were taken to a bird sanctuary in Colorado for rehabilitation. Dozens of dogs rescued at the same time were also kept at Metro until new homes were found. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Children toss water balloons during a celebration for summer readers in the Boys & Girls Club on August 13, at Washington Park. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Jim Guith hugs his daughter, Maryann Beck-Guith, before her wedding on August 14, at the Wyoming Medical Center. The wedding was hastily rescheduled after Jim suffered a stroke the previous Friday and had to be hospitalized. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Music fans gather around picnic tables before the start of the 2019 Pops in the Park performance on Aug. 24, in Washington Park. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Wyoming Ashley Bright is overcome with emotion after being surprised with a painting by Casper artist Zach Pullen during the 2019 Boys & Girls Club Awards and Recognition Breakfast on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Casper Events Center. This is Bright’s 20th year with the organization. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
A crowd gathers during a dedication ceremony for a mural celebrating the life of Rev. James Reeb on Wednesday, Aug. 28, in downtown Casper. Reeb, a graduate of NCHS, died after being beaten by white supremacists after he participated in a civil rights march in 1965 in Selma, Alabama. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Zoey Aldahash poses in front of her new Sweet Zoey Mediterranean Cafe in the Sunrise Shopping Center on August 27. Zoey and her husband are seeking asylum in the U.S. after fleeing ISIS rule in their home town in Iraq. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Zayra Perez blows a kiss to her mother, Ruby Cardenas, as she heads off to her first day of third grade on Tuesday, September 3, at Verda James. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Yasmina Dl Carmen Hand waves an American flag at her family during a naturalization ceremony at the Ewing T. Kerr Federal Courthouse on Tuesday, Sept. 3. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The urns containing 23 veterans sit in front of the Oregan Trail State Veterans Cemetery chapel after their service on September 18. The unclaimed remains were interred after receiving full military honors at the cemetery. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The moon rises behind the KWHS pep band during the 2019 Oil Bowl at NCHS on Friday, October 11. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Rescuers gather on a cold morning for a meeting before continuing the search for Joseph Peterson off Hat Six Road on November 14. Sixteen-year-old Peterson, who is autistic, disappeared into the rural area after leaving his home on November 10. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Community members hold a prayer vigil on November 19 at Highland Park Church for Joey Peterson, who has been missing since November 10. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Trees are ablaze with lights as Conwell Park is transformed into Holiday Square on Sunday, November 24, 2019. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
A couple stops for wedding photos in Washington Park during a snowstorm on November 30. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Fifth-grader Genesis Sanchez braces against the cold while watching a drone photographing the event during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Park Elementary School addition on Monday, December 16. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)