Gallery: A look back at 2018 in photos

Casper Police officer Charles Simons looks up at officer Jacob Carlson's family inside the Wyoming Medical Center across the street during a gathering of support on Tuesday, May 8, at Conwell Park in Casper. Carlson was seriously wounded in a shooting on Sunday. ÒItÕs nice to see people have our backs,Ó said Simons about the show of community support. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

We gathered together some of our favorite moments captured in still photos to mark the end of another eventful year in Natrona County.

All of us at Oil City News wish you a safe New Year celebration, and a healthy and happy 2019.

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Patrons look through the windows while lined up in frigid temperatures during the Mac & Cheese Festival on Sunday, Dec. 31. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A lone chair sits in the old Sky Room at the former Gladstone Hotel. The historic downtown building had been undergoing renovations earlier in the year but is now for sale. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Sam Wahilani samples chili while his nephew Liam, 2, rides his shoulders on Feb. 17, during the annual API Chili Cookoff at the Casper Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A racer looks out from his kennel before the start of the 2018 annual Canines for Charity Casper Mountain Sled Dog Races on Sunday, Jan. 28, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A couple dances quietly together during the Night to Shine Prom on Feb. 9. The event is a prom for special needs people. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Students in the Dual Language Immersion program perform a play about the Chinese New Year at Paradise Valley School on Feb. 15. In the play, which students performed entirely in Mandarin, Tiangou swallowed the moon and later sun, which caused an eclipse. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

James Olm reaches back to shake Rev. Dee Lundberg’s hand after an anti-discrimination resolution passed at Casper City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 20. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Jim Cudney hold his head in frustration while watching Burns wrestler Darrell Goeckeler struggle during the 2018 Wyoming State High School Wrestling Championships on Friday, Feb. 23, at the Casper Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Students gather at the start of a walkout on Wednesday, March 7, at NCHS in Casper. The walkout was one of many across the country organized in response to school shootings. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Sylvia Hiler hugs longtime friend and downtown business owner Jacquie Anderson on Feb. 8, in a darkened Alpenglow days after a fire. Anderson was one of the downtown owners in Casper’s Second Street downtown core organizing to help the Hilers recover from a fire that destroyed the Hiler’s upstairs apartment and caused smoke and water damage to the store. The store later relocated across the street. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Haylie Hasbrouck gets a kiss from Morgan Jaquez as the Kelly Walsh High School jazz dance team waits to be called onto the floor for their performance during the 2018 Wyoming High School State Spirit Competition on Wednesday, March 8, at the Casper Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

State treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Mark Gordon hugs former babysitter Sara Beth Lyon before giving a speech during an early campaign stop at the Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, March 15, in Casper. Gordon went on to win the governor’s race and will be sworn in next month. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Linda Yedinak adjusts her St. Paddy’s Day headgear before playing in the 24th Annual VNEA Wyoming State 8-Ball Pool Tournament on March 16, at the Casper Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Mary Bundy of Lander gets a kiss from therapy dog Amie on March 21, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Bundy, who is recovering from a severe ruptured stomach, says the therapy dogs who are brought through the hospital brighten her day. “They make you feel normal again,” said Bundy. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Lydia Smethers, 11, makes the most of her T-Rex costume at a booth for Magic City Stoves during the annual Home & Garden Show at the Casper Events Center on Saturday, March 24. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Adults take cover as piles of bonus candy is tossed into the crowd during an Easter egg hunt at the Casper Speedway on Saturday, March 24, in Casper. The hunt, which attracted a sizable crowd, was done as a promotion by the speedway’s new management. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A pedestrian takes cover under eaves on downtown shops as a spring snowstorm picks up intensity on Wednesday, March 28. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

An old-school punk fan enjoys a show by the veteran Wyoming punk band Teenage Bottlerocket on March 31, at the Gaslight Social in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Fans react to veteran Wyoming punk band Teenage Bottlerocket on March 31, at the Gaslight Social in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Garrett Burkett, 11, poses his lamb for a potential customer before the auction at the 38th-annual Lamb and Pig Sale at Casper College on April 7, at Casper College. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Metal legend Rob Halford performs with Judas Priest on March 10, at the Casper Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Verda James student Hayley Mesecher, 12, poses as her father Nick Mesecher snaps a photo during the Casper Art Walk on Thursday, May 3, in the Nicolaysen Art Museum. Fifth-grade art students from the Natrona County School District are featured in the Nic’s main gallery. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

People walk and sit near a mural by Casper artist Chris “Rugie” Ruegsegger during the Casper Art Walk on Thursday, May 3, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Crowds gather in the David Street Station outdoor plaza during the Casper Art Walk on Thursday, May 3, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

People wave purple ribbons in Conwell Park in support of wounded officer Jacob Carlson as his family watches from the windows of the Wyoming Medical Center across the street on Tuesday, May 8, in Casper. Carlson was nearly killed after he was shot several times during a routine traffic stop. The shooter was killed. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Public Safety Communications Center dispatch operator Shannan Harris watches in Conwell Park as wounded officer Jacob Carlson’s family waves from a Wyoming Medical Center window across the street on Tuesday, May 8, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Forefront Realty owner Lisa Engebretsen listens after talking during the state office building task force meeting on Monday, May 7, at City Hall. Engebresten is one of several business owners who were displaced by the project, which cleared several buildings along Collins. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Students from Journey Elementary School line up after participating in the annual Wyoming Reads event at the Natrona County Public Library on Tuesday, May 15, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Students from Centennial Elementary School quietly sneak up on a fake deer during a field test for a hunting training class at the Wyoming Outdoor Expo at the Casper Events Center on Friday, May 18. Students used inert rifles and shotguns to “hunt” animal dummies placed along a trail behind the Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Athletes celebrate during the Wyoming High School State Track and Field Championships on May 18, at KWHS in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The Natrona County High School boys soccer team marches behind the NCHS pep band during a mini-parade around the school on May 22, in celebration of their state win. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Students play tug-of-war during Track Day for Bar Nunn Elementary on Tuesday, May 22, at the Natrona County High School track in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A vintage delivery wagon is transformed into a creepy themed ice cream truck on May 17, in Bar Nunn. The I’Scream 4 Ice Cream was one of a number of new food trucks that joined the Casper streets this year. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Baseball fans look to get their baseballs autographed during the Casper Horseheads first ever home game on May 25, at Mike Lansing Field in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A young fan looks around during the singing of the National Anthem during the Casper Horseheads first ever home game on May 25, at Mike Lansing Field in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Karla Underwood touches the headstone of her parents Eugene and Bonnie Rowland as her daughters Megan Rowland and Alyssa Underwood look on at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, May 28, in Evansville. The family regularly visits the grave of Eugene and Bonnie, who met while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. “They were amazing people,” said Karla. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The entire David Street Station public plaza is seen just before completion on Wednesday, May 30, in Downtown Casper. The fencing around the splash pad and ice rink came down later that morning. (Tim Kupsick)

Droplets of rain cling to a poppy flower in central Casper on Tuesday, May 29. Wet spring weather made its way through central Wyoming starting on Sunday, giving the ground a much welcomed shot of moisture. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Children react the moment the new splash pad is activated during a grand opening ceremony for the final phase of the David Street Station public plaza on Friday, June 1, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Behavior specialist Deb Coca hugs first-grader Lucy Kaufman after Lucy gave her flowers on Wednesday, June 6, at Mountain View Elementary in Mills. The school was one of four in Casper that closed permanently due to budget issues. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Daubi Thomson-Rodriguez listens to speakers during the Pride March on Sunday, June 10, in Pioneer Park in Casper. The march, which started at City Park, was the culmination of activities for Casper Pride Weekend. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Contestants mingle behind the chutes at the 2018 CNFR on Tuesday, June 12, at the Casper Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Weston Hogan of Utah Valley University rides Going to Heaven during the bareback riding event on Thursday, June 14, at the CNFR in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Laura Thorn waits with her friends Sasha Light and Cody Giveus before the start of the annual Crimson Dawn Midsummer Festival on Thursday, June 21, on Casper Mountain. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Peter Gatza gets a face full of color at the finish line during the third annual Miles for Gold Color Dash on Saturday, June 24, at the Boys & Girls Club in north Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A child dances to music during the weekly Concerts in the Park with the Casper Municipal Band on Thursday, June 28, at Washington Park in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Paper chains represent the over 2,000 families separated at the border by a Trump administration policy meant to deter immigrants attempting to enter the country. A rally protesting immigration policy was held in Pioneer Park on June 30. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The annual Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo Parade approaches the intersection of Second and Center Streets on Tuesday, July 10, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A young dancer catches her breath on the hot parade route during the annual Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo Parade on July 10. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps practice at NCHS on July 12, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A pup looks at the action from the safety of its owner’s vehicle during the annual Casper Balloon Roundup launch on Saturday, July 20, at the fairgrounds in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Firefighters extinguish a truck fire on Friday, July 20, in central Casper. No one was injured, but the truck was destroyed. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Officers Jacob Carlson and Randi Garrett embrace on stage during an event on Monday, July 30, honoring their work during a shooting in May. Carlson was nearly killed when he was shot multiple times. His partner Garrett was on duty with him at the time and defend Carlson, killing the shooter with one shot. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Children dance to live music at David Street Station during the monthly Casper Art Walk on Thursday, Aug. 2, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Lazarus Lake walks along the Old Glenrock Highway on Thursday, Aug. 20, near Glenrock. Lake, well known in the ultrarunner community, was in the process of walking the entire United States starting on the east coast and ending in Oregon. He finished his trek on Sept. 13, in Newport, Oregon. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Casper’s Justin Howard, AKA “Nordic Thunder”, performs during an air guitar competition before the start of Hairball on Friday, Aug. 10, at the Gaslight Social in Casper. Howard is the Air Guitar World Champion and has traveled extensively with his air shredding technique. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Fans are bathed in late afternoon light as they rock to ‘Hairball’ on Aug. 10, at the Gaslight Social. The crowd pleasing ‘Hairball’ act uses several musicians to convincingly recreate several hair metal bands ranging from Van Halen to Bon Jovi. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Rebecca Lewarchik picks up her primary ballot while holding her 3-month-old daughter Linley in the Industrial Building at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Aug. 21, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Rip Santoni poses in the shop at Lee’s Glass on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in Casper. Santoni closed Lee’s after 65-years in business. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Grant Street Grocery celebrates its 100th-anniversary on Sept. 15, 2018, in central Casper. The store is the last neighborhood grocery in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Casper College freshman Justin Lema practices on the driving range at the Casper Municipal Golf Course on Thursday, Sept. 20, in Casper. Lema, who came to Casper from Wheatland, had never golfed before taking classes at CC. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

KW’s Brock Spiegelberg takes the field before the start of the 54th Oil Bowl at Harry Geldien Stadium on Friday, Oct. 5, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Snow blankets Casper Mountain on Monday, Oct. 8. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A block of historic buildings are demolished in downtown Shoshoni on Oct. 10. The buildings, which had sat vacant for decades, were a popular curiosity on the well-traveled road through Shoshoni. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Gruner Brothers Brewing co-owner Daron Gruner takes a look in the lauter tun tank, where the malt mash is separated into clear wort in the early process of brewing. On Oct. 18, the Gruner Brothers were preparing their first ever batch of beer in their new facility, housed in the former Petroleum Club. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The moon is juxtaposed behind a tree in east Casper early Thursday, Oct. 25. According to the Old FarmerÕs Alminac, the moon is hitting its Waning Gibbous Phases after reaching a full phase yesterday afternoon. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

NC’s Dante Wallace runs the ball as KW’s Brock Spiegelberg reaches for the block during their semifinal game on Friday, Oct. 26, at NCHS in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

People line up for free candy during a downtown Halloween event on Oct. 27. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Cellist Wendy Warner glances at guest conductor Howard Hsu during rehearsal for the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s performance on Saturday. Hsu is one of four candidates for the permanent job of music director of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Sen. John Barrasso takes a phone call not long after his race against Democrat Gary Trauner was called in his favor during the Natrona County Republican’s election party on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Black & Gold Grille in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Bobbie Peralta and Jay Cucciniello fight during the ‘Rise of the Titans’ event on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at the Casper Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Joel Rice demonstrates his technique on a watermelon on Nov. 9, in Casper. Rice, who is a martial arts expert, recently won a competition on the reality show “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death” that airs on the History Channel. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The new David Street Station skating rink gets a tryout during a private corporate Christmas party on Tuesday, Nov. 20, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The moon rises behind the First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Nov. 21, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

People take selfies after the tree is lit during a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2918, at the David Street Station plaza in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Participants look at displays and silent auctions during the 30th Annual Festival of Trees for the Special Olympics on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A representative for GreenLake Real Estate Fund LLC waits to bid on the Parkway Plaza during an auction on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Townsend Justice Center in Casper. The venerable Parkway Plaza closed without warning weeks earlier after owners failed to make payments. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Martha Nelson cleans up broken glass at the Poverty Resisance Food Pantry on early Thursday, Dec. 13. A vandal threw sweet potatoes through the window sometime after midnight, according to the pantryÕs organizer Mary Ann Budenske. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Two stray yaks walk across South Grant on Wednesday, Dec. 19, in central Casper. The yaks were taken to the Metro Animal Shelter where their owners picked them up. According to Metro, the animals were brought into town for a sale and escaped into the neighborhoods. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A festive ghost sits in a truck at a house on Boxelder on Dec. 19. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)