A Trump supporter and a Biden supporter argue prior to the vice presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and his Democratic rival, California Sen. Kamala Harris, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News
A look back at this historic year across the Beehive State
SALT LAKE CITY — As 2020 draws to a close, I am breathing a sigh of relief.
Two words: Healthy. Safe.
Some folks might look back at the year 2020 and remember it as an awful year of death, divisiveness and destruction.
I’m looking back on 2020 with relief that our photographers finished the year both healthy and safe.
Safe from injuries during the summer protests. And they remained healthy and free of COVID-19 this year, which has sadly taken the lives of so many Utahns.
These talented Deseret News photojournalists have been on the front lines of these traumatic news events as they unfolded in our community every day this year. Their job is out there in the community. Unlike myself as their photo editor, there’s really no such thing as working from home for them.
At one point, during the summer protests, we worried to the point that we outfitted our team with helmets to protect them from flying rocks and bottles.
Usually it’s new cameras and lenses they’re happy to get. But this year it was the extra disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and boxes of face masks made them smile.
And when there wasn’t a worry about their safety covering coronavirus and protests, we had to navigate through Mother Nature’s fury of a windstorm and an earthquake.
Enjoy the Deseret News’ 2020 photos of the year.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News An F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base’s 388th and 419th fighter wings climbs into the sky during a combat power exercise at the base near Ogden on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. During the exercise, 52 F-35A Lightning IIs launched within a condensed period of time.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Councilman James Rogers, left, takes a selfie with Erin Mendenhall prior to her being sworn in as Salt Lake City mayor during a ceremony on the east steps of the City-County Building on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Ice Castles founder Brent Christensen, right, and manger Al Larsen discuss design ideas as they walk through their creation in Midway on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Issac Avila tries on a coat, donated by Mountain America Credit Union and Operation Warm, at Newman Elementary School in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Caprice Cortez, Faith Goodsell, Autumn Barton and Mykaylla Darrow, all 17 years old and teammates on the Grantsville High School girls soccer team that Alexis Haynie played on, stand together at a candlelight vigil for the Haynie family at Grantsville City Park on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Police say four members of the Haynie family were killed and one injured after being shot by a teenage family member on Jan. 17.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Colin Haynie clasps his hands in Grantsville on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, as he talks about about the loss of his wife and three of his children. Police say his 16-year-old son opened fire on his family last week.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News People fill the Capitol Board Room as they listen to Rabbi Samuel Spector, from congregation Kol Ami, during a Ending Child Homelessness Day event hosted by the Coalition of Religious Communities in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News Nicole Maynes, a certified nursing assistant for Visiting Angels, left, hugs Janet Janis, a client of the in-home senior care company, in Janis’ Salt Lake City home on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Larry Meigs, CEO of Visiting Angels, says the in-home senior care company is taking time to deliver hugs to their clients the week of Valentine’s Day because studies show a heartfelt hug is a great stress buster, it can help lower blood pressure and even mitigate cold symptoms.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News The sunsets on the Durban South Africa Temple in Umhlanga, South Africa, on Feb. 13, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News Daniel Cannon, right, and other members of the Herriman High School boys cross-country and track teams greet female classmates with a Valentine’s Day rose as they arrive at school on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The boys decided they didn’t want anyone feeling left out on Valentine’s Day, so they went to work and raised enough money to buy roses for every girl at the school. The fundraising was so successful the Herriman students had enough roses to share with neighboring Riverton High School, where the flowers were also handed out to female students.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News The sunset and Capitol are reflected in the windows of a home on A Street near 7th Avenue in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News Isabella Chavez, a second grader at Odyssey Elementary School, makes a face in the mirror while trying on eyeglass frames at the Friends for Sight SightFest event at the Ogden School District Administrative Office on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, where 188 students from the Ogden and Weber school districts received free eye exams and glasses. Qualified students failed the nurse’s vision screening at school and had no other means of receiving an eye exam.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News The Most Rev. Oscar Solis, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, speaks to students during The Skaggs Catholic Center’s celebration of Ash Wednesday with an all-school Mass at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The Mass was attended by Juan Diego students and students from St. John the Baptist middle and elementary schools.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders smiles as he speaks to his supporters during a rally at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City. in Salt Lake City on Monday, March 2, 2020. Thousands turned out to see the party front-runner a day before Super Tuesday voting in Utah and 13 other states.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Addison Hicken, with the help of two of his kids Evan and Laynie, begin to put up their American flag on their farm in Heber on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Jenn Hicken watches with their youngest son, Ren, and two nephews, Parker and Weston Walton.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Sen. Daniel McCay, R-Riverton, right, clowns around with Rep. Marc Roberts, R-Bluffdale, at the Capitol in Salt Lake City during the last night of the 2020 legislative session on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Candy Whisler hugs her scared dog Athena and grandson Paris Whisler after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Magna hit on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News A firefighter arrives on scene where debris fell off a building at 400 South and 500 West in Salt Lake City after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Magna hit early on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Adam Hiscock, Utah Geological Survey hazards geologist, looks at a crack as he assesses earthquake effects at the Great Salt Lake Marina on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Jim Hicks, right, tosses a ham to another volunteer as the Salt Lake City Mission provides curbside pickup for its annual Easter Food Box Giveaway in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Vehicles snake around the parking lot of a chapel belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to pick up food from the Utah Food Bank in Taylorsville on Monday, April 13, 2020. The line continues on the street. The Utah Food Bank estimates they provided food to around 400 families at this location.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News The windows at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City are illuminated in the shape of a heart on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News “My feet hurt,” says Denise Begaye, an X-ray technician with the Monument Valley Health Center, as she sits on a curb and takes a break from COVID-19 testing outside of the center in Oljato-Monument Valley, San Juan County on Thursday, April 16, 2020. The mobile testing team tested 581 people on Thursday.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Cara Luna, Tsébii’nidzisgai Elementary School fourth grade teacher, hands a bag of food to Alexus Bedonie from a school bus in Oljato-Monument Valley, San Juan County, on Thursday, April 30, 2020. While schools are closed due to COVID-19, buses are delivering homework and food to students two days a week. Navajo nation has one of the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rates in the country.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Hanna Lloyd rides through “Light the Rio T,” a drive-thru light show, outside Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Monday, May 4, 2020.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Adrian Zamarripa reacts as Jeremy Neves, owner of a Lamborghini Huracan, steps on the gas as Adrian and his mother, Beatriz Flores, go for a ride in Ogden on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 in Ogden. Adrian, who is 5, tried to drive his parents’ car to California to get his own Lamborghini on Monday, He was stopped by the Utah Highway Patrol just a few miles from his home.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News Lt. Col. Jon Richardson hugs his wife, Jennifer, during a departure event for the 1st Attack/Reconnaissance Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment at the Utah Army National Guard armory in West Jordan on Thursday, May 7, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Ruby Van Wagenen, 11, is held by her mother as she is tested for COVID-19 by medical assistant Nicole Paepke at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo on Friday, May 8, 2020. In an effort to help address COVID-19 hot spots that have been identified in Utah County, the Intermountain Healthcare Coronavirus Mobile Testing Unit provided testing to area residents.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Ursula Quintana, center, and her mother, Joleen Rogers, second from left, sit together before Mass at the Cathedral of the Madeleine on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News The Angel Moroni statue is temporarily removed by crane from atop the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Monday, May 18, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News An eastern black-and-white colobus monkey holds its 4-day-old baby at Utah’s Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The zoo as reopened with new regulations due to COVID-19.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Two men set up fencing on former San Juan County Commissioner Rebecca Benally’s property to help distribute live sheep to Navajo elders and families in Montezuma Creek, San Juan County, on Monday, May 25, 2020. Farmers Feeding Utah gathered donations and used the money to purchase sheep and produce from Utah farmers to donate to the Navajo Nation, supporting both farmers and those in need of food.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Anna Martin, 88, pauses for a minute while butchering a sheep outside of her home in Montezuma Creek, San Juan County, on Monday, May 25, 2020. Farmers Feeding Utah gathered donations and used the money to purchase sheep and produce from Utah farmers to donate to the Navajo Nation, supporting both farmers and those in need of food. Martin received one of the sheep.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News A group from Fresh Market, former co-workers of an Ogden police officer who was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, place flowers and flags on his patrol car at the Francom Public Safety Building in Ogden on Friday, May 29, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News A protester throws a water bottle at police in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Protesters joined others across the nation to decry the death of George Floyd, a Black man, who died while being taken into custody by police in Minneapolis earlier this week.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News A man leaps out of the way as people smash the windows of a passing police car in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Protesters joined others across the nation to decry the death of George Floyd, a black man, who died while being taken into custody by police in Minneapolis earlier this week.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News A police officer pulls Brandon McCormick from an angry crowd after shooting a bow and arrow at protesters in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News Police and protesters clash near Library Square in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Protesters joined others across the nation to decry the death of George Floyd, a Black man, who died while being taken into custody by police in Minneapolis earlier this week.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Salt Lake Police officer Metui Tautuaa is the only officer to take a knee as a crowd of protesters yell and plead for officers to take a knee with them, in solidarity against police brutality and racism, after a Party for Socialism and Liberation rally moved to the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building in Salt Lake City on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News A police officer is hit with a bottle of water as police try to enforce a curfew and clear protesters out of downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, June 1, 2020. Recent protests against police brutality, racial discrimination and the killing of George Floyd turned violent in Salt Lake City and other cities across the nation, prompting Gov. Gary Herbert to call in the Utah National Guard.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Desmond Kanelos yells a chant during a protest against racism, police brutality and the killing of George Floyd near the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 4, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News University of Utah Health workers join health care professionals from across the country in a moment of silent reflection and commitment to improve the health and safety of people of color as they take a knee for their patients, colleagues, family, friends and entire community outside of the College Nursing on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 5, 2020.
Ravell Call, Deseret News The casket is brought from Lindquist Field following the funeral service of Ogden police officer Nathan Lyday in Ogden on June 6, 2020. Lyday was shot and killed May 28 while responding to a domestic violence call.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Ogden Police Chief Randy Watt embraces Ashley Lyday, wife of fallen Ogden police officer Nathan Lyday, while Officer Lyday’s parents, Nancy and Andrew sit at right, during Officer Lyday’s graveside service at Lindquist Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch in Ogden on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Lyday was shot and killed May 28 while responding to a domestic violence call.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News Firefighters battle a fire in the Applied Technology Building, which is under construction, at Salt Lake Community College at 4600 S. Redwood Road in Taylorsville on Monday, June 22, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News A wildfire on Traverse Mountain threatens homes in Lehi on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Deseret News, Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Flames lick at a “Hot Scones” sign at the old Sconecutter at 2040 S. State in Salt Lake City on Thursday, July 2, 2020. The blaze destroyed the vacant restaurant.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Comet C/2020 F3, also known as NEOWISE, is seen before dawn above the Bonneville Salt Flats on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The comet takes its name from the NEOWISE space telescope that discovered it in March. The comet survived its closest pass of the sun, which sometimes completely destroys the icy comets completely, on July 3, and it passed closest to the Earth on July 23.
Yukai Peng, Deseret News Utah Royals FC players takes a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before a game against the Chicago Red Stars at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman on Sunday, July 12, 2020.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News A bumblebee flies near a lavender bush in the International Peace Gardens in Salt Lake City on Friday, July 17, 2020.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Albert Gaudyn and Grace Gasienica , tourists from Poland Visitors enjoy the sunset at the Great Salt Lake near Saltair in Magna on Sunday, July 19, 2020.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Police and protesters collided in the streets of Cottonwood Heights on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. The group was marching on 6710 South when police blocked them at Cristobal Street and a confrontation ensued. Police said eight or nine protesters were arrested.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Artists put the final touches on a Black Lives Matter mural outside the Salt Lake City-County Building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News A lantern rises into the sky as friends and family hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of a July airplane crash in West Jordan on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Lauren Call smiles and accepts items from Utah Valley University faculty members after receiving her degree in elementary education during a drive-thru convocation at the university in Orem on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.
Yukai Peng, Deseret News Juliet Tuineau, Ray Tuineau’s widow, pours a bucket of soil on her husband’s coffin during a burial service at Valley View Memorial Park in West Valley City on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. Ray Tuineau was one of the more than 380 Utahns who died because of COVID-19.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News Insects swarm above a bison that had just rolled in the dirt on Antelope Island on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Ellie Hansen, 4, and Stephanie Hansen wave as Ellie’s father and Stephanie’s husband, Chief Warrant Officer 3 John Hansen, leaves the Utah National Guard’s aviation facility in West Jordan with 8 other Guardsmen on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Nine soldiers and two UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters from the Guard’s 97th Aviation Troop Command, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment have been tapped to help fight wildfires in California.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News A large tree rests on two cars in the Avenues in Salt Lake City after it was toppled by high winds on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Alex Keele skateboards off of a fallen tree trunk onto a section of sidewalk that was raised when the tree fell during a windstorm in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Residents watch as a helicopter dips water as crews respond to a fire burning near Goshen and Santaquin in Utah County on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Clown Ketih Isley smiles during the Magic Valley Stampede PRCA Rodeo at the Twin Falls County Fair in Filer, Idaho, on Thursday Sept 3, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Steer wrestler Blake Knowles stands for the national anthem during the Magic Valley Stampede PRCA Rodeo at the Twin Falls County Fair in Filer, Idaho, on Thursday Sept 3, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News Nelson Akagi ,a World War II Army veteran and Congressional Gold Medal recipient, watches as military personnel fold an American flag during an Honor Salute ceremony organized by Community Nursing Services outside of his home in Murray on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. A member of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Akagi fought in key battlegrounds in Italy, France and Germany. He helped liberate many areas, including the Dachau concentration camp. In 2010, Akagi was recognized for his service with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Misty Pantle and her children, Tanner, 15, Tatum, 16, and Reese, 14, left to right, make the first visit to the burned remnants of the home they and Pantle’s sister Tammy Johnson, not pictured, shared in Talent, Ore., on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Their home was one of more than 2,300 residences destroyed when the Almeda Fire swept through the towns of Talent and Phoenix in southern Oregon.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News Surrounded by fall colors, cyclists and a motorist make their way around a hairpin curve in Emigration Canyon in the Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News The Salt Lake Temple is under renovation during the 190th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News A plane passes in front of the glowing sun as it makes its final approach at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Smoke from wildfires in California have intensified the colors of the sunsets in Utah.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News A Trump supporter and a Biden supporter argue prior to the vice presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and his Democratic rival, California Sen. Kamala Harris, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Crew members clean the plexiglass shields that will separate candidates before the vice presidential debate at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Moderator Susan Page tries to reign in Vice President Mike Pence as he talks past his allotted time during his debate against Democratic challenger Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., in the vice presidential debate at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News Ron Gibson, a seventh-generation Ogden dairy farmer, talks about the sale of land he leases and uses to grow corn for his cattle in Hooper, Weber County, on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Even before COVID-19 issues decimated dairy farmers, Gibson’s wife talked him into starting a corn maze, and earlier this year he decided to use hundreds of acres of his land in Ogden to grow onions, tomatoes and potatoes in an effort to adapt and survive so his son can follow him into farming.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News Family members of inmates incarcerated in the Utah Department of Corrections’ prison system hold candles and say a prayer following a rally outside the Department of Corrections office in Draper on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. The group was there to share concerns about the department’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Jonathan Roumie, wh plays Jesus, walks toward trailers during filming of a faith-based streaming series on the life of Jesus Christ called “The Chosen” at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Jerusalem set in Goshen, Utah County, on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Brittany Yee, second from right, and Megan Cook, right, both autopsy assistants, bring a body into an exam room while assistant medical examiner Dr. Lily Marsden, left, prepares to perform an autopsy at the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner in Taylorsville on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News Terrie Toilolo, mother of Chynna Toilolo, cries at the sixth annual In Heels 2 Heal domestic violence walk at the International Peace Gardens in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Chynna Toilolo’s body was found in Ogden Canyon in May, and in June her boyfriend was arrested and charged with murder.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Sierra McGee-Whinnery, a supporter of former Vice President Joe Biden, sits surrounded by backers of President Donald Trump on the steps of the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Earlier Saturday, news outlets declared Biden the winner of the presidential election.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News A homeless man bundles up near a fire on 700 South in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute on Tuesday published a report identifying major problems within the state’s current homeless governance structure.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Cheryl Ray kisses the name of her husband, George Kelly Ray, a living Vietnam veteran, on the Veteran Wall after a dedication ceremony for the Bountiful Veterans Park in Bountiful on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. The wall honors veterans from Bountiful, West Bountiful, Woods Cross, North Salt Lake and Centerville.