It was a busy year behind the lens with triumphs and tragedies sharing space on the newspaper’s pages.
Covering the news sometimes meant standing behind the yellow tape at late-night crime scenes, choking in the smoke of wind-fueled fires and looking at the wreckage of crashed cars.
The year in sports included championship seasons, playoff losses and school rivalries.
And in between were the everyday pictures of parades and parties, celebrations, and other events that helped make up the story of 2019.
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Parmjit Singh’s wife, Amarjit Kaur (left), and daughter Mohni Kaur Kang (holding picture) observe a moment of silence at a candlelight vigil on Aug. 28 at Gretchen Talley Park.
The peloton of about 100 riders reaches Lammers Road on May 14, 16 miles into Stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California.
A silent protest against human trafficking and slavery moves along 11th Street on Oct. 19.
Rancher and Banta Elementary School District Trustee Frank Silva holds a cow he brought to Ag Day on March 19 as he answers a question from one of the students at the rural school.
Hayley Bogetti of New Jerusalem 4-H fights tears as she guides her crossbred hog in front of buyers at the San Joaquin AgFest Junior Livestock Auction on June 15 at the fairgrounds in Stockton.
Pilot Dean Hickman-Smith explains a sighting gauge on wing of his Pitts S2B aerobatic airplane to Kevin Nava before going up for a flight on Oct. 19 at Tracy Municipal Airport. Hickman-Smith, a member of the IAC Northern California Aerobatic Club Chapter 38, said the gauge helps him determine the airplane’s angle relative to the horizon.
Ronnie Lott (left) leads walkers around the West Valley Mall on April 13 as part of the ninth annual Eric’s Vision 5K Run/Walk for a Cure at Tracy Toyota.
Dani Tafoya, an Amazon.com public relations specialist, shows kindergartners from Ripona Elementary School one of the package shipping stations at the Amazon Fulfillment Center on Chrisman Road on Jan. 17. The students were the first group of a public tour program launching at the center.
Volunteers planted nearly 150 trees at Legacy Fields on October 26 in honor of Arbor Day.
Mixed media artist Kira Ferriz paints as she joins a row of artists at the first Downtown Tracy Artwalk of the summer on June 21 on Central Avenue.
West High Space and Engineering Academy seniors donated a playhouse to Banta School on Feb. 22 as part of their senior project.
Lead singer Sabrina Stratus and lead guitarist Mario Gorito from the band Rockology perform at the Front Street Plaza during the rock-themed Downtown Tracy Block Party on July 12.
Kimball High senior Darren Jackson (from left) looks for running room against Tracy High senior Derek Saenz and junior Steven Garcia on Aug. 23 at Don Nicholson Stadium.
West High senior Christopher Marin (left) and Kimball High junior Sergio Contreras contend for the ball on Dec. 2 at Don Nicholson Stadium.
A boxing ring-themed box entered by the United for Christ team won one of the top three awards at the 20th annual Kids in a Box event on Sept. 27 at St. Bernard’s Catholic School.
The Asian Pacific Islander Club dances at the Kimball High homecoming rally on Oct. 2 at Don Nicholson Stadium.
Kimball High senior Jake Vigil (center) reacts as he is called out at home after a suicide squeeze play on April 12 against Sierra High.
A Tracy police officer, a city code enforcement officer and volunteers approach a person living in a tent on private property near the former H.J. Heinz Co. plant on Jan. 18 during the 2019 Unsheltered Homeless Point-in-Time Count.
Firefighters and a public works employee are pounded by water as they work to close the valve of a fire hydrant that was hit by a vehicle at 12th Street and Bessie Avenue on Feb 18.
A California Highway Patrol officer talks to one of two drivers involved in an accident at Corral Hollow and Larch roads that left a fire hydrant partially disconnected April 3.
Firefighters stop a grass fire spreading along the embankment of Interstate 205 near Clyde Bland Park on May 24.
David Robinson (left) is the first to lift off from Lincoln Park on July 4.
A woman in the Brookdale Senior Living parade entry waves to the crowd. on July 4.
Draka Tucker, a minister with the New Creations Bible Fellowship, performs with the Jehovah Nissi Banner Ministry at the Juneteenth festival on June 8 at Lincoln Park.
Tracy police honor guard member officer Kenny Steele (left) salutes after giving the ashes of K-9 Marko to interim chief Alex Neicu during a memorial on June 21 at the police department.
A tractor-trailer carrying toilet and sink fixtures rolled over on Kasson Road east of the 11th Street roundabout Fon March 15.
Bullfighter Jacobo Botero from Colombia fights a bull in the Campo Pequeno bullring behind the Portuguese Hall as part of the bloodless bullfights on June 28 that ended the annual Holy Ghost celebration. Botero was one of three mounted men to face the bulls.
An Amadores de Turlock forcado gets knocked to the dirt in the Campo Pequeno bullring on June 28.
A member of the sheriff’s bomb squad loads a suspicious package into a bomb truck near Fire Station 97 on Central Avenue on Aug. 30.
Nadine Koochou (from left), Maria Turner and Louise Fantone wait to carry boxes of toys to a family at the Brighter Christmas distribution on Dec. 22 at Williams Middle School.
Firefighters work to bring a grass fire fuelded by afternoon winds undercontrol burning near the Community Service District building in Mountain House on Aug. 8.
Wood piles burn on a residential property on Tracy Boulevard south of the Tracy airport on June 6.
A big-rig tractor was destroyed by fire on April 2 behind Raley’s on South Tracy Boulevard.
Runners begin the 9-10 girls 100-meter dash at the 5 North Conference Championships on April 20 at Wayne Schneider Stadium.
Tracy High junior Ariel Reynolds (left) challenges a Pitman High player at the net on Sept. 4 at Bill Swenson Gymnasium.
Councilman Dan Arriola talks about whether people feel safe in Tracy at a meeting he organized on Dec. 10 at Monte Vista Middle School.
Tracy High volleyball coach Cat Ebojo-Vaughns (left) holds the section championship banner after the varsity team defeated Lincoln High for the section title on Nov. 9 at Ripon High School.
Tracy High senior Blake Volbrecht (left) has a pass reception broken up by a St. Mary’s player on Oct. 18 at Wayne Schneider Stadium.
The Tracy High Bulldogs take the field on Sept. 20 for a game against Vacaville High at Wayne Schneider Stadium.
A student speeds around the Discovery Charter Jog-A-Thon course on May 10 at Tracy Learning Center.
Dancer perform at Keller Williams Realty during a Spirit of Aloha party on March 8 as part of Tracy Celebrates Children.
Community members gather at a candlelight vigil Wednesday for Parmjit Singh, who was killed on Aug. 28 in Gretchen Talley Park.
Harnek Singh Kang, son-in-law of the late Parmjit Singh, speaks at a candlelight vigil Wednesday at Gretchen Talley Park in memory of the 64-year-old man slain on Aug. 28 at the park.
People visit one of the Shea Homes models at Tracy Hills during an open house on March 16.
Ted Hoppenrath rings a bell as each name on the Tracy War Memorial is read during a Veterans Day service on Nov. 11.
Vaping drew local and national attention this fall.
Kimball High’s Louie Pacheco (left) takes the baton from David Hunter in the 4x100 relay race at the VOL track championships on May 2 at Don Nicholson Stadium.
Graduating senior Andrea Woodward waves to her family as she enters Steve Lopez Stadium for the West High School class of 2019 commencement ceremony on Sept 25.
Wolfie congratulates Ernie Gomez and Evelynn Jimenez on being crowned the special needs royalty at the West High homecoming rally Oct. 3 in Steve Thornton Gymnasium.
West High junior Landon Bryant (left) lands on a St. Mary’s runner, who was safe at first base, after jumping for a high throw on April 1 at West High.
Kimball High senior Kaleo Ballungay gets a hand on the ball but can’t hold on to the reception in the endzone against West High on Sept. 6 at Don Nicholson Stadium.
West High sophomore Jesus Pena (right) goes after the ball on Jan. 9 against Tokay High at Steve Lopez Stadium.
A public works crewman cuts away a part of a branch that cracked in high winds Feb. 13 on East Eaton Avenue.
Friends snap a selfie at the Downtown Tracy Wine Stroll on Sept. 21.
South San Joaquin County Fire Authority crews put out one of two grass fires that burned along Lammers Road north of Redbridge Road on Nov. 4.
Millennium High School cheerleaders greet students at the Tracy Learning Center on on Aug. 5 as nearly 1,300 students in Primary Charter, Discovery Charter and Millennium High schools returned to their classrooms.
A section of Lehman Road south of Tracy remained closed on March 6 because of water from Corral Hollow Creek that flooded the road.
Alyssa Lenart, who has cystic fibrosis, and her mother, Renee Lenart, talk about the progress of her disease on Feb. 11.
A man places flowers at a grave in the Little Arlington section of Tracy Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 27.
A rider carries the flag of Mexico in the parade on Central Avenue on Sept. 14.
Evan Vu (left) and Harrison Cost tell Santa and Mrs. Claus what they want for Christmas during a visit on Dec. 6 at the Mountain House Fire Station.
Mountain House senior Taige Malhi (right) drags down an East Union runner on Aug. 30 at Mountain House High.
The Mountain House Mustangs run onto the field for their game against East Union on Aug. 30 at Mountain House High.
Mountain House senior Karan Sidhu (center) goes up for a shot on Feb. 11 against Lathrop High at Mountain House.
Mountain House senior Kartek Akella plays against Lathrop High on April 11 at Mountain House High.
Mountain House junior Keanu Trujillo (right) contends for a rebound with a Ripon High player during a Sac-Joaquin section playoff on Feb. 15 at Ripon High.
Discovery Charter School students march in the parade on Sept. 25. Their entry had an ancient Greece theme.
A centaur from Discovery Charter School walks in the Millennium High Homecoming parade on Sept. 25.
Millennium High freshmen and school staff members celebrate the underclassmen’s win in the scream-off competition to end a homecoming rally on Sept. 23.
Cheerleaders perform at the Millennium High homecoming rally on Sept. 23.