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As the rollercoaster of 2021 winds to the loading dock of 2022, here’s a look back at the top compelling images taken by GV Wire.

On January 6, 2021, a long parade of cars and trucks supporting President Donald Trump drives through parts of Clovis and Fresno. Organizers claimed the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from Trump. (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)

Diego Pacheco vs Lucas De Abreu

Big time boxing returned to Fresno as Diego Pacheco lands a right hand at Chukchansi park in Fresno. Photo: GVWire/Albert Baker

Paco Balderrama is sworn in as Fresno’s new chief of police on January 11, 2021. Balderrama served more than 20 years in various roles with the Oklahoma City Police Department. (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)

Cars line up at a drive through COVID vaccination clinic at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics on January 14, 2021. (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)

Demonstrators gather across from the Tower Theatre to protest the sale of the iconic venue to a local church. (GV Wire/David Taub)

Fresno leaders get ready to cut the ribbon on Southwest Airlines’ service on Sunday, April 25, 2021. (GV Wire/Jamie Ouverson)

Sunlight reflects off of Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park at sunset on February 21, 2021. For a short time each year, the position of the sun creates a “Firefall” effect that wows visitors to the park. (GV Wire/Jamie Ouverson)

Protesters demonstrate at Fresno High School on May 12, 2021. The group opposed a decision by Fresno Unified trustees to replace the school’s Warrior mascot, which was deemed offensive to Native Americans. (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)

County social workers protest and display the unsafe living conditions of children under Fresno CPS custody. (GV Wire/Johnny Soto)

Pro-Palestinian and Pro-Israel protesters face off across the street from each other Blackstone and Nees avenues on May 21, 2021. The demonstrations arose in response to an outbreak of violence in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip. (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)

The LGBTQ Pride Flag flies at Fresno City Hall for the first time on June 11, 2021, following weeks of political debate and controversy. (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)

Fresno State QB Jake Haener threw for 256 yards and 2 TD in a 34-32 victory over Nevada (GV Wire/Albert Baker)

Fresno City Councilman Garry Bredefeld whips up recall support for Larry Elder in September. (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)

Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula and daughters Aviana (next to Arambula), Kennedy (bottom left) and Scarlett pose with the Ohtli Award (GV Wire/David Taub)

Gov. Gavin Newsom pushed for his Early Childhood Education plan at Sunset Elementary in Fresno (GV Wire/David Taub)

Mayor Jerry Dyer shows affection for his rescue dog, Stitch, in October, (GV Wire/David Taub)

The Pledge of Allegiance kicks off the Larry Elder rally at Clovis Unified’s Performing Arts Center in August. (GV Wire/ Liz Juarez)

The Big Fresno Fair returned in 2021 after being canceled the previous year due to the COVID pandemic. A worker for food vendor Chicken Charlie’s shows off their Buffalo Chicken/Mac and Cheese creation on the fair’s opening day, October 6, 2021. (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)

 

Aha! Airlines debuts its first passenger flight from Fresno on November 2, 2021. The regional airline offers flights between Reno/Tahoe and Fresno three days a week. (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)

One Table Fresno

One Table Fresno fed the city’s homeless and provided clothing and support. Local leaders and business owners donned aprons to serve their community and hand out fresh cooked steak dinners. Photo: GVWire/Albert Baker

A retired 23 year Army Veteran, Albert Baker graduated from Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles with a Bachelor's in Film and Media. Beginning his filming career in Los Angeles, Albert has done cinematography and editing work in professional and college sports with projects featured on NBC Sports, ESPN, DAZN, and The Rose Bowl.