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COURIER's 2020 pictures of the year

Can you believe this year is over already? It seemed to fly by as the world dealt with one major disaster after another. And it impacted everyone, even though we reacted in much different ways. The hard part was so many of the challenges were out of our control. There's also no doubt that Claremont will be changed forever. It just may be awhile before we know exactly how. The COURIER staff has always believed photographs are a wonderfully powerful medium to document life. The good, bad and great! So without further ado, here are the pictures of the year, Claremont style. —PW

To start the slideshow simply click the first photograph.

  • Heavy smoke from fires to the west.

    Heavy smoke from fires to the west....

  • More businesses open! Well, outside at least.

    More businesses open! Well, outside at least....

  • Claremont restaurants embraced the need to serve outside.

    Claremont restaurants embraced the need to serve outside....

  • Empty streets in the Claremont Village.

    Empty streets in the Claremont Village....

  • By April, freeways also had little traffic.

    By April, freeways also had little traffic....

  • Vons store shelves would quickly empty...

    Vons store shelves would quickly empty......

  • ...then be filled again.

    ...then be filled again....

  • Then there was the new process of checking out.

    Then there was the new process of checking out....

  • Car kines would quickly appear at different parts of town.

    Car kines would quickly appear at different parts of town....

  • In early March, this was a typical day at Cahuilla Park.

    In early March, this was a typical day at Cahuilla Park....

  • Schools soon closed leaving filled playgrounds empty.

    Schools soon closed leaving filled playgrounds empty....

  • Smoke from the west made our air nearly impossible to breathe.

    Smoke from the west made our air nearly impossible to breathe....

  • The fires near Glendora only seemed to grow.

    The fires near Glendora only seemed to grow....

  • Smoke filled air drifts east over to the Wilderness Park.

    Smoke filled air drifts east over to the Wilderness Park. ...

  • The Village sidewalks came alive as restaurants serve outside.

    The Village sidewalks came alive as restaurants serve outside....

  • It didn't take long for the Claremont Colleges students to move out.

    It didn't take long for the Claremont Colleges students to move ...

  • Moon above Moab...Moab Drive that is.

    Moon above Moab...Moab Drive that is....

  • Oak Park Cemetery suffered a loss of a California Oak tree from strong winds.

    Oak Park Cemetery suffered a loss of a California Oak tree from ...

  • Protests became common for a variety of political causes.

    Protests became common for a variety of political causes....

  • Snow in Claremont!? No, but it certainly looked festive. Just don't eat this snow.

    Snow in Claremont!? No, but it certainly looked festive. Just do...

  • Holiday lights at Raging Waters you could drive a car through.

    Holiday lights at Raging Waters you could drive a car through....

  • Valentine's Day was celebrated just like the old days.

    Valentine's Day was celebrated just like the old days....

  • Los Angeles County fire on call day and night.

    Los Angeles County fire on call day and night....

  • Some may have taken this mask wearing a little too far.

    Some may have taken this mask wearing a little too far....

  • Black Lives Matter protest in the Village.

    Black Lives Matter protest in the Village....

  • CHS girls soccer before the pandemic.

    CHS girls soccer before the pandemic....

  • City council meeting on use of sheriffs to police Claremont.

    City council meeting on use of sheriffs to police Claremont....

  • Claremont Heritage lead guitar player David Shearer.

    Claremont Heritage lead guitar player David Shearer....

  • Mt. Baldy Notch after a winter snow.

    Mt. Baldy Notch after a winter snow....

  • City of Trees during the fall on Yale Ave.

    City of Trees during the fall on Yale Ave....

  • Shadows of CHS football players practicing. But no contact, and now, no season.

    Shadows of CHS football players practicing. But no contact, and ...

  • San Gabriel Mountains from high over the San Antonio Dam.

    San Gabriel Mountains from high over the San Antonio Dam....

  • Priceless Pets helping yet another pooch in need.

    Priceless Pets helping yet another pooch in need....

  • Families went to Mountain View Elementary to pick up their at-home learning information.

    Families went to Mountain View Elementary to pick up their at-ho...

  • High winds knocked trees down all over the city.

    High winds knocked trees down all over the city....

  • Even large trees were no match for Mother Nature's wind gusts.

    Even large trees were no match for Mother Nature's wind gusts....

  • Claremont had a record number of voters for the 2020 elections.

    Claremont had a record number of voters for the 2020 elections....

  • Even Santa can have parking issues while making deliveries.

    Even Santa can have parking issues while making deliveries....

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