A reporter watches the Jesusita Fire progression on Wednesday night May 6, 2009.

Paul Wellman

A reporter watches the Jesusita Fire progression on Wednesday night May 6, 2009.

Year in Pictures, 2009

In today’s fast-paced digital world of blogs, tweets, podcasts, and streaming videos, it’s easy to forget that there is often much beauty and insight inherent to the still photograph. Whether it’s the fear on the face of a firefighter saving a home, the joy apparent in someone celebrating an election victory, or the guilt seen on those convicted of a crime, pictures will always say at least a thousand words. To honor that reality, and to show off the best work of longtime staff photographer Paul Wellman and his lens-toting colleagues, we here at The Independent bring you our annual Year in Pictures issue, version 2009.

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Iron Chef Caused State Street Pedestrian Death

Famous Chef Larry Forgione charged with misdemeanor for driving into Gilbert Ramirez on February 24.

Lavagnino’s Sudden Victory

5th District supervisor a shoo-in as filing window closes; Gregg Hart also unopposed for 2nd District.

One Half of Old Town Streets to Get Sidewalks

Walkways planned for one side of Goleta neighborhood streets; parking, lighting talks at community meeting March 22.

After Disaster in Montecito, Where Is All the Money Going?

Santa Barbara nonprofits account for millions spent on relief efforts.

Santa Barbara Experiences a Rainy March, but a Dry Year

Water year only 34 percent of normal for precipitation.