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Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Betty Brewer, left, and Gladys Tucker hold teddy bears before presenting them to Salt Lake City police detective Robert Ungricht at The Ridge Foothill, a retirement community, in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Police officers often give the teddy bears to children who are coping with trauma following accidents.

Utahns rung in the new year by celebrating basketball victories, helping those in need and hitting the slopes.

The first month of 2019 was a busy one, with new lawmakers taking office, a long government shutdown, the dedication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Rome Italy Temple and several tragic fires.

Here's a look back at the month of January in our favorite 14 photos from Deseret News photographers.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The Utah Utes bench celebrates a three pointer near the end of the game with the Stanford Cardinal in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Lead Transportation Security officer Leland Goff puts his face close to boxes of pizza, paid for by Salt Lake City, to feel their warmth as supervisory Transportation Security officer Marcus Smauldon, left, and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, right, look on at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. The city paid for two deliveries of pizza on Tuesday to help out furloughed TSA employees at the airport.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Lee Hampton takes his board off for a lunch break during Semper Fi's Park City Big Mountain Camp for veterans by the National Ability Center office at Park City Mountain Resort in Park City on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.
Silas Walker, Deseret News
Congressman Ben McAdams holds a town hall meeting to familiarize constituents with district office staff as well as to provide an opportunity for McAdams to listen to Utahns on issues that are important to them at the Redwood Recreation Center in West Valley City on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.
Ravell Call, Deseret News
The Rome Italy Temple is reflected in the window of the Rome Temple Visitors Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Sade Kelleher, 7, watches as Unified firefighters battle a blaze at Silverwood Estate condominiums in Millcreek on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Kelleher and her mother were forced to flee their apartment.

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