Tom Paul plays the hammer dulcimer during the New Year's Eve Barn Dance Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 at St. Ann's Parish Hall. The New Year's Eve dance is a tradition for Juneau Contradancers, and this year's event was accompanied with music by "Impromptu," a group of musicians that also included Odette...
Alaskan traditions to ring in the new year may include polar bear dips, taking aspirin and, of course, filing for the Permanent Fund Dividend. Alaskans can file as early as the stroke of midnight Jan. 1 and can continue to file through the deadline of March 31.
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Whether paired with a story or standing alone, Empire Photographer Michael Penn strives to tell a story with each photograph he shares with readers. Penn closes out 2014 in the midst of his 20th year with the paper.