2012 Pictures of the Year

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Austin Lynn, 9, heeves a shovelful of snow along Marine Drive downtown in January last year. Michael PennJuneau Empire.
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Talon B. Lobaugh flashes a peace sign after surrendering to Juneau police officers north of the State Office Building in May, after escaping from court security officer at the Dimond Courthouse. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Hyla Wright watches as friends, harbor personnel and a dive company pump water out of her father's boathouse in Aurora Harbor on Monday, January 30, 2012 in Juneau. Too much snow on the roof was thought to be the cause of the accident. Nobody was currently living onboard the vessel. Michael PennJuneau Empire
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A slow shutter captures Amah Curry, left, Temple Joanna, center, and Kartikasari Klasresta in their fire hooping performance art display at the Sealaska park at the corner of Front and Seward Streets in April. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School Drill Team perform their "Light March" during half-time at last year's JDHSKetchikan girls basketball game. Michael PennJuneau Empire
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Troy Wilson, a lieutenant with the Juneau Police Department when he retired from force in December, talks with his attorney, Julie Willoughby, during his arraignment in Juneau District Court in April. Wilson was arrested after firing 75 shots at police officers and their patrol vehicles when they responded to a call at his house one evening, according to the Juneau Police. Bail was set at Million. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Maire New leaps during practice for Juneau Dance Unlimited's Spring Performance. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Kurt Rehfeld, chief purser on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry LeConte, picks at the ice buildup on the side of the ship near the vehicle entrance last January. At the time, the LeConte made an attempt of going to Haines, but was turned back by high seas. Michael PennJuneau Empire
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Devin Moorhouse, 26, peeks from behind court papers listing charges against him after leading police on a high speed chase through the valley in May. Moorhouse was in Juneau District Court for his arraignment hearing. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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A family skates across Mendenhall Lake last January. Michael PennJuneau Empire
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An river otter rests on the ice of Twin Lakes after hunting for fish in February. Five otters had been seen in the southern lake last spring. Michael PennJuneau Empire
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Tom Pauser walked along Douglas Highway and passed icicles hanging from the Breeze In in March. Michael PennJuneau Empire
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Ken Alper, left (red tie), staff to Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, center, explains last minute changes to the Film Production Tax Credit bill which not only incentivizes movie production in Alaska, but also drilling for oil and gas and building liquefied natural gas storage facilities. Other legislators in on the spontaneous meeting just outside the House Chambers are Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, far left, Rep. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, back left, Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, back right, Rep. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, Rep. Scott Jiu Wo Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, and Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Family and friends photograph 12 Juneau young adults as they start their journey to South America by kayak and bicycle in June from Sandy Beach. A core group of five Ñ Andrew Flansaas, Christopher Hinkley, Colin Flynn, Kanaan Bausler and Max Stanley, are planning to do the entire trip to Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina, with other friends joining them for parts of the trip. Their trip can be followed at www.atripsouth.com. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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A pedistrian walked out of the Merchants Wharf and passed a rain-slattered window in early March last year. The local forecast called for breezy with a mix of snow and rain. Michael PennJuneau Empire
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Capital City Fire & Rescue career firefighters douse fire academy recruits as they pose for a picture after their graduation ceremony at Station 3 (airport) in May. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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A couple spends time at The Moving Wall after the formal wreath laying ceremony in May. The half-sized replica of the Washington, D.C. monument to honor killed Vietnam War soldiers was viewable around the clock in early May at the Vintage Business Park. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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An avalanche descends down Snow Gulch Creek along Thane Road last January during avalanche control by the Department of Transportation. Several large dust clouds reached road level during the firing of about 24 105mm howitzer shells. Michael PennJuneau Empire
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Professional photographer Ron Klein makes a portrait of legislators and their staff in front of the Capitol in April. Making the best of new and old, Klein photographs with a computerized digital camera but drove to the event in a 1929 Ford Model A Phaeton that he rebuilt a couple of years ago.
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Bus drivers Carson Brockbank, left, and Roy Howard gather a little vitamin D as they wait for passengers visiting the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in July. They work for HAP Alaska, a collaborative land operation owned jointly by Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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U.S. Forest Service Park Rangers Anne McLean, right, and Laurie Lamm harvest icebergs from the Mendenhall Glacier in September for their exhibit at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Through the tourist season the rangers gather ice every three days for their talks about the glacial ice. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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John N. Marvin Jr. sits next to public defender Eric Hedland at the start of his trial in Juneau Superior Court in November. Marvin was charged with the shooting death of Sgt. Anthony Wallace, 32, and Officer Matthew Tokuoka, 39, of the Hoonah Police Department in August, 2010. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Raymond Huffman of Commercial Window Cleaning cleans the windows outside of Rep. Mike Hawker's office in the Alaska State Capitol in October. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Mark Hieronymus follows his backcast as he fishes at the mouth of Sheep Creek in September as a Holland America cruise ship appears out of the mist. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Deborah ÒDebbieÓ Greene, mother of slain Hoonah police Sgt. Anthony Wallace, center, receives a hug as she and Haley Tokuoka, wife of slain Hoonah police officer Matthew Tokuoka, right, react to a guilty verdict in the trial of John N. Marvin Jr., 47, in Juneau Superior Court in November. Public defender Eric Hedland is in the background, left. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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A pedistrian crosses Seward Street at Second Street as the sun rises on in November. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Juneau residents line up around the Governor's House for his Open House in December. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Father Simeon Johnson, of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, leads a blessing Tuesday, July 17, 2012, for the graves found and disturbed during the remodel of the Gastineau Community School last year. An agreement with the Douglas Island Indian Association has been reached with the city and Juneau school district and work at the elementary school with continue. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Raindrops splash on a Douglas Island banister after a morning rain shower in August. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Children from the Juneau Cooperative Preschool line up to watch a Public Works employee dredge Gold Creek above the spillway at Cope Park in September. The area behind the spillway needs to be cleaned out on a yearly basis because of gravel and sediment washing down the creek. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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A Capital City FireRescue fireman works from a ladder truck during a fire at the Gastineau Apartments at the corner of Franklin and Front Street in November. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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View up Franklin Street in downtown Juneau as Capital City FireRescue personnel work on a fire at the Gastineau Apartments at the corner of Franklin and Front Street in November. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Marlene Wright receives a sage smoke blessing from David Katzeek, a leader of the Eagle Thunderbird Clan of Klukwan, as he rides aboard a One People Canoe Society boat during Celebration 2012's parade through downtown last year. Michael PennJuneau Empire
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Derec Steinman, 17, takes to the air with his shadow as he skates at the Pipeline Skate Park in July. Steinman says he is either skating or mountain biking everyday. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Harborview Elementary School third-grader Sydney Johnson, 9, jumps into a pile of dry leaves at Evergreen Cemetery on Friday. Families from Harborview, the Montessori B¿realis Public Program and the Juneau Cooperative Preschool have been collecting the leaves for the annual event. Teachers brought their students in November for 30 minutes of controlled leaps in the leaves. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Bald eagles fight over the remains of a salmon carcass on July 11, 2012, at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive. Salmon returning to the nearby fish hatchery attract fishermen and wildlife. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Members of the Auke Bay clan and hundreds of others greet six canoes arriving at the Auke Recreation Area beach in a Coming Ashore ceremony in June. The event was sponsored by The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Behavioral HealthSuicide Prevention Program, the One People Canoe Society and Goldbelt Heritage Institute. Those canoes signaled the "unofficial kickoff to the official events" of Celebration, a festival of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Michael PennJuneau Empire
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A Sitka black-tailed deer focuses on hikers near Fish Creek in June. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Digging continues in the front of Gastineau Elementary School in the area where a grave was found during a remodeling project last summer. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Two kayakers enjoy the last rays of a July day in Fritz Cove. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Julian Gonzalez, 8, zips past colorful excursion broker booths in August on his scooter downtown. Julian and his family are from Mexico City and were traveling on the Disney Wonder cruise ship. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Laurent Dick photographs the envading high tide in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge in December. High tide in Juneau peaked at a height close to 20 feet 5 inches at 12:18 p.m. last month, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The occasional phenomenon, known colloquially as a Òking tide,Ó brought coastal flooding to parts of California last year. Michael Penn Juneau Empire
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Two Capital City FireRescue personnel work on a fire at the Gastineau Apartments at the corner of Franklin and Front Street in November. Michael Penn Juneau Empire


Photojournalist Michael Penn selects his top photos from 2012. All photos by Michael Penn / Juneau Empire.

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