Slideshow | Best of Michael Penn 2013

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Mark Kelley talks about his 30-plus years as a professional photographer in Juneau during an interview at his office in January 2013.
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Julie Nielsen, left, Alan Steffert, center, Laurent Dick and others play a lunch-time game of hockey on the ice at Twin Lakes in January 2013.
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Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, watches from his chair in the House Chamber during a mock floor session in January 2013.
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Gov. Sean Parnell is escorted to the House Chambers by Rep. Cathy Munoz, R-Juneau, and Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, for his annual State of the State address to the Alaska State Legislature in January 2013.
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Two rowers take advantage of clear and calm weather to put in at the North Douglas Boat Launch in February 2013.
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Rain puddling on the ice at Twin Lakes makes for a palette of grays in February 2013.
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Deacon Paul Erickson of the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church throws snow into the church's yard as he shovels the sidewalk in January 2013.
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Lawrence Love, draped in an U.S. flag, demonstrates outside of the Alaska Capitol in support of the 2nd Amendment as part of a nationwide show of support in February 2013. Love said, "If we lose the 2nd Amendment, we lose them all."
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Women attending the 'One Billion Rising' event at the State Office Building in February, 2013, raise their hands in support during Christy NaMee Eriksen recitation of Eve Insler's poem 'Rising'. The rally is part of the world movement to encourage one billion harassed and exploited women to stop suffering in silence and to strike, rise and dance.
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Gun rights advocates listen to Thom Buzard speak from the Capitol steps during the .223 Day of Resistance Rally in February 2013. About 60 people attended.
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Aja Marks, 9, left, Brandon Chilton, 13, Leona Demmert, 8, and Lilliana Demmert, 10, attend a candlelight vigil in honor of Mackenzie Howard at the Sealaska Plaza in February 2013. Howard’s body was found inside a Kake church, the apparent victim of a homicide.
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Gov. Sean Parnell speaks during a press conference at the Capitol in February 2013.
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Retired U.S. Army Major Becky Huggins, shows off her "Army Girls Rock" shirt after an introduction by her husband, Senate President Charlie Huggins, during a ceremony in support of Alaska women veterans at the Capitol in February 2013.
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Boats docked at Andrew's Marina at Fishermen's Bend in Auke Bay are reflected in March 2013.
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A reenactment of the convening of the first territorial legislature takes place during a dinner at Rockwell as part of the Alaska Legislative Centennial in March 2013.
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A legislative aide travels between floors in the Capitol's stairwell in March 2013.
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Snow falls at the Don Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay in March 2013.
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High winds blow snow off of Mt. Roberts above downtown Juneau in March 2013.
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High winds blow snow out of the Sheep Creek valley south of downtown Juneau in March 2013.
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A pod of nearly a dozen orca whales swim in Gastineau Channel in March 2013.
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A raven perches with a frozen bagel on the bust of Dr. Jose P. Rizal in Manila Square in downtown Juneau in March 2013.
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A pod of nearly a dozen orca whales swim in Gastineau Channel in March 2013.
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A mature bald eagle scares up a flock of gulls as it hunts for food in the Gastineau Channel in March 2013.
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High winds blow snow off of Mt. Roberts as seen from the Mt. Roberts Tramway's upper station in April 2013.
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Five men help Joseph Buell, a service technician with The Odom Corporation (hidden behind machine), haul a beverage vending machine into the Alaska Capitol in March 2013. Buell said they were replacing the current machine with a bigger one. "They keep drinking the machine dry," said Buell.
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David Job takes in the view from the top of the Dan Moller Cabin in April 2013. The snow line has covered most of the first floor of the two-story U.S. Forest Service cabin on Douglas Island. The cabin's outhouse, left, has almost disappeared under the snow.
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High winds blow snow off of Mount Roberts as seen from the Mount Roberts Tramway's upper station in April 2013.
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John N. Marvin Jr. is escorted into Juneau Superior Court by two court security officer in April 2013. Sitka Superior Court Judge David George sentenced Marvin to two 99-year sentences in prison for the August 28, 2010 deaths of Hoonah police officers Matt Tokuoka and Tony Wallace.
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A trumpeter swan rest in the Mendenhall River near the Brotherhood Bridge in April 2013.
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A woman is helped onto a gurney by Capital City FireRescue personnel near the corner of Egan Drive and Glacier Highway near the hospital after a two-vehicle accident in April 2013. Multiple people were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital.
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As adults play a in a jam session Rise Sraley-Hart, 5, practices his headstands at the 39th Annual Alaska Folk Festival at Centennial Hall in April 2013.
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Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, waits for senators to arrive during a 'call of the house' as the Senate takes up the Alaska gasline development bill at the Capitol in April 2013.
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A FedEx cargo planes comes in for a landing at the Juneau International Airport in April 2013 against a backdrop of the summit of Stroller White Mountain.
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A beaver investigates Gold Creek in downtown Juneau in April 2013. The beaver was chased out of the loading dock at the Foodland Center before returning to the creek.
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Fifth-graders Keana Villanueva, left, Thomas Harman, center, and Brandon Druley of Riverbend Elementary School study for Sea Week in the Frog House at the Alaska State Museum in April 2013. Sea Week is a marine science education program for elementary students that gives them a more intimate knowledge of the ocean, its ecology, diversity of species, and the scientists that study it.
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A beaver walks across the tidal flats near the mouth of Gold Creek in downtown Juneau in April 2013.
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The cruise ship Carnival Miracle sits at the South Franklin Dock as seen through the rain-coated window of a Mt. Robert's Tramway car in May 2013. Over a million visitors are predicted to come to Southeast Alaska this season by cruise ship.
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Chancellor John Pugh catches his breath after taking a turn in the dunk tank during the Spring Carnival at the University of Alaska Southeast in April 2013. It was the last day of school for the semester.
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John Castillo prepares to cast a herring from the rocks at False Outer Point in May 2013. The 17th Annual Spring King Salmon Derby is organized by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska as a fundraiser for the Alumni Scholarship Assistance Program for Higher Education.
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A black bear feeds along the shore line in Tracy Arm Fjord in May 2013.
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Members of the New Archangel Dancers of Sitka wave from the Alaska State Highway ferry Malaspina during a 50th Anniversary Golden Voyage cruise to Tracy Arm Fjord in May 2013.
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A mountain goat cross a stream in Tracy Arm Fjord in May 2013.
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Able-Bodied Seaman Charlie Whipple discribes how he designed and masked for painting the Alaskan flag on the smoke stack of the Alaska Marine Highway ferry Malaspina during a cruise to Tracy Arm Fjord on its 50th Anniversary Golden Voyage in May 2013. The ice from the twin Sawyer Glaciers was too thick for the Malaspina to make the full journey to the glaciers faces. The ship has been making a special run from Ketchikan to Skagway this week with side trips to the Misty Fiords National Monument and Tracy Arm Fjord. The ferry is coming back online after 0 million retrofit.
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Kris Dorsey, right, her husband, Brian, and their daughter, Emma, 5, enjoys their time out on the deck of the Alaska State Highway ferry Malaspina during it's 50th Anniversary Golden Voyage cruise to Tracy Arm Fjord in May 2013.
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Passengers abroad the Malaspina take in the views of Tracy Arm Fjord in May 2013.
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Grace Kelly sings to a full house during her quintet's performance at The Lucky Lady in May 2013 as part of the Juneau Jazz & Classics music festival.
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U.S. Forest Service wildlife technician Gwen Baluss holds a female rufous hummingbird during banding at the Juneau Community Gardens in May 2013.
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A juvenile humpback whale breaches in Stephens Passage off the west side of Douglas Island in May 2013. The whale and its mother were seen spashing about for about 30 minutes.
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Eight fire academy recruits get their unofficial dousing after a graduation ceremony at Glacier Station in May 2013.
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U.S. Forest Service wildlife technician Gwen Baluss catches a female rufous hummingbird in a feeder trap for banding at the Juneau Community Gardens in May 2013.
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A young black bear munches on new blades of grass along the Nugget Falls trail at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in May 2013.
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Weathered pilings stand next to the Treadwell Mine Pump House in June 2013. The Alaska Historical Commission authorized the Department of Natural Resources’ State Historic Preservation Office to issue a grant to stabilize the iconic Juneau structure.
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City-planted tulips stretch to the sunlight as the Celebrity Solstice pulls into the Juneau harbor in June 2013.
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Scot Tiernan, a volunteer with the Juneau Raptor Center, tries to sneak up on a juvenile bald eagle at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive in June 2013. Center volunteers received a call that the bird was unable to fly and was laying on the park grass. After a few attempts to catch the bird with volunteer Pat Bock, the eagle flew off. Tiernan said that it was a good sign that the eagle flew off but that it sometimes can take a week to catch a sick bird.
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Gerry Donohoe, left, and Brett Neyhart pass each other as they fly their paragliders over Juneau in June 2013. They are members of the Juneau Eagles Paragliders Club.
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Mount Roberts hikers rest with a view of Juneau, Douglas Island and the distant Chilkat Mountains in June 2013.
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Brett Neyhart of the Juneau Eagles Paragliders Club searches for thermal uplifts as he flys over Juneau against a backdrop of Auke Bay and the Chilkat Mountain in June 2013.
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U.S. Marshals escort Richard Corum into the courtroom at the Juneau Federal Building in June 2013 on charges of drug conspiracy and tampering with a witness.
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Former police lieutenant Troy A. Wilson, 46, testifies in Juneau Superior Court in July 2013 during his sentencing on seven felonies for shooting at Juneau Police Department officers as they responded to a 911 call at his house in April 2012.
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Juneau emergency responders treat a man and a woman injuried in a vehiclemotorcycle accident at 3rd and D Streets in Douglas in July 2013.The two were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital by Capital City FireRescue. A woman driver of the vehicle was not injuried.
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Former police lieutenant Troy A. Wilson, 46, testifies in Juneau Superior Court in July 2013 during his sentencing on seven felonies for shooting at Juneau Police Department officers as they responded to a 911 call at his house in April 2012.
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Former police lieutenant Troy A. Wilson, 46, testifies in Juneau Superior Court in July 2013 during his sentencing on seven felonies for shooting at Juneau Police Department officers as they responded to a 911 call at his house in April 2012.
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Former police lieutenant Troy A. Wilson, 46, testifies in Juneau Superior Court in July 2013 during his sentencing on seven felonies for shooting at Juneau Police Department officers as they responded to a 911 call at his house in April 2012.
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Former police lieutenant Troy A. Wilson, 46, testifies in Juneau Superior Court in July 2013 during his sentencing on seven felonies for shooting at Juneau Police Department officers as they responded to a 911 call at his house in April 2012.
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Former police lieutenant Troy A. Wilson, 46, testifies in Juneau Superior Court in July 2013 during his sentencing on seven felonies for shooting at Juneau Police Department officers as they responded to a 911 call at his house in April 2012.
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A black bear sow attempts to open a Pacific Waste garbage container in the Bonnie Brae subdivision on Douglas Island in July 2013. A neighborhood dog chased the bear off before she could open it. The bear was spotted a few minutes later after opening another container with her cub.
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A black bear sow pauses to look around as it attempts to open a Pacific Waste garbage container in the Bonnie Brae subdivision on Douglas Island in July 2013. A neighborhood dog chased the bear off before she could open it. The bear was spotted a few minutes later after opening another container with its cub.
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A glaucous-winged gull parent stands guard over its two growing chicks resting inches above the water level at Mendenhall Lake in July 2013.
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Juneau residents photograph a particularly intense rainbow in North Doulglas in July 2013.
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A black bear sporting numerous lacerations on its face hunts for salmon along Steep Creek at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center in July 2013.
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Juneau Empire 2013
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Eagle Clan leader David Katzeek, left, Paul Marks, center, of the Raven Clan, and Dr. Rosita Worl, president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center in August 2013.
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Sasha Soboleff, left, Ross Soboleff, center, and Walter Soboleff, Jr. give thanks for their father being honored during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center in August 2013.
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Mark Gnadt and Layla Hughes hike near the top of Mount Juneau in July 2013 with Juneau and Gastineau Channel in the background. Their hike is to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary.
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Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johnson, center, gathers with Deputy Chief Ed Mercer, left, and Lt. David Campbell as they leave the Juneau Police Station for National Night Out in August 2013.
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John Gitkov and caretaker Jeanne Jordan share a laugh in front of the remodeled Retreat Lodge at the Shrine of St. Therese in August 2013. Gitkov organized a small group of volunteers to save the structure which was originally built in 1933.
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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Director John Neary, right, directs tourists to stop as an approaching black bear known as "Nikki", left, looks to cross the path to Photo Point at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in August 2013.
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Fishing boats stream out Gastineau Channel at the start of the 67th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby in August 2013.
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The Yees Ku Oo Dance Group (New Beginnings, New People) and community members dance in front of a model of the Walter Soboleff Center during a groundbreaking ceremony in August 2013.
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David Job is dwarfed by a large spruce tree along the Salmon Creek Reservoir trail in August 2013.
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Wildlife Trooper Shaun Kuzakin walks Daren Ostlie to his vehicle for snagging three coho salmon in front of the DIPAC Macaulay Salmon Hatchery in August 2013. The fish were confiscated, as well as his fishing pole with a snagging hook, that was painted pink. Ostlie was cited in September 2010 for snagging two salmon in the same area.
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Wildlife Trooper Shaun Kuzakin confronts Daren Ostlie for snagging three coho salmon in front of the DIPAC Macaulay Salmon Hatchery in August 2013. The fish were confiscated, as well as his fishing pole with a snagging hook, which was painted pink. Ostlie was cited in September 2010 for snagging two salmon in the same area.
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Retired Capt. Dave Boddy walks past a wall of fire during training at the Hagevig Regional Fire Training Center in August 2013.
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Wildlife Trooper Shaun Kuzakin watches from the bushes as Daren Ostlie fishes off the rocks in front of the DIPAC Macaulay Salmon Hatchery in August 2013. The three coho salmon were confiscated, as well as his fishing pole with a snagging hook, which was painted pink. Ostlie was cited in September 2010 for snagging two salmon in the same area.
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Wildlife Trooper Shaun Kuzakin examines three coho salmon for snagging marks on Friday. The fish were caught by Daren Ostlie in front of the DIPAC Macaulay Salmon Hatchery in August 2013. The fish were confiscated as well as his fishing pole with a snagging hook, that was painted pink.
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Wildlife Trooper Shaun Kuzakin issues a 70 citation to Daren Ostlie for snagging three coho salmon in front of the DIPAC Macaulay Salmon Hatchery in August 2013. The fish were confiscated, as well as his fishing pole with a snagging hook, that was painted pink. Ostlie was cited in September 2010 for snagging two salmon in the same area. "That area is for people that are handicapped that can't get around easily and we don't need guys with weighted hooks snagging there," said Kuzakin. "Everyone is down there playing by the rules and you have a couple of people that aren't and it is not fair to everyone else."
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Joe Kackstetter stops along Glacier Highway for a smoke in September 2013. Kackstetter, from Oregon, is in town visiting his son and brought his arm-powered tricycle with him to get around. The Challenged Athletes Foundation, based in San Diego, helped Kackstetter obtain the specialized tricycle. The foundation's website says they provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles.
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Susan Alexander and Rudy Brantner look over Alexander's garden boxes at the Juneau Community Garden in August 2013. Alexander is planning to contribute celery, kale, zucchini squash and carrots to the Farmers Market held during the garden's Harvest Fair on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. And "potatoes if I have time to dig them up," said Alexander. Proceeds go to help run the gardens.
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Fingerling king salmon are scooped out of an indoor fish run at the Douglas Island Pink & Chum Macaulay Salmon Hatchery in August 2013.
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Juneau police officers joined by a U.S. Forest Service enforcement officer wait at the corner of Glacier Highway and Berners Avenue during a search for a man who robbed the Heritage Coffee Company stand at the Airport Shopping Center in August 2013.
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The Wool Pullers, Liz Snyder and Alex Kotlarsz, practice their acoustic music at a downtown studio in October 2013.
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Buses line up to pick up tourists at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in August 2013. The U.S. Forest Service is holding a public meeting later this week to discuss the future commercial use atthe center. the meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Juneau Ranger District office at 8510 Mendenhall Loop Road.
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Retired Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter "Bud" Carpeneti finds time to prime and paint two Adirondack chairs for his deck in September 2013. Carpeneti retired in January.
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Rich Mattson, aquarium manager and education coordinator at the Ladd Macaulay Visitor Center, gives instruction to students attending the center's annual salmon education program in October 2013.
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Gingi Vitis, aka Todd Rushing, visits with bar patrons during Drag Queen Bingo at the Rendezvous in September 2013.
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Dancers move to the hot jazz and western swing of Hot Club of Cowtown at Centennial Hall in September 2013. The event was sponsored by Juneau Jazz & Classics.
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Vanessa LaVoce-Kellie, aka Devyn Reece, performs during Drag Queen Bingo at the Rendezvous in September 2013.
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The Mount Roberts Tramway's eagle car approaches the "mountain house" as morning fog breaks up over Gastineau Channel in September 2013. It was the last day of cruise ship season and the public operations of the tramway.
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A fisherman from Sitka who only gave his name as "Halibut Man" draws attention at the corner of Egan Drive and Mendenhall Loop Road in October 2013 as he advertises halibut for sale in Auke Bay. He also flashed a message about the latest government troubles: "Dead in the water means a fishing vessel is going no where," he said. "It is in peril, and our government is weaker than it has ever been in the face of a lot of serious challenges. I also want to sell some halibut, too. This is the fun part."
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Participants in the Juneau Zombie Walk make their way toward downtown in October 2013.
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The full moon sets over Cohen Island, foreground, Shelter Island, left, and the Chilkat Mountain Range in November 2013.

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