Slideshow | Best Photos of October 2016

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Chris Daly, a senior research professor in Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering at the Oregon State University, takes in the view from Pittman's Ridge at the Eaglecrest Ski Area on Monday. Daly is in Alaska working on a project to map Alaska's climate for the National Park Service. Daly said taking in the view from Pittman's Ridge was on his bucket list.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Juneau Community Charter School first-grader Lucy Kessler takes a leap into a pile of dry leaves at Evergreen Cemetery on Tuesday. Retired teacher Linda Torgerson organizes the annual event so local school children get a chance to jump in dry leaves.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Juneau-Douglas' Steven Ireland-Haight, right, topples Ketchikan's Nolan Meyer in a 160 weight bout in the Brandon Pilot Tournament at TMHS on Friday.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Thunder Mountain's Connor Norman gasps for breath after defeating Ketchikan's Patrick Rauwolf in a 113 weight bout in the Brandon Pilot Tournament at TMHS on Friday.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Juneau Drug clerk Brenda Lamas looks out the business window decorated for Halloween on Monday. The store is one of over 50 downtown businesses welcoming trick-or-treaters Oct. 31 from 2 to 6 p.m.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Wendy Smith, left, has her groceries carried out by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, center, and Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, at Super Bear on Monday. Both Sen. Murkowski and Rep. Muñoz are up for re-election next month.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Eighth-grader Taylor Bentley examines her grilled-cheese sandwich during a Life Skills class at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School on Thursday.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Northern lights glow over the Treadwell Mine pump house, Douglas and Juneau just before sunrise on Thursday.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A trumpeter swan stretches its wings in Twin Lakes on Wednesday. A dozen swans have taken refuge in the lake for the last week to feed and rest as part of their southern migration.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Deven Mason takes down teammate Sam Nolan during wrestling practice at Thunder Mountain High School.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel put out a vehicle fire next to Alaska Marine Lines.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Northern lights glow behind a foreground of the Treadwell Mine pump house and Mount Roberts just before sunrise on Thursday.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A pair of trumpeter swans bathe and rest in Twin Lake on Tuesday as part of their southern migration.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Eaglecrest General Manager Matt Lillard checks the quality of the snow while running a snow making machine for the first time this season on Tuesday. The temperature was about 29 degrees.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Eaglecrest General Manager Matt Lillard checks the quality of the snow while running a snow making machine for the first time this season. The temperature was about 29 degrees.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Norton Gregory celebrates with his mother, Loretta, center, and sister, Megan, in the Assembly chambers after winning his Assembly seat race against Kate Troll in the municipal election on Tuesday.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Harbor staff watch as the Consul D tugboat burns outside of Aurora Harbor. No one was aboard when the fire was reported. The vessel is owned by Steve Hamilton.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Steve Hamilton watches as the tugboat Consul D burns outside of Aurora Harbor.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Steve Hamilton watches as members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Capital City Fire/Rescue and harbor department put out a fire on the tugboat Consul D outside of Aurora Harbor.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Fireweed curls in the dry weather at Brotherhood Bridge park. The weather is forecasted to remain clear through the week.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Yaaḵoosgé Daakahídi Alternative High School seniors Maddi Harper, left, Brian Reid, center, and Brandon Aguilia wish motorists a happy day and hand out hot chocolate Monday morning. They and their classmates will be offering Acts of Kindness over the next two weeks as a school project.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Josh Dybdahl, 30, and Anthony Lindoff, 36, tell their story at Bartlett Regional Hospital after being attacked by a female bear with cubs on Chichagof Island during a deer hunting expedition. Dybdahl was being mauled by the brown bear when Lindoff shot and killed the bear.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Norton Gregory, left, Mary Becker, center, and Beth Weldon pose for pictures in the Assembly chambers after winning their respective Assembly seats in the municipal election.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Josh Dybdahl, 30, of Hoonah, talks at Bartlett Regional Hospital of being attacked by a female bear with cubs on Chichagof Island during a deer hunting expedition. Dybdahl was being mauled by the brown bear when his friend, Anthony Lindoff, 36, shot and killed the bear.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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From northern lights to wrestling practice, scenes of daily life in the heart of Alaska’s capital city. All photos captured by Juneau Empire photographer Michael Penn.

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