Slideshow | Michael Penn's Best of 2016, Part 1

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The sun is seen rising over Aurora Harbor on Jan. 5.

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Wendy Whelan and Jeff Short enjoy the clear weather during a hike in the Mendenhall Weltlands State Game Refuge near Juneau International Airport on Jan. 4.

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Jeorghette Plang, left, reacts to ski instructor Leslie Antolick's helpful push during the the World's Largest Lesson at Eaglecrest on Jan. 8 as part of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. The event, that included 80 participants and 17 instructors, was part of a national attempt to break a Guinness World Record.

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Thunder Mountain's Siniva Maka, center, and teammate Eva Tompkins, left, compete against Sitka's Tatum Bayne (2) and Hailey Denkinger for a loose ball during their game at TMHS on Jan. 14. Thunder Mountain won 40-39.

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Gov. Bill Walker shakes hands with Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, after his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature at the Capitol on Jan. 21. First Lady Donna Walker, right, receives a hug by Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage.

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Demolition of the Gastineau Apartments by Southeast Earthmovers takes place in January.

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Mitch McGraw uses an excavator to topple the Gastineau Apartments walls facing Franklin Street on Jan. 27.

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Steve Davis, center, volunteers with Bing Carrillo, left, and Joe Carlson on Feb. 4 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center to build creative lighting for the Wearable Art Extravaganza.

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Rep. Daniel Ortiz, I-Ketchikan, listens to lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Feb. 8 as they discuss changing their governing rules to focus on the budget crisis.

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Juneau-Douglas' Kaleb Tompkins passes under pressure against Sitka's Branden Case, center, and Trevan Coleman at JDHS on Feb. 11. JDHS won 71-60.

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Lindsey Leder models Carly Varness' "The Way to Hell" made of drinking straws, stir straws, fabric, fur, plastic bottles and foam core at the Wearable Art Extravaganza at Centennial Hall on Feb. 14.

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Artist Samantha Adams takes to the stage in her "Steampunk Metamorphoses" made of plastic wrap, sharpie markers, duct tape, wire hangers, recycled wedding dresses and spray paint during the Wearable Art Extravaganza at Centennial Hall on Feb. 14.

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Jesse Riesenberger models artist Jessica Sullivan's "Wiped Out" made of curtains, baby wipes, red wine, plastic wipes bag, styrofoam insulation sheet and karate belt at the Wearable Art Extravaganza at Centennial Hall on Feb. 14.

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Members of the House Majority Caucus hold a huddle at the back of the House chambers while working on amendments to the operating budget on March 10.

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Crew aboard the barge-crane Brightwater lifts the sunken 96-foot tugboat Challenger in Gastineau Channel on Feb. 21.

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Kayla Epstein, widow of Rep. Max Gruenberg, D-Anchorage, speaks at a memorial in honor of her husband at the Capitol on Feb. 16. Gruenberg, 72, died on Feb. 14 at his home in Juneau. Ted Madsen, left, staff to Rep. Gruenberg, is shown attending with Rep. Andy Joesphson, D-Anchorage; Rep. Adam Wool, D-Fairbanks; Senate President Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage; Rep. Daniel Ortiz, I-Ketchikan; and Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, right.

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Ken Koelsch, second from left, and his wife, Marian, right, celebrate his win for mayor during a party in the Senate Building on March 15.

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Metlakatla's Gogert celebrates Metlakatla's last-second win as Yakutat's Ralph Johnson reacts to the loss during their "C" bracket game in the 2016 Juneau Lions Club 70th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School on March 21.

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Yakutat's Jimmy Jensen, left, and Metlakatla's Chris Mowers struggle for the ball during their "C" bracket game in the 2016 Juneau Lions Club 70th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School on March 21.

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Sammy Becker and Mo Michels head up to Pittman's Ridge to take advantage of the fresh snow at Eaglecrest on March 16.

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Juneau-Douglas High School head basketball coach Robert Casperson gets his hair cut on stage by senior Treyson Ramos during a school assembly on March 30, holding up his end of the bargain that he would shave his head if his team won the state championship title. JDHS beat Dimond High School in Anchorage 38-31 for the championship. It was the first time since the 1997-1998 season that the Crimson Bears won the title.

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Criag's Molly Sharp, left, drives to the basket against Haines' Samantha Clay during their womens bracket game in the 2016 Juneau Lions Club 70th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School on March 24. Craig won 59-45.

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House manager Julee Douglas gives a former resident a hug as current resident Andrea Robinson, left, prepares a group dinner at Haven House on March 29. Haven House celebrated its one-year annversary as a transitional home for recently released female prisoners or women coming out of substance abuse treatment.

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Miles Curtis, right, and his wife, Tonya, with their daughter, Angelica, left, and her son, Jonathan Torres, at their rented home in Haines in early April. The Curtis' are trying to regain legal custody of Jonathan, conceived by statutory rape when Angelica was 13 in Petersburg.

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Juneau-Douglas' Erika Holst attempts to head the ball over Thunder Mountain's goalie Tianna Huber as Thunder Mountain's Meghan Penrose looks on at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park on April 8.

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Thunder Mountain's Raye Coffee, left, and Juneau-Douglas' Erika Holst compete for the ball at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park on April 8.

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Hazel LeCount holds her pet dog, Serenity, as she waits with other residents to be let back into the Channel View Apartments on April 11 after a fire broke out in a unit on the fifth floor.

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Michael Enders, of the city's park maintenance division, hangs decorative banners along Front Street on April 20.

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Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, holds up an oil production forecast chart during a press conference held by the Senate and House minority caucus at the Capitol on April 19.

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Rudy Isturis takes a break to play his Native American flute while fishing for king salmon off the rocks at False Outer Point on April 25. When asked why he plays the flute, Isturis responded, "I play for myself, I play for those that are gone, I pray for those, I play for those that don't know they are gone, and simply, I play for everyone."

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Tony Baxter, a resident of the Westridge Condominiums, looks at a truck standing on end outside his apartment on May 6. The driver was unhurt in the accident that happened. The driver, who did not wish to be identified, said his brakes did not work.

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Warlita Luciano waits with her husband, Teddy, as Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel put out a fire at their trailer home in the Thunder Mountain Mobile Park on May 4.

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Juneau-Douglas' Oswaldo Magallanes and Thunder Mountain's Mahina Toutaiolepo compete for the ball during their game at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park on May 17.

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Juneau residents and visitors crowd into the Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum during the Grand Opening on June 6.

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Wayne Price of Haines reaches for the dock at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive as he skippers one of two canoes arriving from Hoonah on June 7 for Celebration 2016. The canoes were part of a Coming Ashore Ceremony sponsored by the One Peoples Canoe Society at Sandy Beach on June 8. A dozen canoes, each carrying 10 people, arrived from Kake, Ketchikan, Sitka, Angoon, Hoonah and Yakutat.

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Thunder Mountain High School freshman Audrey Welling lands her long jump during the Region V Track and Field Championships at TMHS on May 20.

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Alaska State Museum chief curator Addison Field, left, welcomes Juneau residents and visitors into the Alaska Gallery during the grand opening of the Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum in Juneau on June 6.


Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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