Michael Penn's Best of January

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Lisa Williams waits to speak to the Juneau Assembly as they take up a homeless camping ordinance during their meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Williams said she has been homeless for the last year.

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Volunteer Christa Womack, left, intervierws Jackie Johnson, center, and Nick Beers during the the Juneau Coalition on Housing & Homelessness' Project Homeless Connect at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.

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Nearly 1000 people start the Women's March in front of the Capitol in Juneau on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

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Rep. Justin Parish serves water as Juneau Assembly members take up the Juneau Access Road resolution and an homeless camping ordinance during their meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

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Nearly 1000 people attend the Women's March in Juneau on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

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Nearly 1000 people attend the Women's March in Juneau on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

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Juneau residents celebrate during the Women's March in Juneau on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

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Rebecca Gaguine celebrates with nearly 1000 people who attended the Women's March in Juneau on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

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Nearly 1000 people attend the Women's March from the Capitol to the Juneau Arts and Culture Center in Juneau on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

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Juneau-Douglas High School drama students Lydia Smith and others rehearse in their production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum!" on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

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Honesty Zahnd attends the Women's March in Juneau on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

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Juneau-Douglas High School drama students Allena Valentine, left, Summer Putman, Dylan Rice​, Peter Sidmore and Sian Gonzalas hearse in their production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum!" on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

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Diocese of Juneau Bishop Edward Burns, and soon to be Diocese of Dallas Bishop, leads a opening prayer as the Alaskans for Life, Inc., hold their Rally for Life on the steps of the Capitol on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

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Vincent (last name not given) holds a sign as Alaskans for Life, Inc., hold their Rally for Life on the steps of the Capitol on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

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Eleanor Cullum, 6, stays close to her mom, Melissa, as they work on posters at the Mendenhall Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, for the Saturday's Women's March on Juneau. The event starts at the Capitol at 9 a.m. and finishes at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

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Gov. Bill Walker shakes hands with legislators as he enters the House chamber for his State of the State address before a joint session of the Alaska Legislature at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, left, and Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, watch from the Speakers desk in the background.

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Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, left, and Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, of the Alaska House Majority Coalition walk into a first press conference with members of Alaska's media outlets at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017.

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Juneau Police Department's Lt. Kris Sell, left, and others hold a rally in front of the Capitol to send positive thoughts to the 30th Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. The rally is part of the department's "Year of Kindness" initiative.

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Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, left, Rep. Dan Ortiz, I-Ketchikan, Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, and Rep. Sam Kito, D-Juneaui, are sworn-in by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott on the first day of the first session of 30th Alaska Legislature at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

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Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, left, turns over the Senate President's gavel to Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, on the first day of the first session of 30th Alaska Legislature at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

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Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, checks his phone before a practice session in the House of Representatives with other new legislators at the Capitol on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

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Jocelyn Miles sings the National Anthem as a U.S. Coast Guard District 17 Color Guard presents the colors during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at St. Paul's Catholic Church on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

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David Katzeek sharing information from a traditional cultural perspective to about 50 sixth grade students from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School as part of the Voices of the Land project in the Clan House at the Walter Soboleff Center on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. Through the program, Voices on the Land, Sealaska Heritage Institute is integrating performing arts and digital storytelling into six Juneau schools over three years through artists in residence, digital storytelling and a teacher training academy. Participating schools include Gastineau Elementary, Harborview Elementary, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, Floyd Dryden Middle School, Riverbend Elementary and Glacier Valley Elementary. The Tlingit language will be integrated into the activities.

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Incoming Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, left, and incoming Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, stand together in the Senate chambers at the Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, as they welcome new legislators. The 30th Legislature opens their 1st session next Tuesday.

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Wildlife artist Brain Kadrmas, right, and Brian Henes of Dakota Taxidermy in Bismarck, North Dakota, build a new wolf exhibit at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The exhibit includes the stuffed pelt of the local black wolf known as Romeo that was illegally shot on 2009. The US Forest Service will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the intermission between repeat lectures by Alaskan writer and photographer Nick Jans on Friday. Jans helped raise more than $40,000 to construct the new exhibit that includes two interpretive panels, a bronze cast of the wolf’s paw-print, and his recorded howls. “The completion of this exhibit has been a long time coming,” says Jans. “Hard to believe it’s been more than seven years, but the important thing is that we’re here. We did all we could to make this exhibit the best it could be; and it will be a lasting part of Juneau’s history.”

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John Wilcock sails his ice boat on frozen Twin Lakes on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Wilcock said he built the sailing craft and gets it out every couple of years when the conditions are right. To see a short video of Wilcock in action please go to JuneauEmpire.com.

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Steve Sueing takes his time as others get back to shore during the 25th annual Polar Bear Dip at the Auke Village Recreation Area on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

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Sadie Ingalls skates on a smooth piece of ice at Auke Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.

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Participants take part in the 25th annual Polar Bear Dip at the Auke Village Recreation Area on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

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A little football warmup before the 25th annual Polar Bear Dip at the Auke Village Recreation Area on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

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Mary Johns, left, waits with her son, Matthew, 13, at the water's edge to take part in the 25th annual Polar Bear Dip at the Auke Village Recreation Area on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

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Marc Wheeler and Aurah Landau hold a silent protest with about 100 Juneau residents in front of the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in objection to President Donald Trump Friday executive order that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries.

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Co-organizer Dan Kirkwood collects signatures from about 100 Juneau residents who turned out for a silent protest in front of the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in objection to President Donald Trump Friday executive order that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries. Kirkwood said, "I woke up Saturday to the news and thought this was a line that had been crossed. We are better than this, we're brave and we are not afraid. We think what makes America special is we welcome people."

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Rainon Knowles celebrates his birthday by sunbathing on South Franklin Street on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

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Kerry Howard works out on the heavy bag during the Rock Steady Boxing class at Pavitt Health & Fitness on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. The class is offered to those with various stages of Parkinson's disease.

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Richard Steele is watched by physical trainer Janet Valentour during the Rock Steady Boxing class at Pavitt Health & Fitness on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. The class is offered to those with various stages of Parkinson's disease.

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Emily Walker stands with 100 other Juneau residents during a silent protest in front of the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in objection to President Donald Trump Friday executive order that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries.

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Tim Smith shadow boxes during the Rock Steady Boxing class at Pavitt Health & Fitness on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. The class is offered to those with various stages of Parkinson's disease.

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Albert Lord, right, his his teeth looked at by Dr. Joseph Mirci during the Juneau Coalition on Housing & Homelessness' Project Homeless Connect in the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.

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Luann McVey gives her husband, Richard Steele, encouragement as he participates in the Rock Steady Boxing class at Pavitt Health & Fitness on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. The class is offered to those with various stages of Parkinson's disease.

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Willie Sheetz, 74, has his hair cut by Jamiann Hasselquist at the Zach Gordan Youth Center during the Juneau Coalition on Housing & Homelessness' Project Homeless Connect on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Sheetz is currently staying at The Glory Hole.

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Physical trainer Kirk Burke yells encouragement to Ozzie Osborn as he works the heavy bag during the Rock Steady Boxing class at Pavitt Health & Fitness on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. The class is offered to those with various stages of Parkinson's disease.

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