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One of two small memorials at the base of a sign remain on Thursday, October 31, 2013, in Turner Park in Eagle River. Anchorage Police say Ashley Ard left her baby at the park at about 1 a.m. on Oct. 15, 2013. The newborn was wrapped in a towel and hidden under a bush. A dog-walker found the newborn dead at 9:30 a.m. that morning.
Erik Hill
A patriotic eagle perches atop a post along Dawson Street on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, in Midtown.
Erik Hill
Aviation enthusiasts parked along Pt. Woronzof Road observe a Cathay Pacific Cargo jet land on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, along the west side of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Erik Hill
Winter lights brighten the morning scene before sunrise on the grounds of the BP building as a crescent moon hovers in the sky on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, in Midtown.
Erik Hill
A spectacular sunset illuminated lingering clouds after the rainstorm on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Anchorage.
Bill Roth
Dave Rodrigues the "Grave Digger" scares Allison Nashoanak, 17, her mother Carol Nashoanak, and Kailey Nashoanak, 10, as they walk through the dark halls wearing 3-D glasses in the Fright Nite Haunted House at the Northway Mall on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. Fright Nite opens at 6 p.m. through Nov. 2.
Bill Roth
A large turnout witnessed the installation of the Fallen Warrior statue as the restoration of the Anchorage Veterans Memorial nears completion on Friday, October 25, 2013, on the Delaney Park Strip. Two challenge coins from the Alaska Vets Motorcycle Club were placed beneath the statue, sculpted by Andrew Chernak, as it was set in place. A flag was also raised on the new flagpole that replaced a Sitka spruce pole brought down in a wind storm in September of 2012. The site will be officially re-dedicated on Memorial Day of 2014.
Erik Hill
An ironworker climbs into position to receive beams slung from a crane as the new Engineering & Industry Building takes shape before sunrise on Friday, October 25, 2013, at UAA. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.
Erik Hill
Ironworkers shape the new Engineering & Industry Building before sunrise on Friday, October 25, 2013, at UAA. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.
Erik Hill
Geese flap over Fairview as they fly south on Friday, October 25, 2013, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Melissa Howell used a leash to walk her puppy Elsa along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail near the Kincaid Park Chalet on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
Bill Roth
Donny McCartney chips towards the18th hole basket while playing disc golf on the course at Kincaid Park on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
Bill Roth
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Toddlers check out the new early literacy center following a dedication ceremony at the Loussac Library on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in Midtown. The colorful space is designed to help babies and toddlers gain the skills necessary to be ready to learn how to read, targeting kids three years of age and under to engage them in play, conversation, and interaction with books and stories both in print and as heard aloud. The hope is that foundational literacy skills will allow children to become better readers to find better success in school and life. Donors and volunteers include Target, Wells Fargo, McCool Carlson Green, Spiral Design Elements, Hope Studios, DBR Construction, Jason Gamache, Cathy Kerr, Interface, Buster's Professional Upholstery, Kyle Holzkamp, Chloe London, Alaska Education and Recreational Products, Sherwin Williams, Maharam, Anchorage Public Library and the Anchorage Library Foundation.
Erik Hill
Ghostly apparitions flutter in the breeze to put passersby in the Halloween spirit along Kupreanof Street on Friday afternoon, October 18, 2013, south of Tudor Road.
Erik Hill
Sunrise light streams through a break in the clouds over the Chugach Mountains on Friday morning, October 18, 2013, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Lui Faamasino, of West High, leaps over would be tackler Ryan Prudue, of Lathrop High, in a quarter final Alaska State Football Championship game on Friday evening, October 11, 2013 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
Bob Hallinen
A mother moose crosses a driveway as her and her two calves were feeding on ornamental vegetation along Galactica Drive in West Anchorage, AK on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Sarah Owens, a conservation fellow at the Anchorage Museum, helps prepare porcupine quills at the Anchorage Museum. Alaskan Athabascan artists Emma Hildebrand and Shirley Holmberg are demonstrating porcupine quillwork at the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum through Friday, October 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. The artists and others were sorting and dyeing quills and learning new techniques on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Alaska Aces goalie Laurent Brossoit reaches up to grab the puck outside the crease as Dan Eves and Wade Megan, of the Cincinnati Cyclones, and Corey Syvret, Jordan Kremyr and Matt Ridley, of the Alaska Aces, wait for the puck to come down at the Sullivan arena in the first period of Hockey on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
A mother moose and and one of her two calves of the year eat sunflowers in the front yard of a home along Jarvi Drive in south Anchorage, AK on Tuesday, October 8 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Mark Pfeffer, President of Pfeffer Development, talks about the renovation of the Alaska Legislative Information Office building on 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Thursday, October 3, 2013. Pfeffer, a co-owner of the building, describes the dome in the attic of the Anchor Pub building which was a theater in the past. They will try to salvage the dome when the pub building is torn down and use it in the renovation.
Bob Hallinen
Marcus Brown, of Lathrop High, hangs onto the ankle of Leroy Elliot Jr., of West High, to bring him down in a quarter final Alaska State Football Championship game on Friday evening, October 11, 2013 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
Bob Hallinen
Tyler Tulare kicks the ball and Ben Stewart, of Chugiak, holds as Emetrius Mcleod, of Service, Comes in to block the point after at the Dimond High football field on Saturday October 12, 2013. The point after attempt was not successful. Service High defeated Chugiak 55-34 in the quarterfinal Alaska State Football Championships game.
Bob Hallinen
The Alaska Aces host the Cincinnati Cyclones in an exhibition hockey game at the Sullivan arena on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
An 8 ft. half man half moose sculpture stands next to the Anchorage museum in Anchorage, AK on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. The sculpture is one of four animal/human pieces by Esther, AK artist Rachelle Dowdy. They were originally installed in front of the Starbucks on Sixth Avenue and were moved to the Anchorage Museum in 2012.
Bob Hallinen
The 21st annual veterans in need Stand Down is held at the Ted Stevens International Airport North Terminal on Friday, October 4, 2013. More the 50 agencies have booths set up to help veterans. They served breakfast, lunch and provide medical, dental and vision screenings and haircuts. Chaun Hauer, with the 297th Bravo Company, helps Edward Karshekoff, an army veteran, pick out clothing. Veterans pick out a free issue of a full set of clothing including outer wear and boots to face the Alaskan winter.
Bob Hallinen
Jesse Mayo, of West Valley, collapsed just short of the finish line in the boys 4A Alaska High School State Cross Country Championship at Bartlett High School on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Mayo's legs would not hold him as he got up and went down several times before he crawled across the finish line to complete the race. Nate Mole, of Kenai, and Andrew Caballa, of Kodiak, race by Mayo to the finish line.
Bob Hallinen
Race Graham gets a kiss from her uncle, Sam Smith, of Kotzebue, after he competed for the first time in the boys 123A Alaska High School State Cross Country Championship at Bartlett High School on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
A car drives through a rain puddle that fills the road at the intersection of Jarvi Drive and Gwenn Drive in south Anchorage as a fall storm moves through Anchorage, AK on Tuesday, October 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
A young bull moose feeds on the grass at Point Woronzof near Ted Stevens International Airport as a jet leaves a contrail across the sky on Wednesday, morning October 16, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Snow covers the peaks of the Chugach Mountains behind the Anchorage skyline as fall comes to Southcentral Alaska and Friday, October 11, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
William Scannell, 8, sorts donations after school as he mans his winter clothing drive for Syrian refugees Tuesday afternoon, October 15, 2013, at 6th Avenue Outfitters downtown. Winter items may be dropped off at the store through Friday, or shoppers may select coats, pants, boots, hats, gloves, and blankets specially priced by 6th Avenue Outfitters for donation. Scannell has also received items from classmates at Pacific Northern Academy. Scannell saw that Qatar Foundation International was highlighting student-led clothing drives for refugees on its website, "so I wanted to help." The foundation has assisted him in attending Arabic language summer camp at Concordia College in Minnesota the last two years. His next challenge is finding a donation of shipping to get several boxes of items to Washington, D.C., where the foundation will then take over to transport and distribute the gifts to refugees.
Erik Hill
Staff Sgt. Richard Murphy plays with his son Noah, 3, following a deployment departure ceremony for 53 Alaska Army National Guardsmen in the 761st Military Police Battalion held Monday afternoon, October 14, 2013, on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The soldiers will travel to Fort Bliss, Texas, for final pre-mobilization training, joining 30 Guardsmen who left Alaska in September. The unit will then serve at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as part of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Joint Detention Group. Total deployment will last about one year.
Erik Hill
Attendance secretary Jamie Bjork offers a big hug to Trevor Millar as the Young Life leader returns to South High School for the first time since a June accident left him seriously injured and then partially paralyzed by a subsequent stroke on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at South.
Erik Hill
Wind-sculpted clouds linger above the Chugach Mountains Thursday morning, October 10, 2013, at sunrise.
Erik Hill
A crescent moon sets beyond the Brighton Apartments near Bragaw Street on Wednesday evening, Oct. 9, 2013.
Bill Roth
A bicyclist rides through a lighted tunnel under Bragaw Street on Wednesday evening, Oct. 9, 2013.
Bill Roth
A sliver of sunrise eludes clouds to illuminate some of the Chugach Mountains while front peaks remain shadowed Monday morning, October 7, 2013, in a view from Merrill Field.
Erik Hill
The sun breaks through the clouds to illuminate downtown Anchorage and the Chugach Mountains beyond Monday morning, October 7, 2013 in a view from the Postmark Drive pullout.
Erik Hill
A fire in midtown Anchorage completely gutted Wayne Blue and Adrienne Torgramsen fifth wheel trailer on early afternoon on Tuesday , October 1, 2013 off of Fairbanks street between Fireweed and Northern Lights Blvd. The only things they were able to save from the the trailer where they lived at the Midtown RV Park was a bicycle, a chain saw and a small portable heater. Torgramsen was at a neighbors and Blue was at work at the ULU Factory and Torgramsen's son Derek O'Sullivan was at school when the fire started. At the height of the fire ammunition in the trailer was going off. A neighbor Mike said " It was like 4th of July, It was popping". Blue said they were not sure where they were going to stay.
Bob Hallinen
Mya McPhereson, of West High, blokes the pass intended for Tara Fisher, of Eagle River, in flag Football Action at Eagle River High School on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. West High defeated Eagle River 20-7.
Bob Hallinen
A pedestrian walks past the locked doors at the National Park Service Alaska Regional Office in Anchorage during the federal government shutdown on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
Bill Roth
While Leroy Elliott Jr., of West High, pounces on Andrew Maisey, of South High, Marquise Rayford, of West High, scoops up the fumble to set up a field goal by West and the first score of the game at Anchorage Football Stadium on Thursday, October 3, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
A lone fish makes its way out of the truck as fish culturists from the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery in Anchorage stocked Jewel Lake with about 4,000 king salmon catchables, most of them in the 8 to 12-inch range, on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be stocking area lakes to enhance the ice fishing opportunities this winter.
Bill Roth
Kindergartners Bronwyn Brune, left, and Alex Lavallee try their hand at Nine Men's Morris while simulating an hour on the Mayflower voyage Friday afternoon, October 4, 2013, at Rogers Park Elementary School. Kindergarten teacher Elaine Rust chalked the 90-foot by 26-foot dimensions of the Mayflower onto the outdoor hockey rink at the school, and students played Mayflower-era games as they ate homemade hardtack, beans and cheese and sipped cider. "Some were ready to leave after half an hour," said Rust. It took the Mayflower just over two months to sail from England to Cape Cod, and another month before survivors made their landing at Plymouth Harbor. "I wanted them to get a real sense of that time frame."
Erik Hill
Cedar Alan Ruckel has decals put on his bike by his dad Brandon Ruckel and Carlos Crowl at the Oxygen & Octane outdoor recreation show at the Dena'ina Center in downtown Anchorage, AK on Friday, October 4, 2013. Ruckel had a booth showcasing Alaska Wild Guides which features winter snowmobile tours and summer Prince William Sound kayak tours. Crowl was at the show promoting his Downhill Addictions out of Healy, AK featuring downhill biking with truck shuttles and helibiking.
Bob Hallinen
The annual BP Alaska pumpkin drop was held in Anchorage on Thursday, October 3, 2013, which helped raise $3,500. In addition to the pumpkin drop, BP Alaska employees raised more than $1 million and volunteered 1,465 hours for United Way and its member agencies during the campaign. Pumpkins were judged by their appearance and how far the splat.
Bill Roth
The annual BP Alaska pumpkin drop was held in Anchorage on Thursday, October 3, 2013, which helped raise $3,500. In addition to the pumpkin drop, BP Alaska employees raised more than $1 million and volunteered 1,465 hours for United Way and its member agencies during the campaign. Pumpkins were judged by their appearance and how far the splat. The "11th Floor Zombie" won the competition.
Bill Roth
Fall colors are reflected in a rain puddle on the speed skating oval Wednesday afternoon, October 2, 2013, at Cuddy Family Midtown Park.
Erik Hill
The 21st annual veterans in need Stand Down is held at the Ted Stevens International Airport North Terminal on Friday, October 4, 2013. More the 50 agencies have booths set up to help veterans. They served breakfast, lunch and provide medical, dental and vision screenings and haircuts. Chaun Hauer, with the 297th Bravo Company, helps Edward Karshekoff, an army veteran, pick out clothing. Veterans pick out a free issue of a full set of clothing including outer wear and boots to face the Alaskan winter.
Bob Hallinen
The setting sun silhouettes an airplane on final approach to runway 25 at Merrill Field Airport on Wednesday evening, October 2, 2013.
Bill Roth
The first floating lantern is set out on Lake Tiulana at Remembering the Light, A Community Wide Celebration of Life held Wednesday evening, October 2, 2013, at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.
Erik Hill
Three hundred and fifty luminaries set the scene outdoors at Remembering the Light, A Community Wide Celebration of Life held Wednesday evening, October 2, 2013, at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. The Mount Susitna Singers, The Tlingit and Haida Dancers and Leslie Kimiko Ward were featured in the indoor ceremony before families and friends remembered loved ones outdoors with decorated lanterns set afloat in Lake Tiulana.
Erik Hill
One of two small memorials at the base of a sign remain on Thursday, October 31, 2013, in Turner Park in Eagle River. Anchorage Police say Ashley Ard left her baby at the park at about 1 a.m. on Oct. 15, 2013. The newborn was wrapped in a towel and hidden under a bush. A dog-walker found the newborn dead at 9:30 a.m. that morning.
Erik Hill
A patriotic eagle perches atop a post along Dawson Street on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, in Midtown.
Erik Hill
Aviation enthusiasts parked along Pt. Woronzof Road observe a Cathay Pacific Cargo jet land on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, along the west side of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Erik Hill
Winter lights brighten the morning scene before sunrise on the grounds of the BP building as a crescent moon hovers in the sky on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, in Midtown.
Erik Hill
A spectacular sunset illuminated lingering clouds after the rainstorm on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Anchorage.
Bill Roth
Dave Rodrigues the "Grave Digger" scares Allison Nashoanak, 17, her mother Carol Nashoanak, and Kailey Nashoanak, 10, as they walk through the dark halls wearing 3-D glasses in the Fright Nite Haunted House at the Northway Mall on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. Fright Nite opens at 6 p.m. through Nov. 2.
Bill Roth
A large turnout witnessed the installation of the Fallen Warrior statue as the restoration of the Anchorage Veterans Memorial nears completion on Friday, October 25, 2013, on the Delaney Park Strip. Two challenge coins from the Alaska Vets Motorcycle Club were placed beneath the statue, sculpted by Andrew Chernak, as it was set in place. A flag was also raised on the new flagpole that replaced a Sitka spruce pole brought down in a wind storm in September of 2012. The site will be officially re-dedicated on Memorial Day of 2014.
Erik Hill
An ironworker climbs into position to receive beams slung from a crane as the new Engineering & Industry Building takes shape before sunrise on Friday, October 25, 2013, at UAA. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.
Erik Hill
Ironworkers shape the new Engineering & Industry Building before sunrise on Friday, October 25, 2013, at UAA. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.
Erik Hill
Geese flap over Fairview as they fly south on Friday, October 25, 2013, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Melissa Howell used a leash to walk her puppy Elsa along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail near the Kincaid Park Chalet on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
Bill Roth
Donny McCartney chips towards the18th hole basket while playing disc golf on the course at Kincaid Park on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
Bill Roth
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Toddlers check out the new early literacy center following a dedication ceremony at the Loussac Library on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in Midtown. The colorful space is designed to help babies and toddlers gain the skills necessary to be ready to learn how to read, targeting kids three years of age and under to engage them in play, conversation, and interaction with books and stories both in print and as heard aloud. The hope is that foundational literacy skills will allow children to become better readers to find better success in school and life. Donors and volunteers include Target, Wells Fargo, McCool Carlson Green, Spiral Design Elements, Hope Studios, DBR Construction, Jason Gamache, Cathy Kerr, Interface, Buster's Professional Upholstery, Kyle Holzkamp, Chloe London, Alaska Education and Recreational Products, Sherwin Williams, Maharam, Anchorage Public Library and the Anchorage Library Foundation.
Erik Hill
Ghostly apparitions flutter in the breeze to put passersby in the Halloween spirit along Kupreanof Street on Friday afternoon, October 18, 2013, south of Tudor Road.
Erik Hill
Sunrise light streams through a break in the clouds over the Chugach Mountains on Friday morning, October 18, 2013, in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Lui Faamasino, of West High, leaps over would be tackler Ryan Prudue, of Lathrop High, in a quarter final Alaska State Football Championship game on Friday evening, October 11, 2013 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
Bob Hallinen
A mother moose crosses a driveway as her and her two calves were feeding on ornamental vegetation along Galactica Drive in West Anchorage, AK on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Sarah Owens, a conservation fellow at the Anchorage Museum, helps prepare porcupine quills at the Anchorage Museum. Alaskan Athabascan artists Emma Hildebrand and Shirley Holmberg are demonstrating porcupine quillwork at the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum through Friday, October 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. The artists and others were sorting and dyeing quills and learning new techniques on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Alaska Aces goalie Laurent Brossoit reaches up to grab the puck outside the crease as Dan Eves and Wade Megan, of the Cincinnati Cyclones, and Corey Syvret, Jordan Kremyr and Matt Ridley, of the Alaska Aces, wait for the puck to come down at the Sullivan arena in the first period of Hockey on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
A mother moose and and one of her two calves of the year eat sunflowers in the front yard of a home along Jarvi Drive in south Anchorage, AK on Tuesday, October 8 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Mark Pfeffer, President of Pfeffer Development, talks about the renovation of the Alaska Legislative Information Office building on 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Thursday, October 3, 2013. Pfeffer, a co-owner of the building, describes the dome in the attic of the Anchor Pub building which was a theater in the past. They will try to salvage the dome when the pub building is torn down and use it in the renovation.
Bob Hallinen
Marcus Brown, of Lathrop High, hangs onto the ankle of Leroy Elliot Jr., of West High, to bring him down in a quarter final Alaska State Football Championship game on Friday evening, October 11, 2013 at Anchorage Football Stadium.
Bob Hallinen
Tyler Tulare kicks the ball and Ben Stewart, of Chugiak, holds as Emetrius Mcleod, of Service, Comes in to block the point after at the Dimond High football field on Saturday October 12, 2013. The point after attempt was not successful. Service High defeated Chugiak 55-34 in the quarterfinal Alaska State Football Championships game.
Bob Hallinen
The Alaska Aces host the Cincinnati Cyclones in an exhibition hockey game at the Sullivan arena on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
An 8 ft. half man half moose sculpture stands next to the Anchorage museum in Anchorage, AK on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. The sculpture is one of four animal/human pieces by Esther, AK artist Rachelle Dowdy. They were originally installed in front of the Starbucks on Sixth Avenue and were moved to the Anchorage Museum in 2012.
Bob Hallinen
The 21st annual veterans in need Stand Down is held at the Ted Stevens International Airport North Terminal on Friday, October 4, 2013. More the 50 agencies have booths set up to help veterans. They served breakfast, lunch and provide medical, dental and vision screenings and haircuts. Chaun Hauer, with the 297th Bravo Company, helps Edward Karshekoff, an army veteran, pick out clothing. Veterans pick out a free issue of a full set of clothing including outer wear and boots to face the Alaskan winter.
Bob Hallinen
Jesse Mayo, of West Valley, collapsed just short of the finish line in the boys 4A Alaska High School State Cross Country Championship at Bartlett High School on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Mayo's legs would not hold him as he got up and went down several times before he crawled across the finish line to complete the race. Nate Mole, of Kenai, and Andrew Caballa, of Kodiak, race by Mayo to the finish line.
Bob Hallinen
Race Graham gets a kiss from her uncle, Sam Smith, of Kotzebue, after he competed for the first time in the boys 123A Alaska High School State Cross Country Championship at Bartlett High School on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
A car drives through a rain puddle that fills the road at the intersection of Jarvi Drive and Gwenn Drive in south Anchorage as a fall storm moves through Anchorage, AK on Tuesday, October 10, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
A young bull moose feeds on the grass at Point Woronzof near Ted Stevens International Airport as a jet leaves a contrail across the sky on Wednesday, morning October 16, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
Snow covers the peaks of the Chugach Mountains behind the Anchorage skyline as fall comes to Southcentral Alaska and Friday, October 11, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
William Scannell, 8, sorts donations after school as he mans his winter clothing drive for Syrian refugees Tuesday afternoon, October 15, 2013, at 6th Avenue Outfitters downtown. Winter items may be dropped off at the store through Friday, or shoppers may select coats, pants, boots, hats, gloves, and blankets specially priced by 6th Avenue Outfitters for donation. Scannell has also received items from classmates at Pacific Northern Academy. Scannell saw that Qatar Foundation International was highlighting student-led clothing drives for refugees on its website, "so I wanted to help." The foundation has assisted him in attending Arabic language summer camp at Concordia College in Minnesota the last two years. His next challenge is finding a donation of shipping to get several boxes of items to Washington, D.C., where the foundation will then take over to transport and distribute the gifts to refugees.
Erik Hill
Staff Sgt. Richard Murphy plays with his son Noah, 3, following a deployment departure ceremony for 53 Alaska Army National Guardsmen in the 761st Military Police Battalion held Monday afternoon, October 14, 2013, on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The soldiers will travel to Fort Bliss, Texas, for final pre-mobilization training, joining 30 Guardsmen who left Alaska in September. The unit will then serve at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as part of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Joint Detention Group. Total deployment will last about one year.
Erik Hill
Attendance secretary Jamie Bjork offers a big hug to Trevor Millar as the Young Life leader returns to South High School for the first time since a June accident left him seriously injured and then partially paralyzed by a subsequent stroke on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at South.
Erik Hill
Wind-sculpted clouds linger above the Chugach Mountains Thursday morning, October 10, 2013, at sunrise.
Erik Hill
A crescent moon sets beyond the Brighton Apartments near Bragaw Street on Wednesday evening, Oct. 9, 2013.
Bill Roth
A bicyclist rides through a lighted tunnel under Bragaw Street on Wednesday evening, Oct. 9, 2013.
Bill Roth
A sliver of sunrise eludes clouds to illuminate some of the Chugach Mountains while front peaks remain shadowed Monday morning, October 7, 2013, in a view from Merrill Field.
Erik Hill
The sun breaks through the clouds to illuminate downtown Anchorage and the Chugach Mountains beyond Monday morning, October 7, 2013 in a view from the Postmark Drive pullout.
Erik Hill
A fire in midtown Anchorage completely gutted Wayne Blue and Adrienne Torgramsen fifth wheel trailer on early afternoon on Tuesday , October 1, 2013 off of Fairbanks street between Fireweed and Northern Lights Blvd. The only things they were able to save from the the trailer where they lived at the Midtown RV Park was a bicycle, a chain saw and a small portable heater. Torgramsen was at a neighbors and Blue was at work at the ULU Factory and Torgramsen's son Derek O'Sullivan was at school when the fire started. At the height of the fire ammunition in the trailer was going off. A neighbor Mike said " It was like 4th of July, It was popping". Blue said they were not sure where they were going to stay.
Bob Hallinen
Mya McPhereson, of West High, blokes the pass intended for Tara Fisher, of Eagle River, in flag Football Action at Eagle River High School on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. West High defeated Eagle River 20-7.
Bob Hallinen
A pedestrian walks past the locked doors at the National Park Service Alaska Regional Office in Anchorage during the federal government shutdown on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
Bill Roth
While Leroy Elliott Jr., of West High, pounces on Andrew Maisey, of South High, Marquise Rayford, of West High, scoops up the fumble to set up a field goal by West and the first score of the game at Anchorage Football Stadium on Thursday, October 3, 2013.
Bob Hallinen
A lone fish makes its way out of the truck as fish culturists from the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery in Anchorage stocked Jewel Lake with about 4,000 king salmon catchables, most of them in the 8 to 12-inch range, on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be stocking area lakes to enhance the ice fishing opportunities this winter.
Bill Roth
Kindergartners Bronwyn Brune, left, and Alex Lavallee try their hand at Nine Men's Morris while simulating an hour on the Mayflower voyage Friday afternoon, October 4, 2013, at Rogers Park Elementary School. Kindergarten teacher Elaine Rust chalked the 90-foot by 26-foot dimensions of the Mayflower onto the outdoor hockey rink at the school, and students played Mayflower-era games as they ate homemade hardtack, beans and cheese and sipped cider. "Some were ready to leave after half an hour," said Rust. It took the Mayflower just over two months to sail from England to Cape Cod, and another month before survivors made their landing at Plymouth Harbor. "I wanted them to get a real sense of that time frame."
Erik Hill
Cedar Alan Ruckel has decals put on his bike by his dad Brandon Ruckel and Carlos Crowl at the Oxygen & Octane outdoor recreation show at the Dena'ina Center in downtown Anchorage, AK on Friday, October 4, 2013. Ruckel had a booth showcasing Alaska Wild Guides which features winter snowmobile tours and summer Prince William Sound kayak tours. Crowl was at the show promoting his Downhill Addictions out of Healy, AK featuring downhill biking with truck shuttles and helibiking.
Bob Hallinen
The annual BP Alaska pumpkin drop was held in Anchorage on Thursday, October 3, 2013, which helped raise $3,500. In addition to the pumpkin drop, BP Alaska employees raised more than $1 million and volunteered 1,465 hours for United Way and its member agencies during the campaign. Pumpkins were judged by their appearance and how far the splat.
Bill Roth
Alaska Dispatch