A crowd gathers near the 3 a.m. closing time outside the Gaslight Lounge on 4th Avenue on Saturday, August 3, 2013. The club has recently opted to stay open for an hour after drinks stop being served. ÒEach weekend night thereÕs only been a handful of people remaining (inside), and the sidewalk is packed,Ó said Gaslight owner John Pattee.
Anchorage police officer Ryan McNamara breaks up a fight on Saturday, August 3, 2013. ÒSome of the warm nights youÕd see a fight every 10 minutes or so,Ó said APD Sgt. Mark Rein, who oversaw a recent effort to curb late night violence.
Sgt. 1st Class Richard Morales and Staff Sgt. Joseph Wambach walk 4th Avenue as part of JBER's Courtesy Patrol on July 13, 2013. Earlier this year, the U.S. Army Alaska announced an increase in the number of courtesy patrols visiting popular spots to help maintain discipline of soldiers.