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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Alaska's Dustin Molle takes Ontario's Jason Beeman to the ice during a first-period fight on Friday night, January 11, 2013. Both players were ejected with game misconduct penalties after the fight.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Talon Hiner gets a bubble bath thanks to his father, Jay Hiner. Jay Hiner took advantage of a very slight breeze to make giant bubbles in a Ship Creek lot near downtown Anchorage. Hiner uses tent poles and rope with a dishwashing soap solution to create the colorful forms. Many visitors who were there to see the Fur Rendezvous snow sculpture display stopped to watch the bubbles drift through the air.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Monroe coach Frank Ostanik celebrates with his team as the finals second wind down. Monroe claimed the 3A boys state championship basketball title by beating Anchorage Christian on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Butch McCoy, a street maintenance operator, listens to discussion of amendments to labor relations proposal. The Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance take away the power of city government unions to strike or have binding arbitration, eliminate performance bonuses or incentives and limit raises to a maximum of 1 percent over the five-year average of Anchorage's inflation rate. It would standardize health benefits.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Sophie, a two-year-old Saint Bernard owned by Diana Clyne makes her third visit to Alaska K9 Aquatics. Alaska K9 Aquatics opened in March in a plaza on International Airport Road. It includes an 18-by-35-foot pool thatÕs about 4 feet deep for people looking to give their dogs swimming exercise. ÒA tired dog is a good dog,Ó says business owner Martina Richardson. She says the inspiration for the business came from her experience with her own dog. Lexi, an Australian shepherd, required a lot of activity. If she didnÕt get it, the household had to deal with LexiÕs barking, chewing and general hyperactivity. ÒEvery day we were trying to figure out different ways to help her expend that energy in positive ways,Ó she said. ÒI thought thereÕs got to be a better way.Ó First-time clients must complete a half-hour orientation on using the ramp into the pool and to determine if their dog needs a life jacket. Either Martina or Bruce stays in the pool with the dogs during all visits. Owners are not allowed to enter the water. The Richardsons also try to be aware of dogsÕ limitations due to injury and to communicate with veterinarians if necessary.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Water beads on the shoulders of a sailor during the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Staff Sgt. Otis Lee watches from the grounds as other Army paratroopers come down onto the Malemute Drop Zone. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
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The Color Run drew 15,000 participants in Anchorage on Saturday, June 15, 2013, according to organizers. The untimed 5-kilometer event featured five color stations where runners and walkers were powdered with colored cornstarch. The event concludes with a dance party at the finish line near the Sullivan Arena, where much more color is thrown into the air. The Color Run tours North American cities. Saturday's event, the first time it has been held in Alaska, was sold out.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Daishon Alex holds a picture of his cousin Citari Townes-Sweatt to attract attention to a car wash on Tudor Road on Sunday, July 7, 2013. The event was a fundraiser for the funeral expenses for Townes-Sweatt's family.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Betty Sweatt, grandmother of Citari Townes-Sweatt, is comforted at the funeral. A funeral service was held Tuesday, July 9, 2013, for Citari Townes-Sweatt at New Hope Baptist Church in Mountain View, followed by a burial ceremony at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Police say Townes-Sweatt was killed in a vehicle accident on June 30, after her vehicle was struck by a driver who had been drinking and ran a red light.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News 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.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Mildred Kiyutelluk skins a spotted seal outside her Shishmaref home on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Darlene Trigg speaks to a man who is laying in the rocks of Nome's sea wall at about 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Trigg was a leader for one of several volunteer Safety Patrol teams who walk the streets and alleys of Nome looking for intoxicated people who might be in a dangerous situation. "Our community has been challenged in the past in the sense that people come to Nome and they get lost," Trigg said. "We're just trying to prevent that."
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Sarah Mixsell was named Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy. Alaska Philanthropy Day award luncheon, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A North Slope Police detective, left, walks a man from the tundra near Barrow toward the town on Thursday, November 14, 2013, as a patrol officer follows on a snowmachine. The man, who police say had been drinking, was arrested for violating conditions of his bail release on other alcohol-related charges. Police received a report that he had a gun, but he was found unarmed. Borough Police Sgt. Detective Nick Sundai says intercepting bootleg alcohol can mean fewer crimes for police to respond to in the region.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Snerts players gather at Eli and Marjorie Solomon's home on Friday, November 15, 2013, in Barrow. A group of their friends and family gather a few times a week to play the fast-paced card games that some say they learned from their parents and they've been playing all their lives. Seated at the table are Frances Leavitt, Marjorie Solomon, Eli Solomon, Ora Elavgak and Tracy Benson. At left is Evette Edwardsen, 12, holding Christopher Benson, 6 months. Ora says the gathering is great example of a popular, family-friendly, sober activity in the North Slope city.
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Photo by Marc Lester A moose looks out over Cook Inlet from the top of a bluff near Point Woronzof in west Anchorage on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. The full moon sets over Mt. Susitna.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News George McBee spends time with his daughter, Zoie, on Friday, September 20, 2013. McBee shares custody with the girl's mother. McBee says thoughts of Zoie helped him get through struggles with suicidal thoughts when he served time in jail. "She's like my little angel. She pulled me up out of the fire, and I thank god for her everyday," he said.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News In 2011, Steve Vue, a junior at Service High School, had what he thought was a bad chest cold. Eventually, doctors discovered a large tumor in his chest. He underwent chemotherapy and surgery to remove it.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Alaska's Dustin Molle takes Ontario's Jason Beeman to the ice during a first-period fight on Friday night, January 11, 2013. Both players were ejected with game misconduct penalties after the fight.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Talon Hiner gets a bubble bath thanks to his father, Jay Hiner. Jay Hiner took advantage of a very slight breeze to make giant bubbles in a Ship Creek lot near downtown Anchorage. Hiner uses tent poles and rope with a dishwashing soap solution to create the colorful forms. Many visitors who were there to see the Fur Rendezvous snow sculpture display stopped to watch the bubbles drift through the air.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Monroe coach Frank Ostanik celebrates with his team as the finals second wind down. Monroe claimed the 3A boys state championship basketball title by beating Anchorage Christian on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Butch McCoy, a street maintenance operator, listens to discussion of amendments to labor relations proposal. The Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance take away the power of city government unions to strike or have binding arbitration, eliminate performance bonuses or incentives and limit raises to a maximum of 1 percent over the five-year average of Anchorage's inflation rate. It would standardize health benefits.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Sophie, a two-year-old Saint Bernard owned by Diana Clyne makes her third visit to Alaska K9 Aquatics. Alaska K9 Aquatics opened in March in a plaza on International Airport Road. It includes an 18-by-35-foot pool thatÕs about 4 feet deep for people looking to give their dogs swimming exercise. ÒA tired dog is a good dog,Ó says business owner Martina Richardson. She says the inspiration for the business came from her experience with her own dog. Lexi, an Australian shepherd, required a lot of activity. If she didnÕt get it, the household had to deal with LexiÕs barking, chewing and general hyperactivity. ÒEvery day we were trying to figure out different ways to help her expend that energy in positive ways,Ó she said. ÒI thought thereÕs got to be a better way.Ó First-time clients must complete a half-hour orientation on using the ramp into the pool and to determine if their dog needs a life jacket. Either Martina or Bruce stays in the pool with the dogs during all visits. Owners are not allowed to enter the water. The Richardsons also try to be aware of dogsÕ limitations due to injury and to communicate with veterinarians if necessary.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Water beads on the shoulders of a sailor during the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Staff Sgt. Otis Lee watches from the grounds as other Army paratroopers come down onto the Malemute Drop Zone. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
The Color Run drew 15,000 participants in Anchorage on Saturday, June 15, 2013, according to organizers. The untimed 5-kilometer event featured five color stations where runners and walkers were powdered with colored cornstarch. The event concludes with a dance party at the finish line near the Sullivan Arena, where much more color is thrown into the air. The Color Run tours North American cities. Saturday's event, the first time it has been held in Alaska, was sold out.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Daishon Alex holds a picture of his cousin Citari Townes-Sweatt to attract attention to a car wash on Tudor Road on Sunday, July 7, 2013. The event was a fundraiser for the funeral expenses for Townes-Sweatt's family.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Betty Sweatt, grandmother of Citari Townes-Sweatt, is comforted at the funeral. A funeral service was held Tuesday, July 9, 2013, for Citari Townes-Sweatt at New Hope Baptist Church in Mountain View, followed by a burial ceremony at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Police say Townes-Sweatt was killed in a vehicle accident on June 30, after her vehicle was struck by a driver who had been drinking and ran a red light.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News 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.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Mildred Kiyutelluk skins a spotted seal outside her Shishmaref home on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Darlene Trigg speaks to a man who is laying in the rocks of Nome's sea wall at about 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Trigg was a leader for one of several volunteer Safety Patrol teams who walk the streets and alleys of Nome looking for intoxicated people who might be in a dangerous situation. "Our community has been challenged in the past in the sense that people come to Nome and they get lost," Trigg said. "We're just trying to prevent that."
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Sarah Mixsell was named Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy. Alaska Philanthropy Day award luncheon, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A North Slope Police detective, left, walks a man from the tundra near Barrow toward the town on Thursday, November 14, 2013, as a patrol officer follows on a snowmachine. The man, who police say had been drinking, was arrested for violating conditions of his bail release on other alcohol-related charges. Police received a report that he had a gun, but he was found unarmed. Borough Police Sgt. Detective Nick Sundai says intercepting bootleg alcohol can mean fewer crimes for police to respond to in the region.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Snerts players gather at Eli and Marjorie Solomon's home on Friday, November 15, 2013, in Barrow. A group of their friends and family gather a few times a week to play the fast-paced card games that some say they learned from their parents and they've been playing all their lives. Seated at the table are Frances Leavitt, Marjorie Solomon, Eli Solomon, Ora Elavgak and Tracy Benson. At left is Evette Edwardsen, 12, holding Christopher Benson, 6 months. Ora says the gathering is great example of a popular, family-friendly, sober activity in the North Slope city.
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Photo by Marc Lester A moose looks out over Cook Inlet from the top of a bluff near Point Woronzof in west Anchorage on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. The full moon sets over Mt. Susitna.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News George McBee spends time with his daughter, Zoie, on Friday, September 20, 2013. McBee shares custody with the girl's mother. McBee says thoughts of Zoie helped him get through struggles with suicidal thoughts when he served time in jail. "She's like my little angel. She pulled me up out of the fire, and I thank god for her everyday," he said.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News In 2011, Steve Vue, a junior at Service High School, had what he thought was a bad chest cold. Eventually, doctors discovered a large tumor in his chest. He underwent chemotherapy and surgery to remove it.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Alaska's Dustin Molle takes Ontario's Jason Beeman to the ice during a first-period fight on Friday night, January 11, 2013. Both players were ejected with game misconduct penalties after the fight.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Talon Hiner gets a bubble bath thanks to his father, Jay Hiner. Jay Hiner took advantage of a very slight breeze to make giant bubbles in a Ship Creek lot near downtown Anchorage. Hiner uses tent poles and rope with a dishwashing soap solution to create the colorful forms. Many visitors who were there to see the Fur Rendezvous snow sculpture display stopped to watch the bubbles drift through the air.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Monroe coach Frank Ostanik celebrates with his team as the finals second wind down. Monroe claimed the 3A boys state championship basketball title by beating Anchorage Christian on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Butch McCoy, a street maintenance operator, listens to discussion of amendments to labor relations proposal. The Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance take away the power of city government unions to strike or have binding arbitration, eliminate performance bonuses or incentives and limit raises to a maximum of 1 percent over the five-year average of Anchorage's inflation rate. It would standardize health benefits.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Sophie, a two-year-old Saint Bernard owned by Diana Clyne makes her third visit to Alaska K9 Aquatics. Alaska K9 Aquatics opened in March in a plaza on International Airport Road. It includes an 18-by-35-foot pool thatÕs about 4 feet deep for people looking to give their dogs swimming exercise. ÒA tired dog is a good dog,Ó says business owner Martina Richardson. She says the inspiration for the business came from her experience with her own dog. Lexi, an Australian shepherd, required a lot of activity. If she didnÕt get it, the household had to deal with LexiÕs barking, chewing and general hyperactivity. ÒEvery day we were trying to figure out different ways to help her expend that energy in positive ways,Ó she said. ÒI thought thereÕs got to be a better way.Ó First-time clients must complete a half-hour orientation on using the ramp into the pool and to determine if their dog needs a life jacket. Either Martina or Bruce stays in the pool with the dogs during all visits. Owners are not allowed to enter the water. The Richardsons also try to be aware of dogsÕ limitations due to injury and to communicate with veterinarians if necessary.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Water beads on the shoulders of a sailor during the commissioning ceremony. Several thousand gathered at the Port of Anchorage for the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest ship, the USS Anchorage on May 4, 2013. The amphibious transport dock ship is 684 feet long. It has a crew of 360 Sailors and accommodates about 700 troops.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Staff Sgt. Otis Lee watches from the grounds as other Army paratroopers come down onto the Malemute Drop Zone. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise, designed to simulate a rapid reaction into a hostile zone. Two 105mm howitzers and an 81mm mortar were also dropped. The Army calls "Operation Spartan Reach" the largest and most comprehensive airborne operation in the brigade's history. Lt. Col. Chris Ward says two paratroopers were injured in the exercise and were treated on the ground by medics. One was transported from the drop zone by helicopter. He said an investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the injuries. "We train up for these sort of missions all the time," he said. "What happened today was not typical, but it does happen." John Pennell, chief of media relations for the US Army Alaska, said the injuries to the transported soldier are not life threatening.
Marc Lester
The Color Run drew 15,000 participants in Anchorage on Saturday, June 15, 2013, according to organizers. The untimed 5-kilometer event featured five color stations where runners and walkers were powdered with colored cornstarch. The event concludes with a dance party at the finish line near the Sullivan Arena, where much more color is thrown into the air. The Color Run tours North American cities. Saturday's event, the first time it has been held in Alaska, was sold out.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Daishon Alex holds a picture of his cousin Citari Townes-Sweatt to attract attention to a car wash on Tudor Road on Sunday, July 7, 2013. The event was a fundraiser for the funeral expenses for Townes-Sweatt's family.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Betty Sweatt, grandmother of Citari Townes-Sweatt, is comforted at the funeral. A funeral service was held Tuesday, July 9, 2013, for Citari Townes-Sweatt at New Hope Baptist Church in Mountain View, followed by a burial ceremony at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Police say Townes-Sweatt was killed in a vehicle accident on June 30, after her vehicle was struck by a driver who had been drinking and ran a red light.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News 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.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Mildred Kiyutelluk skins a spotted seal outside her Shishmaref home on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Darlene Trigg speaks to a man who is laying in the rocks of Nome's sea wall at about 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Trigg was a leader for one of several volunteer Safety Patrol teams who walk the streets and alleys of Nome looking for intoxicated people who might be in a dangerous situation. "Our community has been challenged in the past in the sense that people come to Nome and they get lost," Trigg said. "We're just trying to prevent that."
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Sarah Mixsell was named Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy. Alaska Philanthropy Day award luncheon, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A North Slope Police detective, left, walks a man from the tundra near Barrow toward the town on Thursday, November 14, 2013, as a patrol officer follows on a snowmachine. The man, who police say had been drinking, was arrested for violating conditions of his bail release on other alcohol-related charges. Police received a report that he had a gun, but he was found unarmed. Borough Police Sgt. Detective Nick Sundai says intercepting bootleg alcohol can mean fewer crimes for police to respond to in the region.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Snerts players gather at Eli and Marjorie Solomon's home on Friday, November 15, 2013, in Barrow. A group of their friends and family gather a few times a week to play the fast-paced card games that some say they learned from their parents and they've been playing all their lives. Seated at the table are Frances Leavitt, Marjorie Solomon, Eli Solomon, Ora Elavgak and Tracy Benson. At left is Evette Edwardsen, 12, holding Christopher Benson, 6 months. Ora says the gathering is great example of a popular, family-friendly, sober activity in the North Slope city.
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Photo by Marc Lester A moose looks out over Cook Inlet from the top of a bluff near Point Woronzof in west Anchorage on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. The full moon sets over Mt. Susitna.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News George McBee spends time with his daughter, Zoie, on Friday, September 20, 2013. McBee shares custody with the girl's mother. McBee says thoughts of Zoie helped him get through struggles with suicidal thoughts when he served time in jail. "She's like my little angel. She pulled me up out of the fire, and I thank god for her everyday," he said.
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Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News In 2011, Steve Vue, a junior at Service High School, had what he thought was a bad chest cold. Eventually, doctors discovered a large tumor in his chest. He underwent chemotherapy and surgery to remove it.
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