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Around Alaska 2014

Caribou get a ride near Eagle during breakup on the Yukon River in early May.
Claude Denver
James Brooks / Capital City Weekly via AP Arthur Chappell and Annie Lazo prepare for their wedding photo shoot Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Channel Wayside Fishing Dock next to the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery on Gastineau Channel at Juneau, Alaska. The pair fish together, and Chappell proposed while fishing, he said, which made the spot perfect for their wedding photos.
James Brooks
courtesy Shayna Tritt / AP In this photo from April 12, 2014, Abraham Henry, center, waves at his last sled dog race in Venetie, Alaska. Abraham Henry Sr. ran his first sled dog race when Franklin Roosevelt was president, World War II was raging and Alaska was still a few decades away from statehood. It was 1940, and Henry was 4 years old.
courtesy Shayna Tritt
Denise Lisac of Dillingham City Schools, Dillingham, Alaska, Alaska's 2014 State Teacher of the Year, arrives before President Barack Obama presents Sean McComb, an English teacher at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Baltimore County, the 2014 National Teacher of the Year award in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 1, 2014.
Charles Dharapak
Multiple Grammy Award-winning artists BŽla Fleck, left, and Chick Corea play for a full house during a Juneau Arts & Humanities Council sponsored event at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium on Monday, April 28, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Michael Penn
The aurora appears over Cook Inlet early Wednesday morning April 30, 2014, in a view from the Captain Cook monument in downtown Anchorage.
Daryl Pederson
Dave Whisenant of Wingnut Auto Salon buffs one of the two Mt. Roberts Tramway cars in Juneau, Alaska, on Monday, April 28, 2014. The Tramway is opening for the summer cruise ship season.
Michael Penn
The underside of the tail of Air Force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, is seen during a refueling stop at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, early Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The president is en rout to Washington after a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Carolyn Kaster
From left Teal Goodsell, Sarah Howard, Kayla Jackson, and Kara Robinson of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center watch after releasing a trumpeter swan back into the wild recently in the Moose Flats area of Portage Valley. The center had received a call regarding a flightless swan that may have exhausted itself during the migration north, possibly sustaining minor injuries. Following a successful capture and a brief stint at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, staff at AWCC were given the go-ahead to release the bird.
Doug Lindstrand
Gigi Monroe performs Thursday night, April 24, 2014, at the Rendezvous bar in downtown Juneau, Alaska, as the opening act for the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association's Femme Fatale drag show. Thursday night's event was the first of three shows to take place in Juneau to raise money for AIDS assistance and prevention. The shows will continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.
James Brooks
Lorrie Heagy, music teacher and Juneau Alaska Music Matters Director at Glacier Valley Elementary School, encourages her students to take a bow at the end of their concert for students and families during a school assembly in Juneau, Alaska, on Thursday, April 17, 2014. One-hundred-thirty first through third graders were involved with singing, drumming and playing string instruments. The JAMM program is now in its third year at the school.
Michael Penn
In this photo taken on Monday, April 21, 2014, two of Binder Park ZooÕs black bears play in an exhibit in Battle Creek, Mich. Three black bears that were found alone and starving as cubs in Alaska have a new home at the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek.
John Grap
In this photo taken on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Harvey Knuth, administrator for the Chapel by the Lake Presbyterian Church, looks at ashes where the burned pulpit stood in Juneau, Alaska. The fire marshal is investigating the fire, which caused an estimated $3000 to $5000 in damage.
Michael Penn
The Sterling Highway narrows down to one lane on a bridge, Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Cooper Landing, Alaska.
Rashah McChesney
A Delta Airlines Boeing 757 does a flyover of the Juneau International Airport in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The first scheduled flight by Delta to Juneau from Seattle is on May 29. Alaska Airlines has been the only airline to provide service to Juneau since 1996. The Mendenhall Glacier is in the background.
Michael Penn
This April 4, 2014 photo released by the National Park Service shows the road going toward the Sable Pass in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve. In a sure sign of spring, and a perk to those living in Alaska, the only road into Denali National Park and Preserve was opened Friday, April 18 to Mile 30. Officials say weather permitting, the road will remain open to that mile marker until May 20, when tour buses beginning running for the summer.
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Liz Bashaw, left, of Alaska and John Poulard of Orlando dance to the music of the Smoking Time Jazz Club as they perform on the Traditional Jazz Stage in the French Market during the French Quarter Festival on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Michael DeMocker
Keith Andrews, 20, wears a clown costume as he flies through the air Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the 2014 Eaglecrest Ski Area Slush Cup in Juneau, Alaska. The annual event marks the culmination of the ski season at the city-owned skiing destination.
James Brooks
In this photo taken on Tuesday afternoon, April 15, 2014, Richard Oehrig swaps locomotives on the upper rail line of his model railroad he's building in a friend's warehouse in Fairbanks, Alaska. Oehrig spends his lunch hours laying railroad track and carefully gluing pieces of scale-size gravel along the tracks. Sometime heÕs so busy with his project that he doesnÕt eat.
Eric Engman
Volunteer James Knudson helps Jodi DeBruyne, Curator of Collections & Exhibits at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 with a collection of 70,000 negatives and prints by Joseph Alexander taken from the 1940s to the 1980s.
Michael Penn
Justin Giles of Wasilla, Alaska stands guard on a bridge over the Virgin River during a rally in support of Cliven Bundy near Bunkerville, Nev. Friday, April 18, 2014.
John Locher
Nick Perkins removes sod from around plastic-covered headstones at Sitka National Cemetery Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Sitka, Alaska. Yard Chief Yard Care of Anchorage has the contract to re-landscape the cemetery. Larry Boshears of the firm said he expects the work, which includes leveling out the surface, placing new sod and straightening out the headstones, to be done by Memorial Day.
JAMES POULSON
Skagway resident Wayne Selmer looks at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Alaska Marine Highway System floating dock submerged under water in Skagway, Alaska, on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The floating dock used by the state ferry system in Skagway sank overnight. The Alaska Marine Highway Service says in a Thursday release that the Skagway Ferry Terminal will be closed until further notice since the dock used by state ferries is inoperable.
Katherine Emmets
Owen James, one of three carvers working on a tribal house destined for Glacier Bay National Park, learned to carve from his grandfather, who grew up in Kake. James and the other two carvers were seen working March 25, 2014 in Hoonah, Alaska.
Mary Catharine Martin
A security fence separates a bull moose from a cow and yearling calf Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Anchorage. The bull was walking along Raspberry Road near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and spotted the cow on airport property. The bull made several passes attempting to reach the female but was thwarted by the fence.
Dan Joling
"Zombie" Cassie Stuart runs from "human" Mitchell Cabrigas as they battle for a whalesculpture at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The weeklong game of "moderated tag" was run by the Student Activities Board at UAS. The final battle was held on Friday.
Michael Penn
"Human" Chrystal Randolph stands guard to protect the whale from the "zombies" at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska, on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The weeklong game of "moderated tag" was run by the Student Activities Board at UAS. The final battle was held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
Michael Penn
Lead carver Gordon Greenwald, right, works on the exterior wall of Xœna Shuk‡ Hit, the Glacier Bay Tribal House, most of which hangs behind him March 25, 2014 in Hoonah, Alaska. Next to him is Jeff Skaflestad, a visiting Hoonah resident. The small rectangular face at the top of the photo is one of several spirit faces, which represent ancestors and future generations. The tribal house is destined for Glacier Bay National Park.
Mary Catharine Martin
Symphony Orchestra director Kyle Wiley Pickett leads the orchestra and the Juneau Bach Society Chorus in a performance of the Mozart Requiem Mass in D Minor K. 626 on Saturday, April 4, 2014, in the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.
James Brooks
In this photo taken Sunday, March 30, 2014 and provided by Ed Plumb, unicyclist Elliott Wilson leaves a checkpoint during the White Mountains 100-mile ultra-marathon, north of Fairbanks, Alaska. When Wilson decided to ride a unicycle in the White Mountains 100 endurance race, he knew it was an off-the-wall idea. After all, most people wouldn't think about riding 100 miles on snowmachine and dog mushing trails in late March in Fairbanks on two wheels, much less one. Wilson succeeded, much to the surprise of himself, as well as some of Fairbanks' foremost two wheelers.
Ed Plumb
Sid Carle, left, and Lucas Crane hand out hemlock branches covered in herring spawn Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Eliason Harbor work float in Sitka, Alaska. The men filled the deck of their fishing boat, the Jeana Marie, with branches set and gathered near Middle Island. They spent three afternoons giving away three boatloads of the bounty to anyone who wanted them at the dock.
JAMES POULSON
A pair of kayakers paddle between a humpback whale and a harem of sea lions as herring spawn in Sitka Sound Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Sitka, Alaska.
JAMES POULSON
The crew of the F/V Confidence look at their set near the O'Connell Bridge during the final Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery opening Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Sitka, Alaska. Permit holders netted about 3,900 tons of herring in the 45-minute opening, going 900 tons over this year's guideline harvest level of 16,333 tons.
JAMES POULSON
State legislators and their staff members walk through the museum's storage vault with its 24-foot high ceiling during a tour of the State Libraries, Archives and Museum building currently under construction in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
Michael Penn
John Pugh, chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast, wears his U.S. Air Force lapel pin as Boy Scouts Jonah Brown, left, and Eric Dobson, both 11, wait to present the colors during a Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony held Friday, March 28, 2014 in Juneau, Alaska. Pugh served during the Vietnam War.
Michael Penn
Vietnam veteran members of the Harley Owners Group and the Panhandlers Motorcycle Club arrive at the University of Alaska Southeast's Recreation Center for a Vietnam Veteran's Day ceremony on Friday, March 28, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Michael Penn
Bishop Edward Burns, center, leads a Diocesan Chrism Mass with all the priests of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Juneau at the Cathedral of the Nativity on Friday, March 28, 2014 in Juneau. The special mass allows the Bishop to bless the church oils used during the year and allows the priests to renew their commitment of service.
Michael Penn
Baconfest 2014 emcee David Summers welcomes visitors to the Glacier Rotary's second annual celebration of all things bacon at Centennial Hall on Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Juneau.
James Brooks
A crew with Yellow Brick Films shoots a scene for the movie Sugar Mountain on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage. A 10-hour film day included shots featuring elk, wood bison, bears and bull moose. The film tells a story of two brothers down on their luck who fake a disappearance in the wilderness so theyÕll have a great survival story to sell, but the hoax turns out to be more real than they planned. It is slated to open in 2015.
Doug Lindstrand
A crew with Yellow Brick Films shoots a scene for the movie Sugar Mountain on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage. Scott Michaelis of the center, right, coordinated the film day, which included shots featuring elk, wood bison, bears and bull moose. Work was completed in 10 hours. The film tells a story of two brothers down on their luck who fake a disappearance in the wilderness so theyÕll have a great survival story to sell, but the hoax turns out to be more real than they planned. It is slated to open in 2015.
Doug Lindstrand
Spectators watch from the road as seine boats make sets and spotter planes fly during the second opening of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Sitka, Alaska. About 5,000 tons of herring were netted in the opening that ran from 1:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. So far, about 10,300 tons have been caught of this year's 16,333-ton quota.
JAMES POULSON
Seine boats jockey for position minutes before the opening of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Sitka, Alaska. About 5,000 tons of herring were netted in the opening that ran from 1:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.
JAMES POULSON
The Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico, background, surfaces through the arctic ice near Ice Camp Nautilus, about 150 miles north of Prudhoe Bay, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Cracks in polar sea ice are prompting the Navy to break down an ice camp north of Alaska that provided support for an exercise involving submarines. The Navy says in a release Monday, March 24, 2014, that the commander of submarine forces ordered an early end to Ice Camp Nautilus because shifts in winds created instabilities in ice floes.
Joshua Davies
Sailors aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico tie mooring lines after the submarine surfaces through the arctic ice at Ice Camp Nautilus on Saturday, March 22, 2014, about 150 miles north of Prudhoe Bay. Cracks in polar sea ice are prompting the Navy to break down the camp that provided support for an exercise involving submarines. The Navy says in a release Monday, March 24, 2014, that the commander of submarine forces ordered an early end to Ice Camp Nautilus because shifts in winds created instabilities in ice floes.
Joshua Davies
Two men enjoy the view and take pictures of Cook Inlet and Mount Susitna, also known as Sleeping Lady, from the edge of mudflats on Monday, March 24, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. Temperatures reached the mid-30s on Monday. Public safety officials warn against walking on the mudflats, which can be unstable if not frozen.
Dan Joling
John Pingayak, from Chevak, dances with a group from his village on March 22, 2014, at the Cama-i Dance Festival held at Bethel Regional High School. The festival is a community event that brings in dance groups from various parts of the region, state and country.
Mitchell Forbes
John Guy, a high school senior from Kwethluk, dances with a group from his school on March 22, 2014, at the Cama-i Dance Festival held at Bethel Regional High School. The Kwethluk dance group had not made an appearance at Cama-i in over 20 years.
Mitchell Forbes
Sam Sampson dances in traditional Seneca regalia on March 21, 2014, at the Cama-i Dance Festival held at Bethel Regional High School. Sampson was one of the performers at Cama-i showcasing dances from other cultures.
Mitchell Forbes
Chris Carson, left, and Lion El Aton of Firefight Films demonstrate their DJI Phantom drone quadcopter at Mendenhall Lake in Juneau, Alaska, on Thursday, March 20, 2014. They have been using the unit to film the glacier and an ice cave this winter.
Michael Penn
Crew on the F/V Angelette watch as herring are pumped onto the fishing tender Island Dancer Thursday March 20, 2014, near Old Sitka during the first opening of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery in Sitka, Alaska. The fleet netted about 5,000 tons of herring in the 2 hour, 35 minute, opening that began at 1:45 p.m. This yearÕs quota is 16,333 tons. Seiners will stand down for at least two days to let processors catch up. Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimated a 12 percent roe content.
JAMES POULSON
The Kodiak-based F/V Devotion transfers its herring catch to the fishing tender Maylynn during the first opening of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Sitka, Alaska. The fleet netted more than 5,000 tons of herring in the 2 hour and 35 minute opening. This year's quota is more than 16,000 tons.
JAMES POULSON
An adult orca spyhops in front of West Juneau homes at the Gastineau Channel in Juneau, Alaska, on Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Juneau Empire, Michael Penn)
Michael Penn
Maeva Ordaz, of West Anchorage High School, recites during the Poetry Out Loud Alaska State Finals at the @360 Studio in Juneau, Alaska, on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Ordaz won the event and moves onto the national finals. (AP Photo/The Juneau Empire, Michael Penn)
Michael Penn
Capital City Fire & Rescue firefighters Brent Clancy, right, and Travis Larsen bring down a flag as Rep. Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, and Brian Murphy of the Anchorage Fire Department watch on the roof of the Capitol building in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Along with an Alaska flag, the flags will be presented to the widow of Senior Captain Jeffery Bayless, a veteran with the Anchorage Fire Department, who died last Friday following a training exercise. (AP Photo/The Juneau Empire, Michael Penn)
Michael Penn
Johnny Bivera / National Guard Youth Foundation Lena Illig of Anchorage, a newly designated Youth ChalleNGe Ambassador for the National Guard Youth Foundation, addresses members of Congress during a luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Illig spoke about how the Alaska Military Youth Academy made all the difference for her in graduating from high school and going on to college. She was honored at NGYFÕs ninth annual ChalleNGe Champions Gala in Washington, D.C., where she received a $20,000 scholarship award. She is pursuing a degree in criminal justice at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
JOHNNY BIVERA
Laurence L. Levin / National Guard Youth Foundation Lena Illig of Anchorage meets Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) during her trip to the National Guard Youth Foundation ninth annual ChalleNGe Champions Gala late February in Washington, D.C. Illig received a $20,000 scholarship award, and spoke at a Congressional luncheon.
Laurence L. Levin
Third-grader Serena Rivera, 9, takes aim at a target while coach Sam Hernandez watches during archery practice at the Point Higgins Elementary School gym in Ketchikan, Alaska, Feb. 24, 2014. Serena said her grandfather gave her a bow for Christmas, along with a .22 rifle, and is going to take her bow hunting for deer.
Nick Bowman
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, gives a keynote address on U.S. energy policy at the opening of the IHS CERAWEEK energy conference Monday, March 3, 2014, in Houston.
Pat Sullivan
In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 photo, Dawn Gump, of Hooper Bay, watches the snow fall from the front door of the Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. She has been visiting Juneau with her youth group from the Alaskan west coast village.
Michael Penn
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, addresses reporters during a news conference after he spoke to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature on Monday, March 3, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska.
Becky Bohrer
In this Feb. 13, 2014 photo, a carved snowman sits upon a rock in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Hall Anderson
Mountains are reflected off Port Valdez in Valdez, Alaska, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
Mark Thiessen
Izzy Allen, front, and Danny Isaak perform back flips inside an inflatable house during the Moon Walk Day at the Wells Fargo Dimond Park Fieldhouse in Juneau, Alaska, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. School was out for Presidents' Day.
Michael Penn
Metropolitan Tikhon, of the Orthodox Church in America, center, presents the bishopÕs staff, once held by Bishop Innocent, to David Mahaffey Jr. as Mahaffey is installed as Bishop for the Diocese of Sitka and all Alaska Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 in St. MichaelÕs Cathedral in Sitka, Alaska. Orthodox clergy from San Francisco to Quebec City gathered for the installation. Mahaffey has been serving as administrator and chancellor of the Alaska diocese since March 2013 and will continue to live in Anchorage.
James Poulson
Newly-installed Orthodox Church in America Bishop for the Diocese of Sitka and all Alaska Bishop David Mahaffey Jr., right, meets with members of the congregation at St. MichaelÕs Cathedral following his installation Sunday Feb. 23, 2014 in Sitka, Alaska. Orthodox clergy from San Francisco to Quebec City gathered for the installation. Mahaffey has been serving as administrator and chancellor of the Alaska diocese since March 2013 and will continue to live in Anchorage.
James Poulson
Clergy of the Orthodox Church in America gather for a photo after David Mahaffey Jr., center, was installed as Bishop for the Diocese of Sitka and all Alaska Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 in St. MichaelÕs Cathedral in Sitka, Alaska. Orthodox clergy from San Francisco to Quebec City gathered for the installation. Mahaffey has been serving as administrator and chancellor of the Alaska diocese since March, 2013 and will continue to live in Anchorage.
James Poulson
A dragon is seen as fireworks go off during the Winter Fireworks Spectacular at the Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau, Alaska, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
Michael Penn
Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, receives handmade valentines from children from the Discovery Preschool program as lawmakers make their way to the House Chamber at the Capitol in Juneau, Alaska, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The children were representing a number of organizations that are asking for investments in early child care and education.
Michael Penn
Ikaika Thomas from Shaub Ellison checks out a snowman he, Chris Hert and Kawika Miranda made in front of the tire business Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Ketchikan, Alaska. Thomas said they used exhaust pipe for arms and nose, truck lug nuts for buttons, pop caps for eyes, and a button and trailer tire for a hat. Thomas said they used the lift truck to raise that last two snowballs.
Hall Anderson
Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, attaches a House of Representatives pin to the coat lapel of Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, after he was sworn into the House of Representatives in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Kito's daughter, Gabryel, 14, and father, Sam Kito Jr., watch from the House Chamber's gallery.
Michael Penn
In this photo taken on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, Senate Pages Joel Hadley, right, and Brett Huber, Jr., ring the Senate into session with glockenspiels at the Capitol in Juneau, Alaska.
Michael Penn
Mt. Edgecumbe High School student Kayleen Teeluk leads Yupik dancers during the annual Elizabeth Peratrovich Day parade in Sitka, Alaska, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Peratrovich is honored every Feb. 16, which marks the date in 1945 when the Anti-Discrimination Act was signed in Alaska.
James Poulson
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry works on his phone during a refueling stop at Elmendorf Air Force Base on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. Kerry is visiting South Korea, China, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates on a 7 day trip.
Evan Vucci
In this Feb. 24, 2014 photo, Mt. Edgecumbe High School student Bruce Chunak, from Pilot Station, Alaska, holds up a hexcopter prototype during a presentation at the state boarding school in Sitka, Alaska. Working with a $10,000 grant from MIT, a team of students is working to build a remote control unmanned aerial vehicle that could be used for search and rescue missions.
JAMES POULSON
The body of former Alaska territorial Gov. Mike Stepovich is greeted by his family Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 19, 2014, at the Fairbanks International Airport. An honor guard made up of members of the U.S. Army, Alaska State Troopers and Airport Fire and Police were on hand to meet the U.S. Navy veteran.
SAM HARREL
Artist/model James Hoagland shows his colorful imagination with his entry at the Wearable Art 2014 show at Centennial Hall in Juneau, Alaska, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.
Michael Penn
In an entry titled Public Health Message, artists/models Lindy Ferguson, Carolyn Lenhart, Kate Helfrich and Aaron Ferguson act out a possible consequence of unprotected sex at the Wearable Art 20145 show at Centennial Hall in Juneau, Alaska, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.
Michael Penn
Artist/model Amy Dressel is filmed by her assistant, Nic DeHart, in her entry at the Wearable Art 2014 show at Centennial Hall in Juneau, Alaska, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.
Michael Penn
Model Jeanne Crochet displays artist Amber Leach's Holographic Happiness in the Wearable Art 2014 show at Centennial Hall in Juneau, Alaska, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.
Michael Penn
Houston Laws tows his sled across the ice at Mendenhall Lake on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, near Juneau, Alaska. He was on a training run for the Susitna 100, a 100-mile ski, bike or run event that starts on Saturday, Feb. 15. It will be the first of four 100-mile races Laws hopes to complete in 2014 to achieve an Alaska ultrarunning "Grand Slam." The Alaska grand slam consists of the Susitna, the White Mountains 100, the Sluice Box 100 and the Resurrection Pass Trail 100.
Klas Stolpe
Sgt. Jay Baldwin smiles at a story told by one of his former soldiers at a retirement party at the Kodiak American Legion on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Kodiak, Alaska. Baldwin retired in October after 27 years in the guard.
Sam Friedman
In this photo taken on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, art handlers Laine Rinehart, left, and Miguel Rohnbacker carry out David and Zach Boxley's carved and painted red cedar chest during the Tin‡a Art Auction, a fundraiser for the Walter Soboleff Center, at Centennial Hall in Juneau, Alaska. The chest sold for $18,000. The $20 million Soboleff Center will be a Native cultural and educational center run by the Sealaska Heritage Institute.
Michael Penn
Auctioneer David Karp takes bids on a canvas painting, background, by Robert Davidson during the Tin‡a Art Auction, a fundraiser for the Walter Soboleff Center, at Centennial Hall in Juneau, Alaska. The painting sold for $35,000. The $20 million Soboleff Center will be a cultural and educational center run by the Sealaska Heritage Institute.
Michael Penn
In this photo taken on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, art handlers display a carved spruce river canoe by Fred Bemis during the Tin‡a Art Auction, a fundraiser for the Walter Soboleff Center, at Centennial Hall in Juneau, Alaska. The canoe sold for $25,000. The $20 million Soboleff Center will be a Native cultural and educational center run by the Sealaska Heritage Institute.
Michael Penn
Inez Patterson, center, and Elsie Rucker watch Patterson's daughter, Samatha St. Clair, 5, run on the ice at Mendenhall Lake in Juneau, Alaska, on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Rucker said, "We burning off a little energy," referring to her daughter.
Michael Penn
(Portage, AK) If recent seasons have taught one thing, it is to expect the unexpected! With recent temperatures soaring into the fifties at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, it is easy to understand that the animals may be experiencing a lack of normalcy. Alaskan wildlife is forever changing with the weather, and this winter is proving to be no exception. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation CenterÕs three brown bears have been awake and active for consecutive weeks, and neither a single elk nor moose have dropped a single antler. ÒIn twenty years of operating I have never experienced weather like this,Ó said AWCC executive director Mike Miller. Bears are normally curled up in dens in January, mid-way through hibernation. But with winter conditions hardly resembling winter conditions, AWCCÕs three brown bears are finding little reason to hibernate. Additionally, elk at AWCC have remained aggressive as though still in the rut, bugling regularly throughout recent weeks. All varieties of critters act differently in the absence of normal weather conditions, which can push animals outside of their normal cycles. Whether or not our brown bears go back into hibernation will be a function of the weather, and if this winter has taught us anything it is that weather is unpredictable.
Doug Lindstrand
(Portage, AK) If recent seasons have taught one thing, it is to expect the unexpected! With recent temperatures soaring into the fifties at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, it is easy to understand that the animals may be experiencing a lack of normalcy. Alaskan wildlife is forever changing with the weather, and this winter is proving to be no exception. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation CenterÕs three brown bears have been awake and active for consecutive weeks, and neither a single elk nor moose have dropped a single antler. ÒIn twenty years of operating I have never experienced weather like this,Ó said AWCC executive director Mike Miller. Bears are normally curled up in dens in January, mid-way through hibernation. But with winter conditions hardly resembling winter conditions, AWCCÕs three brown bears are finding little reason to hibernate. Additionally, elk at AWCC have remained aggressive as though still in the rut, bugling regularly throughout recent weeks. All varieties of critters act differently in the absence of normal weather conditions, which can push animals outside of their normal cycles. Whether or not our brown bears go back into hibernation will be a function of the weather, and if this winter has taught us anything it is that weather is unpredictable.
Doug Lindstrand
Riverside Drive, left, and Mendenhall Loop Road, right, glow with the vehicle lights of morning commuters as they feed into Egan Drive, below, in Juneau, Alaska, on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. The Mendenhall Glacier is in the background.
Michael Penn
Fourth graders in Jeremy PetersonÕs Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School class practice square dancing with instructor Susan Michaels, at rear, Monday Feb. 3, 2014, in Sitka, Alaska. Michaels is teaching line dancing and square dancing at the school as part of the Artist-in-Residence program.
JAMES POULSON
Trombone players Kathryn Kell, left, Paul Shannon, Luke Fortier and Ken Truitt rehearse at the Thunder Mountain Big Band practice on Monday, Feb. 4, 2014.
Michael Penn
The Thunder Mountain Big Band practices on Monday Feb. 4, 2014.
Michael Penn
Saxophone players Ian Nankervis, left, Tim Powers, Brian Van Kirk, Georgia Horton and Greg Frank rehearse during the Thunder Mountain Big Band practice on Monday, Feb. 4, 2014.
Michael Penn
Actor James Remar, right, talks with producer Ron Carlson, left, during a break in the filming of the movie "Unnatural" on location in Fairbanks, Alaska on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Eric Engman
Actress Q'orlanka Kilcher, right, gets into character as she and other actors prepare for a scene during the filming of the movie "Unnatural" on location in Fairbanks, Alaska on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Eric Engman
Handler Sarah Howard helps Snickers the porcupine see his shadow at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on Groundhog Day, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Portage. ÒNever in our 20 years of operations have we seen anything like this,Ó AWCC executive director Mike Miller stated when asked about the weather. ÒAll of our elk still have their antlers, and our bears are awake like its April,Ó he said. The center remains open on weekends only through Sunday, Feb. 23, and then will re-open on weekdays as well.
Doug Lindstrand
Pat Costello photographs the Windfall Fisherman bronze bear statue decorated with Seattle Seahawk 12th Man merchandise near the Dimond Courthouse on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in Juneau. Costello was to post the photos on the Juneau, Alaska 12th Man Facebook page.
Michael Penn
In this Jan. 22, 2014 photo, James Jackson inspects his airplane after it was secured to the car deck of the ferry Tustumena at City Pier 1 in Kodiak, Alaska. The plane is bound for Talkeetna in an unusual over-the-ocean voyage.
James Brooks
Pedestrians stop at the intersection of Egan Drive and 10th Street in Juneau on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, as the sun peers through the morning fog.
Michael Penn
Members of the Maharaj and Prasad families of Seattle, Washington draw pictures in the sand at Port Hueneme Beach, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in honor of their loved ones who died 14 years ago aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 261.
Anthony Plascencia
Family members, friends and members of the community share a moment of silence around the Alaska Airlines Flight 261 Memorial sundial at Port Hueneme, Calif., on Friday Jan. 31, 2014. The event was held to mark the 14th anniversary of the tragedy that claimed 88 lives.
Anthony Plascencia
Alaska Dispatch