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Around Alaska 2014 #2

Anglers at the Nick Dudiak Lagoon on the Homer Spit line up for the incoming tide, and a swarm of king salmon, on Sunday, June 15, 2014. The return of chinook to Homer's "Fishing Hole" has been the best in several years.
Jim Lavrakas
Spencer Floyd of South Anchorage makes it home in the fifteenth inning as Juneau-Douglas Catcher Alex Muir tries to pick up the throw Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Moller Field in the state high school baseball tournament in Sitka.
JAMES POULSON
Photo courtesy of Robert Stacy via AVO Pavlof eruption with lava fountaining, early June 3, 2014, as viewed from Cold Bay.
Robert Stacy
Pollen floats in puddles along Marine Way in Juneau, Alaska, on Monday, May 19, 2014. Unusually dry weather in Southeast Alaska has created massive pollen releases this spring.
Michael Penn
Charles Zarfas of Portland, Or. can only laugh as his son, Cash, 4, objects to being wrapped in plastic during a rainy day while visiting Juneau, Alaska, on Monday, May 19, 2014.
Michael Penn
Vikings and Valkyries ride in a Viking ship Friday, May 16, 2014 during the opening day of Petersburg, Alaska's annual Little Norway Festival, which celebrates the Norwegian holiday of Syttende Mai (17 May). Syttende Mai was created to observe the signing of the Constitution of Norway in 1814. Petersburg has a large Norwegian population and has celebrated Syttende Mai with a three-day festival since 1958.
Mary Catharine Martin
Vikings and Valkyries ride in a Viking ship on Friday, May 16, 2014 during the opening day of Petersburg, Alaska's annual Little Norway Festival, which celebrates the Norwegian holiday of Syttende Mai,May 17. Syttende Mai was created to observe the signing of the Constitution of Norway in 1814. Petersburg has a large Norwegian population and has celebrated Syttende Mai with a three-day festival since 1958.
Mary Catharine Martin
Glacier Valley Elementary School teacher JoAnn Steininger investigates the beach life with her kindergarten students, Ben Haseltine, center, and Dylan Woodworth at Outer Point on Douglas Island in Juneau, Alaska, on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Three kindergarten classes made the field trip to study the intertidal zone.
Michael Penn
Only the chimney of the historic Clearwater Lodge was left standing after an early morning fire completely leveled the 55-year-old building Thursday, May 15, 2014 in Delta Junction.
Photo courtesy Delta Wind
Firefighters from the Rural Deltana and Delta Volunteer Fire Departments and Fort Greely Fire Department respond to the Clearwater Lodge fire early Thursday morning, May 15, 2014, in Delta Junction. By the time crews arrived, the 55-year-old historic building was almost completely destroyed.
Photo courtesy Delta Wind
Michael Penn / The Juneau Empire via AP Linda Torgerson shows new spruce cones to Gastineau Elementary School kindergartners Keagan Hamilton, left, Kaiden Odenheimer and Hazel McWilliams during Arbor Day activities at Evergreen Cemetery on Friday, May 9, 2014, in Juneau, Ak. The event was sponsored by the Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership.
Michael Penn
This May 6, 2014 photo provided by Bob Armstrong shows a long-billed curlew in flight near Juneau, Alaska. North AmericaÕs largest shorebird had made an appearance in southeast Alaska, hundreds of miles north of its usual northern breeding area. Martina Kallenberger and her husband, Doug Sanvik, spotted and photographed a long-billed curlew May 3 at the Boy Scout camp north of AlaskaÕs capital. They consulted guidebooks for nearly an hour trying to confirm the identity.
Bob Armstrong
Taking advantage of the Boston Harbor Marina's 2-for-one Tuesday kayak rentals on May 13, 2014 Chris Kennedy of Olympia (right) treats her sister-in-law Lisa Kennedy, who's visiting from Alaska, to a front-row seat of the Olympics on a summer-like Tuesday afternoon on Budd Inlet near Olympia,Wash.
Steve Bloom
Michael Penn / The Juneau Empire via AP Glacier Valley Elementary teacher Geoffrey Wyatt slides with his son, Lucas, 4, during an outing with third-grade classes Friday, May 9, 2014, on Mount Roberts in Juneau. Wyatt was named one of 33 BP Teachers of the Year in Alaska for 2014. The award came with a $500 grant which he used to take the two classes of students on the Mount Roberts Tramway.
Michael Penn
The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward took in its first stranded marine mammal of the year, a spotted seal pup, on May 1. The female seal pup was a mere week old when it was picked up April 30 by a resident in the community of Clark's Point, in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. The resident couldn't spot any other seals around and received authorization from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to rescue the pup, according to the SeaLife Center. The pup was flown to Anchorage, where wildlife responders picked her up. She weighed in at 21 pounds on her first day at the Seward center. The pup seems to be in good shape and eating five meals a day, the center reported.
Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center
Staff Sgt. Kelli Naramore, operations manager for the Alaska Air National Guard 176th Civil Engineer Squadron, uses an oxyacetylene torch to cut a hole in a girder on May 6, 2014 at H.E. Holt Naval Communication Station, Australia . Thirty-four Alaska Air Guard members, most from the 176th CES, deployed for two weeks to this tiny outpost at the far western tip of Australia to help build a space radar facility to be jointly operated by Australia and the United States.
Capt. John Callahan
Maj. Kim Riggs, construction flight chief for the Alaska Air National Guard 176th Civil Engineer Squadron, and Maj. Chris Mercer, the squadron infrastructures flight chief, study blueprints for the facility at H.E. Holt Naval Communication Station, Australia, on May 6, 2014. The two were among thirty-four Alaska Air Guard members, most from the 176th CES, who deployed for two weeks to this tiny outpost at the far western tip of Australia to help build a space radar facility to be jointly operated by Australia and the United States.
Capt. John Callahan
In this May 3, 2014, photo provided by the Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, caribou hitch a ride on an ice chunk in the Yukon River near Circle, Alaska.
Claude Denver
U.S. Coast Guard Seamen Matthew Margot, center, and Jesse Wilde, top, watch over sixth-graders from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School as they take a cold water safety class at Station Juneau in Juneau, Alaska, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association along with the Coast Guard are providing the training for six sixth-grade classes from DHMS.
Michael Penn
Jaime Hort, left, Riley Crocker, center, and Abby Dean find out how wet they got while removing the survival suits during a cold water safety class at Station Juneau in Juneau, Alaska, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association along with the Coast Guard are providing the training for six sixth-grade classes from DHMS.
Michael Penn
In this photo taken Wednesday, May 7, 2014, an Arctic tern with a fish in its beak hovers over Potter Marsh in Anchorage, Alaska. Arctic terns spend winters in Antarctica, southern Africa, southern Australia or New Zealand and fly at least 11,000 miles north to breed in Alaska.
Dan Joling
Bellanira "Deya" Imdieke of Dillingham, right, hugs Erin "Rinny" Heywood of Juneau, as First Lady Sandy Parnell hugs Darrel Hess of Anchorage after the presentation of the 2014 First Lady's Volunteer of the Year awards at the Governor's House in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Receiving awards along with Imdieke, Heywood and Hess were Donene Amodo of Akhiok, Phillip Ball of Eagle River and Cynthia Erickson of Tanana.
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Bill Schmidt, of Sterling, shouts aBill Schmidt, of Sterling, pulls a hook out of the mouth of a landlocked sockeye salmon, or kokanee, that he caught Wednesday May 7, 2014 at Sport Lake in Soldotna, Alaska. Schmidt said his wife wanted the fish for her birthday, so he spent part of the afternoon fishing for the kokanee which he intends to smoke and gift to her.
Rashah McChesney
In this Wednesday, May 7, 2014, photo, Carol Odess leans on Sitka Fine Arts Camp Director Roger Schmidt in the Odess Theater in Allen Hall on the SJ Campus in Sitka, Alaska. Odess has made a substantial donation to complete restoration work on the 1911 building.
JAMES POULSON
In this April 30, 2014, photo, Dragon flies and butterflies blanket the ceiling of the Knot Your Father's Woodshop show at the Main Street Gallery in Ketchikan, Alaska. The show features a collection of handmade items ranging from bowls, lamps and kitchen items to a magic wand and an archer's bow.
Hall Anderson
Anglers at the Nick Dudiak Lagoon on the Homer Spit line up for the incoming tide, and a swarm of king salmon, on Sunday, June 15, 2014. The return of chinook to Homer's "Fishing Hole" has been the best in several years.
Jim Lavrakas
Spencer Floyd of South Anchorage makes it home in the fifteenth inning as Juneau-Douglas Catcher Alex Muir tries to pick up the throw Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Moller Field in the state high school baseball tournament in Sitka.
JAMES POULSON
Photo courtesy of Robert Stacy via AVO Pavlof eruption with lava fountaining, early June 3, 2014, as viewed from Cold Bay.
Robert Stacy
Pollen floats in puddles along Marine Way in Juneau, Alaska, on Monday, May 19, 2014. Unusually dry weather in Southeast Alaska has created massive pollen releases this spring.
Michael Penn
Charles Zarfas of Portland, Or. can only laugh as his son, Cash, 4, objects to being wrapped in plastic during a rainy day while visiting Juneau, Alaska, on Monday, May 19, 2014.
Michael Penn
Vikings and Valkyries ride in a Viking ship Friday, May 16, 2014 during the opening day of Petersburg, Alaska's annual Little Norway Festival, which celebrates the Norwegian holiday of Syttende Mai (17 May). Syttende Mai was created to observe the signing of the Constitution of Norway in 1814. Petersburg has a large Norwegian population and has celebrated Syttende Mai with a three-day festival since 1958.
Mary Catharine Martin
Vikings and Valkyries ride in a Viking ship on Friday, May 16, 2014 during the opening day of Petersburg, Alaska's annual Little Norway Festival, which celebrates the Norwegian holiday of Syttende Mai,May 17. Syttende Mai was created to observe the signing of the Constitution of Norway in 1814. Petersburg has a large Norwegian population and has celebrated Syttende Mai with a three-day festival since 1958.
Mary Catharine Martin
Glacier Valley Elementary School teacher JoAnn Steininger investigates the beach life with her kindergarten students, Ben Haseltine, center, and Dylan Woodworth at Outer Point on Douglas Island in Juneau, Alaska, on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Three kindergarten classes made the field trip to study the intertidal zone.
Michael Penn
Only the chimney of the historic Clearwater Lodge was left standing after an early morning fire completely leveled the 55-year-old building Thursday, May 15, 2014 in Delta Junction.
Photo courtesy Delta Wind
Firefighters from the Rural Deltana and Delta Volunteer Fire Departments and Fort Greely Fire Department respond to the Clearwater Lodge fire early Thursday morning, May 15, 2014, in Delta Junction. By the time crews arrived, the 55-year-old historic building was almost completely destroyed.
Photo courtesy Delta Wind
Michael Penn / The Juneau Empire via AP Linda Torgerson shows new spruce cones to Gastineau Elementary School kindergartners Keagan Hamilton, left, Kaiden Odenheimer and Hazel McWilliams during Arbor Day activities at Evergreen Cemetery on Friday, May 9, 2014, in Juneau, Ak. The event was sponsored by the Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership.
Michael Penn
This May 6, 2014 photo provided by Bob Armstrong shows a long-billed curlew in flight near Juneau, Alaska. North AmericaÕs largest shorebird had made an appearance in southeast Alaska, hundreds of miles north of its usual northern breeding area. Martina Kallenberger and her husband, Doug Sanvik, spotted and photographed a long-billed curlew May 3 at the Boy Scout camp north of AlaskaÕs capital. They consulted guidebooks for nearly an hour trying to confirm the identity.
Bob Armstrong
Taking advantage of the Boston Harbor Marina's 2-for-one Tuesday kayak rentals on May 13, 2014 Chris Kennedy of Olympia (right) treats her sister-in-law Lisa Kennedy, who's visiting from Alaska, to a front-row seat of the Olympics on a summer-like Tuesday afternoon on Budd Inlet near Olympia,Wash.
Steve Bloom
Michael Penn / The Juneau Empire via AP Glacier Valley Elementary teacher Geoffrey Wyatt slides with his son, Lucas, 4, during an outing with third-grade classes Friday, May 9, 2014, on Mount Roberts in Juneau. Wyatt was named one of 33 BP Teachers of the Year in Alaska for 2014. The award came with a $500 grant which he used to take the two classes of students on the Mount Roberts Tramway.
Michael Penn
The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward took in its first stranded marine mammal of the year, a spotted seal pup, on May 1. The female seal pup was a mere week old when it was picked up April 30 by a resident in the community of Clark's Point, in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. The resident couldn't spot any other seals around and received authorization from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to rescue the pup, according to the SeaLife Center. The pup was flown to Anchorage, where wildlife responders picked her up. She weighed in at 21 pounds on her first day at the Seward center. The pup seems to be in good shape and eating five meals a day, the center reported.
Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center
Staff Sgt. Kelli Naramore, operations manager for the Alaska Air National Guard 176th Civil Engineer Squadron, uses an oxyacetylene torch to cut a hole in a girder on May 6, 2014 at H.E. Holt Naval Communication Station, Australia . Thirty-four Alaska Air Guard members, most from the 176th CES, deployed for two weeks to this tiny outpost at the far western tip of Australia to help build a space radar facility to be jointly operated by Australia and the United States.
Capt. John Callahan
Maj. Kim Riggs, construction flight chief for the Alaska Air National Guard 176th Civil Engineer Squadron, and Maj. Chris Mercer, the squadron infrastructures flight chief, study blueprints for the facility at H.E. Holt Naval Communication Station, Australia, on May 6, 2014. The two were among thirty-four Alaska Air Guard members, most from the 176th CES, who deployed for two weeks to this tiny outpost at the far western tip of Australia to help build a space radar facility to be jointly operated by Australia and the United States.
Capt. John Callahan
In this May 3, 2014, photo provided by the Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, caribou hitch a ride on an ice chunk in the Yukon River near Circle, Alaska.
Claude Denver
U.S. Coast Guard Seamen Matthew Margot, center, and Jesse Wilde, top, watch over sixth-graders from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School as they take a cold water safety class at Station Juneau in Juneau, Alaska, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association along with the Coast Guard are providing the training for six sixth-grade classes from DHMS.
Michael Penn
Jaime Hort, left, Riley Crocker, center, and Abby Dean find out how wet they got while removing the survival suits during a cold water safety class at Station Juneau in Juneau, Alaska, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association along with the Coast Guard are providing the training for six sixth-grade classes from DHMS.
Michael Penn
In this photo taken Wednesday, May 7, 2014, an Arctic tern with a fish in its beak hovers over Potter Marsh in Anchorage, Alaska. Arctic terns spend winters in Antarctica, southern Africa, southern Australia or New Zealand and fly at least 11,000 miles north to breed in Alaska.
Dan Joling
Bellanira "Deya" Imdieke of Dillingham, right, hugs Erin "Rinny" Heywood of Juneau, as First Lady Sandy Parnell hugs Darrel Hess of Anchorage after the presentation of the 2014 First Lady's Volunteer of the Year awards at the Governor's House in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Receiving awards along with Imdieke, Heywood and Hess were Donene Amodo of Akhiok, Phillip Ball of Eagle River and Cynthia Erickson of Tanana.
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Bill Schmidt, of Sterling, shouts aBill Schmidt, of Sterling, pulls a hook out of the mouth of a landlocked sockeye salmon, or kokanee, that he caught Wednesday May 7, 2014 at Sport Lake in Soldotna, Alaska. Schmidt said his wife wanted the fish for her birthday, so he spent part of the afternoon fishing for the kokanee which he intends to smoke and gift to her.
Rashah McChesney
In this Wednesday, May 7, 2014, photo, Carol Odess leans on Sitka Fine Arts Camp Director Roger Schmidt in the Odess Theater in Allen Hall on the SJ Campus in Sitka, Alaska. Odess has made a substantial donation to complete restoration work on the 1911 building.
JAMES POULSON
In this April 30, 2014, photo, Dragon flies and butterflies blanket the ceiling of the Knot Your Father's Woodshop show at the Main Street Gallery in Ketchikan, Alaska. The show features a collection of handmade items ranging from bowls, lamps and kitchen items to a magic wand and an archer's bow.
Hall Anderson
Craig Medred