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PHOTOS: Best photos of 2013 from Alaska Dispatch

Alyeska ski patroller Mik Jedlicka and her dog Zooka heading down the mountain. Jan 24, 2013
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The Chugach mountains light up at sunset during a windy Jan 26, 2013 flight over Chugach State Park.
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Lance Mackey nearing the top of Rainy Pass March 4, 2013
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A dog that was dropped in Rohn looks out the window of it's plane ride home. March 5, 2013
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Ken Anderson makes dinner for his team at the Takotna checkpoint. March 6, 2013
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Martin Buser tending to his dogs upon arriving in Anvik. March 8, 2013
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Jake Berkowitz passes by an old truck on his way into Anvik. March 8, 2013
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Mitch Seavey coming into Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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Ray Redington, Jr. mushes across the sea ice and into Koyuk. March 11, 2013
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Children play on the sea ice in Diomede, Alaska. March 13, 2013
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Walrus hauled out on the sea ice near King Island. The island is located in the Bering Sea, an increasingly important arctic shipping route. March 13, 2013
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King Island, in the Bering Sea, was once the winter home for nearly 200 people. When the school closed, in 1959, people started moving away. No one has lived on the island since the 1970s, making the village a ghost town. March 13, 2013
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On the night of March 16, 2013, the northern lights were out in force across Alaska. This photo was taken from Eureka Lodge between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
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On the night of March 16, 2013, the northern lights were out in force across Alaska. This photo was taken from Eureka Lodge between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
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A skier is surrounded by endless fresh powder in Curry. March 23, 2013
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Sunset viewers snap iPhone photos of the sunset at Pt. Woronzof. April 15, 2013
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Will Byrd, from the Mat-Su A team, competing in the one foot high kick finals. April 27, 2013
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Snow falls off a steep ridge on a mountain near the Denali basecamp. May 15, 2013
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A biker braves heavy snow in midtown Anchorage for bike to work day, May 17, 2013.
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Marko Cheseto, a star runner for UAA, lost both feet to frostbite in late 2011. He returned to competitive running on Friday, May 31, 2013, trying out his carbon-fiber blades in the Skinny Raven Twilight 6k, where he placed 28th out of over 900 competitors.
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After parachuting out of a C-17, Sgt Joel Oritz gathers his equipment, clearing the field for more paratroopers. Soldiers from the Army's 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division participate in operation Spartan Reach at JBER's Malemute Drop Zone on June 4, 2013. The operation is designed to simulate parachuting behind enemy lines and securing a hostile airfield.
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A paratrooper, injured when his parachute did not fully inflate, is stabilized before being airlifted to the DOD-VA Joint Venture Hospital on JBER. Soldiers from the Army's 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division participate in operation Spartan Reach at JBER's Malemute Drop Zone on June 4, 2013. The operation is designed to simulate parachuting behind enemy lines and securing a hostile airfield.
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Anchorage Bucs catcher Michael Strentz broke a bat during a Bucs-Goldpanners game at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage on June 12, 2013. The Bucs won 9-1.
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15,000 people participated in the Color Run, a 5k race where colored powder is thrown on participants every kilometer. The event is the largest race in Anchorage. June 15, 2013
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Rookie Christy Marvin makes her way to the top of the mountain during the 86th running of Mt Marathon in Seward, Alaska. Marvin ended up winning the race. July 4, 2013
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Women from the North American Women's Training Alliance spent a week at APU's Lowell Thomas training center on Eagle Glacier, outside Girdwood, skiing and training for the 2014 Winter Olympics. July 25, 2013
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Dahmir Bell and Faith Davis, Anchorage, Alaska. Favorite thing about the Alaska State Fair: M.A.'s Hot Dogs. August 29, 2013
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Dr. Russ Andrews, a marine biologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Sealife Center in Seward, aligns a baby killer whale in a CT scan machine at the Alaska Spine Institute in Anchorage. The whale, also known as an orca, was found on Tuesday in St. Paul. Its small size and intact condition offered a rare opportunity to study these marine mammals. September 6, 2013
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With winter only weeks away, some homes in Galena appear as if they haven't been touched since the flood in late May. Although the community is slowly recovering and rebuilding, the process has been hampered by problems with transportation, supplies, and bureaucracy. Sept 8, 2013
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Fall colors near Sheep Mountain, along Alaska's Glenn highway. Sept 13, 2013
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The northern lights dance above Tok, Alaska on Sept 13, 2013.
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EPA deputy director for Alaska, Ken Fisher, responds to angry questions from Chicken gold miners, congressional aides, and the Alaska governor, Sean Parnell, during a meeting a the Chicken community hall on Sept 14, 2013. The governor flew into the small northeastern Alaska community to participate in a meeting where the federal agency was questioned about August raids where teams of 4-7 EPA agents, armed and wearing body armor, descended unannounced on mining claims under the pretense of checking for violations of the clean water act.
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Skógafoss, a 200 foot tall waterfall in southern Iceland. Iceland is scenic destination, offering easy access to waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes and hot springs. Oct 15, 2013
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Basalt cliffs at Reynisdrangar, in southern Iceland. In the background are the sea arches at Dyrhólaey. Iceland is scenic destination, offering easy access to waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes and hot springs. Oct 15, 2013
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Anchorage police and Safety Patrol personnel take protective custody of a publicly intoxicated couple outside the Anchorage midtown Wal-Mart, transporting them to the safety center at the Anchorage Jail, where they remain for 12 hours in the hopes that they will sober up. Oct 18, 2013
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Chevak Kinguliaret Yurartait entertains the audience during the first evening's Quyana, or dance, at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Fairbanks, Alaska. The theme of this year's conference is "traditional native values." Oct 24, 2013
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After a rousing speech by young members of the Tanana 4-H Youth Group, the audience generously donated money to support the cause of ending suicide. The group gave a passionate speech at the Youth & Elders conference on Tuesday, and was invited to speak to the general Alaska Federation of Natives conference, where they received a standing ovation and thousands of dollars donated by the audience. Oct 25, 2013
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Anchorage police arrest a man for suspected drunk driving. Nov 2, 2013
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The nearly full moon rises above downtown Anchorage. The full moon in November is known as the Beaver Moon, so named because, according to the Farmer's Almanac, it was the best time to set beaver traps. Nov 12, 2013.
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Emcee Shyanne Beatty backstage. The Renaissance-inspired "Wear Art, Thou?" fashion show, organized by the Alaska Native Arts Foundation, featured contemporary wearable art by native designers, with many pieces incorporating traditional materials. Nov 15, 2013
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The nearly full moon rises above downtown Anchorage. The full moon in November is known as the Beaver Moon, so named because, according to the Farmer's Almanac, it was the best time to set beaver traps. Nov 16, 2013.
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Alyeska Resort opened a day early for season pass holders, who were treated to short lift lines and untrammeled fresh snow. Nov 27, 2013
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Thursday, 4:21 p.m. With sound check imminent, a little fog is added to give the lights some dimension, and to help with final adjustments. The Bear Tooth is a unique concert venue in Alaska, as it changes from movie theater to concert hall and back again at least once a month. Dec. 19, 2013
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2013 was a year of adventure. From downtown Anchorage to places as far afield as Iceland, Alaska Dispatch traveled far and wide to bring back the stories and photos that matter.

This slideshow, presented chronologically, highlights just a few of the places we've gone. It begins with photos from our Anchorage backyard, on the slopes of Alyeska Resort, where ski patrollers practice with their rescue dogs.

Next we have a few photos from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. This entire slideshow could be filled exclusively with photos from The Last Great Race, so if you'd like to see more, check out our best of the Iditarod photos page.

On the way back from the Iditarod finish in Nome, we took a detour out into the Bering Sea to visit the small community of Diomede and the ghost town of King Island -- and along the way we happened upon a few hundred walrus hauled out on the sea ice.

Back in Southcentral Alaska, we froze our noses photographing one of the best northern lights shows in years. In case you missed it, here's a time lapse video of the aurora from that night.

In the spring and early summer we made a few trips into the heart of Alaska, from the old railroad town of Curry to the mountaineering basecamp on Denali's Kahiltna glacier.

Fourth of July found us in Seward for the Mt. Marathon race, and as school started in late August, we checked in on the students in Galena, where spring floods destroyed much of the town. Wrapping up the summer we took a road trip north, heading up the Glenn Highway to Fairbanks, Tok and Chicken.

In October we spent a week with our neighbor on the Arctic Circle, Iceland. The small island country has many similarities to Alaska, with gorgeous glaciers, volcanoes and waterfalls.

Coming full circle, we ended our year back in Southcentral Alaska, where we witnessed a gorgeous beaver moon rise above Anchorage and the first day of skiing at Alyeska.

Contact multimedia editor Loren Holmes at loren(at)alaskadispatch.com.