100 of our favorite photos from 2021

The year was a rough one for many, but there were also moments of beauty and peace.

Story: Anchorage school nurses deployed at what unexpectedly became the city’s first large-scale vaccination effort for seniors

Story: A decades-old stuffed lion exits its longtime home in a Midtown Anchorage hotel lounge

Story: Still need to get rid of your Christmas tree? Arnold the moose and Maya the musk ox will take it.

Story: Ice hearts bring warmth to East Anchorage, just in time for Valentine’s Day

Story: The Summit Quest: How one of Alaska’s toughest races tests mushers with mountains, rocks and cold

Photos: Fur Rendezvous fireworks entertain bustling downtown audience

Story: Looking for a winter social outlet but bored of bonfires? Try ice skating and sledding (and save the bonfire for later)

Photos: Our favorite photos from the 2021 Iditarod

Story: Knik Glacier’s biking boom is drawing hundreds into backcountry once tough to reach

Story: Paratroopers face dozens of physical and skill tests on JBER with hopes of being pinned an ‘expert’

Story: Anchorage graduates are showing cultural pride more than ever. But officials are rethinking a regalia rule that failed some.

Photos: Cordova gears up for summer after a difficult pandemic year

Story: Copper River salmon fishery brings season’s first catches, camaraderie — and hope

Story: On the road with Anne Zink: Alaska’s chief medical officer continues the COVID-19 fight and looks ahead as vaccine demand tapers

Photos: Fallen Spartan paratroopers remembered on JBER

Story: JBER paratroopers hike Gold Star Peak to honor and remember their 77 fallen brothers and sisters in arms

Photos: JBER paratroopers jump from Chinook helicopters

Story: Anchorage man argued with homeless people the day before opening fire, killing a woman and wounding 4 people, according to witness and police accounts

Story: As Anchorage debates opening a mass homeless shelter, potential lessons come from Reno and San Francisco

Photos: Our favorite photos from the 2021 Mount Marathon races

Story: New Miss America Emma Broyles is the first Alaskan and first Korean American title holder

Story: How much longer will Sullivan Arena be a mass homeless shelter? The uncertainty is ‘stressful for everyone.’

Story: Proposed Ambler project underscores promise and peril of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

Photos: Backcountry marathoners race through the Chugach Mountains during 2021 Crow Pass Crossing

Story: Seward erupts in joy as hometown swimmer Lydia Jacoby wins Olympic gold medal

Story: A golden homecoming: Seward cheers Lydia Jacoby’s return from Olympic Games

Story: Bronson says acting Anchorage Police Chief McCoy will remain in the position permanently

Story: Abrupt retirement of Anchorage’s first Black police chief a loss for the entire city, community leaders say

Story: Amid an unprecedented collapse in Alaska Yukon River salmon, no one can say for certain why there are so few fish

Story: ‘We’ve never seen this before’: Salmon collapse sends Alaskans on Lower Yukon scrambling for scarce alternatives

Story: An Anchorage man spent more than a decade planning and building a micro-hydropower project in his backyard. Now, it can power more than 300 homes.

Story: Masks, hand sanitizer and first-day excitement — thousands of students across Anchorage go back to school in-person

Story: Foo Fighters mark return of big live events in Anchorage at a tense pandemic moment

Story: ‘I just cried. That was the first one I’d ever seen’: Belugas thrill whale watchers along Turnagain Arm

Story: As endangered beluga whales head up the Kenai River, committed volunteers help ‘unravel the puzzle’

Photos: Alaska State Fair 2021

Story: Injuries keep him seated while others stand, but Palmer motocross champion Robert Graeber gets the job done

Story: Karluk Manor, born in controversy, has been open for a decade. Here’s a look at life inside Anchorage’s oldest ‘Housing First’ facility.

Story: Some Alaska feed stores are out of a livestock dewormer because people bought it to treat COVID-19. Health officials say that’s a really bad idea.

Story: ‘Burnout city’: The labor shortage has dragged on, and Alaska workers and business owners are exhausted

Story: ICU nurses at an Anchorage hospital are worn down from the pandemic. For one afternoon, a crisis-response dog’s visit offered a brief respite.

Story: More than 440 Alaskans have died with COVID-19. We know little about them.

Story: With no dam to stop it, the Eklutna River is temporarily reborn. Many people hope to keep it alive for good.

Story: Touted by some as a cure, monoclonal antibody demand is high in Alaska’s least-vaccinated places, but it’s no replacement for a vaccine

Story: Anchorage Assembly deliberation of proposed mask mandate marked by audience outbursts

Story: Mayor Bronson defends use of Holocaust imagery by mask mandate opponents during heated second night of Anchorage Assembly hearing

Story: In nearly five decades there’s never been an Anchorage Assembly fight as nasty as the battle over masks, say former members

Story: Anchorage Assembly and mayor battle over proceedings during sixth chaotic night of public comment on proposed mask mandate

Story: Bronson administration COVID-19 cases derail lengthy Anchorage mask debate marked by acrimony among city leaders

Story: Anchorage Assembly passes revised emergency ordinance requiring masks, effective immediately

Story: The last days of the Havemeister Dairy: Alaska’s oldest commercial milk producer is shutting down

Story: India military units join Army paratroopers in Alaska for cold-weather joint exercises

Story: ‘When I grow up, I wanna be a dentist just like you!’: Kids across Anchorage receive free dental services

Story: ANCSA made only Natives born before December 1971 corporate shareholders. Those born after want change.

Story: At Alaska’s state high school swim meet, excitement for 2 Olympians competing on a different stage

Story: Curious Alaska: The Parks Highway igloo has been a landmark for decades. Will it ever open for business?

Photos: World War II veteran honored during Veterans Day ceremony in Wasilla

Photos: Stuffed to the brim: Thanksgiving on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson included 1,200 pounds of turkey

Story: Lights return to Anchorage’s holiday star after avalanche damages bulbs

Story: Engine trouble on cargo plane leads to emergency landing at Merrill Field Airport in Anchorage

Story: Bare shelves, hoarding and price gouging: How a prolonged ammunition shortage is changing Alaska’s gun culture

Photos: A celebration of community at this year’s Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics Alaska

Photos: Fireworks and New Year’s festivities in downtown Anchorage