• Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Musher Bill Pinkham collects hot water during his stop in Takotna, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    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. See much more of Steve’s story in Multimedia.

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    An airplane flies over a pattern of windblown ice and snow near the coast of eastern Norton Sound on March 19, 2009.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    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.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Crystal Becker comforts her daughter Cierra, 7, as they watcher Staff Sgt. Shane Becker’s casket arrive at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Crystal’s parents Leonor and Michael McGovran hold Crystal’s newborn daughter Cheyenna in back. Casualty assistance officer Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Salmon is at left.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Police apprehend a suspect following a shooting that injured an Anchorage Police Department officer as well as the suspect at the Merrill Field Inn Thursday morning September 13, 2012. The man was later identified as Jason Barnum and charged with attempted murder.

  • Jason Barnum arraignment

    Jason Barnum is arraigned at the Anchorage Jail for attempted murder and other charges on Friday, September 14, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska. Barnum is charged with shooting and wounding an Anchorage Police Department officer on Sept. 13, 2012, in a room of the Merrill Field Inn as the officer and two other officers were investigating recent burglaries. (Photo / Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News)

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    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.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    A tsunami victim looks out the window of the Elmendorf C-130 as travels over the island of Sumatara away from Banda Aceh. Twenty-five displaced people were transported by the 517th Airlift Squadron that day.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Aerialist Una Mimnagh stretches before a performance at Circus Boreal in Anchorage.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Mildred Kiyutelluk skins a spotted seal outside her Shishmaref, Alaska, home on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. Shishmaref is an Inupiaq Eskimo village on a barrier island in the Chukchi Sea. Residents rely on subsistence hunting and fishing.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Two black bears swat at one another for a brief moment while walking the along Arctic Valley Road not far from the Fort Richarson exit of the Glenn Highway on Wednesday morning, June 30, 2010.

  • Seward flooding

    Phillip Skinner directs traffic along the Seward Highway in Seward, Alaska, late at night on Thursday, September 20, 2012. Vehicles were allowed to pass single file through a flooded portion of the road. The high water had stranded at least one vehicle.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Ashley Bashore appeared in court on Thursday, December 8, 2011. Police say Bashore was driving the Hyundai Sante Fe that struck 28-year-old Hubert Tunuchuk in April on the Tudor Road overpass at the New Seward Highway. Police say Bashore was texting immediately before or at the time of collision.

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    Cheyenne Johnson, 3, giggles as Spider-Man peers through her window at Providence Alaska Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital. Spider-Man, a featured performer of the Moscow State Circus, visited children there October 8, 2004. Johnson was being treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Sunlight hits Begich Middle School eighth-grader Roaisha Registe as she watches the school’s choir sing at an assembly to honor Dr. Martin Luther King on February 24, 2009.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Shirili Green drops her daughter Mia off at school in late August. Green says that Mia was just shy of her fourth birthday when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Pauline and Joe Agathluk examine a chum salmon given to them by Andrew Kelly earlier this summer. Kelly delivered fish caught in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game test nets to village elders, the only salmon coming into the village at the time. “This is the kind I like, ” Pauline said.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Mitchell Xayapraseuth, center, joins other men in his family in becoming a monk for the funeral ceremony for his great-grandfather. Mitchell said he intends to join the temple for a longer period as repayment for own cancer recovery. “My grandpa did it, my great-grandpa did it, my great-great-grandpa did it, so now it’s coming down to me,” he said. “I don’t want it to stop where I am.” See much more of Mitchell’s story in Multimedia.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Phillip Carl dumps water, hauled by his son Abraham, 10, into a bin in the family’s home in Newtok on August 14, 2009. Homes in Newtok do not have indoor plumbing. Residents haul water from a treatment facility. Residents say upgrades in village services are largely unavailable because because erosion requires the village to be relocated.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    This brown bear was killed in by a vehicle on Gambell Road in Anchorage early Friday, August 22, 2008. The 15-year-old bear had been the subject of a research by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and was known as bear 211. Research biologist Sean Farley of ADF&G says spent much of his time in Far North Bicentennial Park, often near Elmore Road.

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    Anchorage firefighters battle a blaze at a condo complex in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday June 6, 2007. Three ladder trucks worked the scene which burned out of control for hours which was fed by strong wind.

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    Seamus Coyle, 7, looks into the Barnes and Noble window at the Harry Potter-themed activities Friday evening, July 20, 2007. He and hundreds of other waited in line for a wristband to by the seventh installment of the Harry Potter series.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    A woman grieves as Sheldon Moore is taken away from Taku Lake in an ambulance on Saturday afternoon. Anchorage Fire Department says the man was swimming in the 38 degree water when he drowned.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Anchorage Police officer Tony Rollins escorts Rae Lee, 11, and an unidentified woman away from Mountain View Elementary School on Monday morning, May 7, 2001, in Anchorage, Alaska. Four children were stabbed at the school. Lee told police he witnessed the attack.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Muang Saephan carries a friend’s child as she gardens in the Mountain View Community Garden earlier this summer. Mustard greens, which have the yellow flowers, are a popular item in the garden.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Bethel police officer Joe Corbett lifts a man slumped in a Bethel doorway in August. The man was transported from the home by the recently-formed Bethel Community Service Patrol, which assists the police with intoxicated people.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Ghostland Observatory performed a sold-out show at the Bear Tooth Theater on Thursday, October 7, 2010. Singer and guitarist Aaron Behrens and producer Thomas Turner peformed two shows this week in Anchorage.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    A beaver navigates University Lake on Friday morning, June 10, 2011. Beavers have toppled many trees in the area and a lodge can be seen on the south side of the lake.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    As dog teams and mushers were parked along the village streets, the aurora borealis swirls in the sky over the Yukon River village of Ruby, Alaska, a checkpoint of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Friday, March 9, 2012.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Governor Sarah Palin returns to Anchorage after about 70 days of campaigning for Vice President in 2008. About 250 people turned out to greet her flight when it arrived.

  • East High graduation

    Jacory Rias takes a look at the crowd assembling in the Sullivan Arena for the East High School graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The Anchorage School District says the class of 2012 is made up of 2,800 seniors. Ceremonies will be held for the various schools through May 16.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    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.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Stanley Tom skirts water on walkways made of mats in the village of Newtok on August 14, 2009. Tom says the eroding Ninglick River and melting permafrost are forcing the village to relocate.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Members of the Alaska Military Youth Academy are ordered to work out at their barracks.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Sgt. First Class Samuel Ethridge of the Alaska Army National Guard salutes at a veteran’s burial site after placing a wreath. The Alaska Wing Civil Air Patrol partnered with the Wreaths Across America project to place holiday wreaths at the graves of 798 veterans at Fort Richardson National Cemetery on Saturday, December 10, 2011. Wreaths Across America says about 200,000 wreaths will be placed nationwide.