• Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Iditarod musher Travis Beals crosses ice near the beach after coming down off the Topkok Hills east of Nome on March 15, 2016, in Nome

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    President Barack Obama looks at Bear Glalcier on his tour of Resurrection Bay by boat on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Obama toured Alaska to promote his climate agenda ahead of the Paris Climate Summit.

  • Sled Dog Sanctuary

    Raven Vinter pets a few of the rescued sled dogs she cares for at Sled Dog Sanctuary along the Parks Highway near Talkeetna, Alaska, on May 21, 2015. The facility is currently caring for 35 rescued sled dogs.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    From left, Jason Robles, Vladimir Tamashiro-Loma and Louis Yu, all of the Team Rubicon 3 firefighting crew, work to extinguish a hot spot at the Aggie Creek fire. The Aggie Creek wildland fire, located about 30 miles northwest of Fairbanks, Alaska has burned 31,885 acres as of Thursday, July 16, 2015. More than 400 firefighters were working to contain it that day.

  • 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.

  • Matanuska Peak Challenge

    Matias Saari was the first racer to reach the summit of Matauska Peak Challenge on August 1, 2015. The race course brings runners to the top of Lazy Mountain, down across a valley and up to the top of Matanuska Peak, where they turn around at the 6119-foot summit. All told, the race features 9,100-feet of elevation gain and loss over its 14-mile course.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Maxine Silcott took one last look around the outside of the house she’s lived at for 36 years at 3921 Thompson Avenue on Wednesday, October 20. She moved to Mountain View from Sitka in 1974. Demolition crews were tearing down the house next door, and her house was next she said. Maxine wasn’t feeling nostalgic or sad. “I’ve been wanting to get out of this neighborhood,” she said. She held her dog Suzy and mentioned three violent crimes that happened a stone’s throw from where we were standing. She approached Cook Inlet Housing about buying her home. Now she lives in a retirement community in Muldoon and is very happy, she says. If she’s disappointed by anything, it’s that a Japanese oak tree in her yard would likely be torn up in the demolition.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Anchorage firefighters assist Luis Munoz, a human cannonball performer with the Baily Brothers Circus, in July 2004. The cannon, which was supposed to launch him across the parking lot into a net at the conclusion of the show, malfunctioned and Munoz remained stuck inside. Munoz was treated for minor injuries at an Anchorage hospital.

  • 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.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Eric Roberts sorts wildland fire hoses. Thousands of 100-foot hoses used to fight wildland fires in various places in Alaska are collected at a state Division of Forestry warehouse in Fairbanks on July 16, 2015. There, four employees cleaned, tested, dried and repackaged them for use again. About 5 million acres burned in Alaska in 2015, one of the worst fire seasons on record.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Isabelle Sampson-Vincent hugs Georgianna Buloard, far right, during the memorial. Bean’s Cafe hosted a memorial gathering on August 5, 2015, for seven people who have died in recent weeks who were known to the organization. Bean’s serves meals to homeless people. Patrick Soolook, Harry Oxereok, Chester Ferreira, Chena Hall, Johnny Good, Ella Mae Clarke and Jolene Odomin were remembered.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Hours before the start of the Mountain View Elementary School talent show, Kang Thao and Houa Vang were already dressed in their traditional Hmong clothing and rehearsing their dance one last time. The girls, both 10, put a DVD onto an overhead projector and danced in the middle of a classroom to a Hmong-language song, mimicking the moves of the women on the screen. On Friday evening, they’ll perform the dance at the school’s popular Multicultural Fair event.

  • Marc Lester, photojournalist, Anchorage, Alaska

    Cody Christiansen tosses his daughter Gerralyn, 1, while meeting the Tustumena ferry as it briefly stopped in the Kodiak Island town of Old Harbor on Monday, July 20, 2015. The Tustumena has been operating for more than 50 years, serving the remote communities of southwest Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.

  • 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

    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.

  • Supreme Court gay marriage

    News of the Supreme Court’s ruling affirming the right of gay people to marry is carried from the court to waiting television news teams on the sidewalk outside in Washington, D.C., on June 26, 2015.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Alcohol and Me Barry Hetlet

    Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
    Photos for Alcohol & Me video of Barry Hetlet, an Anchorage Police officer who works overnight in Fairview and downtown.

  • 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

    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.

  • Fairbanks dumps

    Ty Lafond says he’s the king of the Fairbanks dumpster divers. Tools, electronics and watches are some of the items he’s found many of over the years, he says. “But you gotta dig deep. It’s not gonna jump out.” In Fairbanks, several waste transfer sites are popular places for residents hunt for items to reclaim and recycle. Many people drop off and pick up items under pavilions for reusable goods at five of the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s 14 transfer sites. Some people search through the dumpsters as well.

  • 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.

  • Moscow State Circus, Providence

    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.

  • Condo fire

    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.

  • Harry Potter book release

    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

    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

    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

    Pin Su and Linda Chen hug while taking in the view from the Anchorage overlook near the Glen Alps Trailhead in Chugach State Park on Thursday, December 24, 2015. The couple is visiting Alaska from their home in the New York City area.