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Best photos of 2012

Rainy Pass Lodge at Puntilla Lake on Sunday, March 4.
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Mushers on the trail between Nikolai and McGrath. March 6, 2012
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Jake Berkowitz feeds his dogs at the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday night, March 7, 2012.
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Martin Buser in Ophir on Thursday, March 8, 2012.
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DeeDee Jonrowe arrives at the Cripple checkpoint on Thursday, March 8, 2012.
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The northern lights in Ruby on Friday morning, March 9, 2012.
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Dallas Seavey in Unalakleet on Sunday morning, March 11, 2012.
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Jeff King's team stopped in the trail 12 miles before Unalakleet. King layed down in the trail to shelter his team from the wind. Sunday, March 11, 2012.
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Ramey Smyth on the sea ice between Shaktoolik and Koyuk early Monday morning, March 12, 2012.
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Dallas Seavey leading the way to Golovin in Iditarod 2012. March 12, 2012
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Aliy Zirkle navigates the sea ice on her final push to Nome, Tuesday March 13, 2012.
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Ian McKeever, as Nacho Libre, winning the "biggest splash" award at the 2012 Slush Cup at Alyeska Resort on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Eric Frampton, dressed as Lance Mackey, won the event.
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Aerial view of downtown Anchorage, Alaska at sunset on April 25, 2012.
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Mark Montalvo, Senior from Wasilla, practices the two foot high kick at the Native Youth Olympics on Friday, April 27, 2012.
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A Mallard duck at Potter Marsh on Friday, May 4, 2012.
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A young moose walks through a downtown Anchorage neighborhood on May 16, 2012. Moose encounters are common in Alaska's largest city.
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Karan Nixon's disabled rabbit, Tubby, inherited his wheeled cart from George, who was killed by a black bear last year in Nixon's yard. May 21, 2012.
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Girls and their dog enjoying a warm early summer day on the mudflats near Kincaid beach, with Redoubt Volcano visible behind them, May 23, 2012.
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James Eskridge, bouncer at Tap Root. May 31, 2012
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Surfers and paddleboarders wait for the bore tide near Bird point on June 4, 2012.
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Michelle Scannell and her sons Stephen, 5, and Liam, 7, view the transit of Venus from atop a parking garage at UAA. June 5, 2012.
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Emcee Daphne DoAll LaChores reads out bingo numbers during drag queen bingo, held June 7, 2012 at Snow City Cafe.
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Kite surfers enjoy a windy weekend along Turnagain Arm. June 10, 2012
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Hikers enjoy a spectacular summer solstice sunset from atop Flattop mountain, June 20, 2012.
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Matt Novakovich on his customized treadmill, where he spends much of his time training. July 2, 2012.
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Anchorage Fire Department rescuers pull a man from the mudflats ahead of the rising tide. July 6, 2012
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Skater Shay Martinson. July 11, 2012
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Colony Glacier, emptying into Lake George, is the site of a salvage operation underway by the Air Force. They are recovering the remains of a C-124 airplane that crashed in 1952. July 12, 2012
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A few of Dallas Seavey's 9-week-old puppies walk along the road with him. They don't usually get names until they are a year old. July 13, 2012
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After 5 hours dipnetting in the mouth of the Kenai river on Sunday, Allyssa Frost and her friends had managed to catch over 100 sockeye salmon. July 15, 2012
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A sockeye salmon fights for its life from a cooler at the mouth of the Kenai River on July 15, 2012.
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An airplane taking off from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport passes over a wind turbine under construction on nearby Fire Island. July 18, 2012
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Alaska Range, Denali National Park. July 19, 2012
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Ruth glacier, Alaska Range, Denali National Park. July 19, 2012
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Wind turbines being erected on Fire Island, with Denali in the distance. July 26, 2012
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The Air Force Thunderbirds perform during Arctic Thunder 2012. July 28, 2012
The veiled bride and family members waiting before the wedding ceremony. August 15, 2012
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3-year-olds Bodi Anderson, left, and Loden Johnson get distracted from their task of vegetable picking at Pyrah's Pioneer Peak Farm. August 17, 2012
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83-year-old Gil Goulet, from Rhode Island, gets his picture taken on Hank the moose at the Alaska State Fair. August 23, 2012
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From left, Jesse Hobart, nachos, and Jessy Hastings at the Alaska State Fair. Hobart and Hastings are Wasilla residents, while the nachos are more of a world traveler. August 23, 2012
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Chelcie Carver, left, and Abigail Smith rock fair hair at the Alaska State Fair. August 23, 2012
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A member of the Acilquq Singers and Dancers performs at the Arctic Imperative Summit. August 24, 2012
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A bone and artifact digger takes a break on the outskirts of Gambell on St. Lawrence Island. Aug 29, 2012
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Savoonga residents breakdancing to traditional native drumming, in a song entitled "Rock and Roll." August 30, 2012
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Kaktovik residents butcher a whale head on the beach in Kaktovik. September 6, 2012
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Polar bears play on the beach in Kaktovik. September 6, 2012
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A polar bear mom and her cubs exploring the tundra in Kaktovik. September 7, 2012
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Polar bear wave, Kaktovik. September 7, 2012
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Polar bears congregate at the carcass of a bowhead whale on the beach in Kaktovik. September 7, 2012
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Issac Akootchook, 90 years old, walks home after church in Kaktovik. September 9, 2012
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Trumpeter swans depart Potter Marsh for warmer climes. September 28, 2012
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Bull moose sparring in Powerline Pass during the rut, or mating season. October 12, 2012
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The Stebbins Dance Group performs at AFN's Quyana. October 18, 2012
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Sunrise at Bird Point. October 23, 2012
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Alaska Native artist Drew Michael putting the finishing touches on a mask entitled 'Tina's Little Cheeks.' October 24, 2012
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Offshore oil platforms in Cook Inlet. November 1, 2012
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3 week old Vaughn Dudukgian sleeps while his mom Sara Acharya votes early at the Division of Elections Region II office. November 5, 2012
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Northern lights dance above the Knik river as the moon rises early morning November 8, 2012.
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The Northern Lights dance above Sheep Mountain in the early morning hours of November 13, 2012.
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The Northern Lights dance above Tahneta pass in the early morning hours of November 13, 2012.
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Press operators adjust the registration while printing the Cordova Times on a Goss Community offset web printing press at Anchorage Printing. Nov. 15, 2012
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The moonrise over downtown Anchorage, photographed from the roof of the 15-story Inlet Tower. Nov 29, 2012
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Musk oxen rest at the Musk Ox farm in Palmer. Dec 3, 2012
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4th grader Larry Swan leg wrestles with 6th grader Shannon Knox in Kivalina's McQueen School gym. Leg wrestling is a traditional IƱupiat Eskimo game, one of many that the students practice regularly. Dec 13, 2012
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Oran Knox fishing for cod on the sea ice near Kivalina. Dec 10, 2012
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Bowhead whale bones greet visitors to the town of Kivalina, Alaska. Located 85 miles above the Arctic Circle, when the sun sets on December 4 it won't rise again until January 7. Dec 10, 2012
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