Best of April 2017

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Aaron Baldwin with two Stink Lilies that bloomed at his home on Sunday, April 2, 2017. From a family of plants called Araceae (the Aroids) and is also called Voodoo Lilies, Dragon Lilies and Corpse Lilies.

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A jam session with twenty musicians fills the hall with music at the 43rd annual Alaska Folk Festival at Centennial Hall on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

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Haines Tlingit master carver Wayne Price waves Haines residents during the unveiling of a Tlingit screen and totem poles in front of the Soboleff McRae Wellness Center in Haines on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The Center, which has been open for about a year, has 11 apartments for military veterans along with non-profit businesses. Price produced the two 12-foot totems in honor of Tlingit veterans Walter Soboleff (Raven/Dog Salmon) and Howard McCrae (Eagle/Wolf). The screen/sign is called Warriors Spirit. Price said, "When art is dedicated in this manner, presented with witnesses and dance, that is waht makes it real, what gives it life. Now the art has life and people will feel it."

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Sibblings Marco Carranza, 5, left, Monica, 11, center, and Kaitlyn, 3, view Project Playground from behind police tape on Tuesday. A fire set by two 13-year-old boys destroyed the playground Monday.

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Haines residents and veterans watch as the Dei Shu Dancers of Haines and the Klukwan Chilkat Dancers celebrate the unveiling of a Tlingit screen and totem poles in front of the Soboleff McRae Wellness Center in Haines on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The Center, which has been open for about a year, has 11 apartments for military veterans along with non-profit businesses. Haines Tlingit master carver Wayne Price produced the two 12-foot totems in honor of Tlingit veterans Walter Soboleff (Raven/Dog Salmon) and Howard McCrae (Eagle/Wolf). The screen/sign is called Warriors Spirit. Price said, "When art is dedicated in this manner, presented with witnesses and dance, that is waht makes it real, what gives it life. Now the art has life and people will feel it."

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Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel fight a fire that consumes the playground at Twin Lakes on Monday, April 24, 2017.

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Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel fight a fire that consumes the playground at Twin Lakes on Monday, April 24, 2017.

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Riverbend Elementary School students react to a Git Hoan dancer in a raven mask during a special performance at the school on Monday, April 24, 2017.

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Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel fight a fire that consumes the playground at Twin Lakes on Monday, April 24, 2017.

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Toni Mallot and Donna Walker sit with Riverbend Elementary School students as they watch the Git Hoan Dancers during a special performance the school on Monday, April 24, 2017.

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Tribal Hostess Ethel Lund presents President Richard Peterson with a picture of her and him taken nearly twenty years ago during the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

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Juneau-Douglas' Ben Carter, right, competes against South's Luke Gale at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

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Gary Piper wakes up after sleeping outside under a tarp near downtownon Tuesday, April 18, 2017. No longer able to pay his bills, Piper lost his trailer in Haines three years ago because of his alcoholism.

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Ethel Lund and Lowell Halverson were honored at Tribal Hostess and Host of the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

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Hoonah pre-school Tlingit language teacher Heather Powell dances in at the start of the 82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

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NOAA's Jim Murphy talks about how changes in the ocean could be hampering king salmon return rates in Southeast Alaska.

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Two cubs-of-the-year sit high in an alder tree near the East Glacier Trail on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, as their mother wanders the forest nearby. The first bear sighting at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center was reported on Saturday.

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A Juneau International Airport fire truck gives a water salute as Alaska Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Michaud taxis the Guard's Blackhawk helicopter after piloting his last flight on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

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Alaska Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Michaud receives a hug from his son, Kevin, at the Juneau International Airport after taking his last flight in the Guard's Blackhawk helicopter on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

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Mauricio Hernandez, left, Riley Lawlar, Miguel Cordero and Carl Tupou of the Thunder Mountain HIgh School boys soccer team gives the girls varsity team their support during their match against Juneau-Douglas High School at TMHS on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Juneau-Douglas won 1-0.

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Lisa Morley dances to Raisin Holy Hell at The Rendezvous during the Alaska Folk Festival weekend at the Red Dog Saloon on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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Juneau-Douglas' Erika Holst, left, and Michaela Bentley attempt to score off a corner kick against Thunder Mountain's Meghan Penrose during their match at TMHS on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Juneau-Douglas won 1-0.

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Katie Georgio, on trumbone, Mike Stanley, on baritone saxophone, center, and Doug Bridges, on tenor saxophone, perform with Collette Costa at the Red Dog Saloon on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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The Alaska Folk Festival parties move to the downtown bars on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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Dancers groove to Raisin Holy Hell at The Rendezvous during the Alaska Folk Festival weekend at the Red Dog Saloon on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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Juneau Empire photographer Michael Penn's best photos of April 2017.

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