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Best photos of 2012—Kathy Plonka

A gallery of Spokesman-Review photojournalist Kathy Plonka’s favorite photos of 2012.


U.S. Boxing Olympic Team Trials


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Alex Love walks through the spotlight on her way to battle Taversha Norwood on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.


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Andrecia Wasson, right, battles it out with Raquel Miller in the middleweight challengers bracket at Northern Quest Casino on Wednesday Feb. 15, 2012. Raquel Miller won that match 7-6.


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Kalispel Tribe member Taunie Cullooyah was the ring card girl during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for women’s boxing on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at Northern Quest Casino.


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“It’s what gets everything rolling,” said time keeper LaNett Humphrey of USA Boxing about blowing the whistle five seconds before the matches begin, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.


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Marlen Esparza shadow boxed before her match against Alex Love on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. “I’m not here by chance,” said Marlen Esparza about competing in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing. “God put me here so it’s up to me,” she added. She won the match 22-12.


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Sixteen-year-old Claressa Shields wears her Betty Boop sox during her battle against Franchon Crews during the middle weight winners bracket at Northern Quest Casino on Monday, Feb. 13,2012. She beat Franshon 31-19.


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Franchon Crews, left, took her shot against Claressa Shields during the middleweight winners bracket at Northern Quest Casino on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. She lost to Shields 31-19.


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“I told you I was gonna smoke her, ” said Claressa Shields after beating Franchon Crews 31-19 in the middleweight winners bracket at Northern Quest Casino on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.


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“Release the fury, Queen!”, screamed her sister Hazzauna Underwood of Las Cruses, New Mexico, as she cheered on Queen Underwood during the lightweight winners bracket boxing match at Northern Quest Casino on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.


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Queen Underwood reacts to beating N’yteeyah Sherman 25-24 in the lightweight winners bracket during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for women’s boxing at Northern Quest Casino on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.


Features


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A bee makes its rounds in a flower garden on Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.


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A driver and her dog ride past a leaf covered lawn on 11th Street in Coeur d’Alene on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.


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“This is an emergency,” said former miner Dan Thompson during the town hall meeting with Governor Butch Otter in Wallace on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.


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Diana McManus swims laps at The Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. She missed making the Olympics at age 14 and years later had a major injury. She is back in the pool now and wants to make the 2016 Olympic team.


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“I’ve been swimming since I was ten-years-old,” said Diana McManus as she warmed up at The Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.


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Five-year-old Rian Schaible of Hayden Kinder Center participates in the Great ShakeOut earthquake preparedness drill at the school in Hayden, Idaho on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at 10:18 a.m. Organizers estimated about 14 million people participated. The drill was mainly for U.S. West and Southeast. Residents in Canada, Italy, Puerto Rico and Guam signed up for the exercise.


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Twelve-year-old Kyler Prendergast of Hayden did a balancing act as he walked on a log near the dike at Hayden Lake on Monday, July 9, 2012.


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Skyway Elementary 1st grader Rebecca Murdock wore her butterfly costume during the Halloween Parade at the school in Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.


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Snow covered leaves line a fence on Atlas Road in Coeur d’Alene on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012.


Kevin McLeod formerly of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and his family had to move to Williston so he could find employment. He now works for B&G Roustabout. Williston is one of the tiny towns surrounding the oil-rich Bakken formation, estimated to hold anywhere between 4 billion and 24 billion barrels of oil.


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“You can just get out in the middle of no where,” said Kevin McLeod, as he drove along Highway 1804 near Williston, North Dakota past a fenceline decorated with old boots on Friday, March 16, 2012.


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A natural gas flare illuminates an oil well in North Dakota, where Coeur d’Alene resident Kevin McLeod moved for work. McLeod works for B&G Roustabout as a laborer.


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“What boy doesn’t love to play in the dirt,” said Lisa McLeod about her son Jacob McLeod,5, as he played outside their travel trailer in Williston, North Dakota.


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The sun rises over an RV park in Williston, North Dakota on Sunday, March 18, 2012. Kevin and Lisa McLeod had to move there along with their five-year-old son Jacob from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to Williston for work.


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Kevin McLeod of B&G Roustabout drives past a drilling operation in Williston, North Dakota.


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Five-year-old Jacob McLeod and his mother Lisa move through their morning routines in their travel trailer in Williston, North Dakota.


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Lisa Mcleod and her son Jacob, 5, use the community washroom at their RV Park as a bus stop.


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Kevin McLeod puts finishing touches on a plywood mud room that he built for his wife, Lisa, to provide storage space for the trailer in Williston, North Dakota.


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“I do all my own wrenching,” said Kevin McLeod as he worked on the 1993 Dodge truck that he drove from Coeur d’Alene to Williston, North Dakota.


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“We get a mixed reaction,” said George Burnett as he sold pro-drilling apparel along the roadside in Williston, North Dakota.


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Kevin and Lisa McLeod take a walk along with their son Jacob, 5, and their dog Sydney in Williston, North Dakota. ‘“We just couldn’t stand being away from him,” said Lisa about moving from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to Williston to be with her husband.


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Lisa and Kevin McLeod celebrate St. Patrick’s Day along with their friends Nick and Tiffany Murrell in Williston, North Dakota. Both couples moved from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to Williston for work. Nick Murrell recently got a call from his former employer and is planning a move back to the Inland Northwest.

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