St. Louis Zoo President and CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Bonner, smiles as sea lions swim overhead in The Holekamp Aqua Tunnel below the zoo's Sea Lion Sound on March 22, 2021. Bonner announced his retirement at the end of the year after leading the organization for 19 years. He was instrumental in many of the zoo's modernizations, including the polar and grizzly bear exhibits, the Elephant Woods and the Sea Lion Sound.
Ryan Gipson rests on the back of a rented U-Haul truck during his move to a new apartment in University City on Jan. 20, 2021. Gipson's former landlord turned off the electricity to Gipson's old apartment. He recently found a new one nearby, with cheaper rent.
Former professional skateboarder, Kim Petersen, stands in the Mobash Skate Park in Missoula during a late-fall skate session in 2019. Petersen, a first-grade teacher, encourages young women to pursue skating through teaching in her classroom and non-profit work around the state.
Noelle Huser, singer and songwriter, stands in Greenough Park in Missoula, Montana in Aug. 2019, months before going public with her first music.
Chris Morgan, host of The Wild Podcast out of KUOW Seattle, holds a Karelian Bear Dog puppy, Teton, outside Wind River Bear Dogs in Hamilton, Montana in October 2019. The dogs are trained to safely deter bears, limiting dangerous human-bear interactions and saving a bear's life.
Jeremy Smith and his daughter, Rasa, on their front porch in the Rattlesnake Neighborhood of Missoula. The two host the podcast 'You Must Know Everything' together, and spend the short episodes discovering the answers and solutions to everyday questions, and sometime making unexpected connections.
Missoula Fire Captain Charlene Bundy. Bundy became Missoula's first female fire captain on May 1, 2020.
University of Montana MFA candidate Stephanie Dishno runs her fingers over the small cracks in her piece "A Memoir" at a gallery showing in Missoula, Montana on Feb. 21, 2020. Dishno filled the cracks in her over-sized ceramic busts in with gold leaf, to emphasize the imperfections.
University of Montana S.E.A. Change Director Twila Old Coyote stands near a portrait of Elouise Cobell, a Blackfeet woman who Old Coyote says inspires her. Cobell sued the U.S. Government for mismanaging Native American trust funds. As the director of S.E.A.Change, Old Coyote will educate students in college, high school and middle school about gender equity.
The presidency of the University of Montana Big Mountain / Freeride Club pretend to contemplate their final exams while standing for a photograph at Marshall Mountain on Nov. 11, 2020 during an early season ski session. From left to right, Treasurer Tyler Rubendall, President Henry DeLuca, Public Relations Officer Jack Rinck, and Vice President Ethan Schock. The pandemic brings new challenges to the ski season for both in-resort and backcountry skiers.
Kate Brainerd in her backyard garden, summer 2019.