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The round-rumped grizzly bear ambled toward us, and I swallowed a scream and the urge to run. It had 6 million acres of Denali National Park and Preserve wilderness in which to roam, yet somehow this bear had managed to find my backpacking partner and me, alone on the Savage River.
On and off the road system, Alaska is dotted with cities, towns and villages that give the state its real character.
Luck struck around 6:30 a.m. Sunday -- less than nine hours before the end of the 10-day Slam'n Salm'n derby -- when Robert Hayes hooked a 40.97-pound king salmon that made him the winner.
Summer solstice marked the beginning of the warm season last week, but two Anchorage fly-fishermen discovered Monday morning that winter still lingers deep in the Chugach Mountains.
Admiralty Island village's history includes whaling, attack by U.S. Navy
Angoon, Alaska, sits on the southwest side of Admiralty Island at Kootznahoo Inlet, 60 miles southwest of Juneau.
A Tlingit community with a commercial fishing and subsistence lifestyle, the only permanent settlement on Admiralty Island. About 55 of the towns's 575 residents hold commercial fishing permits, primarily hand-trolling for king and coho salmon. A shellfish farm was recently funded by state and federal grants.
The Chatham School District is the primary employer; the single school is attended by about 130 students.
Logging on Prince of Wales Island provides occasional jobs. The most important subsistence resources are deer, salmon, bear, halibut, shellfish, geese, seaweed and berries.
Long the home of the Kootznoowoo Tlingit tribe. Up to the mid-1800s, fur trading was the major moneymaker. In 1878, Northwest Trading Co. set up a post and whaling station on nearby Killisnoo Island and employed villagers to hunt whales.
Whaling, a Bureau of Indian Affairs school and Russian Orthodox Church drew many Tlingits to Killisnoo.
The U.S. Navy shelled and destroyed the village and summer camp in 1882 when the company felt threatened after a village man was accidentally killed.
Herring processing followed short-lived whaling. In 1928, Killisnoo was destroyed by fire, and Tlingits returned to Angoon. The Angoon post office came in 1928; a city was formed in 1963.
Source: Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development