A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
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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.
The Kasilof beach is cool and calm at 10 a.m. on Monday as Yolanda Thomas emerges from her family-sized tent for a morning of dipnetting on the shore of the Kasilof River.
Town is host to Prince of Wales Island's ferry dock
Hollis sits on the east side of Prince of Wales Island, on Twelvemile Arm, 19 miles east of Craig by road and 35 miles west of Ketchikan by water.
Hollis, with a population of about 140, is a non-Native community where most employment is provided through logging operations, state ferry services and the U.S. Forest Service. Hollis is the location of the state ferry landing for Prince of Wales Island.
There are no central community facilities. The school, attended by about 20 students, has its own well and septic system. Individual outhouses are the primary method of sewage disposal; a few individual septic systems are in use.
During the 2000 U.S. Census, the unemployment rate was 3 percent, although 34 percent of adults were out of the workforce. Annual per capita income was $17,278, and 9 percent of residents were living below the poverty level.
Hollis was a mining town at the turn of the century, with a population of more than 1,000. Gold and silver were mined until about 1915.
In 1953, Hollis became a logging camp when a long-term timber contract was enacted with Ketchikan Pulp Co. The camp served as the base for timber operations on Prince of Wales Island until 1962 when it was moved 45 miles north to Thorne Bay. The area was permanently settled in recent years through a state land sale.
Source: Alaska Departrment of Community and Economic Development