A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
Anchorage: 10°/27°/Mostly clear
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.
Mining town is now Dalton Highway supply outpost
Coldfoot, Alaska, sits at the mouth of Slate Creek on the east bank of the Middle Fork Koyukuk River, at Milepost 175 of the Dalton Highway.
Coldfoot, population 13, is a highway stop on what used to be called the North Slope Haul Road.
Most employment is in government and services to road travelers -- motels, a restaurant, a gas and service station, RV park and dump station, an Alaska state trooper, a state Fish and Wildlife Protection officer and a U.S. Bureau of Land Management field office.
Originally named Slate Creek, Coldfoot reportedly got its name in 1900 when gold prospectors traveled up the Koyukuk to this point, then got ''cold feet,'' turned around and left. In 1902, Coldfoot had two roadhouses, two stores, seven saloons and a gambling house.
A post office was established in 1902 but discontinued in 1912 when the mine and town was abandoned for other mines in Nolan and Wiseman Creeks to the north.
Source: Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development