A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
Fairbanks: 55°/88°/Partly sunny
Juneau: 49°/75°/Partly sunny
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 was reason behind town west of Fairbanks
Ester is 8 miles west of Fairbanks in Interior Alaska.
Ester has about 1,700 residents, many of whom work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Tourism related to the mining history of the area contributes to the economy. An old mining camp, for example, offers a dinner show during the summer.
Fairbanks also provides a variety of employment opportunities.
About 10 percent of the population is Alaska Native or part Native. Ester residents have an active community association and volunteer fire department.
Ester is part of the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
Ester was originally a mining camp established before 1905 near Ester Creek. It was first reported in 1908 by the U.S. Geological Survey. Ester Gold Camp was established in 1936.
The community has grown as a result of borough land lotteries.
Source: Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development