A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
Anchorage: 41°/50°/Mostly cloudy
Fairbanks: 31°/60°/Mostly sunny
Juneau: 39°/62°/Mostly sunny
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.
Oilfields along the Arctic Ocean feed 800-mile pipeline
The town of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, is near Prudhoe Bay, which is part of the Beaufort Sea on the Arctic Ocean coast.
Prudhoe Bay is primarily a workers community with only one permanent residence documented by the April 2000 U.S. census. Oil is the focus of the local culture.
The Prudhoe Bay and nearby oil fields provide about 20 percent of the nation's domestic oil supply and employ more than 5,000 individuals in drilling, pipeline operations, cargo transportation and a variety of support positions.
Workers travel home to Anchorage, other parts of Alaska and Lower 48 states after working long consecutive shifts.
The bay was named in 1828. Oil was discovered in the area in 1968, and the site was extensively developed for oil drilling operations in the 1970s.
An 800-mile pipeline was constructed to transport crude oil to Valdez, where it is shipped in marine tankers to terminals throughout the United States.
Source: Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development