Timothy Hunt navigates his team onto a lake during the official restart of the Iditarod Race in Willow Alaska March 8, 2009. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder


Then Republican vice presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin reads the headlines in the Anchorage Daily News (Board exonerates Palin) while at a coffee stop shortly before casting her vote in Wasilla, Alaska, November 4, 2008. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder


The Alaska Highway is surrounded by boreal forest running north towards Whitehorse, Yukon June 21, 2007. REUTERS/Andy Clark


Three polar bears are seen on the Beaufort Sea coast within the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska Image Library on December 21, 2005. REUTERS/HANDOUT/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska Image Library


young boy poses in front of a 16-foot (4.9 meters) tall snowman in a residential neighborhood of Anchorage, Alaska December 24, 2005. REUTERS/Jennifer Beals


A Chihuahua, wearing small boots and a sweater, stands near people on the Matanuska Glacier near Palmer, Alaska August, 10 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson


A man grabs one of thousands of pink salmon swimming upstream to spawn in Valdez, Alaska on August 8, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson


The volcano Mount Iliamna is flanked by pine trees during a sunset in Cook Inlet Alaska on August 6, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson