Sunday, January 04, 2009


Alaska governor and former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin attended first-day-of-issue ceremonies for the 50th Anniversary of Alaska Statehood stamp held in Anchorage, AK yesterday.

Palin is quoted in a USPS press release as saying,"We are so pleased to work with the United States Postal Service in presenting a design that most certainly displays what Alaska is all about."

According to the release, "The stamp features Jeff Schultz's photograph of a dog musher taken during the 2000 Iditarod. Fifteen degrees above zero, Schultz was 75 miles from the nearest town following the trail along the Rainey Pass just as the dog sled team raced across the foreground."

It goes on to say, "Unlike any other race in the world, Iditarod competitors traverse more than 1,150 miles of the most extreme and beautiful terrain known to man to include mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and windswept coastline."

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, usually just called the "Iditarod", is an annual sled dog race in Alaska. The name of the state derives from an Aleut word meaning "great land.

According to, Iditarod musher DeeDee Jonrowe and her team are pictured on the stamp.

To read the entire release, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM