- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaskans will soon be able to outfit their vehicles with retro license plates that feature a rearing grizzly bear.

The Division of Motor Vehicles is bringing back the 1976 plate issued for the United States’ bicentennial, reports the Alaska Public Radio Network (https://bit.ly/1KM88ub).

The updated plate shows a grizzly standing in snow against a sunset backdrop.

Currently, the standard license plate is solid yellow and features an Alaska flag and the words “The Last Frontier.”

But retired legislator Peggy Wilson sponsored a bill to reintroduce the grizzly plates last year. The Wrangell Republican said the idea came from a constituent who once had the original version on his car.

She hopes the plates will spark conversation when Alaskans are on road trips.

“When you are from Alaska, people just want to talk about Sarah Palin,” Wilson said. “And now, this is something else - the license plate, it gives them another conversation starter.”

DMV Director Amy Erickson expects the bear plates to be a popular alternative.

Drivers can swap their plates for the grizzly design for $5 beginning on Thursday.


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