Alaska

The Alaskan competition involves skiing on water and snow
Competitors in the "Slush Cup" race down a mountain and try to glide over a pool of water

The US state that pays its residents

Alaska gives people $1,000 each year

Alaskan reserve targeted by oil industry

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For decades the Alaska's Arcitc National Wildlife Refuge has been protected from drilling by oil companies.

But, according to the New York Times, that is all unwinding.

"Now the Trump administration, working with Republicans in Congress and an influential and wealthy Alaska Native corporation, is clearing the way for oil exploration along the coast," the report said.

The report says that there's a rush to get permission to drill before the 2020 presidential election.

An environmental impact assessment is being rushed through it says.