The fourth Saturday of this month was much more than just a warm sunny day in the capital city. It was the first annual day set aside to honor the late senator who changed the landscape of a territory, and Alaskans throughout the resulting state celebrated Ted Stevens Day.
Stevens was a senator for 40 years, representing Alaska in the U.S. Senate from 1968 until 2009. He was revered for bringing home billions of dollars in federal money and projects to the state and was the longest-serving Republican senator in history. He died Aug. 9, 2010 in a plane crash in southwest Alaska.