Stories that mattered: Unfortunately for journalists and media mavens across the world, news doesn't take a break for national holidays. The midweek Fourth of July holiday brought lots of interesting features, and even a bit of breaking news from Alaska, though.
One story that's still developing comes from Seward, where a Mount Marathon racer is still missing more than a day after the annual Independence Day slog. In the race's storied 85-year history, no one has ever died, though many have been seriously injured.
Fireworks shows dazzled Alaskans across the state and we offer a photo essay that details all of the logistics and planning going into Anchorage's annual display. Bethel, Alaska, may not have gotten a Taco Bell, but Taco Bell got Bethel -- airlifting 10,000 tacos out to Bush Alaska in what's been described as one elaborate commercial op. And check out our features on summer travel -- whether it's down the road to Prince William Sound or out of state in search of America's past, we've got you covered.