Eagle permits could help developers
Fifty thousand bald eagles - plenty of them at the Juneau landfill - prove that the national bird isn't endangered in Alaska and never has been.

Primary features new polling places
Juneau voters will be faced with several new polling places Tuesday, when they vote in the statewide primary election.

Photo: Off and running
Election signage lines a vacant lot as a runner passes by Sunday in the Vintage Business Park. Tuesday's primary elections will have voters selecting presidential, U.S. House and Senate, Alaska House candidates and four ballot measures.

Life-sized bronze whale sculpture gets funding
Proponents of a life-sized bronze whale sculpture planned for Marine Park downtown won a victory Monday night as the Juneau Assembly approved $500,000 in sales tax revenue to start the project.

Photo: Close encounter
Two tourists follow a young black bear Sunday as it crosses the road at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Offer to accused drug dealer withdrawn
The lawyer of alleged drug smuggling ringleader Aaron Washington said in court Monday that his client was ready to take a state's deal and plead guilty to drug dealing charges.

Assembly puts playground on ballot
Voters in October will be asked whether they want to fund part of a new covered play area at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, the Juneau Assembly decided Monday.

Photos: Preparing for the primary
Reliable Transfer employees Matthew Austin, left, and Ray Rice set up the Mendenhall Valley No. 1 polling place Monday in the Mendenhall Mall. Below, Stella Barton casts her absentee ballot for the primary election at the Mendenhall Mall. The primary will be held today.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Ralph Swap's letter on Aug. 21 incorrectly spelled his last name.

My turn: Consider the Russian side of conflict
Russia is not being given fair treatment over the Georgian/Ossetian problems in the Caucuses. The press is not to blame. It goes deeper than that. There are very serious problems with the West.

Nation is watching the Obama show
This editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Outside editorial: The right age for drinking isn't 18
College officials who have signed on to the provocative proposition that the legal drinking age of 21 isn't working say that they just want to start a debate. Perhaps when they get done with that, they can move on to whether Earth really orbits the sun. Any suggestion that the current drinking age hasn't saved lives runs counter to the facts.

Is this the age of autocrats?
Are we entering the age of the autocrat? It's certainly tempting to think so after watching Russia's recent clobbering of Georgia. That invasion clearly marks a new phase in world politics, but it's a mistake to think that the future belongs to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and his fellow despots.

Regime change needed at school district
When folks talk about economic development in Juneau they rarely mention the quality of Juneau's schools. That's a mistake.

Biden's toughest opponent: himself
In selecting Sen. Joseph Biden as his running mate, Barack Obama gains some needed foreign policy expertise, but loses some credibility. If Washington is as bad as these two say it is, was Biden a contributor or an enabler during his six Senate terms? If 36 years in the Senate doesn't make you an "insider" and part of the problem, what does?

Forest Service will close 95 road miles
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service will cut its maintenance costs by closing 95 miles of roads in remote areas.

Governor signs energy relief bill
JUNEAU - Most Alaskans will soon be $1,200 richer.

Dairy plant receives $1.5 million bid
ANCHORAGE - The Matanuska Maid dairy in Anchorage will likely be turned into a heated self-storage facility now that the state has received a minimum bid for the plant.

Cab driver finds body in parking lot
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage cab driver found the body of a man in the parking lot of a midtown Anchorage apartment complex, and police are considering the death a homicide.

Troopers say body found in Tanana River
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers say the body of a man has been found in the Tanana River.

Eaglecrest Ski Area launches survey
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest Ski Area posted an online survey Monday to gather information from Juneau residents on their use of the ski area.

Police pull body from Anchorage creek
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in Chester Creek.

Man faces trial for attempted murder
KENAI - A Kasilof man charged with trying to kill his wife is due to stand trial.

Kenai Peninsula looks at sports dome
KENAI - A group on the Kenai Peninsula is investigating how to build a sports dome.

KFC-Taco Bell combo opens in Kodiak
KODIAK - Residents of Kodiak are standing in line for popcorn chicken and double-decker tacos, courtesy of two new fast food options in town.

4.3 earthquake hits Alaska Peninsula
ANCHORAGE - Scientists say a light earthquake rumbled through the Alaska Peninsula.

Down and dirty
Event Results

Juneau's winning streak ends at 13
Idaho won the battle of the defending state champions Saturday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park, knocking off the Crimson Bears 27-7 and ending Juneau's 13-game winning streak.

30 Juneau golfers compete in first Gustavus tourney
Juneau golf enthusiasts did their part for charity Saturday by participating in the Healing Hands Foundation Inaugural Golf Tournament at Mt. Fairweather Golf Course in Gustavus.

New Frontier
BARROW - Rapidly melting ice on Alaska's Arctic is opening up a new navigable ocean in the extreme north, allowing oil tankers, fishing vessels and even cruise ships to venture into a realm once trolled mostly by indigenous hunters.

New limits fail to reduce time spent in session
In the first year in which voters mandated 90-day legislative sessions, the Alaska Legislature has already met for 150 days.

U.S. Mint circulates new Alaska quarters
ANCHORAGE - Alaska commemorative quarters featuring a grizzly bear with a salmon in its jaws were put into circulation Monday by the U.S. Mint.

Low temperatures, rain limit Alaska honey production
ANCHORAGE - In Josetta Cranston's Anchorage backyard, thousands of honeybees labored all summer building zillions of waxy hexagons inside their wooden hives. They nurtured young. They hunted nectar. They loaded their legs with pollen grains.

BP official says Alaska pipeline fixes on target
HOUSTON - BP is on target to finish replacing and fixing miles of pipeline on Alaska's North Slope, about two years after corrosion-induced leaks crimped the nation's oil supply and prompted harsh criticism of the company, the chief of the oil giant's American division said Monday.

Village mulls buffalo cooperative
FAIRBANKS - An Interior village leader looking for ways to supplement fish and game harvests says buffalo may be an alternative.

State Fair volunteer struggles after fall
ANCHORAGE - A Palmer man with a long history of volunteering at the Alaska State Fair is struggling to recover from an injury suffered while replacing poles used in the fair's lumberjack show.

Sen. Stevens: Prosecutors out to smear my name
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Stevens accused the Justice Department of trying to smear his character Monday as he prepared to defend his seat in a crowded Republican primary election.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Photo: Whale carcass discovered in Kodiak
A dead humpback whale lies Aug. 19 on the beach at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park in Kodiak. The 30-foot, 2-year-old whale was discovered Aug. 14 and has probably been dead for about four weeks, district park ranger Kevin Murphy said.

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