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With an aging baby boomer generation, it is no wonder that certain jobs in the health care industry are becoming more popular than ever before. Anyone looking for a career in health care this year should consider working in a field that's showing growth, both in number of employees and opportunity for continued growth. Here's a look at the top health care jobs that will be in demand in both 2006 and in the future.

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Choose a life
I laughed out loud at Sid Heidersdorf's remarks in the recent article announcing the new Planned Parenthood clinic in Juneau. He dismissed Planned Parenthood as not offering anything good to the community and complained that "they just serve as a lightning rod for protests." Well, duh.

Make war on crime, not drugs
We (The People) must be very careful not to continue to create laws that will overburden our court system.

Do something about Samuel Alito
I am thoroughly disappointed in what looks to be a roll-over-and-die noneffort by Democrats to stop the nomination of Samuel Alito.

Marijuana bill encroaches on privacy
Alaskans cherish their right to privacy. Most agree that little governmental intrusion is one of the benefits of living in Alaska.

Thanks, Mr. Snowplow
Alas, winter has finally attacked Juneau. Don't get me wrong. I know that I live in Alaska, so I won't whine about the snow. I'm happy for Eaglecrest. The snow makes things look pretty ... so on and so forth.

Misinformation should stay consistent
After reading recent letters and the latest article in the Juneau Empire about the tailings from the Kensington Mine, I thought I would make one more attempt to correct the misinformation that continues to come from many of those who oppose the current plan to use Lower Slate Lake as a tailings storage facility.

The Prozac downstream
Clean water is important and it is high time we the public put some serious thought to the matter.

Stop killing wolves
The arrogance and disregard for Alaska's wolf population shown by your governor is astounding.

New seat belt law encroaches on rights
Kudos to Robert Hendrickson for his "police state" letter. Although some people feel safer wearing a seat belt, there are many of us who don't.

Alcohol vs. marijuana
Since politics began, lawmakers have repeatedly tried to legislate morality. All attempts have failed. When will they learn?

Photo: Lend a hand
Jeff White teasingly reaches out for his son, Quinn, 9, while the family sleds Sunday at Savikko Park.

The spectacle
The murder of Lauri Waterman sent shockwaves from one small Alaska village around the world.

Panel likely will require that kids who bike wear helmets
Parents of Juneau children caught pedaling bicycles without wearing a helmet may have to pay a $25 fine soon.

Mistrial is denied
Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins ruled against motions for a mistrial and showing sexually explicit photos of the defendant on Saturday in the murder trial of 17-year-old Rachelle Waterman.

Photo: Clearing the decks
Bethan Gilmartin sweeps the deck of the sailboat she lives on Sunday in Douglas Harbor.

Photo: Welcome back
Family friend Gerald Dorsher greets Staff Sgt. Brent Bartlett, the last member of Alaska National Guard's Alpha Co., 3rd Battalion 297th Infantry to return to Juneau, on Friday at Juneau International Airport.

Juneau Assembly to vote on change in process for property-tax appeals
The Juneau Assembly will decide Monday if it is finished hearing appeals of city property tax assessments.

Photo: Art project
Nina Hees, right, and Katrina Buchanan, both 7, work on their weaving project during the Art for Kids Community Art Celebration on Saturday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

The trial
Before Lauri Waterman died violently on a dark, wet November morning in a remote area of Prince of Wales Island, a man who had been smuggling letters to her 16-year-old daughter had one final thing to say to her, a Juneau jury heard Friday.


Guy Hoffman
Haines resident Guy Wesley Hoffman, 57, died Jan. 17 of a heart attack while skiing back from an ice-skating outing at Chilkoot Lake with friends.

B. Sue Roth
Former Juneau resident B. Sue Roth, 68, died Jan. 20 in Phoenix, following a brief illness.

Empire Editorial: Planned Parenthood not just a political statement
A little over a year ago the family-planning agency Planned Parenthood confirmed that it was raising money and planning to open a clinic that provides abortions in Juneau. Last week the group announced that it has met its goals and will open a clinic this fall.

My Turn: Work together to lower Alaska's high fuel costs
Oil at $65 a barrel with forecasts suggesting up to $70 a barrel to come; villages paying up to and over $4 a gallon for gas...

Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Finally, it's winter
Eaglecrest season pass holders breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday when the hill opened. The ski season in Juneau almost became the winter that never was, skiers say.

Geology, wildlife on display at Montana Creek
This trail is long but easy, starting at the bridge at the end of Montana Creek road and going over a divide to Windfall Lake, thence to the Windfall trailhead near the Herbert River. Montana and Windfall creeks lie on the 40-million-year-old Gastineau Fault, which also forms Gastineau Channel. Most of the route runs through familiar spruce-hemlock forest, but a lovely muskeg crowns the low divide between the Montana and Windfall drainages.

Hutchison sweeps JDHS to end Bears' inaugural season
In the last game of the inaugural season for the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team on Saturday, the Crimson Bears came up short on the scoreboard but scored a resounding victory as a first-year program.

JDHS girls split with East Anchorage
East Anchorage put a damper on homecoming by earning a weekend split against the Juneau-Douglas in girls basketball action.

Seahawks are also Alaska's top team
Would you know a Seattle Seahawk if you saw one? I mean it. Is there a man on this Super Bowl team from the North by Northwest whose face you would recognize if he came toward you in a shopping mall? Including that of the MVP of the 2005 NFL season, Shaun Alexander?

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Crimson Bear girls' JV takes two games from East Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball junior varsity team earned a pair of close victories over visiting East Anchorage last weekend.

Sitka wins Southeastwrestling team title
The numbers didn't add up for a repeat Region V wrestling championship for Juneau-Douglas High School.

Crimson Bears extend winning streak to nine
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team extended its winning streak to nine games this weekend.

Fast-ferry decision expected
The Alaska Marine Highway System's experimental winter fast-ferry runs are attracting more passengers than when they began.

Alaska looks for makeover
Icebergia. Seward's Folly. Seward's Icebox. Johnson's Polar Bear Garden. The lampooning nicknames flowed when the United States bought Alaska from the Russians in 1867 for around 2 cents per acre.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Kake fisherman curates for Museum of the American Indian
Longtime Kake fisherman Clarence Jackson, 71, has served on the board of Sealaska Heritage Institute for almost 20 years and is a respected elder and oral historian.

3 legislators expect more than just bills
The stork is coming to the legislature. Three lawmakers are pregnant this session, with one due only weeks away.

Interior residents hunker down during cold snap
Earl Cadzow says there is a palpable difference between 50 degrees below zero and 60 below.

Mount Augustine volcano erupts, blows ash 100 miles
Alaska's Augustine Volcano erupted again Saturday morning following several other blowups through the night that rained specks of ash more than 100 miles away.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

Exxon demands court reduce $5 billion award
Exxon Mobil Corp. urged a federal appeals court Friday to erase the $5 billion in damages an Alaska jury ordered the oil giant to pay for the 1989 Valdez oil spill.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Bones raise dispute between museum, Alaska Natives
Inupiats in Barrow want the Smithsonian Institution to return dozens of human skeletal remains unearthed in northern Alaska.

Fuel costs drive Alaskans to cut their own firewood
Cutting your own firewood is once again fashionable in Interior Alaska, where residents are firing up their chain saws in hopes of slashing home heating bills this winter.

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