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Americans spent more than $40 billion on home health care in 2004, up from $12 billion in 1990, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. That increase is attributed to early discharges from hospitals, more awareness of hospice eligibility and a shift from nursing facilities for the elderly to receiving care in their own home.

Higher ground
After four or more years in college, many young employees think they are ready to skip right to the top of the corporate ladder.

A response to ill-informed rants
It's ironic that Sue Schrader (Nov. 30 letter to the editor) was in an airliner at 35,000 feet and not kayaking back to Alaska.

History in context
Lately we've seen a letter claiming comparisons between the current Iraq war and World War II and more than one rebutting it.

Corruption spreads
You can't open a state or national paper these days without reading about the Republican culture of corruption.

Modest proposal: Build a railroad instead
Americans think of Alaska as their own special place. Unspoiled natural beauty, rugged individualism and a jewel of a dream to hopefully experience at least once in a lifetime.

Innocent Iraqis suffer
A John Hopkins University study completed over a year ago estimated the number of civilian casualties in Iraq attributable to the current war to be 100,000, possibly much more.

REACH celebrates the holidays with traditional Christmas display downtown
Lola and Jim Herr came to downtown Juneau Friday for breakfast, and lingered to look in a window at Third and Seward streets and play with the toys.

Photo: Making tracks
Marinke Van Gelder and her husband, David Job, ski through fresh snow in the meadows of the lower loop Sunday at the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Juneau's gas gap
A gap is growing between Juneau gas prices and the national average and Alaskans are wondering when it will close.

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

Driving experiment
A 13-year-old middle school student is working to determine if cell phones are a hazard on the road.

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

Juanita's Coffee delivers fresh blend to connoisseurs
You may have seen the red Subaru with a banner for Juanita's Coffee affixed to its side, or perhaps you've heard rumors of the hand-delivered, high-altitude, shade-grown coffee being roasted somewhere in the wilds of the Mendenhall Peninsula.

Native art shines at Ninth Annual Arts and Crafts Fair
Chilkat blanket weaver Anna Brown Ehlers understands the true meaning of patience.

Photo: Still life with kayak
Kayaks and a bicycle at Alaska Boat & Kayak at the Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay form a winter still life after a dusting of snow on Saturday.

Irene G. Satko
Longtime Juneau resident Irene G. Satko (Hill), 81, died Nov. 30, 2005, at her home in Juneau.

Idabelle Bryson
Longtime Juneau resident Idabelle Bryson, 84, died Nov. 15, 2005, at her home.

Alaska editorial: Governor should tell Alaskans more about gas line investment
Confidentiality is overused in government. It's all too easy to cite some law, some legal point or some privacy issue as reasons not to answer questions and not to fully explain a decision.

Native study hall gives a new meaning to value of education
A t first glance it strikes one as an odd and perhaps misguided way of engaging students: Bribe them into studying.

Lots of natural history going on in wetlands
The premier access to Juneau's wetlands is the dike trail near the airport, but another good route is the lower Fish Creek trail out to the mouth of the creek, starting near the bridge on the North Douglas Highway. There is so much interesting natural history going on out there that it is hard to know where to start the telling.

Skating on thick ice
Marc Scholten skates on Juneau ponds and lakes, whacking at the surface to learn whether it is safe for a game of hockey.

Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

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.

JDHS wrestling takes eighth in Washington
Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling coach Kris Mercer received his wish on Friday and Saturday in Washington state - he got his Crimson Bears some serious competition.

Koko Urata takes 17th in Phase III swim competition
Koko Urata's dream of making the U.S. Junior Synchronized Swimming team came to a halt in Portland, Ore.

Alaska Age Groups Swimming Championships Team Results
from last weekend

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.

GSC takes 3rd at state swim meet
It's an environment that can easily devour an unprepared athlete.

JDHS wrestling results

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Natives question federal eagle law
Some Southeast Alaska Native leaders are raising questions about a federal law that makes picking up eagle feathers a criminal offense.

Aleuts Remember
Mary Bourdukofsky was at home after church on rugged St. Paul Island one Sunday in the summer of 1942, when her agitated husband rushed breathless through the door from his weekly baseball game.

Month marks anniversary of land act
Twenty-five years ago this month, President Jimmy Carter signed an act that placed almost a third of Alaska's land area in federal parks, refuges and the like, laying out a controversial new path for the next-to-newest state.

Alaska Republicans expects no fallout from leaders' missteps
The Reagan legacy of the Teflon Republican is alive and well in Alaska.

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

Military Training
Most weekday mornings about 6:30, Megan, a 13-month-old yellow Labrador retriever reports for nursing rounds at Bassett Army Community Hospital in her battle dress uniform jacket.

Staff reports from around the state/ the Northwest

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