Sunday, December 28, 2003

Co-workers, friends say Watson worthy of high praise
Kenai Patrol Officer John Watson died trying to do what he did best: looking out for others.

Suspect jailed after shooting of Kenai patrolman
The peace and quiet of a cold Christmas night in Kenai was shattered at around 8:18 p.m. Friday, when an 18-year veteran of the Kenai Police Department was fatally shot down after a confrontation with a Kenai fishing guide turned deadly.

Ron Swanson
Kasilof resident Ron Swanson died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Ore. He was 58.

Loretta L. Siegale
North Kenai resident Loretta L. Siegale died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 65.

Louise McGarry
Kasilof resident Louise McGarry died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, at her home. She was 86.

John Patrick Watson
Kenai Police Officer John Patrick Watson died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, in the line of duty. He was 43.

Alaska officers killed in line of duty
With his death Christmas night, Kenai Police Officer John Patrick Watson became the 40th Alaska law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty since statehood.

Remembering Officer Watson
Police officers know their job is inherently risky. Any call, even a seemingly benign one for a "welfare check," could prove to be dangerous. Officers, however, are well trained for the dangers and risks.

You're married to a musher when...
Recently I was in the express lane at the grocery store, and reached into my jacket pocket to pull out some spare change, when out pops a wad of dog booties.

Couples try fast romance on Quick Date night
FAIRBANKS Love at first sight may be rare, but 44 people took three minutes to do some wishful thinking about just that in a dimly lit ballroom on a Thursday night.

Jones, Jenckes marry in Florida
Cynthia A. Jones and James R. Jenckes II were married Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after becoming engaged July 26, 2003. Pastor Noel Morris officiated.

Around the Peninsula
Habitat for Humanity accepting applicationsGardeners lecture series to beginFish and Game committee to meetFrontier board meeting slated

Town 'sold' last year on eBay back on the block
SAN FRANCISCO A year after the rural town of Bridgeville was apparently snapped up in a frenzied online auction for nearly $2 million, the town is up for bid again this time at half the price.

Collinses celebrate 50th anniversary
Former Kenai area residents Eugene R. and Florence E. (Davis) Collins celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003.

Pilot who made crash-landing now trying to save daughter
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) More than a decade ago, Capt. Al Haynes saved 185 lives when he crash-landed a DC-10 in Sioux City, Iowa, after its center engine exploded.

Astronomy event planned in Kenai today
I must reiterate what I wrote in last month's column: Enjoy the beautiful winter sky of Orion, Taurus, Gemini, Auriga with Betelgeuse, Rigel, the Orion nebula, Aldebaran, the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters, Capella, Castor and Pollux Procyon, Sirius, all above the southern horizon.

Disheartening diagnosis
When some people hear the word "wheezer" the teenage rock band may come to mind, but for a few unfortunate dog owners the word means something entirely different laryngeal paralysis.

Now popular as pets, GloFish created to detect water pollution
PITTSBURG, Kan. They are at the forefront of a coming revolution in genetic science, creations that were once limited to the fantasies of science fiction writers.

My best friend
Holly Lynn Heazlett of Nikiski thinks her horse, Elvis, is king.

Late points from Wallace save Pistons
ATLANTA Ben Wallace made two late free throws his first points of the game and had a block on the next possession, helping the Detroit Pistons beat the Atlanta Hawks 87-84 Saturday night.

Good year for peninsula athletes
The following is a look back at happenings in the sports world of the Kenai Peninsula in 2003:

Islanders snap Maple Leafs streak
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Mark Parrish scored the game-winning goal for the second straight night, lifting the New York Islanders to a 3-1 victory that snapped the Toronto Maple Leafs' point streak at 16 games Saturday.

Rolling: Virginia beats Pittsburgh in Tire Bowl
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Matt Schaub capped his career as Virginia's most prolific quarterback by taking a knee on his second consecutive Continental Tire Bowl victory.

Ivan Calderon killed in Puerto Rico
LOIZA, Puerto Rico (AP) Former major league baseball player Ivan Calderon was shot to death Saturday. He was 41.

Alumni games leave reporter feeling nostalgic
I can't tell you who won any of the alumni games played over the weekend, for a couple reasons.

Sports Briefs
Hakkinen places 14th at World CupTeam Alaska tryouts scheduledSteinbrenner faints, alert when taken to hospital

Patriots shut out Bills, earn top seed in AFC
FOXBORO, Mass. Tom Brady needed just one outstanding half to assure the New England Patriots of home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

No. 20 Louisville upsets No. 2 Kentucky, 65-56
LEXINGTON, Ky. Otis George had 13 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 20 Louisville to a 65-56 victory over No. 2 Kentucky on Saturday, snapping the Wildcats' 27-game regular-season winning streak.

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