Monday, December 29, 2003

NOW PLAYING: Paycheck
We've all been in this situation, haven't we? You are trapped down on the subway tracks with a train bearing down fast. You've just escaped from an evil corporation for whom you've spent the last three years developing an awesome machine, and now they want you dead. If only you had a paperclip. This, and innumerable other everyday conundrums are solved in the promising, yet wholly unbelievable sci-fi failure, Paycheck.

Many made difference by donating blood
The month of October was great for the Blood Bank of Alaska-Kenai Peninsula Center thanks to our community and the people who took the time to make a difference.

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.

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.

Snow removal can be bad for your health
Shoveling snow is an unpleasant, albeit routine part of winter. However, despite how mundane this task may seem, it is not without hidden dangers.

White stuff equals green stuff
After last year's mild winter and sparse snowfall, outdoor enthusiasts are reveling in this year's heavy accumulations of the white stuff, but they're not the only ones.

Downed trees create area power outages
Crews from Homer Electric Association scrambled to restore power to a number of Kasilof residents Sunday, after heavy snow caused trees to fall into HEA power lines.

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

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.

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

Who will pay for buybacks? What peninsula priority will be sacrificed?
The rhetoric about shallow gas drilling in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the Kenai Peninsula Borough has escalated to the point where some background information for rational discussion of the issue is required. I'm especially concerned about four areas: history, public notice, local planing and state interests vs. private interests.

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.

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.

Schwarzennegger's financial fixes better than doing nothing What others say
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger offered a ''public safety emergency'' on Dec. 18 as his answer to how he plans to make up for revenue local governments have lost as a result of the reduction in vehicle license fees.

Top 10 reasons gas line should be state priority
Many Alaskans believe natural gas development is a key component of the state's future. Here are 10 reasons to make the gas line a priority.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Peninsula People
Keller earns ROTC scholarship

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.

Community News
Gardeners lecture series to begin Youth mediation seeking volunteers Annual reading carnival seeks vendors KPBSD scholarship opportunities

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

Around the Peninsula
Challenger Center plans holiday activities Pratt Museum to close for maintenance Swim club seeks members Grant writing workshop set Kennel club offering dog classes

Club News
SPCA raffle winners announced

Births
Sophia Miel Gardner Hayden James Hanson

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Connecticut soars against Ball State
HARTFORD, Conn. Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon each scored 25 points, and top-ranked Connecticut defeated Ball State 101-62 on Sunday.

Hossa's phantom goal helps Ottawa
OTTAWA Marian Hossa managed to score despite failing to get a shot on an empty-net breakaway.

Three Panthers place in Reno
The Skyview Panthers wrestling team gave their head coach Neldon Gardner quite the Christmas present this year.

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

Kenai's Knudsen an All-American
Former Kenai Central cross country runner Kristi Knudsen earned All-American honors earlier this year, placing 25th at the NAIA National Cross Country Meet in Louisville, Ky.

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.

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

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.

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.

Cards deal Pack into playoffs
TEMPE, Ariz. Arizona knocked the Minnesota Vikings out of the playoffs Sunday with a fourth-down miracle that put Green Bay in.

Cavs fight off Blazers
CLEVELAND LeBron James scored 32 points, including 12 in a 14-2 spurt that closed the game.

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