• Winner: Park City Police Chief Lloyd Evans has deftly handled the community's transition from a sleepy mining town to a ski and cultural mecca. After 30 years with the town's police department — and police chief since 1997 — Evans is retiring. Some of the highlights of Evans' career include heading up security for the town for the 2002 Winter Games and watching the evolution of the Sundance Film Festival. Most of the time, though, policing in Park City involves garden-variety calls, which suited the easy-going Evans quite well. In fact, there have been only two homicides in Park City during his career — an enviable statistic, indeed.

• Loser/Winner: There was nothing partisan about the outpouring of concern for Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor this week. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, for instance, is a close associate of Kennedy's. Upon hearing Kennedy's diagnosis, Hatch, through tears, spoke of the political odd couple's deep mutual respect. Close associates say Kennedy has been asking about his pending bills in Congress and wants to get back to work.

Kennedy is one of the most gifted dealmakers in the Senate and frequently reaches across the political aisle to work with conservative lawmakers.

• Loser: There was violent retaliation after a U.S. sniper in Iraq used a Quran for target practice. That was hardly a surprise. It boggles the mind, though, that some U.S. service members have yet to develop sensitivity about Muslim beliefs and customs. President Bush apologized to Iraq's prime minister after several U.S. military officials attempted to soothe rage over the incident. Meanwhile, the military has disciplined the sniper and removed him from Iraq.

• Winner: Hats off to Utah's sentinel chickens. These civic-minded cluckers have been strategically placed about the state to help detect West Nile virus, which can be deadly to the young, old and frail. Each week, blood is drawn from the chickens each week as part of the surveillance effort. West Nile virus complications claimed one Salt Lake resident in 2007. Hopefully, the efforts of Utah's sentinel chickens - and human's use of repellent and avoiding outdoor activities at dusk and dawn - will cut that number to zero in 2008.