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October 27, 2003



'High Tide'
Bill Fisher pulls his boat out during a very high tide Sunday.
photo by Carl Thompson

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The old Bon Marche building on Mission Street
photo by Dick Kauffman

June Allen Column

'The Elders' of Mission Street, Gone but Not Forgotten

photosKetchikan: Times change, especially lately and especially in the heart of downtown Ketchikan. The Bon Marche store that was a city center landmark since 1913 moved to the Plaza Mall back in 1990 and then closed its doors for good in December 2001. Now the Bon building is facing a bigger change. The Ben Franklin dime store next door to the Bon - and a fixture on Mission Street for 67 years, is closing its doors in just a few days. Both losses are indications of a new era, a new economic base, a new century.

Across Mission Street from the former Bon and dime store sites, the venerable old St. John's Church, the Seamen's Center and the Coliseum Theater still anchor the "historic" Ketchikan. But on the water side of Mission a "new era" will be evident next season when those beloved old businesses become something else, something mostly related to tourism. Changes are painful for oldtimers, but changes are nothing new. - Read the rest of this story...
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Project Ketchikan Volunteers
photo courtesy Gretchen Klein

photosPeople of Ketchikan: Project Ketchikan Kicks Off With "Marine Life" - "Marine Life" was Project Ketchikan's first theme as their effort to beautify Ketchikan kicked off Sunday. The group held its first building art painting activity downtown on Front and Mill from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

The Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) and Northern Sales Corporation supplied the food and refreshments for Project Ketchikan's cookout and Roberta McCreary of the Ketchikan Arts Council and LaToya Gates of Big Brothers Big Sisters promoted the event according to Gretchen Klein.

Klein said, "There are countless others we can not thank enough for their dedication to this project."

Project Ketchikan is sponsored by Historic Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. - View the photo gallery...
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Ketchikan: The top 10 places to buy a second home -Looking for vacation property that's a good investment as well? These communities offer weather, scenery and active real estate markets. - Read more...
MSN Money - Monday - October 27, 2003

Education: More evidence shows that children's brains with dyslexia respond abnormally to language stimuli; Imaging studies yield a potential core marker for reading problems, underscore neurological basis of difficulties - Researchers have additional evidence that reading problems are linked to abnormal sound processing, thanks to high-precision pictures of the brain at work. In a recent study, when children without reading problems tried to distinguish between similar spoken syllables, speech areas in the left brain worked much harder than corresponding areas in the right brain, whose function is still unknown. But when children with dyslexia made the same attempt, those right-brain areas actually worked harder, going into overdrive after a brief delay. These findings appear in the October issue of Neuropsychology, which is published by the American Psychological Association (APA).- Read more...
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Science: Bad Mileage: 98 tons of plants per gallon; Study shows vast amounts of 'buried sunshine' needed to fuel society - A staggering 98 tons of prehistoric, buried plant material - that's 196,000 pounds - is required to produce each gallon of gasoline we burn in our cars, SUVs, trucks and other vehicles, according to a study conducted at the University of Utah.

"Can you imagine loading 40 acres worth of wheat - stalks, roots and all - into the tank of your car or SUV every 20 miles?" asks ecologist Jeff Dukes, whose study will be published in the November issue of the journal Climatic Change. - Read more...
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