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Bruce Oliver Brink, 79, died April 18, 2014, at Life Care Center in Mt. Vernon, Wash.
Florence Elizabeth Prose, 90, died on April 14, 2014, in Ketchikan.
Charles Jasper Solomon, 94, died April 10, 2014, in Ketchikan.
Janette Edna Powers, 85, died April 15, 2014 at St. Josephs Hospital, Bellingham, Wash., after a short illness.
Mark Edward Cooley, 55, died April 9, 2014, with his family by his side at their home in Des Moines, Wash. He was born in Portland, Ore., on April 10, 1958. He grew up in Butteville, Ore., on the Willamette River, and graduated from North Marion High School.
Esther Rita Brown, 53, died on April 10, 2014, at her home in Ketchikan.
5/13/2013
It's our year

It seemed a crazy notion last year that Ketchikan might be able to top the Guinness World Record for number of participants in a rain boot race — although, come to think of it, what other community is better equipped, rain boot-wise, than this one?

And we almost did it! We had a whopping 1,008 people donning their XtraTufs, but needed 1,367 to break the record set in the United Kingdom in 2009.

This year, we’re serious: We can do it. The new library is the staging area for the race, with people getting ready beginning at 2 p.m. for the race which is slated to start at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon.

Racers will go along the Third Avenue Bypass to the parking lot at Third and Washington streets.

It’s easy to be part of the action: Get a registration form — you can pick one up at The Plaza mall — and fill it out, using your legal name (otherwise your participation won’t count). Then show up, rain-boot shod (any brand is OK), turn in your registration, and run. Your speed doesn’t matter; you can walk if you like. It’s the numbers that count.

If ever there were a contest that screamed “Ketchikan,” this is it. Let’s beat that record in 2013.