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April 11, 1987

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) _ A last-minute rush to correct tide tables that were off because of the early start this year of daylight-saving time led to typos that in some cases were worse than the original errors.

Oregon State University’s extension service in Corvallis publishes the tables, which are used by boaters, anglers and clam diggers.

Clam diggers who relied on the tables Sunday would have been at the beach 12 hours too early. The tables said a low tide was to take place at 12:29 a.m. It was supposed to read 12:29 p.m.

Other errors appeared in the tables for April 11-14 and 20-21, said Don Giles, a marine education specialist at the university’s Mark Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport.

Giles, who is responsible for seeing that 10,000 copies of the tables are printed and distributed annually, said he does not believe the errors will create navigational hazards, but he said they still are embarrassing.

″I have been publishing these for 17 years and this was a real surprise to me,″ he said Thursday. ″We have never had any significant typos before.″

The extension service said it will not redo the tables. Those wanting to know the correct times for the days in error will have to contact the Marine Sciences Center.


CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) - A nature center nearing completion here has been painted what some say is a thoroughly unnatural color - bright pink.

″I have nothing against pink. It’s an attractive color,″ said Councilwoman Gayle McCandliss. ″But is it something we want to see on a nature center? I don’t think so.″

Ms. McCandliss said earthtones or a wood finish would have better suited the location and purpose of the Nature Interpretive Center, which is being built on a flat marsh near the San Diego Bay. It is set to open July 4.

The center has a pink and gray stucco facade, a bright copper roof and interior walls covered with tiles in a green and white checkerboard pattern.

″I guess it’s the ’in thing,‴ said Councilman David Malcolm. ″Everywhere I go I see the yuppie colors of pink and gray. But I don’t think it works in an environmentally sensitive area.″

Paul Desrochers, city community development director, said the color samples that were shown to the city were in quieter shades. ″The panels were not so pink-pink,″ he said.

Tony Cutri, one of the center’s designers, said that the bright pink will fade with exposure to the elements and that it was never his intention to make the building blend into its setting anyway.

″A building is a building, not a tree or a piece of earth,″ he said.

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