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In brief: Officials identify driver killed in three-car crash

Authorities have released the name of the driver killed in a three-car crash near Clayton, Wash., on Friday.

David Robison, 56, of Spokane, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 5:20 p.m. crash.

He was westbound on Williams Valley Road in a Chevrolet Cavalier and stopped at the intersection with Highway 395, according to the Washington State Patrol. He then entered the highway, and was struck in the southbound lane by Andrea K. Hansen, 40, of Chewelah, Wash., who was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe.

The impact drove Hansen’s vehicle into the path of a third vehicle, a Ford F250 pickup driven by a 17-year-old Deer Park boy, and they collided in the northbound lane. The boy was injured and taken to Providence Holy Family Hospital.

Hansen and one of her passengers, a 15-year-old girl, also were taken to Holy Family. Hansen’s third passenger, another 15-year-old girl, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Authorities say alcohol was not a factor and all involved were wearing seat belts.

Eagle watch cruise planned for vets, active-duty, families

Veterans, active military members and their immediate families will be treated to a special eagle watch cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene on Nov. 26.

Seating is limited to 160 and reservations are required. Reservations will be taken by voice mail through Nov. 21 at (208) 769-5043. Callers should leave a contact name, phone number and the number of people in the party. The cruise is sponsored in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Each year, migrating eagles visit the Coeur d’Alene area to take advantage of the kokanee spawning season.  Last winter a record 254 eagles were counted near Wolf Lodge Bay.

 The cruise boat will begin boarding at the Coeur d’Alene Resort dock at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 26; departure for the two-hour cruise is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Oregon airports to get latest security technology

PORTLAND – The Transportation Security Administration says it’s bringing the latest generation of airport security technology to Oregon airports.

The new body scanning machines at security checkpoints are designed to avoid some of the more controversial aspects of airport security screenings. They do not produce an outline of the body, but rather look for anomalies of something attached outside the body or hidden in clothing.

The TSA’s federal security director for Oregon, Mike Irwin, told The Oregonian the machines can reduce pat-down searches because they aren’t triggered by artificial joints, unlike metal detectors.

Three Advanced Imaging Technology devices are now in use at Portland International Airport, and officials expect to have them running at all of the airport’s security checkpoints by the holiday travel rush.

Q’emiln Park boat launch ramp closing for season

The Q’emiln Park boat launch ramp on the Spokane River in Post Falls will be closed for the season beginning Monday.

The ramp, located upstream of Avista’s Post Falls Dam, typically closes in mid-November due to weather conditions and dropping water levels.

The ramp typically reopens in the late spring or early summer, depending on the amount of inflows into Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Another ex-U.S. prosecutor backs legalizing marijuana

SEATTLE – A second former top federal prosecutor in Seattle has endorsed an effort to legalize and tax marijuana for recreational use in Washington state.

Kate Pflaumer served as U.S. attorney during President Bill Clinton’s administration. In a guest editorial in the Seattle Times on Saturday, she and two former judges endorsed a plan being pushed by a group called New Approach Washington. It calls for legalizing up to an ounce of marijuana, which would be sold and taxed at special stores.

John McKay, who was U.S. attorney during the administration of President George W. Bush, is a sponsor of the initiative. Advocates need to collect 241,000 signatures by the end of the year to send the measure to the Legislature, which can pass it outright or refer it to a statewide vote in November 2012.

Pflaumer, former King County Judge Robert Alsdorf and Seattle Judge Anne Levinson say treating adult marijuana users as criminals is an inappropriate use of government resources.

Small earthquake recorded, but no damage seen

LEWISTON – Officials in Clearwater County say an earthquake recorded in the city of Orofino was too small to cause any noticeable damage to the town and surrounding area.

Clearwater County Emergency Management Officer Don Gardner said a quake measuring 2.6 was felt in the region Friday morning. He said it was centered about three miles southwest of the city center and about eight miles underground.

Federal, state and local authorities say preliminary inspections found no signs of damage from the quake. The inspections included Dworshak Dam upstream on the Clearwater River.

The last time an earthquake was recorded in Clearwater County was in 1981 near the town of Weippe.