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In brief: Wildlife-watching cruise features biologists, osprey

Tue., July 9, 2013

A boatload of people will get a close-up view of wildlife biologists capturing and banding young osprey during a wildlife-watching boat cruise, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Osprey experts will give presentations as the cruise boat parallels the smaller boat carrying biologists and the bird banding crew to several of the many nests around the lake.

The cruise is open to a limited number of viewers. Tickets – $15 and no more than $30 per family – are available through the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, (208) 415-0110.

McLagan concert canceled

Thursday’s Ian McLagan concert has been canceled due to low ticket sales.

McLagan, a former keyboardist for Faces and Small Faces, was to perform a solo show at Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill in Spokane.

Refunds will be available at the Spokane Arena box office starting today. Credit card sales will be automatically refunded, according to the concert promoter.

Inmates facing more charges

NEWPORT, Wash. – Ten inmates in the Pend Oreille County Jail face additional charges related to a riot Sunday.

One inmate allegedly assaulted a jail corrections officer, another intimidated a witness, there were two inmate-on-inmate assaults and two jail cells were flooded during the riot, according to a news release from Sheriff Alan Botzheim. One of the flooded cells caused water damage in an adjoining courtroom, the release said.

The jail was locked down for several hours after the event, the release said. No serious injuries were reported.

No bail for stabbing suspect

EVERETT– A judge in Everett has ordered a no-bail hold for a man charged with murder in the death of a Lake Stevens, Wash., woman who was stabbed two dozen times.

Everett District Judge Roger Fisher said Monday that Anthony Garver, 25, belongs behind bars because evidence suggests he poses both a flight risk and a threat to community safety.

The Daily Herald of Everett reported the judge said he found the defendant “scary, to say the least.”

Garver was released from federal prison in February after serving time for threatening to blow up a government building in Spokane.

The body of 20-year-old Phillipa Evans-Lopez was found June 17.

Girl dies after being hit by train

KEIZER, Ore. – Marion County sheriff’s officers said a 17-year-old girl is dead after she was hit by an Amtrak train north of Salem.

KATU-TV reported the train was bound from Portland to Klamath Falls on Monday afternoon when the crew spotted the young woman on the tracks.

Deputies said the engineer sounded the train whistle and rang emergency bells.

The victim was not immediately identified.

Civilian furloughs start at base

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Furloughs for civilian employees are scheduled to begin this week at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

More than 10,000 workers will have one unpaid day off each week for 11 weeks through September because of reductions in federal spending.

The News Tribune in Tacoma reported the furloughs will reduce services such as housing, counseling and academic courses. Troops also may experience delays in transportation, receiving ammunition or equipment maintenance.

Pair helps swimming deer

GIG HARBOR, Wash. – A Kent, Wash., man out on a Fourth of July fishing trip with a friend was amazed to come upon a young deer swimming about 2 1/2 miles from shore in the Tacoma Narrows.

While the deer was swimming strongly, Brett Thompson told KOMO-TV that he was concerned the deer was caught in a strong tide that threatened to sweep it farther out to sea.

Thompson said he and his friend used their boat to slowly herd the animal to the closest shore. They had ropes ready in the boat so they could snare the deer if it started to go under.

Thompson said the plan worked. After about 45 minutes, the little deer reached the beach.


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