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Missing Rose Lake man found

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A 24-year-old Rose Lake, Idaho, man reported missing by his family was found Monday evening.

Suzanne Eder said Tuesday morning that she found her son after receiving a tip.

Jason Lee Eder has been missing for about a week when his mother filed a missing-persons report and asked the media for help finding him. Authorities said the man had no criminal record and his mother described him as “real reliable.”

Suzanne Eder said her son was in a safe place Tuesday, but declined to elaborate on where her son was for the past week.

Sex offender living downtown

A sex offender with a violent criminal history has moved to downtown Spokane, police report.

Clay W. Hines, 66, was convicted of molesting an 11-year-old girl in Pend Oreille County in 1991, said police spokesman Dick Cottam in a press release. In 1962 he was convicted of first-degree murder after he killed a liquor store clerk during a robbery in Los Angeles.

Hines is not wanted by police. However, he is a level 3 sex offender, the label given to those considered most likely to commit other sex crimes.

Hines is 5 feet 11 and 230 pounds with thinning brown hair and hazel eyes.

Today at the Interstate Fair

Here are some highlights of activities at the Spokane County Interstate Fair today.For a full fair schedule, visit www.spokesmanreview.com.

8:30 a.m. Gates open

10 a.m. Exhibit buildings open

Noon Adult horse halter judging, horse arena

1:30 p.m. Antique tractor parade, steam and gas area

2 p.m. Horse riding classes, horse arena

3 p.m. Carnival opens

6 p.m. Bellydancers Unlimited, Community Stage

9 p.m. Hypnotist Mark Yuzuik, North Stage

Overweight elephant gets treadmill

Anchorage, Alaska

A 16,000-pound treadmill specifically built to exercise Maggie the elephant arrived at the Alaska Zoo, but the question remains: Just how do you get a more than 4-ton animal fighting the battle of the bulge to use a treadmill?

Zoo director Tex Edwards is optimistic.

“Every time we’ve undertaken to teach Maggie something new she has always learned it faster than we anticipated,” Edwards said Tuesday. “She seems to enjoy new challenges.”

The 20-foot-long by 8-foot-wide treadmill was built by Conveyor Engineering, an Idaho-based company that designs heavy-duty conveyor systems for mining. Automatic Welding in Anchorage put the treadmill together, believed to be the first one built specifically for an elephant.

“They have built them for race horses and race camels but never for an elephant,” said assistant zoo director Pat Lampi.

The treadmill arrived Monday and was lowered through the roof, which has been removed for a renovation project to double Maggie’s living space.

“It came on a flatbed truck and then they had this huge crane lift it up and swing it over and lower it down into its position,” Lampi said.

The treadmill sits in a well in the elephant house so that it will be flush with the floor. It also is equipped with gates on either end so she can get on and off the treadmill, which is separated from her main living quarters by steel beams.

Zoo officials are eager to get the elephant house renovation completed and Maggie back in her permanent home before the snow flies in October. Since summer, she’s been housed in a temporary shelter of empty truck trailers equipped with two large heaters that are turned on when the temperature dips below 50 degrees.

At last weigh-in in August 2004, Maggie tipped the scales at 9,120 pounds, about 1,000 pounds overweight. But Lampi estimates that under her new diet and health regime – even without the benefit of the treadmill – she’s lost roughly 900 pounds.

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