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Briefs November 12, 2010

| November 12, 2010 8:00 PM

Turkey Trot to

continue tradition

ENAVILLE - The annual Turkey Trot at the Snake Pit is scheduled at 8:30 Thanksgiving morning.

Started in 1978, the fun run is more about camaraderie, family and friends than it is about racing and competing for first place. Participants can walk or run some or all of the five-mile course on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes.

There is no official starting or finish line, and don't expect any medals or ribbons, either.

Last year, about 100 kids, parents and grandparents joined the event that continues to have a strong following with locals looking for a holiday dash.

Those planning to join the fun are asked to bring $2 to help cover the cost of cinnamon rolls, hot chocolate and orange juice that's provided to everyone. Turkey Trotters are also encouraged to bring a small item that will be given away in a prize drawing when the running is done.

Information: 682-3453

Scouts set to collect food on Saturday

HAYDEN -Scouts from across the Inland Northwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America are gearing up to participate in the upcoming Scouting for Food Drive with a goal to collect 210,000 pounds of food to support community food banks throughout the Inland Northwest.

This annual "Good Turn for America" event has been a vital food drive for area food banks gearing up for the holiday season.

On Saturday, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Scouts will walk door to door collecting donations of non-perishable food items.

Information: 772-2455

Post Falls boat ramp to close

POST FALLS - 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 Hydroelectric Development, is typically closed each year in mid-November due to weather conditions and dropping water levels.

The boat launch must remain closed for safety reasons whenever water is spilled through gates at the Post Falls Dam, which can be the case for much of the fall through spring. Generally, the ramp re-opens in the late spring or early summer, depending on the amount of inflows into Lake Coeur d'Alene.

As a result of Avista's annual drawdown of Lake Coeur d'Alene, Spokane River levels above the dam will be about 3 feet below the summer full-pool elevation of 2,128 feet on Nov. 15. Water levels may drop by as much as five additional feet by the end of January. These water levels are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Avista has a 24-hour telephone information line that provides notification of anticipated elevation changes on Lake Coeur d'Alene, Lake Spokane and the Spokane River during the subsequent 24-hour and one-week periods. In Idaho, call (208) 769-1357; in Washington call (509) 495-8043.

Free cruise for

military members

COEUR d'ALENE - A free eagle watching cruise for current and former military men and women is set for 1-3 p.m. Nov. 27.

The two-hour cruise will be on the Mish-a-Nock, which has a warm lower deck with large windows for viewing bald eagles in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene.

The cruise is sponsored by the United States Bureau of Land Management and the Lake Coeur d'Alene Cruise Company.

To reserve a seat, call Beth Paragamian, Wildlife Education Resources, 769-1414 or e-mail her, beth.paragamian@idfg.idaho.gov.

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