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Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

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Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho's food pantries have a crucial need for more milk, and the Great American Milk Drive wants to make it easy to donate a gallon with the click of a mouse.

October is Idaho Hunger and Food Security Awareness Month, and United Dairymen of Idaho is encouraging people across the state to participate by making a $5 contribution for milk to their local food bank.

You can visit www.MilkLife.com/give and enter your zip code to ensure milk is delivered from the farm to a food bank in your community. You can also test “MILK” from your cell phone to 84465 to add a $5 donation to your phone bill.

According to Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated.

Free admission Oct. 25 at Museum of North Idaho

Free admission Oct. 25 at Museum of North Idaho

Saturday October 25 will be the end of the season free admission day at the Museum of North Idaho from 11 am to 5 pm. This will be one of the last days to see the feature exhibit Power to the Farm which explores how Kootenai Electric Cooperative (KEC) brought electricity to North Idaho’s rural areas beginning in 1939 and the impact it had on everyday lives. The exhibit, made possible by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council and assistance from Kootenai Electric Cooperative, will run through October 31st.

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Looking for a special way to celebrate Halloween with your Ghosts and Ghouls? IHOP wants to help kick off the festivities with a free Scary Face pancake for all kids 12 and under on October 31.

From 7 am to 10 pm, each child can receive one of IHOP's buttermilk pancakes decorated with a whipped topping smiles and eyes and a strawberry nose. Then kids can use a kit of delicious toppings – eight pieces of candy corn and two mini Oreos – to finish decorating the face however they choose.

If you can't make it on Halloween, don't worry too much – the Scary Face pancake is available as a regular menu item all month long.

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FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging participation in a national earthquake drill this Thursday, October 16.

FEMA says over 40 states are at risk of earthquakes, but surveys report fewer than one-third of adults have participated in a drill in the last year. That's why they're spreading the word about this year's Great ShakeOut.

“Past practice and previous participation in a drill can make all the difference in an emergency,” FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said. “Everyone should know how to drop to the ground, cover themselves under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on to it until the shaking stops. It needs to happen with enough regularity that it becomes second nature during an actual earthquake.

At 10:16 am local time, participants should do the following:

Only you can help stop the zombie apocalypse

This year the Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser used an experimental fertilizer on the corn and during the off season there was a zombie outbreak. Now its up to you to stop the zombie apocalypse.

Luckily, there is room for more than thirty on the newest attraction at the corn maze, the zombie slayer bus.

The bus gets rolling around dusk, when the zombies are most active, and the leader of the fight against the army of the undead is Zach Barret, president of the Spokane Zombie Squad, a guy you want in your corner when dealing with a situation like this.

?What we have found is that it is a bacterial infection and it's infecting the lungs and not the brain so we have had to change our tact a little bit. We have got the antidote loaded into this gun and we are ready to take them on,? Barret said.

With guns ? actually paintball markers ? loaded with paintballs filled with 'antidote' it's time to rid North Idaho of the zombie menace. The fight's on, the living pitted against the undead and, after a few hundred rounds, the zombie slayers won the day.

Memorial stones on sale for new Veterans plaza

Memorial stones on sale for new Veterans plaza

Just in time for Veteran's Day, the town of Hayden, Idaho is installing a lasting memorial to loved ones who have served in the armed forces.

Whether they are deceased, living, missing in action of under prisoner of war status, you can purchast a commemorative 12x12 paver brick to have engraved with their name and installed in the city's new PFC Robert J. Gordon Veterans' Memorial Plaza.

The bricks cost $100 each. To qualify, the veteran must have been discharged under honorable conditions in the United States Armed Forces. A DD-214 or other qualifying identification of honorable service will be required.

You do not have to live in Hayden to purchase a brick, but you must purchase it by next Friday, October 17 to guarantee installation by Veterans' Day.

For more information you can call the Hayden Community Services Department at (208) 209-1080.