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THURSDAY, AUG. 10, 2006, 5:17 P.M.

Gozzer Ranch Hands Behaving Badly — Episode 6

Item: At 6:45 p.m. Sunday, KCSO marine deputies and other rescuers received a report of an injury boat accident at Squaw Bay:

"The initial investigation revealed that two teenage employees of Gozzer Ranch were riding different personal watercraft in the area when they collided with each other. One of the PWCs, a 2006 SeaDoo, was being operated by Jessica Walker, 18, of Smelterville. She was sitting on her PWC stationary in the water. The second operator, a 17-year-old male juvenile, was also stationary a short distance away. The male accelerated his 2005 SeaDoo toward the other PWC, but didn't realize he was as close. He turned left to avoid a collision but instead struck the port side (left) of the stationary PWC with the bow of his PWC. The striking PWC impacted the stationary PWC at an angle causing it to partially ramp over. There was one additional PWC in the area but was not involved in the collision. Alcohol was not involved in this collision. Walker was transported to Kootenai Medical Center via ambulance where she received treatment for injuries caused during the collision. The male juvenile was uninjured.

DFO: Be careful out there -- particularly when a Gozzer Ranch Hand is behind the wheel of anything.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.