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In brief: Motorcyclist injured in head-on collision

Sun., May 22, 2011

A motorcyclist was hospitalized Saturday after sustaining injuries in a crash on Highway 97 just south of Interstate 90 in Idaho.

Nicholas Putnam, 21, of Spokane, was taken to Kootenai Medical Center and later transferred to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane after crashing his Suzuki motorcycle about 2:04 p.m.

Hospital officials said they did not have any information on his condition.

Putnam was northbound when he crossed the centerline while negotiating a blind right curve. Nancy Boris, 69, of Harrison, was southbound in a BMW Z3 on the same curve. Putnam, who was wearing a helmet, tried to return to his own lane but lost control and hit Boris head-on. Boris was uninjured.

Chelsea Bannach

Fairchild copter crew rescues injured man

A helicopter crew from the 36th Rescue Flight at Fairchild Air Force Base on Saturday rescued a man involved in a rollover ATV accident near Mullan, Idaho.

The man, whose name and age were not released, was in a remote area, said Tech. Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski, a Fairchild public affairs officer.

“He was in a place where there were no roads,” Buzanowski said. “No one on the ground was going to be able to get to him.”

Fairchild’s rescue helicopter is equipped with a hoist, allowing the crew to lift the injured man aboard. He then was transported to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Buzanowski said the Fairchild crew got the call about 2 p.m. and retrieved the injured man about 4:30 p.m.

Carolyn Lamberson

City Council to decide on property tax vote

The Spokane City Council on Monday will decide if it will ask voters to approve a property tax increase to help balance the city’s budget next year.

At a meeting last week, there appeared to be little to no support on the council for the tax proposal, and council members Nancy McLaughlin and Steve Corker argued that it should be pulled from the agenda. But other council members said they preferred to hold Monday’s hearing to listen to the public before deciding.

City administrators say there’s a $6.6 million deficit that must be dealt with to balance the 2012 budget. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said earlier this month that she opposes asking voters for the higher property tax and prefers raising hotel taxes, diverting money from red light cameras and other measures to balance the budget.

Staff reports


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