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In brief: Both drivers injured in head-on collision

A head-on crash injured two drivers early Saturday morning on Idaho state Highway 41 in Spirit Lake.

The Idaho State Police said Chance C. Merrick, 20, of Oldtown, Idaho, was northbound about 5:10 a.m. when he crossed the centerline into the southbound lane and struck a Ford F-150 driven by Carissa J. Abbott, 28, of Spirit Lake.

Both drivers were injured and taken to Kootenai Medical Center.

Oregon close to legalizing marijuana dispensaries

SALEM – Medical marijuana dispensaries are a signature away from being legal in Oregon.

The state House of Representatives approved a bill Saturday to establish a licensing system for medical marijuana outlets. The bill, which passed 32-27, now goes to Gov. John Kitzhaber to sign.

Current law requires medical marijuana cardholders to grow pot themselves or find someone to grow it for them. The bill would enable cardholders to purchase the drug from state-licensed medicinal pot shops.

Supporters say legalizing dispensaries will make it easier for the state’s nearly 55,000 medical pot users to get their medicine and harder for the black market to get its hands on Oregon weed.

Some opponents argue the bill doesn’t have enough teeth to go after people who abuse the state’s medical marijuana program.

Fire on Lake Chelan shore about 10 percent contained

MANSON, Wash. – Fire officials say a wildfire burning on nearly 3 square miles of mainly grassland on Lake Chelan’s north shore in north-central Washington is about 10 percent contained.

A Level 1 evacuation notice has been issued for residents of two neighborhoods in Manson, Wash., plus the Antilon Lake Campground. That means people who are sensitive to smoke or have special needs should begin to make arrangements to evacuate.

The Forest Service said the 25 Mile fire started Thursday on private property across Lake Chelan from 25-Mile Creek State Park. The fire is burning on both private and Forest Service land.

Officials said more wind and warm temperatures could feed the fire.

The cause is under investigation.

Injured hiker airlifted after night on mountain

GRANITE FALLS, Wash. – A Snohomish County search and rescue team has flown a 22-year-old injured hiker off Mount Pilchuck in a helicopter.

Snohomish County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Brand said the injured man and two companions spent Friday night on the mountain in the snowline at about the 5,100-foot level because weather prevented a helicopter from approaching.

Brand said the injured man was flown off the mountain around 7 a.m. Saturday. His companions were hiking down.

The injured hiker has been taken to Providence Medical Center in Everett for treatment.

The man’s name and hometown were not released.

Anniversary lottery ticket proves lucky for couple

BOISE – A Boise couple working their shifts at a restaurant drive-in on their eight-year wedding anniversary decided to celebrate by walking across the street on their break to buy a $10 Idaho Lottery Scratch ticket.

Tyler Kellogg and his wife, Joyce, won $100,000 with the ticket purchased Thursday, KTVB-TV reported.

The couple said they usually only buy the $5 tickets but decided to double that amount on their anniversary.

Tyler Kellogg said he had returned to cleaning tables at the Big Bun Drive-in when Joyce started yelling they had a winning ticket.



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