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In brief: Driver allegedly admits drinking

Wed., Nov. 13, 2013

A Spokane Valley man charged with vehicular assault allegedly admitted to drinking two bloody marys and five beers before getting into a car accident that left his 8-year-old son with serious injuries, court documents say.

Curtis Cooley, 47, struck an oncoming car Saturday eastbound on state Route 904 while he attempted to pass a bus in a no-passing zone, according to the documents. His 8-year-old son was in the back seat and was rushed into surgery to repair a tear in his intestines.

Cooley told the Washington State Patrol that he’d been drinking at a tailgate before Eastern Washington University’s football game against Montana State, according to a news release. He also told troopers he felt the alcohol affected his driving.

The driver of the other car, Raquel Caballero, a 21-year-old from Cheney, was injured and treated at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane.

Cooley and his son were taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Panel seeks input on Mt. Spokane ski area

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking comments as it prepares to draft an environmental impact statement for a proposed expansion of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park.

In September, a state appeals court ruled that the commission erred by not studying how a new chairlift and runs would impact old-growth forest, meadows and wetlands at Mount Spokane State Park. The work plan for the EIS will be discussed Thursday at the commission’s meeting in Gig Harbor. More information is available at

Citizens who want to make suggestions about the scope of the EIS should submit written comments by Dec. 21 to: Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission; Attn: Randy Kline; 111 Israel Road SW, Olympia, WA 98504-2650.

Information may also be emailed to


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