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Girl hit by car, suffers broken leg

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A Spokane driver was charged with vehicular assault Monday after he hit a 5-year-old pedestrian, sending her to the hospital with a broken leg.

She was in satisfactory condition Monday.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Walton Avenue and Mayfair Street, near Patrick S. Byrne Park around 4 p.m.

According to Sgt. R.A. Cox of the Spokane Police Department, Brian Birdsell, 49, was driving a four-door Mercedes-Benz westbound on Walton when he turned south onto Mayfair. Birdsell was in the wrong lane and hit the girl’s leg, Cox said.

According to Cox, Birdsell did not seem to realize he hit a person. He was given a breathalyzer test and booked in the Spokane County Jail.

The girl, who lives in the neighborhood, was taken by ambulance to Valley Hospital and Medical Center.

Marina in Bayview plans expansion

Bayview, Idaho A commercial marina in Bayview is planning expansion to include more boat slips, a boardwalk and new breakwaters, according to permit applications filed with the state Department of Lands and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The proposal to expand the Vista Bay Marina calls for adding a 13-slip covered dock, extending the floating breakwater dock another 55 feet, building a 10-by-80-foot pier, building new breakwaters and a sanitary sewer pump-out station and constructing a 470-foot-long boardwalk, according to an application filed with the Corps of Engineers.

Construction would require driving steel pilings, excavating and backfilling about 27 cubic yards of lake-bed gravel to bury water and sewer lines and excavating another 22 cubic yards of lake-bed gravel for a toe trench to place 450 cubic yards of riprap for bank stabilization, according to the application.

The Corps of Engineers is taking comments on the proposal until March 2. Comments can be mailed to the Coeur d’Alene Regulatory Office, Idaho Panhandle National Forests Building, 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815-8363.

Saint Martin’s to become university

Lacey, Wash. Saint Martin’s College in Lacey will soon be Saint Martin’s University, the school announced Monday.

College President David R. Spangler said the new name better defines the school. Both the college’s board of trustees and corporation approved the name change, which will become official Aug. 8.

Using university will eliminate any confusion between Saint Martin’s and community colleges, make its graduates more competitive and help attract new students, Spangler said.

It will also clarify what the school is to international students and organizations, he said. Around the world, two-year institutions are generally known as colleges, while four-year schools are called universities.

Saint Martin’s serves 1,100 students at its main campus and another 600 students at extension campuses. The school offers undergraduate programs in 22 majors and graduate programs in six.

State to stop Port Angeles drydock

Port Angeles, Wash. State Transportation Secretary Doug MacDonald said Monday night the state will respect the wishes of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and not resume construction of a drydock at the Port Angeles waterfront.

The site was once home to an Indian village and hundreds of human remains have been uncovered there.

MacDonald and state Transportation Commission members appeared here Monday night at a community meeting. They said their No. 1 priority is completing the renovation of the aging east half of the Hood Canal Bridge.

MacDonald said the Transportation Department has narrowed the possibilities for a new construction site to three undisclosed locations.

He said the state will try to keep the project on the north Olympic Peninsula.

Hanford contractor will miss deadline

Yakima The contractor handling cleanup of two leak-prone pools of water at the Hanford nuclear reservation will miss a deadline to remove radioactive sludge from the pools, the U.S. Department of Energy said Monday.

The so-called K East and K West basins were built in the 1950s to hold irradiated fuel from the site’s nuclear reactors.

They later stored excess spent fuel from the N Reactor, which was used to make plutonium for nuclear weapons during the Cold War.

Last fall, workers finished removingall the spent nuclear fuel from both pools — a project that was deemed a critical cleanup problem at Hanford to reduce risk to the public and the environment.

But removing the sludge has proven to be a more difficult task than was originally thought, said Pete Knollmeyer, vice president of contractor Fluor Hanford.

“We will move ahead to get it out of there as quickly as possible. Even if we do not meet a deadline, we’re going to do everything possible to minimize the impacts,” Knollmeyer said.

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