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Clarkston boy recovers from rattle snake bite

A six year old Clarkston boy is recovering in a Spokane hospital after he was bitten by a rattle snake Saturday evening.

Courtney Hines says her son Kayden and another little girl were checking out two tents at Drive Down Beach on the Snake river when he was bit.

"We just let them run up there, and Kayden ran up first and the snake jumped out," Hines said.

She said she saw blood coming from his leg where he had been bitten. Nearby beach goers told the family to wrap a tourniquet around his leg and head for the hospital.

"I've never heard him scream like that," Hines said. "It was the worst crying ever and there was nothing I could do but drive like 90 miles an hour to the hospital."

The family went to one hospital and then to a second one before Kayden was flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

He was given an anti-venom every six hours and pain medication.

"He's definitely a fighter and he is definitely very tough," Hines said. "He's definitely ready to go home, he's ready to go home and play. He doesn't want to go back to that beach ever again."

Avista thanks customers, employees for patience and hard work after storm

Avista thanks customers, employees for patience and hard work after storm

Avista released a big thank-you today to all their customers impacted by last Wednesday's wind storm for their patience during repairs, and to their crews for working non-stop to get everyone back online.

Avista says last week's storm caused the worst damage to their system since a massive ice storm in 1996, nearly 20 years ago. This time around it took nearly 96 hours to restore power to the nearly 40,000 customers left without.

Now that all the power is back on, Avista is getting a better look at the damage. Preliminary numbers show that more than 120 poles had to be replaced after high winds toppled trees onto power lines and snapped poles. That's double their initial estimate.

Dispatchers worked around the clock to prioritize work and dispatch crews to areas of highest need, organizing nearly 14,000 outage reports from customers.

CenturyLink 911 services impacted near wildfires

CenturyLink 911 services impacted near wildfires

As wildfires continue to burn across the state, 911 services in Omak, Okanogan, Oroville and Mallot are being stressed to the point that some callers are receiving busy signals when they call.

CenturyLink is asking customers to be patient and limit their calls to true emergency situations. Calls are going through, but it may take several attempts – and the few people calling, the greater the chance.

Meanwhile, CenturyLink says all 911 services along with local and long distance phone lines and internet services remain down in Mazama, Pateros, Twisp and Winthrop due to extensive fire damage in the area.

With destroyed fiber cables and equipment CenturyLink says they are unable to provide an estimated time for restoration and say customers should expect them to remain down for an extended period of time.

Fatal bike accident involving Clearwater County deputy

Fatal bike accident involving Clearwater County deputy

A 61-year-old Orofino woman died this morning after her bicycle was struck by a pickup on US 12.

According to the Idaho State Police, Theresa Grossklaus was traveling in the far right eastbound lane of travel near milepost 43.5 when 51-year-old Mitchell Jared of Pierce, who was also traveling in the far right lane, allegedly struck her with his 2011 Dodge pickup at 10:18 a.m.

Grossklaus, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene. Jared, who was on duty at the time as a Clearwater County Sheriff's Deputy, was not injured, according to ISP.  

FEMA funds authorized for Carlton Complex fire

FEMA funds authorized for Carlton Complex fire

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Carlton Complex Fire, burning in Okanogan County, Washington.

FEMA Region X Regional Administrator, Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the Carlton Complex Fire threatened enough destruction to constitute a major disaster. Murphy approved the state's request for federal Fire Management Assistance Grant on Thursday.

When the request was submitted on Wednesday, no homes had burned. Today, dozens of homes and businesses have burned to ash as the fire moved through the small town of Pateros. Nearby Brewster is also under a level three evacuation order, meaning residents must leave the area immediately.

A Red Cross shelter has been set up in the town of Chelan for anyone who needs assistance, including cots, meals and water.

Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office crackdown on distracted drivers

Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office crackdown on distracted drivers

The Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the Idaho Transportation Department starting Friday to look for aggressive and distracted drivers.

Over the past three years, more than 1,800 people have been seriously injured in crashes caused aggressive or distracted drivers.

Distracted driving caused by the use of cell phone of any other electronic device to make a phone call, text message or e-mail, looking for music or finding directions is a growing concern and a contributing factor to one-third of all fatal or serious injury crashes.

The Sheriff's office will have extra patrols on the roadways looking for these types of behaviors. They would like to remind all traveling public to slow down and obey traffic laws.