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   Porterville Reporter (Newspaper) - August 18, 2009, Porterville, California                                WEATHER AIR QUALITY Ibday: 135 Unhealthy for sensrtive groups (03) Orarttelbw Moon pies It's a dessert that will have your guests thinking you've hung the moon and you won't have to lieat up your kitchen getting the job done. INSIDE NEWS Grant initiative Community colleges in the region, including Por-terville College and College of the Sequoias, are teaming up in an effort to land federal grants earmarked for community college job-specific training. See PAGE 7A INSIDE NEWS Bade to school The 2009-10 academic year begins'in Porten/ille. See PAGE 3A INSIDE TODAY nFARARBY     9AOPINI0N_ 4A EDUCATION    7A COMMUNITY  2A STOCKS SA SPORTS     12-16A COMIG 11A VALLEY 3A OBITUARIES    5A CLASSIFIED 16-24A c THE PORTERVIILE RECORDER www.recorderonline.com TO SUBSCRIBE, CALL 784-5000 Head-on Collision Crash injures 2 PPD officers Update: 1 officer in surgery late Monday night at Fresno hospital. "~ By ALEX K.W. SCHULTZ and GLENFAISON THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER A head-on collision involving two police cruisers and a Ford pickup Monday in Porterville resulted in one officer being transported by helicopter to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Officer Kurtis Smith", 32, suffered major injuries but was conscious and talking while he was put into the chopper, authorities said at the scene.   ^ Smith was stable and In surgery late Monday night at CRMC, Police Chief Chuck McMillan said. "He has some serious injuries," McMillan said late Monday night. "I think it's going to be a long road to get him fully recovered." McMillan said Smith suffered multiple breaks to his left arm and shoulder, several cracked or broken ribs and three breaks to his left leg. The driver of the pickup and the other officer both suffered moderate injuries, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Barrel Giefer said at the scene. Both were taken to Sierra View District Hospital for treatment. McMillan said the second officer, Anthony White, 35, was treated and released from Sierra View and will be evaluated today by a physician to see if he can return to duty. The focus now, McMillan said, is on Smith and his family. "It's not a phone call you want to get as a police chief, about someone getting hurt, especially one of your own," he said. "Our main concern is for Kurtis and his family." McMillan said Smith's par-Please see CRASH, PAGE 12A RECORDER PHOTO BY MARK FAZZONE Authorities investigate a head-on collision involving two Porterville Police Department patrol cars and a Ford pickup, Monday/in Porterville. The crash left three people injured. RECORDER PHOTO BY ALEX K.W. SCHULTZ The accident scene is shown looking east across the Olive Avenue bridge over the Tule River, late Monday afternoon. RECORDER PHOTO BY ALEX K.W. SCHULTZ A Porterville Police Department cruiser is shown Monday from the Tuile River bottom on the West Olive Avenue bridge after an accident involving two PPD units and a pickup truck. A Porterville Police Department officer is moved to a waiting helicopter after a traffic accident involving two, PPD police cruisers and a pickup truck, Monday, on West Olive Avenue in Porterville. RfCORDER PHOTO BY 1    Take Ihe road less traveled  Notched blocks in the tread pattern dig into nearly and tsurface for better traction. Rugged off-road tire , with-out compromising on-road comfort and liandling. Harmonyr Enjoya quiel, comlortable ride' ' Long-lasting, even treadwear ' Fuil-depth sipes deliver exceptional snow and wet traction througfiouttheen-' tire life of the tire. * Compared 10 Goodyear Assurartce Front 3'Rib 600-16 6-Ply................... 650-16 6-Piy.................. $5395 $6395 Rear R-1 11.2-284-Ply.............. 15.5-38 6-Ply.............. all other sizes available A/PHwy 11R 24.5 14-Ply     $21 295/75R22.5i4-Piy ^- PlusFET Closed Sholder 11R 22.5 14-Ply 11R24.5 14-Ply all other sizes available PIUSFET BFGoodnch \RROLL'S Corner of Hwy 65 & North Grand ^TIRE WAREHOUSMJmm mm Field Service Truck Available \i\fwWfCanonstire,com 0642947111113   

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