December 14, 2001 11:00 pm

A 20-year-old La Grande man is improving from injuries he sustained early Thursday morning in a snowmobile accident.

Patten Pattee and car accident victim Amy Daggett, also 20, of Elgin, are both being cared for at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise today.

Injured in a collision with a loaded log truck Tuesday morning along Highway 82, Daggett remains in critical condition this morning in the hospitals intensive care unit, a clinical coordinator at St. Alphonsus reported.

Patten Pattee of La Grande was on a snowmobile in the early morning hours Thursday above Perry when he was thrown and received many injuries, a friend reported.

Pattee was taken to Grande Ronde Hospital and then flown to St. Alphonsus Hospital. Friday he was listed in serious condition at the Boise hospital, although he wasnt in intensive care.

This morning, a clinical coordinator at the hospital said that his condition was improving and he was being upgraded from serious to fair condition.

A fund has been established for Pattee to help with costs hes incurring. Donations can be made at either of the Educational Service District buildings: at 10100 North McAlister Road, or at 10214 Wallowa Lake Highway, both in Island City.