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New I-90 fence should lessen car-elk collisions

A work crew braved frigid weather last weekend to deter elk from crossing Interstate 90 near Vantage, installing six miles of fence alongside the freeway.
     It’s a seasonal problem that puts motorists at risk each winter when hundreds of elk migrate from the Colockum highlands to their winter... read more →
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Our January Nonprofit of the Month: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest

For the month of January, our employees nominated and voted for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest as our Nonprofit of the Month.

Ronald McDonald House Charities provide temporary lodging, comfort, and support for families with children accessing medical services in Spokane, and...

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Northwesterners just can’t help their need for speed

Gridlocked roads aside, Northwesterners speed more than they did just six years ago. But it’s not their fault. With all those other pesky drivers going so fast, they’ve got to put the pedal to the metal just to keep up! So said 72% of the admitted speeders in a recent PEMCO Poll. Most of the rest...

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NW communities cope with harsh weather

Portlanders must drive with chains, or get ticketed. Tri-Cities’ freeway to Oregon remains closed. Gov. Kate Brown is close to declaring a state of emergency in central Oregon because of the dangerous levels of snow. And because Spokaneites aren’t parking correctly, many of their streets won’t... read more →
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Deep freeze calls for precautions, slow driving

Our recent extreme weather has triggered a spike in storm-related insurance claims. Icy skids and crashed cars, frozen and burst water pipes, and trees toppled by gusty winds are keeping PEMCO busy.
     Bend was slammed with yet another snowstorm today, with more snow approaching. The Deschutes...

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Don't be a "puffer" in winter

 

For many people, it makes total sense: Thaw your frozen car and icy windshield on a cold winter morning by starting the engine, then going back inside until your ride’s nice and toasty. Problem is, you may be opening yourself up to car theft...and likely breaking the law!

Our PEMCO Poll on the...

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3 tips to thwart license-plate thieves

A few years ago I dropped my boat off for repair at a marine shop, which parked it outside after completing the work. When I returned to pick it up, I noticed something was missing from the trailer: my license plate.
     Apparently, a thief had stolen it to use on his own trailer. I had to buy a... read more →
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Most Influential Teen drives a … drone?

Today’s youth. I have a niece who can navigate past my phone’s home screen to get to YouTube, find her favorite channel, and sort through to find the most recent videos. She’s 5.

Meanwhile in thirty-something town, it took me 20 minutes to figure out how to use Snapchat.

There’s something about...

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Extreme cold calls for extreme driving tips

Northwest motorists will face extreme cold this week, amplifying our typical winter-driving hazards.
     Recently we offered general winter-driving tips, followed by advice specifically for driving on ice. Now we offer tips for dealing with problems that arise when temperatures really plummet – ... read more →
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3 urgent steps for burst water pipes

It's colder than cold outside, and suddenly a frozen water pipe bursts inside your home. What do you do?
     Act quickly to prevent further damage, and to ensure your safety.

  1. Turn off the main water valve. Ideally, you already know where it is. Often it's in the garage or near where the water main...
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