Olympia fumbled common-sense safety bill

I’m upset that our state House of Representatives dropped the ball recently on a crucial driving-safety bill.
   Specifically, the House refused to advance legislation to outlaw drivers from using smartphones for social media and GPS, even at stoplights. The bill would have closed a loophole in...

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Is your home at risk for earthquake, tsunami?

The answer to the headline is “yes” – earthquakes can rattle any Northwest locale to some degree.
   Now, a new study addresses the feasibility of evacuating from a tsunami.
   The bad news is, if you live near the coast, your risk is high for tsunamis (obviously) and earthquakes.
   Generally, the...

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I-5 changed Cascade neighborhood forever

Working at PEMCO alongside the West Coast’s busiest freeway, it’s hard to imagine a time when there was no Interstate 5, when PEMCO’s Cascade neighborhood side streets crossed Eastlake Avenue and continued up onto Capitol Hill.
   But in the grand scheme of things, I-5 is a relative newcomer to...

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Free help protects my property from wildfire

I feel better protected against wildfires now, thanks to free help from local Firewise partners.
   A work crew came to my rural property with a large chipper shredder, and one by one, the crew chipped 20 large piles of tree limbs and bushes I’d stacked alongside the road. These folks were from...

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New Chevy Malibu gives parents driving report card

by Sharlyn Petit
  
As if grades on a school report card weren’t enough for students to fear, now the 2016 Chevy Malibu gives parents a driving report card after each teen trip. A special PIN-linked key triggers the Teen Driver monitoring system, which debuted at the 2015 New York International Auto...

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Stolen cabin found 10 miles away, near Springdale

A cabin stolen off its foundation northwest of Spokane has been found.
   The Hempel family drove into the woods north of Springdale Tuesday intending to enjoy their weekend cabin, but found the gate’s lock cut – and the cabin itself entirely missing.
   A phone tip to the Stevens County Sheriff led...

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How do I cover my motorhome, trailer, fifth wheel, camper, or canopy?

Spring is here, after a balmy winter that felt like spring. You might be thinking of pulling the cover off your RV and hitting the road. But what insurance do you need to ensure you’re protected while traveling beautiful North America? The answer lies in the type of recreational vehicle you plan to...

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Summer delays resume on I-90 with paving, blasting

Motorists, expect delays from now until fall on Washington's busiest cross-state highway, I-90.
   Construction has resumed along Lake Keechelus in the Cascades, where crews are adding new lanes, building bridges, straightening sharp curves, and repaving. In June, rock blasting resumes on the east...

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Distracted teen texter? There’s an app for that

by Sharlyn Petit
   I’m not sure when it happened, but the calendar flipped a page and suddenly I find myself grumbling, Oh, kids these days.
   
Then I notice professional sports stars and doctors with bios that reveal they’re barely out of their teenage years.
   
Then the worst, I date myself while...

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Open again: mountain passes, Wanapum shore

Motorists can drive across the Cascades today on three mountain passes that typically don’t open for another month.
   And with Wanapum Dam repairs now complete, boating can resume on a 20-mile stretch of the Columbia River that’s been closed for more than a year.
   The North Cascades Highway...

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