The right way to get out of the way

There are a number of easy ways to remember certain rules in life – some of them even rhyme. For instance, when it comes to home improvement projects, “measure twice, cut once” and “righty tighty, lefty loosey” are helpful. For those who drink (or mix) alcoholic beverages, there’s one that goes,...

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Budget cut could ground rescue helicopters

In a region teeming with hikers, climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts, losing King County’s search and rescue helicopters would be a harmful blow to public safety.
     But that’s exactly what officials are considering because of a budget cut and a $50 million county-wide deficit.
     In 2015, the...

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My kids want a trampoline. Is that a problem for my homeowners insurance?

Q. My kids have been begging for a trampoline and I'm finally about to give in. Will this be an issue for my homeowners insurance?

A. If the proper precautions are taken, you should have no problem.

So you're about to take the plunge and buy a trampoline! Loads of fun, right? You might answer yes if...

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If you grill with charcoal, upgrade for safety

For some people, Memorial Day marks the start of outdoor grilling season. Others, like our family, grill year-round.
     Either way, it’s good to review a few grilling-safety tips now that the dry season is upon us.
     Some tips are so obvious and rooted in common sense, they hardly seem worth... read more →
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Get-rich investment in comics? Not so much

Seattle and Portland home prices continue to surge, as reported in recent stories showing prices are near their 2007 peak.
     Less-common investments also have inflated. Thanks in part to nostalgic Baby Boomers, market values for 1950s and '60s muscle cars have jumped to astounding heights.... read more →
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Teen uses Google Earth to discover an ancient city

So, to start – this story has nothing to do with teen driving, unless you twist to another definition of “drive” to say, Canadian teen drives the discovery of lost Mayan City. True story, and my inner Indiana Jones is envious.

Fifteen-year old William Gadoury of Quebec used satellite photos to test...

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Plan now for summer camping restrictions

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial kickoff of camping season in the Northwest.
     For many of us, that typically means blue-tarp camping under soggy skies.
     But we relish that, because we're hearty outdoorsy Northwest people who don’t mind getting wet, right? Whether you camp on the... read more →
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Get out for Bike Everywhere Day!

The Recumbent Bike Commuter will have thousands of friends taking to the bike lanes this Friday, May 20, for Bike Everywhere Day.

It started out as "Bike to Work Day," but became so popular in the Seattle area that it quickly grew in size and scope. Now it's elevated to "Bike Everywhere Day" – a...

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Disinterest kills Longview teenage car show

The All High School Car Show, a Longview-area fixture since 1987, has died due to dwindling participation.
     To me, it’s a clear sign of America’s shift away from teenage car culture.
     Kevin Clark, 18, won the final show last Saturday, held at Lower Columbia College. His “pride ride” is a red...

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Building a case for the ‘Textalyzer’

Distracted driving campaigns and app blockers aim to get teens to put down their smartphones while driving, and Washington and Oregon graduated drivers license laws bar new drivers from using cellphones altogether. 

But, it seems we’re at a point where the stats and stories on the news aren’t...

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