California burger to invade Medford soon

Burger lovers can be obsessively loyal to their favorite brand. For Medford carnivores, bliss arrives soon: In-N-Out opens there in September.
     I’m somewhat of an oddball. I know lots of In-N-Out connoisseurs, but I prefer another California burger chain, Carl’s Jr. Why? The best burgers are...

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M’s ball girls show skills, earn ‘dream jobs’

You’re watching a Seattle Mariners game on TV when a batter crushes a foul ball just outside the baseline. A young woman on a stool hops down and deftly gloves the ball, then hands it to a gleeful toddler in the front row.
     Ever wonder how those ball girls land their jobs?
     Today’s Everett He...

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Another ‘typical’ teen crash in the news

by Sharlyn Petit
    
Driver error. Single vehicle. Night driving. Those characteristics are time and time again the most common factors in teen driver crashes.
     Last week, a 16-year-old Vancouver teen was hospitalized after striking a pole along Interstate 205 in Clark County. According the...

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Fire problems remain even after flames die

Even as Northwest firefighters battle massive blazes in Oregon and Washington, forest officials already are planning how to rehabilitate the charred landscape.
     Eventually the fires will expire, though perhaps not until fall rains arrive. And blackened terrain presents more than just an ugly...

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How to help those affected by Northwest wildfires

by Sharlyn Petit
     We’ve all been watching the news about those affected by the growing number of wildfires prompting evacuations and threatening hundreds of homes. Our thoughts go out to the families affected and the emergency and rescue teams working on the scenes of these fires.
     The dozens...

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2015 already among worst wildfire years

Just last summer, the news media labeled the devastating Carlton Complex wildfire as the biggest in Washington history.
     So where does this summer’s deadly fire season rank? It depends on how you measure it – loss of life, loss of homes, or acres burned – but by any measure, it's one of the...

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Heat, drought degrade Palouse wheat crop

Students driving to Pullman for WSU’s fall semester likely will miss a customary sight this summer: combines threshing Palouse fields of wheat.
     Because of the drought, wheat harvest is two weeks ahead of typical years, and threshing is nearly over. This summer’s yield is lower than the 123...

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Few NW drivers willing to part with their car

Northwest residents are known to be a “green” crowd, protective of their scenic environment.
     Just don’t expect them to give up their beloved fossil-fueled cars.
     I often hear people groan about gridlock, carbon emissions, and sky-high parking fees. So our work team decided to address this...

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Tools to help parents prep teens for the road

by Sharlyn Petit
    
If you haven’t already been through this teen stage, be warned. Coming soon: it’s the nagging, begging, relentless teen driver determined to log practice hours so he or she will be one step closer to holding a license. Please, can I drive? How else will I learn? Just one more...

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Why does my home's insurance coverage differ from its value?

Q. My home is worth one amount, but my insurance coverage is for another amount. Why is there a difference?

A. This is a great question that comes up consistently from customers who own homes. The assessor says your home is worth one amount, the realtor helping you sell the home says it's worth...

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