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Who maintains the fence, you or your neighbor?

My backyard has been screaming for attention, so yesterday I enjoyed our sunny 84-degree weather by pulling weeds and yanking out that oh-so-invasive Himalayan blackberry.
     My toil took me to the border of my backyard, where I discovered the fence is decaying after 29 years.
     So, whose...

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Northwest drivers can’t stop posting about #driving

#driving

#drivingselfie

#drivinghome

#drivingtoschool

#ihopeidontcrash

That’s a string of hashtags we hope to never see in our social media streams (especially, #ihopeidontcrash, yikes!).

But according to a study conducted over five years by Auto Insurance Center, Washington and Oregon (along with most of...

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Traveling with your cat? Here are tips to make things go smoothly

Cat lovers know that our furry friends don’t like change, and the thought of traveling long distance with them is pretty stressful (for you and kitty)!

As a self-proclaimed cat lady, not only have I taken my cat on an airplane but I’ve also driven from Salt Lake City to Seattle with her. This mission...

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Low-income kids deprived of Head Start preschool

Federal funding cuts have required a local agency to make tough choices, and as a result Bellevue's tuition-free Head Start preschool has left 151 kids in the lurch.
     Funding for Head Start in King and Pierce counties is distributed through the Puget Sound Educational Service District, which... read more →
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Drone dangers for firefighters

Firefighters have a message for hobby drone operators: Quit getting in the way.

Drones are growing in popularity – more than 6 million were sold in 2015 alone, and they’re now being used for everything from aerial photography to “Rotocross” racing. Experts predict that as drones become more...

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Blue Origin soaring high as we mark moon landing

Forty-seven years ago today, man safely landed on the moon for the first time.
     On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down at the Sea of Tranquility aboard the lunar module Eagle. Six hours later, Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, and Aldrin... read more →
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Add this leg to 'Best of the Pacific Crest Trail'

With mountain snow dwindling, now is the time to start hiking those high-elevation trails you yearn for all winter.
     Perhaps you saw the recent Seattle Times article profiling the most-scenic Washington sections of the Pacific Crest Trail. I'd like to add a PCT highlight found in the Alpine...

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What we’d tell our 16-year-old selves about driving today

While we were having fun thinking up ways to redesign our Safe Teen Driver website, our team started skipping down memory lane and talking about how the teen driver landscape today is very different from the roads of 15, 25, or 35 years ago.

What advice would your adult self give to your teen self...

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Be safe when playing Pokemon GO

Admittedly, I’m not the hippest guy out there. In fact, my friend Owen nicknamed me “O8G,” which stands for “Only 80’s Guy,” since most of my pop-culture references stem from that decade (What? No one uses the term ‘Fresh’ anymore?).

However, even I have succumbed to the recent phenomenon known as...

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Car theft in Yakima still a problem, report shows

Once again, Yakima ranks among the nation's cities with the most vehicle theft, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
     In its latest report, the NICB ranks Yakima 19th out of 100 metropolitan areas, based on per-capita theft in 2015.
     Other Northwest locales include... read more →
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