Homeowners feel safer in their 'hoods than renters

Do you know all of your nearest neighbors? I don't.
   But I know far more than in my early adult years, when as a renter I knew few of them. And that pretty much matches the results of our latest PEMCO Poll.
   PEMCO learned from 1,200 Washington and Oregon residents that renters worry more than...

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Issaquah teen injured in high-speed crash

by Sharlyn Petit
   Last week, with the roads still slick from our weekend downpour, a 16-year-old girl was injured in a single-vehicle crash near the Issaquah Highlands.
   Police say the teen driver lost control of her car, crossed through opposite lanes of traffic, and went over a guardrail into a...

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This dog has chased its last bear

Washington’s alpha Karelian bear dog no longer is being tasked with harassing cougars and bears.
   After 12 years of serving Washington State Fish and Wildlife, Mishka and his handler, Bruce Richards, have retired.
   Karelian bear dogs are rare in the U.S., numbering only 400. They’re smart,...

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Smoke alarms now expected in each bedroom

When Daylight Saving Time kicked in March 8, many people dutifully changed the batteries in their smoke alarms.
   It’s a good habit to do that twice a year, when the time changes. PEMCO posted a new smoke-alarm infographic on social media sites as a reminder.
   Just one problem: We missed the fact...

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The 10 safest used cars $10,000 can buy

by Sharlyn Petit
  
If you’re researching a used car for your teen, there’s a lot to consider. Safety should be at the top of the list – so, Consumer Reports to the rescue! They’ve compiled a 2015 list of the top 10 safest used cars for teens.
   Electronic stability control, side curtain...

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PEMCO shop once housed champion hydros

Civic history buffs and hydro geeks take note: I’ve confirmed that famous hydroplanes of the past once called PEMCO home.
   A PEMCO storage building, that is. What’s more, that building also housed the offices of M. Lamont “Monte” Bean, president and chairman of Pay‘n Save Corporation.
   Besides...

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Shed hunters head for Oregon’s hills

In March, you can hunt for mushrooms. Or rabbits. Or you can fish several lakes in the Columbia Basin.
   Or, you can scour the woods for shed antlers.
   What are shed antlers? Deer and elk grow and lose their antlers annually. They shed them around March, and then hormones trigger a new pair to...

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Will Ferrell unlike any other Mariners talent

Comedian Will Ferrell played second base for an inning in today’s Mariners spring training game, prompting some wry comments from teammates.
   “It’s not every day," Willie Bloomquist noted, “that Will Ferrell takes over for me during a game.”
   Ferrell’s on-field appearance (he fielded no...

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They don’t teach this in driver’s ed, getting back on the road after a crash

by Sharlyn Petit
   After your first close call, fender-bender, or totaled car, it’s common to feel nervous or fearful when driving. Maybe you keep replaying the event in your mind wondering how it ever happened in the first place.
   You won’t find advice on driving after an accident in a textbook,...

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Buy your Kalakala souvenirs starting Friday

Kalakala souvenir hunters, take note – you can buy relics of the scrapped art deco ferry Friday and Saturday in Parkland.
   Among the items salvaged and for sale are port holes, brass window frames, even huge pistons and connecting rods. Prices range from $10 to $3,000.
   Bring cash, Visa, or...

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