NW states among best for teen drivers

NBC News reported recently on the best and worst states for teen drivers, noting WalletHub's findings on key metrics like cost of car repairs, impaired-driving laws, and teen-driver fatalities.
   Northwest states ranged from Oregon, ranked No. 4, to Washington at No. 9 and Idaho at No. 37. The...

read more →
0 COMMENTS  

Carlton tops Yacolt as biggest wildfire ever

Much of Washington is ablaze today, and the Carlton Complex Fire has now become the state’s largest wildfire on record.
   News reports said so, but I had to confirm on my own. I knew from my research for PEMCO’s current “Don’t Get Burned!” wildfire campaign that the biggest Washington fire ever was...

read more →
0 COMMENTS  

Arborist seeks world tree-climbing crown

Oregon could be home to the world’s tree-climbing champion in two weeks.
   What, you didn’t know people compete at climbing trees? Indeed they do.
   And Robert Bundy, 37, of Milwaukie will travel to the other Milwaukee (in Wisconsin) to do exactly that Aug. 2-3 at the International Tree Climbing...

read more →
0 COMMENTS  

Big timber harvest no match for past decades

Four years after hitting a low point, Oregon’s timber harvest rebounded to 4.2 billion board feet in 2013, much higher than the 2.7 billion figure of 2009.
   Oregon foresters credit strong exports and an improving housing market.
   In comparison, the state timber harvest was 9.74 billion board feet...

read more →
0 COMMENTS  

Here's help if you seek a teen-driver car

Here's news you can use if you're looking to by a safe, affordable car for a new teen driver.
   For the first time, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – known by some as the "crash-test people" – has compiled a long list of used cars it recommends for teen drivers. Vehicles on the list meet...

read more →
0 COMMENTS  

Vintage Nortons rumble to rally near Ashland

Make no mistake, Howard Prairie Lake near Ashland is nothing like Sturgis, S.D., site of the annual Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally. Nor does it aspire to be.
   But the bikers who ride to Ashland are just as passionate about their iconic machines: British-made Nortons.
   The International Norton...

read more →
0 COMMENTS  

Don’t miss your chance to fly over Bend in a hot air balloon!

Our WALLY events team is excited to announce that we’re giving away another hot-air balloon ride for two people at Balloons Over Bend, on Friday, July 18!

How to enter

Just stop by the WALLY van on Friday, July 18, at Balloons Over Bend, grab a raffle ticket, and enter to win! We'll announce the...

read more →
0 COMMENTS  

Finally, a list of safe, affordable teen cars

Last summer, the PEMCO Poll revealed that 50% of the cars driven by newly licensed Northwest teens were on average eight or nine years old – troubling, because older cars often lack important safety features needed to keep inexperienced drivers safe.
   Now the nonprofit Insurance Institute for...

read more →
0 COMMENTS  

Are we rainy day people? Not so much

Even a fair-weather camper like me will eventually get soaked on a Northwest hike.
   It goes with the territory when you live in our damp corner of the country. And according to our latest PEMCO Poll, 70% of Northwest residents admit they sometimes cancel their outdoor plans if rain threatens.
  ...

read more →
0 COMMENTS  

Cross-country joy ride took just two days

Maybe the car thief was racing the clock. Or hurrying to return home to Blaine.
   Or maybe the driver simply couldn’t find an ATM anywhere until reaching the Umpqua Bank on H Street.
   Blaine police are scratching their heads after they found a stolen 2012 Jeep Patriot outside an Umpqua branch on...

read more →
0 COMMENTS