How Heceta Head Lighthouse preps for winter

Story No. 7, last in a series
   Just as you winterize your home, Northwest landmarks get prepped for winter, too.
   That includes Heceta Head Lighthouse, a 121-year-old beacon for mariners near the middle of the Oregon coast.
   At Heceta, winterizing is factored into its very design more so than...

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New car on your teen’s wish list? Put a bow on these gifts instead

by Sharlyn Petit

You can’t blame them for trying. You probably remember when you were newly licensed and ready to drive a sparkling set of wheels to call your own.
   Maybe your teen is sending you hints or laying the guilt on thick with stories of so-and-so’s parents surprising Danny with a...

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Christmas socks: festive, feminine, or foolish?

I love the holidays! Our lights are up at home, indoors and out, along with two Christmas trees.
   And last Friday, I augmented my Blue Friday Seahawks attire with Christmas socks.
   I make it a point each year to model my socks for two work pals. My socks always provoke their disgust and dismay,...

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Weathering same storm as you; PEMCO was ready to help

Before Mother Nature unleashed sustained winds of 30-40 mph (with gusts to 60 mph) along the densely populated Puget Sound 1-5 corridor last week, PEMCO was already on storm watch.

In the days leading up to the storm, teams were monitoring weather forecasts and making plans to cope with an event big...

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Montana drivers ranked worst in new report

Northwest drivers fared well in a new study reported by USA Today. But our neighbor to the east, Montana, tied with South Carolina as the state with the worst drivers.
   Montana topped the list largely because it ranks No. 1 in the nation for drunk driving, No. 5 for speeding, and No. 7 for failure...

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Free Throwdown heats up in Rip City

They shoot, they score! The Portland Trail Blazers season is off to a winning start and the WALLY Team is pumped to be part of all the Rip City game-day action.  

This year, we’re hosting our Free Throwdown competition at various home games throughout the season, where fans can compete head-to-head...

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Light up your night with the WALLY Team at Woodland Park Zoo WildLights!

Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow! The WALLY Team is excited for one of the brightest holiday traditions in Seattle, WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo! The lights will be twinkling now until Jan. 4, 2015, so there’s plenty of time to invite your friends and family to come along for some holiday...

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Prestigious Gold Cup race returning to Tri-Cities

The oldest trophy in motorsports racing is coming to the Tri-Cities in July: the Gold Cup hydroplane race, which dates to 1904.
   H1 Unlimited Chairman Steve David and the Tri-Cities Water Follies announced Monday that HAPO Credit Union will sponsor the Gold Cup, marking 50 years of hydroplane...

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Why your garden hose might flood your home

Our latest PEMCO Poll tells me that nearly one-fourth of Northwest residents risk enduring a big hassle come spring.
   When asked if they cover their outdoor faucets for the winter with a foam bib, 23% of 1,200 Washington and Oregon people said “rarely” or “never.”
   Also, one in ten said they...

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Unplug! 5 tips for a technology-free family road trip

by Sharlyn Petit
Destination decided. Family loaded into the car. You’re not even backed out of the driveway yet, and all passengers are plugged into their devices, e-reading, tweeting, status updating, and leaving the poor driver bored and a little lonely. Sound familiar? 
   While you...

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