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Dam reservoirs emit more harmful gases than believed

Researchers at Washington State University have learned that hydroelectric reservoirs, common in the Northwest, produce more harmful greenhouse gases than previously believed.
     The culprit is underwater organic material and runoff fertilizer that decomposes, releasing gases such as methane that...

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Stuck in park vs. learning to drive: What motivates teens to get their licenses?

Examples of teens delaying licensing and being generally uninterested in driving have spread the idea that today’s teens aren’t in a hurry to sit in the driver’s seat.

So what’s the primary motivation for teens who do get their licenses? A recent study conducted by Aceable Drivers Ed found the answer...

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Amazon commuter buses should ease Mercer Mess

I'm pleased to read that Amazon.com is launching commuter buses for its Eastside employees.
     Although it's exciting to witness the once-sleepy South Lake Union community flourishing with such vibrancy, gridlock seems to worsen each week. But the Amazon buses should help reduce traffic.
     I've...
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Paper maps still relevant for fall-color road trips

Early fall is a great time for road trips, and starting now Northwest motorists can enjoy some gorgeous, unique foliage.
     Western larch trees soon will turn gold, and you'll find them when crossing the North Cascades. Also called tamarack, larch trees look like evergreens but are deciduous.... read more →
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Now is the time for these early autumn chores

Later this fall, home-maintenance chores like leaf-raking and gutter-cleaning will beg for attention. But now is the perfect time for many mild-weather fall chores.
     Rather than wait for our inevitable chilly, rainy season, knock these of your checklist now on a sunny day.

  • Check your siding for...
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Newspaper shacks gone the way of front-porch delivery

A MyNorthwest.com story asks, whatever became of Seattle’s newspaper shacks?
     If you’re a high-school sophomore or younger, “newspaper shack” might not register with you. But as the article explains, until around the year 2000, The Seattle Times depended on “an army of 3,000 adolescents to... read more →
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Stinky young skunks now flexing their freedom

Four times in the past two weeks, my wife and I were driving somewhere when one of us exclaimed, "Eww, skunk!"
     Only one of those times did I actually see a skunk, slightly squished on the side of the road. The other times we saw no visual proof.
     But for sure it was skunk, not marijuana...

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Why did the camel cross the road? (Plus, tips to avoid hitting him)

In strange teen driver news out of Alabama, a teen driver’s car collided with a camel on a country road earlier this week. Though the owner leading the camel tried to get the driver’s attention, the crash caused injuries to both the driver and camel.

We all can agree the likelihood of a...

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Binging on TV helps relationships? I'm skeptical

I saw an article today in the Bellingham Herald with the headline, "Science says binge-watching TV together improves your relationship."
     Seems unlikely to me, but I continued reading since I'd recently binge-watched a TV show and felt guilty about it.
     Our daughter recently spent a couple... read more →
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College bound? Here’s a 3-point checklist for bringing your car

If you’ve considered the pros and cons of having a car on campus this year and landed on “yes,” here are a few tips to make sure your trip to (or back to) campus goes smoothly.

  • Let the trusty campus map be your guide.Whether you’re new to campus, or you’re living in a different location than last...

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