No snow? No matter, Ski to Sea will still be an epic race

Living in the Northwest, we don’t let the weather get in our way. Our warmer winter may have posed some precipitation challenges for this year's Ski to Sea race in Bellingham, but it won’t stop participants from all over the globe from coming to our corner of the country for this world-famous relay...

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Ace pilots receive medals in D.C. ceremony

In today’s hi-tech world, fighter jets use computer-aided missiles to shoot down their targets.
     But not that long ago, steel-nerved fighter pilots earned the “ace” designation in aerial dogfights by downing enemy planes with skillful hand-eye coordination.
     Wednesday, a dwindling group of...

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Critics blast Col. Wright’s Spokane legacy

A U.S. Army colonel memorialized for what his critics call “slaughtering horses and hanging Indians” is under attack.
     Col. George Wright, after whom a fort, cemetery, and Spokane boulevard are named, subdued Inland Northwest tribes in two bloody 1858 battles. But some say he should not...

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Why have my auto rates changed?

Q: My rate has decreased, have I done something wrong? Can you ensure all my vehicles are still covered?

A: Whether someone’s rate has increased or decreased, customers want to know why. The answer depends on your specific situation, so it's not possible to give a broad answer that applies to...

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3 features parents want in a self-driving car

by Sharlyn Petit
     It’s hard to say if driverless cars will become commonplace in the coming years, but testing and development rolls on. The companies with the most test cars on the road aren’t the traditional automakers you’d expect – they have roots in the tech capital Silicon Valley (Google...

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Fees to increase Friday at Mt. Rainier, Crater Lake

Starting this Friday, it will cost you more to visit Mt. Rainier National Park.
     The current $15 car fee jumps to $20 May 22, with another $5 increase slated for May 2016. Campsite fees also rise to $20 this week.
     Rainier isn’t the only park raising its rates, which have remained steady at...

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Poll reveals concern over impacts of drought

When Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency yesterday, it confirmed concerns revealed in PEMCO's latest Northwest Poll.
     Our poll of 1,200 Washington and Oregon residents shows that 40% say they're either "very concerned" or "extremely concerned" about the lack of...

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SIFF Sasquatch thriller shot locally

If you’re among those who desperately seek Sasquatch, you’ll be delighted about a new movie that debuts May 24 at the Seattle International Film Festival.
     “Valley of the Sasquatch” is a thriller shot in Roslyn and Snoqualmie Pass. It draws from an account of Sasquatches attacking miners asleep...

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Cascade comes full circle as residents return

Seattle’s Cascade neighborhood has changed much in the past few decades, regaining its identity as a residential  community mixed with commerce.
     Archival photos contrast the “then and now” nature of Cascade.
     Around the time Washington gained statehood in 1889, homes popped up around the...

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Parents monitor teen driving with the twist of a wrist

by Sharlyn Petit
     Big Brother-esque driving apps are popping up left and right. The newest app from Volkswagen builds on its existing Car-Net® feature (known for its one-button access to emergency roadside assistance) to include real-time alerts that sync to a smartphone, or even to the new Apple...

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