How Sea-Tac Airport preps for winter

Story No. 4 in a series
   Just as you winterize your home, Northwest landmarks get prepped for winter, too.
   That includes Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, ranked No. 15 in the U.S. for number of passengers carried.
   Sea-Tac began civilian flights in 1946 and opened a modern terminal in...

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GPS leads motorists up ‘sketchy road,’ into snowbank

Another winter, another story about Oregon motorists being led astray and stranded in the snow.
   Eight years ago, a family on I-5 bound for Gold Beach missed the State Route 42 exit for the Oregon coast. Their map appeared to show that a good road led from Merlin over the Klamath Mountains to Gold...

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Beavers, Cougars pay off in potatoes

Local food banks soon will spill over with spuds thanks to a high-scoring football game.
   WSU’s Cougars beat Oregon State 39-32 on Nov. 8, netting food banks 71,000 pounds of potatoes from the Washington and Oregon potato commissions. That’s 107,000 servings for needy people as the holidays draw...

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Few NW drivers use studs, unless you’re under 35

In snow, do you like the security of driving with studded tires?
   We learned from the latest PEMCO Poll that two-thirds of Northwest drivers never use studded tires, and 79% of those who do would be likely to use them less if they knew for sure that studs harm our roads.
   (Both Washington’s and...

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Ditching the automobile for a different mobile

by Sharlyn Petit
   Remember Jon’s local straw poll on fewer teens getting licenses? The trend of teen drivers postponing car ownership is here to stay. Fuel costs, maintenance, and car payments are all partly to blame.
   Also, old-fashioned face-to-face hangouts have been replaced by a barrage of...
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Spring District to emerge in Bellevue

Not long ago, news reports speculated that Bellevue’s Bel-Red corridor would become home to a new arena for the Seattle SuperSonics.
   Now, the old Safeway distribution center is indeed being redeveloped. But it’s becoming an urban neighborhood called the Spring District, to be served by light...

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Peer pressure sparks dumb driving choices

A recent news headline reminds me of a dumb choice I made as a teen driver.
   You can file this under the "Here's what not to do" category. I mentioned this incident in a blog I wrote two years ago, but it's worth repeating.
   My friend Greg and I went night skiing at Snoqualmie Pass during my...

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How the Tacoma Dome preps for winter

Story No. 3 in a series
   Just as you winterize your home, Northwest landmarks get prepped for winter, too.
   That includes the Tacoma Dome, which is the largest arena with a wooden roof in the world.
   The Tacoma Dome opened in 1983 and features Douglas fir glulams – wood frames that are...

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Cold air coming, so prep your home now

The first hard freeze of the season is on its way. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures ranging from the 30s to the teens around the Northwest.
   Even the Puget Sound lowlands and Portland area could see sub-freezing nights through Wednesday. Temperatures will remain generally cold...

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Apple-snacking bear gets grouchy

A bear and her cubs woke a Roslyn resident last week in the wee hours of the morning as they gorged on apples in the man’s backyard, inciting his dog to bark.
   Bears often make headlines in the spring as they come out of hibernation and scavenge for food. But wildlife officials say they’re a...

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