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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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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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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Modest wage-earners skiing less than ever

Skiing and snowboarding has become a sport for the wealthy, based on an August ski industry report.
   The National Ski Areas Association found that with rising lift prices, income correlates with who is and isn’t skiing. Those earning $100,000+ now ski 11% more than in 2006 and account for 56% of...

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Speeding tickets increase on Idaho freeways

Idaho troopers have given 20% more speeding tickets since the Gem State's rural-freeway speed limit jumped to 80 mph in July.
   Speed limits on I-84, I-85, and I-15 used to be 75 mph. A state police spokesperson said troopers may be writing more tickets because they’re enforcing the new 80-mph limit...

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How the Denny Creek Viaduct preps for winter

Story No. 6 in a series
   Just as you winterize your home, Northwest landmarks get prepped for winter, too.
   That includes the Denny Creek Viaduct, looming far above the forest floor just west of Snoqualmie Pass.
   Or is it truly winterized? A structure that large, spanning a chasm at 2,600 feet...

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Burned bear cub brought to Idaho, will hibernate

Cinder, the 2-year-old bear cub badly burned in last summer's Carlton Complex fire, has arrived in Idaho for her latest phase of recovery.
   And judging from video, she's fattened up nicely – from 39 to 97 pounds – and now can hop around on her scorched paws.
   Cinder was rescued in the Methow...

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How Crater Lake Lodge preps for winter

Story No. 5 in a series
   Just as you winterize your home, Northwest landmarks get prepped for winter, too.
   That includes Crater Lake Lodge, situated right at the caldera rim of Oregon’s famous extinct volcano.
   Crater Lake was created about 7,600 years ago when ancient Mt. Mazama erupted and...

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Snow slides will delay I-90 traffic for two winters

Get used to delays crossing Snoqualmie Pass this winter. And next winter, as well.
   Interstate 90 was closed several times this past weekend because of snowfall and slides, and one vulnerable spot in particular will not go away: the former site of the Keechelus snowshed.
   Construction crews demol...

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