Washington tops 7 million residents

Last week, the Office of Financial management announced Washington’s population had surpassed 7 million after growing 1.34% between 2014 and 2015.
     Seattle continued its growth spurt, adding 21,900 people for an estimated 662,400 within its city limits. (More than 3.6 million live in the...

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Think twice before lighting off fireworks this year

The 4thof July is traditionally the time to break out your barbecue, jump in the water, and spend time with friends and family. But if your holiday bash usually includes a do-it-yourself fireworks display, you might want to rethink how you celebrate this year.
 

While consumer-grade fireworks are...

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Outfox those deer that gobble your garden

Thanks to citified deer, we’re not enjoying our raspberries this summer.
     I’ve nurtured raspberries ever since we put in our first yard eons ago. My mom grew raspberries at my childhood home, I transplanted some of her bare-root starters to my own yard, and for years afterward our family gorged...

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The day Willie Nelson visited my house

I’m wondering if my good friend Willie Nelson will come by my house again this Saturday before he performs across the street at Marymoor Park.
     Well, I should clarify, Willie is more of an acquaintance than a good friend. And he hasn’t actually stopped at my house.
     Okay, he’s not really an...

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UW Spokane opens with tribute to WSU’s Floyd

The University of Washington opened its Spokane center yesterday, which will serve medical students, alumni, and prospective students.
     Spokane native Jerry Baldasty, interim provost for the UW, helped cut the ribbon and paid tribute to WSU President Elson Floyd, who died June 20 at age 59.
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Humans, not lightning, cause most wildfires

A recent Seattle Times infographic confirms it: most Washington wildfires are caused by people, not lightning.
     The “people” category includes arson, campfire, children, debris burning, equipment use, fireworks, and smoking. The Times graph cited local, state, federal, and National Forest Service...

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Dexter neighborhood shows vast change

This fall, PEMCO Insurance's headquarters leaves the only home it’s ever had since 1949.
     Our new Seattle location at 1300 Dexter Avenue North lies less than 1 mile northwest of our current office. That’s still within the South Lake Union community, but it’s a new neighborhood to us. Archival...

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Weiner dogs race and roast in Ellensburg heat

For cute absurdity, it’s pretty tough to beat weiner dog races.
     Unless it’s watching weiner dogs prance in costume and perform tricks, too.
     On Saturday, we witnessed all of that at the 13th annual Dachshunds on Parade in downtown Ellensburg. With our adult kids out of town on Father’s Day,...

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11-year-old racer returns from stroke

Haley Lawhorn was the reigning 2014 Soap Box Derby champ. Then one night last December, the 11-year-old Salem girl collapsed.
     Doctors found ruptured blood vessels in her brain had caused a stroke. Months of recovery and intensive therapy followed.
     But today, following a...

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NW Poll says 1 in 5 took zero vacation

I love vacation. Counting long weekends, my wife and I take off at least three weeks each year.
     So the results of our latest PEMCO Poll surprised me: 21% of Northwest residents said they took no time off for vacation last year.
     Zilch. Not even one day.
     And in a typical year, 1 in 4...

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