Fishin’ Magician says go to Banks Lake

A traditional rite of spring arrives Saturday in Washington: the opening of lowland-lakes fishing season.
   As a youth and young adult, I never missed The Opener. There were years when it was more of a guys’ party trip, mellow years when we sought the quiet and solitude of remote Columbia...

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Drivers, bicyclists often at odds on our roads

My work colleague suggested I change the title of our new infographic, "Cars vs. bikes," which highlights results from our latest PEMCO Poll.
     She suggested "Cars and bikes" would be more positive. Yet the poll reveals there's indeed tension between drivers and cyclists who share our roads.
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Olympia fumbled common-sense safety bill

I’m upset that our state House of Representatives dropped the ball recently on a crucial driving-safety bill.
   Specifically, the House refused to advance legislation to outlaw drivers from using smartphones for social media and GPS, even at stoplights. The bill would have closed a loophole in...

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Is your home at risk for earthquake, tsunami?

The answer to the headline is “yes” – earthquakes can rattle any Northwest locale to some degree.
   Now, a new study addresses the feasibility of evacuating from a tsunami.
   The bad news is, if you live near the coast, your risk is high for tsunamis (obviously) and earthquakes.
   Generally, the...

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I-5 changed Cascade neighborhood forever

Working at PEMCO alongside the West Coast’s busiest freeway, it’s hard to imagine a time when there was no Interstate 5, when PEMCO’s Cascade neighborhood side streets crossed Eastlake Avenue and continued up onto Capitol Hill.
   But in the grand scheme of things, I-5 is a relative newcomer to...

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Free help protects my property from wildfire

I feel better protected against wildfires now, thanks to free help from local Firewise partners.
   A work crew came to my rural property with a large chipper shredder, and one by one, the crew chipped 20 large piles of tree limbs and bushes I’d stacked alongside the road. These folks were from...

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Stolen cabin found 10 miles away, near Springdale

A cabin stolen off its foundation northwest of Spokane has been found.
   The Hempel family drove into the woods north of Springdale Tuesday intending to enjoy their weekend cabin, but found the gate’s lock cut – and the cabin itself entirely missing.
   A phone tip to the Stevens County Sheriff led...

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Summer delays resume on I-90 with paving, blasting

Motorists, expect delays from now until fall on Washington's busiest cross-state highway, I-90.
   Construction has resumed along Lake Keechelus in the Cascades, where crews are adding new lanes, building bridges, straightening sharp curves, and repaving. In June, rock blasting resumes on the east...

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Open again: mountain passes, Wanapum shore

Motorists can drive across the Cascades today on three mountain passes that typically don’t open for another month.
   And with Wanapum Dam repairs now complete, boating can resume on a 20-mile stretch of the Columbia River that’s been closed for more than a year.
   The North Cascades Highway...

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Youth art contest promotes I-90 wildlife bridge

Work crews will start building an I-90 bridge for wildlife this June as part of the broad freeway improvements east of Snoqualmie Pass.
   Travelers, take note that the bridge also will displace the Price Creek rest area at milepost 62 in June, eliminating public rest rooms between Travelers Rest at...

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