Washington attractions we’ve yet to see

My colleague Rod showed me a new article titled, “11 underrated places in Washington to take an out-of-towner.”
     He showed me because, like many here at PEMCO, he and I are both Washington natives who presumably know all the great places to take guests.
     Rod confessed he’s never been to...

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For hire: will install chains on trucks

You see them steering 18-wheelers through cities, sagebrush flatlands, and mountain passes: those gritty semitruck drivers.
     Rough-and-tumble guys who, like the Ice Road Truckers on the History channel, bare their beards to the icy elements and chain up to climb Stevens, Siskiyou, Deadman, or...

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Terse Newton exposed as work in progress

Perhaps my Seattle perspective is too biased to give Cam Newton a fair shake. I'm still not pleased at his showboat antics while ousting my beloved Seahawks from the playoffs last month.
     But last night, Newton exposed himself as a poor loser following his Carolina Panthers' loss to the...

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Porch piracy jumps with online sales

A new term permeated our vernacular during the recent holiday season: “porch pirate.”
     That’s the name given to thieves who cruise neighborhoods on the lookout for packages left on doorsteps. When they see one, they pull over, casually retrieve it, load it inside their car and drive away.
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NW drought over, snowpack looking good

Northwest skiers and farmers are cheering this winter’s mountain snowpack, a welcome contrast to last year and a little different from what El Nino typically produces.
     Oregon’s Climate Change Institute says the state’s snowpack is at or above normal, the Salem Statesman Journal reported.
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Stargazers can enjoy rare show of five planets

Northwest stargazers will be treated to a rare sight for the next two weeks as five planets align and become visible to the naked eye.
     And you don’t need to get up all that early to see it – 6:30 a.m.
     During a 45-minute window, look to the south and you’ll see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter,...

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NW drivers mixed on mandated full-service gas

All Northwest residents know that Washingtonians love to pump their own gas, and Oregonians love to have attendants pump it for them, right?
     No. It’s far less clear than I suspected.
     The latest PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll reveals that while 69% of Oregon drivers favor full-service gas,...

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Rebooted X-Files back, again filmed in B.C.

Millions of viewers tuned in to the reboot of The X-Files Sunday and Monday nights on FOX. Again, like its initial five seasons, X-Files is shot just north of us in and around Vancouver, B.C.
     The Vancouver Sun identified some filming locations, including a surprise. One of Sunday night’s scenes...

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Meet the sunken ghost town beneath an Oregon lake

When I’m searching my news feeds for fresh teen driver stories, I sometimes find a Northwest tale that 1) doesn’t involve teens, and 2) doesn’t involve driving.

That’s the joy of the Internet and its click-by-click rabbit hole of discovery. This time, it led me to a story about a tiny Oregon town,...

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Brash Johnson first U.S. man to strike alpine gold

Before Bode Miller, before Ted Ligety, before Tommy Moe, came the first American men’s champion in Olympics alpine skiing: Oregon’s Bill Johnson.
     The 1984 downhill gold-medal winner in Sarajevo died yesterday in Gresham, where he had been in assisted living for several years after a series of...

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