Nestle seeks to sell Oregon town’s spring water

Corporate giant Nestle continues to battle for state permits entitling it to bottle and sell spring water from the town of Cascade Locks.
   It’s an interesting study in marketing. Cascade Locks’ municipal water is equally as pure as what gurgles up from Oxbow Springs, located just south of I-84 ....

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Car-care skills vary with tasks, gender

Our new PEMCO Poll confirms a common stereotype: Northwest men do more hands-on car care than women.
   So what, you ask? Well, PEMCO would like all drivers – men and women – to know how to handle basic problems like flat tires, dead batteries, or chaining up, so they won’t be stranded in unsafe...

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Wilson the 12th Pony steals Norm's thunder

Another Seahawks celebrity raised our 12 flag on our roof Friday: Norm Johnson.
   Some of my younger colleagues, unaware of Norm's stardom as an All-Pro placekicker for the 1982-1990 Seahawks, got more excited to greet Wilson the 12th Pony, who accompanied Norm to PEMCO.
   To give you an idea of...

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Free rest-stop coffee to be promoted again?

Washington coffee snobs might not drink free rest-stop java, but a state senator thinks highway safety depends on it.
   Have you ever noticed the freeway signs near rest areas that say “free coffee”? If not, perhaps it’s because they disappeared in 2012. That’s when the Department of...

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Study: Spokane drivers text and drive most

Spokane County drivers, you’ve been outed.
   In a 2013 study conducted by the Univ. of Washington and Harborview, researchers observed drivers at intersections across the state. In Spokane County, 14.5% talked or texted on their cellphones, the highest percentage in Washington.
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Packers fans both wary, unafraid of Seahawks

Once the Packers-Cowboys game ended Sunday at Lambeau Field, my thoughts drifted toward Wisconsin and my Midwest relatives.
   A big chunk of my wife’s family lives near Amery, Wisc., and I wondered how confident they felt about their team invading (or hobbling toward) the Seahawks’ home turf...

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Seahawk proclaims that Sasquatch is a 12

Have you ever wondered, which NFL team do sasquatches cheer for?
   We have the answer!
   No, not the Bears. In their natural habitat, bears and sasquatches are enemies, competing for berries, salmon, and secret lairs.
   Probably not the Vikings, known to be hunters as well as pillagers.
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Bill Boeing Jr. passes, leaving Wahoo behind

Bill Boeing Jr., son of the Boeing Company’s founder, died early Thursday morning in his sleep at age 92.
   National news media quickly covered his passing. They noted Boeing’s work with Seattle’s Museum of Flight, his real estate projects, and his philanthropic legacy.
   But none of the initial...

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Another cub in peril, this time near Medford

A 14-pound black bear cub fell out of a tree Tuesday in Phoenix, Ore., and rescuers are deciding its fate.
   The cub, believed to be between 9 and 12 months old, is severely underweight and might be unhealthy. If so, state biologists may euthanize it rather than rehabilitate and release it.
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End is almost here for iconic Kalakala ferry

Say it ain’t so!
   A Seattle Times headline today reads, “Kalakala headed to scrap yard at end of January.”
   Seattleites born after color TV became commonplace might say, “Who cares?” But for earlier folks who rode on the streamlined Puget Sound ferry until its 1967 retirement, it’s a sad day.
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