Razing Kane’s evokes memories of mom

Workers recently demolished an old landmark in the Eastgate area of Bellevue, triggering awkward childhood memories.
   Perhaps you know a parent or grandparent who endured the Great Depression and proudly embraced the label “Depression-era kid?”
   My mom was one, God bless her. The oldest of six...

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Eugene sets heat record; wildfires still igniting

Much was said about how hot Spokane’s and Seattle’s summers have been. Spokane sizzled in July, and Seattle logged its warmest average daytime high, 80.0 degrees, for all of July and August.
   Now we learn Eugene has set a record for days at 90 degrees or higher: 35 days and counting, as of Sept....

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New poll: Northwest teens sleep too little

Do teenage students get enough sleep? Our new PEMCO Poll reveals 74% of Northwest residents think the answer is “no.”
   Yet 52% think high school classes generally start at the right time, and just 26% think school starts too early.
   Only 11% of those polled know that nine hours is the right...

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Save your garden tomatoes from early frost

The first freeze of the season hit the Inland Northwest on Thursday, putting vegetable gardens at risk for frostbite.
   Temperatures dropped to the 20s and lower 30s in many places as polar air pushed south. Republic saw 27 degrees, Mazama reported 28, and Baker City and Burns hit 35.
   Northwest...

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Oregon to vote on immigrant driver's licenses

Oregon voters soon will decide whether undocumented immigrants should receive special licenses allowing them to drive.
   Proponents say the driver's licenses would make roads safer because undocumented immigrants would have to pass a driving test and know traffic laws to get licensed. Some also...

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Seahawks fans cover the most turf in U.S.

Is Dallas truly “America’s team?” Apparently not.
   The Cowboys have long marketed themselves as America’s team, but a “Facebook Fandom Map” shows that based on geographic reach, the Denver Broncos appeal to the largest chunk of the lower 48.
   And if you include Alaska, America’s team clearly...

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Shock staying in Spokane with new lease

On the day the Seattle Seahawks began defending their 2014 Super Bowl crown, Spokane football fans learned their own professional team will stick around several more years.
   The Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League have renewed their lease at Veterans Arena for two years, with an option for a...

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Penneys leaving Bellevue after 55 years

Jacques Penné, Penneys, JCP – call it what you will, the struggling national retailer is leaving Bellevue after 55 years.
   J.C. Penney confirmed Sept. 4 that it will vacate its Bellevue Square store on or about Nov. 1.
   For a kid who grew up on the Eastside, this is a big deal, even if the only...

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Northwest among safest places to live

Hey there, you worrywarts living in Ontario, Ore., and Nampa, Idaho. Now you have something to cheer you up, just like the fusspots in Big Timber, Mont.
   You’re safe from natural disasters. Generally speaking, of course. Same with our friends in Weiser, Idaho, and Wasco, Ore.
   That’s according to...

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Hendrix was a hydro geek like many of us

Imagine my delight to find a color hydroplane drawing done by Jimi Hendrix in 1958.
   Yes, Hendrix was a hydro geek, just like nearly all of us Northwest baby boomers.
   The late, great guitarist grew up in Seattle and apparently was enamored with the thunderboats of his era. This drawing, owned by...

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