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What does 'present' mean on school-zone road signs?

With school resuming soon, let's test your safe-driver knowledge.
     You're driving near a school and see a sign: SCHOOL – SPEED LIMIT 20 WHEN CHILDREN ARE PRESENT
     What does that mean, precisely? Is it:

  • Slow down to 20 mph when school is in session?
  • Slow down to 20 when children are within...
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Young drivers can learn stick shifts in classic cars

Out of the blue, this week I received an invitation for a fun program offered by Hagerty Insurance.
     Hagerty insures my two vintage Chevies, and next month it’s teaming with LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma to teach teenagers how to drive cars with manual transmissions. I was invited to offer a car and... read more →
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Stuck by the side of the road? Hope you’re wearing a collar ...

Turns out, PEMCO Northwest Profile #23, Marymoor Off-Leash Dog Lady, isn’t the only person passionate about pets. A recent PEMCO Poll showed that Northwesterners are much more likely to leap into action to help a dog trapped in a car than a fellow traveler stuck by the side of the road.

Woof!

Nine out...

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Vancouver hiker crossing U.S. three times in 10 months

Jeff Garmire of Vancouver, Wash., hiked past milepost 865 yesterday on the Continental Divide Trail, on track to conquer the Triple Crown of hiking within one calendar year. Altogether he's walked 5,745 miles since Feb. 6.
     Today Garmire, 25, will cross into Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park....

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U.S. Olympics boxing, once so bright, now dim

The Rio Olympics boxing finals are approaching, and it appears the American men have just one contender left.
     Bantamweight Shakur Stevenson battles Russia’s Vladmir Mikitin in a semifinal bout today. Aside from that, I see no U.S. men remaining in any weight division.
     That explains why I’ve... read more →
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A cool escape from upcoming NW heat wave

If you like it hot, you’ll love our weather starting Thursday. Forecasters say we’ll hit the low 90s, which should remind you of last summer, when Seattle set a record for the number of days exceeding 90 degrees.
     But if you hate the heat, you can run for the hills – literally – and cool off only... read more →
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Passing motorists didn't ignore this stranded driver

Last Friday I had the unfortunate experience of role-playing a recent PEMCO Poll. It involved a stalled car on a hot day.
     Last month we issued the results of our poll that asked Washington and Oregon drivers: Imagine it's a hot day. You're driving on a busy street or highway and see a...

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Taking the plunge: swimming lessons #1 & 2

As you may remember from a previous post, I recently decided to learn how to swim. The timing is good, since I’m inspired every night by the amazing and history-making swimmers I see in the Rio Olympics. My coworker Jessica told me Michael Phelps used to be scared of the water, and now he has like 20...

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Seek dark skies for best view of meteor shower

Stargazers are anticipating tonight's Perseid meteor shower, projected to be thicker than usual as the Earth passes through a band of uncommonly chunky comet dust.
     The annual shower began a couple weeks ago and peaks tonight and Friday night, with the best viewing between midnight and dawn.... read more →
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Avalanche bridge open, will reduce I-90 closures

The new Interstate 90 avalanche bridge near Snoqualmie Pass opened to traffic Tuesday, a major milestone in the project to widen 15 miles of mountain freeway.
     All four I-90 lanes – eastbound and westbound, two lanes in each direction – now crowd the bridge temporarily. Construction begins...

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