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New I-90 fence should lessen car-elk collisions

A work crew braved frigid weather last weekend to deter elk from crossing Interstate 90 near Vantage, installing six miles of fence alongside the freeway.
     It’s a seasonal problem that puts motorists at risk each winter when hundreds of elk migrate from the Colockum highlands to their winter... read more →
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Northwesterners just can’t help their need for speed

Gridlocked roads aside, Northwesterners speed more than they did just six years ago. But it’s not their fault. With all those other pesky drivers going so fast, they’ve got to put the pedal to the metal just to keep up! So said 72% of the admitted speeders in a recent PEMCO Poll. Most of the rest...

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NW communities cope with harsh weather

Portlanders must drive with chains, or get ticketed. Tri-Cities’ freeway to Oregon remains closed. Gov. Kate Brown is close to declaring a state of emergency in central Oregon because of the dangerous levels of snow. And because Spokaneites aren’t parking correctly, many of their streets won’t... read more →
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Deep freeze calls for precautions, slow driving

Our recent extreme weather has triggered a spike in storm-related insurance claims. Icy skids and crashed cars, frozen and burst water pipes, and trees toppled by gusty winds are keeping PEMCO busy.
     Bend was slammed with yet another snowstorm today, with more snow approaching. The Deschutes...

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Extreme cold calls for extreme driving tips

Northwest motorists will face extreme cold this week, amplifying our typical winter-driving hazards.
     Recently we offered general winter-driving tips, followed by advice specifically for driving on ice. Now we offer tips for dealing with problems that arise when temperatures really plummet – ... read more →
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3 urgent steps for burst water pipes

It's colder than cold outside, and suddenly a frozen water pipe bursts inside your home. What do you do?
     Act quickly to prevent further damage, and to ensure your safety.

  1. Turn off the main water valve. Ideally, you already know where it is. Often it's in the garage or near where the water main...
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You read them, we ranked them! Our Top 10 blog posts of 2016

Dear 2016:

Great knowing you, but we think it’s time to part ways and make room for the rumored clean slate our new friend 2017 offers.

Before we do, let’s look back on our Top 10 blog posts of 2016.

One Blazer superfan, our downright terrible Seattle commute, and prepping for the storm that never was...

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Stop freezing weather from freezing your pipes

2017 is expected to start off with a brrr! as we welcome in the new year with snow and freezing temperatures. Are your water pipes protected? If they freeze, do you know how to safely thaw them?

Frozen pipes are bad news because as water turns to ice, it expands, which can burst your pipes. You end...

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How to get rid of your Christmas tree

Santa has come, the presents have been opened and now comes many people’s least favorite part of the holiday season: cleaning up and taking down the Christmas tree. If you have a real one, pine needles on the carpet and sticky sap everywhere can make the task especially daunting. But if you know...

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Tree farmers urge consumers to "Keep it Real"

Christmas tree farmers are launching a "Keep it Real" ad campaign to stem the loss of market share to artificial trees.
     It's an effort relevant to the Northwest – the nation's top Christmas tree-producing state is Oregon, with Washington ranked No. 6.
     Industry research shows 31% of buyers... read more →
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