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When phantom claims suspected, we ferret out fraud

Imagine you’re opening the mail after a long day at work. In one envelope, you find a survey from your insurance company asking about your recent auto glass claim.
     “How nice of them to check in,” you think. “But what glass claim? My windshield is just fine.”
     A scenario like that led to a... read more →
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We need interns! Know a NW college student ready to make an impact?

Recruiting for PEMCO’s 2017 Internship Program is now underway! We’re looking for six creative, service-oriented interns who can work alongside us to keep us future-focused.

Interns work in departments throughout the organization, including: Enterprise Services, Learning & Development, Marketing,...

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Felony charges for phony auto glass claims

A former Juanita High School coach has been charged for filing false insurance claims with PEMCO through his home-based auto glass company.
     The Washington Insurance Commissioner says the man, age 50, filed 15 false Alligator Auto Glass claims totaling $6,569 involving staff or parents of...

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Oregon schools might bolster outdoor education

An Oregon ballot measure seeks to restore the once-robust Outdoor School program for sixth-graders statewide.
     Launched more than 50 years ago, the program at one time educated 90% of Oregon's 11- and 12-year-olds on environmental principles. Today, just half of students take part because of tax...

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Newspaper shacks gone the way of front-porch delivery

A MyNorthwest.com story asks, whatever became of Seattle’s newspaper shacks?
     If you’re a high-school sophomore or younger, “newspaper shack” might not register with you. But as the article explains, until around the year 2000, The Seattle Times depended on “an army of 3,000 adolescents to... read more →
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College bound? Here’s a 3-point checklist for bringing your car

If you’ve considered the pros and cons of having a car on campus this year and landed on “yes,” here are a few tips to make sure your trip to (or back to) campus goes smoothly.

  • Let the trusty campus map be your guide.Whether you’re new to campus, or you’re living in a different location than last...

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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, "When children are present?" Is it:

  • Slow down to 20 mph when school is in session?
  • Slow down to 20...
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If you grill with charcoal, upgrade for safety

For some people, Memorial Day marks the start of outdoor grilling season. Others, like our family, grill year-round.
     Either way, it’s good to review a few grilling-safety tips now that the dry season is upon us.
     Some tips are so obvious and rooted in common sense, they hardly seem worth... read more →
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Disinterest kills Longview teenage car show

The All High School Car Show, a Longview-area fixture since 1987, has died due to dwindling participation.
     To me, it’s a clear sign of America’s shift away from teenage car culture.
     Kevin Clark, 18, won the final show last Saturday, held at Lower Columbia College. His “pride ride” is a red...

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An appreciation for teachers

Everyone remembers that one teacher that made an impact on your life – that one teacher or program that taught in “a little different” way that inspired you and helped you grow. For me, it was Mr. Bailey, my sixth-grade teacher at Tacoma’s Larchmont Elementary School. Mr. Bailey would make us...

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