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  • Texting and driving

    Is Washington’s distracted driving law making a difference?

    Over the summer, Washington implemented tougher distracted driving laws months earlier than expected.  Under the new law, drivers can be pulled over and ticketed for holding any kind of electronic device at the wheel.  If you break any other traffic laws, and the officer who pulls you over discovers you are distracted by anything else – like food, or putting on makeup – it will increase your ticket. Because Governor Jay Inslee opted to veto a proposed waiting period and […]

  • How would you spend $4 million?

    Snohomish County officials are asking for your input on affordable housing and community development.  The county gets about $4 million in Federal funds every year to be spent on affordable housing, public facilities, infrastructure, and economic development.  The county needs your input to determine how that money would be best spent. You can weigh in at one of two meetings on Tuesday, December 5th at the Robert J. Drewel Building in Everett, or send written comments to the Snohomish County […]

  • Oil trains

    Vancouver oil train terminal meeting

    On November 28th, the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) will hold a public meeting, followed by a public vote, on Tesoro Savage, LLC’s proposed Vancouver Energy Terminal. Tesoro Savage wants to build a terminal at the Port of Vancouver that can ship up to 360 barrels of crude oil per day to refineries.  Opponents say adding all those extra oil trains to the region increases the risk of a dangerous crash, derailment, or spill. The EFSEC will hold […]

  • Ikea dressers recalled – again

    Ikea has relaunched the recall of 29 million chests and dressers following the death of an eighth child. CEO Lars Petersson said the company wants to increase awareness of the recall for several types of chest and dressers that can easily tip over if not anchored to a wall.  You can find more details on that here. The death of a California toddler, who was found trapped underneath an Ikea Malm dresser in May, has raised questions about whether Ikea […]

  • Preparing your home for winter storms

    Technically winter is still weeks away, but we have already seen several big storms move through Western Washington.  Forecasters predict a “La Nina” weather pattern, which Pemco Insurance experts say can mean more wind and rain than we would usually see. The key to avoiding damage is to prepare long before the storm hits.  First, check your property for any trees or branches that might be wind-vulnerable.  If you’re not sure what to look for, you might want to call […]

  • Hospital safety watchdog group rates Western Washington hospitals

    A hospital safety watchdog group called Leapfrog has released its latest list of safest – and riskiest – hospitals in the United States.  Leapfrog measured things like preventable infections, patient satisfaction, and systems in place to prevent mistakes.  One example of those systems would be using a computer system to prevent medication prescription errors. Leapfrog gave fifteen hospitals an “F” grade, but none of them are in Washington state.  Washington hospitals ranged from A-D.  Virginia Mason Medical Center, University of […]

  • Roadside assistance: smart buy or waste of cash?

    It happens to everyone, some time or other: a flat tire, an empty gas tank, a dead battery, a locked door – and suddenly your car goes from a means of transportation to a source of frustration.  Unfortunately, these problems rarely happen at a convenient time, and roadside assistance can come in handy. Craig Kehrberg, from Pemco Insurance, says the trick is to shop around and find a product that works for you.  If you are looking for perks like […]

  • Doug Baldwin speaks at charity breakfast to support homeless families

    Fresh off a win over the New York Giants, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin stopped by a fundraising breakfast in support of Vision House Tuesday morning.

  • Dishwashers recalled for fire risk

    More than 500,000 dishwashers are being recalled because their power cords can overheat and catch fire.  So far there are no reports of anyone being hurt, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission says if you have one of the recalled dishwashers, you should not risk turning it on.

  • Computer back-ups: needed or not?

    When disaster strikes, a good insurance company can help you put your life back together by paying to repair damage or replace anything that has been completely destroyed.  But there’s one thing no insurance company can help you replace: treasured family pictures.  Fires, floods, mudslides, and even tornadoes will destroy pictures, all too often leaving victims with nothing. Fortunately, you can avoid the loss entirely by scanning old pictures, and backing up your files.  Pemco communications manager Derek Wing says […]