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Crestbrook Insurance Expands into Oregon, Washington

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Crestbrook Insurance Co., an affluent market personal lines carrier, is expanding into Oregon and Washington. Independent insurance agents and brokers appointed with Crestbrook in both states are now able to offer the property/casualty carrier’s products and services to …

California-Based Palomar Specialty Insurance Expands Into More States

La Jolla, Calif.-based Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., established in February 2014 as a specialty catastrophe insurer, announced it is now licensed to write residential and commercial insurance in 14 states. Palomar Specialty initially focused on writing residential earthquake insurance, commercial …

New Firefighting Strategy Unveiled by Colorado

Colorado will begin a new strategy for fighting wildfires in the coming weeks by deploying aircraft designed to pinpoint the location of blazes quicker after the first smoke sighting. The goal is to identify the location of wildfires within an …

Utah City Argues it’s Not At Fault For Landslide

A Utah city says it’s not to blame for a landslide that crushed a home earlier this month and forced evacuations in a mountainside community. No one was injured when the hillside tumbled on Aug. 5 in a subdivision about …

Los Angeles to Settle Police-Death Suit for $5 Million

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to pay $5 million to the family of an unarmed, disabled man who was killed by police in a shooting captured on live television. The council voted 12-2 in closed session to approve …

Eight Homes, 10 Buildings Destroyed by California Wildfire

A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield, Calif.  has destroyed eight homes and 10 other structures, authorities said, but residents of some 200 homes under evacuation orders were allowed to return home Wednesday evening. The fire was 15 percent contained after consuming …

Hot Weather Takes Toll On Washington Wheat Crop

Too much heat and too little rain this summer are taking a toll on the winter wheat crop in Eastern Washington. Joel Zwainz on Monday estimated that his family’s 3,400-acre farm near Reardan will produce 30 to 50 percent less …

Garner Consulting Joins Bolton & Co. in California

Pasadena, Calif.-based Bolton & Co. has joined forces with Garner Consulting, an independent insurance agency that provides employee benefits and compliance services. As part of the transaction, Garner Consulting Principal John Garner join Bolton as chief compliance officer, and he …

High Earthquake Probability for Yellowstone Region

A new U.S. Geological Survey report indicates a slightly greater earthquake hazard in the Greater Yellowstone region of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho than previously thought, a geophysicist says. “The new maps show how Yellowstone has had a relative increase in …

Settlements Against Uninsured New Mexico Rail Service Reach Nearly $8M

New Mexico’s commuter rail service has received a free ride while taxpayers have shelled out nearly $8 million to settle damage claims against the Rail Runner Express, according to state records. The Rail Runner, until last month, didn’t pay premiums …

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