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Cost Of Fighting Washington Wildfires So Far: $50 Million

The cost of fighting this season’s wildfires in Washington, including the largest one in the state’s history, has crossed the $50 million mark. Bolstered by the nearly 400-square-mile wildfire in north-central Washington, this year’s wildfire season has been widespread, with …

Boating, Rafting Operators at Tahoe Put out by Drought

After first putting a damper on skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the drought now is taking a toll on boating and rafting around Lake Tahoe. Larry Boerner, owner of the paddlewheeler Tahoe Gal, said he can offer sightseeing cruises …

IFG Companies Names Doyle Managing Director in California

IFG Cos. named Dennis P. Doyle as managing director in its property department. Doyle will be based in the Los Angeles, Calif. area and will participate in the opening of IFG’s new office in that region. He will help lead …

Washington Insurance Judge Untruthful In Case, Inspector Says

An independent investigator says the state insurance office’s top administrative-law judge was misleading and untruthful when it came to a high-profile insurance case that ultimately led to her suspension in May. Patricia Petersen had alleged that the insurance commissioner Chief …

Parents Sue Alaska Heli-Ski Company After Son’s Avalanche Death

The parents of a 26-year-old snowboarder who died after an Alaska avalanche have filed a federal lawsuit against a heli-skiing company, alleging it failed to assess the danger in the area. Nickolay Dobov of Truckee, California, died after the March …

California Wildfire Destroys 13 Homes, Hundreds of Homes at Risk

Firefighters in Northern California made progress Sunday against a wildfire that has destroyed 13 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park that destroyed one home grew significantly overnight. East …

Oregon Man’s Sues Boy Scouts for $5.3 Million Over Molestation

A Portland, Ore. man who says he was molested by his Scout leader in the 1970s seeks $5.3 million in a lawsuit filed against the Boy Scouts of America. The lawsuit filed Wednesday says the national office allowed the Portland …

Jury Awards Families $2.4M in Lawsuit Over Utah Couple’s Kayaking Death

A jury has faulted state and local agencies in the 2010 deaths of a Utah married couple kayaking in the Jordan River. Family members of Kelly Frye-Glasser and Joseph Glasser on Tuesday won their case arguing that officials were aware …

NRA Insurance Enables Oregon Shooting Ranges to Reopen

Shooting ranges in White City, Ore. are reopening after the National Rifle Association agreed to provide insurance coverage. The 18 ranges were forced to close July 1 because their insurance carrier dropped coverage after a man filed a claim after …

Lane Splitting Guidelines Removed by California Highway Patrol

The California Highway Patrol has taken down safety guidelines for a criticized but legal driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by driving between lanes. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that state officials were concerned the guidelines for so-called lane splitting …

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