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Montana Governor Wants Disaster Declaration Over Flooding

Gov. Steve Bullock is asking President Barack Obama to issue a federal disaster declaration for Montana due to widespread flooding and ice jams last month. Bullock’s letter, dated Friday, explains that unusually high amounts of precipitation fell over the winter …

Dog Attack Prompts Oregon Mail Carrier Suit

An Oregon postal worker seeks more than $180,000 in a lawsuit filed against the owner of a dog that allegedly attacked her. The Register-Guard newspaper reported that Kristin Joachim’s suit was filed in Lane County Circuit Court. The court document …

California Drought Spawns Well Drilling Boom

The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands. He’s buying a drilling rig for $1 million to make …

Atlas Taps Horton as Western Region Vice President of Marketing

Atlas General Insurance Services LLC named Matt Horton vice president of marketing for its Western region. In his new role, Horton will be responsible for developing Atlas’ current agency base and managing distribution in the Western region, with a special …

LP Insurance in Nevada Names Cisneros Chief Risk Officer

Reno, Nev.-based Insurance Services Inc. named David Cisneros its chief risk officer. As chief risk officer Cisneros’ responsibilities include leading the risk management services division consisting of risk control, claims management, risk transfer and legal support management, benefits compliance consult …

Gas Tax Causes $500M Shortfall in Oregon Transportation Funding

People are driving less, and their vehicles have become more fuel efficient. While those might be considered positive trends, a potential decline in gas-tax revenue is one reason the Oregon Department of Transportation says it is on track to spend …

Hawaii License Suit Not Inclined To Be Dismissed By Judge

A federal judge is not inclined to dismiss a lawsuit alleging Hawaii discriminates against those with limited English skills by making it difficult for them to obtain a driver’s license. U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway said in court documents …

Southern California Agent Sentenced For Ponzi Scheme

Michael Zuno Zuniga, 43, of Fullerton, was sentenced to five years in Los Angeles County Jail and ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution for his participation in a Ponzi scheme targeting Los Angeles area seniors. Zuniga was arrested in …

NFP Names Merk Vice President in California

National Financial Partners Corp. P&C California has hired Sue Merk as vice president of business development in California. Merk will focus on expanding and cultivating cross sell opportunities for NFP’s California region. Merk has more than 25 years of commercial …

EPIC in California Names Gonthier Chief Financial Officer

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center named Michael Gonthier chief financial officer. Elaine Andrian, EPIC’s current CFO, will now focus on merger and acquisition strategy and diligence. Gonthier will be responsible for overseeing all finance and accounting, human resources and information technology functions across …

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