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IBA West Files Reply Brief with Calif. Office of Administrative Law

Insurance Brokers and Agents of the West (IBA West) submitted a reply brief on Dec. 21 to the California Office of Administrative Law, as a follow up to an earlier petition filed in September protesting then Commissioner John Garamendi’s actions …

Authorities Work to Bring Hay, Groceries to Plains

Colorado officials scrambled to find helicopters and other equipment on Tuesday in an effort to get hay to thousands of stranded cattle in the southeasten part of the state, five days after a snowstorm buried the region in drifts up …

Witness: Tiger Devoured Keeper’s Arm in San Francisco Zoo Mauling

A 350-pound tiger ate most of a zookeeper’s right arm in a bloody mauling, according to a witness to the San Francisco Zoo attack that has kept its victim hospitalized for more than a week. The zoo has not released …

2006 Deadliest Year for Boaters, Watercraft Users in Arizona

Last year was the deadliest year for Arizona’s boaters and watercraft users, Arizona Game and Fish Department officials said. In 2006, 14 people were killed, 153 were injured, and there were 255 accidents in Arizona waters, according to department records. …

Abacus Insurance Brokers Renames Online Technology Division

Los Angeles Abacus Insurance Brokers Inc. has changed the name of its online wholesale technology division APM Platform to Abacus.net. The name change is effective January 3, 2007. “Abacus.net better reflects the online nature of our business and the network …

Builders & Tradesmen’s Offers Commercial Auto Program in California

Builders & Tradesmen’s Insurance Services Inc., Rocklin, Calif., has a new commercial automobile market available in California underwritten by Commerce West Insurance Co. The program is designed for vehicles up to 45,000 gross vehicle weight. The program will entertain classes …

Colo. Governor-Elect Makes More Appointments

Farmer and longtime Prowers County Commissioner John Stulp will be nominated to head the Colorado Agriculture Department, Gov.-elect Bill Ritter said. The Democrat also said he would appoint Manitou Springs Mayor Marcy Morrison, a Republican, as insurance commissioner. The announcement …

Gold Hill, Ore., Could Lose Insurance

The insurance company for Gold Hill, a southwest Oregon city, has threatened to pull its coverage because of continuing problems with the city council and the police department. In a letter obtained by the (Medford) Mail Tribune newspaper, Noel Klein, …

Natural Disasters, Workers’ Comp Still California Concerns, Garamendi Says

Outgoing California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi said “California is not prepared for the financial consequences of a major disaster” and more work needs to be done to improve the state’s workers’ compensation system. At his final Capitol news conference as …

MJ Hall Offers Residential Homebuilders Program

M.J. Hall and Co. Inc., a general agent and surplus lines wholesaler, has a new residential homebuilders program. The new homebuilders general liability program is for custom and tract general contractors in Arizona and California. With the program, the builder …

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