West News

Capital Insurance Group Names Chatterton President and CEO

Capital Insurance Group (CIG),a regional property/casualty insurer serving the Western U.S., named L. Arnold Chatterton president and chief executive officer. The board of directors decision and appointment follows Peter Cazzolla’s announcement that he would be retiring his leadership role after …

North Las Vegas Bulldozing Abandoned Homes

North Las Vegas, Nev., officials are taking a cue from their Rust Belt counterparts and bulldozing abandoned homes that have become magnets for criminal activity, squatters and fires. Asbestos-removal and demolition began last week on some of the 20 homes …

Post-Quake Gas Leak Inspections in Bay Area

The utility serving areas damaged by Sunday’s earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area says it expects to continue searching for possible gas leaks over the coming days. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it has received several hundred calls …

Hawaii Volcano Lava Flow Could Threaten Homes

Scientists are monitoring lava flowing from a Hawaii volcano eruption that could threaten homes. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the June 27 lava flow, named for the date it began erupting from a new vent, isn’t an immediate threat to …

Huge Water Loss Due to Western U.S. Drought

About 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 4 inches of water, according to a study published Thursday. Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at …

Homes Damaged by Washington Flash Floods, Mudslides

An estimated 10 homes were damaged or destroyed and highways were blocked as heavy rains unleashed mudslides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires. More thunderstorms had been forecast for Friday but serious …

State of Emergency Declared After California Earthquake

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for the part of California’s wine country hard-hit by a large earthquake. The governor issued a proclamation directing state agencies to help respond to the 6.0-magnitude quake that struck early Sunday …

What You May Not Know About Uninsured Motorists Claims

Enforcing California’s 24 Hour Reporting Requirement A 19-year- old boy walks home from his first frat party and passes by a nearby park. Feeling invincible after a few beers, he decides to climb to the top of a jungle gym …

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Expands Operations in Washington

ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a national damaged vehicle repair company, announced the opening of its newest franchise repair center located at 641 West University Way in Ellensburg, Washington. It is the first ABRA franchise in the state and is …

M6.0 Earthquake is California Bay Area’s Strongest Since Loma Prieta

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near Napa, Calif. early Sunday morning is the strongest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay area since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, which registered a magnitude 6.9, according to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide. …

West News Archives by Month