Mark Klaas

Living her dream at a cherished place

It is a special place, offering everything that could and should be for seniors.

Beating the pain, striving to gain: Algona woman goes the distance in triathlon

Stephanie Norton-Bredl concedes she's no "super athlete," just a goal-oriented "average girl," determined to finish whatever she starts. Her latest mission? A grueling endurance test through shallow waters and over hilly terrain.

The Great Pumpkin: Auburn man grows the largest one the fair has ever seen

It took Brian Halbert six years but the Auburn man finally captured the Washington State Fair's Great Pumpkin Challenge.

Auburn company helps supply Scobee students

Auburn-based Ply Gem Windows delivered 4,282 school supply items to Dick Scobee Elementary School last Friday.

Tamba, Japan youth get a taste of Auburn | SLIDESHOW

A group of Kent-Auburn Tamba, Japan Youth Ambassadors got a good taste of South King County life.

Alumni summer theater continues Ayckbourn’s trilogy

Paul Fouhy and his cast from the past introduced Alan Ayckbourn's work to the summer community stage last summer.

Students apply skill, touch: MultiCare Nurse Camp offers hands-on lessons in health care

Mariah McHenry appreciates good, friendly care on her frequent visits to the hospital. "I go to the clinic across the street," said McHenry, pausing to talk last Friday during a classroom lesson at the MultiCare Nurse Camp at Tacoma General Hospital. "They are always so kind, and so I always wanted to be a nurse."

‘Pacin’ Parson’ to complete walk for MS, sister

Auburn's man of sole walks for many friends, many causes. But Don Stevenson's latest ultra-walk hits closer to home.

Auburn Riverside’s Brock, Lee make the most of high school experience | Class of ’13

Well rounded, intelligent, ambitious, appreciative. Sumner Brock and Elizabeth Lee are many things, thanks to the full Auburn Riverside High School experience.

Leading by example at Auburn Mountainview | Class of ’13

Challenged to lead and serve, Griffin Lamb and Abi Alfrey naturally shine. As two of the top graduating seniors in Auburn Mountainview's class of 2013, Lamb and Alfrey embrace the opportunity to help others.

Auburn woman turns around a trouble life

Sexually assaulted as a child, Ernestine Finkley's adult life would be ripped by domestic violence, shredded by unshakable substance abuse, savaged by mental health problems.

MEMORIAL DAY | Surviving hostile waters: Local man looks back on long, fortuitous career in the Navy

As a young Navy machinist caught in the coils of World War II, Tony Mola looked his terrifying enemy in the eye more times than he cares to remember.

Showing the way: Auburn man survives drug addiction, jail to build a career in counseling

Jail is a wasteland, a dead end for men and women awash in pain, despair, anger. Auburn's George Brummell knows this all too well. Growing up in northeast Portland and a heroin addict by his 15th birthday, Brummel spent the next 35 years fettered to the drug culture.

‘Invincible spirit’ helps others: Auburn’s May honored

Tyler May has a heart of gold and an unshakable determination to help his fellow athletes. An "invincible spirit," is how U.S. Sen. Patty Murray described him. On center stage at The Seattle Westin Grand Ballroom in Seattle on Monday, the autistic, 17-year-old Auburn High School senior stepped confidently to the microphone to share that spirit with a large audience, which included special guest Dr. Jill Biden, the Second Lady of the United States.

Spreading the gospel of good health | Klaas

The youth pastor and veteran NFL fullback raised the fitness magazine for all to see. Such cover images of chisled, ripped bodybuilders, Eddie Williams warned his young audience at Auburn High School, send the wrong message to growing, impressionable teens. And those quick, even drastic methods for reaching physical greatness are chock full of lies.

Let it be Sun-down in Pacific | Klaas

Frustrated Pacific continues to vent. Concerned citizens gossip on sidewalks. Angry business owners explain the problems on Facebook. Folks frequently ring our office, calling for the mayor's head.

SuperMall, now Outlet Collection gets $35 million makeover

Crews recently began work on the next phase of the ongoing project — the exterior of the former SuperMall.

Chinook kindergartners fill the bus to fight hunger

Teresa Millard's resourceful kindergartners at Chinook Elementary School are filling a school bus to fight hunger.

Can you make ‘The Cut’? | Klaas

Wannabes and all-stars are welcome. Be prepared for repetitious drills and numerous takes, sound instruction and occasional criticism. Anticipate frustrating whiffs at the fastball and ghastly gaffes in the field. Most of all, be ready for plenty of drama on and off the diamond.

Lewis reflects on his long run as mayor | Klaas

As he begins his 12th and final year in office, Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis says he has unfinished business to complete before he officially steps away from City Hall.