Robert Whale

It’s down to Backus, Wales in mayoral race | primary election results

Incumbent holds more than a 10 percent lead from early returns

State wants City to maintain signals at busy Auburn Way South, Highway 18

The State of Washington recently approached the City of Auburn, asked if it wanted to take over maintenance responsibilities for the traffic signals on busy… Continue reading

City ponders $400,000 to Tacoma mental health hospital

While Washington state has 10 psychiatric beds for every 100,000 people, South King and Pierce County offer 2.8 beds per 100,000. Realizing the mental health… Continue reading

Victims identified in fatal four-plex fire in north Auburn

The King County Medical Examiner has identified the 26-year-old man and 4-year-old boy who died July 19 in a two-alarm fire at an Auburn four-plexin… Continue reading

Rescuing a farm from the weeds

Large family, volunteers from Kent church step in to restore a ‘rented’ Auburn farm

Wales explains her absence on car tab fee vote

Had Auburn’s Transportation Benefit District not met that June evening, or had the number present dropped below the four the law requires for the panel… Continue reading

Auburn Tourism Board launches new website

Typically, tourism boards do their thing without a lot of fanfare. But Auburn’s Economic Development Director, Doug Lein, expects more than a few eyeballs to… Continue reading

Brewery is a Geaux on East Main Street

A designer is helping to select the color palettes for the as-yet-unpainted walls, and the kitchen is about 85 percent complete. Utilities are waiting to… Continue reading

Woman pleads not guilty to vehicular homicide

King County Prosecutors say Sarah Adams was high June 19 when she ploughed from behind into 36-year-old Jonathan Wiger, who was then stopped on his… Continue reading

Survey: Auburn residents support marijuana business

Between March and May, the City conducted an online survey to gauge the response of Auburn residents to marijuana, and with an average of 79… Continue reading

Patrols out to defuse any illegal fireworks

If it goes up or blows up in the city of Auburn, it’s illegal. That basic rule has not changed since it was written into… Continue reading

Improvements await B Street Northwest

This summer the City of Auburn will rebuild B Street Northwest between 37th Street Northwest and 49th Street Northwest, replace sanitary sewer main along 49th… Continue reading

Confronting a drug epidemic

Community addresses growing heroin, opioid problem at town hall gathering

Auburn’s proposed car tab fee parked, for now

Given that its 120-day tabling of the motion for the $20 car tab fee was set to expire this week, Auburn’s Transportation Benefit District met… Continue reading

Pioneer steps it up, supports healthy crusade

Pioneer Elementary School has garnered many well-deserved plaudits and attaboys and attagirls over the years for its remarkable academic success. But what about the physical… Continue reading

Auburn man gets 9 years for arson spree

Scaring and angering the community, Michael Austin McGrath set 10 known structure fires in Auburn between September 2015 and early January 2016, possibly more. Earlier… Continue reading

Class acts: Auburn seniors shine in all they do | GREAT GRADS ’17

A listing of the activities Leila Lewis has been involved in during her years at Auburn High School is enough to make you talk to… Continue reading

Auburn sees its share of older homeless on the streets

Every day, staff at Valley Cities out-patient clinic on I Street Northeast see at least 100 homeless people. Most have lost their jobs, were broken… Continue reading

Innovative school efforts impress Inslee in visit to Auburn

Gov. Jay Inslee visited Cascade Middle School last week to see, he said, what’s working there. Two hours later the governor left, bowled over by… Continue reading

Finding their place, finding their way at West Auburn | GREAT GRADS ’17

When Alma Lopez entered Mountainview High School as a freshman in 2013, she admits, she took nothing about the school seriously. School, Lopez recalled, was… Continue reading