In Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Inslee recently announced all counties will be staying in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan for the next several weeks. Pictured: People enjoy outdoor dining last summer in downtown Kent. Courtesy photo

Inslee: All of Washington to stay in Phase 2 for a few weeks

The governor issued a weekslong pause on regions moving backward, but has yet to outline a Phase 3.

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A draft ordinance proposes to apply a square-footage tax on the city’s warehousing along with a possible Business and Occupation tax to help the city stave off steep deficits.

Auburn studies first draft of proposed B&O tax

Berk Consulting Agency of Seattle studied the city of Auburn’s general fund finances last year and forecast that over the… Continue reading

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Men punch women in the face | Police blotter

Auburn Police responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between Feb. 12 and Feb. 22: Feb. 12… Continue reading

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Prosecutor charges two men in severe beating involving croquet mallet

Auburn Police reported that on the afternoon of Feb. 15, Theodore Michael Hyde and Kenneth Doyne Johnson savagely beat a… Continue reading

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Nine adults and one infant were displaced in fire | Fire blotter

Between Feb. 15 and Feb. 22, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 296 calls for service, among them the… Continue reading

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A South King Fire & Rescue firefighter places a used test swab into a secure COVID test vial on Nov. 18, 2020, at a Federal Way testing site. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Masks are still king in combating new COVID strains

A top UW doctor talks new strains, masks and when normal could return.

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King County libraries will reopen in some cities for in-person services

Fall City, Kent libraries among six selected for partial reopening.

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Challenging Gov. Inslee’s emergency powers | Roegner

The Legislature is now in session, meaning our break from politics was too short — and it didn’t take long Continue reading...

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APD looking for one more member for the Police Advisory Committee

The city of Auburn formed its Police Advisory Committee last fall to give the community a chance to make recommendations Continue reading...

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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country

Car review: 2021 Chevy Tahoe 4WD High Country

By Larry Lark, contributor Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) for short, in the big scheme of things, are a recent development. Continue reading...

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2021 Lexus NX 300h

Car review: 2021 Lexus NX 300h

By Larry Lark, contributor The 2021 Lexus NX 300h luxury sports utility vehicle provides owners guilt-free mobility. The lower-case h Continue reading...

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Opinion
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Editorial: Judge’s rebuke of Eyman protects initiative process

Along with a $2.6 million fine, the ruling places restrictions on Eyman’s future initiative campaigns.

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Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Cities work with local minority groups on police concerns | Roegner

Many cities have made front page news regarding racial issues between their residents and their police departments. White officers shooting Continue reading...