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King County Executive Dow Constantine and Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus stand in front of the Clarion Hotel in Auburn on July 20, 2021. The hotel will be used to house approximately 100 people experiencing homelessness in the area as part of the county's Health Through Housing program. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Auburn Reporter

Year in review: Top Auburn stories from 2021

It’s been quite a year for news in Auburn, from elections to vaccine roll-outs to fires that devastated two apartment complexes. At the Auburn Reporter,… Continue reading

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus stand in front of the Clarion Hotel in Auburn on July 20, 2021. The hotel will be used to house approximately 100 people experiencing homelessness in the area as part of the county's Health Through Housing program. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Auburn Reporter
Chris Gregersen injects a young chinook salmon with a small transponder used for tracking the migration of the fish. Photo courtesy of King County

King County scientists work to save chinook salmon

They conducted a study to determine how the salmon use the Green River as a habitat.

Chris Gregersen injects a young chinook salmon with a small transponder used for tracking the migration of the fish. Photo courtesy of King County
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COVID-19 cases surge over Christmas weekend in King County

Projections suggest things will get worse before they get better.

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Heavy snow causes road closures; shelters open

Around five inches of snow accumulated in Auburn over the weekend.

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Excavators demolish the Max House Apartments complex in downtown Auburn on Wednesday, Dec. 15. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

Demolition of the Max House Apartments has begun

The building was damaged by a fire in July 2021.

Excavators demolish the Max House Apartments complex in downtown Auburn on Wednesday, Dec. 15. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
(Left to right) Data analyst Noah Chang, Deputy Chief Rick Olson, Fire Chief Brad Thompson, Deputy Chief Dave Larberg and Captain Tyler Eliason pose for a photo after receiving accreditation on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. Photo courtesy of Valley Regional Fire Authority.

Valley Regional Fire Authority receives international accreditation

Accreditation is a testament to the quality of service the agency provides.

(Left to right) Data analyst Noah Chang, Deputy Chief Rick Olson, Fire Chief Brad Thompson, Deputy Chief Dave Larberg and Captain Tyler Eliason pose for a photo after receiving accreditation on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. Photo courtesy of Valley Regional Fire Authority.
Melissa Laramie holds up her right hand as she is sworn into the Auburn School Board by King County Superior Court Judge Matthew Williams on Dec. 13, 2021. Photo Courtesy of the Auburn School District

Melissa Laramie officially joins Auburn School Board

Laramie is the executive director of communications at the Kent School District.

Melissa Laramie holds up her right hand as she is sworn into the Auburn School Board by King County Superior Court Judge Matthew Williams on Dec. 13, 2021. Photo Courtesy of the Auburn School District
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Auburn man charged with murder in flare gun death

A modified flare gun was used to shoot and kill another man on Dec. 15.

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A man was shot and killed in Auburn

A fight turned deadly on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

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Photo of a truck at Valley Buick GMC full of goods donated to the Auburn Public Schools Foundation. Photo courtesy of Auburn Public Schools Foundation

Auburn Public Schools Foundation seeks donations to help students

The foundation is collecting donations for their basic need drive.

Photo of a truck at Valley Buick GMC full of goods donated to the Auburn Public Schools Foundation. Photo courtesy of Auburn Public Schools Foundation
James Jeyaraj. Photo from the City of Auburn website.

James Jeyaraj will become Auburn’s next deputy mayor

Deputy Mayor Claude DaCorsi is retiring on Dec. 31.

James Jeyaraj. Photo from the City of Auburn website.
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Head-on collision in Auburn sends five people to Harborview

Four were injured in the crash on state Route 167.

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Gun left behind in hit and run | Auburn Police Blotter

Two dozen cars were stolen between Dec. 1 and Dec. 9.

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Sneak peak at holiday events this weekend in Auburn

Shop from local vendors at an ugly sweater bazaar and see Santa’s reindeer at Coastal.

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Auburn Police Department appoints new assistant chief

Commander Sam Betz was promoted during a ceremony on Dec. 6

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Eastside King County restaurant owners discuss challenges recently with U.S. Rep Suzan DelBene at Pomegranate Bistro in Redmond. (Photo credit: Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing)

King County unemployment is down after COVID-fueled recession

Economy shows signs of recovery.

Eastside King County restaurant owners discuss challenges recently with U.S. Rep Suzan DelBene at Pomegranate Bistro in Redmond. (Photo credit: Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing)
Gingerbread houses built by youth in Auburn are on display at the Auburn Community and Event Center. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

Auburn’s gingerbread house contest is open to the public

Vote for your favorite gingerbread house at the Auburn Community and Events Center.

Gingerbread houses built by youth in Auburn are on display at the Auburn Community and Event Center. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
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Black drivers disproportionately pulled over by WSP in King, Pierce counties

A study by WSU researchers examined over 3 million traffic stops performed by WSP officers.

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This October 2021 photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine.

King County woman among first in state to test positive for Omicron

Omicron appears to be more transmissible than the Delta variant.

This October 2021 photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine.
Native plants recently planted by the King Conservation District in the backyard of Don and Janet Crawley's house in Auburn. The native plants replaced invasive species to provide better habitat and erosion prevention on the west bank of the Green River. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

Auburn homeowners help to restore the Green River

Janet and Don Crawley replaced invasive species with native plants.

Native plants recently planted by the King Conservation District in the backyard of Don and Janet Crawley's house in Auburn. The native plants replaced invasive species to provide better habitat and erosion prevention on the west bank of the Green River. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing