Mark Klaas

Coping with a youth suicide close to home | Klaas

Teen suicide is a horrible thing and a growing health concern.

Veteran fighting for military women in book, on tour

Sarah Blum sat down to write a book about the war experiences of military women. But when some 60 women veterans disclosed — many willingly, some reluctantly — the sexual abuse they'd suffered while serving their country, she tapped a darker story.

Are we well prepared for a disaster? | Klaas

Is the Puget Sound region – home to more than 4.5 million people – prepared for a disaster? That's a tough one to answer comprehensively, many emergency preparedness experts admit.

Golden visit: Tate spreads message to Auburn Riverside teens – don’t text and drive | SLIDESHOW

The message was succinct and appropriate. Save It Seattle. The messenger was Golden Tate, the man with soft hands and big-play ability for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

Dozen sworn in as U.S. citizens at Auburn Library

Amid inspirational music and motivational speeches, a dozen people representing 10 nations were sworn in as U.S. citizens last week.

Auburn teen turns his life around to help others | AYR benefit Friday

His mother and father's frequent fights filled the air with dysfunction and rancor. To shut out the hell at home, Mauricio Martinez turned to drugs and alcohol.

Guyette savors shining moment as Miss Auburn | SLIDESHOW

Poised and polished, Jacque Guyette returned to the bright stage to succeed where she twice had stumbled. This time would be different for the 22-year-old Auburn woman.

Guyette comes away with Miss Auburn crown

A poised and polished Jacque Guyette put it all together to capture the Miss Auburn crown Saturday night.

Knight savors role in the community | Miss Auburn pageant weekend

The crown fit nicely. Being Miss Auburn created many opportunities, new friendships and lasting memories for Victoria Knight.

Charged up with a new way of commuting | Klaas

Rich Hildreth has plugged into the idea that electrically charged transportation is the way to go – for the long run.

Women take charge on the mayoral front | Klaas

As we turn the page on 2013 and start a new year, one storyline worth following will be how local female mayors perform and shape the fortunes of their communities.

Hope, inspiration through art

Whenever Michael Tolleson takes up a brush, his autism paints. In strokes of vivid color and harmonizing hues, he creates outstanding, and outstandingly beautiful, art. Tolleson in-breathes the emotional tone of a landscape, a person or a situation, and in one hour or less exhales an inspiring piece. Acrylic, his medium of choice, lets him finish a work even before the paint has dried.

Giving Tree program reaches all

The Rupert Giving Tree continues to branch out and help others. What began six years ago in JB and Diane Rupert's home has expanded into something much greater for those in need during the holiday season.

Cannon leaves legacy at chamber, in Auburn community

As if working at two law firms and a credit bureau weren't demanding enough, Betty Cannon went out and found a challenging role at a place where colorful characters and changing commerce meet.

Auburn woman, veteran earns national acclaim for her work

Elizabeth Luras is a tireless advocate for veterans. It's a responsibility she takes to heart, traveling the country in support of military men and women.

Fighting for justice, women in the military

It is protocol, not justice. It is abusive, dishonorable, unacceptable. Women serving in the military are raped and abused, and it needs to stop. Now, not later.

Family, special school open new world of communication for boy

In his young life Nathan Spencer has already overcome many challenges. Nearly four years ago he was found wandering in a park in his native China, abandoned and alone.

Daring duty from the skies: ‘Doolittle Raider’ recalls historic attack on Japan | Presentation tonight

It was daring, difficult and dangerous – a mission like no other. Military historians claim the Doolittle Raid on April 18, 1942 changed the course of World War II in the Pacific.

From the clinic to the gym: Physician assistant puts his advice in motion as fitness trainer in Auburn

It's an extension of his work, a way to practice what he preaches. Dan Hahn is a physician assistant responsible for a wide spectrum of patients with varying degrees of health and disease.

Lewis pursues Key Port position

Closing in on the home stretch of his three demanding terms as Auburn mayor, Pete Lewis had been looking forward to retirement.