Mark Klaas

Coal trains spew smoke for debate | Klaas

The debate over whether the Green River Valley should open its rails to a proposed coal train express is a complex, contentious one. The likelihood of long trains running through the heart of the valley is very real – and the public needs to get on board.

Getting the help, courage to rebuild their lives | AYR-EYFS benefit

Ayla Dodd turns instinctively to her two little girls to help her cope. When her babes laugh or cry, perhaps demand all of busy mom's undivided attention, Dodd learns to give more of herself.

Finding her passion: Author makes inroads with her stories

To be seen, heard and read is a difficult challenge for fledgling authors in today’s oversaturated, competitive book business. “Especially with the way publishing is changing right now,” said Ashlyn Mathews, an emerging novelist who grew up in Auburn. “Anyone can self-publish. … In a week there could be thousands of books released … and how do you stand out from all those authors?”

Special Knight: program crowns new Miss Auburn

Victoria Knight has passed this way before. Five years ago, on the brightly lit stage of the Auburn Performing Arts Center, she was crowned Miss Washington Outstanding Teen.

Knight captures Miss Auburn crown

Victoria Knight has passed this way before. Five years ago, she was crowned Miss Washington Outstanding Teen on the bright stage of the Auburn Performing Arts Center.

Backus enters Auburn mayoral race

Passionate about the city she grew up in and determined to take on its most difficult challenges, Nancy Backus says she is ready to serve Auburn as its next mayor.

Driving with attitudes, knowledge, awareness

It is only a snapshot, a gauge of self-reported driving behavior on our roadways. But some things are clear from a recently released Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) survey.

Going back to school on security | Klaas

Are schools safe for our children, educators and staff? For the most part, local school district officials say they are. But no matter how safe schools play it, conditions, procedures and policies always could be revisited, possibly enhanced and better enforced.

High winds cause minor damage, power outages in Auburn area

One glance at the fallen Douglas fir in her front yard reminded Carrie Pond just how fortunate she was. She had fallen asleep in her recliner watching television in the front room of her home on Auburn's West Hill early Monday morning when she was suddenly awakened by a loud noise.

Auburn artist brings home People’s Choice Award

As an emerging artist, Wendy Ray welcomes the challenge to bring beauty to life on canvas. When it comes to capturing the color, texture and character of people, animals and other things, she blossoms with a stroke of a rich oil or smooth watercolor brush in her own realistic style.

What’s that strange object in the sky | Klaas

On the same November evening, a couple of hours apart, witnesses on Auburn's West Hill and in Kent's downtown claimed they saw the same thing, something awfully peculiar, flashing and darting across the heavens.

GRCC’s Fall Diversity Festival shines | Slideshow

An ethnic blend of talented student and guest singers, musicians, dancers and poets took the stage at the Green River Community College Lindbloom Center for the inaugural Fall Diversity Festival on Nov. 29.

Auburn Boy Scout hopes to bring comfort to patients, organizes drive

Anthony Cano hopes to bring comfort to patients at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Times for kudos and thanks | Klaas

Auburn won at the ballot this fall, persuading a "supermajority" of voters to pass Proposition 1, the $110 million Auburn High School Modernization and Reconstruction Bond.

St. Vincent de Paul serves vital role in Auburn community

The phone never stops ringing, the doors often swing open. St. Vincent de Paul remains a vital resource, a go-to place for needy individuals and struggling families in the Auburn area. Perhaps even more so today.

Veterans Day weekend 2012: Auburn man helped to defuse the conflict

Defanging bombs in a hostile land is a risky business. A job that calls for quick thinking, cold precision and a steady hand even as bullets kick up dirt and bits of street around you. Military bomb technicians must decide the best way to defuse the devices when one wrong move can kill them.

Cantwell stops in Auburn, vowing to put more people to work

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell's reelection campaign stopped in Auburn on a soggy Friday morning, joining a spirited rally with union leaders, machinists and aerospace workers huddled at the IAM Local 751 Hall.

Spreading HOPE for the homeless | Klaas

A woman reaches into her child's bag for a crayon so she can jot down a number to call for help. On one side of the room, a man plays a ditty on his small guitar, humming the simple lyrics to himself.

Auburn Symphony Orchestra’s cellist makes most of the moment; concert Sunday

Whether he teaches or performs, Auburn's Brian Wharton delivers something special for all to hear. It comes from the heart, and the strings of a cello.

‘Survivor’ star spreading the good word

He is the ultimate warrior, the genuine "Survivor," the guy always up to the challenge. Michael Skupin of reality TV show fame insists he has more mountains to climb, more terrain to tame.