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Man who held son hostage in Auburn faces multiple charges

Police say that between Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, 2021, Michael J. Gulla Jr. threatened and tried to strangle his pregnant ex-wife at the home… Continue reading

 

Cindi Blansfield, ASD's Associate Superintendent for Business and Operations, describes measures the school district has taken to ensure the safety of students and teachers before schools began hybrid learning Wednesday, March 3. Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter.

Safety measures in place for Auburn students in hybrid learning

Before the bells rang March 3, the 200 students in kindergarten through fifth grade bound for hybrid learning in ASD’s elementary schools were to have… Continue reading

 

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Fiery crash on Highway 18 kills one, spares wrong-way driver

A Lakebay, Washington, man was heading the wrong way in his minivan Feb. 25 on Highway 18 when he smashed head-on into a Honda Odyssey… Continue reading

 

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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 next decade, a gap would… Continue reading

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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.
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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 man with a croquet mallet… 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 to the Chief of Police… Continue reading

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The Auburn School District begins its incremental return to in-person learning on March 3, according to Auburn School District Superintendent Dr. Alan Spicciati. File photo

ASD’s step-by-step return to in-person instruction starts March 3

The Auburn School District’s incremental return to in-person instruction begins March 3, according to a letter ASD Superintendent Dr. Alan Spicciati recently sent to district… Continue reading

The Auburn School District begins its incremental return to in-person learning on March 3, according to Auburn School District Superintendent Dr. Alan Spicciati. File photo
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Former APD Chief Jake Evans.

Former Auburn Police Chief Jake Evans dies

Auburn’s famous Excedrin tampering case of 1985 shined a light on the qualities of then Auburn Police Chief Jake Evans, those who knew him said… Continue reading

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Former APD Chief Jake Evans.
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Auburn crews work round-the-clock during snowstorm

For the young and the young at heart, falling snow is great stuff, promising fun, snowball fights and snowball forts. But for the men and… Continue reading

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Man barricades himself in house with son, fires at police but surrenders with no loss of life

A man who’d barricaded himself in an Auburn home with his young child Saturday afternoon (Feb. 13) and fired shots at police surrendered hours later… Continue reading

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Dan Olmstead of Poverty Bay Coffee Company. Courtesy photo

Paying their fair share of taxes: Ad features Auburn business owner

An Auburn coffee roaster is one of four small business owners in the area who appear in a new video ad, pressing state lawmakers to… Continue reading

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Auburn travel author Steve Brock has written a new book about traveling that teaches people how to get the most out of their experiences. Courtesy photo, Steve Brock.

Auburn man pens a new species of travel book

Most travel books or guides describe destinations that matter to the bulk of travelers, like the Roman Colosseum, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall, the… Continue reading

Auburn travel author Steve Brock has written a new book about traveling that teaches people how to get the most out of their experiences. Courtesy photo, Steve Brock.
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Girl in critical condition after shooting

A 15-year-old girl remains in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a sibling accidentally shot her Feb. 5 at their home on… Continue reading

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Laurie and Dennis Brooke at their start of their Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in April 2016. Courtesy photo.

Auburn couple takes on the world during retirement

Adventures include the ancient Camino de Santiago, among other trails.

Laurie and Dennis Brooke at their start of their Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in April 2016. Courtesy photo.
Auburn Resource Center, 2818 Auburn Way N., provides people with physical and virtual access to programs that can help them where they need help. Robert Whale/Auburn Reporter

Auburn Resource Center opens in old Sports Page Tavern site

In April, the city expects King County District Court to launch its diversionary Community Court at the site.

Auburn Resource Center, 2818 Auburn Way N., provides people with physical and virtual access to programs that can help them where they need help. Robert Whale/Auburn Reporter
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Ex-employee allegedly threatens to torch Auburn business and owner’s home

The owner of an Auburn company told police that an employee he had fired last year recently threatened to torch his business and his home.… Continue reading

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A CVS pharmacist prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 26 in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Mass COVID-19 vaccination site coming soon to Auburn

The King County health department is close to finalizing its plans for a mass vaccination site in Auburn. “We are waiting for confirmation … and… Continue reading

A CVS pharmacist prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 26 in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
Veteran Auburn firefighter Will Highley to retire from VRFA after 37 years. Courtesy photo

Firefighter Will Highley retires after 37 years with Valley Regional Fire Authority

In Will Highley’s early days with Auburn’s part-paid, part-volunteer department, there were some challenging moments. “Sometimes, I was the only firefighter responding to 911 calls,”… Continue reading

Veteran Auburn firefighter Will Highley to retire from VRFA after 37 years. Courtesy photo
Kent Hay, Auburn’s Outreach Program Administrator, explores homeless encampments last fall in Auburn. File photo

Auburn to continue agreement over day and night homeless shelters

In mid-2018, the City of Auburn began a partnership with the Auburn Food Bank to provide daytime services to homeless people at the Ray of… Continue reading

Kent Hay, Auburn’s Outreach Program Administrator, explores homeless encampments last fall in Auburn. File photo
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Toy thief uses pepper spray at Auburn grocery store

Typically, the daily log of police activities the Auburn Police Department forwards to area news agencies like the Auburn Reporter are presented in skeletal form… Continue reading

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