Robert Whale

Fire inflicted heavy damage to the second floor and roof of the 2-story apartment-and ground-floor retail building at 115 East Main Street beginning late on the night of Friday, July 23, and continuing into early Saturday morning. The Valley Regional Fire Authority reports that all residents got out safely. Photo courtesy Auburn Police Department.

Fire sweeps downtown Auburn apartment building, all residents out safely

Firefighters had to rescue two residents from the roof of an apartment building in downtown Auburn that burned late Friday night (July 23) and into… Continue reading

 

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@auburn-reporter.com

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Traffic alerts now and upcoming in King County

As of 8:14 a.m. July 13, an earlier ramp blocking incident on SR 520 Westbound at 108th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue has now been cleared… Continue reading

 

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Road buckling on I-90 | King County traffic update

As of Monday evening June 28 and continuing into Tuesday morning and afternoon, June 29, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and King County… Continue reading

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Tree in the roadway June 28 blocks the right lane on westbound SR 18 just east of Tiger Mountain Rd. Photo courtesy of WSDOT

Fallen tree on SR 18 | King County traffic update

As of Monday morning, June 28, Washington State Department of Transportation reported the following road obstructions: 5:17 a.m.: A collision blocking the ramp of Highway… Continue reading

Tree in the roadway June 28 blocks the right lane on westbound SR 18 just east of Tiger Mountain Rd. Photo courtesy of WSDOT
Rich Wagner. File photo

Former councilmember and Deputy Mayor Rich Wagner dies

Many in the city will remember Richard Wagner as “The Popcorn Man” at community events and parades, dressed in an old-timey red-and-white striped shirt over… Continue reading

Rich Wagner. File photo
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Auburn Police Department hires former TV reporter as first civilian public information officer

Someone within the Auburn Police Department has to deal with the press, respond to major incidents, and let residents know how its officers are interacting… Continue reading

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Blood spilled during road rage incident

A mid-morning episode of road rage between two men ended in bloodshed June 16, Kent police say, when the 43-year old Auburn party to the… Continue reading

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Auburn restaurants may get sidewalk permit fees waived

In 2020, the city of Auburn adopted an ordinance to provide a temporary waiver of its ordinary right-of-way use-permit fees to provide its pandemic-afflicted restaurants… Continue reading

Downtown Auburn. Courtesy photo
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Auburn general contractor helps employees rebuild their lives

Mari Borrero has been a United States Marine, a Kent School District teacher, a hospice care worker and a mentor with a big heart. About… Continue reading

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Man charged with assault on Auburn senior citizen and attempted vehicle theft

Auburn Police claim Steven W Jackson punched the 74-year Auburn man who had caught Jackson sleeping in the man’s car on May 18 and then… Continue reading

Safeway at 101 Auburn Way South. File photo

Council rejects hazard pay proposal for Auburn grocery workers

The Auburn City Council on May 17 rejected an ordinance that would have required large grocery store chains operating in Auburn to provide a $4-per-hour… Continue reading

Safeway at 101 Auburn Way South. File photo
Downtown Auburn. Courtesy photo

Council approves B&O tax to generate more revenue for Auburn

The Auburn City Council approved the city’s first ever Business and Occupation Tax during its regular meeting May 17. The tally was 5-2, with Councilmembers… Continue reading

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Claude DaCorsi

DaCorsi will not seek third term on city council

Claude DaCorsi will not seek a third term on the Auburn City Council. Two terms will do, Auburn’s deputy mayor told the Auburn Reporter on… Continue reading

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Lashund Lambert, pastor at Resurrection Church Auburn, is running for Auburn City Council. Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter

LaShund Lambert announces candidacy for Auburn City Council

The first thing one realizes in even the briefest of conversations with LaShund Lambert is his keen passion for social justice. Much of that, he… Continue reading

Lashund Lambert, pastor at Resurrection Church Auburn, is running for Auburn City Council. Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter
The Auburn City Council decides May 17 whether the city will mandate pandemic hazard pay for large grocery stores in Auburn. Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter.

Hazard pay: Auburn leaders hear from grocery industry and union

Auburn City Council discussions about whether to mandate $4 in pandemic hazard pay for front line workers at large grocery stores in Auburn appear to… Continue reading

The Auburn City Council decides May 17 whether the city will mandate pandemic hazard pay for large grocery stores in Auburn. Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter.
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Council to vote on Auburn’s first B&O tax

At 7 p.m. May 17, the city of Auburn’s first ever Business and Occupation Tax ordinance comes up for a vote at the regular Auburn… Continue reading

Auburn City Hall. FILE PHOTO

Burglar caught in mid snooze in car on dealership lot, police say

According to Auburn Police, 32-year-old Shane Lee Fitch had himself a busy night on Nov. 15, 2020. Police say Fitch broke into a bunch of… Continue reading

ASD hosts virtual public meeting about Lea Hill Elementary project

The Auburn School District hosts a community information night about the Lea Hill Elementary replacement project from 6-7 p.m. May 12 via Zoom. This project… Continue reading

Mayor Nancy Backus, Deputy Mayor Claude DaCorsi. Outreach Programs Adminstrator Kent Hay, Administrative Director Dana Hinman, Auburn Food Bank Director Debbie Christian and Community Development Director Jeff Tate for a virtual Town Hall about homelessness on May 13.

Join the city for a virtual town hall on homelessness

Next week the city will host a virtual Auburn Town Hall focusing on homelessness in the community and what the city is doing to address… Continue reading

Mayor Nancy Backus, Deputy Mayor Claude DaCorsi. Outreach Programs Adminstrator Kent Hay, Administrative Director Dana Hinman, Auburn Food Bank Director Debbie Christian and Community Development Director Jeff Tate for a virtual Town Hall about homelessness on May 13.