Robert Whale

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

 

ASD hosts virtual public meeting May 12 to provide info. about the Lea Hill Elementary replacement 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

 

Prosecutor charges Auburn man with domestic violence assault and violating a protection order

Auburn Police say an Auburn man tried to strangle his girlfriend on April 25, 2021, and in so doing has violated a 2020, no-contact protection… Continue reading

 

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. File photo

Auburn man charged with threatening to kill Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

Seattle Police say an Auburn man left a death threat on Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s main office telephone line on April 27. According to court… Continue reading

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. File photo
More than 350 people dedicated a large part of their day to sprucing up Auburn during the annual Clean Sweep event on April 24. Courtesy photo, City of Auburn.

350 lend elbow grease to Auburn’s Clean Sweep 2021

Auburn’s annual Clean Sweep drew nearly 350 people to the common cause of beautifying Auburn on April 24. Community groups, service clubs, businesses, faith-based organizations,… Continue reading

More than 350 people dedicated a large part of their day to sprucing up Auburn during the annual Clean Sweep event on April 24. Courtesy photo, City of Auburn.
Auburn Avenue Theater Coordinator Jim Kleinbeck returns live performance to the stage during the month of May, starting with jazz guitarist Michael Powers at 7:30 p.m. May 1. (Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter)

Auburn Avenue Theater re-opens after a yearlong closure

It was early in March 2020, and the Avenue Community Players were closing in on opening night of their stage production of “Matilda.” At about… Continue reading

Auburn Avenue Theater Coordinator Jim Kleinbeck returns live performance to the stage during the month of May, starting with jazz guitarist Michael Powers at 7:30 p.m. May 1. (Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter)
Safeway at 101 Auburn Way South. File photo

Auburn debates hazard pay ordinance for grocery workers, delays vote

Auburn City Council member Larry Brown suggested to his peers in March that the city consider mandating $4-per-hour hazardous pay increase for retail grocery workers… Continue reading

Safeway at 101 Auburn Way South. File photo
Kent Hay, Auburn’s Outreach Program Administrator, explores homeless encampments last fall in Auburn. File photo

Auburn Community Court will be a ‘diversion court,’ not a ‘homelessness court’

Planning for Auburn’s Community Court began well before city officials began talking about what do with people camping illegally on city-owned property, and the planning… Continue reading

Kent Hay, Auburn’s Outreach Program Administrator, explores homeless encampments last fall in Auburn. File photo
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Auburn to contribute $100,000 to Pacific’s Stewart Road improvements

This summer, the city of Pacific will widen Stewart Road between Valentine and Butte Avenues, improving freeway access, reducing traffic congestion and adding pedestrian facilities,… Continue reading

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Penalty for illegal camping divides Auburn City Council

On April 19, the Auburn City Council upgraded the penalty for illegal camping on city property, stiffening it from a civil infraction and a monetary… Continue reading

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The scene of a large brush fire April 18 in the 35200 block of Green Valley Road. Photo courtesy of Valley Regional Fire Authority

Brush fire continues to burn off Southeast Green Valley Road

Fire prompts level-2 evacuation order

The scene of a large brush fire April 18 in the 35200 block of Green Valley Road. Photo courtesy of Valley Regional Fire Authority
The site of the former Heritage Apartments in downtown Auburn on Monday. Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter

Heritage Apartments owner is expected to start on replacement this summer

On Dec. 26, 2017, a fire destroyed the Heritage Apartments building in downtown Auburn. Ever since, while plans for its replacement unfolded behind the scenes,… Continue reading

The site of the former Heritage Apartments in downtown Auburn on Monday. Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter
Volunteers for the city of Auburn's Adopt-a-Street Program recently during a momentary pause from their labors. Courtesy photo, City of Auburn
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Adopt-a-Street Program tweaks rules to allow volunteers to be one-event cleaner-uppers

You may see them from time-to-time along Auburn’s streets, groups of people in the orange vests with the vertical, yellow stripes, volunteering their time to… Continue reading

Volunteers for the city of Auburn's Adopt-a-Street Program recently during a momentary pause from their labors. Courtesy photo, City of Auburn
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Auburn studies criminal penalties for illegal camping on public property

After tramping through a dozen or so of Auburn’s homeless encampments, they begin to blend into one sprawling horror show — a blight of overturned… Continue reading

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King County District Court, South Division, Auburn Courthouse is located in the City of Auburn at 340 E. Main St. in the Auburn Justice Center. This facility provides court services for the cities of Auburn and Covington. File photo

Auburn ponders states of its aging public facilities

Consultant offers multiple recommendations.

King County District Court, South Division, Auburn Courthouse is located in the City of Auburn at 340 E. Main St. in the Auburn Justice Center. This facility provides court services for the cities of Auburn and Covington. File photo
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Machete-wielding homeless man charged with assault

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged a 42-year-old homeless man with one count of second-degree assault for allegedly threatening to assault an employee… Continue reading

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Auburn police lift pandemic-related booking restrictions

Under COVID-19 restrictions, the Auburn Police Department had been booking suspects only under a limited number of circumstances. That is, for felonies like murder and… Continue reading

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Auburn Environmental Park. Courtesy photo

Homeless encampments on the rise in Auburn Environmental Park

From West Valley Highway, the paths are hard to pick out in the first weeds and brush — indeed, they take fixed shape only when… Continue reading

Auburn Environmental Park. Courtesy photo
Doug Lein, economic development manager for the city of Auburn since 2011, has retired. Robert Whale/Auburn Reporter

Auburn economic development director leaves tall legacy

If Doug Lein should find himself on the roof of Auburn City Hall one day and scan the two blocks to his left and the… Continue reading

Doug Lein, economic development manager for the city of Auburn since 2011, has retired. Robert Whale/Auburn Reporter
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First large-scale, human composting facility in the world will open in Auburn

“It’s what nature meant us to do. We just do it faster.”

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