Robert Whale

Mel Erickson and her agency

Griefworks helps soothe pain of others

When Thel Harbin lost her beloved husband to leukemia in 2004 three years after his terminal diagnosis, she assured herself she had time to prepare for his death, that she could get through the pain.

Mel Erickson and her agency

Firm, city swap downtown properties

A Seattle-based real estate investment and development firm and the City of Auburn officially exchanged downtown properties on two blocks south of City Hall Thursday… Continue reading

Lights still on for improved Auburn Avenue Theater

There is no money in the kitty to effect needed repairs and spruce up the Auburn Avenue Theater, and given the state of the economy there probably won’t be for several years.

County and local officials gather at Mary Olson Farm. The historic location grew by six acres after the King County Council transferred the land to the city.

County transfers land for Olson Farm

Before Alfred and Anna Olson sold the 5-acre triangular strip of land on the north end of their Green River Road farm to King County decades ago, it had been their major field, as the piles of drying hay captured in aerial photographs dating to the 1930s clearly attest.

County and local officials gather at Mary Olson Farm. The historic location grew by six acres after the King County Council transferred the land to the city.
Auburn Police Chief Jim Kelly described the purpose and the numbers regarding the city’s successful red light camera enforcement program.

Red light enforcement program making difference on local streets

Auburn Police Chief Jim Kelly drew gasps, oohs and ahhs in City Council chambers early last week when he showed video clips of red light runners ploughing unlawfully through city intersections and almost smashing into vehicles lawfully there.

Auburn Police Chief Jim Kelly described the purpose and the numbers regarding the city’s successful red light camera enforcement program.

Rates for water, storm drainage service to increase

When Auburn residents open their mail next month, they will learn they’re about to pay more for water and storm drainage.

The historic Auburn Avenue Theater sports a new marquee these days.

Something new for vintage ‘Ave’

If you are passing by the Auburn Avenue Theater at 10 Auburn Avenue, look up and you’ll see something interesting – a new marquee.

The historic Auburn Avenue Theater sports a new marquee these days.

Haugen walks out of council meeting

Responding to an inquiry Monday evening from an Auburn resident about the plodding pace of development in downtown Auburn compared to Kent Station, Mayor Pete Lewis was reciting some history when a bit of impromptu drama stole the show.

The City of Auburn will host a seminar on gangs and how to recognize some of the signs like ‘tagging’ that herald their coming Oct. 23.

Community to tackle gang issue City, leaders to conduct seminar to address problem

Gang graffiti splashed on school bathrooms and on buildings and fences; toughs and wanna-be toughs flashing gang signs; kids wearing the colors; heads crowned with dew rags.

The City of Auburn will host a seminar on gangs and how to recognize some of the signs like ‘tagging’ that herald their coming Oct. 23.

Land transfer could boost historic farm

King County owns the 5.18 acre chunk of land on Green River Road, and the City of Auburn wants it to add to the Mary Olson Farm to the immediate south.

Ballet instructor Akema Segawa

Auburn Dance Center keeps shaping talented dancers, more than 50 years after opening

Instructor Monica Boldizsar put herself and three students through the rigors of intermediate-advanced adult hip-hop class at Auburn Dance Center.

Ballet instructor Akema Segawa
The Rev. Arleigh Champ-Gibson and his congregation at White River Presbyterian Church will welcome ACAP to the church’s educational wing this November.

It’s back to where it started: ACAP finds new home at familiar spot Church welcomes child, family services center

ACAP Child and Family Services in Les Gove Park started out life in the education wing of White River Presbyterian Church 38 years ago.

The Rev. Arleigh Champ-Gibson and his congregation at White River Presbyterian Church will welcome ACAP to the church’s educational wing this November.
Auburn’s Jeff McIntyre left high school at 18 to join the Army. Forty-one years later

Veteran graduates from Auburn High 41 years later with a little help from VA

Many of the usual signs of graduation were in evidence Monday night at the Auburn School District Administration Building – supporters, school board president with outstretched hand, diploma.

Auburn’s Jeff McIntyre left high school at 18 to join the Army. Forty-one years later

Council queries chief on changes to panhandling ordinance

Auburn Police Chief Jim Kelly told the Planning and Community Development Committee Monday that there are more than two dozen aggressive panhandlers regularly at work in Auburn.

A small plane prepares to land at Auburn Municipal Airport. The state’s fourth busiest commuter airport is in line for some improvements.

FAA grant allows Auburn to widen taxi-way system at Municipal Airport

In 1969, the Pacific Northwest cheered on the Seattle Pilots, Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon, and Auburn celebrated the opening of its Municipal Airport.

A small plane prepares to land at Auburn Municipal Airport. The state’s fourth busiest commuter airport is in line for some improvements.
Alpert International’s conception of Auburn Junction proposes a green

Council to consider adopting junction master plan deal

City Council members will consider adopting at their regular Oct. 6 meeting a master plan agreement with Alpert International LLC, the Seattle-based development firm that is proposing to build the sprawling Auburn Junction project on four blocks between the Sound Transit Station, Main Street and A Street Southeast.

Alpert International’s conception of Auburn Junction proposes a green
Erika Mosebach visits children in Kathmandu

Auburn tandem extends helping hand to struggling women half a world away

With refueling stops in New York and Abu Dhabi, 35 bone-numbing hours separate SeaTac Airport from its counterpart in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Erika Mosebach visits children in Kathmandu

Wal-Mart begins work on mega-store project at Supermall

Wal-Mart has begun initial work on its 201,000-square-foot super store project north and west of the Regal Cinemas.But don't expect to see any actual construction… Continue reading

Mukisa Willy is surrounded Jon Stenson’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble at Auburn Riverside High School. The group is conducting a benefit concert for Willy.

Community comes together to help Ugandan secure a brighter future

Mukisa Kenny Willy is unfailingly polite and soft spoken.

Mukisa Willy is surrounded Jon Stenson’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble at Auburn Riverside High School. The group is conducting a benefit concert for Willy.
Francelle Calkins

Chamber selects Calkins as ’08 Citizen of the Year

Francelle “Fran” Calkins, 77, had only 17 words to say as she accepted the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year award during its annual banquet Thursday night at the Muckleshoot Casino.

Francelle Calkins