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Algona transfer station to be subject of virtual public meeting

King County’s future Algona Transfer Station should begin operation in 2023 at 35101 W. Valley Highway S., replacing the 53-year-old transfer station on West Valley… Continue reading

City Attorney Kendra Comeau made it clear: Auburn is not outlawing panhandling. “We have all these mechanisms already available, and we just want to make sure it’s clear that we are not citing or enforcing something where a vulnerable individual is just asking for money,” said Comeau. “We are not going to take them to jail because they’re panhandling.” File photo

Auburn can handle aggressive begging without ordinance

For several years, Auburn has had a specific chapter of its code that makes aggressive begging a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and jail time.… Continue reading

City Attorney Kendra Comeau made it clear: Auburn is not outlawing panhandling. “We have all these mechanisms already available, and we just want to make sure it’s clear that we are not citing or enforcing something where a vulnerable individual is just asking for money,” said Comeau. “We are not going to take them to jail because they’re panhandling.” File photo
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Auburn businesses plug along in teeth of pandemic

You see an empty store front, an empty warehouse. A COVID-19 closure, you wonder? Maybe, maybe not. Fact is, it’s hard to pin down the… Continue reading

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City Attorney Kendra Comeau made it clear: Auburn is not outlawing panhandling. “We have all these mechanisms already available, and we just want to make sure it’s clear that we are not citing or enforcing something where a vulnerable individual is just asking for money,” said Comeau. “We are not going to take them to jail because they’re panhandling.” File photo

Auburn may change aggressive begging code because rest of code handles the problem

Guys walks onto a street, gums up traffic and yells at or threatens motorists to get them to hand over money. Could be he’s out… Continue reading

City Attorney Kendra Comeau made it clear: Auburn is not outlawing panhandling. “We have all these mechanisms already available, and we just want to make sure it’s clear that we are not citing or enforcing something where a vulnerable individual is just asking for money,” said Comeau. “We are not going to take them to jail because they’re panhandling.” File photo

Auburn School District contracts with developer to build new Pioneer Elementary School

The Auburn School District has signed a contract with the Seattle-based construction and development firm Skanska USA to build the new Pioneer Elementary School, which… Continue reading

The Auburn Symphony Orchestra will go virtual at least until Dec. 20 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy photo

Auburn Symphony moves online for rest of 2020

Because of the ongoing health concerns and regulations surrounding COVID-19, the Auburn Symphony Orchestra will not perform any live concerts through at least December 2020.… Continue reading

The Auburn Symphony Orchestra will go virtual at least until Dec. 20 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy photo

Deputies find missing Auburn woman’s remains near Snoqualmie Pass

The King County Medical Examiner confirmed on Monday that a body found near Snoqualmie Pass on Aug. 5 was that of a missing Auburn woman.… Continue reading

Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) is the world’s largest species of hornet. 
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State nets its first Asian giant hornet

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has trapped its first Asian giant hornet. According to WSDA’s website, trappers found the hornet in one of… Continue reading

Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) is the world’s largest species of hornet. 
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Here is the critter Scott Seagren found on his property on Green Valley Road. Although it has not been confirmed, Seagren said he has his doubts it’s a murder hornet. Courtesy photo

Was it a murder hornet, or a case of mistaken identity?

Auburn man makes discovery after setting traps.

Here is the critter Scott Seagren found on his property on Green Valley Road. Although it has not been confirmed, Seagren said he has his doubts it’s a murder hornet. Courtesy photo

Five young men come to King County deputy’s rescue

At the Auburn City Council meeting Aug. 3, King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht and Auburn Police Chief Daniel O’Neil awarded the Medal of Heroism to… Continue reading

Donna Goodman, left, is all smiles after a crew from Allred showed up at her home en masse to replace her defunct heating and cooling system with a brand new one for free last Thursday. With her on the porch from left to right are Nick Allred, Dan Allred and Amy Shrake of Allred, and to the right is Goodman’s friend and neighbor, Karen Shepherd. Courtesy photo

Company new to Auburn comes to the rescue of Auburn senior

Donna Goodman was a senior citizen living in an Auburn mobile home park, lashed to the whims of an ancient heating and air conditioning system… Continue reading

Donna Goodman, left, is all smiles after a crew from Allred showed up at her home en masse to replace her defunct heating and cooling system with a brand new one for free last Thursday. With her on the porch from left to right are Nick Allred, Dan Allred and Amy Shrake of Allred, and to the right is Goodman’s friend and neighbor, Karen Shepherd. Courtesy photo

Auburn can do better in COVID-19 fight, mayor says

Mask up, wash your hands, keep that physical distance. Even if you are at home, and someone there has a compromised immune system, do all… Continue reading

Will Auburn’s annual Veterans Parade go virtual in 2020?

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Auburn’s 55th annual Veterans Parade on Saturday, Nov. 7, could be held in the usual way, or in… Continue reading

Kent Hay, Homeless Outreach Program Administrator. Courtesy photo

Deep-dyed in criminal justice and social services, Kent Hay works with Auburn’s homeless

Auburn’s homeless coordinator comes with experience as a probation officer a case manager.

Kent Hay, Homeless Outreach Program Administrator. Courtesy photo

Proposal targets illegal camping in Auburn

Goal would also be to help the homeless find shelter and health services.

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Auburn gives out financial aid to small businesses

Six weeks have passed since Economic Development Manager Doug Lein and his crew brought the last of two resolutions to the Auburn City Council to… Continue reading

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Final report issued for Lea Hill Road Corridor upgrades

Improvements to the Lea Hill Road Corridor should cost roughly $25 million. But for those dollars, planners say, residents and passers-through will find it easier… Continue reading

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Blackfish Distillery among more than 100 small businesses to receive checks

On the list to receive $1,300 checks from the Department of Commerce and King County via the city of Auburn are more than 100 businesses,… Continue reading

COVID-19 pandemic claims Corestar Pilates

Ruth Stover started keeping Auburnites nimble at her Corestar Pilates studio on Auburn’s East Main Street in 2008. She led group classes there, but the… Continue reading

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Financial assistance available for Auburn small businesses

To soften the impact of COVID-19 as much as possible on small businesses and their employees in Auburn, the Auburn City Council has committed $759,000… Continue reading

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