Robert Whale

Unwilling to let its traditional Santa parade go away without a fight, the Auburn community dazzled young and old alike instead with Jolly Holiday Lane, which took place Dec. 5 at Les Gove Park. Photo courtesy of City of Auburn

A jolly alternative to traditional Santa parade

COVID-related restrictions on large gatherings this season put the kibosh on Auburn’s traditional Santa Parade. But to that, nearly a dozen community members and businesses… Continue reading

Unwilling to let its traditional Santa parade go away without a fight, the Auburn community dazzled young and old alike instead with Jolly Holiday Lane, which took place Dec. 5 at Les Gove Park. Photo courtesy of City of Auburn
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Auburn to consider adopting first B&O tax

Among Auburn’s business community, B&O is the buzz. That is, the city of Auburn’s proposal to enact a Business and Occupation tax starting in 2022.… Continue reading

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City lands $1.7 million grant to fix 4th Street Southeast

For years, the wretched condition of the 4th Street Southeast corridor has been a pain in the side to the city of Auburn and to… Continue reading

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Lars Mickelson. Courtesy photo

VRFA Firefighter Lars Mickelson retires

After a long career as a firefighter/EMT and technical rescue specialist, Lars Mickelson is retiring from the Valley Regional Fire Authority. His career in the… Continue reading

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Family struggles to find missing homeless man

A human being goes missing, and family and friends set out to find him or her, summoning to the task whatever community resources are at… Continue reading

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VRFA firefighters attack the fire that torched the old Cool’s Cafe in Pacific Monday morning. Courtesy photo/VRFA

Fire destroys former Cool’s Café

The former Cool’s Cafe building in Pacific succumbed to hot flames Tuesday morning. Just before 6 a.m. Dec. 1, Valley Regional Fire Authority firefighters responded… Continue reading

VRFA firefighters attack the fire that torched the old Cool’s Cafe in Pacific Monday morning. Courtesy photo/VRFA
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Prosecutor files charges in Auburn arson case

According to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Miguel Ricardo Kirschnick and two friends lit two fires in the basement of a house under construction… Continue reading

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Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter
John Gronowski makes his usual brewskie stop at Rail Hop n’ Brew on West Main, undeterred by having to drink al fresco under Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest order forbidding indoor service at bars and restaurants to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Downtown bars and restaurants reeling under Inslee order

City of Auburn offering $2,000 grants to qualifying businesses without drive -through windows.

Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter
John Gronowski makes his usual brewskie stop at Rail Hop n’ Brew on West Main, undeterred by having to drink al fresco under Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest order forbidding indoor service at bars and restaurants to stem the spread of COVID-19.
MultiCare Auburn Medical Center. 	File photo

Auburn hospital sees 50 percent increase in COVID cases

In past month, Auburn Medical Center’s average rises to 20 patients a day.

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Family seeks answers in Auburn fatal hit and run

Driver who killed Ardella Songcuan, 61, is still at large.

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Prosecutor accuses Kent man of cider and clothing theft

Colin Schilling, CEO of Schilling’s Hard Cider, was on his way to work one morning last week when he saw a man rolling one of… Continue reading

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Survey aims to improve how Auburn serves its residents

On Nov. 2, an online community survey asking whether Auburn residents would like to help improve the community and its government went live at inclusive.auburnwa.gov.… Continue reading

Auburn Police detective strikes pedestrian with his car, critically injuring him

A man is fighting for his life at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after an Auburn Police detective struck him with his vehicle on Auburn… Continue reading

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City close to adopting biennial budget

The proposed budget includes a property tax levy of 1 percent.

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Auburn Food Bank is in need of holiday donations

Yes, COVID-19 has made 2020 a grim year. And eight months into the pandemic, many families and people are still out of work and struggling… Continue reading

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Remnants of the RV explosion that put two women in the hospital litter the ground. Courtesy photo, VRFA

RV explodes, seriously injures two women

A late morning explosion on Nov. 5 destroyed a recreational vehicle, damaged a nearby house and put two women in Harborview Medical Center with serious… Continue reading

Remnants of the RV explosion that put two women in the hospital litter the ground. Courtesy photo, VRFA
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Veterans of the armed forces of the United States take part in the vehicle procession along Main Street.

City pays homage to U.S. veterans

There were no marching bands and the usual panoply and crowds of people were gone, but the city made the best of its salute to… Continue reading

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Veterans of the armed forces of the United States take part in the vehicle procession along Main Street.
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Fieldhouse House has reworked the former Sam’s Club at the Outlet Collection Mall into a mega sports-play-training complex.

FieldhouseUSA waiting on COVID-19 to fully open complex

Multimillion-dollar facility located at site of former Sam’s Club.

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Fieldhouse House has reworked the former Sam’s Club at the Outlet Collection Mall into a mega sports-play-training complex.
Jack Timmons pauses for a smoke next to his two giant smokers at Jack’s BBQ, which he opened last week on West Valley Highway in Algona.

New restaurant in Algona serves up real Central Texas barbecue

“Deeeeelicious,” “sooo gooood,” “aaamaaazing.” When the man under the straw hat talks barbecue, he tends to slow-mosey his vowels, Texas style. And 60-year-old Dallas native… Continue reading

Jack Timmons pauses for a smoke next to his two giant smokers at Jack’s BBQ, which he opened last week on West Valley Highway in Algona.
Virgil McLagan, now 82, at his home in Rio Verde Mobile Estates in north Auburn.

‘I wanted to go out and get in my jet and fly’

Auburn veteran reflects on patriotism and love of one’s country.

Virgil McLagan, now 82, at his home in Rio Verde Mobile Estates in north Auburn.