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2021 Lexus NX 300h

Car review: 2021 Lexus NX 300h

By Larry Lark, contributor The 2021 Lexus NX 300h luxury sports utility vehicle provides owners guilt-free mobility. The lower-case h is the key. This hybrid… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2021
2021 Lexus NX 300h
Mazda’s 2021 CX-5 compact sports utility vehicle. Courtesy photo

Car review: Mazda’s 2021 CX-5 compact sports utility vehicle

By Larry Lark, contributor Mazda’s 2021 CX-5 compact sports utility vehicle continues to be an underrated performer in this competitive category. The top-of-the-line Signature all-wheel… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2021
Mazda’s 2021 CX-5 compact sports utility vehicle. Courtesy photo
Auburn travel author Steve Brock has written a new book about traveling that teaches people how to get the most out of their experiences. Courtesy photo, Steve Brock.

Auburn man pens a new species of travel book

Most travel books or guides describe destinations that matter to the bulk of travelers, like the Roman Colosseum, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall, the… Continue reading

Auburn travel author Steve Brock has written a new book about traveling that teaches people how to get the most out of their experiences. Courtesy photo, Steve Brock.
Laurie and Dennis Brooke at their start of their Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in April 2016. Courtesy photo.

Auburn couple takes on the world during retirement

Adventures include the ancient Camino de Santiago, among other trails.

Laurie and Dennis Brooke at their start of their Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in April 2016. Courtesy photo.
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Auburn Symphony Orchestra presents its winter schedule

Music can calm troubled waters and offer new experiences when we are in a rut. This winter, the Auburn Symphony Orchestra wants to help people… Continue reading

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2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL

Car review: 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL

By Larry Lark, contributor Compact sedans are not in vogue now, but the 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL makes one wonder why. The South Korean auto… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2021
2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL
2020 Honda Insight. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2020 Honda Insight

By Larry Lark, contributor Honda’s Civic and Accord have been bestsellers for decades. The 2020 Honda Insight looks to bridge the gap between the two,… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2021
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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE

By Larry Lark, contributor With each passing year Toyota continues to refine and tweak its gas, hybrid and electric engines. The latest recipient was the… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2021
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2021 Volkswagen Atlas. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

By Larry Lark, contributor Volkswagen’s full-size Atlas SUV received a bold refresh for 2021, improving on the success of the outgoing model to set it… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2021
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2021 Toyota Corolla XSE. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Toyota Corolla XSE

By Larry Lark, contributor Toyota’s venerable Corolla received a bumper-to-bumper, wheels-to-roof transformation last year, introducing the 12th generation of this compact sedan that dates back… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2021
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2021 Chevrolet Blazer. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Chevrolet Blazer

By Larry Lark, contributor When it comes to certain car models they seem to come, and go, and come again. That’s certainly the case with… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2021
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2021 Lexus RX 350L. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Lexus RX 350L

By Larry Lark, contributor It’s always a good day when a Lexus lands in my driveway. The latest example was the 2021 RX 350L crossover… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2021
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Helen S. Smith Gallery presents ‘Art of the Quarantine’

The Helen S. Smith Gallery website at Green River College has partnered with a Vancouver, Washington, gallery to show works of art the latter had… Continue reading

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The Cadillac CT4 is designed to appeal to a new generation of Cadillac buyers with its athletic design and astute driving dynamics. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2020 Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury

By Larry Lark, contributor With apologies to Oldsmobile, “the 2020 CT4 Premium Luxury sports sedan is not your father’s Cadillac.” Smallish in size, the CT4… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2021
The Cadillac CT4 is designed to appeal to a new generation of Cadillac buyers with its athletic design and astute driving dynamics. Courtesy photo
2021 Mercedes E-350 luxury sedan. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Mercedes E-350 luxury sedan

By Larry Lark, contributor Mercedes-Benz occupies rarified air in the automobile pantheon. And the E-Class series is rarer still. With more than 14 million units… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2021
2021 Mercedes E-350 luxury sedan. Courtesy photo
2021 Ford F-150 Platinum. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Ford F-150 Platinum

By Larry Lark, contributor It’s always a call to action when a Ford F-150 light duty pickup truck lands in my driveway. The latest iteration,… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2021
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Time runs out on Jan. 10 to see online art exhibit at Helen S. Smith Gallery

One more call to catch Curated Moments, an exhibition of the work of the artists in Green River College’s visual arts portfolio class before the… Continue reading

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A Dark-eyed Junco. Photo courtesy of RAS President Jay Galvin

Season’s tweetings: Christmas Bird Count returns

Rainier Audubon Society encompasses the South King County areas of Auburn, Federal Way, Kent, Des Moines, Redondo, Renton and more while also extending out toward Mount Rainier.

A Dark-eyed Junco. Photo courtesy of RAS President Jay Galvin
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The Christmas tree in front of Auburn City Hall greets the dawn of a new day.
Photo courtesy of Michele Weiss.

Let there be lights

The Christmas tree in front of Auburn City Hall greets the brilliantly-colored dawn of a recent day. Photo courtesy of Michele Weiss.… Continue reading

  • Dec 23, 2020
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The Christmas tree in front of Auburn City Hall greets the dawn of a new day.
Photo courtesy of Michele Weiss.
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Thanksgiving cherry pie request makes Auburn family $1 million richer

Scratch the pumpkin pie, Liz’s brother told her. Cherry pie was what he wanted for Thanksgiving. Without that special request from far-off Alaska, said Liz,… Continue reading

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