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June 2018 algae bloom. Photo courtesy of Department of Ecology

Human-caused ‘dead zones’ threaten health of Puget Sound

Wastewater treatment plants account for about 70% of the excess nutrients.

 

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Survey shows rent debt to be disproportionately distributed among minorities

More than half of Black renters surveyed said they owed rent money from previous months.

 

Kent Hay, Auburn’s Outreach Program Administrator, explores homeless encampments last fall in Auburn. File photo

Auburn to continue agreement over day and night homeless shelters

In mid-2018, the City of Auburn began a partnership with the Auburn Food Bank to provide daytime services to homeless people at the Ray of… Continue reading

 

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Toy thief uses pepper spray at Auburn grocery store

Typically, the daily log of police activities the Auburn Police Department forwards to area news agencies like the Auburn Reporter are presented in skeletal form… Continue reading

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West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Ecology.

EPA loans King County $96.8 million to prevent untreated water from spilling into Puget Sound

Loan comes a week after an over 10 million gallon overflow into the Puget Sound and Lake Washington.

West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Ecology.
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2-year-old child, woman rescued from Auburn house fire

Fire started in the garage around 11:40 p.m. Jan. 20 near the 30100 block of 50th Lane S. in Auburn.

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Kid blows up power transformer with bow and arrow | Auburn police blotter

Auburn police responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between Jan. 13 and Jan. 16: Jan. 13 Trespassing: 9:46 a.m., 3731 H… Continue reading

  • Jan 21, 2021
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Firefighters give aid to a cat while responding to an apartment fire Jan. 15 in the 1200 block of Auburn Way South. Photo courtesy of Valley Regional Fire Authority

Firefighters respond to Auburn apartment fire | Fire blotter

Between Jan. 11 and Jan. 17, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 267 calls for service, among them: Jan. 11 Accident: 1:47 p.m., (Auburn).… Continue reading

  • Jan 21, 2021
Firefighters give aid to a cat while responding to an apartment fire Jan. 15 in the 1200 block of Auburn Way South. Photo courtesy of Valley Regional Fire Authority
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Mayor to negotiate leases for land at Auburn airport

City has long-term goal of attracting private development to the airport.

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National Guard troops, pictured Jan. 11 at the state Capitol in Olympia, have been on standby in case of violent protests. (Photo by Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press)

At the state Capitol, a quiet day amid heightened security

There were no protests or arrests as troopers patrolled and the National Guard assumed a lower profile.

  • Jan 21, 2021
National Guard troops, pictured Jan. 11 at the state Capitol in Olympia, have been on standby in case of violent protests. (Photo by Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press)
West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County

Power outages cause massive wastewater spill into Puget Sound, Lake Washington

King County estimates millions gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed into surrounding waters.

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Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)

House Democrats lay out massive $26B transportation package funded by gas tax hike

An 18-cent gas tax increase and a fee on carbon emissions would fund new roads and more.

  • Jan 19, 2021
Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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Report: 70 percent of gun deaths in Washington are attributable to suicide

Research done at The Firearm Injury and Policy Research Program at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center suggest three policy solutions to help reduce rates… Continue reading

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Robert Allen, 61, had never been homeless in his life before 2019, when he lost his housing. The chef has been trying to get back on his feet, and hopes to open a nonprofit and make hot sauce. File photo

King County implements 0.01% sales tax to raise money for housing the homeless

Officials plan to buy hotels, motels and nursing homes for conversion into permanent housing.

Robert Allen, 61, had never been homeless in his life before 2019, when he lost his housing. The chef has been trying to get back on his feet, and hopes to open a nonprofit and make hot sauce. File photo
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Social media site Parler returns after registering with Sammamish company

The right-wing social media website is not being hosted by Epik, but registered its domain.

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City to close part of 15th Street Southwest this weekend to prevent illegal street racing

Street racers don’t burn rubber on the same strip of asphalt every weekend, they move around from place to place, and from city to city,… Continue reading

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Local restaurants have had to adapt to new rules during the COVID pandemic. Pictured: JP’s Tavern in Federal Way’s turkey club sandwich with a side of tater tots. File photo

State lawmakers propose bill to fast-track the governor’s reopening plan

Bill’s sponsors want to give legislature control over COVID-19 restrictions.

Local restaurants have had to adapt to new rules during the COVID pandemic. Pictured: JP’s Tavern in Federal Way’s turkey club sandwich with a side of tater tots. File photo
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 council to vote on agreement with King County District Court

Think of it: 4,302 traffic infractions, 109 non-traffic infractions, 200 driving-under-the-influence-and-physical-control offenses, 793 traffic misdemeanors, 2,075 non-traffic misdemeanors, and 3,697 parking infractions. All 11,176 of… Continue reading

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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Hangar expansion and more ahead for Auburn airport

If approved, private development would bring tax revenue to the city.

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Fentanyl. (Courtesy photo)

King County reports record numbers of drug overdose deaths

Preliminary toxicology testing shows most overdose victims used multiple types of drugs.

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