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Sen. Mona Das, D-Kent, the primary sponsor of SB 5323, speaking on the bill. (Photo courtesy of Hannah Sabio-Howell)

Proposed law adds a fee to plastic bags at checkout

Senate passes bill to ban single-use plastic bags, place 8-cent fee on reusable plastic bags.

  • Jan 17, 2020

 

Expect lane closures along Auburn Way North/South | UPDATES

Beginning Friday, Jan. 17, through Wednesday, Jan. 22, utility work by National Plant Services for the city of Auburn large pipe assessment project will require… Continue reading

  • Jan 17, 2020

 

Big changes brewing at Schilling Hard Ciders

Plant blossoms as it undergoes extensive, year-long remodeling project

 

Auburn Police Blotter | Jan. 17

The Auburn Police Department responded to numerous calls for service between Jan. 6 and Jan. 11, among them the following: Jan. 7 Assault: 8:07 a.m.,… Continue reading

  • Jan 17, 2020

VRFA fire and rescue blotter | Jan. 17

Between Jan. 6 and Jan. 12, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 233 calls for service, among them the following: Jan. 6 Aid call:… Continue reading

  • Jan 17, 2020

Reps. Schrier, Underwood unveil new legislation to make health care, treatment more affordable

Reps. Kim Schrier, D-Wash., District 8, and Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., District 14, introduced new legislation on Wednesday to help more Americans access the care they… Continue reading

  • Jan 16, 2020

Wilson bill would prohibit solitary confinement of youths

Juvenile holding facilities would be prohibited from subjecting teens to solitary confinement, under legislation heard Thursday by the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee.… Continue reading

  • Jan 16, 2020
Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Stokesbary introduces comprehensive legislation to combat homelessness

Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, has introduced comprehensive legislation aiming to end Washington state’s homelessness crisis through a combination of compassion, enforcement and accountability. House Bill… Continue reading

  • Jan 16, 2020
Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Sailing the Sea of Japan

Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Daniel Langhorne, from Auburn, stands by as a safety officer on the Arleigh Burke-class, guided-missile destroyer USS Milius. The ship… Continue reading

  • Jan 16, 2020

City attorney retires, assistant takes his place

City Attorney Steve Gross has retired from municipal service. His last day in the office was Friday, Jan. 3, according to Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus.… Continue reading

Kent Mayor Ralph named new president of Sound Cities Association

Served as vice president in 2019

  • Jan 16, 2020

State Senate passes bill banning single-use plastic bags

Measure sponsored by Kent’s Das now goes to House

  • Jan 16, 2020
COURTESY PHOTO, Bloodworks Northwest

Bloodworks Northwest, car dealer team up to address urgent winter blood shortages

Donate blood, save lives, and win a new car

  • Jan 16, 2020
COURTESY PHOTO, Bloodworks Northwest

Help for student-parents

Green River College offering scholarships to help pay for child care, so moms and dads can pursue their education

In November 2019, Washington voters approved Initiative 976, which calls for $30 car tabs. Sound Publishing file photo

Republicans try to guarantee $30 car tabs amid court hangup

Lawmakers sponsor companion bills in the House and Senate.

  • Jan 15, 2020
In November 2019, Washington voters approved Initiative 976, which calls for $30 car tabs. Sound Publishing file photo
King County Metro’s battery-electric bus. Photo courtesy of kingcounty.gov

King County could bump up Metro electrification deadlines

Transportation generates nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

King County Metro’s battery-electric bus. Photo courtesy of kingcounty.gov
Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his 2020 State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 14. (Photo courtesy of Washington State Office of the Governor)

Gov. Inslee delivers State of the State Address

By Leona Vaughn, WNPA News Service OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee stood before the Washington Legislature to deliver his 2020 State of the State Address… Continue reading

  • Jan 14, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his 2020 State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 14. (Photo courtesy of Washington State Office of the Governor)

Companies donate care packages to Auburn’s homeless

Issaquah company Jag Journey and gaming streamer Shakeboxing have teamed up to donate care packages to Auburn’s Ray of Hope Shelter operated by the Auburn… Continue reading

  • Jan 14, 2020

Snow, icy conditions force schools to close; affect roads and services

Winter gave Auburn the cold shoulder early Tuesday, an overnight freeze that hit streets, closed schools and made travel adventurous for some commuters. Snow and… Continue reading

A 50-minute film called “Spawning Grounds,” which documents the effort to save a freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish, is finally ready for its debut in North Bend on Jan. 18. (Screenshot from film)

Spawning Grounds: Lake Sammamish kokanee documentary premieres Jan. 18

The film tracks the ‘all hands on deck’ effort to save the little red fish from extinction.

A 50-minute film called “Spawning Grounds,” which documents the effort to save a freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish, is finally ready for its debut in North Bend on Jan. 18. (Screenshot from film)