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The body of Sebastian Chase was found under a Tacoma bridge on Dec. 4. Renee Cruickshank, Courtesy photo.

Missing homeless man, 32, found dead

Dec. 4 edition of the Auburn Reporter detailed the frustration of family and friends.

The body of Sebastian Chase was found under a Tacoma bridge on Dec. 4. Renee Cruickshank, Courtesy photo.
In this 2019 file photo, Puget Sound Energy product development manager John Dooley stands in front of one of four units at the Glacier Battery Storage Project in northwest Washington state. The project can provide power to the small town of Glacier for around two hours if needed. (Sound Publishing file photo)

What will a green WA electric grid look like?

It will require a lot more coordination, but will be more resilient.

In this 2019 file photo, Puget Sound Energy product development manager John Dooley stands in front of one of four units at the Glacier Battery Storage Project in northwest Washington state. The project can provide power to the small town of Glacier for around two hours if needed. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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Fire threatens East Main business complex in Auburn

Site is home to Athens Pizza, Nail Master Too, Cascade Chiropractic and Salon Focus.

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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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Study: Nonprofits struggle amid pandemic

Nonprofits around the state are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic, according to a new study by the University of Washington. The study,… Continue reading

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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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A “closed” sign at Jackson’s restaurant on Cole Street in downtown Enumclaw. Sound Publishing file photo

Governor extends restrictions on businesses and gatherings

It’s been a month since the governor imposed the new rules. And the pandemic has only gotten worse.

A “closed” sign at Jackson’s restaurant on Cole Street in downtown Enumclaw. Sound Publishing file photo
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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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K9 unit persuades burglary suspect to surrender | Auburn police blotter

Auburn Police responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between Nov. 22 and Nov. 27: Nov. 22 Highly suspicious: 6;47 a.m., 1929… Continue reading

  • Dec 4, 2020
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Skookumchuck Wind Facility. Courtesy photo

Largest Western Washington wind project is fully operational

Puget Sound Energy’s Green Direct governmental and commercial customers are now receiving renewable energy from the largest Western Washington wind project, Skookumchuck Wind Facility. The… Continue reading

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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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Fire blotter: Nov. 16 to Nov. 29

Between Nov. 16 and Nov. 29, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 518 calls for service, among them the following: Nov. 16 Compost fire:… Continue reading

  • Dec 3, 2020
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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
A King County Sheriff’s Office photo of the crawlspace in which Urbano Velazquez was hiding when a K-9 unit was used. Sound Publishing file photo

King County settles $2 million dog bite lawsuit

The county agreed to pay $100,000 after being sued after a 2016 K-9 unit arrest.

A King County Sheriff’s Office photo of the crawlspace in which Urbano Velazquez was hiding when a K-9 unit was used. Sound Publishing file photo
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A map showing the locations where plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European settlers arrived.

Study: 65 plant species have gone extinct in U.S., Canada

More than 65 species of plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European colonization, according to a new study. The study was… Continue reading

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A map showing the locations where plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European settlers arrived.
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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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Sage Viniconis is a career performing artist in King County who’s been out of work and seeking creative outlets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy photo/Sage Viniconis

Puget Sound artists adapt creativity, and business sense, to pandemic

Artists Sunday is an online directory that connects artists across the county, state and nation.

Sage Viniconis is a career performing artist in King County who’s been out of work and seeking creative outlets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy photo/Sage Viniconis
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Captain Norm Golden has resigned from the Valley Regional Fire Department to accept a position with the Tukwila Fire Department.

VRFA Captain Norm Golden takes position with Tukwila FD

After 28 years serving the communities of Algona, Auburn and Pacific, Valley Regional Fire Authority Captain Norm Golden has resigned to become deputy chief of… Continue reading

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Captain Norm Golden has resigned from the Valley Regional Fire Department to accept a position with the Tukwila Fire Department.