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The language of the original bill prohibited privately-owned detainment facilities from being contracted by local, state, or federal government entities, but a last-second amendment was adopted to substantially narrow the focus of the legislation. File photo

Lawmakers flinch on banning for-profit detention facilities

Last minute amendment exempted ICE detainment facility.

  • Feb 19, 2020
The language of the original bill prohibited privately-owned detainment facilities from being contracted by local, state, or federal government entities, but a last-second amendment was adopted to substantially narrow the focus of the legislation. File photo

Stokesbary introduces billion-dollar tax relief package for Washington’s working families

With Wednesday’s updated state revenue forecast projecting a surge of $1.1 billion in unexpected new revenue, House Republican budget lead, Rep. Drew Stokesbary, has introduced… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2020

Proud father to son

Sgt. Patrick Peterson, an Army combat medic and a recent Fort Benning (Ga.) Airborne graduate, watches while his proud father, Marine Mike Peterson, ANGLICO (Air… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2020

King County Elections mails Presidential Primary ballots

Voters must vote by March 10

  • Feb 19, 2020

After 50-plus years, GSA Northwest/Arctic Regional HQ leaving Auburn

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on Wednesday announced its Region 10 headquarters in Auburn will relocate to Tacoma in the summer of 2021. The… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2020

Senate passes Wilson bill to allow diplomas for deceased students

Another bill prohibits solitary confinement of youths

  • Feb 19, 2020

Employers welcome Legislature’s effort to resolve trade dispute, support Washington exporters

Washington employers welcomed a move by state legislators to resolve an international trade dispute with the World Trade Organization, saying legislation introduced Wednesday in the… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2020

City asks state leaders for funding to address needs

On the list: affordable housing, regulatory reform, help with higher cost of goods and services

Renton Technical College dean chosen as vice president for Student Services at Highline College

Aaron Reader has been named vice president at Highline College. He will oversee the college’s Student Services division. The division manages several departments and programs,… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2020
A proposal to make King County Metro fares free for low-income households could be approved in the coming months. File photo

King County considers free transit for low-income residents

The program would target those at or below 80 percent of the federal poverty level.

A proposal to make King County Metro fares free for low-income households could be approved in the coming months. File photo

State Senate passes bill banning most Styrofoam-type products

Kent’s Das sponsor of measure

  • Feb 18, 2020

Metro describes benefits of future bus base to city leaders

King County’s population has grown by more than 2 percent every year since 1980, from 1.3 million people in 1980 to more than 2 million… Continue reading

Student arrested after bringing gun to Thomas Jefferson High School

Police believe the student discarded the handgun during or at the end of a fight with another student and retrieved it again later in the day.

From left, social workers Tamara Liebich-Lantz and Carrie Talamaivao, SKFR Capt. Roy Smith and VRFA Firefighter Johan Friis smile for a photo in front of the CARES SUV at the Valley Regional Fire Authority Station 35. Photo courtesy of CARES

South King Fire, Valley Regional Fire CARES for the local community

The Community Assistance, Referrals and Education Services unit fills niche of emergency assistance to help South King County’s most vulnerable populations.

From left, social workers Tamara Liebich-Lantz and Carrie Talamaivao, SKFR Capt. Roy Smith and VRFA Firefighter Johan Friis smile for a photo in front of the CARES SUV at the Valley Regional Fire Authority Station 35. Photo courtesy of CARES

Schools stage Future Lions Family Fitness Night on Feb. 27

Program includes entertainment, music and activities, fitness dance instruction, games and obstacle courses

  • Feb 14, 2020

Auburn Police blotter | Feb. 14

Auburn Police responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between Feb. 4 and 11th: Feb. 4 Eau de thievery: 5:38 p.m., 1101… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2020

VRFA fire and rescue blotter | Feb. 14

Between Feb. 3 and 9, the VRFA responded to 260 requests for service, among them the following: Feb. 3 Accident: 12:06 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters treated… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2020

Seattle Police bust Auburn man for possession of illegal drugs and firearms

Seattle Police Department SWAT and narcotics detectives recently arrested a 37-year-old Auburn man as part of an investigation into fentanyl dealing in the Seattle area.… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2020

Auburn’s local streets in good shape

Collectors and arterials, eh, not so hot

Senate passes Wilson bill to make childcare facilities gun-free zones

Childcare facilities would carry the same prohibitions on deadly weapons as K-12 schools under legislation passed Thursday by the Senate. “When parents send their kids… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2020