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Union members picket in front of new Facebook campus in Redmond on Sept. 16 (photo by Cameron Sheppard)

Northwest Carpenters Union members vote to accept contract with AGC

The agreement comes after weeks of striking.

Union members picket in front of new Facebook campus in Redmond on Sept. 16 (photo by Cameron Sheppard)
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Office lacks power over King County law enforcement in misconduct investigations

Director Tamer Abouzeid presents OLEO annual report to law and justice committee on Tuesday.

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Photos of drug bust and Fury the K9 unit (courtesy of King County Sheriff's Office)

King County Sheriff’s Office confiscates over $1 million worth of deadly fentanyl during drug bust

With help from a search dog, officers found 97,000 fentanyl pills and eight pounds of heroin.

Photos of drug bust and Fury the K9 unit (courtesy of King County Sheriff's Office)
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Man arrested for possesion of heroin, thousands of fentanyl pills

The following information is taken from the Auburn Police Department blotter from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6. All told there were 16 assaults, 18 vehicle… Continue reading

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From left, Sgt. Tyson Luce, former Chief Dan O’Neil, Chief Mark Caillier, and Cmdr. Todd Byers pose for a photo during the change of command ceremony on Oct. 4. Caillier was named the new chief after O’Neil stepped down.

Mayor appoints Mark Caillier as new Auburn police chief

Before stepping down, former Chief O’Neil promoted two officers to leadership positions.

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From left, Sgt. Tyson Luce, former Chief Dan O’Neil, Chief Mark Caillier, and Cmdr. Todd Byers pose for a photo during the change of command ceremony on Oct. 4. Caillier was named the new chief after O’Neil stepped down.
West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County
West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County
Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus and Kent Mayor Dana Ralph in an intense staredown prior to their race Oct. 5 for Battle of the Badges at Grocery Outlet in Auburn. The food collected in the competition was donated to the Auburn Food Bank. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

Auburn and Kent officials battle for groceries

Police, firefighters and mayors race to see who could grab the most food to donate.

Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus and Kent Mayor Dana Ralph in an intense staredown prior to their race Oct. 5 for Battle of the Badges at Grocery Outlet in Auburn. The food collected in the competition was donated to the Auburn Food Bank. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
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Four COVID-19 variants are more likely to cause hospitalization

Four COVID-19 variants are more likely to put you in the hospital, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The Delta, Alpha, Beta and… Continue reading

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Auburn High School. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

Auburn School District is working to create a more equitable school system

Black students make up 8.2% of the student body, but represent 18.5% of suspensions and expulsions.

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Road rage leads to shooting on SR 18

The driver of a blue truck fired at the driver of a sedan, Washington State Patrol said.

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NW Carpenters Union members strike in downtown Bellevue on Sept. 16 (photo by Cameron Sheppard)

Carpenters back to work after tentative agreement reached with AGC

Union VP said agreement includes 15% wage increase as well as expanded job site parking.

NW Carpenters Union members strike in downtown Bellevue on Sept. 16 (photo by Cameron Sheppard)
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Kent man faces charges in car ‘swinging’ event that killed 2 women

King County prosecutors to charge man as accomplice in 2020 Auburn vehicular homicides

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Cedar River Salmon Journey events allow close look at spawning salmon

Seattle Aquarium to host events every weekend in October at multiple Cedar River locations.

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This Dec. 2, 2020, file photo provided by Johnson Johnson shows vials of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. Courtesy photo

King County woman dies from ‘rare’ Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine blood clot

The woman received her shot on Aug. 26 and died in early September, according to public health.

This Dec. 2, 2020, file photo provided by Johnson Johnson shows vials of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. Courtesy photo
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One of Return Home’s cells, filled entirely with organic material, demonstrates what the terramation cells look like. Return Home is one of the few terramation companies in the world. They transform people into soil.

Ashes to ashes, humans to soil

Auburn is home to the state’s largest human composting company.

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One of Return Home’s cells, filled entirely with organic material, demonstrates what the terramation cells look like. Return Home is one of the few terramation companies in the world. They transform people into soil.
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Washington state’s minimum wage increasing to $14.49 next year

Increase attributed to more expensive gas, housing, household furnishings and food, state’s Department of Labor & Industries says.

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Thrift shop furnishes homes for people exiting homelessness

Revitalized, a new Auburn-based thrift shop, just opened its doors in the Outlet Collection mall with a mission to help folks who are exiting homelessness.… Continue reading

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Utility shut-off moratorium ends, putting hundreds of thousands at risk

Payment plans and assistance are available.

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Gas thieves and burglaries | Auburn Police blotter

The following is a sample of the Auburn Police blotter from Sept. 20-28.

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St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

State requests federal resources to help hospitals amid COVID-19 patient surges

Hospitals under stress due to increasing admissions and occupancy rates, officials say.

St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo