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Meet area code 564: The new kid in town is gaining ground

The newest area code in Washington has infiltrated 360 territory, and 425, 206 and 253 are next.

  • Mar 23, 2021
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A woman gathers flowers at Snofalls Lavender Farm outside Fall City on July 18, 2020. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Finding farmland in King County is a perpetual struggle

High prices and a lack of available land has pushed the price per acre sky-high.

A woman gathers flowers at Snofalls Lavender Farm outside Fall City on July 18, 2020. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
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Kent man charged with cutting brake lines, slashing tires in South Seattle

Tells police he committed hundreds of similar crimes in Seattle, Des Moines

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Auburn City Council backs farm bill protests in India

On March 15, the Auburn City Council adopted a resolution that expressed its solidarity with the cause of people protesting the passage of three farming… Continue reading

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Council committee to study pros and cons of hazard pay ordinance

The cities of Seattle and Burien have passed legislation mandating hazard pay for employees of large grocery stores within their boundaries during the COVID-19 pandemic… Continue reading

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VRFA Fire Marshal Karen Stewart retires

From her youngest years, Valley Regional Fire Marshal Karen Stewart knew she wanted to teach. Although the classrooms and students changed over the years, from… Continue reading

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Firefighters extricate 2 trapped drivers | Fire blotter

Between March 6 and March 13, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 258 calls for service, among them the following: March 6 Aid call:… Continue reading

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Organized retail theft group strikes again | Auburn police blotter

The Auburn Police Department responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between March 10 and March 15. March 10 Felonious harassment. 7:34… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2021
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Auburn City Councilmember Larry Brown running for 2nd term

Auburn City Councilman Larry Brown is running for re-election, according to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. Brown, who began his first term on Jan… Continue reading

Renton High School, pictured, could end up changing its nickname from “Indians” if a bill is approved in this year’s legislative session. File photo

Bill would end Native imagery for public schools, teams

30 high schools in Washington affected

  • Mar 17, 2021
Renton High School, pictured, could end up changing its nickname from “Indians” if a bill is approved in this year’s legislative session. File photo
Jan. 29, 2021, was the first day of in-person learning for first grade students in the Snoqualmie Valley School District who chose the hybrid learning option. Photo courtesy Snoqualmie Valley School District

Inslee signs order to get students back in classrooms

The directive requires districts to offer at least two days of on-campus instruction per week for all grades.

Jan. 29, 2021, was the first day of in-person learning for first grade students in the Snoqualmie Valley School District who chose the hybrid learning option. Photo courtesy Snoqualmie Valley School District
Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus has announced her candidacy and enthusiasm for a third term. Courtesy photo, Committee to Elect Nancy Backus.

Backus to seek third term as Auburn’s mayor

Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus recently announced her candidacy for a third term. “I did not think I could love Auburn more,” Backus wrote in a… Continue reading

Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus has announced her candidacy and enthusiasm for a third term. Courtesy photo, Committee to Elect Nancy Backus.
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COVID-19 forced many adustments to Auburn’s budget

The pandemic year of 2020 demanded adjustments to every aspect of life, from whom you spent time with and where, where you ate, how your… Continue reading

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Report details busy year for Auburn Police Department

In the COVID-19-addled year of 2020, when most people were hunkered down in their homes, some Auburn crime statistics were down. Auburn police made 3,629… Continue reading

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Pacific Science Center sign (photo credit: University of Washington)

Male advocacy group files legal complaint against Pacific Science Center for girl-specific programs

Complaint claims the museum is violating equal protections clause by excluding boys

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Auburn residents reappointed to Lake Geneva Management District Advisory Board

On March 9, the King County Council confirmed the reappointments of Auburn residents Larry Gross and Dave Saunders to the Lake Geneva Management District Advisory… Continue reading

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City of Auburn still considering annexation of Bridges neighborhood in Kent

Controversial development of townhouses under consideration by Kent City Council

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Firefighters snuff out pile of burning sheets in road | Fire blotter

Between March 1 and March 7, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 229 calls for service, among them the following: March 1 Shooting: 9:07… Continue reading

  • Mar 11, 2021
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More catalytic converters stolen from vehicles | Auburn police blotter

Between March 2 and March 7, the Auburn Police Department responded to the following calls for service, among many others. March 2 Recovered stolen vehicle:… Continue reading

  • Mar 11, 2021
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Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s press conference March 11, 2021.

State to expand indoor dining and allow fans in stadiums

Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Insleeā€™s reopening plan will allow businesses to operate at 50% capacity starting March 22.

Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s press conference March 11, 2021.