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Washington state case count since March 2020. WA Governor's Office

Pandemic pause: King County remains in Phase 3

No Washington state counties will be rolling back their phase under the state’s Roadmap to Recovery plan following an announcement on May 4 by Gov.… Continue reading

Washington state case count since March 2020. WA Governor's Office
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Washington gets mobile earthquake alerts

Washington state will have its own earthquake early warning system on May 4 when ShakeAlert goes live, which could give residents precious seconds to prepare… Continue reading

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Wolf population continues to make a comeback in Washington

The number of wolves in Washington state increased by 22%, marking the 12th year in a row the wolf population has grown, according to a… Continue reading

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Auburn Avenue Theater Coordinator Jim Kleinbeck returns live performance to the stage during the month of May, starting with jazz guitarist Michael Powers at 7:30 p.m. May 1. (Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter)

Auburn Avenue Theater re-opens after a yearlong closure

It was early in March 2020, and the Avenue Community Players were closing in on opening night of their stage production of “Matilda.” At about… Continue reading

Auburn Avenue Theater Coordinator Jim Kleinbeck returns live performance to the stage during the month of May, starting with jazz guitarist Michael Powers at 7:30 p.m. May 1. (Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter)
Ryan Mason, 19, was reported missing by a family member on April 26. Photo, Auburn Police Department

Family looking for missing local man

Ryan Mason, 19, is missing, and his family is anxious to find him. A family member reported Mason, who is homeless, as a missing person… Continue reading

Ryan Mason, 19, was reported missing by a family member on April 26. Photo, Auburn Police Department
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Landslide leads to gas leak and evacuation | Fire blotter

Between April 18 and April 25, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 310 calls for service, among them the following: April 18 Accident: 12:22… Continue reading

  • Apr 29, 2021
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Man steals $500 worth of laundry detergent | Auburn police blotter

Auburn police responded to the following cases between April 20 and April 25, among many others. April 20 Motorcycle theft: Overnight, 1120 37th St. SE.… Continue reading

  • Apr 29, 2021
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A screenshot from private surveillance footage provided by the Seattle Police Department shows a suspect engaging with the occupants of a vehicle on Feb. 9, 2021, in Seattle. The suspect shot the vehicle’s two occupants, one fatally, before he was killed by police. File photo

King County gun violence keeps soaring in 2021

69 shooting victims in first three months, 16 of them fatal

A screenshot from private surveillance footage provided by the Seattle Police Department shows a suspect engaging with the occupants of a vehicle on Feb. 9, 2021, in Seattle. The suspect shot the vehicle’s two occupants, one fatally, before he was killed by police. File photo
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King County moves its Auburn community testing site

King County moved its Auburn community testing site from the GSA Complex to Boeing’s Auburn facility at 2400 Perimeter Road effective April 26. This move… Continue reading

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Top 10 issues in Washington state’s 2021 legislative session

Democrats used their majorities to muscle through social, economic, environmental and tax policies.

  • Apr 28, 2021
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Auburn debates hazard pay ordinance for grocery workers, delays vote

Auburn City Council member Larry Brown suggested to his peers in March that the city consider mandating $4-per-hour hazardous pay increase for retail grocery workers… Continue reading

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(L-R) Assistant Chief Rick Chaney, Capt. Craig Ellenbolt, and firefighter Courtney Cullison. Photo courtesy of South King Fire

8 firefighters honored for saving mother from burning Auburn home

South King Fire and Rescue crews responded to reports of a mother, baby trapped in a burning home on Jan. 20.

(L-R) Assistant Chief Rick Chaney, Capt. Craig Ellenbolt, and firefighter Courtney Cullison. Photo courtesy of South King Fire
Kent Hay, Auburn’s Outreach Program Administrator, explores homeless encampments last fall in Auburn. File photo

Auburn Community Court will be a ‘diversion court,’ not a ‘homelessness court’

Planning for Auburn’s Community Court began well before city officials began talking about what do with people camping illegally on city-owned property, and the planning… Continue reading

Kent Hay, Auburn’s Outreach Program Administrator, explores homeless encampments last fall in Auburn. File photo
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Thousands of COVID-19 vaccine appointments open at Auburn, Kent clinics

Appointments available through April 26, says Public Health – Seattle & King County.

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Auburn to contribute $100,000 to Pacific’s Stewart Road improvements

This summer, the city of Pacific will widen Stewart Road between Valentine and Butte Avenues, improving freeway access, reducing traffic congestion and adding pedestrian facilities,… Continue reading

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Man tries to shoplift a cart full of items from a grocery store | Auburn police blotter

Between April 12 and April 15, the Auburn Police Department responded to numerous calls for service, among which were the following. April 12 Traffic offense:… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2021
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Lydia Assefa-Dawson

Federal Way Councilmember Lydia Assefa-Dawson announces run for King County Council District 7

Assefa-Dawson pledges to bring leadership and perspectives as a housing advocate, person with disabilities, immigrant, and mom to a seat held by 28-year incumbent.

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Vaccination appointments available for South King County residents

Two sites at Auburn Outlet Mall and Kent ShoWare Center are taking appointments through April 26.

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Firefighters sniff out source of mysterious natural gas smell | Fire blotter

Between April 12 and April 18, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 258 calls for service, among them the following: April 12 Kitty: 1:20… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2021
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Penalty for illegal camping divides Auburn City Council

On April 19, the Auburn City Council upgraded the penalty for illegal camping on city property, stiffening it from a civil infraction and a monetary… Continue reading

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