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The COVID-19 outbreak closed schools statewide last spring and has led to many school districts opting for remote learning in the fall. Pictured: A Decatur High School staff member takes cover from the rain while celebrating the graduating class of 2020 in June. File photo

Study: Virus cases must drop for state’s schools to safely reopen

Bringing students back in any capacity will lead to new infections, the report found.

The COVID-19 outbreak closed schools statewide last spring and has led to many school districts opting for remote learning in the fall. Pictured: A Decatur High School staff member takes cover from the rain while celebrating the graduating class of 2020 in June. File photo
Alki Beach. Photo by Alabastro Photography

Heat wave is on the way this weekend

Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-90s on Sunday.

Alki Beach. Photo by Alabastro Photography

Guy busted for illegal race | Auburn police blotter

Auburn Police responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between Aug. 5 and Aug. 11: Aug. 5 Felonious harassment: 9:45 a.m., 31800… Continue reading

  • Aug 14, 2020
City Attorney Kendra Comeau made it clear: Auburn is not outlawing panhandling. “We have all these mechanisms already available, and we just want to make sure it’s clear that we are not citing or enforcing something where a vulnerable individual is just asking for money,” said Comeau. “We are not going to take them to jail because they’re panhandling.” File photo

Auburn may change aggressive begging code because rest of code handles the problem

Guys walks onto a street, gums up traffic and yells at or threatens motorists to get them to hand over money. Could be he’s out… Continue reading

City Attorney Kendra Comeau made it clear: Auburn is not outlawing panhandling. “We have all these mechanisms already available, and we just want to make sure it’s clear that we are not citing or enforcing something where a vulnerable individual is just asking for money,” said Comeau. “We are not going to take them to jail because they’re panhandling.” File photo

Auburn School District contracts with developer to build new Pioneer Elementary School

The Auburn School District has signed a contract with the Seattle-based construction and development firm Skanska USA to build the new Pioneer Elementary School, which… Continue reading

The Auburn Symphony Orchestra will go virtual at least until Dec. 20 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy photo

Auburn Symphony moves online for rest of 2020

Because of the ongoing health concerns and regulations surrounding COVID-19, the Auburn Symphony Orchestra will not perform any live concerts through at least December 2020.… Continue reading

The Auburn Symphony Orchestra will go virtual at least until Dec. 20 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy photo
This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus.

Latest COVID-19 stats for Auburn, King County

As of Monday, Aug. 11, this is where the city of Auburn stood with respect to King County in the COVID-19 stats, according to the… Continue reading

  • Aug 13, 2020
This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus.

Deputies find missing Auburn woman’s remains near Snoqualmie Pass

The King County Medical Examiner confirmed on Monday that a body found near Snoqualmie Pass on Aug. 5 was that of a missing Auburn woman.… Continue reading

Firefighters find vehicles engulfed in flames | Fire blotter

Between Aug. 3 and Aug. 9, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 257 calls for service, among them the following: Aug. 3 Accident: 10… Continue reading

  • Aug 13, 2020

King County Parks closes Five Mile Lake, Lake Geneva parks as visitors fail to follow COVID-19 safety rules

Closure of the parks begins today, Aug. 7, until further notice, county says.

School lunch. File photo

School district distributes thousands of extra meals amid pandemic

Congress hasn’t renewed the program, which provided twice as many student meals for free last spring.

School lunch. File photo
The Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation Center, which is located by St. Elizabeth hospital, a senior living community, and a nursing home. File photo

Inslee lifts visitation ban at long-term care facilities

Starting Wednesday, a four-phase plan will allow restrictions at nursing homes to gradually be relaxed.

The Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation Center, which is located by St. Elizabeth hospital, a senior living community, and a nursing home. File photo
Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) is the world’s largest species of hornet. 
                                Courtesy of WSDA

State nets its first Asian giant hornet

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has trapped its first Asian giant hornet. According to WSDA’s website, trappers found the hornet in one of… Continue reading

Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) is the world’s largest species of hornet. 
                                Courtesy of WSDA
Here is the critter Scott Seagren found on his property on Green Valley Road. Although it has not been confirmed, Seagren said he has his doubts it’s a murder hornet. Courtesy photo

Was it a murder hornet, or a case of mistaken identity?

Auburn man makes discovery after setting traps.

Here is the critter Scott Seagren found on his property on Green Valley Road. Although it has not been confirmed, Seagren said he has his doubts it’s a murder hornet. Courtesy photo

Five young men come to King County deputy’s rescue

At the Auburn City Council meeting Aug. 3, King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht and Auburn Police Chief Daniel O’Neil awarded the Medal of Heroism to… Continue reading

Donna Goodman, left, is all smiles after a crew from Allred showed up at her home en masse to replace her defunct heating and cooling system with a brand new one for free last Thursday. With her on the porch from left to right are Nick Allred, Dan Allred and Amy Shrake of Allred, and to the right is Goodman’s friend and neighbor, Karen Shepherd. Courtesy photo

Company new to Auburn comes to the rescue of Auburn senior

Donna Goodman was a senior citizen living in an Auburn mobile home park, lashed to the whims of an ancient heating and air conditioning system… Continue reading

Donna Goodman, left, is all smiles after a crew from Allred showed up at her home en masse to replace her defunct heating and cooling system with a brand new one for free last Thursday. With her on the porch from left to right are Nick Allred, Dan Allred and Amy Shrake of Allred, and to the right is Goodman’s friend and neighbor, Karen Shepherd. Courtesy photo

Families impacted by fatal police shootings to protest Thursday night at the Auburn Justice Center

Families impacted by fatal police shootings will join with community members for rally in support of Jesse Sarey from 6:30 to 8:35 p.m., Thursday, Aug.… Continue reading

  • Aug 6, 2020

I-5 to close overnight in Federal Way Aug. 28-30

5-mile shutdown for new bridge construction at 70th Avenue East in Fife

Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s press conference on Aug. 5, 2020.

Inslee says schools in virus hot spots should stay closed

King County among high-risk counties; several school districts will have remote learning in the fall.

Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s press conference on Aug. 5, 2020.

Auburn can do better in COVID-19 fight, mayor says

Mask up, wash your hands, keep that physical distance. Even if you are at home, and someone there has a compromised immune system, do all… Continue reading