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If passed, Senate Bill 6254 would limit the nicotine concentration of vape products, ban certain flavoring chemicals and require vape manufacturers, distributors and retailers to obtain licenses from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. Photo courtesy of ecigarettereviewed.com

Lawmakers propose sweeping regulations for vaping industry

Bill supporters cite concerns over health issues and teen use.

  • Aug 11, 2021
If passed, Senate Bill 6254 would limit the nicotine concentration of vape products, ban certain flavoring chemicals and require vape manufacturers, distributors and retailers to obtain licenses from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. Photo courtesy of ecigarettereviewed.com
Chief Brent Swearingen hands new VRFA Chief Brad Thompson his badges during the change of command ceremony on Aug. 5. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Auburn Reporter

Valley Regional Fire Authority appoints new chief

Brad Thompson is the new VRFA chief.

Chief Brent Swearingen hands new VRFA Chief Brad Thompson his badges during the change of command ceremony on Aug. 5. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Auburn Reporter
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Another summer heat wave is coming to King County

Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s for the second time this summer.

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Gov. Jay Inslee (center) speaks about getting vaccinated during his visit to the Auburn vaccine clinic on June 22, 2021. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

Governor will require state employees to get COVID vaccine

Workers must do so by mid-October to keep their jobs. The order also covers long-term care providers.

Gov. Jay Inslee (center) speaks about getting vaccinated during his visit to the Auburn vaccine clinic on June 22, 2021. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
Amy Freedheim gives a speech to county employees and supporters during a march for women's safety at work in Seattle on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. The march was scheduled after a woman was attacked in a bathroom at the King County Courthouse. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

County employees and supporters march for safer working conditions

Rally was scheduled in light of a recent attack at King County Courthouse.

Amy Freedheim gives a speech to county employees and supporters during a march for women's safety at work in Seattle on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. The march was scheduled after a woman was attacked in a bathroom at the King County Courthouse. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
Reagan Dunn will face Kim-Khanh Van in the race for Metropolitan King County Council District 9.

Van will face Dunn for King County Council District 9

Renton city councilmember and attorney will take on four-term incumbent

Reagan Dunn will face Kim-Khanh Van in the race for Metropolitan King County Council District 9.
Lorie and Joe Belvins are pictured in front of the donation bins in the back of their Grocery Outlet store in Auburn. The Belvins are accepting donations for people who were affected by the apartment fire in Auburn on July 23. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

Local business owners help out people displaced by Auburn apartment fire

People who lived in the apartment building can receive donations at the Grocery Outlet

Lorie and Joe Belvins are pictured in front of the donation bins in the back of their Grocery Outlet store in Auburn. The Belvins are accepting donations for people who were affected by the apartment fire in Auburn on July 23. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
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Person arrested for reckless burning at Fulmer Park | Auburn police blotter

Car thefts and assaults were among the most common crimes committed.

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The King County Council appointed Tamer Abouzeid as the new director of King County’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight during its meeting on July 27. Courtesy photo

KC Council appoints new director of Office of Law Enforcement Oversight

Abouzeid is currently a civil rights attorney in Chicago

The King County Council appointed Tamer Abouzeid as the new director of King County’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight during its meeting on July 27. Courtesy photo
Seattle Film Summit organizers Chad Hutson (left) and Ben Andrews (right) - (courtesy of Seattle Film Summit)

Seattle Film Summit returns to partial in-person format this September

This year’s event will focus on promoting self-advocacy in the creative sector.

Seattle Film Summit organizers Chad Hutson (left) and Ben Andrews (right) - (courtesy of Seattle Film Summit)
Surveillance footage appears to show Tyler Slaeker and other people entering the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, according to U.S District Court documents. Courtesy photo

Federal Way man arrested in connection with U.S. Capitol riot

A Federal Way man was arrested Aug. 4 for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. An FBI Special Agent signed an… Continue reading

Surveillance footage appears to show Tyler Slaeker and other people entering the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, according to U.S District Court documents. Courtesy photo
Flames burst out of the roof of Max House Apartments on July 24, 2021. Photo courtesy of the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

Downtown Auburn fire causes millions in damage

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

Flames burst out of the roof of Max House Apartments on July 24, 2021. Photo courtesy of the Valley Regional Fire Authority.
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Armed car theft lead to pursuit and search for suspects in Auburn

The suspects, armed with guns, stole a vehicle before fleeing on foot and evading arrest.

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An Axon body-worn police camera. Photo courtesy of Axon.

Auburn police officers will get body cameras

The ordinance is supposed to create a more transparent, accountable police force.

An Axon body-worn police camera. Photo courtesy of Axon.
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King County Council District 7 primary results

District serves Federal Way and Auburn areas.

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King County ballot dropbox. Courtesy photo

Auburn City Council Position 4 primary results

The primary election results are in for Auburn City Council Position 4. According to the King County Elections website, Auburn City Council Position 4 incumbent… Continue reading

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Cows at Tollgate Farm Park in North Bend. Photo by Conor Wilson/Valley Record

State’s dairy workers begin earning overtime with new law

“This bill corrects a historic injustice,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines).

Cows at Tollgate Farm Park in North Bend. Photo by Conor Wilson/Valley Record
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King County announces purchase agreement of Federal Way hotel

Hotel and two additional Seattle properties to become part of county’s Health Through Housing homelessness program.

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Man found dead in Green River identified

A dead body was reported in the Green River in Auburn on July 29.

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Critical race theory became a political buzzword last fall after Gig Harbor resident Christopher Rufo (right) joined commentator Tucker Carlson on Fox News. (Screenshot from YouTube broadcast)

Educational merit of critical race theory sparks heated debate

In Washington, schools have seen parents protest and threaten to remove their children from schools.

Critical race theory became a political buzzword last fall after Gig Harbor resident Christopher Rufo (right) joined commentator Tucker Carlson on Fox News. (Screenshot from YouTube broadcast)