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In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)

Do Washington drivers need to learn the zipper merge?

Legislators propose requiring zipper merge instruction in drivers education and in license test.

In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)
In Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Inslee recently announced all counties will be staying in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan for the next several weeks. Pictured: People enjoy outdoor dining last summer in downtown Kent. Courtesy photo

Inslee: All of Washington to stay in Phase 2 for a few weeks

The governor issued a weekslong pause on regions moving backward, but has yet to outline a Phase 3.

In Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Inslee recently announced all counties will be staying in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan for the next several weeks. Pictured: People enjoy outdoor dining last summer in downtown Kent. Courtesy photo
Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System. File photo

King County libraries will reopen in some cities for in-person services

Fall City, Kent libraries among six selected for partial reopening.

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Men punch women in the face | Police blotter

Auburn Police responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between Feb. 12 and Feb. 22: Feb. 12 Felonious shoplifting: 5:45 p.m., 1101… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2021
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Nine adults and one infant were displaced in fire | Fire blotter

Between Feb. 15 and Feb. 22, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 296 calls for service, among them the following: Feb. 15 Aid call:… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2021
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Prosecutor charges two men in severe beating involving croquet mallet

Auburn Police reported that on the afternoon of Feb. 15, Theodore Michael Hyde and Kenneth Doyne Johnson savagely beat a man with a croquet mallet… Continue reading

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A South King Fire & Rescue firefighter places a used test swab into a secure COVID test vial on Nov. 18, 2020, at a Federal Way testing site. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Masks are still king in combating new COVID strains

A top UW doctor talks new strains, masks and when normal could return.

A South King Fire & Rescue firefighter places a used test swab into a secure COVID test vial on Nov. 18, 2020, at a Federal Way testing site. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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APD looking for one more member for the Police Advisory Committee

The city of Auburn formed its Police Advisory Committee last fall to give the community a chance to make recommendations to the Chief of Police… Continue reading

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Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Democrats look to allow noncitizens to serve on school boards

A Senate bill takes aim at a state law requiring anyone seeking elected office to be a citizen.

  • Feb 22, 2021
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A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

State health leader: We have a plan, we don’t have the supply

Two months after the COVID vaccine landed in Washington, many still struggle to secure their shots.

A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
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How the pandemic and coronavirus variants can show us evolution in real time

Scientists say viruses reproduce and mutate at higher rates, creating viral variants.

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Gov. Jay Inslee talks about schools reopening during a Tuesday news conference. (TVW)

Inslee signs $2.2 billion COVID relief package

The federal funds will go to fight COVID, aid renters and reopen shuttered schools and businesses.

Gov. Jay Inslee talks about schools reopening during a Tuesday news conference. (TVW)
The Auburn School District begins its incremental return to in-person learning on March 3, according to Auburn School District Superintendent Dr. Alan Spicciati. File photo

ASD’s step-by-step return to in-person instruction starts March 3

The Auburn School District’s incremental return to in-person instruction begins March 3, according to a letter ASD Superintendent Dr. Alan Spicciati recently sent to district… Continue reading

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Veteran VRFA firefighter David Swanson retired on Feb. 14, bringing a close to a 30-year career in the fire service. Courtesy photo.

VRFA Firefighter David Swanson retires

David Swanson was a 15-year old kid, he said, “headed down the wrong road” in life when a friend invited him to a meeting of… Continue reading

Veteran VRFA firefighter David Swanson retired on Feb. 14, bringing a close to a 30-year career in the fire service. Courtesy photo.
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Fragrance thieves strike at Outlet Collection | Auburn police blotter

Auburn Police responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between Feb. 5 and Feb. 11: Feb. 5 Shoplifting: 5:38 p.m., 1101 Outlet… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2021
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Man stabbed during a road-rage incident | Fire blotter

Between Feb. 8 and Feb. 14, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 271 calls for service, among them the following. Feb. 8 Aid call:… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2021
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Ransomware attack targets city’s utility billing payment processor

The city of Auburn was the victim of a ransomware attack on its utility billing payment processor between the evening of Feb. 3 and the… Continue reading

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Former APD Chief Jake Evans.

Former Auburn Police Chief Jake Evans dies

Auburn’s famous Excedrin tampering case of 1985 shined a light on the qualities of then Auburn Police Chief Jake Evans, those who knew him said… Continue reading

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Former APD Chief Jake Evans.
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Auburn crews work round-the-clock during snowstorm

For the young and the young at heart, falling snow is great stuff, promising fun, snowball fights and snowball forts. But for the men and… Continue reading

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Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf, an ob-gyn with the University of Washington School of Medicine and senior author of the report (Photo Credit: University of Washington School of Medicine)

UW study shows high COVID infection rates among pregnant women

Study shows infection rates to be two to four times higher than expected among minority groups.

Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf, an ob-gyn with the University of Washington School of Medicine and senior author of the report (Photo Credit: University of Washington School of Medicine)