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Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, says COVID-19 cases have declined significantly since the peak of the outbreak in late March, allowing the county to move into Phase 2 on June 19. FILE PHOTO

King County enters Phase 2 of Safe Start recovery plan

Full list of what’s permitted

  • Jun 19, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, says COVID-19 cases have declined significantly since the peak of the outbreak in late March, allowing the county to move into Phase 2 on June 19. FILE PHOTO

King County to distribute 25 million face coverings to residents, businesses

Each of 39 cities in county to get a shipment

  • Jun 18, 2020
The Auburn Fire Department’s first female firefighter, Janeen Ruge, retired June 12 after 21 years on the job - 12 of them with the present-day Valley Regional Fire Authority. Courtesy photo

Auburn Fire Department’s first female firefighter retires after 21 years

In her 21 years with the Auburn Fire Department and Valley Regional Fire Authority, Janeen Ruge, Auburn’s first female firefighter, delivered at least five babies… Continue reading

The Auburn Fire Department’s first female firefighter, Janeen Ruge, retired June 12 after 21 years on the job - 12 of them with the present-day Valley Regional Fire Authority. Courtesy photo

Families impacted by police killings travel to Seattle for June 18 gathering

Nationwide list includes Kent, Auburn victims

  • Jun 17, 2020

Thousands of trees coming down along I-5 for light rail line

Nearly 8,600 between SeaTac and Federal Way

  • Jun 17, 2020

King County could be in Phase 2 this week

The county was planning on applying on Monday.

County executive wants cities to drop opposition to revised officer-involved shooting inquests

Kent, Auburn, Federal Way mayors say they won’t back down

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City and Auburn police officer sued in federal court; APD refutes claims on Facebook page

The Auburn Police Department and one of its police officers are defendants in a lawsuit that was filed Monday in federal court in Seattle over… Continue reading

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Chris Reykdal, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a screenshot from his virtual press conference June 11. Courtesy of TVW

WA classrooms to reopen this fall, says state superintendent

Chris Reykdal says in-person instruction is possible if schools comply with safety rules.

  • Jun 11, 2020
Chris Reykdal, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a screenshot from his virtual press conference June 11. Courtesy of TVW

Washington families can get help to buy food during school closures

Pandemic EBT available early July for children whose schools closed due to COVID-19

  • Jun 10, 2020

Poison Center records increase in poison exposures during COVID-19

Poison exposures from the misuse of chemicals spiked 53 percent in the early days of the pandemic.

Future of new sex ed law may rest in the hands of voters

Opponents are confident they have enough signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot.

King County Library System to slowly reopen after 3 month closure

Now in Phase 1.5, KCLS will gradually allow book returns with strict guidelines.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle opened its King County branches to provide child care centers dedicated to serving the families of essential workers. Courtesy photo

Child care shortage could follow COVID-19 pandemic

Around 25 percent of child care facilities have closed across the state.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle opened its King County branches to provide child care centers dedicated to serving the families of essential workers. Courtesy photo
Auburn City Hall. FILE PHOTO

City, school district reach deal on intersection upgrades

A traffic impact analysis related to construction of the Auburn School District’s 16th elementary school recently determined it would create problems for the intersection of… Continue reading

Auburn City Hall. FILE PHOTO
Screenshot of the city’s Facebook page.

Mayor lifts emergency and curfew enacted after looting and protests

Mayor Nancy Backus has ended the civil emergency related to looting, vandalism and property destruction she issued on Sunday May 31 and with it the… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2020
Screenshot of the city’s Facebook page.

Former VRFA Administrator Eric Robertson to run for 31st District seat

Former Valley Regional Fire Administrator Eric Robertson has announced his candidacy for the open state representative position in the 31st Legislative District. The incumbent, Seattle… Continue reading

Closures on I-5 in SeaTac for Federal Way Link construction

Along southbound lanes over three weeks

  • Jun 4, 2020

King County assessor wants Legislature to fix laws to help small businesses

Changes needed because of COVID-19 impact on commercial properties

  • Jun 4, 2020
Robert Whale / Auburn Reporter
                                Protesters confront Auburn police Tuesday evening in downtown Auburn.

Hundreds gather at Auburn City Hall to protest death of George Floyd

On Tuesday evening, hundreds of people gathered on the Auburn City Hall Plaza to protest loudly — here and there obscenely, but in the end… Continue reading

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                                Protesters confront Auburn police Tuesday evening in downtown Auburn.