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The city-owned accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, 625 W. James St. FILE PHOTO

King County to launch COVID-19 vaccination sites in Kent, Auburn

Opening Feb. 1 at ShoWare Center, GSA Complex for vulnerable older adults

The city-owned accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, 625 W. James St. FILE PHOTO
A CVS pharmacist prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 26 in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Mass COVID-19 vaccination site coming soon to Auburn

The King County health department is close to finalizing its plans for a mass vaccination site in Auburn. “We are waiting for confirmation … and… Continue reading

A CVS pharmacist prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 26 in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
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Firefighters respond to head injury, bloody fight | Fire blotter

Between Jan. 18 and Jan. 24, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 239 calls for service, among them the following: Jan. 18 Aid call:… Continue reading

  • Jan 29, 2021
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Duffel bag with rifle found in bushes | Auburn police blotter

Auburn Police responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between Jan. 17 and Jan. 20: Jan. 16 Theft from motor vehicle: 9… Continue reading

  • Jan 29, 2021
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Chad Wheeler. COURTESY PHOTO, Seattle Seahawks

Ex-Seahawk Wheeler accused of attacking girlfriend in Kent apartment

Lineman charged with first-degree domestic violence assault

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Veteran Auburn firefighter Will Highley to retire from VRFA after 37 years. Courtesy photo

Firefighter Will Highley retires after 37 years with Valley Regional Fire Authority

In Will Highley’s early days with Auburn’s part-paid, part-volunteer department, there were some challenging moments. “Sometimes, I was the only firefighter responding to 911 calls,”… Continue reading

Veteran Auburn firefighter Will Highley to retire from VRFA after 37 years. Courtesy photo
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Mags, open carry at protests and AR-15s on Olympia’s agenda

Lawmakers are eyeing a number of bills which could change firearm regulations in the state.

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Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Lawmakers consider prohibiting use of credit score to determine insurance rates

Advocates say credit scoring makes low-income and minority policy holders pay more for coverage.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
June 2018 algae bloom. Photo courtesy of Department of Ecology

Human-caused ‘dead zones’ threaten health of Puget Sound

Wastewater treatment plants account for about 70% of the excess nutrients.

June 2018 algae bloom. Photo courtesy of Department of Ecology
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Survey shows rent debt to be disproportionately distributed among minorities

More than half of Black renters surveyed said they owed rent money from previous months.

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Kent Hay, Auburn’s Outreach Program Administrator, explores homeless encampments last fall in Auburn. File photo

Auburn to continue agreement over day and night homeless shelters

In mid-2018, the City of Auburn began a partnership with the Auburn Food Bank to provide daytime services to homeless people at the Ray of… Continue reading

Kent Hay, Auburn’s Outreach Program Administrator, explores homeless encampments last fall in Auburn. File photo
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Toy thief uses pepper spray at Auburn grocery store

Typically, the daily log of police activities the Auburn Police Department forwards to area news agencies like the Auburn Reporter are presented in skeletal form… Continue reading

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West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Ecology.

EPA loans King County $96.8 million to prevent untreated water from spilling into Puget Sound

Loan comes a week after an over 10 million gallon overflow into the Puget Sound and Lake Washington.

West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Ecology.
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2-year-old child, woman rescued from Auburn house fire

Fire started in the garage around 11:40 p.m. Jan. 20 near the 30100 block of 50th Lane S. in Auburn.

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Kid blows up power transformer with bow and arrow | Auburn police blotter

Auburn police responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between Jan. 13 and Jan. 16: Jan. 13 Trespassing: 9:46 a.m., 3731 H… Continue reading

  • Jan 21, 2021
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Firefighters give aid to a cat while responding to an apartment fire Jan. 15 in the 1200 block of Auburn Way South. Photo courtesy of Valley Regional Fire Authority

Firefighters respond to Auburn apartment fire | Fire blotter

Between Jan. 11 and Jan. 17, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 267 calls for service, among them: Jan. 11 Accident: 1:47 p.m., (Auburn).… Continue reading

  • Jan 21, 2021
Firefighters give aid to a cat while responding to an apartment fire Jan. 15 in the 1200 block of Auburn Way South. Photo courtesy of Valley Regional Fire Authority
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Mayor to negotiate leases for land at Auburn airport

City has long-term goal of attracting private development to the airport.

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National Guard troops, pictured Jan. 11 at the state Capitol in Olympia, have been on standby in case of violent protests. (Photo by Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press)

At the state Capitol, a quiet day amid heightened security

There were no protests or arrests as troopers patrolled and the National Guard assumed a lower profile.

  • Jan 21, 2021
National Guard troops, pictured Jan. 11 at the state Capitol in Olympia, have been on standby in case of violent protests. (Photo by Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press)
West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County

Power outages cause massive wastewater spill into Puget Sound, Lake Washington

King County estimates millions gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed into surrounding waters.

West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County
Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)

House Democrats lay out massive $26B transportation package funded by gas tax hike

An 18-cent gas tax increase and a fee on carbon emissions would fund new roads and more.

  • Jan 19, 2021
Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)