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State health officials announce next steps for vaccines

From the Washington State Department of Health: On Jan. 6, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released guidance for the next phase of COVID-19… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2021
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An Auburn man and his two sons escaped this early-morning fire on Jan. 1, thanks to working smoke alarms. Photo courtesy of Valley Regional Fire Authority.

Smoke alarms alert local families of early morning fires

The residents of two homes, one in Auburn, the second in Algona, escaped with their lives from fires within hours of the dawn of the… Continue reading

An Auburn man and his two sons escaped this early-morning fire on Jan. 1, thanks to working smoke alarms. Photo courtesy of Valley Regional Fire Authority.
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Inslee announces new COVID-19 reopening plan for Washington

Some restrictions will be eased beginning as soon as next week, the governor said.

  • Jan 5, 2021
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Bills to follow in the 2021 Legislative session include police reform

It’s legislation filing season, and the floodgates have opened in Olympia.

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US Navy punishes suicidal sailor who sought mental health treatment

Federal Way native’s case has attracted the attention of a national advocacy group.

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Protesters confront Auburn police on June 2, 2020, in downtown Auburn. Photo by Robert Whale/Auburn Reporter

Auburn Reporter’s top stories of 2020

From COVID-19 to the filing of murder charges against an Auburn police officer, from street demonstrations to a December fire that scorched an East Main… Continue reading

Protesters confront Auburn police on June 2, 2020, in downtown Auburn. Photo by Robert Whale/Auburn Reporter
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Firefighters examine woman who ate marijuana edible | Fire blotter

The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 617 calls for service between Dec. 14 and Dec. 27, among them the following: Dec. 14 Aid call:… Continue reading

  • Dec 31, 2020
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Gov. Jay Inslee, pictured in December as he signed the certified statewide election results. Courtesy photo

Gov. Inslee extends ban on indoor dining, other restrictions

An updated reopening plan for stores, restaurants and gatherings will be released next week.

Gov. Jay Inslee, pictured in December as he signed the certified statewide election results. Courtesy photo
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Man points fake gun at several people | Auburn police blotter

Between Dec. 18 and Dec. 26, the Auburn Police Department responded to the following calls for service, among many others. Dec. 18 Theft from vehicle:… Continue reading

  • Dec 30, 2020
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Former Auburn Fire Chief Steve Shropshire passed away Dec. 20 at his home in Auburn. Merry Shropshire, courtesy photo.

Former Auburn Fire Chief Steve Shropshire dies

Retired Auburn Fire Chief and retired King County Fire District 44 Commissioner Steve Shropshire was a giant in the development of fire service programs and… Continue reading

Former Auburn Fire Chief Steve Shropshire passed away Dec. 20 at his home in Auburn. Merry Shropshire, courtesy photo.
State Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick. (Washington State Legislative Support Services) 2015

New proposal might help Washington get a Republican governor

An electoral college system, rather than a popular vote, could give more power to rural counties.

  • Dec 28, 2020
State Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick. (Washington State Legislative Support Services) 2015
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Pavement projects press forward in Auburn

Here’s a sampling of what Auburn has squeezed out of a $32 million investment of taxpayer dollars.

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Thieves have affinity for Ulta Beauty | Auburn police blotter

Auburn police responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between Dec. 15 and Dec. 19. Dec. 15 Trespassing: 1:17 p.m., 2402 Auburn… Continue reading

  • Dec 23, 2020
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Report: WA nets only 100 new jobs in November

Unemployment rates held steady between October and November, according to a newly released preliminary monthly state employment report. November unemployment numbers were released on Dec.… Continue reading

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PSE workers rebuild circuit 27 in North Kenmore. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Energy.

Who should foot the bill for pandemic-era power?

Utilities could eventually raise rates to recoup lost costs, activists say that’s a bad plan.

PSE workers rebuild circuit 27 in North Kenmore. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Energy.
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Auburn Police shoot, kill a fugitive who pointed a gun at them

An Auburn police officer shot and killed a man with a warrant out for his arrest Thursday evening in Auburn when the man drew a… Continue reading

  • Dec 18, 2020
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Eyman: I may never qualify another ballot measure again

The anti-tax activist, accused of campaign violations, testified one last time in his bench trial.

  • Dec 18, 2020
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Council weighs updates for Auburn’s aging facilities

Cramped. Perhaps that the kindest thing one could say about Auburn’s public works maintenance and operations facility on C Street Southwest and, across town, its… Continue reading

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Man accidentally fires a bullet into one of his legs | Auburn police blotter

Auburn Police responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between Dec. 10 and Dec. 15: Dec. 10 Trespassing: 4:42 p.m., 801 Auburn… Continue reading

  • Dec 18, 2020
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Man pinned under 1,000-pound slab of granite | Fire blotter

Between Dec. 7 and Dec. 13, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 257 calls for service, among them the following: Dec. 7 Aid call:… Continue reading

  • Dec 17, 2020
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