Robert Whale

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

My bold New Year’s resolutions – late, as usual | Whale

I was born late — exactly three weeks — despite my mother’s earnest efforts to speed the process along with various over-the-counter elixirs. I don’t… Continue reading

 

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

Good night, John Boy, from another generation | Whale

When I was growing up in the 1970s, like many others I enjoyed “The Waltons,” Earl Hamner Jr.’s televised account of his childhood in the… Continue reading

 

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Prosecutor alleges Seattle man recorded Muckleshoot Casino employee using toilet

Man pleads not guilty to first-degree voyeurism charge in December 2021 incident at Auburn casino

 

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Future Algona transfer station faces planning stage headwinds

South King County’s new recycling and transfer station is expected to be completed in 2026.

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Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com

Don’t fool yourself: COVID’s tentacles are long enough to reach even you | Robert Whale

From March 2020 until recently, it seemed to me that COVID-19 always hit someone far off, the man who’d been incautious, the woman who screamed… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com
Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com

Mourning the loss of civility – with hope for its return | Robert Whale

We cannot help but collect them as we grow older: memories, steeped in the golden waters of nostalgia. The Auburn I grew up in during… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com
Auburn High School. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

Auburn School District trying to solve substitute teacher shortage

Problem exists at many districts

Auburn High School. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
Fire inflicted heavy damage to the second floor and roof of the 2-story apartment-and ground-floor retail building at 115 East Main Street beginning late on the night of Friday July 23 and continuing into early Saturday morning. The Valley Regional Fire Authority reports that all residents got out safely. Photo courtesy Auburn Police Department.

Fire sweeps downtown Auburn apartment building, all residents out safely

Firefighters had to rescue two residents from the roof of an apartment building in downtown Auburn that burned late Friday night and into early Saturday… Continue reading

Fire inflicted heavy damage to the second floor and roof of the 2-story apartment-and ground-floor retail building at 115 East Main Street beginning late on the night of Friday July 23 and continuing into early Saturday morning. The Valley Regional Fire Authority reports that all residents got out safely. Photo courtesy Auburn Police Department.
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Traffic alerts now and upcoming in King County

As of 8:14 a.m. July 13, an earlier ramp blocking incident on SR 520 Westbound at 108th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue has now been cleared… Continue reading

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Road buckling on I-90 | King County traffic update

As of Monday evening June 28 and continuing into Tuesday morning and afternoon, June 29, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and King County… Continue reading

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Auburn Police Department hires former TV reporter as spokesperson

First civilian public information officer

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Tree in the roadway June 28 blocks the right lane on westbound SR 18 just east of Tiger Mountain Rd. Photo courtesy of WSDOT

Fallen tree on SR 18 | King County traffic update

As of Monday morning, June 28, Washington State Department of Transportation reported the following road obstructions: 5:17 a.m.: A collision blocking the ramp of Highway… Continue reading

Tree in the roadway June 28 blocks the right lane on westbound SR 18 just east of Tiger Mountain Rd. Photo courtesy of WSDOT
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. File photo
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. File photo
Safeway at 101 Auburn Way South. FILE PHOTO

Auburn debates hazard pay ordinance for grocery workers, delays vote

City Council study session planned for May 10

Safeway at 101 Auburn Way South. FILE PHOTO
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First large-scale, human composting facility in the world will open in Auburn

“It’s what nature meant us to do. We just do it faster.”

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Grocery store staff are working hard to keep the shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo

Auburn to consider hazard pay for grocery workers at large stores

Seattle, Burien among cities that adopted pay hike due to COVID-19

Grocery store staff are working hard to keep the shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo
Cindi Blansfield, Auburn School District’s Associate Superintendent for Business and Operations, describes measures the school district has taken to ensure the safety of students and teachers before schools began hybrid learning Wednesday, March 3. ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter.

Safety measures in place for Auburn students in hybrid learning

In-person learning began March 3 for kindergarten through 5th grade

Cindi Blansfield, Auburn School District’s Associate Superintendent for Business and Operations, describes measures the school district has taken to ensure the safety of students and teachers before schools began hybrid learning Wednesday, March 3. ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter.
An airport developer looks to add to the Auburn Municipal Airport 17 general aviation hangars and six box hangars that will house multimillion-dollar aircraft and aviation-related businesses. ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter

Hangar expansion and more ahead for Auburn airport

If approved, private development would bring tax revenue to the city.

An airport developer looks to add to the Auburn Municipal Airport 17 general aviation hangars and six box hangars that will house multimillion-dollar aircraft and aviation-related businesses. ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter
The faces of Amy Goodner’s fourth-grade online classroom at Alpac Elementary School. COURTESY PHOTO, Auburn School District
The faces of Amy Goodner’s fourth-grade online classroom at Alpac Elementary School. COURTESY PHOTO, Auburn School District
Photo courtesy of Valley Regional Fire Authority

Fire damages East Main business complex in Auburn

Site is home to Athens Pizza, Nail Master Too, Cascade Chiropractic and Salon Focus.

Photo courtesy of Valley Regional Fire Authority