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

The Auburn Police Department reports that a Seattle man used his cell phone to record an employee of the Muckleshoot Casino using the toilet in… Continue reading

 

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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
Former operating room nurse Sarah Blum at the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Cu Chi Vietnam, 1967. Courtesy Sarah Blum

Former nurse recounts her experiences in Vietnam — and after

Auburn resident copes with wartime service PTSD through writing.

Former operating room nurse Sarah Blum at the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Cu Chi Vietnam, 1967. Courtesy Sarah Blum
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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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
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Auburn man charged with threatening to kill Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

Seattle Police say an Auburn man left a death threat on Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s main office telephone line on April 27. According to court… Continue reading

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. 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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Couple captured in famous photo 67 years ago enjoying the good life in Auburn
Couple captured in famous photo 67 years ago enjoying the good life in Auburn
Deputy fatally shoots Auburn man

Deputy fatally shoots Auburn man

Man identified as Joshua Sarrett, 32.

Deputy fatally shoots Auburn man
Ferguson sues agencies over archive relocation decision

Ferguson sues agencies over archive relocation decision

“Decision to close the National Archives in Seattle has far-reaching impacts across the Northwest.”

Ferguson sues agencies over archive relocation decision
Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson. Courtesy photo

Auburn settles lawsuit over Isaiah Obet’s death for $1.25 million

Family calls for inquest into 2017 shooting by Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson.

Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson. Courtesy photo
Families and friends of Jesse Sarey gather after arraignment of Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson
Families and friends of Jesse Sarey gather after arraignment of Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson
Jesse Sarey. Courtesy photo

Auburn Police Officer pleads not guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree assault in fatal shooting of Jesse Sarey in 2019

On Aug. 24 in a courtroom at the King County Regional Justice Center in Kent, Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson pleaded not guilty to felony… Continue reading

Jesse Sarey. Courtesy photo
King County homeless count: 11,751 people, up 5 percent from 2019

King County homeless count: 11,751 people, up 5 percent from 2019

One night a year, volunteers spread out across Seattle and King County to count the homeless. And on the cold, rainy night of Jan. 24,… Continue reading

King County homeless count: 11,751 people, up 5 percent from 2019
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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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