Robert Whale

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

Roe v. Wade and the road we have been down before | Whale’s Tales

I have been thinking a lot lately about the Prohibition Era in the United States and the fiery, brook-no-argument crusaders who pushed for it. Like… Continue reading

 

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

Here’s a theory on why people embrace all those crazy theories | Whale’s Tales

Not so long ago, one could have called me a dyed-in-the-wool, hard-core skeptic about cryptids. Cryptids. You know Bigfoot, Yeti, the chupacabra, the Jersey Devil,… Continue reading

 

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

Never miss a chance to treasure your mama | Whale’s Tales

With the approach of Mother’s Day, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my own mother, gone 16 years ago this month, how much I… Continue reading

 

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

Could we pull together like the Ukrainians are doing? | Whale’s Tales

The past is like a foreign country — they do things differently there. Oddly enough, I’ve been thinking about those words lately in light of… Continue reading

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

Music at the intersection of past and present | Whale

It is a July day in 1969, and I am with my family at Lake Surprise. I have just finished first grade in Mrs. Foster’s… Continue reading

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

Watching the social media and cable news train wreck | Whale

To say that anything is possible is to condition the sinister, pitfall corollary that nothing is ridiculous. So you told me, dad. All I can… Continue reading

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

Writer goes on a tear about flabby language | Whale

Those who know me know me know I’m a bit of a stickler about language. Not so much about the grammar, although of course that… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
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Leader of theft ring sentenced to six years in federal prison

Auburn man operated storefront businesses in Kent and Renton that fronted as legitimate pawn shops.

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

The growing disconnect between public servants and the press | Whale

As one small part of the often derided “legacy media,” I am aware that what I am about to say won’t find sympathy with many… Continue reading

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

Prosecutor charges Auburn man for assaulting a woman in Seattle

On Jan. 24, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed a felony case against an Auburn man it accuses of grabbing and groping a woman… Continue reading

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.
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

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