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Category: Auburn


MultiCare birth centers restrict visitors during flu season

MultiCare hospital workers are trying to protect newborn babies from the flu by restricting who can visit them during influenza season, according to hospital officials.

Visitors of newborns are limited to two designated people age 13 or older at MultiCare’s Family Birth Centers at Tacoma General Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and Auburn Medical Center.

Visitors must see security at the centers for a wellness screening upon arrival.

Everyone, including parents, is asked not to visit until they are well if they have a fever above 100.4 degrees, cough, sore throat, muscle aches or extreme fatigue, chills, vomiting,

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South King County schools part of bid for federal dollars

A grant application written jointly by seven King County school districts is among 61 finalists for the federal Race to the Top competition, the U.S. Department of Education announced.

The region’s application involved the following school districts: Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila. The grant proposal was submitted under the name “The Road Map District Consortium” in reference to the districts’ participation in the Road Map Project, a community-wide effort to drive educational improvement in South Seattle and South King County. The region’s application asks for up to $40 million.

The national finalists represent more than 200

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Car museum hosts benefit for sick boy

A nine-year-old boy with roots and family in the Auburn area is fighting for his life and needs an expensive cell transplant. That’s why his family and friends are hoping to sell lots of tickets for a fundraiser they’re holding Saturday night in Tacoma at LeMay: America’s Car Museum.

Eli Olsen was only 3 years old when he was diagnosed with hereditary pancreatitis, celiac disease and a cystic fibrosis gene. For the last 4 months he’s been unable to eat and has been sustained through a feeding tube in his chest. Eli and his family have moved to California, but

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Edgewood woman crowned 2011 Miss Washington

The 2011 Miss Washington has been crowned, and it’s Brittney Henry.

The ceremony was Saturday night in at Lindbergh Senior High School in Renton. Henry’s talent was the fiddle, and her platform was “promoting higher education for low-income families.” She’ll represent the state in January at the Miss America 2012 pageant in Las Vegas. First runner-up was Miss Tahoma, Nicole Erhardt.

A tipster tells us that Henry is an Edgewood resident, after graduating from California State University, Sacramento in December 2009. The tipster also says Henry is a 2005 Puyallup High School graduate.

I’ve left a message for Henry and

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United Way offers free tax help in Auburn

Free help with 2010 federal taxes is available in Auburn through United Way for  low income households and seniors.

IRS-certificated, multilingual volunteers from United Way of King County will be available at Auburn City Hall, 25 West Main St., on the second floor. Agents are available Tuesday – Thursday from 6-9 p.m. No appointment is necessary and agents will be available through April 15.

The service is for households making less than $50,000. Citizenship is not necessary and electronic filling will be utilized for faster refunds.

Those interested should  bring all applicable tax forms and a bank account number (checking

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Open house Saturday for renovated fire station in Auburn

Valley Regional Fire Authority will have an open house for a renovated fire station in Auburn Saturday.

The event, including displays, demonstrations and refreshments, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at remodeled Station 32 at 1951 R St. S.E., Auburn.

Children can try on firefighter gear, build their own firetrucks, tour through a fire engine and medical aid car, and meet “Sparky” the fire dog and “Pluggie” the fire hydrant robot.

Adults can try out a thermal-imaging camera, obtain a blood pressure or blood sugar check, tour the station and obtain home safety information.

A rededication

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Auburn sponsors Disaster Fair Saturday

The City of Auburn is hosting its 4th annual Disaster Fair Saturday, according to  the following press release:

The City of Auburn Emergency Management Office is promoting National Disaster Preparedness month by hosting Auburn’s 4th Annual Disaster Fair on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Les Gove Community Campus in Auburn. The fair is sponsored by the City of Auburn and the White River Valley Citizen Corps Council.

This event is a fun-filled afternoon of adventure and education for the whole family, featuring disaster preparedness information, ideas, demonstrations, and supplies. There will be activities for

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Garbage haulers to return to work at midnight

Striking garbage haulers said they will return to work at midnight tonight in King County without a settlement with Waste Management.

The garbage workers’ union and Waste Management agreed to resume bargaining Monday morning, meeting with a federal mediator.

“We are glad the Teamsters have announced that they will return to work tomorrow, but feel that this unfortunate situation could have been avoided entirely had the union simply responded to our earlier request to meet,” said Jackie Lang of Waste Management. “We look forward to our drivers returning to work tomorrow to provide Friday collection services as scheduled.”

Representatives of

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