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Home Care In Auburn, WA

Home Care Auburn, WA

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Auburn gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Auburn, WA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Great team, great clientele, available hours”

Joan K.

“The absolute best in home care services! Our family are so grateful for Phil, Deena and their entire home care team! We could not have cared for our mother at home without them!”

Lisa F.

“There is no better agency than Steve and his team. We went through 4 different agencies until we found them and have thanked our lucky stars. Reliable, educated and experienced. They have our family’s best interest and heart in mind.”

Christina M.

“The greatest in home care ever!! The staff was very knowledgeable and very caring about our needs.”

Brian F.

“They were caring, and did a good job when we finally got the right person. They were caring, efficient and they did a good job.”

Dwayne F.

“I felt confident that my mom was being taken care of and that she seemed happy with the caregivers. As far as her life she was well fed, her physical hygiene was taken care of, and she had company. I'd recommend them because the caregivers were well trained and they showed a lot of care for my mother and they also kept the family informed.”

Marie D.

“It takes some of the burden off of me. When I need schedule changes, such as today with an early morning doctor's appointment, they easily change the schedule when we need. I already have. I like that they come and check and find out what our goals are, as well as working with the provider that comes to our home. They are well coordinated.”

Lynette C.

“The services are essential because they're always on time. I would recommend Always Best Care because I like the people who they send. They're just outstanding.”

Grace C.

“The services have helped him the most by having no confusion about taking their pills. I want them to follow-up more often.”

Donna P.

“They help with things that I can't do anymore. I like that they always have someone for you.”

Robert M.

“I work for an assisted living community in Tacoma and often come across potential residents and their family members who use Always Best Care for in-home caregiving, as well as senior advising to find long term care placement. Phil and Steve are fantastic care partners, and great advocates for seniors in our area!”

Theresa L.

“I worked with Phil and Steve to try and find a memory care facility or possibly an adult family home for my mom who was in late stage Altzheimers disease. They were both so caring, empathetic, understanding and patient with us during the most difficult time for our family. Ultimately we were unable to move mom, but I never felt any frustration or impatience from them, only the utmost care and concern. I would recommend this place to anyone trying to find a care facility or home for a loved one.”

Jennifer W.

“They were proactive, nice, pleasant people. One thing I like about them is that they are very nice and professional, easy to work with.”

Richard A.

“The agency can make my life easier by communicating more. I like this agency because they are prompt.”

Danny J.

“I am not able to do a lot of things that I used to do for myself. They are responsive, and they do a good job at getting good employees.”

Thomas O.

“The whole team was great with my mom when she was finally discharged home, especially Roshea and Kelsey. I especially liked that they had consistent staff instead of a new caregiver every shift.”

debbie S.

“Having someone here to assist my parents has allowed me to focus on other things. They're good communicators, they're kind, and the caregivers do a good job.”

Dorothy L.

“The agency helps me not to worry about the client. The company could be better at finding caregivers for us faster.”

Jennifer W.

“They helped with things like light housekeeping. I liked that they were excellent at communicating with us.”

Melissa A.

“It is easier for us because someone is taking care of my mom. The caregiver is great.”

Steve B.

“They carry conversations with me. They are very smart nurses.”

Hellen B.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Auburn, WA?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Auburn, WA

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Auburn Valley State Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Elderberry Pond Restaurant or visit Harriet Tubman Home, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Auburn, WA

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Auburn, WA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your WA's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Auburn, WA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Auburn Assisted Living
  • Morningside of Auburn
  • Summer Village Azalea Place
  • Summer Village Camellia Place
  • Holiday Monarch Estates
  • Arbor Lakes
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Auburn, WA 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Auburn, WA

200 Auburn students baptized in one night after campus worship program

More than 200 students at Auburn University were baptized Tuesday evening as a campus worship program erupted into what observers called a spontaneous revival.The baptisms — in a small lake and illuminated by automobile headlights — took place about a half-mile from the Neville Arena site for “Unite Auburn,&rdquo...

More than 200 students at Auburn University were baptized Tuesday evening as a campus worship program erupted into what observers called a spontaneous revival.

The baptisms — in a small lake and illuminated by automobile headlights — took place about a half-mile from the Neville Arena site for “Unite Auburn,” an event connected to a city-wide revival taking place in Auburn, an eastern Alabama city of 75,000.

“Unite Auburn” featured Christian worship band Passion and speakers Jennie Allen, a Christian author, and the Rev. Jonathan Pokluda, lead pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.

An estimated 2,000 to 2,500 students crowded around the lake near the university‘s “Red Barn,” where six pastors and others — including Auburn football coach Hugh Freeze — helped baptize the young adults wishing to signify a Christian commitment.

Video posted to social media shows the students cheering in approval whenever one of the students emerged from the immersion.

Auburn senior Kristen Carr, a journalism major and editor-in-chief of student newspaper The Auburn Plainsman, said in a telephone interview with The Washington Times that she went to the rally “originally just as a spectator,” but decided “I just needed to start covering this and videoing because it was so unusual. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”

Tonya Prewett, the wife of assistant basketball coach Chad Prewitt and the evening’s principal organizer, said the event was designed to help students struggling with the pressure of post-pandemic life on campus.

“We had stories of kids who were isolated in their closet and just feeling like they can’t cope, they can’t go on, they don’t want to live another day,” Mrs. Prewett said in a telephone interview. “And some who are bound by addictions that they think can’t seem to get free from and it’s just keeping them full of shame and isolation.”

Mrs. Prewett said she began praying in January with several students she’d been mentoring. She continued to meet and pray weekly with those students through May.

About six weeks ago, she said, plans came together for the “Unite Auburn” event, which she anticipated would end with attendees singing some worship songs.

However one student indicated an interest in getting baptized right away, and Mrs. Prewett said Ms. Allen went back on stage and made an appeal asking if anyone else wanted to be baptized. Nearly half of the 5,000 students in the arena then made their way to the water nearby.

Ms. Carr said the response on campus mirrored events in the city of Auburn, where churches such as the Auburn Community Church she attends have been packed out with revival crowds.

“It’s not just my church, it’s a lot of the churches in the area,” she said. “They’re having to live stream the services because there’s so many people that want to be at church.”

Jeremy Napier, a pastor who is chaplain for the Auburn basketball team, said “entire pledge units of fraternities [have] show up” at local churches to worship.

Ms. Carr said the spiritual awakening “is like the Billy Graham thing of our generation,” a reference to the late evangelist whose citywide meetings across the U.S. often moved large numbers of people to commit religiously to follow Christ.Mrs. Prewett said she believes what happened at Auburn is only the beginning of a national spiritual movement.

“I do believe that God wants to heal this nation of mental health things, of the bondage that students find themselves in and just kind of the crisis is going on around our nation,” she said. “I believe that that will happen through prayer and through God moving across this nation.”

Of Tuesday’s event Mrs. Prewett said, “it started here, but it’s not going to stop here.”

One organizer told The Washington Times they’ve had calls from ten other schools asking how those campuses can hold similar events.

A similar spiritual breakout happened in February at Asbury University, a private school in Wilmore, Kentucky. There, classes shut down for two weeks as pilgrims from across the U.S. and even overseas flocked to the small town to be involved in a 24/7 prayer meeting.

Auburn welcomes Imperial Palace Casino at grand opening

Big casinos are great, but the smaller card rooms have a special place in the affections of patrons, too.Ryan and Sokha Kunkel are betting on it with the Imperial Palace Casino, which they celebrated last Thursday evening in the digs of the former Iron Horse Casino.Why the confidence? It’s personal, they say.“People will come here for the same reason they always have, because it’s personal,” Kunkel said under the shadow of the big sign bearing the new name overlooking 15th Street Northeast. &ldquo...

Big casinos are great, but the smaller card rooms have a special place in the affections of patrons, too.

Ryan and Sokha Kunkel are betting on it with the Imperial Palace Casino, which they celebrated last Thursday evening in the digs of the former Iron Horse Casino.

Why the confidence? It’s personal, they say.

“People will come here for the same reason they always have, because it’s personal,” Kunkel said under the shadow of the big sign bearing the new name overlooking 15th Street Northeast. “It’s why small card rooms exist. Everyone that’s in here is a regular and you know them by name, they know the dealers. It’s just different.

“…When you go to the big tribe, it’s great — local tribe, love the entertainment — but you’re one of thousands there. Here you’re one of maybe a hundred,” Kunkel said.

Ryan and Sokha bought the casino in August 2022, and through all the controlled chaos of a multi-phased renovation, have operated it since.

So, what’s new there?

Well, 24-hour gaming Thursday through Sunday, late night and early morning happy hours, a designated pull-tab bar with more than 34 bowls, a VIP gaming room, a 24-hour restaurant that offers an updated menu with new Asian dishes, yet still keeps many of the favorites.

“When we bought the casino back in August, a lot of the regulars talked about how it used to be a 24-hour diner back when it was Steiner Diner before the Iron Horse, so we thought we’d bring it back and it’d be nice to have,” Kunkel said.

Kunkel said his lead chef worked for the Iron Horse for several years.

Card games, Kunkel said, number all variations of blackjack, pai gow, baccarat, midi baccarat, Spanish 21 and player’s edge.

The couple, which Kunkel called “a one-two punch,” are veterans of the industry.

By 2011, Kunkel had been a blackjack dealer for almost 10 years and Sokha for almost 18 years, odd-jobbing it in various casinos in Washington and California, loving the life.

But as they watched a large company gobble up smaller card rooms, one after the other like a ravenous Pac-Man, Ryan said, some of the fun went out of the experience, and in 2011 they left the industry.

That year the couple opened up the first for-profit marijuana dispensary in the state of Washington, ultimately growing that business into five stores. The couple sold that business in 2019, but it still operates today under the name “Have A Heart CC.”

During “free time” afforded by the COVID pandemic, Kunkel said, he noticed Freddie’s Casino was having a lot of financial trouble and was for sale. So the couple bought the Freddie’s in Everett with an eye to turning it around.

“I wanted to get back into casinos, so I bought the Iron Horse and hired the best in the industry, some of whom used to work for me, to operate the business. We are opening a second location this summer in Tukwila,” Kunkel said.

Here’s where to keep cool in Auburn during this week’s heat wave

A heat wave will be boosting temperatures predicted to be up to 95 this week, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).Here’s the latest “...

A heat wave will be boosting temperatures predicted to be up to 95 this week, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Here’s the latest “Excessive Heat Warning” from NWS, issued Monday, Aug. 14, 2023 at 5:12 a.m.:



“WHAT…Dangerously hot conditions with daytime temperatures in the low to mid 90s and lows in the 60s and 70s expected. This will pose a major risk of heat-related illness. *

“WHERE…Bellevue and Vicinity and Seattle and Vicinity. *

“WHEN…Until 11 PM PDT Wednesday. *


“IMPACTS…Major Heat Risk level poses a major risk for heat- related illnesses for anyone without effective cooling or adequate hydration.

“PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1. For sheltering information and other human services in your area, dial 2 1 1 during business hours or visit anytime.”

Below are some local Auburn resources available this week for people needing to cool down:

Day Centers:

Emergency Shelters with Drop-in:

Existing Public Spaces (No Services):

Spray Park at Les Gove Park:

Here’s the detailed forecast:

Neighbors asking for increased safety precautions after brutal crash near Auburn

Investigators said someone too young to be driving flew through a stop sign and T-boned an elderly man.SEATTLE — It's a quiet day in the Lake Geneva Neighborhood near Auburn."Over the years we have made this into our little garden oasis," said Jeremy Robinson.An oasis giving Jeremy Robinson a front-row seat to some of the speeding issues he's seen in his 23 years living in this home. Specifically, cars running the stop sign at South 349th Street and 46th Avenue."I've said for years that someth...

Investigators said someone too young to be driving flew through a stop sign and T-boned an elderly man.

SEATTLE — It's a quiet day in the Lake Geneva Neighborhood near Auburn.

"Over the years we have made this into our little garden oasis," said Jeremy Robinson.

An oasis giving Jeremy Robinson a front-row seat to some of the speeding issues he's seen in his 23 years living in this home. Specifically, cars running the stop sign at South 349th Street and 46th Avenue.

"I've said for years that something was going to happen at this intersection and now something has," said Jeremy.

On Monday, a 15-year-old girl driving a car full of teenage girls ran the stop sign.

"A white full-size truck was coming up doing approximately 10 miles per hour and was T-boned," said Jeremy.

Jeremy captured the crash from a home security camera.

Video shows neighbors running to help and pulling the 76-year-old man out of the truck.

"He didn't have a chance, she hit him so hard," said Brenda Robinson.

The 18-year-old passenger of the car flew through the windshield. Both she and the man were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The King County Sheriff's Office said the 15-year-old driver showed signs of impairment.

"I heard what sounded like a bomb going off so I just stopped and grabbed a phone and called 911," said Brenda.

There are two sheriff's deputies assigned to this area called the George Sector which is unincorporated Federal Way and Auburn.

Brenda Robinson said it's not enough, "We were told a long time ago we were pretty much on our own. They can only do so much."

The Robinsons hope the county can add stop signs or speed bumps to the road.

"At the end of the day it's safety with the kids, the people in this neighborhood and we're really just fed up," said Jeremy.

Because Brenda said one thing is certain.

"Definitely it will happen again, there's no doubt," she said.

According to the King County Sheriff's Office, three teenage girls ranging from 14 to 18 years old were taken to the hospital as well as the man driving the truck. Their conditions are unknown at the time.

Washington at ‘epicenter’ of wildfire threat

As smoke smothered the East Coast this week, a dry May increased the potential for more serious fires later this summer in Western Washington — with a new forecast showing the region has one of the worst outlooks in the nation....

As smoke smothered the East Coast this week, a dry May increased the potential for more serious fires later this summer in Western Washington — with a new forecast showing the region has one of the worst outlooks in the nation.

The National Interagency Fire Center released its updated fire report on June 1 and it noted all but the southeastern tip of Washington were at “above normal” fire potential for July to September. According to the fire center, this means “a greater than usual likelihood that significant wildfires will occur.”

On June 6, the National Weather Service issued its first red flag warning for west of the Cascades this year, another sign fire season is here.

Reid Wolcott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said it was the earliest red flag warning issued for the region since at least 2006 — and perhaps ever. Warm temperatures, wind speeds and dry forests can result in a red flag warning.

“We’re kind of getting into unique territory as far as how dry the spring and now early summer are looking,” Wolcott said. “And there’s really no significant chance of widespread precipitation at all on the horizon.”

There were 19 red flag events in Western Washington last year, according to the National Weather Service.

An otherwise wet spring has resulted in new underbrush. The problem is all that brush begins to dry out due to warmer temperatures in the summer and fall. It becomes fuel.

There also have not been a lot of big fires in Western Washington over the last several hundred years. Some time around the year 1700, there was a massive fire that burned millions of acres, but since then there have been few catastrophic fires west of the Cascades.

Fuel loads of up to 300 tons per acre were reported at the Bolt Creek fire last year, according to fire officials. Without consistent prescribed burns or other means to control forest density, the risk of destructive wildfires increases.

“There is a lot of fuel to burn once it becomes dry,” Wolcott said. “That’s one of the big concerns here in the Pacific Northwest. We haven’t had a long history, at least in the last century, of large wildland fires because we’re typically pretty wet. As we get drier and we have warmer and drier summers, that’s concerning.”

The Pacific Northwest is now in El Niño cycle, with the Climate Prediction Center announcing the climate pattern was officially here on June 8. El Niño years bring above normal temperatures, but do not have a strong correlation with precipitation, Wolcott said.

According to the state’s Department of Natural Resources, fuels dryness is already at normal August levels.

“We’re a couple months ahead of schedule,” said Kevin Killian, district manager with the Department of Natural Resources.

While the fire season has been off to a slow start in the lower 48, firefighters at the DNR use the time to train. Firefighters go through seasonal class trainings and then a physical fitness test where they hike 3 miles with a 45-pound pack.

The agency operates eight helicopters and eight small single-engine tankers. Several larger helicopters and scooper planes are also contracted by the department.

“This month, all that air force is coming on board,” Killian said. “… That’s our preparation.”

At the national level, the U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief Jaelith Hall-Rivera reported during a U.S. Senate budget hearing June 8 that 10,068 wildland firefighters have been hired as of May 30. That is 89% of their goal. The Forest Service is requesting funding for another 970 firefighters for fiscal year 2024.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, of Washington, is on the committee and spoke about the fire danger approaching for her home state. The hearing came as the East Coast was blanketed by Canadian wildfire smoke, an event that has become commonplace each year in the West.

“My whole state is in the forecast for this summer being the epicenter of this,” Cantwell said.


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