Mark Klaas

Sparking an interest: Teens explore firefighting at weeklong camp | SLIDESHOW

A slight and conscientious Holli McKenzie is determined to be with the boys and pull her own weight, regardless of the demanding firefighting drill.

Kent celebrates Juneteenth in the park | SLIDESHOW

Father's Day and an important date in African-American history helped shape Kendrick Glover's message Sunday.

Independent boutique finds its niche on Kent’s East Hill

Surrounded by fine fabric, jewelry and other wares, Linda Sparks appears comfortable and content in her carefully designed retail clothing store.

Lecrae, Switchfoot to perform at ShoWare

One is a hip-hop artist from the South, the other an alternative rock band from the West Coast.

Kentridge steals the show at 5th Avenue Awards

The number six – particularly June 6 – has special meaning to Jennifer Grajewski.

Grammy Award-winning artists to perform at ShoWare

One is a hip-hop artist from the South, the other an alternative rock band from the West Coast.

Marine from Kent honored for his work as combat correspondent, photographer

From boot camp to the battlefield, Reece Lodder shares a different perspective through the lens of his camera.

Sikh community celebrates Vaisakhi Day | SLIDESHOW

A Sikh community tradition, thousands strong celebrated Vaisakhi Day or Vaisakhi – a religious and colorful festival filled with music, prayer, food, demonstrations, exhibits and a parade – at the ShoWare Center on a cool and cloudy Saturday.

Councilwoman vows to beat breast cancer, continue her work

You should always listen to your mother. And Dana Ralph knows better.

Zender shows the way for Kentwood baseball

Nothing short of excellence is practiced and preached on the baseball field at Kentwood High School each spring.

Building a dream: Virk turns a blighted area into plush international plaza

Ringing cellphone in hand, Sam Virk sat at a corner table in his newly opened restaurant, answering questions from his kitchen staff and others from contractors who were scrambling to apply last-minute touches to the lobby and banquet hall upstairs.

Top recruits compete in the sun at French Field | 7v7 Northwest Showcase

The way Reggie Jones sees it, the development of high school football players and college recruits goes well beyond the weight room and 40-yard dash these days.

Kent RFA’s hazmat crew shines as regional asset

It glows bright red, stretches about 54 feet long and comes fully equipped to handle all kinds of trouble.

DAWN offices move to downtown Kent

The Domestic Abuse Women's Network (DAWN) is moving its administrative office and community services hub to a more convenient, centralized location in Kent.

Ralph kicks off Kent mayoral campaign

As far as Kent mayoral candidate Dana Ralph is concerned, the diverse crowd of well wishers who came to her official campaign kickoff event Thursday represents a foundation, the start of something big.

Thrift store returns to its roots for temporary haven

Kent's longtime thrift store has temporarily come home in hopes of finding something permanent.

District Democratic causus draws a Bernie crowd

They jammed the parking lot, packed the small gymnasium and formed a long line that spilled into the narrow hallway and surrounded the front of the building.

Trio united at long last

Lindsay Young wanted to give her fiancé a surprise birthday party and a special gift – a missing piece from his past.

Kent nurse vows to work again while being treated for kidney disease

Martina Akumdi Lekwauwa genuinely helps others. It's just her nature, her personality as a longtime nurse and midwife – a career that began in her native Nigeria where she cared for the poor and disadvantaged and continued, most recently, with the Seattle & King County Public Health Department serving Seattle's High Point housing community.

Judge orders Kent’s only medical marijuana shop to close

Kent’s only medical marijuana shop has been ordered to shut down.