Brian Beckley

Civics 101: Presidential election shows split in America

I did not vote for President-elect Donald Trump. But I completely understand why many people did, and I get that. Despite what we have heard… Continue reading


Kent youth write hundreds of letters to troops overseas

Youth ranging in ages from 5 to 14 wrote 529 letters to troops stationed overseas as part of the Torklift Central Stuff the RV fund-raiser.


Memories remain ten years after 9/11 | Editorial

I had just gotten out of the shower when the first plane hit. I was listening to Howard Stern tell a story about not having sex with Pamela Anderson when he was interrupted by his producer saying he didn’t want to spoil the fun, but had some news.


Kent’s Intimate Pilates to have grand opening Feb. 27

Nicole Adams has spent 20 years working in the aerospace industry, but, she said, it has “never truly been my passion.” But with the opening of Intimate Pilates, her new studio on First Avenue in downtown Kent, Adams is changing that.

Local Toastmasters Club to host area speech contest March 19

The WordKrafters, a local Toastmasters Club, is hosting an area speech contest March 19 in Burien.

NASA honors Kent-based LaserMotive company

LaserMotive, a Kent-based company that won $900,000 by completing the 2009 Space Elevator Power Beaming Competition, was honored Feb. 25 and 26, along with other winners of NASA’s Centennial Challenge. The Centennial Challenge is a prize-driven innovation program for citizen inventors.

Valentine’s Day mission: Kent boy collects cards for Seattle Children’s Hospital

Back in November 2007, when Justin Englund was just 5 years old, he was watching a special on television about the young patients at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Project Springboard: Half-completed downtown Kent parking garage may get a new lease on life

City officials are optimistic that a new lender will jump-start interest in the half-completed parking garage project located next to Town Square Park in Kent's downtown core.

Kent-Meridian students use technology to develop soccer-playing robot

Kent-Meridian junior Ta Say plays soccer, but he has never faced an opponent quite like the 18-inch-high device in front of him. That's because there has never been a soccer player quite like the robot that Say, 18, and his fellow members of the Kent-Meridian Robotics team has built to compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competition next month in Seattle.

Kent-Meridian’s recycling emphasis halves cafeteria garbage

Teenagers are typically known as a group that enjoys talking trash. But at Kent-Meridian High School, there’s now a lot less trash to talk about. That’s because of the work of the environmental sciences classes, which have worked hard this year to educate their fellow students about the importance and ease of recycling.

Kent-Meridian student Tursic had alcohol in his system at time of fatal car crash

Toxicology reports from the accident that claimed the life of Kent-Meridian student Dorian Tursic reveal the 18-year-old basketball player had a blood alcohol level of 0.05 at the time of the Jan. 3 accident, according to Kent Police Department spokesperson Lisa Price.

Budget worries: Kent schools could see $7.1 million funding gap next year

It’s shaping up to be another difficult budget year in the Kent School District. Projections from Financial Director John Knutson, based on the governor’s budget proposal for 2010-2001, show an estimated $7.1 million drop in funding for next year, a gap that could mean a round of staff cuts this spring.

Possible Lindbergh pool closure could leave Kentridge swimmers high and dry

Though the Kent School District is facing budget cuts of their own, one of the district's sports programs may be adversely affected by budget cuts in a neighboring district.

At Soos Creek Elementary, there is a feeling of family, thanks to Star Families program

They may not be actual brothers and sisters, but the older students at Soos Creek Elementary are certainly beginning to look out for the younger members of their new Star Families.

Kent sailor working with shipmates to help quake-ravaged Haiti recover

U.S. Navy Seaman Michael Nodine was stationed in Norfolk, Va., with the rest of the crew of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) when the magnitude 7.0 earthquake rattled the island nation of Haiti last month. Nodine, a 2005 graduate of Kent-Meridian and a master helmsman on the Bataan, along the rest of his crew, immediately packed up and headed south to aid in the relief efforts.

Longtime Kent couple have advice for making every day a Valentine’s Day

This year, Marian and Gene Willhite celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, looked back on their time together.

Kent Downtown Partnership’s monthly breakfast is Feb. 19

The Kent Downtown Partnership is hosting its monthly breakfast at 7:15 a.m. Feb. 19 at Bittersweet Restaurant, 211, First Ave. S. The theme of the event is "Action Creates Results."

Leaders stress business, parental involvement at education summit in Kent

More than 150 business, education and community leaders came together at Kent-Meridian High School Wednesday for the King County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Business and Education Striving to the Top (B.E.S.T.) summit to try and fire up minority business communities to recognize that early childhood education is a form of economic development.

Jeff Bezos’ space business Blue Origin gets NASA grant, located in Kent

Kent-based space business Blue Origin last week received a grant of $3.7 million from NASA for the private, commercial business' work to support transport of crew to and from low-Earth orbit.

Brown Bag it with the Kent Chamber of Commerce

Green River Community College and the Kent Chamber of Commerce present the Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series noon Feb. 16 at the Green River Kent Campus on Kent Station.