Mark Klaas

Cook-off in Kent: Teams put to the test in Arbor Village challenge

Cooking for an average of 130 residents each day is a challenge for Mark Anthony Eleccion, but preparing a winning meal combination under the spotlight of a time-crunched contest is something entirely different.

A life taken too soon: Community mourns loss of Kent boy

His name was Chase – fitting for a fun-loving, adventurous boy who enjoyed racing. Aboard a powerful, swift motorcycle, Chase Stancil was comfortable and competitive. He challenged many trails, honed his skills and eventually found his way to the local dirt track. He raced against kids his own age, even those older, more experienced behind the handlebars.

At The Ridge Theatre presents Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Jennifer Grajewski naturally turned to family to help bring a Disney musical love story to life on the Kent community stage this summer.

MultiCare Nurse Camp offers hands-on lessons in health care

Surgery is difficult duty. That's what Salma Ramadan concluded after getting the feel of the operating room at Tacoma General Hospital last Friday.

‘Idol’ stars come out in Kent | SLIDESHOW

The Heimen family came far to be near their favorite American Idol. The foursome from Surrey, British Columbia, made the drive down Interstate 5 to be among the first in line outside the ShoWare Center early Friday evening.

Kent’s Candy Chang is the choice for Miss Cornucopia

Music brings out the best in Candy Chang, and helping others is her favorite tune. An outstanding student and poised musician, the 18-year-old Kent woman is comfortable on stage. She also feels right at home in making a difference in her community.

Kent Cornucopia Days are here

It's a longstanding tradition, a festival like no other in the area that brings out the best in Kent while supporting many nonprofit organizations.

Kent celebrates Juneteenth ‘Launching a Legacy’

Organizers with the Kent Black Action Commission (KBAC) presented the second annual celebration, "Launching a Legacy", at the Kent Senior Center on Saturday,

Getting you fit, strong: Pro fighter opens new gym in Kent

As Travis Doerge prepares to end his pro fighting career in the ring, he is about to begin a new one as a fitness trainer in the gym.

KBAC plans Juneteenth celebration

Exposure, growth and education are important to a Kent nonprofit organization committed to acknowledging and advancing the work of African Americans in South King County. To catch and showcase that, organizers with the Kent Black Action Commission (KBAC) are busy preparing for its second annual Juneteenth celebration, set for June 15 at the Kent Senior Center. The community-wide event will feature programs, information, vendors, food, entertainment and speakers while commemorating African American freedom and emphasizing education and achievement.

Kent social studies teachers to attend Brown University Leadership Institute

History doesn't necessarily repeat itself, but similarities can be identified, examined and debated. So says Travis Foltz, a Kent-Meridian High School social studies educator who welcomes the study of the past and how it connects to the present. More specifically, Foltz has identified the 1960s and how that volatile decade parallels the uncertainties of today.

‘Evita’ opens on Kentridge stage

It is a daunting production, one few high school casts would attempt. But Jennifer Grajewski wanted to take that important step – to recreate a powerful, historical and culturally rich story.

Spreading the gospel of good health | Klaas

The youth pastor and veteran NFL fullback raised the fitness magazine for all to see. Such cover images of chisled, ripped bodybuilders, Eddie Williams warned his young audience at Auburn High School, send the wrong message to growing, impressionable teens. And those quick, even drastic methods for reaching physical greatness are chock full of lies.

Kent runner takes the long way home from Boston Marathon bombing

Dennis Zaborac insists he's no courageous survivor of Monday's harrowing, bomb-marred Boston Marathon. Just one of 27,000 runners who has a story to tell about a prestigious race rocked by two deadly explosions near the finish line.

Kent’s Thomas leads the fight for his ailing wife

Richard Thomas, the football player, is no stranger to the sting of battle. The former Kentwood High, University of Washington and NFL fullback often delivered the nasty blow, whether it meant picking up a crucial yard or removing a blitzing linebacker. He paid the price, made the sacrifice for others on the field.

Kent students share ideas, designs for new playground

Kids are applying vivid imagination and crayons to paper so that their dream playground can go KaBOOM! Students at East Hill Elementary created colorful designs to suggest what their neighborhood playground at Turnkey Park would look like come June.

Kent’s Bell helps fuel No. 1 Gonzaga’s run to the Big Dance

No longer David, Gonzaga is a Goliath in college basketball. Gary Bell Jr. and his teammates know as much. They are fully aware of their lofty position as the top-ranked Bulldogs head into the Big Dance with a bull's-eye squarely placed on their chests.

The makings of Military Road: Program explains road’s history and its creators

Military Road weaves through South King County, connecting people to homes, schools and businesses. It remains an important corridor today, just as it has been for many years. It carries its original name, follows its original route.

Officials abandon efforts to establish homeless shelter on Gowe Street

Facing strong opposition from business and community leaders, the Kent Homelessness Partnership Effort (KentHOPE) and Seattle's Union Gospel Mission officials have aborted efforts to establish a shelter on East Gowe Street.

Kent firefighters train, collect money for major climb

Capt. Rick Cox stepped off the StairMaster, removed his oxygen mask and helmet and collected his breath.