Mark Klaas

‘Petro’ Park’s paradise pitch; new soccer fields

As a soccer dad and youth league volunteer, Dennis Higgins vividly recalls a time when Petrovitsky Park's sand fields would disintegrate into a quagmire on soggy game days.

Kent Relay For Life shines at French Field

Linda Mentzel was determined to be there for her mom – in celebration.

Kent riding a good thing with tour | Klaas

It was much more than a leisurely bicycle ride under unpredictable skies last weekend.

Sterling voice takes top prize in Kent Has Talent show

Under the bright lights on center stage, Cameron Sterling delivered the performance of her young life Saturday night.

Volunteers help beautify Kent’s Northwest Harvest

A large work party came to embrace and spruce up Northwest Harvest.

World’s Fair exhibit to open at Kent Museum

Glancing at a sparkling champagne glass on display for all to see, Nancy Simpson marveled at its uniqueness and significance.

Secretary Reed has much to do before, after retirement

Secretary of State Sam Reed has a few things he wants to finish before his retirement in January.

Kent focus groups say no to homeless shelter

Faced with opposition from a concerned community, a proposed homeless shelter is no longer a possibility for one downtown Kent location.

Good time: Kent Commons makes way for clock show

Shawn Blake, a Covington carpenter, enjoys tinkering.

Haven for the homeless? Proposed shelter in downtown Kent draws concerns, opposition

A man of faith and compassion, Terry Pallas naturally extends a hand to help the homeless.

Delegation from Tamba, Japan, kicks back in Kent, Auburn

They were intrigued by the local history, observed two growing cities in revitalization, toured businesses at work and embraced the many sights and sounds with their intercultural friends living half a world away. A delegation from Tamba, Japan – led by its re-elected mayor – paid Kent and Auburn a long-anticipated visit last week to strengthen a relationship that began more than 40 years ago.

Community rallies for Kent boy living with severe idiopathic arterial pulmonary hypertension

Strapped to a backpack pump that feeds him medicine through a chest tube every six minutes, Cullen Steele stays on the go wherever his small body will take him. Despite facing considerable odds in his quest to live a long and healthy life, the fun-loving 10-year-old boy who enjoys history, cooking and playing video games maintains a smile and carries a sunny disposition.