Steve Hunter

Mary Fogh

Vigilant about senior citizen rights: King County ombudsmen make the rounds

Dee Woods joined the King County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program two years ago to help make sure residents of adult family homes receive proper treatment.

Mary Fogh

BLOTTER: Man arrested after wife says he broke down door, shoved her

ASSAULT A 27-year-old woman told police that her husband of eight years grabbed her, shoved her and broke through a locked bedroom door to get to her during a domestic dispute at about 12:07 a.m. Nov. 25 at an apartment in the 24800 block of 101st Place Southeast.

The off ramp on to Willis Street backs up towards Highway 167 in the early-morning hours Nov. 24. The City of Kent wants the state to fund a design study to rebuild the interchange so as to improve traffic flow.

Washington Legislature alert: Kent Council says it will lobby state for levee repairs, traffic studies

Kent city officials plan to lobby the state Legislature next year to help pay for Green River levee repairs as well as a design to rebuild the Highway 167 interchange at Willis Street.

The off ramp on to Willis Street backs up towards Highway 167 in the early-morning hours Nov. 24. The City of Kent wants the state to fund a design study to rebuild the interchange so as to improve traffic flow.
A Kent city maintenance worker uses a forklift in October to move a super sandbag out of the filling area to a holding pile before placing them along portions of the Green River levee system in Kent. The city's maintenance crews were honored by the Kent City Council this month for their efforts placing all the sandbags in such a short time.

City sandbag crews get ovation from Kent City Council for flood protection work

Heather McIntosh and two dozen other Kent city employees used silly humor, energy drinks and motivation to make it through nearly 30 straight days of work filling giant sandbags, in preparation for possible flooding this winter.

A Kent city maintenance worker uses a forklift in October to move a super sandbag out of the filling area to a holding pile before placing them along portions of the Green River levee system in Kent. The city's maintenance crews were honored by the Kent City Council this month for their efforts placing all the sandbags in such a short time.

Kent man guilty in shooting death of wife, jury finds; Tracy Floren to be sentenced Jan. 13

A King County Superior Court jury in Seattle found a 66-year-old Kent man guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in connection with the shooting death of… Continue reading

Animal Shelter Guild files lawsuit against King County, County Exec Constantine

The King County Animal Control Officer's Guild filed a lawsuit Friday against King County and County Executive Dow Constantine to seek release of e-mails from a citizens' advisory committee that in 2007 issued a report that called conditions at the Kent animal shelter “deplorable.”

Kent Fire Chief Jim Schneider

Kent voters to decide on new tax district: Regional fire authority

Voters in Kent and King County Fire District 37 will decide in April whether to approve forming a regional fire authority. The new entity, if approved, would merge the Kent Fire Department with King County Fire District 37.

Kent Fire Chief Jim Schneider

Kent Council OKs 2010 budget, some members express alarm

The Kent City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to adopt what Council President Debbie Raplee called "a pretty conservative" 2010 city budget.

Kent is about to get its first-ever professional men's football team

Kent Predators will be city’s first pro football team

The professional Indoor Football League is coming in March to the ShoWare Center in Kent. ShoWare Center officials and the co-owners announced at a press conference Monday that the Kent Predators will compete in the second-year league.

Kent is about to get its first-ever professional men's football team
Christian rapper Toby Mac will perform during the Winter Wonder Slam tour at 7 p.m. Saturday at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Courtesy Photo

Christian rock: TobyMac headlines Winter Wonder Slam at ShoWare Dec. 12

TobyMac calls it a "Winter Wonder Slam" tour. But fans should expect to hear Christmas songs as well as regular hits when the Christian rapper and three other artists perform 7 p.m. Saturday at the ShoWare Center.

Christian rapper Toby Mac will perform during the Winter Wonder Slam tour at 7 p.m. Saturday at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Courtesy Photo
Gage Sinclair

Teen recovers from Guillain-Barré syndrome, excited to run in Dec. 12 Kent Christmas Rush

Gage Sinclair was in a hospital bed and unable to walk three months ago. So when Sinclair, 13, participates in the city of Kent's 27th annual Christmas Rush Fun Run and Walk Saturday, it will help mark an end to a painful and challenging period in his life, and that of his family.

Gage Sinclair

Keep proposed 2010 budget cuts at current level, mayor says

Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke recommended at a budget workshop Wednesday that the City Council make no further cuts in the proposed 2010 city budget.

City of Kent Finance Director Bob Nachlinger discussed projected budget revenues to the City Council Dec. 2.

Kent will have balanced budget, finance chief says, in spite of big loss in revenue

Despite declining revenue drops in sales and utility taxes, Kent city officials project a balanced budget by the end of this year because of reduced expenses.

City of Kent Finance Director Bob Nachlinger discussed projected budget revenues to the City Council Dec. 2.

Guns and drugs: Des Moines man gets eight-year sentence

A 28-year-old Des Moines man was sentenced Nov. 20 in U.S. District Court to eight years in prison and five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

Kent Police Public Education Officer Cesi Velez

Put on your holiday best – it’s time for Kent Winterfest

There’s a whole lot of fun planned Saturday at the 27th annual Winterfest holiday celebration in downtown Kent and at Kent Station. The activities include everything from a Santa Claus arrival parade, an all-you-can-eat breakfast, a Kids and Kritters walk, a carousel and horse-drawn carriage rides, along with choirs and bands.

Kent Police Public Education Officer Cesi Velez

Buy local? Count city in, Kent Council says

Kent city staff will need to consider buying “local first” for city purchases and contracts. The Kent City Council voted 6-0 Nov. 17 to adopt an ordinance that directs city staff to use a “best efforts” approach to purchase items or set up contracts with Kent businesses, over companies from outside the city.

Gregory Richards

Police officer in Lakewood shooting started his career with Kent Police force

Kent Police considered Lakewood Police officer Gregory Richards "one of our own." Richards, 42, of Graham, was one of four Lakewood officers shot and killed Sunday in a Parkland coffee shop. He started his police career in 2001 in Kent.

Gregory Richards

Kent’s ShoWare Center could see $340,000 loss

ShoWare Center officials say the new arena in Kent could post a loss of as much as $343,000 this year.

Julia Lewis will be a vendor at this year’s Holiday Bazaar at Kent Commons.  Lewis poses with her hand-crafted teddy bears Nov. 20.  She will have her bears for sale and display at the bazaar.

Kent Parks Holiday bazaar promises something for everyone, Dec. 4-5

With 100 vendors selling items ranging from pottery to handmade soaps to gourmet foods, just about anyone can find something of interest during a walk through the Kent Parks Holiday Bazaar.

Julia Lewis will be a vendor at this year’s Holiday Bazaar at Kent Commons.  Lewis poses with her hand-crafted teddy bears Nov. 20.  She will have her bears for sale and display at the bazaar.
Kent firefighters extinguish a residential fire May 15 on 116th S.E. in Kent. The Kent Fire Department may in the future be merged with Fire District 37

Will Kent fire department, fire district merge?

The Kent City Council will vote Dec. 8 whether to ask voters next spring to approve forming a regional fire authority merging the Kent Fire Department and King County Fire District 37.

Kent firefighters extinguish a residential fire May 15 on 116th S.E. in Kent. The Kent Fire Department may in the future be merged with Fire District 37