Steve Hunter

Wide receiver Crystal Brown tracks the ball for a catch  during warm ups Saturday at the Seattle Majestics training camp at French Field in Kent. Based at the field

VIDEO – Women’s tackle football: Seattle Majestics bring crowd of new recruits to Kent

Forty new players turned out for a Seattle Majestics women’s football team minicamp on Saturday at French Field in Kent.

Wide receiver Crystal Brown tracks the ball for a catch  during warm ups Saturday at the Seattle Majestics training camp at French Field in Kent. Based at the field
Executive Director of Kent Youth and Family Services Mike Heinisch pleads to at least keep the same funding levels from 2009 budget for human services during a county budget hearing Oct. 13 in Kent.

Don’t cut human services, public tells King County Council at budget hearing in Kent

More than 200 people overflowed a courtroom Tuesday night at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent to protest proposed King County budget cuts in 2010.

Executive Director of Kent Youth and Family Services Mike Heinisch pleads to at least keep the same funding levels from 2009 budget for human services during a county budget hearing Oct. 13 in Kent.

Layoffs in the future for Kent city workers, as city pares $3.2 million from budget

Kent city officials plan to cut enough jobs by Nov. 30 to save the city more than $3.2 million next year as sales tax and… Continue reading

Roger McGuinn

Byrds’ singer Roger McGuinn comes to Kent Spotlight Series

Roger McGuinn enjoyed his nine years as the lead singer for The Byrds. But he's loving life on the road as a solo artist even more. "This is what I want to do," said McGuinn, in a phone interview Oct. 7 from a beach in Carlsbad, Calif., prior to a couple of weekend concerts in Malibu and San Luis Obispo.

Roger McGuinn
Ally Podyuchenko of Consolidated Food Management

Panera Bread to spice up lunch at Kent Senior Activity Center

Kent city officials expect a new agreement with Panera Bread to help boost lunch business at the Senior Activity Center deli and cafe.Starting next week,… Continue reading

Ally Podyuchenko of Consolidated Food Management

Blotter: Man unzips another man’s pants, threatens to rip police officer’s larynx out

Provoking Assault A 39-year-old man reportedly tried to start fights and even unzipped another man’s pants during an incident at about 10 p.m. Oct. 1 at a Kent bar in the 15400 block of Southeast 272nd Street.

Berrios lobs accusation at his political opponent Mayor Cooke; Kent Council wades in

Kent mayoral candidate Jim Berrios didn’t mince words at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, accusing the administration of his incumbent competitor Suzette Cooke with poor financial management.

City maintenance worker Matt McCullough stands in a pile of sand bags and guides them into place Tuesday at the end of River View Drive

Kent Council OKs spending another $1.5 mil to protect city from flooding Green River

The Kent City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved spending another $1.5 million to try to protect the city from flooding this winter along the Green River.

City maintenance worker Matt McCullough stands in a pile of sand bags and guides them into place Tuesday at the end of River View Drive
King County Engineer Tom Bean talks about the history of the Howard Hanson Dam and the Green River to help people understand the history of flooding and what they have done to prevent flooding

Green River flooding: Have a plan, officials tell Kent residents

Diane Demeerleer remains uncertain about how much flooding to expect this winter at her Kent condominium along the Green River. But if Demeerleer, who lives in The Lakes neighborhood north of the Riverbend Golf Course, needs to evacuate, she's ready to head to her sister's house in Tacoma.

King County Engineer Tom Bean talks about the history of the Howard Hanson Dam and the Green River to help people understand the history of flooding and what they have done to prevent flooding
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg speaks Oct. 2 at a domestic-violence awareness rally at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Domestic violence rally in Kent: ‘We have a long way to go’

Carol Greco lost a sister to domestic violence five years ago.Greco, of Federal Way, told the story about her sister to a reporter after Greco… Continue reading

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg speaks Oct. 2 at a domestic-violence awareness rally at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
City of Kent Parks Planner Lydia Moorehead talks with Kent resident Larry Tukes

Keep up parks before expanding to more, Kent City Parks staff tells Council

Kent city planners want to do more in the next several years to keep up existing parks rather than simply look to add more parks. That's one of the primary themes emerging as city staff update the long-range parks plan along with input from residents. The plan has not been updated since 2000.

City of Kent Parks Planner Lydia Moorehead talks with Kent resident Larry Tukes

Speak your piece Tuesday on the Kent City Budget: Hearing scheduled

Residents can tell the Kent City Council what they want or don’t want in the 2010 city budget at a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 200 Fourth Ave. S.

Petite Jamilla performs along with the Bellydance Superstars at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center.

Bellydance Superstars coming to Kent

Now one of the star performers of the Bellydance Superstars, Petite Jamilla didn’t even make the cut at her first audition six years ago. “I was rejected,” Jamilla said in a phone interview Sept. 24 prior to an eight-hour rehearsal for two shows in the Los Angeles area. “But I kept my name in circulation.”

Petite Jamilla performs along with the Bellydance Superstars at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center.
Kent resident Denton Hanford says city officials are 'unrealistic' in their projections of an increase in sale tax revenue in the second half of this year.

Kent man disputes state of city’s finances: Says city budget not realistic

As a Kent resident, Denton Hanford’s worried that city officials could put the city budget in a deep financial hole because of what he called an “unrealistic” projection of an increase in sales tax revenue for 2009.

Kent resident Denton Hanford says city officials are 'unrealistic' in their projections of an increase in sale tax revenue in the second half of this year.
Sen. Patty Murray talks at a press conference along the banks of the Green River Monday in Kent about what residents and the federal government can do to prepare for flooding this winter. Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke

Federal leaders: Green River Valley will get protection from flooding

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., came to Kent Monday to let Green River Valley residents know the federal government is prepared to help protect them from flooding.

Sen. Patty Murray talks at a press conference along the banks of the Green River Monday in Kent about what residents and the federal government can do to prepare for flooding this winter. Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke
Jennifer Bennett of Seatac

Kent, other King County cities look to get into animal-shelter business

Kent city officials expect to join with other cities to form and pay for a new regional animal care and control service group as King County prepares to get out of the animal-care business by next June.

Jennifer Bennett of Seatac
King County will move animals out of Kent Animal Care and Control Shelter by Nov. 1 because of flooding risk. King County Executive Kurt Triplett has announced that he is providing six months of funding in his 2010 budget to help the county begin a regional process for transitioning out of animal care and sheltering services.

Flood worries mean new home for the Kent animal shelter

King County officials plan to close the Kent animal shelter by Nov. 1 because of the risk of flooding this winter in the Green River Valley due to reduced capacity at the reservoir behind the Howard Hanson Dam.

King County will move animals out of Kent Animal Care and Control Shelter by Nov. 1 because of flooding risk. King County Executive Kurt Triplett has announced that he is providing six months of funding in his 2010 budget to help the county begin a regional process for transitioning out of animal care and sheltering services.
Business owners Doug Gabler

Corps finishing up temporary fix to Howard Hanson Dam; flood worries continue

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to finish construction of a grout curtain by Nov. 1 to slow the water leaking through a damaged abutment at the Howard Hanson Dam. But it remains to be determined how much more capacity the $8.9 million temporary fix will give the corps to store water at the reservoir behind the dam in order to reduce the risk of flooding this winter in the Green River Valley.

Business owners Doug Gabler
Castle Bridge Winery had the final competition for its “Laugh the Knights Away” stand-up comedy Sept. 18. From left is emcee Mike Corning

‘Laugh the Knights Away’ finals had ’em in stitches

Comedian Sean Anderson walked away with a $250 check after winning the Laugh the Knights Away final round Friday night in front of a sellout crowd at the Castle Bridge Winery in Kent.

Castle Bridge Winery had the final competition for its “Laugh the Knights Away” stand-up comedy Sept. 18. From left is emcee Mike Corning
Kent Knights Sweet Peas players line up for a hitting drill at Kent-Meridian High School’s practice fields Thursday. The fields may be getting an upgrade – and more use – as the city of Kent seeks more space for local teams.

More playfields coming for Kent? City considers Kent-Meridian

Kent city officials are considering plans to convert the grass practice fields at Kent-Meridian High School into synthetic turf fields with lights. They’re doing it… Continue reading

Kent Knights Sweet Peas players line up for a hitting drill at Kent-Meridian High School’s practice fields Thursday. The fields may be getting an upgrade – and more use – as the city of Kent seeks more space for local teams.