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Be careful with outdoor digging

PSE Urges Gardeners, Landscapers and Builders to Avoid Potential Incidents with Utility Lines

Domestic charges filed against local legislator

Authorities will pursue prosecuting state Rep. Geoff Simpson, who was arrested on April 27 on charges of fourth-degree assault and interfering with reporting of domestic violence. The charges stem from an incident involving his former wife.

Laquita Crumwell sorts incoming ballots from the May 20 election at the King County Elections Building Friday morning. Joe McCleve is behind her. King County Elections moved into a new building on Renton’s Southwest Grady Way in December

King County unveils new elections facility in Renton

A King County Sheriff’s deputy sits just beyond the turnstiles, which are beeping because someone didn’t have a key card. Behind the deputy is a chain-link cage, guarded by a fingerprint scanner. Fifty-nine security cameras are recording in the building’s eight security zones. All visitors are wearing badges. Most doors automatically shut in 30 seconds.

Laquita Crumwell sorts incoming ballots from the May 20 election at the King County Elections Building Friday morning. Joe McCleve is behind her. King County Elections moved into a new building on Renton’s Southwest Grady Way in December

Don’t let alcohol ruin grads’ future

Thousands of mortar boards will be tossed into the air across Washington this June; a time-honored sign that our high school seniors have finally graduated.

Week’s Best Preps

MATT OVERLAND

Book battle brewing

Book battle brewing

A new law will require drivers to use a hands-free device

It’s hands on the wheel and off the cell phone

Washington drivers will have an excuse to go shopping for new cell-phone accessories starting July 1, when a new state traffic law makes driving with a phone to the ear illegal.

A new law will require drivers to use a hands-free device

KL’s Smith jumps to state gold

Kentlake junior Zach Smith knows what it’s like to run, jump and be free again.

Trophy barely eludes Kentlake’s grasp

No matter the circumstances, Kentlake knew it faced adversity in the Class 4A state softball tournament last weekend at South End Recreation Area in Tacoma.

Three Friends Fishing Hole on the Green River in Kent

High river levels prompt warning by state

With river waters running high and fast because of recent warmer temperatures and fast snow melt, the Washington State Parks Boating Program is warning recreationists to stay out of rivers altogether.

Three Friends Fishing Hole on the Green River in Kent

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The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum will open its doors for a “Hydro Fever” open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 5917 S. 196th St., Kent. The event features a swap meet and auction, model-boat races for children and a dedication ceremony for the museum’s library. A barbecue lunch will be available. Admission is free for the open house. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for ages 4 and younger. For details, call 206-764-9453.

Caden Johnson of Snoqualmie was patriotic at last year’s Memorial Day ceremony at Kent’s Tahoma National Cemetery.

Memorial Day Briefly

Tahoma National Cemetery will have a Memorial Day Program starting noon May 26 at the cemetery, located at 18600 S.E. 240th St., Kent.

Caden Johnson of Snoqualmie was patriotic at last year’s Memorial Day ceremony at Kent’s Tahoma National Cemetery.
Erica Flores and Isaiah Rollolazo

New graduation venue coming for Kent students

Kent high-school seniors will have to drive to the Tacoma Dome to graduate this June, but next year’s graduating class will be walking across a more local and much newer stage.

Erica Flores and Isaiah Rollolazo
Wearing North Carolina State T-shirts sent to their class by the university

For these students, it’s all about college choices

It’s not a question of whether they’re going. It’s a question of where they’re going to go.

Wearing North Carolina State T-shirts sent to their class by the university

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Volunteers are wanted by the city of Kent to help clean up Lake Fenwick Park, 25828 Lake Fenwick Road, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 7 as part of the city’s celebration of National Trails Day.

Muttley Crew 4-H Club member Russell Johnson with Pepper.

Club members want to help shelter animals

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Muttley Crew 4-H Club member Russell Johnson with Pepper.
Kindergarten teacher Carol Smith

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Kindergarten teacher Carol Smith
Gig Harbor resident and inspirational speaker Bob Mortimer

Bob Mortimer: Propelled by inspiration, attitude

Pedaling up a mountain is no easy task for the average cyclist, but for Gig Harbor resident Bob Mortimer, it’s particularly trying.

Gig Harbor resident and inspirational speaker Bob Mortimer

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Tahoma National Cemetery will have a Memorial Day Program starting noon May 26 at the cemetery, located at 18600 S.E. 240th St., Kent.

Columnist’s point was offensive; allegiance pledge misunderstood

To say I found Todd Nuttman’s article offensive is an understatement.