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Kent Mayor Dana Ralph sets State of the City address for March 21

Mayor will talk about accomplishments over past year and what’s ahead in 2024

Mayor Dana Ralph
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Kent School District to cut 22 positions in central administration office

Superintendent Vela makes cuts; says more reductions ahead as district battles $31 million deficit

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Kent School Board members, from left to right, Andy Song, Donald Cook, Tim Clark, Meghin Margel and Awale Farah with Superintendent Israel Vela. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent School District

Kent School District facing budget shortfall of at least $31 million

Superintendent, school board to look at potential cuts to handle loss of federal funds for 2024-2025

Kent School Board members, from left to right, Andy Song, Donald Cook, Tim Clark, Meghin Margel and Awale Farah with Superintendent Israel Vela. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent School District
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Auburn man sentenced in 2017 shooting death at Kent gas station

Man had fled to Mexico after shooting

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Federal Way man pleads guilty to drug, gun charges

Part of an alleged gun and drug trafficking duo with Kent man

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Troopers arrest SR 167 wrong-way driver near Kent for vehicular assault

Ford Mustang collided with another vehicle Jan. 21 near South 180th Street

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King County Prosecuting Attorney Leesa Manion.

King County prosecutor announces efforts to increase school safety

KCPAO says it plans to better work with schools and districts with legal matters involving students.

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King County Prosecuting Attorney Leesa Manion.
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Washington State Office of Homeless Youth awards $4.8 million in grants

Several programs in King County received grant funding.

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Kentridge High School 2023 graduation at the accesso ShoWare Center. COURTESY FILE PHOTO, Kent School District

Kent School District graduation rates increase for 3rd consecutive year

Rate hits 90.7% in 2023; Kentwood High top rate at 95.6%

Kentridge High School 2023 graduation at the accesso ShoWare Center. COURTESY FILE PHOTO, Kent School District
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Kent 2023 crime numbers higher in four categories, lower in four others

Homicides, aggravated assaults, robberies and vehicle thefts increase compared to 2022

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13 Puget Sound Fire firefighters graduate from recruit academy

All completed a 21-week training course

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Last unknown victim of Green River Killer identified

Remains of “Bones 20” belong to Everett teen Tammie Liles.

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Kent Community Foundation accepting college scholarship applications

March 22 deadline for high school seniors; 14 scholarships available

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Separate timed entry reservations are required for the Paradise Corridor on the south side of the park and the Sunrise Corridor in the northeast corner of the park off of SR410. Graphic courtesy National Park Service

And what name should we put you under? Mount Rainier to require summer reservations to visit

Be on the lookout for reservation releases this spring for trips in May through September.

Separate timed entry reservations are required for the Paradise Corridor on the south side of the park and the Sunrise Corridor in the northeast corner of the park off of SR410. Graphic courtesy National Park Service
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Kent Police Blotter: Dec. 27, 2023 to Jan. 7, 2024

Incidents include house squatters, shootings and robberies

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SmileMobile dental clinic to be at Kent Elementary School Jan. 23-26

Free and low-cost dental care provided for those who cannot afford exams, treatment

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Kent Police arrest woman after road rage incident in parking lot

Reportedly threatened another woman with a gun Jan. 14 at shopping center parking lot

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Kent Mayor Dana Ralph, left, and City Councilmember Satwinder Kaur testify Jan. 16 in Olympia in support of a House bill to allow counties and cities to increase sales taxes to hire more police officers. Screenshot via TVW

Kent mayor, police chief push for sales tax bill in Olympia

3 cents hike per $10 in Kent could bring in an estimated $10 million per year to hire more officers.

Kent Mayor Dana Ralph, left, and City Councilmember Satwinder Kaur testify Jan. 16 in Olympia in support of a House bill to allow counties and cities to increase sales taxes to hire more police officers. Screenshot via TVW
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Kent schools closed Wednesday, Jan. 17 due to icy roads

Kent School District already had two-hour early dismissal scheduled

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Small plane crashes on side of Auburn roadway

The plane’s sole occupant was taken to the hospital with “minor” injuries.

(Screenshot from Valley Regional Fire Twitter account)