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Jesse Johnson appointed to Highline College Board of Trustees

Johnson, of Federal Way, currently finishing term as state representative

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Meghin Margel sworn in as Kent School Board member

BECU director fills vacant position on five-member board

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Man pleads guilty to assault on a federal officer in Des Moines

Shots fired in October 2021 incident near Des Moines gas station and Safeway

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State awards grant for solar panels at Kent Senior Center

Grant will be for first solar installation at a city-owned facility

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Kent Police Blotter: Aug. 29 to Sept. 9

Incidents include stabbing, apartment brawl, burglars caught, smoke shop robbery

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FareStart hits 5-million meals mark since pandemic struck

Nonprofit distributes food throughout Seattle area, including Kent organizations

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FAA to investigate Kent-based Blue Origin’s uncrewed rocket crash

Flight mishap after launch from West Texas site

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Areas colored pink are under a red flag warning for fire conditions over the Sept. 9-11 weekend. COURTESY GRAPHIC, State Department of Natural Resources

Wildfire smoke and high-risk fire conditions likely over the weekend

Low humidity, gusty winds and high temperatures mean if a fire starts, it will spread rapidly.

Areas colored pink are under a red flag warning for fire conditions over the Sept. 9-11 weekend. COURTESY GRAPHIC, State Department of Natural Resources
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Firefighters extinguish house fire in Kent on East Hill

Friday morning, Sept. 9 in the 27200 block of 156th Avenue SE; one person displaced

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State superintendent announces proposal for free school meals

Proposal asks WA Legislature to allocate $86 million annually.

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City of Kent promotions lead to notable pay hikes for CAO, city attorney

New positions include 22% salary jump for City Attorney White; 8.4% increase for CAO Fitzpatrick

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Photos by Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

Washington’s COVID-19 state of emergency to end Oct. 31

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the order will end nearly three years after he first issued it.

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Man with lengthy record faces charges in 6 crimes in Kent, Renton

Burglary, drive-by shooting among charges against man, 37, with 21 arrest warrants since 1998

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School will start Thursday, Sept. 8 in the Kent School District. COURTESY FILE PHOTO, Kent School District

Back to school: Kent teachers ratify new contract | Update

67% of teachers voted to approve two-year deal; new contract includes 7% wage hike in 2022-2023;

School will start Thursday, Sept. 8 in the Kent School District. COURTESY FILE PHOTO, Kent School District
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Sen. Patty Murray (left) and Congresswoman Kim Schrier (center) are given a tour of the Howard Hanson Dam on Aug. 30.

Tribes, legislators, local leaders celebrate revival of Howard Hanson Dam project

Estimated $855 million fish passage to restore salmon runs along the Green River

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Sen. Patty Murray (left) and Congresswoman Kim Schrier (center) are given a tour of the Howard Hanson Dam on Aug. 30.
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Screenshot from Washington Department of Commerce website.

Funding secured for behavioral health crisis stabilization facility in King County

The mental health facility will help avoid arrests and unnecessary hospital emergency room visits.

Screenshot from Washington Department of Commerce website.
A firefighter battles a blaze at a homeless encampment Sept. 4 in the 24300 block of Pacific Highway South in Kent. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound Fire

Firefighters extinguish Kent homeless encampment fire

Nobody on site Sept. 4 when firefighters arrived to put out debris, trees and brush fire

A firefighter battles a blaze at a homeless encampment Sept. 4 in the 24300 block of Pacific Highway South in Kent. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound Fire
King County Council members (File photo)

King County Council wants to look at ways to support food banks amid rising inflation

A measure to identify resources for food banks will be come to a final vote on Sept. 20.

King County Council members (File photo)