Kent budget: City staff look into future, give report on costs

City officials estimate that Kent will need to spend as much as $1.5 billion over the next 20 years on capital projects, with the lion's share of nearly $1.2 billion going for for utilities and transportation.

Blotter: Warehouse employee helps nab gas guzzler

The actions of an operator of a warehouse in the 7000 block of South 190th Street helped Kent Police arrest a man for investigation of third-degree theft in connection with the stealing of gas from trucks.

Volunteers needed for statewide beach clean-up

Gov. Chris Gregoire has proclaimed Sept. 20 and 21 official Operation Shore Patrol Days, and is urging citizens to participate in keeping Washington’s Pacific waterways clean. The goal of Operation Shore Patrol is to focus attention on litter accumulated from water and land sources on Washington state ocean beaches. Litter poses a threat to people, fish and wildlife and creates an unsightly environment. Operation Shore Patrol is a major step in helping to rid the Washington state coastline of litter and debris.

  • Aug 26, 2008

‘It’s not just a truck – it’s life’

It’s been a long time since Kelly Carroll has not had to get up at 5 a.m. to get started on her work delivering food and clothing for R. Place of Refuge, the Kent-based charity organization she runs out of her Easthill home.

City worker’s job isn’t just a walk in the park

Jeff Watling compares his leadership style as the Kent city parks, recreation and community services director to that of a basketball coach.

Rose-garden recipient has her final chapter

Note: On Aug. 2, the Kent Reporter ran an article about the rose garden that friends and family created for terminal cancer patient Joey Brothers. The following article records the end of Joey’s story.

  • Aug 21, 2008

Council OKs bond sale by narrowest of margins

In a controversial 4-3 vote Tuesday night, the Kent City Council approved the sale of $24 million in limited tax general obligation bonds to help fund five capital improvement projects.

Eight Kent schools don’t make the grade – parents alerted

Parents of students in eight Kent elementary schools now have the option of sending their children to one of three other schools because the schools in question have been identified as in need of improvement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Box cutter threat leads to man’s arrest | Kent Reporter Police Blotter

A man armed with a box-cutter knife reportedly threatened another man on a Metro bus at about 3:40 p.m. Aug. 6 in the 19600 block of 68th Avenue South.

Beware: Bats in King County may carry rabies

Bats in King County can have rabies, as an unidentified area couple recently found out when a bat they found in their house tested positive for rabies, according to Public Health-Seattle & King County.

  • Aug 19, 2008

Kent Human Services Commission gives thumbs up to 29 non-profit groups

The Kent Human Services Commission has recommended funding for 29 nonprofit programs to be included in Mayor Suzette Cooke’s 2009 proposed budget.

  • Aug 19, 2008

Kent-Meridian alumnus Restis enters Marine Corps

Jude Michael Restis, son of Linda and Jude Restis of Kent, was commissioned Aug. 9 as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

  • Aug 19, 2008

Identity in fatal accident

A 20-year-old Kent man killed Aug. 13 when his motorcycle collided with a car has been identified.

  • Aug 19, 2008

Hearing set for man in luring incident

A 45-year-old Kent man continues to be evaluated by doctors at Western State Hospital to help determine if he is competent to stand trial on charges of luring a minor, in connection with a Feb. 25 incident that involved a 15-year-old Kent girl.

  • Aug 19, 2008

Kent jail inmates can receive job training

Inmates at the city of Kent jail soon will learn how to work as flaggers at construction sites as part of a job-training program, thanks to a grant from the Washington Jail Industries Board.

  • Aug 19, 2008

Report crime online

Kent residents now can use the city’s Web site to file non-emergency crime reports such as theft, identity theft, vandalism and harassing phone calls.

  • Aug 19, 2008

Kentwood grad joins Peace Corps

Kent resident James Hong, 24, is training in Cambodia as a Peace Corps volunteer.

  • Aug 18, 2008

Police Blotter: Brothers’ fight leads to assault charges

Police arrested a man for investigation of fourth-degree assault after he allegedly grabbed his brother around the neck and threw him to the floor at 11:43 p.m. July 29 at a home in the 24600 block of 116th Avenue Southeast.

Kent city worker Paquette leaves soon for National Guard assignment in Iraq

When friends of John Paquette hear he’s going to Iraq with the National Guard’s 81st Brigade, they have one primary question for him. “They ask if I’m scared or not,” said Paquette during an interview Monday at his West Hill home. Paquette, 24, on leave as a city of Kent vegetation maintenance worker, just returned to town this week after a month of training at the Yakima Training Center.

Kent School District welcomes new principals

Their buildings are quiet right now – too quiet by their standards – but the five newest principals in the Kent School District are using their time to prepare for the first day of school, because they all know that when those doors open and the kids come piling in, the year moves very fast.

  • Aug 14, 2008