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Schools briefly

Local earns honor

  • Jun 2, 2008
Poker Players Alliance Grassroots Director Drew Lesofski

Poker players say legal deck stacked against them

Some call it luck. Players call it skill. Neither on May 15 could change the fact that it’s illegal to play the game of poker for money online in the state of Washington.

  • Jun 2, 2008
Poker Players Alliance Grassroots Director Drew Lesofski

King County Council backs affordable worker housing

The Metropolitan King County Council last week provided the immediate extension of credit to projects that preserve living-wage and low-income housing throughout the county. By doubling the authority of the county’s Credit Enhancement Program, at no cost to taxpayers, the Council provides immediate backing for the purchase and preservation of the Wonderland Estates mobile home park near Renton, the Springwood Apartments in Kent, the Lora Lake Apartments in Burien, and other potential projects.

  • Jun 2, 2008
Kent Fire Department’s Hazmat Team

Local emergency workers ready for catastrophe

Kent and Renton firefighters spent nearly two hours at a large-scale decontamination drill May 15 to help prepare for a potential hazardous materials spill or the release of a poisonous gas by a terrorist group that could injure or kill residents.

Kent Fire Department’s Hazmat Team
Ian  Henry

Thunderbirds will fly south this summer

The Seattle Thunderbirds will start flying the coop for Kent this week.

Ian  Henry

Sumner resident makes plea in pharmacy robberies

Arsenio Lopez, 22, of Sumner pleaded guilty this past week at the U.S. District Court in Tacoma to two counts of pharmacy robbery for robbing pharmacies in Puyallup and Bonney Lake during 2008.

  • Jun 2, 2008
Students and parents leave Panther Lake Elementary School Wednesday. The school and the community around it could be part of the City of Kent in the near future

Panther Lake is topic of Kent Council vote

The Kent City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night directing city staff to move ahead with preliminary plans for the potential annexation of nearly 24,000 residents in the unincorporated Panther Lake area northeast of the city.

Students and parents leave Panther Lake Elementary School Wednesday. The school and the community around it could be part of the City of Kent in the near future

Kent City Council seeking nominees for vacant seat

Kent city residents are invited to apply by May 30 for a vacant seat on the City Council.

Construction at the Kent Events Center came to a halt Friday

Labor dispute halts work on Kent Events Center

Construction stopped Friday on the Kent Events Center, due to a dispute between Roofers Union Local 54 and the roofing subcontractor over the hiring of apprentices.

Construction at the Kent Events Center came to a halt Friday

Blotter: Brawl ends with arrest

A fight between two Kent women had to be broken up by two other women May 13 at an apartment in the 22100 block of 35th Place South.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Be careful with outdoor digging

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

  • Jun 2, 2008

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.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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

Council: Not sink-or-swim time yet on pool

Kent city residents won’t be voting on a new aquatics center on this August’s primary ballot.

Book battle brewing

Book battle brewing

  • May 30, 2008
David Jones with Fox Electric works on  Town Square Plaza Park’s main circuit board

Farmers market, new park nearly ready to rumble

Residents soon will be able to use the new Town Square Plaza Park in downtown Kent, when the Kent Farmers Market opens June 7.

David Jones with Fox Electric works on  Town Square Plaza Park’s main circuit board
Don Chadwick

‘I’ve been through hell’: war vet shares stories

Don Chadwick figures he has added years to his life because he talks about his Korean War experiences, no matter how painful those memories might be.

Don Chadwick
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.

  • May 28, 2008
A new law will require drivers to use a hands-free device
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.

  • May 22, 2008
Three Friends Fishing Hole on the Green River in Kent

Briefly

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.

  • May 22, 2008