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Council mulls aquatics-center proposal, YMCA interest
Kent City officials want a specific time line from the YMCA of Greater Seattle about a potential partnership between the two entities to build a new aquatics center for Kent. The request comes as the City Council mulls over whether to ask voters to approve a tax measure for a new facility. Such a measure, if approved, could go on an Aug. 19 election ballot.
Never too late: City pays respects to Kent lawman
Kent Town Marshal Harry Miller received a telephone call on April 10, 1908 that five armed men who had robbed a man in Orilla (now SeaTac) were headed toward the city.
Kent men charged in May 3 armed robbery
Two Kent men arrested in connection with the May 3 armed robbery of the El Abuelo Convenience Store in Issaquah were charged Wednesday.
Possible measles exposure
Local public health officials have learned that a Grant County young girl who visited King County April 29 has tested positive for measles. People who were at the following King County sites on April 29 were possibly exposed to measles:
City golf course to see partial closure for projects
The popular Riverbend Golf Course will be partially closed this fall, due to a project to repair flood-control levies along the Green River in Kent.
Service offers tribute to late councilman
When Bob O’Brien lost the 2001 race against Jim White for Kent mayor, he didn’t view it as a loss.
Kent, Des Moines plan meeting for Midway
The cities of Kent and Des Moines are having a series of public meetings to gather the community’s thoughts and ideas on what Midway could look like in the future, what kinds of businesses are needed, and what types of transportation options would support a new Midway. Interested parties are asked to attend an open house from 6-8 p.m. May 28 at the Des Moines Activity Center, 2045 S. 216th St.
VMC commission resumes regular meeting times
The Valley Medical Center Board of Commissioners will continue meeting at 3:30 p.m., after voting May 5 to rescind a decision to meet at 6 p.m. that effectively could have resulted in the resignation of one of its newest members.
Airplane crashes into home; pilot killed
Shortly before 5 p.m. last Friday, a small plane crashed into a house between Covington and Maple Valley. The pilot was killed.
County Council calls for tanker rebid
The Metropolitan King County Council this week joined local elected leaders across Washington state to oppose the award of a major Air Force contract for aerial refueling tankers to the European-based Airbus consortium.
Cesi Velez: Keeping it safe in Kent
It’s easy to spot Cesi Velez, whether she commutes by car or train between Puyallup and the Kent Police Station.
Highline C.C. board approves new president, effective immediately
The Highline Community College Board of Trustees May 8 chose a familiar face to lead the Des Moines-based school — interim President Jack Bermingham.
Armed robbery results in loss of media player, phone
Two men reportedly robbed a man of a media player and a cell phone as the man was cleaning out his vehicle at about 12:30 p.m. May 5 at a Kent car wash in the 24000 block of 102nd Avenue Southeast.
Local earns honor
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.
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.
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.
Thunderbirds will fly south this summer
The Seattle Thunderbirds will start flying the coop for Kent this week.
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.