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  1. South King County students invited to spend a week as a Senate pageRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Kent Reporter

    Every year the Washington state Senate offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend one week as a Senate page. Through the program students ages 14 through 16 can serve and get a front-row seat to how state government works.


  2. State police seeking info on Thanksgiving night crash on I-405Read the original story w/Photo

    Monday Dec 8 | Kent Reporter

    Detectives with the Washington State Patrol are looking for witnesses and/or any information from a hit and run collision that occurred at approximately 8:15 Thanksgiving night, Nov. 27, on Interstate 405 near the state Route 169 interchange in Renton. The passenger of the victim vehicle, a dark colored Buick LeSabre, died of her injuries a few days after the collision.


  3. Kent woman seeks to keep her food bank open; city says it violates codeRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Nov 19 | Kent Reporter

    Sharon Carter scrambles up into a pickup to help unload produce boxes of spinach, lettuce and celery for the food distribution she does the next day for anyone who is hungry. "If they come in with a lot of bling-bling or come in all muddy, I'm not here to judge, I'm here to feed people," Carter says about the Wednesday and Saturday morning food bank she's run since 2008 out of her home on Kent's East Hill.


  4. Kent man meets, thanks those who saved his lifeRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 16, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    In the company of family and friends, strangers and paramedics, Ron Jarvis realizes just how fragile life can be - his very own life. At his request, Jarvis reunited with the people responsible for saving his life only a month ago, meeting the first responders for the first time at an impromptu gathering at Kent Fire Station 74 on Sunday morning.


  5. State Supreme Court won't review lawsuit; Valley Medical/UW strategic alliance validRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 7, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    The Washington Supreme Court will not review the lawsuit challenging the strategic alliance between Valley Medical Center and UW Medicine, Valley Medical announced Friday. The decision comes after the state Court of Appeals in June affirmed the legality of the alliance, which began in July 2011 after months of legal review and community meetings and is designed to improve the public's health.


  6. From RFD to RFA?Read the original story w/Photo

    Nov 7, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    Voters in Renton may face a choice in near future to remove the fire department from city books in favor of creating a Regional Fire Authority, with an ability to create its own revenue stream to pay for operation. Though still in its infancy and needing voter approval, city officials hope making the switch to an authority will free up millions of dollars in the city budget to help meet projected gaps between revenue and expenses.


  7. Kent City Council approves garbage tax hikeRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 5, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    The Kent City Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday night to raise the solid waste tax rate to 18.3 percent from 7.8 percent on each bill. The increase will bring in about $3 million per year for street maintenance in neighborhoods.


  8. Five Kent-area schools are Schools of Distinction award winnersRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 31, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    Covington, Jenkins Creek and Martin Sortun elementaries, Kent Mountain View Academy and Mattson Middle School were named 2014 Schools of Distinction award winners. The Center for Educational Effectiveness , in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts, the Association of Washington School Principals, Washington Association of School Administrators, Washington State ASCD and Washington State School Directors' Association announced the awards this week.


  9. Board approves King County Flood Control District budget of $55.6 millionRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 28, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    The Executive Board of the King County Flood Control District gave unanimous approval on Monday to the district's proposed 2015 budget of $55.6 million to pay for work underway along the Green River, Cedar River, White River and the Snoqualmie River basins. Last year, the district began a comprehensive look at each river corridor.


  10. Police bust squatters at homes in Kent, Renton, Federal Way, SeaTacRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 23, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    The Des Moines Police made four arrests Thursday in connection with squatters at vacant homes in Kent, Renton, SeaTac and Federal Way. The Des Moines Police served search warrants at homes in the 25100 block of 23rd Place on Kent's West Hill; 4400 block of South 176th Street in SeaTac; 16400 block of Southeast 174th Street in Renton; and the 1400 block of Southwest Dash Point Road in Federal Way, according to a Des Moines Police media release.


  11. Allen turns Royals into a powerhouse | SPSL footballRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 16, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    Kent-Meridian High School head football coach Brett Allen moves around the sidelines with a measured, steady pace and then switches to a run to bark orders to his players, then immediately regains his steady composure. Kent-Meridian English teacher Brett Allen is a different man who casually strolls from the front to the back of the class and only rarely raises his voice to emphasize a point.


  12. Two men beat up man at Kent Shell station after he accuses them of littering | Police BlotterRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 13, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    Kent Police arrested two men for investigation of second-degree assault after they reportedly beat up a man who asked them not to litter after they threw beer cans into a Shell service station parking lot. A witness called 911 at about 12:53 p.m. on Oct. 6 to say a man was bleeding from the head in the parking lot at 23953 104th Ave. S.E., and that two men had fled in a red minivan, according to the police report.


  13. Vice President Joe Biden praises Renton Technical College during visitRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 9, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    Vice President Joe Biden made an appearance Thursday at Renton Technical College, celebrating the college's receipt of multiple federal grants that have expanded programs at the school and helped get people back to work. The Vice President's appearance was part of a day-long visit to the Seattle area that included a fundraiser for Sen. Maria Cantwell, as well as a tour of some of RTC's classrooms and machine shops.


  14. Vice President to visit Renton on ThursdayRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 7, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to make an appearance Thursday morning at Renton Technical College as part of a visit to the Seattle area. RTC recently received a U.S. Department of Labor job-driven training grant.


  15. NW Lady Sharks host large fastpitch tournament in the areaRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 4, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    Sixty-eight teams compete at four locations in King County this weekend in the NW Lady Sharks Mike Richdale Memorial fastpitch softball tournament. The tournament is being played at Petrovitsky Park in Renton, Steven J. Underwood Park in Des Moines, South King County Ballfields in Federal Way and Service Club in Kent.


  16. Large East Hill apartment fire injures 2, displaces 30Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 3, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    A three-alarm apartment fire on Kent's East Hill early Friday morning injured two residents when they jumped from a third-floor balcony to escape the growing flames, the Kent Fire Department reported. Medic One paramedics treated and stabilized an injured man and woman at the scene before they were transported to a local hospital for further treatment.


  17. Valley flood protection takes SWIF-t approach | KlaasRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 25, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    Jennifer Knauer's message at the public meeting at Auburn City Hall was simple, direct and effective - the Green River's levee and revetment system is old, and the time to do what must be done to fix it is now. Knauer and her King County Flood Control District colleagues came to Auburn Tuesday morning to energize and learn from the public, especially homeowners and entrepreneurs who live and work along the lower Green River, with its 16-plus miles of mostly aging levees.


  18. Kent officers arrest two gang members in Fred Meyer parking lot | Police BlotterRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 23, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    Kent Police arrested two men with gang ties, each on warrants, and one for investigation of making a false statement, after spotting the men sitting at separate times in a vehicle in the Fred Meyer parking lot, 10201 S.E. 240th St. An officer on Sept. 15 saw a man sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle parked in a far corner of the lot, according to the police report.


  19. Kent garbage taxes could go up to pay for street repairsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 22, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    Residents and businesses would pay higher solid waste taxes to help cover street repair costs under a city of Kent proposal. The City Council's Public Works Committee on Monday discussed the proposal but delayed a vote on the measure to Oct. 6 until it has more information.


  20. Kent City Council committee to study fireworks banRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 17, 2014 | Kent Reporter

    A Kent City Council committee began looking into whether a fireworks ban on the Fourth of July might lower the boom on illegal devices going off. City Councilman Jim Berrios led a discussion during the Sept.