Steve Hunter

Tacoma man loses balance fishing in Green River; presumed drowned | Update

A 35-year-old Tacoma man fishing in the Green River Wednesday evening lost his footing and was swept away by the current. He is presumed drowned, despite efforts by other fisherman to rescue him, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.

Kent School Board adopts 2011-2012 budget

The Kent School Board unanimously approved a $308 million budget on Aug. 24 for the 2011-12 school year that is $18 million less than last year and includes 78 fewer jobs.

Adam Vesperman had to develop a British accent for his starring role as Billy Elliot in the London production of “Billy Elliot the Musical” at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Covington student has made the big time in ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ in London

Thirteen-year-old Adam Vesperman speaks with a British accent that he didn’t have five months ago when he left Kent for London. “I didn’t notice it,” Vesperman said during a return visit last week to Kent. “Everybody else did.”

Adam Vesperman had to develop a British accent for his starring role as Billy Elliot in the London production of “Billy Elliot the Musical” at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

2011-12 budget adopted by Kent School Board | 78 fewer jobs than last year

The Kent School Board unanimously approved a $308 million budget on Aug. 24 for the 2011-12 school year that is $18 million less than last year and includes 78 fewer jobs.

Barbara Jeanne Anderson

Ex-Kentlake teacher pleads guilty to sexual misconduct with student

Ex-Kentlake High School teacher Barbara Jeanne Anderson pleaded guilty Friday morning to first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor for having sexual contact with a 17-year-old male student.

Barbara Jeanne Anderson

Kent School District to cut 110 jobs from 2011-12 budget

The Kent School Board has approved cuts to 110 employees in the 2011-12 district budget because of a loss of federal and state funding.

Kent School Board saves elementary music, physical education from budget cuts

The music and games will play on next school year at 28 Kent elementary schools. After a community uproar over proposed 2011-12 budget cuts to eliminate elementary music and physical education programs, the Kent School Board voted Wednesday night to keep each program and its specialized teachers from the chopping block.

Dan Williamson speaks at the Kent School District public hearing Tuesday at Kentwood High.

Kent School District proposed budget cuts in P.E. and music draw debate

Kent School District parents and teachers told the Kent School Board Tuesday night to save elementary music and physical education programs and find somewhere else to cut the 2011-2012 budget by $6 million. Speaker after speaker at the Community Budget Session and Public Hearing at the Kentwood High School gym objected to district proposals to cut the elementary school physical education program for a savings of $2.48 million and the elimination of elementary school music programs for a savings of about $3.8 million.

Dan Williamson speaks at the Kent School District public hearing Tuesday at Kentwood High.
King County Executive Dow Constantine speaks to reporters at a press conference following his State of the County Address Feb. 28 at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Constantine spoke on a number of topics

King County executive looks for county to rebound as economy recovers

King County Executive Dow Constantine says reforms to make government more efficient and improved infrastructure will put the county in position to rebound as the economy recovers. Constantine unfurled his plan Monday during his State of the County address at a special Committee of the Whole meeting of the Metropolitan King County Council on the third-floor rotunda at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

King County Executive Dow Constantine speaks to reporters at a press conference following his State of the County Address Feb. 28 at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Constantine spoke on a number of topics

Former Kent School District teacher enters not guilty plea to sexual misconduct

A former teacher in the Kent and Renton school districts pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor for reportedly having sex with a 17-year-old male student last month when she was a teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle.

Auburn man working at Kent dementia-care facility charged with second-degree rape

King County prosecutors on Feb. 23 charged a 35-year-old Auburn man with second-degree rape for allegedly assaulting a 71-year-woman at a Kent dementia-care and assisted-living facility where he worked as a certified nursing assistant.

ELECTIONS: Valley Medical Center board race is a tight heat

Incumbent Mike Miller and challenger Aaron Heide are locked in a tight race for Commissioner Position No. 4 on the Valley Medical Center Public Hospital District 1 board.

Governor advises people to make plans for flooding in Green River Valley and buy flood insurance

The nearly 30,000 residents of the Green River Valley need to buy flood insurance and make plans to evacuate their homes or businesses this winter, because of the potential from floods, due to seepage problems at an abutment next to the Howard Hanson Dam.