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The Key Peninsula board of fire commissioners voted 4-0 to approve its 2023 budget for Fire District 16 at its November 22 meeting. The fifth commissioner had an excused … more
The Key Peninsula Fire Department had been contemplating replacement of Station 46, its district headquarters, for some years without a specific plan when three real estate parcels in Key Center came … more
The Mustard Seed Project celebrated its opening of the first assisted living residence for elders on the Key Peninsula November 12 after one year of construction and 16 of dreaming, planning, working … more
Longtime Key Peninsula resident, champion tree-topper, Huckleberry Inn bartender and renowned leg wrestler Sue Taylor died peacefully at her Burley home October 20. She was 67 years old. more
The signs were unmistakable, but also unexpected. There was the change of leaves and the return of rain-soaked school buses, of course, and the annual appearance of the local bear on her hind legs … more
Key Peninsula Fire District 16 has closed an anticipated year-end budget gap and is making slow progress developing plans for the Key Center real estate it acquired at the end of last year, according … more
The 18th semi-annual candidate forum took place before a crowd of 100 or more at the Key Peninsula Civic Center October 11, and was mostly civil but for the behavior of one participant. The … more
A friend recommended this novel to me after it was banned from the curriculum last summer by the Muskego-Norway school board in Wisconsin, a district of about 4,800 students. There were no complaints … more
When the first Russian artillery shell hit, Tom Bates realized he’d made a mistake. more
The Peninsula High School Seahawks beat the Gig Harbor Tides 39-30 at the 44th Annual Fish Bowl September 16 at Roy Anderson Field, notching their seventh consecutive win and 23rd overall since the first hometown rivalry tournament was played in 1979. more
Historian Michael Kenneth Hemp moved to Wauna from Monterey, California, in 2017 to follow the trail of Ed Ricketts. more
I tried to sell a book of stories to a regional publisher recently. The owners were older, they liked me, they were enthusiastic, we could maybe do something. But then it went to their editorial … more
At the end of summer’s lease, it’s time to renew some old acquaintances. No, not those people you owe a dinner; not those friends who were too busy to stop by like they said they would (even … more
She served six fire chiefs and even more fire commissioners through good times and bad for the KP fire district — and herself — helping to build an accounting system and plan budgets … more
Two months into his tenure, KP Fire Chief Nick Swinhart told Key Peninsula News the biggest challenges his department faces include balancing the budget and developing a capital facilities plan to … more
Anyone exploring the byways of the Key Peninsula has seen them, and maybe even been startled. Wooden bear cubs clinging to a tree, an enormous eagle perched atop a roof peak, a life-sized Sasquatch … more
Greg Matson of Tacoma, 67, retired from the United Parcel Service June 10 after 43 years, 37 spent driving. Seventeen of those years were delivering packages on the Key Peninsula. more
Key Peninsula will help choose candidates for two federal, one state, three legislative district and two county positions in the primary elections Aug. 2, in addition to judicial offices and local … more
I rise early this time of year, too early, because a woodpecker starts the day banging its head against the side of my house. What at first I took to be gunshots or a jackhammer when we moved out … more
Approximately 5 million people had fled Ukraine and another 8 million were internally displaced as of May 15 after their country was invaded by the Russian Federation Feb. 24. Many who ran tried to … more
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