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In 1982, Smitherman became the first Black man elected to the Legislature from the 26th, which at that time included part of Tacoma, Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula, west to Gorst. more
After 15 years of planning, working and fundraising, The Mustard Seed Project broke ground Oct. 23 for the first assisted- living home for elders on the Key Peninsula. more
I met Tom, my husband, back in ’81, and he already had this piece of property out here, and I came out here right away. I was a social worker in long-term care in Tacoma, and here would come … more
Solo circumnavigator Erden Eruç, 60, of Wauna, resumed his second solo row across the Pacific Oct. 7 when he relaunched from Waikiki, Oahu, where he arrived Sept. 10 after an 80-day crossing from Crescent City, Calif. more
The number of people experiencing homelessness in Pierce County increased 37% between 2015 and 2021, according to the county's Homeless Point-in-Time Count survey conducted last January. The … more
Candidates for a variety of public offices appeared before about 75 Key Peninsula voters at an Oct. 12 online forum. more
The Peninsula High School Seahawks beat the Gig Harbor Tides 35-28 Sept. 17 at Roy Anderson Field in a stunning come-from-behind win for their sixth consecutive Fish Bowl victory. more
Sometime in 1988, I think, I was an editorial assistant at G.P. Putnam’s Sons in midtown Manhattan when I happened to come out of the elevator to find Kurt Vonnegut trying to get past the … more
Hospitals across the state are at or near capacity as the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 spreads among the population, according to the Washington State Department of Health. more
Painter Sandy Newhouse stood in the studio of her Vaughn Bay home, tapping an unfinished canvas heavy with layers of acrylic paint. more
Wauna resident Erden Eruç, 60, is due to make landfall early in September after rowing from California to Hawaii in his attempt to row, pedal and climb around the world. more
Michael Kotas, 46, of Lakebay was arrested July 22 for second-degree assault on a Home community resident. A hearing Aug. 8 to determine whether Kotas is competent to stand trial was continued to Sept. 27 and he was ordered held in Pierce County Jail. more
A six-year Key Peninsula fire levy lid lift was approved in the Aug. 3 primary election vote by 62% to 38%, or 2,696 yes to 1,631 no votes in a typical 22% off-year summer voter turnout. The vote … more
Most Key Peninsula Fire District 16 personnel have been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Fire Chief Dustin Morrow. more
A school year unlike any other is upon us, fresh on the heels of two other school years unlike any others. Students are returning to their posts while administrators rearrange deck chairs and … more
After decades of cramming food and clothing into rented spaces splitting at the seams, FISH broke ground on its own new facility at a private ceremony July 13. more
COVID-19 affected the Key Peninsula in many ways: residents lost jobs and coped with isolation, illness and death. Some organizations had to close their doors. Others worked in new ways to meet increased demands. more
Peg and Larry Bingham, age 88 and 90 respectively, spent years on the move pursuing various enterprises and adventures, delivering airplanes cross-country, traveling the world, living on a sailboat, … more
In June of 1970, Rick and Smitty were fresh graduates of Peninsula High School. They had grown up on the Key Peninsula — Rick on the family homestead in Vaughn and Smitty in Minter. They both … more
Vaccinations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have recently slowed all over the U.S., including in Washington state and on the Key Peninsula, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Health. more
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