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Dr. Anthony Chen, director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Public Health Department, was in high demand in July as school boards and superintendents, public and private, sought guidance on reopening in … more
The rate of COVID-19 infections in Pierce County initially decreased in September, but as people spend more time indoors and local schools welcome at least some students back to classrooms, the threat of a … more
Mark Cockerill joined the Key Peninsula Community Council as a director last fall with no idea that he would soon dive into the abyss of local broadband access, or lack thereof, on the KP. … more
The Washington State Senate passed a bill in March that will require all public school districts to teach comprehensive sexual health education for grades K-12 by the school year … more
Key Peninsula News interviewed candidates for three important local races, asking each: What are your priorities for the KP? What is the No. 1 thing you want to accomplish in office? Why are you qualified to do it? more
With over a decade of experience, Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson knows a thing or two about running elections. Other states look to Washington as a leader in … more
Tracey Perkosky, previously employed by the City of Bothell as parks planning and grants manager before COVID-19 costs and decreasing revenues caused layoffs in June, began her new job as executive … more
The Pierce County Library System started contactless curbside service at the Key Center Library Aug. 3. While the branch building remains closed to the public to help reduce the spread of … more
The Key Peninsula Fire District will assign two career firefighter/EMTs to the Longbranch Fire Station 24 hours a day starting in August, according to Fire Chief Dustin Morrow. Up to now, … more
Theresa Gano has been a rural mail carrier on the Key Peninsula for 23 years. What started out as a part-time job while tutoring students and raising her three daughters developed into a lifelong … more
As the second quarter of 2020 came to a close, scientists and economists surveyed the impact of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, on the health and economy of the United … more
A June 17 Washington State revenue forecast projected an $8.8 billion drop in tax collections over the next three years. Gov. Jay Inslee canceled pay raises the same day for some state employees and … more
The 2020 U.S. Census survey started in March and the response rate from the Key Peninsula is significantly lower than it is in the rest of the Tacoma census area. more
In an interview with Pierce County Councilman Derek Young (D-7th), Young assured constituents that they wouldn’t have to wait much longer for the burger and beer they’ve been dying for. more
Constituents heard updates from federal and local leaders. Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-6th) hosted a telephone town hall May 11 to provide an update on the federal … more
Fire Chief Dustin Morrow spells out district funding mechanisms and needs.  Key Peninsula Fire District 16 will return to the voting public for a four-year renewal of its … more
It wouldn’t be summer without road construction. An upcoming open house on two projects will provide an opportunity for community input. Progress continues as scheduled to … more
It’s not taxable, it’s not a loan, and it’s not an advance on a future refund. And if your income drops this year, you might get more next year. President Donald … more
As people struggle to make ends meet in a shattered economy, leaders and researchers look for a way out. At a press briefing April 14, state Secretary of Health John … more
The one thing about the fire service that is a constant is that you never know from day to day what will present. The COVID-19 outbreak has proved that point. The … more
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