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I strongly recommend that we re-elect our two incumbent state representatives from the 26th Legislative District, Jesse Young and Michelle Caldier, in November to continue serving us in Olympia for … more
I live on the shoreline of Burley Lagoon and I have been a witness to the events of the past two years where our lagoon life has been disrupted in the middle of summer by a pungent and toxic odor. … more
We are headed deeper into the forest with the darkest days ahead. On my walk this chilly fall morning, my breath along with the dog’s meets the cold and hangs suspended mid-air. It won’t be long before the trees shed the rest of their leaves. Untended, growing wild along the roadside, the last deep red apples cling to their branches as if for dear life. more
Here on the West Coast, we’re witnessing the birth of an ominous new season: smoke season. more
It’s late summer, early fall. Temperatures went from the near-unthinkable 100-degree mark for a few weeks down to the 50s in the evening. It feels like a blast furnace when you walk out into … more
Nearly 150,000 people die each day around the world. On Wednesday Aug. 19, 2020 one of them was Hudson. He was 6 years old and lived across the street from us. My wife and I have known him almost … more
My daughter talked to a spider for 30 minutes at breakfast this morning. “I gave Spidey a sip of my chocolate milk!” Violet said, her grin spreading across the room like a … more
Just outside my office sits the Lakebay cemetery, a peaceful little plot of land tucked away behind a thick hedge and madrona trees. Bordered by the Lakebay Church, on a hill that backs into Mayo … more
Key Peninsula needs fresh voices in the Washington House of Representatives. more
When I am not in Olympia during the legislative session, I provide short-term foster care for teenage girls. I take in our state’s most challenging youth who would otherwise be placed in a … more
Simply keeping up with the news of rolling disasters has been quite an exercise in 2020. Time feels more distorted than ever in this, the seventh month of the pandemic life.  In September, … more
Mindfulness can boost the quality of our lives in numerous ways. The question is, what is mindfulness? What does it do to spark “just being” in ourselves and our … more
My 4-year-old and I were talking about running and I was telling her about different sports she can try if she wants to one day, like track, swim team, crew team, volleyball, tennis, softball, … more
My 4-year-old and I were talking about running and I was telling her about different sports she can try if she wants to one day, like track, swim team, crew team, volleyball, tennis, softball, … more
Salmon and cedar were the lifeblood of Native people on Puget Sound. For the S’Hotlemamish of Minter Bay, the coho, chum and cutthroat trout runs were so productive that the villagers were … more
Does voting really matter? Key Peninsula voters say yes. And 2.5 million people in Washington State agree. An impressive 54.44% of registered voters cast ballots in the Aug. 4 primary election … more
I have been enjoying the KP News for years and appreciate your efforts… more
Ted Olinger’s item on the cost and benefits of the COVID-19 lockdown was a better analysis than anything I’ve read elsewhere, even nationally. more
Pierce County is failing to meet the goals for Phase 2 reopening. The desired 14-day average number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people should be under 25; that’s the number the state … more
In the 1880 census Charles Pack, the first settler on Herron Island, was recorded as living on Ketron Island. Ketron is a small island on the opposite side of the Sound, across from Steilacoom. … more
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