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COVID-19 cases in Pierce County began to fall in January from their historic highs but remain at “high risk” levels, according to the state Department of Health. County COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths have also fallen. more
Key Peninsula Fire Department personnel gathered Jan. 31 at Station 47 in Home before proceeding to the site of a two-bedroom mobile home they would burn to the ground before day’s end. more
Gov. Jay Inslee directed the Washington Department of Health to move the state into Phase 1B, Tier 1, of its COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan Jan. 18, allowing everyone over the age of 65 and anyone 50 or older living in multigenerational homes (excluding parents and their children) to receive the vaccine. more
Lakebay Marina owner Mark Scott watched in dismay as, bite by bite, bulldozers demolished and trucks hauled away debris from three dilapidated former cabins cited in a Warrant of Abatement and … more
A woman in her late 40s died by drowning in the saltwater pond at Penrose Point State Park in Lakebay Oct. 17. Her identity had not been made public by press time. more
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a consumer protection lawsuit Sept. 2 against the e-cigarette company Juul, asserting that the company’s products and marketing target underage consumers. more
Dale McCracken of the north Vaughn area was killed instantly by a falling tree limb during a wind storm the afternoon of Oct. 13. He was 30 years old. According to Key Peninsula Fire Department , … more
The Key Peninsula voted to renew the existing maintenance and operation levy for KP Fire District 16 in the primary election Aug. 4. The department will continue to receive $800,000 a year from KP … more
Key Peninsula Fire District 16 promoted three firefighters to lieutenant and three lieutenants to captain at a swearing-in ceremony July 28. 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
As the Fire District 16 Public Information Officer, I have been asked by community members about plans made by the District to prepare for, and respond to, the … more
After successfully lobbying for a change in state law, KPFD 16 is exploring options to expand healthcare and save money. more
Fifty years ago, in the early morning hours of Feb. 4, 1970, a fire of unprecedented proportions burned through several businesses in Key Center, leaving only ashes and charred rubble in its wake. more
Deaths resulting from sudden … more
KPFD has partnered with the school district to include fire prevention and life safety, … more
Hurricane Dorian did not leave much behind after hitting the Bahamas. Photos courtesy Empact NW Local first responders donate their time and skill when disaster … more
In the days before the election, voters expressed concern to the fire department about paying more permanently, but the public retains control. more
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