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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
Two Key Peninsula residents died in separate accidents in July. Pedestrian Colby Jake Pederson, 32, was hit and killed by a car July 28 on Wright Bliss Road NW just north of 109th St. Ct. NW at … more
Most Key Peninsula Fire District 16 personnel have been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Fire Chief Dustin Morrow. more
Multiple improvements over an 8-mile stretch of State Route 302 stretching from Elgin Clifton Road to Purdy, delayed by Covid restrictions in 2020, are back on track for completion by year’s … more
Two teenagers died on the Key Peninsula June 28 just a few hours and a few miles apart in unrelated accidents. Will Huck of Port Orchard, 17, drowned in Horseshoe Lake at approximately 3:15 … more
After nearly 40 years with the Key Peninsula Fire Department, Battalion Chief Chuck West is retiring. more
Longtime Wauna resident Randy Takehara was officially sworn in as a Key Peninsula Fire District 16 commissioner by the board of commissioners during its regularly scheduled meeting May 11 via Zoom. more
An arrest was made April 28 in connection with the burglary of the Lakebay Post Office April 3 and the break-in at the Belfair Post Office in Mason County April 17. The two cases were earlier … more
The Lakebay Post Office was burglarized April 3 at approximately 3:30 a.m. It was the second successful break-in of the post office in the last 22 months. more
The current headquarters located in Key Center is unmanned as it lacks overnight facilities. Training exercises regularly take place as people drive through the parking lot where Moffett cited both space and safety as concerns. more
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
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