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The Key Peninsula Fire Department added two pieces of equipment in early February, beefing up its rescue arsenal. The new mini-pumper is a small fire engine that is less expensive to purchase … more
The last major earthquake to impact the KP happened 23 years ago last month, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen soon. more
If chosen by the will of the citizens of the Key Peninsula, as a write-in candidate for fire commissioner position 3 with Pierce County Fire District No. 16, I, Hal Wolverton, vow to bring back … more
Retired Key Peninsula Assistant Fire Chief Hal Wolverton registered with the Pierce County Auditor’s office as a write-in candidate Oct. 5 for fire commission position No. 3, opposing incumbent … more
The Key Peninsula Volunteer Firefighters Association and Fire District 16 honored its longest-serving member at the Sept. 12 commission meeting, commending Jerry Marsh for 50 years of service … more
Key Peninsula Fire District 16 Assistant Chief Chris Beswick moved into Station 45 near the northwest corner of State Route 302 and Wright Bliss Road NW with his wife and daughter Aug. 1 … more
Key Peninsula Fire District 16 has often been in the news over the last year about money, as seen in public reaction to its purchase of Key Center real estate at the end of 2021 and calls from some … more
The Pierce County Fire Prevention Bureau wants the Key Peninsula to enjoy fireworks on the Fourth of July. Just don’t do them before or after. more
This spring Pierce County upped its game in collecting organic waste. It will now allow vegetable and fruit trimmings, tea bags and coffee with paper filters in yard waste collected at curbside and … more
Vegetation and wildland fires have been occurring more frequently and earlier in the season on the Key Peninsula in recent years, according to Public Information Officer and Volunteer Battalion Chief … more
Septic systems are the unsung heroes for homeowners on the Key Peninsula. They work tirelessly and discreetly handling nature’s call, and until something nasty happens, they’re often … more
The Key Peninsula Fire District 16 board of fire commissioners is nearing completion of its research to determine the future of Key Center real estate parcels it purchased in 2021 for a possible new … more
The last two of four defendants accused of murdering Vaughn couple Ted Ralston, 71, and Joanna Gormly, 73, in their Vaughn home in 2020 were found guilty at trial in Pierce County Superior Court June … more
Jury selection began May 1 in the trial of Ezra Ralston and Sean Higgins for the murders of Ted Ralston, 71, and Joanna Gormly, 73, in their Vaughn home in 2020. Testimony began May 11. The trial is … more
Christopher Beswick, 52, began his first day on the job as assistant chief April 10, succeeding retiring KPFD Assistant Chief Hal Wolverton. Beswick has been in the fire service 31 years. He spent … more
The Key Peninsula Fire District 16 board of fire commissioners will determine options for constructing a new headquarters facility in Key Center — or not — and renovations to existing stations. more
Key Peninsula Fire District 16 was well-represented at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 32nd annual firefighter stair climb fundraiser held at the Columbia Tower in Seattle March 12. Over … more
After 33 years with KP Fire District 16, Assistant Fire Chief Hal Wolverton, 59, will retire March 31. more
Everyone has experienced it. Aggressive drivers. Tailgaters. Swervers. Shoulder and solid-line passers. Defensive driving is an essential skill on the Key Peninsula. It encourages drivers to … more
All day-use areas, trails, and camping at Penrose Point State Park have been closed since Jan. 15 for sewage system repairs and upgrades, according to the Washington State Parks and Recreation … more
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