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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
Key Peninsula Fire District 16 terminated the lease agreement for the commercial Calahan property (formerly O’Callahan’s, Buck’s and Reed’s) at the corner of KP Highway NW and … more
The Key Peninsula board of fire commissioners voted 4-0 to approve its 2023 budget for Fire District 16 at its November 22 meeting. The fifth commissioner had an excused … more
The Key Peninsula Fire Department had been contemplating replacement of Station 46, its district headquarters, for some years without a specific plan when three real estate parcels in Key Center came … more
The Washington State Department of Transportation announced November 15 that a culvert replacement beneath the State Route 302 spur on Purdy Drive, south of 144th Street NW, has been … more
Key Peninsula Fire District 16 has closed an anticipated year-end budget gap and is making slow progress developing plans for the Key Center real estate it acquired at the end of last year, according … more
Traffic volume on the Key Peninsula has increased at a relatively low rate in recent years despite appearances more
The Washington State Department of Transportation began work to replace two culverts at the end of July under State Route 302 on Little Minter Creek … more
She served six fire chiefs and even more fire commissioners through good times and bad for the KP fire district — and herself — helping to build an accounting system and plan budgets … more
Following countless near misses, fender benders and more serious collisions, the Pierce County Department of Planning and Public Works recently announced its plan to develop a roundabout design to … more
Two months into his tenure, KP Fire Chief Nick Swinhart told Key Peninsula News the biggest challenges his department faces include balancing the budget and developing a capital facilities plan to … more
Plans to build a pumpout station at the Longbranch Marina, designed to give boaters a way to empty their sewage tanks, was halted by an unexpected permitting roadblock because of a shared well that … more
It is important for the public to understand why Key Peninsula volunteer firefighters have been outspoken at recent board of commissioner meetings. Volunteers are all citizens who live on the Key … more
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