Feb 2023 issue


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In this issue

  • Is Fusion Power On the Way?

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Harnessing fusion energy as a source for carbon-free, near limitless electricity seemed much closer last November when the Department of Energy breathlessly announced a key advance: there was a …

  • Who Are You?

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    We were on Pirates of the Caribbean, my 6-year-old daughter wide-eyed with glee for the realism and mystery, while my 3-year-old son quickly closed his eyes and put his head down in my lap — …

  • Read Up and Vote

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    It looks like 2023, the Year of the Rabbit, is already shaping up to be quite newsy. On the heels of publishing our 50th Anniversary Edition in January, duly recorded as Volume 50 Number 1, Key …

  • Thoughts While Burying Maggie (In Words)

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    At some point a grave is no longer a grave, just a depression. Then a disturbance in the soil. Then part of the garden, a pile of rocks. (She’s gone.) Lots of rocks down here.

  • Questions of Equity Voiced at Peninsula School Board Meeting

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Kari Trivette has a great deal of experience with the Peninsula School District. Her kids attended Minter Creek Elementary, Harbor Ridge Middle School, and graduated from Peninsula High School with …

  • Burley Lagoon Geoduck Battle Enters Next Phase

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    The Taylor Shellfish Co. plan to convert part of its existing manila clam and oyster beds in Burley Lagoon to geoduck aquaculture has moved forward. Fourteen months after seeking comments on a draft, …

  • Grocery Store Shooter Denied Unsupervised Outings from Western State Hospital

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    For Heidi Michaelson, the memory of what happened at what is now the Lake Kathryn Food Market the afternoon of Aug. 11, 2012, is still fresh in her mind. “I walk in there today and just …

  • Just a Shoulder Pat

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    My husband, Bill, recovering from minor surgery, slept in the downstairs bedroom. Rather than bother him during the night, I slept on the sofa a few feet from the door to the bedroom so I could hear …

  • Letter from Ukraine

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    January 15: The one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is approaching. The invaders crossed the border Feb. 24, 2022. I arrived in the city of Przemyśl, Poland, in early March last …

  • Unchecked Bullying at KPMS?

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    As a former Key Peninsula Middle School employee and a parent that sent two kids through KPMS, the issue of bullying has nothing to do with the current administration: specifically, Principal Jeri …

  • Students Need Our Support

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    The Peninsula School District is running two levies in February. As a retired high school counselor and current volunteer with AVID students, I hope I can count on your yes vote for both. These …

  • Contract Signed to Bring Broadband to North Key Peninsula

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Comcast and Pierce County finalized an agreement in January to bring high speed internet to at least 526 homes and businesses on the north end of the Key Peninsula. The approximately $5 million …

  • Gig Harbor Man Charged in 2022 KP Highway Head-on Collision Death

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Dean Ryan Jones of Gig Harbor, 42, with vehicular homicide in December for his role in a collision that killed a Key Peninsula woman last …

  • KP Citizen of the Year Award Returns After Pandemic; Headlined by Local Hero

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    The Key Peninsula Lions Club will hold its 36th annual Key Peninsula Citizen of the Year Award banquet at the KP Civic Center March 25 beginning at 6 p.m. The long-standing ceremony had been …

  • Out & About February 2023

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

  • Romancing the Fork — A Meal You’ll Love Over and Over Again

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and the need to do something special for the person that adds light into your life can be overwhelming. You love them, and every year you feel like you must …

  • A Story of Justice and Redemption

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    In 1986, an 18-year-old white woman named Ronda Morrison was murdered during an apparent sexual assault at the dry cleaners where she worked in Monroeville, Alabama. The community was stunned but …

  • The 15 Most Camouflaged Critters Around Puget Sound

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Visitors pass through the Key Peninsula and notice only our impressive trees. Those who know the terrain well know how much can be concealed here.  Camouflaged critters exploit psychology as …

  • KP News Becomes Fully Independent

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Key Peninsula News received approval of its application for 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service in January. The tax designation enables the 50-year-old publication …

  • Land Trusts Conserve 323 Key Peninsula Acres Through Community Donations, Partnerships

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    A shoreline summer camp, the former site of an iconic lighthouse, a working sheep farm and over 1,000 feet of mainstem Minter Creek are among seven properties that two local land trusts worked to …

  • Our Best Year Ever

    Tuesday, January 31, 2023

    We published more stories and photos than ever, delivered online to 78,000 viewers and in print with 126,000 newspapers. In 2022, the newspaper won another 14 awards in the statewide Better …

  • Thoughts While Burying Maggie (In Drawings)

    Monday, January 30, 2023

    Graphic notes on local life

  • Virginia Anne Ducharme Thompson

    Sunday, January 29, 2023

    Virginia Thompson of Lakebay died January 3. She was 99 years old. Daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend. Writer, painter, teacher. Virginia was all of these …

  • Susan Henry

    Sunday, January 29, 2023

    Susan Henry of Vaughn died October 20. She was 73 years old. Sue was born in 1949 on Vashon Island to George and Mary Alice Schoeppel and was later raised by her stepmother, Ruby Schoeppel. She …