Feb 2022 issue

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  • Hydrogen Will Help Replace Fossil Fuels

    Thursday, January 27

    Since we’re continuing to dump greenhouse gases into our air that come from our use of fossil fuels, the Earth really is getting warmer. The average …

  • Fire Commissioners Defend Real Estate Deal, Consider Plans for Development

    Thursday, January 27

    At its biweekly meeting Jan. 11, the Key Peninsula Fire District board of commissioners heard a proposal for development of the $2.125 million worth of Key Center real estate it purchased in November …

  • Interim Fire Dept. Leaders Address Changes, Challenges, Morale

    Thursday, January 27

    The Key Peninsula Fire Department experienced several significant changes at the end of 2021. Fire Chief Dustin Morrow left to become chief at Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Dec. 1; his interim …

  • Redemption on the River

    Thursday, January 27

    Some of the best advice I ever got in life came from an old boatman: “The most dangerous thing you can do out here is disrespect the river.”  The year was 1990. We were rafting …

  • KP Civic Center Board Criticized for Considering Vax Proof

    Thursday, January 27

    Roughly a dozen flag carrying protesters took to the streets of Key Center Jan. 8, holding signs and waving at passersby. They gathered to protest the possibility that Key Peninsula Civic Center …

  • Covid on the Key

    Thursday, January 27

    After a dramatic rise in cases last summer with the delta variant, COVID-19 cases gradually fell on the Key Peninsula until the arrival of the holidays and omicron.  The average daily case …

  • Call for Thorough Investigation by Fire Commissioners

    Thursday, January 27

    At the Dec. 14 fire commissioners meeting the board decided to proceed with hiring a new full-time fire chief instead of pursuing the previously discussed possibility of a part-time chief shared with …

  • On ‘Being Diversity’

    Thursday, January 27

    Wow! What a great column. Mr. Tisino summed up my feelings and fears exactly. I am sad that he had that experience at Evergreen Elementary School, but I get it. I love that his article was printed at …

  • KPFD Land Acquisitions

    Thursday, January 27

    I have been reading with interest the articles in the Key Peninsula News regarding the expansion of facilities for the fire department.While I completely agree that growth and expansion are needed, …

  • A Model of Courage

    Thursday, January 27

    In his January 2022 column, Rion Tisino identifies some deep rifts in the Key Peninsula community caused by racism. I was particularly disheartened to read his perceptions of bias in the Peninsula …

  • Immunity vs. Vaccination

    Thursday, January 27

    Why are we being segregated into vaxed vs. unvaxed? What about the third group: Those of us with natural immunity. According to the CDC, about one third of the U.S. (100 million) have had COVID-19, …

  • It’s My Right!

    Thursday, January 27

    Every day I hear people demanding their rights. It’s my right to a living wage, affordable housing, health care, food, free education, high-speed internet — the list seems endless. And …

  • A Higher and Enduring Interest

    Thursday, January 27

    In 1862, as the Civil War raged, President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, a law that would have a profound effect on the development of the West and transform the nation forever. The act granted …

  • Naturalist's Notebook

    Thursday, January 27

    All this rain has flooded the nearby pastures. You know your pond has just about become a lake when the regular dabblers like mallards and wigeons are joined by diving …

  • The Sweet Reward of Tapping into Bigleaf Maples

    Thursday, January 27

    Nate Daniel, executive director of Great Peninsula Conservancy, considers himself a syrup hobbyist. His introduction to tapping maple trees came the year he worked at a University of Rhode …

  • A Trio of Treats for Valentine's Day

    Thursday, January 27

    The origins of Valentine’s Day are murky, lost in the annals of history. One theory is it commemorated the anniversary of the death of Saint Valentine, somewhere around 270 AD. Another theory …

  • Mushroom Cabin Brings Never-Never Land to Lakebay

    Thursday, January 27

    In the woods near Penrose Point State Park, Rod Collen and his fiancée Shannon Garrett have spent the last two years building a 900-square-foot mushroom-shaped cabin. They purchased a …

  • Amplified King Tide Causes Dramatic Flooding

    Thursday, January 27

    One of the highest tides of 2022 was predicted for just after sunrise Friday, Jan 7. Daylight revealed a tide two feet higher than the prediction. Seawater filled the parking lot of Purdy’s …

  • Thanks for a Very Good Year

    Thursday, January 27

    The newspaper won seventeen awards in the statewide Better Newspapers competition. We published more stories and photos than ever, delivered online in over 70,000 views and in print with 125,000 …

  • Out and About February 2022

    Thursday, January 27

  • Stefan Fritz

    Sunday, January 23

    Born in Austria May 25, 1970, Stefan Fritz came to live in this country at age five. He enjoyed a happy childhood on the Key Peninsula, in Alaska and in Austria. He died in Lakebay Dec. 20, …

  • Dulcie Jean Schillinger

    Sunday, January 23

    Dulcie Jean (Van Slyke) Schillinger, 93, died Dec. 7 at Saint Anthony Hospital. She was born the daughter of a pioneer and a farmer in Vaughn Sept. 27, 1928, just two years after electricity arrived …

  • Norma Alice Meyer

    Sunday, January 23

    Norma died peacefully at home near Wauna Jan. 5 at the age of 92. She was born May 22, 1929, in Tacoma to Alice and Norman Wilder, who owned and operated the Wilder Berry Farm in Puyallup and Tacoma …

  • Linda Conner Smith

    Thursday, January 13

    Linda Conner Smith Born in Dallas, Texas Oct. 9, 1941, Linda Conner Smith died peacefully attended by family Jan. 6.

  • Lakebay Marina Sold; New Owners to Restore and Partner with State

    Saturday, January 1

    After two years of negotiation and fundraising, the purchase of Lakebay Marina from owner Mark Scott closed Dec. 28 for $1.6 million in a joint effort by the Recreational Boating Association of …


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