Mar 2022 issue

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In this issue

  • KPFD Confronts Budget Crunch and Skeptical Residents

    Monday, February 28

    The bimonthly Key Peninsula fire commission meetings have been unusually well attended since the public first learned the fire district bought $2.125 million worth of Key Center real estate at the …

  • Windfall Donation for Communities In Schools of Peninsula

    Monday, February 28

    Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donated $133.5 million to the national nonprofit Communities in Schools Feb. 3. It was the largest unsolicited and unrestricted gift in the organization’s …

  • KP Man Rowing Across the Pacific Now Aims for Singapore

    Monday, February 28

    Solo circumnavigator Erden Eruç, 60, of Wauna, made landfall on Guam Feb. 12 after 208 days rowing from California by way of Oahu on his second human-powered trip around the world. He has …

  • Erden Eruç: In His Own Words

    Monday, February 28

    All told, I’ve spent about three years in this rowboat. This morning, I am at a position 80 miles south of Wake Island (bound for Hong Kong). Ever since the storm that knocked my rowboat …

  • Their Time

    Monday, February 28

    An old pal of mine asked me to do him a favor a couple years ago and come talk to a freshman composition class at the university where he was a dean. It would really help him out; his department had …

  • Bedtime Stalling

    Monday, February 28

    Every night Violet’s dad reads “Go, Dog. Go!” at bedtime. Over time the story has grown, nearly doubling in length with the addition of words and lines that Violet has come up with …

  • Are the Kids All Right?

    Monday, February 28

    This school year has been something different. Back in classrooms, but with masks? And the shock of returning as a junior at Peninsula High School after only one in-person semester freshman year. …

  • Sittin' on Top of the World

    Monday, February 28

    As some of you may recall from earlier columns, we migrated north a few years ago and continue to delight in the many ways our new home enriches us. Here I’d like to make another observation. I …

  • Someone Ought to Do Something

    Monday, February 28

    On the last Saturday of January, before the sun peeked over the mountains, I dragged myself out of bed to join my mom on her crusade to pick up litter. Not just any litter either, it was the crème …

  • KPFD Property Purchase “Boondoggle”

    Monday, February 28

    When the KP Fire District board spent taxpayer money to buy the O’Callahan’s restaurant property, it convinced me to never again vote in favor of one of their levies. The board bought the …

  • Say No to Geoduck on Burley Lagoon

    Monday, February 28

    I would like to present a business case against expanding shellfish farming, specifically geoducks, in Burley Lagoon. Based on my six years of living on the lagoon, an approval for a proposed …

  • KP News Fire Department Reporting

    Monday, February 28

    I want to thank KP News for Ted Olinger’s two insightful articles about the Key Peninsula Fire Department as they were real eye-openers for me (Jan. and Feb. 2022). It is so easy to be critical; …

  • From a Former KP Fire Commissioner

    Monday, February 28

    I see nothing has changed at the board of fire commissioners. Their attitude seems to be the same as it was way back when I was on the board. We know best, and the people will always follow us …

  • How the Angel Guild Helps the Community

    Monday, February 28

    The Angel Guild has had a positive impact on the lives of Key Peninsula residents for more than four decades, according to Carla Parkhurst, who has been coordinator at the thrift shop for 11 …

  • Where Beaches Are Born

    Monday, February 28

    Agates and oysters. A clear tide. Stories.  I am south of Driftwood Annie’s point, strolling Pitt Passage with two veteran beach walkers. The going is wonderfully slow. “It …

  • Therapy Dog Ginger and Stroke Survivor Scott Vande Zande

    Monday, February 28

    Nearly 20 years after suffering a debilitating stroke, Scott Vande Zande of Longbranch devotes his time to sharing his golden retriever Ginger, a Pet Partners therapy dog, with others. Each week they …

  • Groups Address Crime on the Key Peninsula

    Monday, February 28

    Ongoing concerns about property crime and car thefts on the Key Peninsula came to a head in January when an alleged car thief was shot by a 70-year old SUV owner in Wauna. The incident, still under …

  • The Truth About ‘St. Patrick’s Day’ Corned Beef and Cabbage

    Monday, February 28

    When you think of Saint Patrick’s Day, you’re thinking shamrocks, right? Along with pinching, funny little green plastic hats, the beer in your cup and the Chicago River, both dyed green, …

  • School District Staffing Shortage Improves

    Monday, February 28

    Amid high absence rates among staff and students, Peninsula School District Superintendent Krestin Bahr sent a message to district families Jan. 12 calling on parents and community members to …

  • Getting Along with Others

    Monday, February 28

    Just when we thought things were beginning to look up yet another “something unexpected” happened. This time it’s the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Did the whole world emerge from Covid …

  • Out & About March 2022

    Monday, February 28

  • Imbolc

    Tuesday, February 22

    Graphic notes on local life

  • Willow Mara Meyer

    Tuesday, February 22

    Key Peninsula native Willow Meyer died unexpectedly in her Tacoma home Jan. 21 of natural causes. She was 42 years old. Willow was born in the family home on Glen Cove in the summer of 1979. She …


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