May 2022 issue


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In this issue

  • 1968

    Wednesday, April 27, 2022

    The train pulled into the Hauptbahnhof, Munich’s central station, just before noon. It was Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1968, a balmy day under a deep-blue sky, and I was on the first leg of my slow, …

  • Simple Spring Party Food

    Wednesday, April 27, 2022

    The past two years of Covid isolation have left many of us out of practice when it comes to socializing and hosting guests. Like our weather at times, dark clouds, rain, sun breaks, maybe a rainbow, …

  • DNR Plans Timber Harvest in Key Central Forest

    Wednesday, April 27, 2022

    At the Key Pen Parks commissioner meeting held via Zoom April 11, forest managers from the Department of Natural Resources presented its plan to harvest 110 acres of timber from the Key Central …

  • KP Man Completes First Solo Row from U.S. to Asia

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Solo circumnavigator Erden Eruç of Wauna, 60, made landfall at Legazpi City in the Philippines March 24, becoming the first person to row from North America to Asia after launching from …

  • The Adventurer’s North Star

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Nancy Board is an extraordinarily self-reliant woman focused on wellbeing. She loves her life and the man she shares it with in Wauna, and maintains an abiding faith that somehow, someway, everything …

  • A Rerun of History

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Passing through Check Point Charlie into East Berlin prior to 1990 was like Dorothy waking up back in Kansas in the final scene from the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.”West Berlin, like …

  • Procrastination, Pencils and Plumbago

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    The procrastinator’s spirit animal is the crow. Back in fourth century Armenia, as the story goes, a wicked crow looked up and wheedled a Roman centurion named Expeditus into putting off …

  • Clean Energy Deep in the Earth

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But what if there is a way to just ditch the coal and switch over the turbines to hot water from the ground? Quaise Energy, a startup company that …

  • Portraits for Ukraine

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Chris Bronstad is painting for Ukraine. The retired Key Peninsula Middle School teacher and local artist, who lives in Vaughn, spent the last few years concentrating on his award-winning artwork. …

  • Letter from KPFD Volunteers

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    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 …

  • Regarding “An Immodest Proposal”

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Thank you for having the courage to publish Carolyn Wiley’s best column, ever. I’m still laughing.Marcia Harris, Lakebay

  • Hello Key Peninsula News

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    I am enclosing a check for $30 for another year’s subscription. I am a very old woman who lived my happiest years on that peninsula. The newspaper gets down here in good condition — even …

  • Key Peninsula Fire Department Hires New Chief

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Dominick “Nick” Swinhart was hired as the new chief for KP Fire District 16 by the board of fire commissioners at their biweekly meeting April 12. He will start the job May 16, succeeding …

  • Meet the New Boss

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Nick Swinhart grew up in Montesano. “As a paid firefighter I started in Raymond in 1992, but I started before that in 1989 as a volunteer in Grays Harbor. Most of my career was spent at the …

  • Mustard Seed Project Receives Major Grant

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Six months after breaking ground on the first assisted-living homes for elders on the Key Peninsula — a dream that took over a decade to launch — the Mustard Seed Project received the …

  • Watch for Yellowlegs, Honeysuckle and More

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Listen for the loud “klee-klee-klee” call of greater yellowlegs in estuaries and flooded fields. This shorebird passes through the Key Peninsula during spring and fall migrations. Watch …

  • Flower Stand Woes and Rewards

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Most people who drive the section of Key Peninsula Highway between Home and Whiteman Road get a lift from seeing the white picket fence, the blossom-filled yard and the little flower stand on the …

  • To Mulch or Not to Mulch

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    I was out working in the garden the other day (what else is new?), crawling under some rhododendrons, thankful it’s not yet spider web season, and gently scraping my hand rake along the top …

  • KPCCA Fundraiser and Great Brick Reveal Celebrate 66th Anniversary

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Held in honor of its official date of incorporation, April 10, 1956, the Key Peninsula Civic Center Association unveiled its newly installed brick path near the entrance of the civic center during an …

  • Russia Goes Medieval

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Since time immemorial, writers in Russia have had the most forceful, penetrating and far-reaching responses to what was happening in their country — for those willing to listen, …

  • The Time of Trillium

    Monday, April 25, 2022

    Graphic notes on local life

  • LuElla Irene Heitzman

    Sunday, April 24, 2022

    On April 11, LuElla went to be with her Lord after being diagnosed with congestive heart and kidney failure. Born LuElla Meyer Oct. 2, 1925, she grew up on a farm near …

  • William Scott

    Sunday, April 24, 2022

    William “Bill” Scott passed into the arms of Jesus, surrounded by his loving family, March 31, at Tacoma General Hospital. His father was Douglas E. Scott, one of the last heroes …