Oct 2020 edition

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In this issue

  • Hope Recovery Center Won’t Build on KP

    Thursday, October 1

    The five-year dream of building a residential addiction treatment center on the Key Peninsula ended in August when the nonprofit Hope Recovery Center board of directors withdrew its application for a conditional use permit.

  • Algae Bloom Cause of Summer Stench on Burley Lagoon

    Thursday, October 1

    Residents of Burley Lagoon reported a stench in mid to late August that reminded some of the clam die-off on Rocky Bay last summer.

  • A Conversation with Dr. Anthony Chen

    Thursday, October 1

    Dr. Anthony Chen, director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Public Health Department, was in high demand in July as school boards and superintendents, public and private, sought guidance on reopening in …

  • To Be or Not to Be Locked-down: Sweden’s Response May Influence U.S.

    Thursday, October 1

    The rate of COVID-19 infections in Pierce County initially decreased in September, but as people spend more time indoors and local schools welcome at least some students back to classrooms, the threat of a …

  • The Fifth Season

    Thursday, October 1

    Here on the West Coast, we’re witnessing the birth of an ominous new season: smoke season.

  • No, We’re Still Here. For Now.

    Thursday, October 1

    It’s late summer, early fall. Temperatures went from the near-unthinkable 100-degree mark for a few weeks down to the 50s in the evening. It feels like a blast furnace when you walk out into …

  • I Hope You Dance

    Thursday, October 1

    Nearly 150,000 people die each day around the world. On Wednesday Aug. 19, 2020 one of them was Hudson. He was 6 years old and lived across the street from us. My wife and I have known him almost …

  • Face Masks Work

    Thursday, October 1

    Masks are an annoyance for those who use them, but do they really stop the spread of the virus? If so, which mask is best? Do you need a mask if you always social distance?

  • Local Effort to Bring Broadband to Key Peninsula

    Thursday, October 1

    Mark Cockerill joined the Key Peninsula Community Council as a director last fall with no idea that he would soon dive into the abyss of local broadband access, or lack thereof, on the KP. …

  • Women Who Dared: A Celebration of Suffrage History and Local Pioneer Women

    Thursday, October 1

    The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment, a change to the Constitution of the United States recognizing and proclaiming the right to vote for women. It is …

  • Ref. 90 To Repeal Sex Education on November Ballot

    Thursday, October 1

    The Washington State Senate passed a bill in March that will require all public school districts to teach comprehensive sexual health education for grades K-12 by the school year …

  • Kolby Asbra — Ultimate Kid Whisperer

    Thursday, October 1

    A descendant of old timers Art and Hazel Fenton, who purchased 240 acres in the Minter area in 1939, Kolby Asbra has deep roots on the Key Peninsula.

  • KPFD Receives Grant to Expand Local Health Care

    Thursday, October 1

    The Key Peninsula Fire Department received grant funding earlier this year to proactively work with residents who are high frequency 911 users. The program is intended to provide early interventions …

  • Local Teacher Publishes First Novel

    Thursday, October 1

    Key Peninsula writer and teacher Alice Kinerk has self-published her first full-length novel. “The Octopus Under the Bridge” follows the adventures of Jay, a 14-year-old who lives in a …

  • Naturopath Establishes Practice on the Key Peninsula

    Thursday, October 1

    Carrie Phillips, a licensed naturopathic doctor, saw her first patient at Blue Spark Health in late December on the KP. Soon after her opening, the pandemic hit, with a slowdown in calls and visits, …

  • Caramel Apples

    Thursday, October 1

    One of the joys of my childhood was caramel apples — the sticky sweet caramel balanced by a crisp and juicy apple. Preceded in history by the bright red cinnamon-flavored candied apple, …

  • The Story of McMicken Island

    Thursday, October 1

    McMicken Island, a few hundred feet from Harstine Island to the west of the Key Peninsula, is a favorite destination for area boaters and kayakers. One of about 40 marine state parks in Washington, …

  • ‘The Proud Tower’ as Distant Mirror

    Thursday, October 1

    “The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914” was a bestseller when it was published by historian Barbara Tuchman in 1966. Drawn from a collection of lengthy essays …

  • Out and About

    Thursday, October 1

  • Living the Pandemic Life

    Thursday, October 1

    Simply keeping up with the news of rolling disasters has been quite an exercise in 2020. Time feels more distorted than ever in this, the seventh month of the pandemic life.  In September, …