Oct 2023 edition


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In this issue

  • Write-in Candidate for Fire Commissioner

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    After squandering hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars, I was disappointed to see Commissioner Shawn Jensen running unopposed for re-election. Jensen, along with Stan Moffett and the rest of the …

  • Regarding ‘A Story of Shocking Function — Derek Kilmer Works to Fix Congress’ (August 2023)

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    For Dr. Sara Thompson regarding her article: Marvelous. It has stuck with me since I first read it in early August. Paragraphs 8, 9 and 10 were an actual epiphany in the concept of “shocking …

  • My AI Is Smarter Than Your AI

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    I recently attended a high-profile tech conference where artificial intelligence was the talk of the week. After listening to the hype and the promises, and the long-term visions from heavily funded …

  • The Osprey of Herron Island

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    On May 10, 2016, then Herron Island ferry captain John Farris posted a photo on the islanders’ group on Facebook with a laconic caption, as was his style, even though the announcement could …

  • Heart Like a Wheel

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    It was 1979 or ’80. My dad informed me I would accompany him to a business dinner. I put on my three-piece suit, like his, and he drove us in his 1968 Volvo P1800 bone-white coupe with red leather …

  • EV Power to the People

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    In his June column, Richard Gelinas talked about energy production (“No Nukes: Carbon-free Electricity.”) He touched briefly on the benefits of solar power. He also mentioned his desire …

  • Sad Phoenix

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    Graphic notes on local life

  • Out & About October 2023

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

  • Food Backpacks 4 Kids Clothing Giveaway Benefits Hundreds of Families

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    Hundreds of families descended on the Key Peninsula Civic Center Aug. 25 to 27 to find clothes for the coming school year. At no cost.

  • How to Live to 100 Years Old and Enjoy It All the Way

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    Happy birthday wishes arrived by letter from President Joe and First Lady Jill Biden, as well as from Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife Trudi, with their congratulations. Generations of family and …

  • KP Fire Department Volunteer Marks 50 Years

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    The Key Peninsula Volunteer Firefighters Association and Fire District 16 honored its longest-serving member at the Sept. 12 commission meeting, commending Jerry Marsh for 50 years of service …

  • Two Wauna Women Reach a Landmark: 100 Years of Age

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    Within six months of each other two women with deep Wauna connections will reach a rare milestone. Marcelle “Mar” Hoey and Betty Boyd will celebrate their 100th birthdays — Hoey in …

  • KPFD Assistant Chief and Family Rent Wright-Bliss Fire Station

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    Key Peninsula Fire District 16 Assistant Chief Chris Beswick moved into Station 45 near the northwest corner of State Route 302 and Wright Bliss Road NW with his wife and daughter Aug. 1 …

  • Explore the Hidden Wonders Around Us

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    Dusk, late summer. A deer works the edge of the pasture. A lonely frog, peeping, is answered by a cricket. As the light slips, a bat skitters in and out of the shrinking circle I can see.

  • Darkness and Light — The Life and Death of a Whale

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    The bones look like driftwood from a distance, half-submerged at the high tide line. Binoculars reveal them to be ancient stone artifacts. Or so it seems. This whale carcass is hard to believe. …

  • An Episode in Local Garden History from the Everlasting Age of Aquarius

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    Who said we have no sense of history around here? I mean, we love to retell the old stories of anarchists, contraception pioneers, free love, and —gasp — nude bathing in Home Colony …

  • New PHS Swim Coach Finding the Right Recipe for Success

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    When you are as busy as new Peninsula High School girls and boys swim coach Athena Petterson, your day job and night job start to blur together. When her team isn’t winning meets, …

  • Local Ghost Hunters Document Paranormal Experiences on YouTube

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    Derek Grannes and Alex Donahou were tossing back a few drinks at The Floatation Device Pub & Grill near the Purdy Spit last December. Nothing strange about friends of nearly 20 years getting …

  • The Key Peninsula is Thriving With the Paranormal

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    Rachel Ostoyich knows where she is going when she dies. She’s been there already. Because she died already. It was 2008. Ostoyich, then 19, was at Allenmore Hospital in Tacoma. She …

  • Getting Advice From Your Mostly Friendly Local Spirit Guides

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    Water rippling on a windshield. That’s how Alex Burley describes the look of the spirits she speaks with.

  • Election Candidates Answer KP Questions at Forum

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023

    The Key Peninsula Civic Center hosted candidates Sept. 12 for what has become a perennial KP election season tradition. Eight contenders participated in a 90-minute Q&A and reception to explain …

  • Gig Harbor Wins 45th Annual Fish Bowl 21-20

    Saturday, September 16, 2023

    After a seven-year drought, the Tides overcame a 14-0 halftime deficit to win the Fish Bowl for the first time since 2015.

  • Bird Flu Found in Puget Sound Harbor Seals for First Time

    Thursday, September 14, 2023

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed that three adult harbor seals in Puget Sound tested positive for the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 strain Sept. 8. The seals stranded on …

  • Peninsula High School Has New Safety Officer

    Monday, September 4, 2023

    Brent Campbell, a former police officer and private investigator, comes to PSD from Monroe School District.