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Grant (Smitty) Smith, Tacoma mailman, organized the Explorer Search and Rescue (ESAR) team in Pierce County in 1966 with an Explorer Post of Boy Scouts. The Key Peninsula park known as 360 Trails became the site March 5 for Course 4... Read More
The Pierce County Council voted Dec. 15 to hold a one-issue advisory-only election April 26 to... Read More
A new taproom has opened at the top of the Key Peninsula. In the interest of full disclosure, this... Read More
In March, Key Peninsula Sportsmen’s Club President Don Holman called its 830th meeting to order.... Read More
On Friday, Feb. 26, Pierce County employees boarded up the entrance to Lakebay Marina for the... Read More

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  • Former Vaughn Union/PHS teacher turns 105
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    Former Vaughn Union/PHS teacher turns 105 "I’ve lived all over the place," said Dorothy Lusby several years ago. She loved to travel and made many trips across the globe. Born in Biggsville, Illinois, in 1911, Lusby graduated from Monmouth College and her first teaching job was near her home in Fulton.
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  • Marnie Farmer’s opens doors with vintage and handmade goods
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    Marnie Farmer’s opens doors with vintage and handmade goods There is no more "Makin’ Bacon" at the corner of 134th Avenue and the Key Peninsula Highway, where Marnie Kirk has reopened her vintage and handmade home decor store, "Marnie Farmer’s." Kirk was finally realizing her childhood dream to have her own shop at its original location across from Charboneau at Brookside on SR-302, when another tenant leased that site and she had to move. She spent two years looking…
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  • Opening Day marks the return of youth baseball
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    Opening Day marks the return of youth baseball Young athletes and their families turned out in droves March 19 for the annual festivities surrounding Key Peninsula Little League's (KPLL) Opening Day Jamboree. While early weather reports indicated rain, that didn’t stop parents and children from packing Volunteer Park to celebrate the beginning of a new season. Luckily for players and spectators alike, the showers tapered off.
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  • Parks Appreciation Day: a great way to invest in your community
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    Key Pen Parks staff and supporters have an extra spring in our steps as we look forward to some exciting times in 2016. Funds awarded to the parks in 2015 mean we are able to move forward with some long-anticipated modifications to the vibrant Volunteer Park and the birth of a brand-new recreation destination: Gateway Park.
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  • Local teens arrested for alleged sexual assault
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    Three Key Peninsula males aged 13, 14 and 17 were arrested March 17 for their roles in an alleged violent sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl at her Lakebay residence March 14. A 20-year-old man police believe was present during the alleged assault was arrested on an outstanding Mason County warrant for first-degree child rape, but was not charged in connection with the Lakebay assault at the time this report…
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  • Retail marijuana
    I support retail businesses selling their product, although with marijuana sales my concern is the regulation of THC levels, and that it is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government. At this time there is no way to define if someone is actually driving under the influence that…
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  • From the Editor's Desk
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    From the Editor's Desk The Key Peninsula has been home to anarchists, millionaires and poet-loving loggers, and remains the summer refuge for whatever the opposite of a snowbird is. I have lived here a scant 12 years, and imagine I've met everyone that lives on this craggy finger of land at least once. But…
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  • March KP Council highlights
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    The Key Peninsula Community Council (KPC) hosted speakers to discuss grandparents’ rights at its March meeting in addition to covering routine business. Three speakers made presentations on the rights of grandparents.
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  • Lakebay marina 'bomber' released
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    The man who discharged a firearm and threatened to blow up the Lakebay Marina last summer was sentenced Feb. 23 to time served, court records show.
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  • Living Close to Nature
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    Monica Rakowski owns KP Indoor Garden Store in Key Center.

    Cannabis, a powerful herbal medicine I was warned against writing this column. After considering the consequences, I decided this topic is too important not to write about. After living through decades of the War on Drugs, even though laws have changed in a majority of states, there is still a…
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  • Get ready: 'the big one' is coming
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    The Pacific Northwest is a paradise in many ways. It’s free from extremes of temperature, rarely subjected to tornadoes or hurricanes, and has a distinct absence of venomous snakes. This being said, the Northwest is especially vulnerable to one particular form of natural catastrophe: earthquakes. A large-scale seismic event would…
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  • The Mustard Seed has sprouted
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    Affordable senior housing. Aging in place. Bracing for the "silver tsunami." No, it's not Bernie Sanders talking.
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  • Doug MacLeod Live: Exactly Like This
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    Doug MacLeod Live:  Exactly Like This It was the third concert for songwriter Doug MacLeod at the Blend Wine Shop in Key Center, where he played and sang to a sold-out house Mar. 12. Blend’s proprietor, Don Swensen, said, "I could have sold twice as many tickets if I had room." MacLeod began his career as…
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  • APRIL ‘16 KP NEWS Calendar
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    Now ABE classes Tacoma Community College offers adult basic education classes for individuals 16 years of age and older. Classes are $25 (tuition waiver available for those who qualify) and are held at the Red Barn Youth Center in Key Center on weekday mornings. 460-2424
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  • Here's something
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    Content, context and correctness Have you noticed that the national political split we see in the presidential race seems to rip all the way down to each of us as individuals? Makes for some lively discussions. One big thing this time around is this odd pride in not being “politically…
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  • Insights of an Islander
    Tides of Change It was 1975 when I first stepped ashore on Herron Island. I've been here off and on ever since. I've come to realize this unique little island offered childhood Suzie constant stability amid frequent changes over which she had no control, and became a place of peace…
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  • Cost of health care
    The efforts to help Mindy Wilkins with her medical bills speak well of the community, but it might also be an opportunity for people to give some deeper thought to America's health care system.
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  • A View from Here
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    Follow the rules A recent GOP survey I completed contained this question: “Would you support immigration reform that included securing our borders and a path to citizenship for some people living in the U.S. illegally if they would be required to learn English, go to the back of the citizenship…
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  • Siren's Song
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    You can stop suicide All you have to do is listen. Most people thinking of suicide want to stay alive. They are instead struggling to live with the pain they feel and are looking for help. A decision to live is far more likely when a person at risk can…
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  • CAPE Inspires Girls With STEM
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    CAPE Inspires Girls With STEM STEM--science, technology, engineering and math--is the theme of the day in education. To encourage young girls to embrace it, last year some 200 girls from the four area middle schools assembled at Harbor Ridge Middle School for the Career and Pathways Expo (CAPE), designed to inspire interest in STEM classes…
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