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The Key Peninsula Partnership for a Healthy Community just marked its one-year anniversary.

Friday, 31 March 2017 14:41

Saving Working Forests on the Key

Trees and the timber industry are integral to Washington state and Key Peninsula history.

Thursday, 02 March 2017 11:20

Tree Farming on the Key Peninsula

Editor’s note: This is the last of a three-part series about logging on the Key Peninsula. The first article provided an overview of permitting requirements and an example of what happens when the rules are ignored. The second article described the practice of clear-cutting. This article discusses alternative forestry practices.

Sunday, 29 January 2017 13:02

3-Year-Old Boy Has Rare Disease and Hope

“Sometimes, a pregnancy just doesn’t go as planned,” said Sara Hubbell. “You enter a whole new world. And we just dove into it.”

Hubbell’s pregnancy and delivery went smoothly, but as soon as Hudson was born, it was clear something was not right. He needed help breathing on his own and his muscle tone was poor. When he was two days old, he was flown by helicopter from Silverdale to Children’s Hospital in Seattle while his parents, Port Orchard residents Sara and Josh, followed by car.

The Key Peninsula Land Use Advisory Commission (LUAC) met Dec. 21 to hear recommendations from Pierce County Land Services (PALS) regarding redesignation of Agricultural Resource Lands (ARL) on the KP. Because of concerns raised by LUAC members and some of the 25 attendees, LUAC recommended that the suggested changes for the Key Peninsula not be adopted.

Sunday, 29 January 2017 12:23

Clear-Cuts Increasing on the KP

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series on logging on the Key Peninsula. The first article provided an overview of permitting requirements and an example of what happens when the rules are ignored. This article focuses on the practice of clear-cutting and the final article will discuss alternative forestry practices. Part 1 can be seen HERE

The couple had land they loved that was covered with trees, but when a medical emergency came up, they needed cash. “We hoped to sell 20 acres to someone who we knew would not log it,” said one owner, “but when that fell through, we looked at other options.” Although she asked to remain anonymous, the owner shared her experience with the KP News.

On Nov. 17, more than 50 people met at Key Peninsula Community Services in Home to discuss transportation needs on the KP. The transportation summit was sponsored by the Key Peninsula Community Council, the Key Peninsula Partnership for a Healthy Community and the Pierce County Coordinated Transportation Coalition (PCCTC). It was a culmination of more than a year of collaboration and represented the beginning of next steps to help solve the problem of transportation on the KP, said participants Amanda Walston and Maureen Reilly.

Sunday, 01 January 2017 09:15

Logging and Law on the Key Peninsula

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series on logging on the Key Peninsula. The first article provides an overview of permitting requirements and an example of what happens when the rules are ignored. The second article will cover the practice of clear-cutting, and the final article will discuss alternative forestry practices.

When white settlers first came to the Key Peninsula in the mid-1800s, the density of the forest and massive size of the trees was dazzling, according to R.T. Arledge in his book, “Early Days of the Key Peninsula.” He wrote that the cedars were so big, they sometimes served as dwellings for the newcomers. Indians had seasonal villages, but there is no evidence of permanent settlements on the peninsula.

Sunday, 01 January 2017 09:03

Retail Marijuana Comes to the KP

Sweet Jane opened its doors Dec. 1 at the Harvest Time market/gas station on State Route 302 in Wauna. The store currently sells recreational marijuana, but will also offer medicinal products as soon as they are made available by the state.

Pierce County Councilman Derek Young loves his job.

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