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Frank Slater

By Frank Slater and Ted Olinger


A teacher tells her students to put on their science socks.

Something called a “flexible classroom” is being this year at Minter Creek Elementary School. When asked for a definition of this new concept, Principal Ty Robuck said, “I’ll show you.”

Last month’s story reminded me of something that happened some years ago on the Key Peninsula.

A property owners’ association road ran along the west boundary of the community.

Thursday, 02 March 2017 11:17

Purdy Bridge Repairs Need Repairing

Recent surface repairs to the Purdy Bridge didn’t work.

Thursday, 02 March 2017 10:45

KP Community Council Opens Office

The Key Peninsula Community Council took possession of the former Mustard Seed Project office in the Key Center Corral Feb. 1. The council office will provide space for Pierce County Health Department and Safe Streets to give resources on improving water quality, septic management and protection of public health, and to offer guidance on various county-permit applications.

Sunday, 01 January 2017 12:25

A View From Here

Good Wood For Good Heat


I was at Lulu’s Homeport one recent morning when a local woodcutter walked through the door and proudly announced, “I sold over 100 cords of wood this year.” Another local at a back table answered, “Buddy, you haven’t ever sold a cord of wood in your life.”

In 1884, Horace Knapp bought 19 acres from Isaac Hawks on the east side of Burley Lagoon for $23.75 and turned it into a town site to encourage settlement. Joseph Purdy, a Tacoma grocer, told Knapp he would pay for a school if they named the town after him.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:31

A View From Here

Democracy First

The slogan “Make America great again” raises the question: What made America great to begin with?

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 11:35

First Principles

The View From Here

Our Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Saturday, 02 July 2016 13:45

'Elections Belong to the People.'

Abraham Lincoln spoke of our government as being of the people, by the people, and for the people.

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