On Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m., the KP Land Use Advisory Committee will meet at Key Peninsula Civic Center. They will consider substantial development permits for geoduck farms and citizen...Read more
FISH food bank, which provides free food for those in need from the LDS church parking lot near the SR-302 and Elgin-Clifton “Y”will change its hours of operation from every...Read more
The KP Farm council invites vendors and entertainers to contact them if they want to participate in this year’s Key Peninsula Farm Tour.
Deadline for program inclusion on the farm...Read more
It’s election time again. There may be only two measures, a school levy and a school bond, but there are many candidates –– with the vast majority running unopposed. The...Read more
The Red Barn Youth Center hosts SPLASH, an open house celebration featuring music and barbecue sandwiches, on Aug. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Two new program directors will be...Read more
On a recent Saturday morning the Key Peninsula Civic Center hosted what looked, at first glance, like a craft fair. Folding tables were set up beside the picnic shelter and...Read more
For the period of:
June 15 to July 15
Total Calls: 193
Key Peninsula and Gig Harbor Firefighters responded to a Minterwood home for reports of a propane leak....Read more
Make a windsock
Children from ages 6-12 create a Tyvek windsock with Tillie at 11 a.m., at Key Center Library.
Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Cinema Under the Stars at...Read more
Walking together for 90 years
Anybody remember 1924? Four planes left Seattle that spring for the first-ever flight around the world, and the first Winter Olympics were hosted in France.
Camping with a real Big Foot, the final chapter
The year was 1972. Forests were receding instead of my hairline, and I was a strapping young man of 22.
During that...Read more
Few people recognize the real meaning behind the “Fourth of July,” which is also called Independence Day –– in reference to the Declaration of Independence, which most everybody believes is...Read more
Letters to the Editor
Rural areas like ours offer a special challenge for people who want to help others feed their families healthy food.
Why so many food banks? The oldest food bank in the...Read more
Gig Harbor’s Harbor WildWatch program not only serves Gig Harbor, it is also an important part of life on the Key Peninsula.
The organization was created in 2004 by Dee...Read more
In 2004, Key Peninsula Middle School became the first NASA Explorer School in Washington. It was to be for three years. Somehow, KPMS students under the direction of founder, teacher...Read more
The Model A Ford Convention of America took place on a very warm, sun-drenched day on the Key Peninsula, July 16.
The vehicles, 160 in all, assembled at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, and...Read more
Summer is a busy time for Key Pen Parks, with specially focused camps taking place all season long.
It started in early July with an Insect Safari, according to recreation assistant...Read more
Key Peninsula residents Lori Colbo and D’Arcy Figuracion make their debut as a comedy team at the Red Barn SPLASH event on Aug. 9.
Earlier this year, both women took a...Read more
For more than three decades WayPoint Church has held a free, week-long Vacation Bible School in July for kids through sixth grade.
According to Sharron Dean, a Vaughn resident who...Read more
Longbranch resident Kim Gebhardt needs a kidney.
About six years ago, she was diagnosed with kidney disease.
“I thought I had tension headaches so I was taking a lot of ibuprofen ––...Read more
When Key Peninsula kids head back to school on Sept. 3, every classroom, auditorium, gymnasium and office space will be sparkly clean from floor to ceiling, thanks to Peninsula School...Read more
A dog agility event is scheduled for Aug. 2 and 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Volunteer Park. Although the event will be hosted by Boston Terrier Club...Read more
A single electrical pole and minimal water sources for animals and food booths posed difficult problems with temperatures soaring in the mid-90s for year 13 of the local fair.
What began 29 years ago as “Old Timers Day” has become the Key Peninsula Logging Show and Festival.
And the event has moved from the Longbranch Improvement Club to Gateway Park,...Read more
On June 30, Lakebay resident William Grisso reported his girlfriend, Nancy Gardner-Edwards, missing.
On July 10, Grisso, 41, was charged with her murder.
The following night, Key Peninsula residents gathered...Read more
When Colleen Slater’s pastor, Bob Postma, went on a three week vacation from the First Presbyterian Church in Hoquiam in the early 1980s, Slater stepped up to take his place...Read more
Would you like to earn $10,500 per month as a starting salary, managing a bunch of highly trained and motivated professionals who save lives and property as part of their...Read more
The KP Farm Council invites vendors and entertainers to contact them if they wish to participate in the 2014 KP Farm Tour. Deadline for program inclusion on the Farm Tour...Read more
Peninsula Community Foundation, doing business as Food Backpacks 4 Kids, is sponsoring the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children and Youth.
Meals will be made available at no charge to...Read more
Safety improvements to State Route 302 are scheduled to begin this summer.
The Key Peninsula Community Council (KPC) and WSDOT have worked together the past two years to provide much...Read more
Key Peninsula Civic Center will host its annual fireworks fundraiser sale in Key Center from June 28 through July 4. The stand, located at the Food Market parking lot, 9021...Read more
The unmistakable, mellifluous, joyous, sweet sound of steel pans wafted through two Key Peninsula schools during the last Thursday of May.
The Limbo Fish, a steel drum band comprised of 40...Read more
If you like bluegrass music, be sure to schedule a visit to the Longbranch Improvement Club on Saturday, July 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. for its annual bluegrass festival....Read more
By Sophie Dzyban, guest columnist for the KP News
To be honest, it makes food taste bad. It’s like a weight on your chest; you’re weighed down by bullying.
I believe...Read more
He saw me first as I rounded the corner.
Our eyes locked and his smile grew with each step I took toward his sterile hospital room perched high above Tacoma.
Camping with a real Big Foot
The year was 1972. Forests were receding, instead of my hairline, and I was a strapping young man of 22.
During that endless summer, myself...Read more
William I. Trandum
We on the Key Peninsula are about as lucky daylight-wise as anybody in the Lower 48 states. When the summer solstice occurs, about June 21 each year, we are...Read more
How to grow better food with less work
Most of our store-bought food is processed, genetically modified and nutrient-deficient. To improve our health, it’s wise for us to grow some, if...Read more
A few years ago –– no one is quite sure of the exact date –– a Key Peninsula page was set up on Facebook.
About a year ago, Vaughn resident...Read more
The Red Barn Youth Center, located on the Key Peninsula Highway just south of Key Center, is “partially open,” according to Glen Ehrhardt, board vice president and facility committee chair....Read more
Key Peninsula Fire Department
For the period of:
May 15to June 15
Total Calls: 178
Family members called 9-1-1 to report a 34-year-old Carney Lake man had intentionally overdosed on...Read more
July 1 and 15
The senior van meets at the KP Community Services at 9 a.m. and returns between 3 and 5 p.m. to give seniors an opportunity to go...Read more
Local artist and landscaper Tweed Meyer grew up smelling turpentine and salt water. Her mother, Norma Meyer, a talented artist instilled a love of art and crafts in her daughters...Read more
In September of 2002 Marvin and Barbara Rowland moved to a 103-year-old farmhouse located between Key Center and Home.
The Rowlands enjoy raising a myriad of farm animals including goats,...Read more
On Friday, June 13, Congressman Derek Kilmer awarded U.S. Air Force veteran Alex Graham honorable citations for his performance during the Vietnam War.
The decorations included the Air Force Outstanding Unit...Read more
The grand opening for the KP Bischoff Food Bank took place on June 21. Its new location is 1916 Key Peninsula Highway, across the street from the Home fire station.
For the past five years, students at Vaughn Elementary have celebrated the end of the school year by raising money with their feet.
The annual Walk-a-Vaughn is the PTA’s biggest fundraiser...Read more
Take a group of big-hearted motorcycle riders, an artistic 11-year-old, a 110-mile ride and a good cause, put them all together and you have the fourth annual benefit run for...Read more
On May 30 Melissa Smeltzer’s life changed forever.
It was the seventh birthday of her son, Noah, and her husband, Aaron’s, day off.
The day started out like most Fridays. “We said...Read more
At 4 a.m. on June 14, Vaughn resident Christina Sailly was awakened by strange noises. “I thought it was the fire alarm at first, but it was kind of intermittent...Read more
The grand opening for the KP Bischoff Food Bank is set for 2 p.m. on June 21. Its new location is 1916 Key Peninsula Highway, across the street from the...Read more
“Winners” in the state marijuana license lottery were announced by the State Liquor Control Board (LCB) on May 2.
The state will issue a total of 334 retail licenses for...Read more
The Pragmatic Sophist
Medical marijuana is now illegal throughout Washington state, according to a 26-page Court of Appeals decision entered on March 31, 2014. Under the legal principal of “stare...Read more
The display case in the VFW room, adjacent to the KP Historical Society Museum at the KP Civic Center, holds a new exhibit of military uniforms, photos, stories and memorabilia...Read more
Key Peninsula Health and Professional Center located in the library building in Key Center has an open invitation for all local artists to display their work.
The theme for the...Read more
Words of Whit
If you know where to look, there’s a place on Herron Hill that’s been touched by a bit of magic.
Among the mounds of mystical mayhem stands a...Read more
Last month, Ed Robison, chairman of Land and Improvements for the Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District, announced a five-year agreement with Pierce County that will allow the park district to...Read more
The Pierce County Comprehensive Plan, the Key Peninsula Community Plan, and the Pierce County Shoreline Plan are being amended.
Pierce County comprehensive plan
A comprehensive plan for all of Pierce County is...Read more
When the doors at Peninsula High School open again in September, a familiar face will be missing from the campus.
After 7 years as principal (13 years oat PHS), Tim Winter...Read more
For the period of:
Apr. 15 to May 15
Total Calls: 162
Medic 47 responded to a 93 year-old female who fell and was not acting accordingly. When...Read more
There is change at the top for Key Peninsula's Fresh Food Revolution Co-op (FFR). Holly Hendrick, co-founder of the business and a leader in the group from day one, has...Read more
Come enjoy an afternoon of free music during the Peninsula Youth Orchestra’s annual Spring Concert, 3 p.m., at the Milt S. Boyd Auditorium at Peninsula High School, 14105...Read more
On May 3, Two Waters Arts Alliance hosted a “Spring Splash” Arts & Crafts workshop in lieu of the Spring Fling Art Show. Nine artists had been planning for months...Read more
Two local events that began separately at about the same time are joining forces for a day on June 7.
On that date, the Key Peninsula swap meet that takes place...Read more
Three Vaughn Elementary parents and PTA members will lead a team of walkers raising funds for cancer research at this year’s Relay for Life walk-a-thon.
Sisters Brandie Madrid and Kristie Hilley...Read more
The forecast called for a chance of rain on May 16. Nervous event coordinators watched weather apps and looked skyward all day. Sparse clouds rolled overhead, a slight wind ruffled...Read more
The Key Free Clinic recently moved to the Key Peninsula Health Center in Key Center, located in the same building as the KC branch of the Pierce County Library.
For folks...Read more
During a morning staff meeting last month, Therese Souers was surprised. She was even more surprised when Jan Kampbell, public relations and market development manager for CenturyLink, called her up front to...Read more
When Jeff Minch announced he was looking for a buyer for Blend Wine Shop, customers Don and Molly Swensen wanted to make sure the shop would stay the way it...Read more
On May 6, Vaughn Elementary School fourth graders got a chance to travel back in time to 1901 to take classes in an authentic schoolhouse built in 1893 at the...Read more
If anyone can make lemonade out of sour lemons, it’s Bill Ketts.
The 56-year-old Vaughn resident –– known to many as Pastor Bill –– was diagnosed in April with acute myloid...Read more
Some people just love to make a joyful noise.
For Key Peninsula residents Arlene Babbitt and Heather Rogers, music –– especially singing –– has been an important part of life since...Read more
Vaughn Elementary School teacher Ernie Donehower retires this year. But "Mr. D," as he is known, plans to volunteer in area schools thereafter.
School Principal Susan O’Leary speaks very highly of the educator.
Beginning in January, artist Billy Gray, part of Two Waters Arts Alliance After School Art Club, guided Key Peninsula Middle School students in the creation of an outdoor mural showcasing...Read more
During its May 21 meeting, The Key Peninsula Land Use Advisory commission will focus on the Key Peninsula Community Plan with staff discussion with the commissioners.
Organizers said that no...Read more
The Key Peninsula Civic Center will be hosting its 13th annual Livable Fair on May 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year's theme will be “Together We Make...Read more
Your life and property are controlled by laws set in place by Pierce County government. The Pierce County Comprehensive Plan, the Key Peninsula Community Plan and the Pierce County Shoreline...Read more
The schools levy and bond issues on the August ballot are a hot interest to many. Here is the latest information:
To be on the August Primary ballot, the levy and...Read more
Letters to the Editor
I am grateful for the honor to represent the 2014 Key Peninsula good citizens.
The recognition has granted me many delightful moments already and has affirmed the prestige of our...Read more
For the period of:
March 15 to April 15
Total Calls: 138
Key Peninsula Firefighters responded to a 911 call just after shift change on Thursday morning. The call...Read more
The Healing Power of Meditation, for adults only, begins at 7 p.m. with Ajili Hodari at the Key Center Library.
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Teens through adults...Read more
If you happen to know where to look, there’s a place on Herron Hill that’s been touched by magic. It’s a place where art and imagination meet. It’s also the...Read more
An emergency motion was passed unanimously by the Gig Harbor City Council on April 14 for a six-month moratorium which would prohibit any marijuana sales businesses within city limits. Emergency...Read more
Spring is here and the sun is shining more often, which means many of us are spending time in our gardens.
While choosing between flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables, I'd...Read more
The beauty of the written word in literature contains emotion and power. Yet, the modern era of social media, electronics and digit distractions compete for reader attention. Adults and students...Read more
Mahncke Road, a quiet dead-end road that traces the north shore of the Filucy Bay in Longbranch, begins with a sharp incline –– a wooded stretch where no houses are...Read more
Even with all its great advantages such as instant communication and keeping connected with friends and family, there are dangers lurking on the internet in social media and other websites.
Meet Jonathan Lique, a Key Peninsula resident and a young man of rare talent.
Lique is one of the seven children of John and Ronda Lique. He’s 18 years old...Read more
All of the 150 people who attended the KP Lions Club 30th annual Key Peninsula Citizens of the Year Awards banquet this year gave a standing ovation to Danna Webster,...Read more
The Washington State Patrol did its annual inspection of Peninsula School District’s fleet of 90 buses between April 13 and 17.
Every aspect of the buses was examined thoroughly, including...Read more
In early April, Mark and Cindy Scott, co-owners of the Lakebay Marina Resort, hosted a "by contribution only" pancake breakfast with all the trimmings. It was a fundraiser to help...Read more
The medical marijuana community is flourishing in the Key Peninsula region despite the fact that marijuana collective gardens are illegal in Washington state, according to a statement made by the...Read more
The Longbranch Improvement Club was overflowing inside and out with antiques, books, clothing, crafts, jewelry, toys, plants, baked goods and all kinds of tools and household items.
Saturday, April 12...Read more
Sometimes dreams really do come true.
Josh Loux, 17, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) when he was just three months old.
CF is a relatively rare disease that, basically, causes thick...Read more
Last month local residents fed their sweet cravings and open their pocketbooks in support of Oso landslide victims.
When Bob and Mindy Wilkins heard about the devastating mudslide in Oso...Read more
Barbara Whitt, owner of Happy Paws Pet Grooming, moved to the Key Peninsula in 2011 with a dream of one day locating her business in a brick and mortar store....Read more
Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer.
An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start April 1, and continue through June....Read more
In the Christian tradition, Maundy Thursday commemorates “The Last Supper,” the night before Good Friday.
“Maundy Thursday is part of Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday with Jesus’s triumphant...Read more
For the period of:
Feb. 15 to March 15
Total Calls: 90
Key Peninsula Firefighters responded to reports of a boat adrift in Filucy Bay after high winds. When...Read more
The bloodmobile is at Peninsula High School from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
April 1 and 15
The senior van meets at the KP Community Services at 9 a.m. and...Read more
In April, Christians will be celebrating Easter, a day marked by hope, surprise, astonishment and joy.
There is a poignant moment early on the first Paschal morning. Mary stands beside the...Read more