Sometime early Tuesday (Feb. 12) morning a 24-foot sailboat got blown onto the Purdy sandspit.
With the outgoing tide, the vessel remained beached, drawing looks and photo opportunities for people...Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food Safety Service announced a recall on Saturday, Feb. 9, concerning nearly nine million pounds of meat processed between Jan. 1, 2013 and Jan. 7,...Read more
The Peninsula School District, with Rep. Larry Seaquist, PSD staff and Communities in Schools of Peninsula leaders are hosting an “education town hall” at Key Peninsula Middle School from 5...Read more
Meet John Jaggi, age 45, a lifelong resident of the Key Peninsula.
He lives with his fiancée, Andrea Lane, and his 15-month-old son, Braxton, on their five-acres on Elgin Clifton...Read more
At the Jan. 8 meeting of the Key Peninsula Community Council, Pierce County councilmember Stan Flemming gave a “State of the County” report at the fire station in Key Center...Read more
By Leah Folden, for the KP News
The Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula Suicide Prevention Coalition has been working since August 2012 to create a community involved task force to tackle...Read more
Key Peninsula residents are starting to show up en masse for school levy and redistricting presentations. It was elbow to elbow at the meeting room at the Key Center Library...Read more
State law requires that the State auditor’s office conduct “an examination of the financial condition of all local governments at least once in every three years.”
The last audit report...Read more
During wintertime, many are comforted by the warmth of family, friends and good cheer. However, some Key Peninsula citizens will be spending the cold winter months without a roof over...Read more
For the period of:
Dec. 15 to Jan. 15
Total Calls: 133
Crews responded to multiple incidents on this day, including two vehicle collisions, two cardiac arrests requiring full advanced...Read more
Thirty Key Peninsula school students, who have been selected by their choir directors, will join 240 representatives from four middle schools and two high schools at the Peninsula School District...Read more
Lifeguarding is offered at Easter Seals Camp Stand by Me during February. Call the camp office if you are interested in becoming a lifeguard. Laurie, 884-2722.
Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24
During the fall and winter months, the Key Peninsula Civic Center echoes with the rhythmic “thump, thump” of tennis balls volleying between rackets. That is because on Monday, Wednesday and...Read more
There’s a new face at the Vaughn post office.
In December, DeeDee Emmett was appointed Postmaster of the local facility.
Emmett had worked for the postal service in Tacoma since 1987.
“I started...Read more
When Lisa Mills took the job as music teacher at Vaughn Elementary School last fall, she had big shoes to fill.
She replaced Mary Farr, the school’s much loved music teacher...Read more
A lot of heavy equipment is moving dirt and trees at the Lake Kathryn Shopping Center. Rumors are spreading across the Key like wildfire.
Don Zimmerman and his wife, Kathryn, have...Read more
Communities In Schools Program is a national non-profit organization that helps kids succeed in their school work.
Locally, CISP has been at work in the Peninsula School District since 2000.
CISP works...Read more
The Pierce County Fire District 16 Board of Commissioners accepted the resignation of Fire Chief Tom Lique at the regular fire commissioners meeting on Jan. 28. Lique’s resignation will be...Read more
Three local projects were selected by the Key Peninsula Advisory Commission (KPAC) to receive a total of $7,000 in matching fund grants to benefit the local community.
Key Pen Parks will...Read more
ISON, a “virgin” comet on its first plunge from the Ort Cloud, may have survived its Dec. 1 swing around the backside of the sun at a minuscule (in astronomical...Read more
A number of important issues will be covered at an open public meeting 7 p.m., Jan. 8 at the Key Center fire station.
County Council member Stan Flemming will present...Read more
A new year is upon us.
Besides the usual feasting and football, many people will be making resolutions. Usually these are recipes for becoming a better person.
The New Year’s...Read more
William I. Trandum
An undersea earthquake is the most common cause for a tsunami or tidal wave. Do we need to worry about it? According to Seattle author Sandi Doughton, in her book...Read more
Happy New Year, everyone.
As I reflect on my first year as executive editor with Key Peninsula News, I am flooded with feelings of gratitude and images of wonderment and true...Read more
A hardy group of middle school kids from the Key Peninsula spent a cold December day tidying up the grounds at Camp Stand By Me in preparation for the grand...Read more
New Orleans may be thousands of miles away and on a different coastline, but the Key Peninsula will have a chance to experience a slice of delta life on Feb....Read more
For the period of:
Nov. 15 to Dec. 15
Total Calls: 143
Firefighters responded to a Gig Harbor woman who was ill throughout the night. Her mother called 911...Read more
Registration is now open for Key Pen Parks’ PeeWee basketball classes.
The classes will begin Feb. 15 and will run for six consecutive Saturdays, according to Jessica Smeall, Key Pen Parks...Read more
Even with the best laid plans, change happens. A new job, divorce, military deployment or any number of situations can mean moving to a different house. If there are children...Read more
Nominations for Key Peninsula Citizens of the Year 2013-14 are being accepted by the sponsoring KP Lions Club.
Organizers say the 30th annual event will take place at the KP...Read more
Water aerobics and lap swimming is offered at Camp Stand By Me Monday through Friday mornings. Evening swim programs include family recreational swimming, first and third Wednesdays of the...Read more
There are changes afoot in Peninsula High School’s drama department.
Kara Beloate, the new drama teacher, decided to change the way theater classes are taught and school plays are put...Read more
Local author Mary Alice Salciccia has just released her new book, called “Hello Music,” from Blysster Press. It is a do-it-yourself instruction book, introducing students to music.
Salciccia has been...Read more
Last month’s “Reading is FUNdamental” (RIF) day at Evergreen Elementary School was dubbed “Rope a Good Book.”
Every RIF is a daylong event in the Evergreen library where, one at a time,...Read more
It’s “safety first” in Peninsula School District’s transportation department.
That’s true all year through, but in winter, when the roads can be treacherous, getting students to and from school takes even...Read more
You're strolling the Key Peninsula shoreline when you spot a little black bird with an orange beak bobbing on the water. Is it a Surf Scoter or a Common Scoter?...Read more
The Key Peninsula Fire Department (District 16) will be partnering with Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One on Jan. 6 to help recruit volunteers into both departments.
This is an...Read more
For more than 35 years, Easter Seals Camp Stand By Me on Vaughn Bay has served people with special needs.
According to Director Joshua Mayer, the camp serves about 450 campers...Read more
Ten years ago, Angel Guild donated a bench to Key Peninsula Parks in celebration of the guild’s 25th anniversary. A bench was installed at Volunteer Park in Lakebay in honor...Read more
For 25 years KGHP has been the community radio station for the Gig Harbor–Key Peninsula area.
“The station has had an incredible life,” said station manager Spencer Abersold. “We started out...Read more
In August of this year, Lakebay residents were included in the Schwan’s home delivery program. Besides its world-famous ice cream confections, Schwan’s offers more than 350 different selections of flash...Read more
“It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children within its borders.” (Washington State Constitution, Article IX, Section 1.)
In 2012,...Read more
The Key Pen Parks levy received 53 percent of the votes cast, but fell short of the 60 percent required to pass.
When the park commissioners voted in June to...Read more
Three local projects were selected by the KPAC to receive a total of $7,000 in matching fund grants to benefit the local community.
Key Pen Parks will receive $5,932 to...Read more
A social media brainstorm turns into festive giving and collecting shopping opportunity.
The Buy Nothing Holiday Shop is a gift economy community experiment and brainchild of the leader of the Buy...Read more
Oct. 16 to Nov.15
Total Calls: 141
A 77-year-old woman of the Wauna area requested EMS to her home for abdominal pain. The woman was treated and...Read more
After operating under a provisional board for two years, the 108 members of the Fresh Food Revolution Food Co-op have elected their first Board of Directors, a milestone for the...Read more
The Key Peninsula Historical Society Museum at the KP Civic Center is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Many books and other gift items are for sale. The...Read more
Nestled on the corner of Bass Lane Road near Jackson Lake is a sanctuary called Aha Hui Lanakila.
What appears on the surface as an ordinary house in the woods...Read more
The sixth annual Winter Warm-Up Artisan Festival and Chili Cook-Off events at the Key Peninsula Civic Center (KPCCA) on Nov. 9 were well-attended. The parking lot was full, the gym...Read more
This years “Scouting For Food Drive” by Boy Scout Troop 220 collected 2,000 pieces of food which it donated to the Key Peninsula Community Services Food bank earlier this month.
There’s a twinkle in his blue eyes and a gentleness in his voice that belies his 85 years. But those very qualities make Sanford “Sandy” Elken the perfect Santa Claus.
Wauna resident Tami Morgan has been collecting nativity scenes for more than 25 years. She has dozens of different types –– some are one-piece sets, others have as many as...Read more
Charlee Glock -Jackson
Melissa Fogarty, owner of Soul’Speak Counseling, has been providing counseling services to the Key Peninsula since 2008.
Fogarty has a bachelor’s degree in psychotherapy, a master’s degree in health and...Read more
The newly founded Cat Tales 4-H club is getting off to a great start thanks to the efforts of leader Dianna Calhoun.
The group held its first meeting Oct. 10....Read more
The annual Vaughn Elementary School Veterans Day event showcased the patriotism and musical talent of students. It also coincided with fifth-graders who wrote letters to veterans and started a coin...Read more
Key Peninsula elementary students started the school year with new classes, new teachers and a new math program for the Peninsula School District.
The new enVisionMath curriculum was field-tested...Read more
When Andrew Hosford arrived at Peninsula High School in September, he had a mandate from Principal Tim Winter: take The Outlook, the school’s legendary student newspaper, online.
And that’s exactly what...Read more
This holiday season expect to hear a lot of sirens in the Key Peninsula.
However, many of them will not be warning of emergencies. They will be alerting residents that...Read more
Seven-thousand dollars is now available as grant money for local individuals and businesses (both profit and non-profit) to request and spend on local projects that would benefit the Key Peninsula....Read more
The Candidate Forum held at the Key Pen Civic Center on Oct. 8 drew a crowd.
All seats were full with the overflow standing. Eleven candidates or representatives for ballot...Read more
Increasing energy efficiency has been the talk, now local partners are taking action to make it happen.
Key Pen Parks, the Key Peninsula Civic Center Association (KPCCA) and PenLight have...Read more
Tears of Joy Theatre from Portland, Oregon, will bring their production of “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” to the Key Peninsula Civic Center on Nov. 14.
The show is sponsored...Read more
Peninsula Hands on Art was born 10 years ago out of concern for disappearing art classes and shrinking budgets within greater Gig Harbor area schools. Local parents and artists knew...Read more
Total Calls: 139
Firefighters were called to the report of a chimney fire at a Palmer Lake house late Sunday night. They arrived to find no...Read more
The Longbranch Improvement Club’s “Savories and Sweets, South Sound Treats” cookbook is ready for sale.
Twenty-three people submitted 60 names in the contest to name the book.
Mandy Peterson won...Read more
Communities In Schools of Peninsula (CISP) is one of five Communities In Schools affiliates in Washington state that received funding from a collaborative grant coordinated by Communities In Schools of...Read more
Over the next two months, astronomers predict that we will be entertained by the most spectacular celestial sights mankind has ever seen.
Comet ISON was first identified in September 2012...Read more
NOV. ’13 KPN
Easter Seals Camp Stand by Me offers adult water aerobics, lap swimming and family swims. A lifeguard training class is offered this month. Successful completion of class certifies one...Read more
When Maureen and Dave Hennessy were married in March of 2009, one of the vows Dave made was a promise that he would learn to ski.
Maureen (formerly, Maureen Borba) had...Read more
There’s good news for Key Peninsula teenagers: the long-anticipated Red Barn Youth Center will finally open early next year.
“It’s been a long time coming –– more than eight years,” said...Read more
When Minterbrook Oyster Farm owner Kent Kingman took over the reins from Beverly Wiksten in 2011, he bought an industrial pillar of the Key Peninsula community with roots that date...Read more
Hugh Maxwell, Evergreen Elementary School’s new principal, breaks into a grin as he recalls the warm welcome he has received in his first months on the job. He describes Evergreen...Read more
The Key Peninsula Lutheran Church hosts its sixth annual holiday bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This special event supports its community outreach programs, including...Read more
Kathy Lasher, author of two published books with a third nearly finished, admits the first one took a long while to write.
“I had a dream,” she said, but woke before...Read more
Walking down the halls of any Key Peninsula elementary school reveals the hustle and bustle of learning in action.
Students creating projects, volunteer moms helping with reading groups, teachers decoding...Read more
Students at Evergreen Elementary love the new addition to their playground equipment. The official name is a play structure, but of course, it’s affectionately labeled “The Big Toy.”
“They get lots...Read more
Gail Alscott, whose ancestors in Vaughn include a great-grandfather who operated a store and his father who was a practicing physician, has a house in Home with husband David, who...Read more
With another rainy day in Washington and the onset of winter, Peninsula school bus drivers are gearing up for their 6th annual “Stuff the Bus” food drive.
This will take...Read more
KP NEWS OCT. ‘13
Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Kids’ library time
Baby (0-24 mo.) Play and Learn is held at 10:15 a.m. and Preschool (ages 3-6) Play and Learn is...Read more
Candidates running for elective office in November will face off, argue their position and answer questions from the voters on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Civic Center in Vaughn, from...Read more
The 21st century has arrived at Vaughan Elementary School. Beginning on (or around) Oct. 1, paying for lunch will simply take the placement of a finger on a scanner: select,...Read more
On Oct. 26, Americans across the nation will come together for national Make A Difference Day –– a day and a mission for people to improve their communities.
Local civic...Read more
A look at the upcoming November ballot issues:
Peninsula School District Proposition 1: Capital projects levy, collects $50 million from property taxes over four years for school construction projects.
Pro: Constructs new...Read more
The beginning of the school year marked the start of a new Y-sponsored program series called the Passion Project. The project is directed toward middle-and high-school-age students who have an...Read more
Report for Aug. 15to Sept. 15 2013
Total Calls: 144
A Gig Harbor man was reported to have pulled over with a medical problem this morning. Fire...Read more
Minter Bay is healthier now. The Washington State Department of Health would now allow the commercial sale of shellfish grown in the outer portion of the bay, but not the...Read more
The history of huckleberry harvesting on the Key will be presented by the KP Historical Society at Gateway Park during the KP Farm Tour on Oct. 5.
A huckleberry cleaning machine...Read more
Roger Gemelle’s musical career began in New York City at age 19, when he hustled to a studio from school to play on a keyboard.
He signed with the Tokens (of...Read more
About 30 volunteers, organized by Pierce Conservation District, gathered recently at a Longbranch farm to plant more than 450 native trees and shrubs alongside an agricultural ditch draining into Filucy...Read more
Cars, trucks, bikes and all manner of vehicles whip past the spot every day on State Route 302. If passersby glance, they will notice a new sign, Fredda and Lori’s...Read more
Interviews with offenders at the Washington Corrections Center for Women have been produced as a 30-minute video documentary about training to reenter the workforce after release from prison.
“Another Chance”...Read more
Charlee Glock -Jackson
By Scott Turner and Charlee Glock-Jackson, KP News
Two Waters Arts Alliance is probably best known on the Key Peninsula for the art shows and other special events it produces, such...Read more
Miracle Ranch on Horseshoe Lake might not be on the Key Peninsula, but it draws many KP residents every year to its horse camps, day camps, sports camps, cheerleader camps...Read more
Communities in Schools-Peninsula, better known as CISP, is part of a nationwide organization that’s rated as the No.1 dropout prevention organization in the United States.
They do it by working one-on-one...Read more
Lakebay’s Megan Blunk has the heart of a champion and the arms to prove it.
She won two silver medals during her first Paracanoe World Championships in Duisburg, Germany, on...Read more
Owner Karen Horan offers up affordable luxury at her new salon in Lake Kathryn.
Horan is a lifelong resident of the area having grown up in Port Orchard, and has...Read more
The Pragmatic Sophist
The August primary election saw an abysmal 20 percent voter turnout for Pierce County and 26 percent for the state. For Key Peninsula, the poor turnout...Read more
William I. Trandum
Fluvium is the stuff that mankind, nature and gravity sends down our rivers and streams. Except when there's a flood, nature's contribution is mostly silt, sand, clay, sand, gravel and...Read more
Shortly after I moved to Lakebay, I was told one of the truisms of this place: People rarely drive south of where they live.
It makes sense –– most of the...Read more