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
I’m wishin’ I was fishin’
As I toil through my day
A putting out my stories in the same old usual way
But I’d rather be a trollin’ for the one that got...Read more
The Pragmatic Sophist
The Public has a “right to know”. Elected and appointed officials are responsible to the People. The Public does NOT yield their sovereignty to elected officials. These...Read more
Commissioners with the Key Peninsula Fire Department began the planning stages of replacing former Fire Chief Tom Lique during a March 10 board meeting.
Board Chairperson Raymond Lamoureux and his...Read more
General equivalency degree (GED) preparation is now available at Key Center Library.
All supplies, including paper, pens and books are free. Unlike Tacoma Community College, there is no charge for...Read more
Anyone who has put in a new garden knows there is a lot of work to do before you pluck a single pea. First, you have to find an appropriate...Read more
Every Wednesday morning, Lakebay resident Melissa Smeltzer leads a free Zumba class at the Key Peninsula Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
It’s her way of “giving back” to...Read more
It is 9:30 a.m. on a windswept, rainy Friday morning at the Camp Seymour parking lot, where parents dropped off their children for a day of ornithology and canoeing. What...Read more
Early this year, a dozen KPMS students met after school and created an art pole from recycled materials as part of a Two Waters Art Alliance (TWAA) art program.
The front entrance of Minter Creek Elementary is a busy place. Cars drop off and pick up students for school, families walk through the doors for sports practice, and meetings...Read more
When Virginia Gallyer sees an unmet need in the community, she works to meet that need, even when it means helping to found a new charitable organization from the ground...Read more
The Red Barn in Key Center hosted an open house Feb. 22 to introduce patrons to the upgraded facility.
During Phase One, the front room has a fresh coat of...Read more
Pierce County Fire District 16 Fire Commissioners placed a prepared “resignation” in front of Fire Chief Tom Lique at the end of their Jan. 28 board meeting. Lique’s last day...Read more
William I. Trandum
The length of our coastline depends on the length of the ruler used to measure it. By simply using prominent points around the peninsula and measuring by the mile, Google...Read more
Extend your growing season by starting seeds indoors
The first day of spring is on March 20.
For gardeners, that means we are eagerly flipping through seed catalogs and planning this...Read more
The exact wording and whether a schools levy or a bond measure (or both) will be on the August ballot is expected to be determined at the March 6 Peninsula...Read more
On Tuesday, March 18, the Watoto Children’s Choir will be bringing the sights and sounds of Uganda to the Key Peninsula.
The concert, sponsored by Lakebay Community Church with the...Read more
Key Fest planners have set the dates for the annual community fair; July 11-13.
Featured this year will be carnival rides, vendors, live bands and entertainment all day; a beer and...Read more
The Bischoff FISH food bank in Key Center is moving.
Their lease expired and was not renewed. They distributed food out of the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church for eight years,...Read more
For the period of:
Jan. 15.to Feb. 15 2014
Total Calls: 133
Medics were called to the scene of an elderly woman. The family needed help moving her onto...Read more
Do you have extra time and want to make a difference in your community? Communities In Schools of Peninsula offers weekly hour-long after-school mentoring at Evergreen, Vaughn, Minter Creek...Read more
There are moments in life that define individual character. Embracing all people, without regard to physical appearances or differences, is one such yardstick action generally found in common by all....Read more
When Paradise Theatre’s production of “Angry Housewives” premiers March 7, the Key Peninsula will be well-represented.
Lake Minterwood resident Robyn McGilvrey, 32, will play the role of Wendy, one of four...Read more
Last January, while Chris Ruston was enjoying breakfast at the Homeport Restaurant and Lounge he noticed the words “QuÈ tal travesura” painted brazenly on the Home Feed and Grocery store...Read more
The Key Peninsula Business Association held its annual awards dinner at the Key Peninsula Civic Center the first Monday in February.
The center was packed with enthusiastic supporters.
Awards were presented...Read more
A group of fifth-graders at Minter Creek Elementary School are learning important new skills that benefit their fellow students and their community.
They’re learning to be conflict managers on the school’s...Read more