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
The Tom Taylor Family YMCA recently completed a 10,500 square foot expansion project. Project cost was approximately $1 million, which was was funded entirely by donations.
Major donors included Tom and...Read more
Three years ago, Lakebay resident Savana Oberts, 24, was a healthy, active junior at Western Washington University in Bellingham studying to be a teacher, when she was suddenly taken ill...Read more
The 30th annual Key Peninsula Citizens of the Year awards dinner will be held March 29 at 6 p.m at the Key Peninsula Civic Center in Vaughn.
Twenty citizens have been...Read more
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
We seem to be an opinionated people.
Name a topic, and people have opinions. Television, radio, and the Internet (not to mention coffee shops and church pews) are drowning in opinions...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
On March 21, Key Peninsula Middle School and Peninsula High School will have the chance to experience a celebration called “WE Day.” It will be a day of motivational speakers,...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
Voters shot down the Peninsula School District’s levy during November’s general election.
There will currently be no new school to accommodate the influx of additional students resulting from the new...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