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
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