Doug Blystone is a featured folk artist at Marnie Farmer’s Vintage and Antiques shop on Key Pen Highway North and 134th Street, where he displays and sells his artwork: bentwood furniture, walking sticks, wind chimes and even a gong.
It took a call to “Get Jesse” Jones before Stephanie Brooks’ food truck business got started in August 2016.
Washington state workers earning minimum wage got a raise to $11 an hour Jan. 1 after voters passed Initiative 1433 in November. That amount will increase by 50 cents each year until
Chad Oliveira couldn’t stand it any longer. He had been hearing about the plight of the water protectors of the Standing Rock Reservation since October.
Andrew Michaelson, 42, retired from the U.S. Marines in 2014 after 22 years. He served as an infantry unit leader with two tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. He grew up on the Key Peninsula and returned home with no intention of running a business.
Key Peninsula resident Jillian Petersen, 33, went to the 2016 Paralympic games as a guide in the triathlon for Elizabeth Baker, 43. Petersen just missed qualifying to compete in the 2012 Olympics herself, and raced with the International Triathlon Union (ITU) as a professional.
Megan Blunk, 27, played on the USA women’s Paralympic wheelchair basketball team in Rio de Janeiro in September. Though she didn’t get a lot of playing time, she said, “it was nice to see everything come together. To see them play so consistent, so solid, with everyone at the top of their game, focused and composed, taught me a lot.”
One of 100 tracked wheelchairs donated by the Hotes Foundation found a home on the Key Peninsula with disabled veteran Larry “Coop” Cooper in September.
“I’d always been interested in government classes, civics,” said Rick Talbert, candidate for Pierce County executive. “I volunteered and worked in community politics to find ways to accomplish things.” He said his knowledge of Pierce County and strong relationships makes serving in this office a “perfect opportunity.”