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Sara Thompson

Sara Thompson

Sunday, 01 January 2017 09:15

Logging and Law on the Key Peninsula

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series on logging on the Key Peninsula. The first article provides an overview of permitting requirements and an example of what happens when the rules are ignored. The second article will cover the practice of clear-cutting, and the final article will discuss alternative forestry practices.

When white settlers first came to the Key Peninsula in the mid-1800s, the density of the forest and massive size of the trees was dazzling, according to R.T. Arledge in his book, “Early Days of the Key Peninsula.” He wrote that the cedars were so big, they sometimes served as dwellings for the newcomers. Indians had seasonal villages, but there is no evidence of permanent settlements on the peninsula.

Sunday, 01 January 2017 09:03

Retail Marijuana Comes to the KP

Sweet Jane opened its doors Dec. 1 at the Harvest Time market/gas station on State Route 302 in Wauna. The store currently sells recreational marijuana, but will also offer medicinal products as soon as they are made available by the state.

Pierce County Councilman Derek Young loves his job.

Taylor Shellfish Farms of Shelton, the state’s largest shellfish grower, recently applied for a permit to convert part of its Burley Lagoon operation to geoduck farming. The farm is over 300 acres in size, with about 100 acres planted with manila clams and oysters at any given time. Taylor proposes to convert approximately 25 acres from clams and oysters to geoduck.

Rob Manahan, Peninsula School District’s new superintendent, has had a busy few months. He officially started work in July, but has spent time getting to know the district and meeting with staff and community members since April. He reflected on his experience during an interview with the KP News in October.

The Key Peninsula Partnership for a Healthy Community is nearly 1 year old, and co-directors Ben and Susan Paganelli are ready to build on the foundation that has been laid.

Saturday, 29 October 2016 09:34

Homeless Student Numbers Increasing

Wendy Wojtanowicz, the Communities In Schools of Peninsula site coordinator at Key Peninsula Middle School and Peninsula High, has seen the face of homelessness in our community too many times.

Jim Lynch, best-selling Olympia-based author of such books as “Against the Wind” and “The Highest Tide,” will share his insights as the featured speaker and in a workshop at the Write in the Harbor Conference sponsored by Tacoma Community College in Gig Harbor Nov. 4 and 5.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:44

Savana Oberts, Pioneer

Savana Oberts, 26, of Lakebay, is a pioneer. She didn’t set out to be one, but in August she became the first adult in the Pacific Northwest to receive a liver/pancreas/small intestine transplant.

Monday, 05 September 2016 10:21

Randy Spitzer

“Entering politics was never on my list of things I needed to do,” said Randy Spitzer, the Democratic candidate running for state representative for the 26th Legislative District now held by incumbent Michelle Caldier (R).