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Lisa M. Bryan

Lisa M. Bryan

Saturday, 29 October 2016 09:19

Evergreen Elementary Goes Full STEAM

Enthusiasm for learning is in the air inside and outside as Evergreen becomes the first elementary school in the Peninsula School District to become a fully integrated STEAM school.

Saturday, 29 October 2016 09:11

The Key Peninsula’s Peculiar Postal History

Physical addresses and postal confusion have been troublesome on the Key Peninsula for years. The Lakebay post office, 98349, is located in the unincorporated town of Home. The Vaughn post office, 98394, is located in Key Center, virtually surrounded by businesses with mailing addresses of Lakebay 98349. The vast majority of Wauna residents have a Gig Harbor address despite the existence of the Wauna post office, 98395. Finally, far-flung Longbranch, with no post office at all, proudly retains both its historic name and ZIP code of 98351.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:56

Todd Bloom

At the encouragement of friends and associates, political newcomer Todd Bloom of Tacoma is in his first-time bid to win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 6th Congressional District. He feels confident his experience as a veteran Navy officer and reservist, combined with his professional and business acumen, brings the skill set needed to be an effective congressman.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:50

Derek Kilmer

Congressman Derek Kilmer’s interest in politics goes back to his teenage years growing up in Port Angeles in the 1980s, where he saw economic hardship in a community largely dependent upon the timber industry. He felt inspired to study public policy with a focus on economic development issues in college and graduate school.

Friday, 02 September 2016 17:01

Thumbs Up for KP Fire Levy

Even before the final ballots were tallied, it was clear Key Peninsula voters turned out in sufficient numbers to overwhelmingly approve the four-year maintenance and operations levy for Key Peninsula Fire District 16 on the Aug. 2 ballot. The levy passed with an approval rate of 69.72 percent, the largest margin of victory for a FD 16 M&O levy on record, according to the Pierce County Auditor.

Friday, 02 September 2016 16:56

Joemma Beach Eelgrass Restoration Underway

“What are you guys doing?” asked curious onlookers on the dock at Joemma Beach State Park in late July. Local volunteers assisted an enthusiastic team of scientists and students working to restore eelgrass beds in the sub-tidal zone off Joemma Beach.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) plans to install a pedestrian activated Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) to improve pedestrian safety at the crosswalk on SR-302 and 97th Avenue NW this summer, according to Rep. Jesse Young (R-26th).

In early June, Key Peninsula Fire District 16 participated in the first-of-its-kind Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Cascadia Rising 2016 Catastrophic Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Exercise. The regional exercises simulated a disaster scenario of a 9.0-magnitude earthquake lasting four minutes. The huge, multiagency drill was created by FEMA to assess and develop strategies for responding to a massive earthquake along the 800-mile long Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Key Peninsula Fire District 16 will ask voters to approve renewal of a four-year Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy in an election Aug. 2. The current levy expires at the end of this year. If it is not renewed, the district will face cuts in staff and training, said Fire Chief Guy Allen.

Drivers have grown accustomed to road construction signs just north of the Longbranch Marina, where the northbound lane of Key Peninsula Highway appeared poised to slide down the cliff and into Filucy Bay following the record-setting rains of last winter.

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