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The KP Democrats hosted a bipartisan group at the Home fire station April 17 to hear updates from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Lt. Rusty Wilder, the commander of the peninsula detachment and Detective Ed Troyer, public information officer and executive director of Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County, spoke about crime and its prevention on the Key Peninsula.

An engaged audience gathered at the Key Center Library in April to hear Jeb Wyman’s talk “Coming Home: How the Humanities Help Veterans Find Meaning After War,” sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Saturday, 29 April 2017 10:54

State Rules Open Logging ‘Loophole’

Lumber prices are the highest they’ve been in more than a decade, land values on the Key Peninsula are rising and logging trucks continue to roll along the KP highway while more signs advertise newly logged land for sale.

The Key Peninsula Partnership for a Healthy Community just marked its one-year anniversary.

Friday, 31 March 2017 14:41

Saving Working Forests on the Key

Trees and the timber industry are integral to Washington state and Key Peninsula history.

Thursday, 02 March 2017 11:20

Tree Farming on the Key Peninsula

Editor’s note: This is the last of a three-part series about logging on the Key Peninsula. The first article provided an overview of permitting requirements and an example of what happens when the rules are ignored. The second article described the practice of clear-cutting. This article discusses alternative forestry practices.

Sunday, 29 January 2017 13:02

3-Year-Old Boy Has Rare Disease and Hope

“Sometimes, a pregnancy just doesn’t go as planned,” said Sara Hubbell. “You enter a whole new world. And we just dove into it.”

Hubbell’s pregnancy and delivery went smoothly, but as soon as Hudson was born, it was clear something was not right. He needed help breathing on his own and his muscle tone was poor. When he was two days old, he was flown by helicopter from Silverdale to Children’s Hospital in Seattle while his parents, Port Orchard residents Sara and Josh, followed by car.

The Key Peninsula Land Use Advisory Commission (LUAC) met Dec. 21 to hear recommendations from Pierce County Land Services (PALS) regarding redesignation of Agricultural Resource Lands (ARL) on the KP. Because of concerns raised by LUAC members and some of the 25 attendees, LUAC recommended that the suggested changes for the Key Peninsula not be adopted.

Sunday, 29 January 2017 12:23

Clear-Cuts Increasing on the KP

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series on logging on the Key Peninsula. The first article provided an overview of permitting requirements and an example of what happens when the rules are ignored. This article focuses on the practice of clear-cutting and the final article will discuss alternative forestry practices. Part 1 can be seen HERE

The couple had land they loved that was covered with trees, but when a medical emergency came up, they needed cash. “We hoped to sell 20 acres to someone who we knew would not log it,” said one owner, “but when that fell through, we looked at other options.” Although she asked to remain anonymous, the owner shared her experience with the KP News.

On Nov. 17, more than 50 people met at Key Peninsula Community Services in Home to discuss transportation needs on the KP. The transportation summit was sponsored by the Key Peninsula Community Council, the Key Peninsula Partnership for a Healthy Community and the Pierce County Coordinated Transportation Coalition (PCCTC). It was a culmination of more than a year of collaboration and represented the beginning of next steps to help solve the problem of transportation on the KP, said participants Amanda Walston and Maureen Reilly.

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