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August 1, 2004
Oyster farmer Erika Wiksten works from dark to dark—but this business owner is content of sharing her workspace with eagles, birds and fish.



August 1, 2004
Guatemalan firefighters and the country’s fire chief visit their local counterparts—and leave with two surplus fire engines and a stockpile of emergency supplies.



August 1, 2004
A team of two environmental specialists shares insights into their work of protecting water quality and habitat.



August 1, 2004
The Old Timer’s Day is Aug. 21, so mark your calendars for this great street party. As always, it will be at the Longbranch Improvement Club and many special activities are planned.



August 1, 2004
The seventh annual Washington Renaissance Faire is once again coming to the Key Peninsula, with this year’s dates Aug. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22.



August 1, 2004
"Apples and Berries and Pies, oh my!” The now-familiar phrase and its accompanying smiley-faced fruit will once again set the mood for this area’s biggest party, the Key Peninsula Community Fair.



July 1, 2004
John Parker, sponsor and mentor of local youth baseball, gives equal support and encouragement to his teams and their opponents.



July 1, 2004
Carnival rides, games, vendors and the popular Bullwacking Kass with her oxen will be back in August—along with new Key Pen Community Fair acts including chainsaw woodcarvers and a tractor pull.



July 1, 2004
A Midwest couple settles on the Key Pen, where new generations grow extensive family roots.



July 1, 2004
Kitesurfing, an emerging sport, is converting surfers from coast to coast to a new way of defying gravity: with the help of a giant kite, a board, and a lot of adrenaline.



July 1, 2004
A day in the life of a Herron Island ferry captain. In this next installment of “A Day in Life” series, read about Captain John Farris, whose ferry is the only link to the rest of the world from the secluded Herron Island.


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July 1, 2004
A Key Pen reporter sets out to learn the truth about the location of Lake Kathryn. After all, it is somewhere on the Peninsula…right?



July 1, 2004
Peninsula School District Superintendent Jim Coolican tells community leaders that the district must adopt the “mindset of no excuses regarding students achieving their full potential.”


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July 1, 2004
The remoteness of the Key Pen can be a ripe area for chop shops—but they are hard to spot. They are also often accompanied by other illegal activities, such as narcotics and car thefts.


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July 1, 2004
Department of Transportation Regional Director Randy Haim, Washington State Historical Society’s Heritage Resource Center Director Garry Schalliol, Sen. Bob Oke, and Rep. Pat Lantz attended the third Wauna town meeting that focused on traffic and safety issues as well as the restoration of the old Wauna Post Office building.



July 1, 2004
Voters selected 14 local residents to be part of the new Community Council. Residents are also asked to complete a comprehensive needs survey that will determine priority issues for the council.


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June 1, 2004
Sleep deprivation leads a Key Pen woman to pursue the art of hypnosis, past life regression and other forms of alternative healing.



June 1, 2004
It took Doctor William Roes about 15 years to recruit the right physician for his Key Center practice—but now that he’s found his match, the clinic will begin accepting new patients again and expand other services, badly needed in an area that has always lacked adequate health care.


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June 1, 2004
Last fall’s Fire District 16 levy couldn’t come soon enough for the firefighters eager to get rid of the district’s two old trucks that had a habit of spending long hours in the repair shop and even breaking down en route to calls. But now that the district is getting new rigs, the two old trucks will get new life in Guatemala, a country that until a few years ago used pickups for ambulances and doors for stretchers