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Bill Dietz
April 1, 2004
If approved by the voters in May, a metropolitan parks board would have the power to raise taxes and issue limited bonds without taxpayer approval. If not approved, current commissioners say they may close the parks. The Key Peninsula News takes an in-depth look at what a metro park district could entail.


Staff Report
April 1, 2004
The Key Peninsula Middle School is the first and only school in Washington state to be selected as a NASA Explorer School. The three-year program is a partnership between NASA and 50 schools selected from around the country each year. The program will begin during the 2004-05 school year.

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Colleen Slater
March 1, 2004
Hans Quistorff recalls living in a “cracker house” on the beach at Wauna, and believes it may still be there covered by brush. Although now living at Lake of the Woods, his roots are in the Wauna area and its rich history.

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Rodika Tollefson
March 1, 2004
Despite his obligation to run a multimillion-dollar family business, Fred Haley’s true passions were education and civil rights—and he lived those passions often by taking unpopular views. This is the last part of a two-part article looking at the life of our Lakebay neighbor.


Colleen Slater
March 1, 2004
Tom Morgan was a teen when he decided he would become a professional musician. After a chance “sit in” play with a band, he was hired on the spot—and has been drumming ever since.


Hugh McMillan
March 1, 2004
Minter Creek Elementary students put on a big show complete with costumes and an art “exhibit” for their grandparents, and they are so good, the principal plans to send the video of what was called “the Moooooo song” to the milk industry

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Rodika Tollefson
March 1, 2004
Key Pen Community House was all set to follow its dream for expanding its building—until building permits couldn’t be obtained due to an old septic and well system, and the Army Corps of Engineers who volunteered to do the labor got called to fight in Iraq. Now, the center is dreaming up a new plan—building a new house, double in size—only if they could find the land and the money.


Bill Dietz
March 1, 2004
As the effort is under way to create a metropolitan park district that would bring more money to the Key Peninsula, the Key Peninsula News took a look at some of the problems plaguing the current park district. This is the first of two installments, examining the board’s struggle with money shortage, turnover, lack of policies and public input.


Rodika Tollefson
March 1, 2004
Although State Route 302 has long been known as a dangerous road, and despite residents’ complaints, it’s considered a low priority on a statewide list of improvements. In a two-part series beginning this month, find out why and what you can do about it.


Karen Hale
March 1, 2004
Local resident Ed Bressette believes everyone can live in a sustainable, self-sufficient and inexpensive way—and he demonstrates it through his own daily living. From the energy efficient home he built for his family from recycled materials, to the tractor he made himself to run on homemade biodiesel, he is full of creative ideas and willing to share


Irene Torres
February 1, 2004
As is evident by her email address, 17-year-old Bobbie Jean Jordan is “trying hard.”


Rodika Tollefson
February 1, 2004
Friends of Wauna Post Office, a group created to preserve the historic post office building on the Purdy Sand Spit, are running into opposition by local residents.


Rodika Tollefson
February 1, 2004
Washington State Department of Ecology’s preliminary list released in January of polluted waters includes several of Key Peninsula’s water bodies.