Charlee Glock-Jackson

Freelance writer Charlee Glock-Jackson was the primary reporter for the weekly Gig Harbor Life until it folded in 2018. She is the founder of the Olalla Bluegrass & Beyond Festival and the caretaker of an enchanted Olalla forest that's been in her family nearly 70 years.

City Council gets first look at revised budget

Nov 30, 2023

The Gig Harbor City Council on Monday, Nov. 27, got its first look at an ordinance modifying the city’s 2023-24 budget. A public hearing and council vote on the modification is scheduled for the council’s Dec. 11 meeting. In presenting the budget report, city Finance Director Dave Rodenbach said he wanted to be “real and

Harbor Happenings: City flips the holiday lights on this week

Nov 28, 2023

The holiday season hits high gear this week with the lighting of the city’s holiday tree in Skansie Brothers Park at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Santa arrives on a fire truck at 5:30 p.m. The event includes live music, craft vendors, cookies and cocoa. Festivities continue until about 7 p.m. Harbor WildWatch will host

Harbor Happenings: Welcome to the holiday season

Nov 21, 2023

It’s Thanksgiving week and the beginning of the holiday season and many happenings have Turkey Day and winter themes. Basket Brigade Basket Brigade volunteers will put together dozens of baskets filled with all the fixins for Thanksgiving dinner, and deliver them to local families, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 21 and 22. Basket-building takes place

Gig Harbor City Council slightly increases property tax rate

Nov 17, 2023

The Gig Harbor City Council voted unanimously to increase the city’s property tax levy by 1.14 percent in 2024 at a meeting Monday, Nov. 13. The 2024 levy will bring in $3,404,969, $83,187 more than this year. That calculates to a rate of about $0.6981 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. The 2023 rate is

Harbor Happenings: Chum Fest is a Chum Walk this year

Nov 14, 2023

The Chum Walk on Saturday, Nov. 18, is not just a celebration of the annual return of salmon to Donkey Creek. It’s also is a reminder that the quality of our water, and the habitat it supports, connects us all. That’s according to Lindsey Stover, executive director of Harbor WildWatch, the event’s organizer. The Chum

In-person vs. virtual meetings at heart of disagreement between council member, mayor

Nov 14, 2023

What started as a discussion at a city council study session escalated with an erroneous email from city staff to members of the city’s boards and commissions. It then spilled over into public view with a dispute between Mayor Tracie Markley and Councilwoman Jeni Woock. At issue was whether certain city meetings should be conducted

Harbor Happenings: A salute to veterans on Nov. 11

Nov 07, 2023

The sixth annual Gig Harbor Veterans Day Celebration starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Gig Harbor Antique Aero Museum at Tacoma Narrows Airport. This year’s event will include a special ceremony commemorating veterans of the Vietnam War. United States military forces withdrew from Vietnam 50 years ago this year. The keynote speaker

Harbor Happenings: Post-Halloween edition

Oct 31, 2023

Bundle up and learn about the critters that live in Gig Harbor bay on Saturday, Nov. 4, during this month’s Pier into the Night. Starting at 6 p.m. at the Maritime Pier next to the Tides Tavern, divers will transmit underwater images onto a big screen on the pier while Harbor WildWatch biologists discuss what’s

City Council agrees to let Harbor History Museum study future of old Masonic Lodge

Oct 25, 2023

The Gig Harbor City Council unanimously approved an agreement with the Harbor History Museum regarding the historic Masonic Lodge near Crescent Creek Park. The agreement approved Monday, Oct. 23, calls for the museum to conduct surveys about possible use of the building as an events center. The museum also will provide basic plans, cost estimates

Harbor Happenings: Halloween season is here

Oct 24, 2023

Halloween festivities kick into full gear Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Tom Taylor YMCA’s Jack-O’-Lantern Jubilee, starting at 5 p.m. The event includes Monster Mash dance contests, pumpkin carving contests, bounce houses, a costume parade, touch boxes filled with spooky stuff, trick-or-treat fishing, fortune tellers and even a werewolf walk. And that’s just a sampling