Ed Friedrich

Ed Friedrich is a longtime local journalist and Gig Harbor resident. He worked 35 years at the Kitsap Sun as a sportswriter, copy editor, page designer, news reporter, news editor and rubber band shooter. A South Kitsap native, Ed first moved to Gig Harbor while a student at the University of Puget Sound in the late 1970s and has witnessed a new community grow from old roots during the ensuing half century. He is a creek freak, weather geek, scanner addict, and digs kayaking and saltwater swimming at his Key Peninsula cabin.

Gig Harbor breaks ground on sports complex

May 24, 2024

The first phase — 1B— will include pickleball and bocce ball courts, a performance stage and playground. Phase 1A, with two multipurpose fields, is on deck.

Grown-up PenMet Parks celebrating 20th anniversary

May 20, 2024

The effort to build more and better parks got a huge boost when a 2002 change of state law enabled metropolitan park districts to form in unincorporated areas.

Kopachuck State Park closing for more than year on June 3

May 13, 2024

A multipurpose building, welcome center, play area, amphitheater and other features will be added to turn it into a full-fledged day-use park after the campground was forced to close years ago.

Investigation faults Caldier for naming names

May 06, 2024

An inquiry alleges that state Rep. Michelle Caldier’s press release responding to an earlier investigation retaliates against staff complainants.

PenMet creating Peninsula Gardens master plan

Apr 23, 2024

PenMet Parks enlisted help in determining the future of its Peninsula Gardens property. PenMet commissioners at their April 16 meeting hired AHBL, Inc. of Tacoma to help staff and the public produce a master plan for the former nursery. The contract pays up to $139,000 for work through the end of the year, according to

Varying boundaries influence how we live, what taxes we pay

Apr 15, 2024

Counties, cities, park districts, fire departments, transit agencies and legislative bodies all serve certain areas that rarely are the same.

Pierce Transit debuts door-to-door, on-demand van service

Apr 02, 2024

Runner van service costs the same as the bus and is limited to destinations within the Gig Harbor city limits.

Food back in, events out at Olalla Bay Market

Mar 31, 2024

Kitsap County is allowing Olalla Bay Market to resume serving food and drinks while it seeks a restaurant permit, but says there’s no avenue to events returning.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolling could creep into 2033

Mar 28, 2024

Three of the past four annual reports project that increasing insurance and operating costs could extend tolls a few months beyond their anticipated removal date.

Feasibility studies recommend contiguous recreation, senior, aquatics centers

Mar 21, 2024

PenMet also advanced a master plan for Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve to the final design phase.