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.

Old Olalla missile site now just a blip on community’s radar

Oct 13, 2022

Olalla was home to one of many Nike anti-aircraft missile batteries around the country in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It was closed after a few years because of improved technology and the changing Soviet threat from bombers to ICBMs.

Stink bugs making annual fall foray onto, into homes

Oct 10, 2022

Brown marmorated stink bugs are searching for warm spots to weather the winter. Relatively new to the Northwest, they’ve been largely undiscovered by predators that could keep their numbers down.

Soil sample drilling to slow traffic on 38th Avenue

Oct 04, 2022

Soil sampling is part of the design phase, which will continue into next summer. Construction to to add bike lanes on both sides of the street and a sidewalk, planter strip and lighting on the east side will occur in 2024.

Kopachuck State Park renewal nearing, minus beach portion

Sep 28, 2022

The Kopachuck renovation project will begin early next year, but the beach portion will be held up after funding fell $1 million short.

7 Seas breaking ground next month on replacement taproom

Sep 26, 2022

The Gig Harbor-based brewery will tear down the former Green Turtle Restaurant building and replace it with a bigger structure that better meets its needs.

State, county both plan culvert removal to clear way for Purdy Creek fish

Sep 08, 2022

The state has begun work to remove three fish passage barriers on Purdy Creek and Pierce County is planning to replace two others.

PenMet moves ahead with Rosedale Hall renovation, feasibility studies

Sep 07, 2022

The parks district hired a firm to design the Rosedale Hall renovation and another to produce feasibility studies for an aquatics center and senior center.

State approves 75-cent bridge toll reduction; more for big rigs

Aug 23, 2022

After the state Legislature provided $13 million per year to reduce Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls, the Transportation Commission decided the spread the savings around to vehicles big and small.

Highway 302 closure at Minter Creek extended until Aug. 23

Aug 19, 2022

Highway 302 at Little Minter Creek will remain closed four extra days. Complications during installation of a new culvert will delay the reopening of a section of Highway 302 on

Southworth fast ferry offers alternative to driving to downtown Seattle

Aug 18, 2022

Driving around from Gig Harbor to Seattle and taking a fast ferry from Southworth are comparable in cost and time.