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.

PenMet Parks’ new pricing policy generates debate

Feb 08, 2024

Under the change that takes effect for spring programs, those outside PenMet boundaries must pay 20% more and wait a week to register.

Impact fees delayed but en route to PenMet Parks

Jan 31, 2024

Pierce needed to change some code wording to allow properties not owned by the county to receive funds. PenMet is budgeted to get the $472,000 that was pegged for 2023, plus $300,000 in each of 2024 and 2025.

County reaches, then scraps impact fee deal with PenMet Parks

Jan 22, 2024

The interlocal agreement would have shared $472,000 with the local parks district for 2023, plus more going forward.

Idle incubator largely responsible for absent chum run

Jan 16, 2024

Because of a salmon virus, locals who operate a remote site incubator on North Creek couldn’t get eggs to supplement the few fish the stream produces naturally.

Billy Sehmel sworn in, following dad’s PenMet footsteps

Jan 10, 2024

Billy Sehmel, who grew at the site of what’s now PenMet’s Sehmel Homestead Park, becomes a park district commissioner like father Bill Sr. before him.

State legislators discuss priorities for short session

Jan 04, 2024

Sen. Emily Randall and Reps. Michelle Caldier and Spencer Hutchins spoke during the annual legislative sendoff at TCC-Gig Harbor.

State grants boost Gig Harbor road projects

Dec 26, 2023

The state Transportation Improvement Board awarded $1.1 million to help fund a stoplight at Wagner Way and Wollochet Drive, and is contributing $1.5 million to a shared-use path along Burnham Drive.

Gig Harbor Police Blotter: Van thieves in for glowing surprise

Dec 15, 2023

In the back of a van stolen from an apartment complex parking lot was a huge disco ball used in circus performances.

Pierce Transit adding on-demand van service to Gig Harbor

Dec 14, 2023

The vans will take people from point to point anywhere within the zone and tie into bus routes. Service begins on March 31.

PenMet community recreation center becoming reality in 2024

Dec 05, 2023

Construction has begun on the $31.6 million facility that will occupy much of PenMet’s time and money next year.