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.

Nielson, Sehmel campaigning for PenMet Parks board position

Oct 05, 2023

One will fill the seat left vacant by Amanda Babich, who isn’t running for re-election. Sehmel topped Neilson in the primary, 49.5%-32.3%.

Voters to weigh pocketbooks, performance in PenMet taxing measure

Sep 29, 2023

Editor’s note: This story has been updated since it was first posted. It now includes additional responses from PenMet to statements made by opponents of the lid lift, specifically about overtime costs associated with the end of the parks host program. It also clarifies that the state Auditor’s Office issued a “finding” in a PenMet

Purdy project open to salmon, not yet to cars

Sep 21, 2023

As the Purdy culvert replacement winds down to a December completion, fish passage work at Highway 16 will shift eastbound drivers into the median until Fall 2024.

Local businessman David Rhine sentenced in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Sep 12, 2023

David Rhine was sentenced to four months in prison followed by a year of supervised release and a $7,376 fine for non-violently protesting in the hallways for 22 minutes.

Parks district replaces Phase 1 rec center contractor

Sep 07, 2023

PenMet fired fired Grenlar Construction, saying it was far past the deadline. The company claimed the job is finished except for a couple tasks being held up by the parks district.

PenMet breaks ground on community recreation center

Aug 25, 2023

Parks district recognizes local legislators who acquired $1 million for the project during community groundbreaking celebration.

Conservation grants help add to city’s North Creek property

Aug 16, 2023

Conservation Futures money also will fund expansion of Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit on Fox Island and buy 60 acres next to Haley State Park on Key Peninsula.

Sports complex study features several multi-sport fields

Aug 09, 2023

During an open house Tuesday, consultants and city staff unveiled five alternatives for Phases 2 and 3 that showed different field configurations for soccer, football, lacrosse and baseball/softball.

Feasibility studies for aquatics, senior centers nearing completion

Aug 03, 2023

Consultants are preparing draft reports. The PenMet board will review them in September and determine whether to proceed.

Highway 16 brush fire burns Rotary plantings

Jul 21, 2023

A wildfire in a field circled by the Wollochet Drive onramp damaged about 40% of the trees and shrubs Rotary Club members planted in February to enhance the Gig Harbor entrance.