Gig Harbor Now Staff

Gig Harbor Now and Then | Which government agency originally owned the land where this school now stands?

Apr 22, 2024

The last three Gig Harbor Now and Then columns have not posed any questions of local history. We will return to that format this week, somewhat under duress. There’s a rumor floating around that unless we return to posting questions, we might be replaced by a new column. If you think we’ve been writing boring

Photo gallery: 2024 Paddlers Cup

Apr 22, 2024

The 2024 Paddlers Cup wrapped up Sunday, April 21, with the new stand-up paddleboard competition and the longtime tradition of dragon boat races. The team from One Hope Church won the dragon boat competition. Top placers in the stand-up paddleboard competition were Ethan Huff (first place), Manny De Leon (second) and Adam Tishler (third.) Click

Gig Harbor native Gilich an assistant at ASU after long climb up coaching ladder

Apr 17, 2024

Anthony Gilich can attest that profound life lessons can be learned on a baseball diamond. For the Gig Harbor native, one life-altering lesson came while serving as junior varsity baseball coach at Ellensburg High School during his final semester of college. To graduate from Central Washington University with his degree in communications, it was a

Purdy paving to begin Sunday night

Apr 11, 2024

Drivers leaving and entering Purdy will be detoured via the Highway 16-Burnham Drive interchange for a couple weeks. The work will occur at night.

Gig Harbor Real Estate | Home prices hit a new record

Apr 10, 2024

The Gig Harbor real estate market was hot in March, marked by significant milestones and notable trends. According to data from the NWMLS, the median sale price of a single-family home between the Purdy and Narrows Bridges, including Fox Island, soared to a record high of $870,000 in March, underscoring the continued resilience of the

Gig Harbor Now and Then | Basketball in the old days was more shutout than shootout

Apr 08, 2024

With the 2024 NCAA women’s basketball championship game having been played Sunday, April 7, and the men’s title being decided tonight, it’s timely that today’s Gig Harbor Now and Then column is all about local basketball — over a hundred years’ worth. Revisiting early basketball scores Back on Sept. 11, 2023, we presented the true but

Gig Harbor Now and Then | An April Fool’s true or false quiz

Apr 01, 2024

Although not scheduled for a new column this week, Gig Harbor Now and Then hereby presents either a bonus issue or three completely unnecessary pages, depending upon how it’s received. Traditionally, April First is for spoofing, tricking and practical joking. But we’re not doing any of that. We’re going to tell you up front what

Day Tripper | Olympia is worth a visit, whether or not the Legislature is in session

Mar 28, 2024

A couple of decades ago, in the middle of a Midwest road trip, I realized that I was fascinated by state capitals. On that particular trip, we were traveling from Madison, Wisconsin, to Little Rock, Arkansas, with a stop at Springfield, Illinois. On the way, we visited a number of other cities and towns, both

Woman dies in collision on Reid Drive

Mar 25, 2024

A 31-year-old woman died in a collision near the intersection of Reid Drive NW and 42nd Street NW early on Friday, March 22, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office. The woman was driving south on Reid around 2 a.m., approaching the sharp turn just before Reid becomes 14th Avenue NW. A sheriff’s office spokesman

Gig Harbor Now and Then | The answer to this burning question about a ferry

Mar 25, 2024

Gig Harbor Now and Then’s question last time concerned the first ferry boat to serve on the Gig Harbor-Tacoma run, beginning in 1919. After only a few months, the City of Tacoma was taken out of service while a roof was constructed over its car deck. Why did the car ferry City of Tacoma need