Ted Kenney

Ted Kenney is a third-generation Gig Harbor Peninsula resident who grew up in Rosedale and attended Gig Harbor High School the year it opened. He has worked as a news reporter, software marketer and restaurant owner. He loves reading, especially Raymond Chandler novels and good non-fiction.

Proponents, foes of Burley Lagoon geoduck farm to face off at March 2024 hearings

Dec 07, 2023

Parties to a dispute over a proposed 25.5 acre geoduck farm in Burley Lagoon have until March 2024 to hone arguments and marshal evidence. That’s when Taylor Shellfish, which seeks to launch the controversial aquaculture operation, will face off against a coalition of environmental groups and neighbors in arguments before the Pierce County Hearing Examiner

Developments would bring more than 150 residences to Swede Hill

Nov 28, 2023

Add northern Swede Hill to the list of Gig Harbor locales slated for accelerating suburban growth. West of Highway 16, on land sloping down to Burnham Drive NW and McCormick Creek, two local developers are shepherding separate proposals through the city’s permitting process that would add more than 150 residences on land now occupied by

The sinking of the Walrus in 1963 was a disaster averted

Oct 26, 2023

Have you heard about the sinking of the Walrus? It was only one of the greatest maritime near-disasters in Puget Sound history. There’s no memorial to it, as not-quite-calamities don’t usually get one. But among the survivors, and those with them at Catholic Youth Organization’s (CYO) Camp Blanchet on Raft Island in the summer of

On Raft Island, the Peninsula’s last summer camp carries on, with updates

Oct 26, 2023

Residents on the east side of Lay Inlet enjoy looking across the bay at All Saints Camp and Retreat Center, a heavily forested stretch of Raft Island shoreline that provides a home to wildlife and brilliant fall colors. The view hasn’t changed in decades. Neighbors might have worried earlier this month, when barges and heavy

Neighbors press city about The Reserve, a development planned above Crescent Valley

Oct 05, 2023

The land slated to become The Reserve, a planned subdivision in Gig Harbor extending from Peacock Hill Avenue eastward down the hill toward Crescent Valley, is hardly a slam-dunk for development. The long, narrow 9.88-acre site slopes noticeably on its western half, where developers plan to build 14 homes. It then drops sharply to an

Xitco brothers quietly stake claim in downtown Gig Harbor

Sep 11, 2023

A pair of brothers from a prominent Tacoma business family has bought up properties with big development potential in downtown Gig Harbor. Their purchases include a historic waterfront building between the Tides Tavern and the new 7 Seas taproom near the Old Ferry Landing. Another incorporates more than three-quarters of an acre in the commercial

Rent increases followed new owners’ purchases of downtown buildings

Sep 11, 2023

For some tenants in John and Luke Xitco’s downtown Gig Harbor properties, the brothers’ arrival as landlords meant rent hikes. In several cases, the businesses left or plan to leave due to the increases. The Gallery Row cooperative art gallery has operated out of 3102 Harborview Drive for 22 years. After the Xitcos, through their

The Tides Tavern, minus pool tables and live music, rocks its 50th anniversary

Aug 17, 2023

It’s not every watering hole that gets official recognition of its birthday from the mayor, saluting its two generations of leadership and proclaiming it both a well-run landmark and an “iconic and joyous meeting place” before a crowd of citizens and the assembled city council. But not every local joint is Gig Harbor’s Tides Tavern

Return-to-office mandates roil the Gig Harbor area’s large remote workforce

Aug 10, 2023

Eric SanInocencio of Gig Harbor has what many would consider a dream job. From his house near the head of the bay, he is immersed in baseball all day, every day as vice president of social media for Perfect Game USA. The company bills itself as the world’s largest scouting organization and hosts tournaments and

Artondale firm competes with Big Boys of SpaceTech

Jul 20, 2023

With this state’s vibrant space technology sector, it’s no surprise that NASA in 2023 chose three Washington companies for its NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, which provides seed funding to nurture early-stage ideas that could transform future space missions. Washington firms awarded the highly competitive NIAC slots, each with a $175,000 grant, include a