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Gig Harbor Now reporters cover community events and efforts that benefit and entertain the community.

Gig Harbor Council to consider putting public safety sales tax increase before voters

Feb 23, 2024 | By:

The Gig Harbor City Council will consider placing a sales tax increase before voters during its meeting on Monday, Feb. 26. If approved by voters on the Aug. 6 ballot, proceeds from the increase would support public safety efforts. The proposal before the council would increase sales tax inside Gig Harbor city limits by 0.1%,

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Fish Bowl 2024 to be played in Tacoma

Feb 23, 2024 | By:

Fish Bowl, the annual football game between Peninsula and Gig Harbor high schools, is on for 2024. But it will be in Tacoma. The Peninsula School District announced Thursday, Feb. 22, that the 2024 Fish Bowl will be played at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. The game will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept.

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Gig Harbor police crack down on shoplifting

Feb 22, 2024 | By:

Gig Harbor Police arrested more than 20 suspects during a crackdown on shoplifting Feb. 15 and 16. The department said arrestees included adults and juveniles apprehended at retail establishments around the city. Officers also contacted several other people to deter possible thefts. Police arrested one person who was the subject of several warrants, including four

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Sports Beat | Gig Harbor’s Huston wins two swimming titles

Feb 22, 2024 | By:

The Gig Harbor swimming and diving team scored 139 points on their way to an impressive sixth-place finish in the Class 3A boys swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center on Feb. 15-17. Two individual state championships from senior Grant Huston, in the 100 and 200 yard freestyle, boosted the Tides’ score.

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Fox Island park plan could include more parking, picnic shelter, paved walkway

Feb 22, 2024 | By:

According to a master plan nearing completion, Tacoma Demolay Sandspit Park will receive expanded parking, a new building, lawn area and paved ADA path to the beach.

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Gig Harbor Now-Kitsap Sun partnership included in first cohort of Murrow Fellowship program

Feb 21, 2024 | By:

Gig Harbor Now, in partnership with the Bremerton-based daily newspaper Kitsap Sun, is one of nine news organizations selected to receive a journalist as part of the new Murrow Fellowship program through Washington State University. Murrow Fellowship evaluators selected the Gig Harbor Now-Kitsap Sun partnership and eight other news organizations from among 40 applications from

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In the Margins | Amid our booze bonanza, let’s get sober on drunk driving

Feb 21, 2024 | By:

I was arrested for drunk driving about 35 years ago. True story: A Gig Harbor police officer ran me through the curbside test for sobriety — I failed. He handcuffed me in front of W.B. Scotts restaurant (now Bella Femmina) on Harborview Drive and invited me to the back seat of his patrol car. I

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Eastbound Highway 16 to close over two nights near Purdy on Feb. 23, Feb. 24

Feb 21, 2024 | By:

Both eastbound and one westbound lane of Highway 16 will be closed near Purdy over the weekend for placement of support beams for a new bridge. The lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, to 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24; and 9 p.m. Saturday to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. The eastbound

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Peninsula wins state girls wrestling title behind two individual champions

Feb 20, 2024 | By:

The Peninsula High girls wrestling team won the Class 3A/4A state championship at Mat Classic XXXV in the Tacoma Dome on Saturday, Feb. 17, led by individual champions Mira Sonnen (140 pounds) and Bailey Parker (145 pounds). Five other wrestlers collected valuable points for the Seahawks, who finished with 122 points. Second-place Curtis had 119.

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Harbor Happenings: Get out on the water with Pier Into the Night, Dock Walk

Feb 20, 2024 | By:

There are plenty of options this week for entertainment, education and civic engagement. Join Harbor WildWatch at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7Seas Brewery for Pier into the Night, and see what’s lurking in the waters below the dock. Divers carry cameras into the harbor, while staff biologists and trained volunteers interpret what they

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