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

State schools superintendent candidates debate special ed funding, DEI and other issues

May 22, 2024 | By: Grace Deng/Washington State Standard

This article is reprinted with permission by the Washington State Standard, a nonprofit publication covering policy and politics in Olympia. Read more here. Candidates running to lead Washington’s public schools debated Monday night on issues like student mental health, absenteeism and the role of parents in their kids’ education. Three contenders vying to be the

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Clinic in Bremerton to host cutting-edge treatment for depression

May 22, 2024 | By:

As the leader of Kitsap Mental Health Services, CEO Monica Bernard knows as well as anyone how easy it can be for someone facing serious mental illness to dismiss any anticipation of recovery.  “Maybe their lives are weighed down by poverty, or housing instability, or chronic illness. It’s all too easy for them to give

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Judge sentences man to more than 17 years in prison for 2020 murder of his neighbor

May 21, 2024 | By:

A Pierce County Superior Court judge on Monday sentenced Mark Allen Erisman, 61, to more than 17 years in prison for the Oct. 4, 2020, murder of Diane Perron at her home on Valley View Drive in Gig Harbor. Erisman pleaded guilty under an agreement between Pierce County prosecutors and his public defender, Kelsey H.

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Harbor Happenings | Honor the fallen at Haven of Rest

May 21, 2024 | By:

Haven of Rest cemetery hosts its annual Memorial Day ceremony at noon Monday, May 27. The event includes guest speakers, musical performances and a free hot dog lunch after the program. More than 2,200 veterans are buried at the cemetery. Haven of Rest is located at 8503 Highway 16, between the Wollochet and Burnham exits

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Gig Harbor Council member Woock not running for re-election in 2025

May 20, 2024 | By:

Gig Harbor City Council member Jeni Woock announced in a letter to constituents that she will not run for re-election in 2025. Woock will remain on the council through the end of her term at the end of 2025. “While Gig Harbor does not have term limits, I am a supporter of terms limits,” Woock

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Grown-up PenMet Parks celebrating 20th anniversary

May 20, 2024 | By:

The effort to build more and better parks got a huge boost when a 2002 change of state law enabled metropolitan park districts to form in unincorporated areas.

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Gig Harbor Now and Then | These boots were made for walking … just not inside

May 20, 2024 | By: Greg Spadoni

Before addressing the answer to the question from our last column, it’s worth mentioning that if you haven’t seen Tonya Strickland’s 14 Names to Remember project, a tribute to the Peninsula’s WW2 dead, there’s plenty of time left to do so. It’s well worth seeing.       Unlike the granite monument in Kenneth Leo Marvin

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Gig Harbor Police Blotter | Man injured when van hits retaining wall

May 17, 2024 | By:

A 41-year-old Gig Harbor man, whose identification showed him to be originally from Ireland, ended up in the hospital early on May 12 after his white van ran into a retaining wall on Point Fosdick Drive. Officers found the man inside the van at about 1 a.m. that day. He had sustained a head wound

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Military health care cutbacks putting strain on civilian providers, health board says

May 17, 2024 | By:

Since closing its labor and delivery unit two years ago, Naval Hospital Bremerton – which once delivered a quarter of Kitsap County’s babies –  has relied on St. Michael’s Medical Center in Silverdale to provide delivery and obstetrics care to military patients. Kitsap Public Health officials say the reduction in obstetrics care is one of

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Sports Beat | Peninsula’s Baurichter wins league tennis title

May 16, 2024 | By:

Peninsula’s McKenna Baurichter defeated all of the top South Sound Conference tennis players to win the girls singles championship at the league finals on May 10 and 11 at Central Kitsap High School in Silverdale. Baurichter went 13-1 during the regular season to post the South Sound Conference’s best record, but was inexplicably seeded third

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