Environment

Gig Harborites love the natural surroundings in which they live, and Gig Harbor Now staff members keep them apprised of opportunities to enjoy and preserve their forests, waters and creatures.

What to do when honey bees swarm

Jun 18, 2024 | By:

Have a swarm of honey bees on your property? Don’t spray them with water or insecticide. Call the Pierce County Beekepers Alliance.

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Village at Harbor Hill still waiting on an anchor-tenant grocer

Jun 13, 2024 | By:

The Village at Harbor Hill developers had no “amazing news” at a community meeting, but a Trader Joe’s representative was in the crowd.

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EPA grant helps school district buy more propane buses

Jun 03, 2024 | By:

Peninsula School District is one of 16 districts in Washington state to receive money for clean school buses in the most recent round of federal funding from the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program, part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Peninsula’s $250,000 in rebate funding will help offset the purchase 10 new propane buses to replace

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New state program aims to make Gig Harbor Wildfire Ready

Jun 03, 2024 | By:

Wildfire Ready Neighbors, a statewide initiative that helps property owners prepare their homes for wildfires, expanded to Gig Harbor last week.  State Public Land Commissioner Hilary Franz unveiled the new program during a press conference at Fire Station 50 in Gig Harbor on May 31. Officials from the Washington Department of Natural Resources and Gig

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Evergreen teacher charged with child molestation jailed briefly for violating parole

Jun 03, 2024 | By:

Jordan Roy Henderson, the Evergreen Elementary teacher accused of child molestation, was back in jail briefly on Friday after a report he violated parole by holding gatherings at his home with minors present. The court released Henderson following a hearing Friday and he returned to home detention on $750,000 bail as of Saturday morning. On leave

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Kopachuck closure begins Monday

May 31, 2024 | By:

Washington State Parks has confirmed that Kopachuck State Park will close for construction for more than a year on Monday, June 3. There had been uncertainty after bids exceeded available funding. State Parks’ engineers estimated the base cost at $7.1 million. The state Legislature appropriated $6.6 million. Pease Construction of Lakewood submitted the lowest bid

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City sets out plan for txwaalqet Conservation Area

May 30, 2024 | By:

In one of its shortest meetings in memory — less than 24 minutes — the Gig Harbor City Council approved a property management plan for the txwaalqet Conservation Area on Tuesday, May 28. txwaalqet Conservation Area The property management plan allows passive recreational uses of the conservation area. Those include walking and wildlife viewing, creation

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Burn ban begins Saturday in unincorporated Pierce County

May 28, 2024 | By:

The ban only applies to land clearing and burning of yard debris, not small recreational fires.

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Commercial Fishing Homeport construction won’t start this year

May 15, 2024 | By:

Construction of Gig Harbor’s Commercial Fishing Homeport project will not begin until July 2025 at the earliest, city Public Works Director Jeff Langhelm told the city council on Monday, May 13. The homeport at Ancich Park has been planned since 2013 and is considered crucial to Gig Harbor’s commercial fishing industry. But obtaining approval for

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Check Out Washington backpacks bring the great outdoors into the library

May 14, 2024 | By:

There’s more to the library than books, magazines and CDs. Library cardholders can explore Washington’s 120-plus state parks and other state-owned lands through a Check Out Washington backpack, filled with things that provide access and inspiration for getting outside and exploring the Evergreen State. The Gig Harbor library at 4424 Point Fosdick Drive has two

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