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.

PenMet seeks community members to help study senior center, aquatics center

Dec 09, 2022 | By:

PenMet Parks is looking for community members to help determine the feasibility of a new senior center and a new aquatics facility in the Gig Harbor area. Members are being sought for two 16-member steering committees, one for the senior center and one for the aquatics facility. The committees will work with professional consultants to

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Gig Harbor-based Russell Family Foundation commits to Net Zero

Dec 05, 2022 | By:

Since its founding in 1999, Gig Harbor-based The Russell Family Foundation made sustainability and environmental stewardship a top priority. The foundation was formed after the Russell family sold investment and financial services firm Frank Russell Co. to Northwestern Mutual Life for an estimated $1 billion. Since then, the foundation has operated with a mission it

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How Gig Harbor prioritizes its snow removal efforts

Dec 02, 2022 | By:

Winter came early this year, with snow and freezing temperatures arriving just days after Thanksgiving. More snow could fall this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The city of Gig Harbor Public Works Department has been busy for days, keeping streets clear and safe. When it snows or gets icy, the public works staff

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Removing bulkheads recommended for sandspit park

Dec 01, 2022 | By:

PenMet board approves study option to most fully return beach to its natural state. Whether the work itself will be conducted is yet to be determined.

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City Council approves 2023-’24 budget

Nov 30, 2022 | By:

The Gig Harbor City Council approved a $179 million city budget for the 2023-’24 biennium on Monday, Nov. 28. The approval came after a lengthy discussion, including of two amendments  pertaining to the planned Sports Complex. The council approved the amendments, regarding money for trails and a feasibility study for Phase 3 of the complex.

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Scenic Lombard Drive forest getting healthy trimming

Nov 22, 2022 | By:

Trees in the Ellis Forest Conservation Easement are being thinned to create a more diverse and healthy environment.

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Fox Island group a model for disaster preparedness

Nov 17, 2022 | By:

There’s nothing like living on an island with a 68-year-old bridge to make you think, “What’s going to happen when The Big One hits?” Jim Braden and Doug Nelson have thought about this a lot. They and other members of the Fox Island Community and Recreation Association Emergency Response Organization have worked tirelessly to ensure the

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Chum Festival returns to welcome the salmon home

Nov 16, 2022 | By:

The 14th Chum Festival is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20, at Donkey Creek Park in Gig Harbor.

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Purdy fish passage work delayed until spring

Nov 16, 2022 | By:

The fish passage project that will close the Highway 302 spur in Purdy has been postponed until early spring, weather permitting, according to state Transportation Department spokeswoman Cara Mitchell. A contractor for the state will swap out an old concrete box culvert for a 77-foot-long bridge where the creek goes under the highway and empties

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Pier Into the Night offers chance to see what lurks under the waves

Nov 02, 2022 | By: Marsha Hart

Tubeworms, sea stars, and crabs are just a few examples of the critters that live in our water. A walk along the beach can reveal some of these creatures at low tide. But most beachcombers never get the chance to see them in the water. They are just some of the sea life featured on

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