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.

In the Margins | A new state bird is just what Washington needs

Dec 20, 2023 | By: Leland Smith

It’s the funniest thing. People often ask me, “Hey Lee … if you were governor of Washington, what’s the first thing you’d do?” Actually, nobody has ever asked me that. But someday, should they? I’ll have an answer. As governor, the first thing I would do: I would sack the Goldfinch as our state bird

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Business Spotlight: The Harbor Fish Co. is Gig Harbor’s next-gen fishing family

Dec 18, 2023 | By:

Wild, packed with nutrients, and heart-healthy. For Gig Harbor residents, a local fishing family provides direct delivery of fresh wild Alaskan-caught salmon to your doorstep. Alex James and Zack Worrell launched their company, The Harbor Fish Co., in 2022 to connect Gig Harbor with high-quality wild-caught Alaskan salmon, Dungeness crab, and striped shrimp harvested from

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

Dec 07, 2023 | By:

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

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Jennifer Preston: Presence, not presents

Dec 06, 2023 | By:

I don’t need to tell you that holidays whip us into a frenzied state. For a time of year dedicated to bonhomie brimming with sparkling frivolity and wishes for peace, this season can be downright overwhelming. The seasonal focus on gifting also has a tremendous impact on the environment. Christmas alone accounts for a 25-30%

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Highway 302 Spur bridge opening Saturday

Nov 29, 2023 | By:

The road has been closed and a short detour in place since April for a fish passage project.

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Developments would bring more than 150 residences to Swede Hill

Nov 28, 2023 | By:

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

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Chum Fest brings lots of families (but no salmon) to Donkey Creek

Nov 20, 2023 | By:

The salmon didn’t show up, but hundreds of festival goers did. The 2023 Chum Festival, hosted by Harbor WildWatch, was a family-friendly walk this year, with hands-on learning activities along txʷaalqəł Estuary from Austin Park, behind Harbor History Museum, and to Donkey Creek Park. To keep it fun, participants received a small passport book to

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Jennifer Preston: Foraging for the fungus among us

Nov 15, 2023 | By:

Editor’s note: This is the second in Jennifer Preston’s two-part series about mushrooms. Read the first here. The Pacific Northwest is known for its wide variety of wild mushrooms. They sprout up throughout the year from the coast to the Olympics Peninsula’s temperate rainforest, in local parks, perhaps even in your backyard. We are lucky

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Le Mans sailboat race a well-loved and wacky local tradition

Nov 13, 2023 | By: Chapin Day

“All hands below deck!” Weather permitting, that strange command should echo around Gig Harbor next Saturday morning, Nov. 18, just five minutes before one of the world’s wackiest sailboat racing starts. Even the most committed landlubber ashore, ignorant of sail racing’s rules or which side is port and which side is starboard, can enjoy the

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Jennifer Preston: All mushrooms are magic

Nov 08, 2023 | By:

They help turn wheat into bread and fruit into wine. They ferment cacao beans, making it possible for us to enjoy one of the world’s favorite treats — chocolate. They give us penicillin, forever altering the way we fight infection. These mostly invisible, seemingly magical organisms quietly go about their work sustaining forests and enriching

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