Government

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Rep. Hutchins not pursuing re-election in 26th District

Feb 06, 2024 | By:

State Rep. Spencer Hutchins, R-Gig Harbor, announced in a press release Tuesday that the government post is cutting into his ability to provide for his family.

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Gig Harbor Council may ask voters for property tax increase

Feb 01, 2024 | By:

On Feb. 12, the Gig Harbor City Council will decide whether to ask voters to “lift the levy lid” to increase property taxes. If the council approves the request, voters would decide whether to increase their property tax rate from the current rate of 70 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value to $1.10 per

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State settles lawsuit following terminal cancer diagnosis for former inmate at Gig Harbor prison

Feb 01, 2024 | By:

The Washington state Department of Corrections agreed to a $9.9 million settlement with a former inmate diagnosed with terminal cancer after receiving inadequate medical care at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor. The Seattle Times reported the settlement on Tuesday, Jan. 30.  Failure to perform follow-up Paula Gardner, now of Tacoma, was

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Impact fees delayed but en route to PenMet Parks

Jan 31, 2024 | By:

Pierce needed to change some code wording to allow properties not owned by the county to receive funds. PenMet is budgeted to get the $472,000 that was pegged for 2023, plus $300,000 in each of 2024 and 2025.

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City Council reinstates Creative Endeavor grants

Jan 30, 2024 | By:

The city of Gig Harbor’s $35,000 Creative Endeavor grants program is back on.  During a study session in November 2023, the council unanimously agreed to suspend the five-year-old grant program, which supports the arts. But a crowd turned out to criticize the move at the Dec. 11, 2023 council meeting. Many others emailed or called

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Gig Harbor City Council accepting online comments again

Jan 25, 2024 | By:

The Gig Harbor City Council voted unanimously to reinstate online public comment on Monday, Jan. 22. The council previously suspended commenting by people attending meetings via Zoom in December, after learning of obscene and racist comments submitted in other cities. The council also moved the period allotted for public comment on non-agenda items to later

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Vandals damage Our Fisherman, Our Guardian statue

Jan 24, 2024 | By:

Vandals broke a canoe off the Our Fisherman, Our Guardian carved statue at Austin Park at txʷaalqəł Estuary late Monday or early Tuesday, Jan. 22 or 23.  The city of Gig Harbor believes the damage occurred when someone tried to climb on the statue, carved by renowned artist and Quinault Tribal Chairman Guy Capoeman and

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County reaches, then scraps impact fee deal with PenMet Parks

Jan 22, 2024 | By:

The interlocal agreement would have shared $472,000 with the local parks district for 2023, plus more going forward.

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Billy Sehmel sworn in, following dad’s PenMet footsteps

Jan 10, 2024 | By:

Billy Sehmel, who grew at the site of what’s now PenMet’s Sehmel Homestead Park, becomes a park district commissioner like father Bill Sr. before him.

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How to contact your legislators as 2024 session begins

Jan 09, 2024 | By:

The state Legislature convened on Monday, Jan. 8, to begin a 60-day session scheduled to end March 7. Among the chief tasks lawmakers must complete in the next two months is passing a supplemental budget. Washington operates under a two-year budget cycle, approving the overall spending plan in odd-numbered years and adjusting it in even-numbered

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