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Free books for Gig Harbor youngsters, courtesy of Dolly Parton 

Aug 08, 2022 | By:

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is coming to Gig Harbor thanks to a partnership with Gig Harbor Rotary and Altrusa International of Gig Harbor. The book-gifting program, operating under the umbrella of Parton’s Dollywood Foundation, delivers a free book by mail each month to children from birth to 5 years old whose parents register them with

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Business spotlight: Yellow Belly creating a buzz at farmer’s market

Aug 08, 2022 | By:

When he was a kid growing up in Lebanon, Wally Mseitif devoured American cowboy movies. It seemed natural that when he grew up, he’d fly off to America and become a rough-and-ready cowboy himself. Mseitif didn’t ride the range when he came to America, but he’s had other adventures here. Notably, he had a long

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City parks administrator takes new job with PenMet

Aug 08, 2022 | By:

Gig Harbor Parks Manager Matt Keough resigned July 29 to take a job with PenMet Parks. Keough was hired by the city in December 2021 and led the city’s efforts to update its Parks & Recreation Open Spaces (PROS) plan. He had also done extensive work preparing the Parks Commission’s 2023-24 work plan, according Public

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Margin in Pierce County Council primary narrows

Aug 05, 2022 | By:

Just 84 votes separate the second- and third-place finishers in the Pierce County Council District 7 primary election, according to results posted Friday morning. Paula Lonergan has 5,498 votes (12.07 percent), while Josh Harris has 5,414 (11.89 percent). One of those two Republicans will advance to a general election contest against Democrat Robyn Denson, who

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Gig Harbor chef’s Apollo pizza goes national

Aug 04, 2022 | By:

A Gig Harbor pizza chef cooked up something so tasty, it’s now being served all over the country.  Bryan Liupakka, general manager of the Round Table Pizza, won a companywide contest to create a new pizza recipe. His creation is the Apollo pizza, inspired by a Greek flatbread that many believe was the forerunner to

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Drone pilot training on the horizon for Peninsula and Gig Harbor high school students

Aug 04, 2022 | By:

Peninsula and Gig Harbor high school students will have the chance to train for drone pilot certification starting this spring, the Peninsula School District announced Wednesday. Students in the district’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) will also be eligible for the classes, which will teach students how to fly drones and earn a

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Mike Benoit named new principal at Peninsula High School

Aug 04, 2022 | By:

Peninsula School District announced Wednesday that Mike Benoit will be the new principal at Peninsula High School starting in the 2022-23 school year. Benoit, the current principal at Harbor Ridge Middle School, replaces Joe Potts, who is leaving PHS for a position with Bellevue School District as of Aug. 1. Benoit has been in education

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With bond approved, work on new training facility could start next year

Aug 03, 2022 | By:

Construction on the first project to be funded by the $80 million bond approved Tuesday by Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One voters could start next spring, Fire Chief Dennis Doan said. Local firefighters could be using the new training facility as soon as 14 months after construction begins. The training facility, which will allow

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Gig Harbor Fire bond passing with over 66 percent of vote

Aug 02, 2022 | By:

Voters approved Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One’s $80 million bond request in Tuesday’s primary election, according to preliminary results posted by the Pierce County Auditor’s Office. In other local races: Paula Lonergan is leading among four Republicans hoping to square off against Democrat Robyn Denson for the Pierce County Council District 7 seat. Emily

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Update: Man killed while trying to get into neighbor’s home

Jul 29, 2022 | By:

The man’s girlfriend had gone to the neighbor’s home the previous night after the two had a fight.

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