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Gig Harbor Now reporters chase down news that affects community residents, providing facts with context and perspective.

Local grads benefit from bevy of local scholarships

Jul 28, 2022 | By:

It’s hard to say for sure how many scholarships are awarded to Peninsula School District seniors every year. The total number is certainly in the hundreds, maybe thousands. Peninsula High School alone awarded $350,000 in scholarships this year, according to PHS teacher Jonathan Bill, who emcees an awards ceremony for the school. Awards went to

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Business Spotlight: Farmer’s Market vendor evokes a Simpler Past

Jul 28, 2022 | By:

It’s easy to find A Simpler Past’s booth at the Waterfront Farmers Market on Thursday afternoons in the summertime. It’s the one with the long line of customers avidly eying the artfully jumbled displays of fresh produce and home-baked breads and cakes at the end of a long row of vendors’ booths. Like many vendors

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Gig Harbor Police Blotter: Shoplifting suspect ‘looked a bit puffy’

Jul 28, 2022 | By:

Editor’s note: The Police Blotter is written based on information in Gig Harbor Police reports. Employees at a Point Fosdick Drive department store called police on the evening of July 22 when they saw several “known shoplifters” inside the store. An officer stationed himself near the front door to see if the suspects left the store without paying. When

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New athletic director named at Gig Harbor High School

Jul 28, 2022 | By:

Blair Suek has been named the new athletic director at Gig Harbor High School, the Peninsula School District announced July 28. Suek replaces Bob Werner, who retired at the end of the 2021-22 school year after 11 years leading the Tides’ athletics programs. Suek joins Gig Harbor from Steilacoom High, where she was the volleyball

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Community rallies to get Patterson’s Farm Market back on its feet

Jul 27, 2022 | By:

Patterson’s Farm Market made it through the worst days of the Covid-19 pandemic, despite not qualifying for relief programs available to small businesses that were just a little bit larger. Everything that came after — along with a business savings account drained by the two-year ordeal of shutdowns and slow sales caused by the pandemic

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Gig Harbor is about to get a sister city

Jul 26, 2022 | By:

Gig Harbor is a step closer to establishing a sister city relationship with Bodø, Norway. Bodø (pronounced “boo-duh”) is the capital of Nordland County and lies just north of the Arctic Circle. The City Council approved a resolution on July 25 allowing Mayor Tracie Markley to sign an agreement with Bodø to “enrich cultural understanding,

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PenMet buying land to expand sandspit park on Fox Island

Jul 26, 2022 | By:

The $2.5 million purchase is contingent upon receiving a grant and determining that the property is suitable for its intended use.

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City administrator Knutson makes mark by encouraging engagement

Jul 26, 2022 | By:

When Katrina Knutson was confirmed as Gig Harbor’s new city administrator last month, it was the fulfillment of a goal she set years ago. It just didn’t happen exactly how she’d planned. Knutson had a 10-year career objective to land a position in city administration. She wanted to “be part of what makes a city

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Business spotlight: Artondale Farm restores a piece of region’s history

Jul 25, 2022 | By:

For years, Jess and Scott Hogan watched the old Gig Harbor Grange building deteriorate. They had a front-row view of it from the adjacent property, where they operate Artondale Farm. The local grange went dormant back in 2011, and ownership of the building reverted to the Washington State Grange organization. The Hogans, whose farm forms

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No Summer Sounds concert, Farmer’s Market this week due to heat

Jul 25, 2022 | By:

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Gig Harbor and the wider Western Washington region for the week of July 25. The worst of the heat is expected to start Tuesday and last through Friday evening. The weather service forecasts temperatures to reach the mid-90s. Some things to know about this week’s heat

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