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Gig Harbor Police Blotter: Gun pulled in parking lot confrontation

Aug 18, 2022 | By:

Editor’s note: The Police Blotter is written based on information in Gig Harbor Police reports. A man told police that another man pulled a handgun on him in a department store parking lot on the afternoon of Aug. 15. The victim told officers that he was driving through the parking lot and glanced at an SUV parked in a

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Southworth fast ferry offers alternative to driving to downtown Seattle

Aug 18, 2022 | By:

Driving around from Gig Harbor to Seattle and taking a fast ferry from Southworth are comparable in cost and time.

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Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team wins national championship

Aug 17, 2022 | By:

The Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team won another national championship this month. The local club won the 2022 ACA Sprint National Championships, held Aug. 2-5 in Clermont County, Ohio. GHCKRT claimed the title for the ninth time in the past 11 competitions. How it works The team championship is determined based on how

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Tacoma Community College brings ESL program to this side of the bridge

Aug 17, 2022 | By:

Tacoma Community College has long had an English as a Second Language program for adults seeking to improve their fluency in reading, writing and speaking English. But until this year, residents of Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula had to cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to access classes. Word of a growing need for ESL

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Just 86 votes separated 2nd from 3rd in council primary

Aug 16, 2022 | By:

Paula Lonergan and Robyn Denson are the general election candidates for the Pierce County Council District 7 seat representing the Gig Harbor area. That is the result that was expected after the first batch of votes was counted on the night of the primary election, Aug. 3. The race for second place in the primary

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Fire damages Olalla Bay Market & Landing

Aug 16, 2022 | By:

A landmark Olalla market, nearing its reopening after a year of renovation, burned early Tuesday morning. South Kitsap Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to what became a two-alarm fire at Olalla Bay Market and Landing at 2:17 a.m. It was deemed under control at 3 a.m., and all units cleared by 4:50 a.m., according

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New turf field ready for use at Sehmel Homestead Park

Aug 15, 2022 | By:

The new turf soccer field at Sehmel Homestead Park will be dedicated in a ceremony Friday afternoon.  But the $948,000 surface already has hosted its first major event. The Harbor Soccer Club’s Tyee Cup, which included 150 youth teams, was contested in part on Sehmel’s new carpet.  Installation was mostly complete last week, ahead of

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Brian Wickens named new principal at Harbor Ridge

Aug 15, 2022 | By:

Brian Wickens is the new principal at Harbor Ridge Middle School, Peninsula School District announced last week. Wickens replaces Mike Benoit, who previously was announced as the new principal at Peninsula High School. Wickens has been an assistant principal at Harbor Ridge since 2004. Before that, he taught in Tacoma middle schools for 18 years

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Some uneasy about changes to city advisory board procedures

Aug 12, 2022 | By:

Changes to procedures for the city of Gig Harbor’s advisory boards and commissions are drawing criticism from a city council member and some volunteers who serve on those advisory panels.  The changes involve how members of the advisory boards are selected and how they communicate with one another and with the city council. Previously, a

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Gig Harbor Police Blotter: Suspect caught when his car won’t start

Aug 12, 2022 | By:

Editor’s note: The Police Blotter is written based on information in Gig Harbor Police reports. A broken-down car foiled a shoplifter attempting to get away with more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from stores on Borgen Boulevard. An employee called Gig Harbor police to a shoe store on Borgen Boulevard on the afternoon of Aug. 4 to report that

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