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

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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Carving honoring area’s original inhabitants installed

Aug 11, 2022 | By:

Interrupted briefly by thunder and lightning, Gig Harbor’s newest artwork was installed Wednesday at the water’s edge in Austin Park at txʷaalqəł Estuary. The carved cedar figure, called “Our Fisherman, Our Guardian,” depicts a Native American holding a large salmon, flanked by a canoe on each side. It stands 15-feet tall and looks out over

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Man shot while trying to break into Gig Harbor home identified

Aug 11, 2022 | By:

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Jeffrey Alma as the man shot and killed while trying to break into a neighbor’s house late last month. The office identified Alma, a 36-year-old Gig Harbor resident, on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The incident occurred July 29. A statement from the office said Alma died from a gunshot

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Crime report: Thefts up significantly in Gig Harbor

Aug 11, 2022 | By:

Police Chief Kelly Busey told the Gig Harbor City Council on Monday that theft is Gig Harbor’s biggest criminal issue. The city’s top law enforcement officer presented his 2021 crime report at Monday’s meeting. He said retail theft was up about 11% in 2021, and vehicle theft rose a whopping 70%. Drugs are also a

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Fish passage project to temporarily shift traffic on Highway 16

Aug 10, 2022 | By:

Work will begin soon on a 3-year effort to replace 44-year-old pipes that carry Purdy Creek under Highway 16. A third culvert will be replaced under the Highway 302 Spur in Purdy. And a complete closure of Highway 302 for the Little Minter Creek culvert project begins Thursday.

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Gig Harbor grad Michael Toglia promoted to Triple-A

Aug 10, 2022 | By:

Gig Harbor graduate Michael Toglia is on the cusp of the Major Leagues after the Colorado Rockies prospect was promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque this week. Toglia, a 2016 graduate of Gig Harbor High School, had 23 home runs and 66 RBI in 97 games for Double-A Hartford this season. The 23 home runs is a

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Gig Harbor MMA studio catching wave of a sport on the rise

Aug 10, 2022 | By:

The sport of mixed martial arts has taken the country by storm and is steadily climbing the list of America’s favorite sports to watch. Gig Harbor Mixed Martial Arts is a local business capitalizing on that wave by teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing and stand-up fighting. Each discipline provides an excellent workout. One might expect

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Rescued puppies arrive in Gig Harbor after flight from Mexico

Aug 09, 2022 | By:

A Gig Harbor woman adopted one of eight puppies rescued in Mexico by Surfers for Strays and flown to Tacoma Narrows Airport.

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