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

Editor’s column: Making a go of it as a nonprofit news organization

Sep 01, 2022 | By:

It’s no secret that the news industry has had a tough couple of decades. That’s especially true in the newspaper world, where I spent the bulk of my career.   In the modern era, newspapers made their money primarily through advertising — both business ads and classifieds. (Remember newspaper classifieds? If you’re younger than 30,

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First day of school: ‘Things are getting a little back to normal’

Aug 31, 2022 | By:

There were hugs and high fives. New backpacks, new shoes and carefully styled hair. There were a few nerves, a few tears and at least one wistful backward glance. In short, it was a pretty typical first day of school Wednesday for students in the Peninsula School District. It felt … dare we say it?

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Gig Harbor grad Michael Toglia called up to Major Leagues

Aug 30, 2022 | By:

Gig Harbor High School graduate Michael Toglia is on his way to the big leagues. The Colorado Rockies promoted the 2016 Gig Harbor alum to the Majors on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The first baseman could make his big league debut as early as this afternoon, when the Rockies face the Atlanta Braves. Toglia was promoted

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Students head back to school as district seeks drivers, paraeducators, subs

Aug 30, 2022 | By:

When classes started last year, Peninsula School District scrambled to cover classrooms and bus routes due to social distancing measures to stem Covid-19. The outlook is more favorable this year, with pandemic restrictions easing. Meanwhile, a new teachers’ contract brings Peninsula classified educators’ pay more in line with surrounding districts. Some staffing gaps remain, however.

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Natural gas line project to create traffic delays, noise

Aug 29, 2022 | By:

PSE will begin installing a gas main as early as Sept. 1, much of it following Burnham Drive.

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Carpool lane project completed after 22 years

Aug 26, 2022 | By:

Travelers on Sunday will be able to take a high-occupancy vehicle lane all the way from Gig Harbor to Seattle.

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Gig Harbor Police blotter: There is no ‘legal amount’ of alcohol

Aug 25, 2022 | By:

Editor’s note: The Police Blotter is written based on information in Gig Harbor Police reports. An officer who pulled over a suspected drunk driver on Highway 16 asked the driver if he had been drinking. The driver responded that he had consumed “the legal amount” of alcohol, which turned out to be not true. The officer noticed two vehicles

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Batana, a traditional Croatian fishing skiff, nearly ready to set sail

Aug 25, 2022 | By:

History is being brought to life at the BoatShop. Volunteers under the direction of master shipwright Mike Vlahovich have been building a traditional Croatian fishing skiff called a batana since early July. Vlahovich hopes the project will spark an on-going cultural exchange between Gig Harbor and Sumartin on the island of Brač, Croatia. Both have

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Catching kings with the Krilich Killer

Aug 24, 2022 | By:

Gig Harbor resident Jason Krilich picks me up at the Gig Harbor dock with a smile and a friendly “welcome aboard.” We have planned our trip for a beautiful, 78-degree Sunday afternoon. We’re fishing the outgoing tide, trying to catch the coveted king salmon. Krilich, 52, has fished these waters since he was a boy.

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State approves 75-cent bridge toll reduction; more for big rigs

Aug 23, 2022 | By:

After the state Legislature provided $13 million per year to reduce Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls, the Transportation Commission decided the spread the savings around to vehicles big and small.

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