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Category: Gig Harbor


VIDEO: Adventuress docks in Gig Harbor before heading to Tacoma’s Foss Waterway later this week

The schooner Adventuress docked in Gig Harbor on Saturday for dockside tours and a public sail. It will sail to the Foss Waterway this week.

The ship was built in 1913 and is 133 feet long. It has a capacity of 45, and 15 crew members live on board full time. The vessel, operated by the nonprofit Sound Experience, offers day and overnight educational and environmental programs.

Adventuress travels all over the Puget Sound, from Bellingham to Olympia.

For information on schedules, prices and programs, visit soundexp.org.


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Renovation set for runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport

The runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport will be renovated and repaved starting later this month in a project costing $5.7 million.

The runway and four taxiways at the airport in Gig Harbor will be improved and altered to meet federal standards.

Here’s the county’s news release:

April 18, 2013

Runway rehabilitation at Tacoma Narrows Airport starts April 29

Pierce County will rehabilitate the runway and four adjacent connector taxiways at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor this spring and summer to improve surfaces, add new features and meet federal aviation standards for the airport’s

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Tollpayers can comment on proposed Narrows toll hike

Tollpayers and others have two chances to comment on a proposal by the Washington State Transportation Commission to increase tolls on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge by 25 cents during each of the next two summers.

Comments will be taken at two commission meetings scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 15 and May 20. Both meetings will take place at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview Street. The commission is scheduled to take action on tolls at the May 20 meeting.

Those unable to attend the meeting can send comments via email or “snail mail.” Written

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Sequestration may shut down control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport

The control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport near Gig Harbor might close due to Federal Aviation Administration budget cuts caused by sequestration.

The FAA is reviewing its list of tower closures and could reconsider those “where the national interest would be adversely affected.” A final decision is due by March 18.

If its tower closes, Tacoma Narrows Airport would remain open with pilots using “well-defined procedures applicable at all airports without an operating control tower,” according to Pierce County.

Here’s today’s news release from Pierce County:

Sequestration may close FAA contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport

The Federal

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Lawmaker proposes cap on Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls

A peninsula lawmaker is proposing a way to pay off the Tacoma Narrows Bridge without any further increases in toll rates.

To do that, the legislation drafted by Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, would rely on loans from the state’s motor vehicle fund until the bridge is paid off in 2030. It would then keep tolls on the bridge until those loans are repaid.

Angel, a former Realtor and banker, likens the legislation that was introduced Thursday to extending a home mortgage.

She earlier proposed selling the naming rights to bridges and highways as a way to raise money

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Seeking guidance, Narrows bridge toll panel delays meeting

The group charged with recommending toll increases on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge is postponing its meeting tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 15, to receive more guidance on the process.

The citizen advisory committee is waiting to hear from the Washington Transportation Commission before it convenes for its rescheduled meeting on Feb. 5. The commission will meet Jan. 23 and 24 in Olympia.

The committee is in the midst of drafting its recommendation to the commission, which has the authority to set toll rates.

Noah Crocker, a financial analyst for the commission, said it will discuss and may provide direction on the differential

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New member named to Peninsula School Board

Harlan Gallinger has been appointed to the Peninsula School Board. He will fill a seat vacated by Jill Uddenberg in September.
Gallinger was appointed by the board to serve the remaining three years of her term.

He was one of 13 who applied for the job.

Gallinger graduated from Sumner High School, the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is a physician who works in emergency medicine. He also has a teaching background with Teach for America, a national program that recruits recent college graduates who commit two years to teach

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Light up your holidays with these tree-lighting events

Here’s the rundown of tree-lighting ceremonies for west Pierce County communities:

n DuPont, 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Ross Plaza

The festivities begin when Candy Cane Lane opens at 4:30 p.m.  Participating businesses on Wilmington Drive will open their doors to kids for a candy cane or other holiday treats.  The lobby of the Community 1st Credit Union will open at 5 p.m. so holiday revelers can purchase menu selections from local DuPont restaurants for $5 per plate.  There will be caroling and ornament making. DuPont Forza will host pictures with Santa for a fee.

n Fircrest, 7 p.m. Sunday,

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