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Category: Key Peninsula

Dec.
10th

Ten local heroes in right place, right time

The South Sound region does not lack for people admired as heroes. Recently, four fallen Lakewood police officers have taken the role. Many soldiers from Fort Lewis, living and dead, have worn the label.

Each year, the American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter presents a new class of Red Cross Real Heroes, nominated by community members. This year’s cast of 10 local recipients includes law enforcement rescuers, children saving their father from an insect sting, a boy saving his cousin from choking on a Puyallup Fair corndog, and a pair of school bus incidents.

They were honored at a

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Nov.
9th

Harbor History Museum wins audio contest

The unfinished Gig Harbor History Museum includes The Jim and Carol Milgard Maritime Gallery (rear) and the main museum building (right). September 17, 2009 Peter Haley / The News Tribune
The unfinished Gig Harbor History Museum includes The Jim and Carol Milgard Maritime Gallery (rear) and the main museum building (right). September 17, 2009 Peter Haley / The News Tribune

The Harbor History Museum is winning accolades, and it isn’t even open.

The museum announced today that it won the Antenna Audio Tour Contest, which asks organizations to give audio tours that showcase their museum or cultural site.

“The Harbor History Museum’s audio tour takes the listener on a journey from thousands of years in the past to peninsula life today,” according to the museum’s press release. “The narration complements the gallery exhibits by providing additional information and interesting facts on the history of the region, including native Americans, early explorers and pioneers, heritage and culture, and the growth of the peninsula through agriculture, industries, fishing and commerce.”

Here are a few samples of the museum’s winning entry (the MP3’s are located at the bottom of the screen).
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Oct.
9th

Burley-Olalla interchange complete

The new westbound SR 16 on-ramp from Burley Olalla Road. Photo taken from WSDOT Web site.
The new westbound SR 16 on-ramp from Burley Olalla Road. Photo taken from WSDOT Web site.

Drivers on the Kitsap Peninsula might have noticed their commutes were a bit easier the last three days.

That’s because state work crews opened the Burley Olalla interchange just north of the Pierce County line Wednesday. I wrote a story on the $25 million project back in 2007.

The state wanted to “open up” the only intersection on Highway 16. Cars on Burley Olalla Road used to have to cross four lanes of 50 mph traffic.
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Sep.
21st

Get chummy during annual festival in Gig Harbor

The City of Gig Harbor will hold its annual Donkey Creek Chum Festival on Oct. 10. This year’s mantra: It takes a fish to raise a village.

The city says that every year since 1972, the Gig Harbor Commercial Fisherman’s Club has incubated salmon eggs at Donkey Creek, releasing over 1 million smelt into Gig Harbor Bay. Each fall, mature salmon find their way from the open sea back to Austin Estuary, fighting their way up the culvert and into Donkey Creek to spawn.

“In celebration of this annual event, the Fisherman’s Club, the City of Gig Harbor, Harbor WildWatch environmental group, the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Club and many other local organizations have teamed up with one goal in mind – saving the salmon for future generations,” according to the press release.
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