A low-intensity tornado touched down near Gig Harbor on Sunday afternoon, uprooting trees and breaking limbs along a roughly four-mile path, the National Weather Service in Seattle determined Monday. No injuries were reported. The twister touched down at 2:18 p.m. about four miles west-southwest of Gig Harbor and lasted up to 15 minutes, said meteorologist Allen Kam….More
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The pilot of the Virgin Galactic, Peter Siebold, grew up and learned to fly in Gig Harbor. “He just lives for flying and has done so since early childhood,” said Siebold‘s father, Klaus, who still lives in Gig Harbor. “He grew up here and he started flying here at the local airport, in an airplane that’s…More
State health officials have suspended the license of a Gig Harbor physician who allegedly threatened to kill health care employees and bomb their office because their company, which is also an insurer, rejected some of his patient’s medical claims. The physician license for Said Farzad, 63, was immediately suspended based on the charges that he made numerous threatening…More
YMCA’s Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor is closed again this week following an outbreak of an illness suspected to be norovirus. More than 200 campers were sent home last Thursday when children and staff members started experiencing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, said Renee Quinn, community relations director of YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. A total of 66 campers…More
The Associated Press Deputies checking on a vacant house found squatters growing marijuana, and one man who sped away in the direction of a deputy was shot and grazed, the Pierce County sheriff’s office said. The driver suffered only a 4-inch scratch on his back, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. When the man was finally arrested, the…More
A Gig Harbor man accused of duct-taping the mouth of his son’s dog to stop the animal’s barking has been charged with felony animal cruelty. The News Tribune reports that 57-year-old Paul G. Sweeney pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Pierce County Superior Court and was released pending trial. Court records say a passer-by spotted the 2-year-old…More
Police say there was no motive, argument or reason they could find behind the fatal shooting on Thursday of a Tacoma man at the hands of his neighbor. The shooting occurred shortly before 8 pm. in the 4600 block of North Ferdinand Street, police said. According to Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool, the 51-year-old suspect had been…More
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration will keep open for now the 149 control towers at small airports that had been slated to close as the result of governmentwide automatic spending cuts imposed by Congress, the Transportation Department said Friday.
Five of those towers are in Washington state: Olympia Regional Airport, Renton Municipal Airport, Felts Field in Spokane, Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor and Yakima Air Terminal, McAllister Field.
The towers, which are operated by contractors for the FAA at low-traffic airports, had been scheduled to close June 15. They will now remain open at least through Sept. 30, the end of the federal budget year, the department said in a statement.
A bill hastily passed by Congress last month to end air traffic controller furloughs also makes enough money available to keep the towers open, the statement said. The bill gave the FAA authority to shift $253 million from accounts with unspent funds to keep controllers on the job. The furloughs at all FAA-operated airport towers and air traffic control facilities caused widespread flight delays across the country for nearly a week before Congress stepped in.
FAA officials have previously said they needed at least $200 million to eliminate the need for furloughs. The bill didn’t require the FAA to spend the remaining funds on keeping towers at small airports open, but lawmakers said they anticipated the agency would use the money that way.
While the decision gives the small airports a temporary reprieve, FAA officials will still be under pressure to find ways to further cut spending in next year’s budget.More
A 47-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he tried to smother his girlfriend’s elderly mother, Gig Harbor police said. The victim, 91, was sitting in a reclining chair at her condominium in the 7200 block of Soundview Drive when the man held a pillow-like object over her face, police said. The victim lost consciousness, but awoke a short time later and called…More
The Associated Press GIG HARBOR — The Washington State Patrol says a woman driving with a Chihuahua in her lap crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with another car Wednesday on Highway 302 near Gig Harbor. Trooper Guy Gill says driving with the dog in her lap may have been a factor in the crash that killed…More