Apex Predators on the Brink of Being Endangered

Human behavior, transient orcas pose threat to sharks and whales that make their home in the waters of the South Salish Sea By Dan Aznoff | Photo courtesy of Harbor WildWatch | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Killer whales and canaries have a lot in common. Canaries have been used since the early days of underground mining to detect toxic vapors for miners as they chipped away at bedrock in pursuit of valuable commodities from coal and diamonds to veins of precious gold.            The majestic orca that has become symbolic of the pristine waters… Read More

Ryder Rides Again

Young boy cycling for a purpose By Colin Anderson | Photo Courtesy OF Jennifer Murphy | Proudly sponsored by KGHP.FM | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local When most kids go for a bike ride with Mom or Dad, it’s usually around the neighborhood, down to the park and back or maybe into town to grab some ice cream, but that’s not usually the case for one local elementary schooler. “My dad and I go on many training rides that are between 10 to 30 miles at a time. I eat good foods, like pasta and veggies, before all of my rides to… Read More

Teacher of the Month: Alexa Shanafelt

By Colin Anderson | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Alexa Shanafelt has experienced it all, from kindergarteners learning their very first lessons to high school seniors finishing up their very last test. Alexa just wrapped up her 19th year in teaching and has tackled each and every grade, k through 12. She was most recently at Kopachuck Middle School teaching sixth, seventh and eighth graders Spanish, multimedia productions and yearbook and never tires of watching the lights go off inside her students’ heads. “The most rewarding moment in teaching is when a student has an ‘a-ha’ moment. A Spanish… Read More

Gather. Connect. Socialize. Have Fun.

Ocean5 and Table 47; bringing the community together By Jillian Chandler | Photo By Dane Gregory Architect Design | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local A vision that was a decade in the making finally came to fruition this June, opening its doors to the Gig Harbor community as a place for family, friends and colleagues to gather, connect and share experiences. The brainchild of Troy Alstead, former COO of Starbucks, Ocean5 and accompanying restaurant Table 47 both were inspired by the idea of community. “Community is the starting point behind the other part of our purpose, inspiring connections,” says Alstead…. Read More

10-Year-Old Entrepreneur

Local Boy Receives Washington Main Street Award By Colin Anderson | Photo courtesy of Gig Harbor Kids Farmers Booth – Justin Dennis | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Most 10-year-olds’ focus is on school and friends or perhaps their favorite sports or other activities, but for one local boy his focus is already on building a business. Justin Dennis, a student in Gig Harbor, was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at Washington Main Street’s Excellence on Main Awards Ceremony on April 24 in Port Townsend. Ten-year-old Justin approached the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance (GHDWA) in spring 2017… Read More

My Sister’s Pantry

Story and Photo By Marguerite Cleveland | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local “The food here is excellent, it’s real good,” said Mark Voyer, a client at My Sister’s Pantry. He was one of the many people lined up on a brisk Saturday morning waiting for the pantry to open. Also waiting was Maria Mondragon, who loves being able to socialize with other people in need. Up and down the line clients shared how nice and caring they are at My Sister’s Pantry. As people begin to gather you can sense the comradery as they greet each other. When handicap visitors… Read More

June Athletes of the Month

By Colin Anderson | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Max Frank, Gig Harbor High School Max Frank, a senior at Gig Harbor High School, has high aspirations for his life, and it looks like he is off to a great start. As this year’s captain of Gig Harbor’s soccer team, Max has made significant contributions to the varsity team since his sophomore year, including a third-place finish last year at state. But his accomplishments extend far beyond the soccer field. Max has maintained a cumulative 3.97 GPA and received As in all eight of his AP classes. Last year he was… Read More

Gig Harbor Garden Tour

The Art of Gardening By Patti McFerran | Photo by Patti McFerran & Inez Ritchie | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local This year’s Gig Harbor Garden Tour poster is a beautiful splash of color called ‘Double Tulips’ by artist Victor K. Andres. A Gig Harbor resident, Andres was inspired by boats and the sea but his floral water colors are what caught the eye of those choosing the art for the poster. Following a lead to check out the website for his paintings, they fell in love with his depictions of flowers.  After Andres died in May of 2017 after… Read More

Bring Your Appetite!

Food Truck Feast Returns By Colin Anderson | Photos Courtesy of Chrisy Dorsey Photography | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Sunday, June 17, is Father’s Day; a day to honor dads and all they do. Many will be celebrating with barbecues or a meal at one of Dad’s favorite restaurants. If you really want to impress the dad in your life, celebrate Father’s Day all weekend long. Kick off the festivities early and leave the cooking to the professionals. Dad and everyone else in the family will have all kinds of culinary choices as Food Truck Feast returns again this year to… Read More

Long Distance Row-Around

Air Force pilot will flex his water wings on an eight-month journey across the Pacific By Dan Aznoff | Photo Courtesy of Jacob Hendrickson | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living  The challenge for a maritime resident of the Gig Harbor Marina will be how to explain to himself why in the world he chose to row his custom-made row boat across the 9,150 nautical miles from Neah Bay in Northwest Washington to Perth in Western Australia. Air Force veteran Jacob Hendrickson knows a thing or two about adventure. He has first-hand experience with G-forces over the past 10 years flying combat… Read More