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  • Whatever History Has Forgotten, Seattle Put His People First

    Ted Olinger, Key Peninsula News|Updated Sep 7, 2023

    A year ago in September, I wrote about a few books in these pages that I thought our community might read and asked for suggestions for those many titles I certainly missed. One that came in over the transom was David Buerge's "Chief Seattle," the result of 20 years of research. My first thought was, "Really? What could be left to reveal about this mythic figure?" But I was familiar with the work of the author and suspected there was more going on here than I realized. "You...

  • Around the World Alone - Again - This Time by Sail

    Ted Olinger, Key Peninsula News|Updated Aug 10, 2023

    Once you become the first person to circumnavigate the globe alone under your own power - 41,196 miles of rowing solo across the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans, then pedaling a bicycle across and scaling mountains on the continents in between - what do you do for an encore? Maybe you do it again, taking a different route to summit the highest peaks you missed the first time, while visiting (or building) classrooms along the way, sharing what you've seen and learned about...

  • Local Animal Rescuer Is Home From the War, for Now

    Ted Olinger, Key Peninsula News|Updated Oct 13, 2022

    When the first Russian artillery shell hit, Tom Bates realized he'd made a mistake. "We forgot what we were supposed to do," he said. "We weren't hiding the vehicles, we gathered in a group, and that's what they're looking for." Russian drones will direct fire at anyone who appears to be assisting in Ukraine. "Especially humanitarian aid workers. The Russians want to cause fear and confusion so foreigners will leave and abandon Ukraine." Bates was in the demilitarized village...

  • Owls and Eagles and Bears - and Sasquatch, of course - Help to Brighten the Garden

    Ted Olinger, Key Peninsula News|Updated Aug 11, 2022

    Anyone exploring the byways of the Key Peninsula has seen them, and maybe even been startled. Wooden bear cubs clinging to a tree, an enormous eagle perched atop a roof peak, a life-sized Sasquatch looming up at the end of a driveway. Chainsaw woodcarvings are a Pacific Northwest tradition. But there's one hideaway on the KP where these creations come to life. Next to a stack of cedar trees stands a series of upright logs, roughly cut into vaguely familiar shapes. Further on,...

  • Local Man is Saving Animals in Ukraine

    Ted Olinger, Key Peninsula News|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    Approximately 5 million people had fled Ukraine and another 8 million were internally displaced as of May 15 after their country was invaded by the Russian Federation Feb. 24. Many who ran tried to take their pets with them, but at least 1 million animals were abandoned, according to the Humane Society International. The Ukraine-based animal rights organization UAnimals discovered 485 dogs that had starved to death in locked cages at a deserted animal shelter in Borodyanka in...

  • Hawks Scholarship Awards Record Amount to PHS Seniors

    Ted Olinger, Key Peninsula News|Updated Jun 9, 2022

    One hundred and thirty-four graduating Peninsula High School seniors received $366,800 in scholarships at the Peninsula Hawks Scholarship Fund award ceremony May 18. Fifty scholarship winners were from the Key Peninsula. "It's more money than we've ever awarded," said Hayley Nichols, scholarship donor chair and Evergreen Elementary School alumna. The scholarship fund is one of the largest in the state, according to the Peninsula School District. The fund was founded in 1984...

  • KP Man Completes First Solo Row from U.S. to Asia

    Ted Olinger, Key Peninsula News|Updated May 5, 2022

    Solo circumnavigator Erden Eruç of Wauna, 60, made landfall at Legazpi City in the Philippines March 24, becoming the first person to row from North America to Asia after launching from Crescent City, Calif., June 22, with brief stops in Hawaii and Guam, on the first leg of his second human-powered trip alone around the world. Eruç was headed to Hong Kong and points west across Asia and Europe, but adverse weather significantly slowed his progress across the Pacific. After s...