Scouts on Fox Island!
Cable Crossing Complete
Fox Island Eagle Scouts
Island Navy Lab sold to private investors
Tips Marks 11th Year
& Soil Member in the Spotlight
Fox Island Cub Scouts Get New
Fox Island's Pack 27 shows off their new Pack Flag (donated by
FICRA and Stan Weston) at a recent Pack Meeting at the Nichols
center. The Cubs celebrated their first ever crossover
ceremony on June 25th, at the Fox Island Sandspit. Three
Webelos Cubs (in khaki shirts above) graduated to
Boy Scout Troop 27, upon receiving the Arrow of Light award.
Fox Island boys ages 7 - 10 years old are encouraged to join,
our Pack 27 website for more information.
There will be an open house and parent's informational meeting at
6:30 PM on Wednesday, September 12th at the Nichols Community
Center. If you are interested in joining Cub Scouts,
don't miss out on this meeting!
Spencer Godfrey, Troop 27's eighth
Eagle Scout passed his board of review on August 13, 2012. He
is the second Scout in Troop 27 to earn the Centennial Eagle
Scout badge, marking the 100th anniversary of the Eagle Scout
Sravan Konda, Troop 27's Seventh Eagle Scout passed his board of
review on April 16, 2012.
He is the first Boy Scout in Troop 27 to earn the Centennial Eagle
Scout badge, marking the 100th anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award.
FICRA Sponsors New Cub
Scout Pack 27
October 6, 2011
At the October FICRA meeting, the FICRA Board voted unanimously to sponsor Cub Scout Pack 27,
to be based at the Nichols Community Center on Fox Island.
To date, 9
boys have joined the Pack, and many have already earned the Webelos
badge! Their next outing will be a train trip to the OMSI Museum
in Portland, where they will spend the night in a submarine!
Fox Island boys ages 7 - 10 years old are encouraged to join,
our Pack 27 website for more information or call Scoutmaster John
Ohlson at 253-380-4100.
Cub Scouts from Fox Island's Pack 27 participate in
their first Pinewood Derby race at the Nichols Center
July 12, 2012 -
Coyote activity is on the rise again.
Fourteen new sightings in June and July
and six in April indicate the coyotes are becoming more active during
the warmer summer weather.
The USDA Wildlife Services folks are still
on the job, working to remove the most problematic coyotes, however
their efforts have been hampered by a small group of Islanders, who
have engaged in various forms of sabotage, attempting to thwart the
You can help the USDA by reporting
any sightings of coyotes, or howling on the
Fox Island Coyote Central page. Be specific about where you saw or heard them, what time of day it
was, the direction they were heading, and any other useful
information you might be able to share.
A resident living near
the Tree Farm on 11th Ave reported this incident of coyotes
attempting to attack his dogs:
Two coyotes stalked my dogs last week. We live above a wooded
ravine. One coyote stood at the edge of the ravine as a decoy
distracting my dogs while the other started circling around behind.
When I came onto the deck, the 2nd coyote was about 15 feet from my
dogs who were barking at the decoy, they never saw the second
coyote. The coyotes saw me and ran back into the ravine.
The coyotes are increasing in numbers every year, and several packs
are now roaming the island, hunting and killing family pets and aggressively approaching
people on a regular basis. Their howls can be heard in the wee hours
of the night. The most concentrated
activity recently seems to be along 7th Ave & Fox Drive, and along 11th Ave
near the Tree farm near Nootka. The USDA has indicated that
there are some aggressive coyotes that have lost their fear of humans,
triggering the undesirable behavior. They have indicated the best
method for dealing with this is to remove the problem coyotes.
Post your coyote sightings on our
Reporting page, to help the USDA focus on areas where they are
most active at the moment.
The USDA staff will NOT enter private property
where they have not first obtained written permission to do so.
If you have coyotes on or near your property and wish to work with
the USDA, please
contact us to obtain a property owner
Scouts Build Footbridge for FICRA's Nature
A companion project to the
Walkway Extension was recently completed on December 29th, by Scouts in
Fox Island's Troop 27, where they built a 10' long footbridge over a
This bridge, made of pressure treated beams and Trex
decking, resulted from re-routing the original trail that used to follow
the streambed with stepping stones, and now crosses the stream.
Thanks to the Troop 27 Scouts, who put in a combined
35 hours in building the bridge, while working towards their next rank
PenLight, Fox Island Cable Replacement Project Completion
Peninsula Light workers install the original Fox Island
submarine cable in 1931.
Gig Harbor, WA – Peninsula Light is pleased to
announce the completion of the Fox Island/Hale Passage Cable Crossing
The project originated from Ketner Point on Fox Island, to 62nd Ave NW
on the Cromwell side of the Gig Harbor Peninsula. The HDD Company of
Cameron Park, California bore 30 to 70 feet below the Puget Sound. The
horizontal bore had little or no impact on the marine environment. The
cable was pulled into a 12 inch steel casing that will facilitate future
cable replacement and prolong the life span of the cable. The $2.5
million project was one of the largest capital improvement projects in
the 85-year history of the cooperative.
PenLight’s Project Manager, Dennis Walden, oversaw the project since the
initial planning stages. “We feel the project was a great success.
Everything went smoothly, on-time and within budget.”
The Fox Island cable replacement has been a priority for PenLight’s CEO,
Jafar Taghavi, “I would like to thank the neighbors of Fox Island and
Cromwell for their patience and cooperation, we could not have completed
the Hale Passage Cable Crossing Project without their support.”
Please join PenLight in dedicating the project’s completion at 11:00
A.M. at the Ketner Point vault location (near the intersection of 7th
Lane and Chinook Drive) on Saturday, August 13, 2011 followed by a cake
reception to be served at PenLight’s booth at the Fox Island Community
and Recreation Association’s Annual Fair at Nichols Community Center
immediately following the dedication.
Peninsula Light Company is a member owned cooperative located in Gig
Harbor, WA and is a full requirement utility of the Bonneville Power
Administration. The utility began in 1925. Since then, the cooperative
has grown to be the second largest cooperative in the Northwest, with
26,000 members and serving over 31,000 meters on the Gig Harbor and Key
Peninsulas. The utility provides electric power and water services.
For more information visit: www.penlight.org
Kopachuck State Park Campground Closure
Kopachuck's trees have a disease - laminated root rot. The Washington
State Parks and Recreation Commission are seeking input from citizens about what
should be done about the problem.
The state is removing all the Doug Firs, reforest and bring the campground
back to its condition prior to the tree removal.
Read more, and watch the video
about this important development.
Fox Island Monthly Market
SAND & SOIL MEMBERS
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
HAROLD "HAL" GOODELL
is Sand & Soil Garden Club’s "go-to" man for tomatoes and how to nurture
them. But his life encompasses so much more, as you will see. He was born in
Olympia and grew up in Puyallup, WA. Interestingly, the 1908 house he lived
in was part of one of the first nurseries in the Puget Sound area. The
remaining filbert orchards were part of his playground, along with a huge,
multi-pronged cedar that he used as a "rocket ship." After a huge storm blew
his "ship" over a few years ago, he counted 100+ rings, indicating that it
was likely planted around the time that the house and nursery were
Find out more about
Adopt A Road On Fox Island
For over a year, an EnviroCorps
volunteer has been working hard to keep 11th Avenue on the Island litter
free! To help pay for equipment and expenses, EnviroCorps is
asking for help from you, the Fox Island Community.
For only $150 per quarter,
we can get 2 signs just like the one to the left…
Who are EnviroCorps Supporters? You, and other members of the Fox
$150 is easy!
All we need are 15 people giving $40 per year! Reoccurring donations
(monthly, quarterly, or yearly) can be made by clicking the “Donate Now”
button on our website. www.envirocorps.org
What is “EnviroCorps”?
EnviroCorps is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to
litter-free roads. We work in conjunction with the Pierce County & City
of Gig Harbor Adopt-a-Road Programs. EnviroCorps is also dedicated to
ridding our parks, trails, and other public lands of noxious vegetation.
Public Forum Input -
No Park at Navy Lab Site
Update: November 10, 2011:
A private investor has purchased the Navy Lab property for $600,000,
and has listed it for sale for $1,900,000. Three new homes are
proposed to be
built on the site.
July 14, 2010 - John Ohlson, FICRA President
A public forum was held on July 14, 2010 to help decide if FICRA should
pursue acquisition of the former Fox Island Navy Lab site as a
recreational property. Since the Nisqually Tribe relinquished
their claim on the property earlier this year, the Fox Island Naval Lab
is now available for acquisition by other governmental agencies, through
a 'public benefit conveyance'.
The GSA provides a 30 day window for
agencies and non-profit organizations such as FICRA to submit proposals
to convert the Navy property to public use. The HUD Homeless
Assistance Program has first right of refusal to obtain the property
The proposals must be
sponsored by a government agency such as the National Park Service, the
state of Washington, Pierce County or PenMet Parks. If FICRA were
to participate in submitting a proposal, this would mean a partnership
with one of these agencies.
20 Fox Island
residents provided testimony at the public forum, which included
possible uses such as preserving the property as a limited-use
recreational facility, an environmental education center, a marine park,
or allowing the property to fall into private hands, at public auction.
Opponents were concerned that excessive vehicle traffic down 3rd avenue
would be problematic, and that recreational users would disturb the
Proponents argued that
the property should be open to the public, and come under local control,
keeping control of the facility in the hands of Fox Island residents.
A vote was taken, and the majority of those present preferred that FICRA
take no action to pursue a partnership with an agency, for the purpose
of acquiring use of the property for public use.
The remaining issue
was the unfinished restoration of the property, now that the Navy has
relocated their staff and equipment to another location. Part of
the promise made by Norm Dicks office was that part of the money
allocated to relocate the facility would be used to remove the dock and
buildings - work that was never completed.
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Fox Island Scouts
Clean Up Graffiti at Nichols Center
January 3, 2010, area youth tagged the Nichols center with obscene
graffiti, hateful statements about the Gig Harbor Police Department, and
The Boy Scouts from Fox Island's
Troop 27 spent
most of a day scrubbing the graffiti off the building, and repainting
the walls, to restore it back to normal.
FICRA would like to thank the
Scouts, and if anyone has information that would lead to the arrest of
the taggers, please contact us.
New Fox Island Post Office
Rising on the corner of 6th Avenue and Fox Drive
is the new & improved Fox Island Post Office!
Several years in the making, the new post office
will feature expanded mail processing space, more post office boxes, and
larger truck access for delivering mail from the regional stations.
The existing post office, shown at right, is up
The new post office opened in December 2010.
Map of Nature Center Available
FICRA has produced a
new map of the trails around the Fox Island Nature Center.
Follow the trail to see the wetlands, old-growth nurse logs,
native species garden, footbridges, wildflower meadows and more!
Download your copy of the map, and take a walk in the woods
Nature Center Trail Map!
Garden Tips Kicks Off it's 11th Year on FoxislandWA.net!
For eleven years straight, Master Gardener Linda Dodds
has been providing monthly gardening tips for Fox Island
residents. FICRA would like to give Linda a BIG THANK YOU
for her tireless contributions to our website, and to the
gardening enthusiasts of Fox Island. You can read her garden tips from years gone by
in our Garden Tips Archive, dating
back to January, 2001. Keep
up the great work, Linda!
Check out the photo of some of the Fox
Island Garden Club members busy weeding and cleaning up the
gazebo garden at Nichols Community Center a few weeks ago.
party members are: Bottom row, left to right, Juanita Bjork,
Marti Thompson, Lois Miller and Gail Jones. Back row, Thelma
Laird and Linda Dodds.
more gardening tips on the Garden Club web page.
EnviroCorps needs you! Let's keep Fox Island
If you would like to volunteer to pick
up litter, clear trails, or do a little gardening, please
consider signing up for a shift at
www.envirocorps.org . There are
many opportunities for residents of Fox Island to help out. You
can volunteer at the Fox Island Boat Launch, the Fox Island
Nature Center, the grounds of the Nichols Community Center or
many other places on the Island. For
more information about what you can do to help Fox Island,
Envirocorps Team Leader for Fox Island
Help keep your parks clean and
well maintained. Help is needed to clear brush, remove
invasive plants, build trails, and more. Kris
Grose is the new EnviroCorps team leader for
Call: Vernon Young at 253-265-6162
Boat Ramp Project Revived?
to the rapidly deteriorating condition of the Fox Island
boat launch (formally known as "Towhead Island"), and the hazardous traffic
conditions at the launch on busy summer weekends, FICRA President John
Ohlson has been holding talks with various government officials to see if an
improvement plan drawn up by the Pierce County Parks & Recreation District
in the 1980's can be revived.
Fox Island residents have signed a petition to get the ramp
The land was originally
the site for the toll booth for the Fox Island bridge, and the original ramp
was constructed to facilitate the construction of the bridge. Some years
later, the original ramp was destroyed by some heavy equipment belonging to
the Navy. It was later replaced by the current concrete slabs which are
chained together to form the boat ramp. The slabs are breaking apart, have become disconnected from one another, and pose a hazard to boaters.
Most people avoid the actual ramp, and launch their boats on the adjacent
Time and the tides have
taken their toll, and the once spacious parking area is now only a fraction
of it's former self. Erosion has washed away nearly all of the parking
area, and the pavement on the ramp is crumbling badly.
new plan would increase the on-site parking from approximately 8 stalls
to nearly 21 stalls, and provide an off-street staging area for boaters to
turn around and position their rigs to launch - out of the oncoming traffic.
Incoming traffic would be routed to the north end of the lot, and exiting
traffic would use the south exit, providing a smoother flow of traffic on
the site. The angle of the ramp itself would be increased to prevent
having to submerge your vehicle in the saltwater to get your boat off the
trailer, and the concrete slabs would be replaced with a smooth, continuous
FICRA President John
Ohlson has been in communication with Senator Maria Cantwell’s office,
Senator Derek Kilmer, Rep. Pat Lantz, Pierce County Councilman Terry Lee,
and PenMet Parks Executive Director Marc Connelly over the past four months
regarding this project. There is interest by all parties concerned, to get
the project back on track. To that end, FICRA has appointed a steering
committee to oversee the efforts to restart this project, and potentially
strike up a partnership between PenMet, FICRA and the BLM to provide
stewardship and ongoing operational support for this facility.
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What are Clay Babies, you ask?
According to amateur geologists, our clay babies are
concretions, which are defined as, “a rounded mass of mineral matter
found in sedimentary rock (or – in the case of clay, material with
extremely small grains).”
Find out more on our new
clay babies web page, courtesy of Fox Island author Don Edgers, author
of two books about Fox Island history; "An Island in Time, Growing Up In The 40's",
and "An Island in Time, Coming of Age in the 50's".
Check it out!
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Fox Island Museum.
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interested people are welcome.
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FoxislandWA.net Logs 30,000th Visitor
On April 10, 2003, FoxislandWA.net logged it's 30,000th visitor! With over
1000 visitors a month now, we are being visited by more people than
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At 9:00pm on January 5th, 2001 local Fox Island resident Kyle
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Our One Year Anniversary!
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Larry Clarke, Tony Moore, Bill Marcy, Cindy Dille, and Mike Gordon.
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