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Hey, neighbors! Hope you’re getting excited for the holidays (I sure am!).

Unfortunately, we’re still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic this Christmas season, and the recent arrival of the omicron variant in Washington has health leaders urging everyone to be careful before travelling this year. We heard from the Washington State Department of Health on that Tuesday, and I’ve shared their latest update to start this Wednesday digest.

Today’s digest also has an update on Pierce County’s redistricting effort (which, unlike the state’s redistricting effort, was not a huge legal debacle). I’ve also included an update from the county on fee changes that will go into effect starting next year, plus the latest from the long-running Manuel Ellis investigation in Tacoma.

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So, here we go:


First, today’s weather:

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Cloudy, showers; breezy. High: 48 Low: 38.


Here are the top stories today in Gig Harbor:

  1. Omicron ‘A Significant Concern’ For The Holidays: WA DOH (Seattle Patch)
  2. Annual Fee Changes Coming During 2022 In Pierce County (Press Release Desk)
  3. Pierce County Districting Committee Approves Final Map (Press Release Desk)
  4. Who’s Hiring In And Near Gig Harbor: This Week’s Newest Job Openings (Gig Harbor Patch)
  5. 2 Tacoma Officers, Both Present For Ellis’ Death, Return To Work (Puyallup Patch)

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Today in Gig Harbor:


From my notebook:

  • Gig Harbor Police Department: “There is a lot of good discussion regarding the impacts of the recent legislative changes on police work in another post we made. We can assure you that we are simply doing our best to protect and serve our community within the laws as t…” (Facebook)
  • Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One – Official Site: “The Board of Fire Commissioners for Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One unanimously approved a Capital Facilities Plan (CFP) at its recent meeting. The CFP identifies projects, such as stations, apparatus and equipment, that need completing to i…” (Facebook)
  • Tom Taylor Family YMCA: “We love the winter weather because there’s more reasons to get together, and we have some of the best programs to keep youth active and learning during the season. Sign up your kids for swimming, dance, gymnastics, visual arts, and more….” (Facebook)
  • Tom Taylor Family YMCA: “Looking for a last-minute gift? ? Give the gift of health with 3 prepaid personal training sessions for $195! Gift certificates are available now at bit.ly/3GxwDxB” (Facebook)
  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Peacock Hill/154th: “In the market for a camera security system. – There are many out there. The Ring system Arlo system ect….. What system do you have? Do you like of dislike your system? Is there a system you would get instead of your current system? Are c…” (Nextdoor)
  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Peacock Hill/154th: “Driving down Peacock hill just crossing the Kitsap line. – PLEASE SLOW DOWN there are 2 dogs running lose. A beautiful German Shepherd and Rothweiler. Couldn’t catch them they were just running like crazy. Slow down my car turn on flashe…” (Nextdoor)

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Charles Woodman

About me: Charles started as Field Editor for Patch in May 2020, covering western Washington. He is based in Seattle. In the past, he has written for various TV news stations in Seattle, Reno, Nevada and Fairbanks, Alaska. He has also worked as a music critic, weatherman, and soccer referee.

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