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Welcome to the latest edition of the North Bend Weekly Recap. It was a busy week in the City, including some powerful winter weather. See some highlights from the second week of January below. Remember to click the linked headline where applicable to see the full news release.
Our area experienced a powerful wind event early Wednesday morning that led to a citywide outage. In response, Mayor Rob issued an emergency declaration and activated the City’s Emergency Operations Center. Except for a few small pockets of outages, residents had power restored on Thursday, January 14. You can sign up on the City’s ‘Notify Me’ website page to receive important communications during emergency events via email or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for City updates.
On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) began work to underground overhead power and communication lines along a section of E. North Bend Way near the new Park Street roundabout. Work will occur on E. North Bend Way between the North Bend Motel and QFC. The utility work will occur during overnight hours, between 9PM and 6AM, and last approximately two weeks. A detour will be in place.
Good news: Si View Metro Park’s Torguson Skatepark project is close to completion, which will bring an expanded and upgraded outdoor skating recreation venue to the City of North Bend. Unfortunately, the recent wet weather is slowing progress of some remaining skatepark components, including the installation of pathways, stairs and landscaping. This remaining work is weather dependent and currently it is too wet to complete. Residents are encouraged to be patient and wait to access the skatepark until construction is fully complete. Only at that point will construction equipment and fencing be removed. Si View Parks says the new park will be worth the wait.
The Northwest Railway Museum announced last week that scenic winter, socially distanced train rides through the upper Snoqualmie Valley will begin on Saturday, January 16, 2021. This is the first time in the Museum’s history that visitors can take the historic railway excursion along the Museum’s 5.5 miles of track during the winter months of January – March and includes departures from downtown North Bend. Multiple North Bend departure times give riders the opportunity to visit local shops and enjoy other downtown amenities. The train departs from the North Bend Depot at 10:30AM, 12:00PM, and 1:30PM. [All public health guidelines, including masks, frequent cleaning and reduced capacity, are followed onboard.]
Washington State’s “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” COVID-19 two-phase reopening plan began on January 11. The state is following a regional reopening approach with every region beginning in Phase 1. The 8-region system will ease some restrictions while also maintaining hospital capacity. King County is in the Central/Puget Sound region, along with Pierce and Snohomish counties. Regions will advance to phase 2 when meeting four metrics for hospitalizations and case numbers. See image below above for activities allowed in Phase 1.
According to the King County Public Health Covid-19 Outbreak Summary Dashboard, over the past 14 days, the City of North Bend has reported 49 new cases, with a 24.7% positive test rate. Good News: The City’s 7-day average daily case count has decreased from a record high of 6.6 early last week to 2.3 late this week. The significant case increase experienced in early January was due in part to an outbreak at Red Oak Residence, which King County Public Health has been monitoring. The City thanks residents for their efforts to Mask Up, Spread Out and Keep Social Circles Small to help #KeepNorthBendHealthy.
Washington State DOH said it is eager to pick up the pace to get vaccines to people who need them and expect to move into Phase 1B in a matter of days. As of January 11, providers in Washington have given 201,660 total doses of vaccine since Phase 1A began. This includes both first and second doses. As of January 12, Washington state has received 624,975 doses of vaccine. This week Washington will receive another 123,275 doses and this supply will go to 142 county sites and 11 tribal or Urban Indian Health Program sites. As of January 12, 2021, the state said there are 627 facilities fully enrolled as COVID-19 vaccine providers.
The Community is invited to join staff and Councilmembers for the January 19th virtual City Council meeting. The Zoom meeting begins at 7PM. The agenda is available HERE. It includes instruction to log into the meeting.
We are in the process of updating the City’s tourism website. One of the upgrades made is an in-depth North Bend business directory. The Dine and Shop pages are also undergoing updates. The goal is to provide locals and tourists with a one-stop location for everything North Bend and in the process, help support our vibrant business community.
This holiday season was bright in historic downtown North Bend, due in part to increased lighting of the new – and still growing - street trees. After seeing the difference these additional lights made in the historic corridor, some business owners approached the City, asking to keep the trees lit even after the holiday season ended. City officials agreed and last month made the decision to keep the trees bright until the end of February.
Another local, appointment-only pop-up blood drive is happening at Snoqualmie City Hall from January 12th to 22nd. Daily hours are 9AM to 5PM. All donations benefit patients at local hospitals, including Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. The power outage cancelled the drive on Wednesday, but Bloodworks Northwest still has blood drives today as well as Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week. Over 250 people have scheduled appointments to donate, but appointments are still available on Wednesday and Friday next week. If you would like to donate you can schedule an appointment at https://dslnk.co/SnoqualmiePopUp.
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust offers a list of local winter hiking trails to enjoy. When the snow starts to fly, it doesn’t mean you have to hole up indoors. There are many winter hiking trails – including many on this list that are located right here in the North Bend area - that remain relatively snow-free, so bundle up and head out to explore! Even though you shouldn’t find these trails under too much snow, we always suggest you carry the 10 essentials, check the forecast, and read recent trip reports before heading out. See the full list HERE.
The City of North Bend and the Snoqualmie Valley were featured in a recent 425 Business Magazine article. The article highlights the livability of our area that makes it also highly attractive to businesses. Read the full article HERE.