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Welcome to the latest edition of the North Bend Weekly Recap. Remember to click linked headlines where applicable for full news releases.
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.
Earlier this month, the new Quarterly Message from the Mayor was released. It highlights achievements, milestones and updates on City projects, new council legislation, infrastructure progress from the last three months of 2020. This quarterly report is a great way to keep up with the work of elected officials and staff that help make our small town one of the best places to live in King County.
The Northwest Railway Museum launched scenic winter, socially distanced train rides through the upper Snoqualmie Valley 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.]
The Snoqualmie Tribe is mourning the loss of Chief Andy De Los Angeles after his passing this week. The City extends its deepest condolences to the entire Snoqualmie Indian Tribe on the tragic loss of this beloved Tribal Elder. Community members can share stories, memories, and condolences on a Memorial Page for Chief De Los Angeles HERE.
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.
Earlier this week the state announced it had moved into Covid-19 Vaccine Phase 1B Tier 1, expanding vaccine access to more people per week. The state also reduced the 70 and older phase 1B vaccine age restriction to 65 and older. Governor Inslee also announced an updated statewide vaccine distribution and administration plan to increase the number vaccinations and establish infrastructure capable of mass vaccinations in the coming months. With the expanded vaccine distribution system, the state set a goal of vaccinating 45,000 people per day.
Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Roadmap to Recovery phased reopening plan, all eight (8) regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, February 1, 2021. DOH has launched the new Roadmap to Recovery dashboard that provides a detailed overview of the metrics used for measuring regional progress. The metrics and corresponding thresholds help determine if it is safe for a region to enter into a new phase of reopening. The four metrics presented in the dashboard include trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100k population; trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100k population; average 7-day percent occupancy of ICU staffed beds; 7-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests
Good News! Our City's new Covid-19 cases declined again this past week. The 7-day daily average for new cases decreased from 2.3 to 1 over the past week. During the past two weeks North Bend has had 19 new Covid cases reported with a 10.2% positive test rate - which is now below the King County positive rate (13.9%) for the same time period. Thank you to our residents for masking up, spreading out and keep your social circles small. These efforts are critical to help #KeepNorthBendHealthy. Keep it up!
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.
Mayor Rob proclaimed January 2021 National Mentoring Month in North Bend. He encourages community members to consider mentoring and have a long-lasting positive impact on our City’s young people.
We may see some snowflakes flying around during the upcoming week. The National Weather Service - so far - is predicting little to no accumulation for North Bend, though. If/when we do see significant snow, residents can find the City's snowplow route HERE.
The City has changed its mailing address. No more PO Box. Instead we are using our physical address: 920 SE Cedar Falls Way, North Bend, WA 98045. Please note the changed for utility bills and other correspondence.