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Happy Spring, North Bend and welcome to the latest edition of the City’s Weekly Recap, which is distributed each Friday to keep you up to date on latest events and happenings. Remember to click the linked headlines below (where applicable) to read full news releases for additional details. Enjoy this last weekend of March.
The City of North Bend invites community members to an upcoming informational virtual meeting about the new Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County affordable housing project. The meeting will include information on applicant qualifications, application requirements, and the community application preference period for people residing or working in North Bend zip code 98045. That community application preference is anticipated to span the month of April 2021. The new North Bend Habitat for Humanity community includes seven 1,250 sq. ft., 3-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom townhomes.
There will soon be a new storefront addition to the historic North Bend downtown core: Falling River Meats, a Snoqualmie Valley business that specializes in locally sourced, humanely raised meats. The new store is a great example of the type of businesses the City’s Community and Economic Development Department and volunteer Economic Development Commission have been working to attract to the revitalized downtown area to serve the needs of North Bend residents.
Earlier this month, two North Bend businesses – Rainier Asphalt & Concrete and Fury Site Works – donated time, equipment and materials to improve and expand the eastern portion of Tanner Trail, which runs parallel to North Bend Way. Rainier Asphalt & Concrete constructed a 400-foot long extension to Tanner Trail and Fury Site Works installed conduit adjacent to the new trail section for future lighting. In the coming years, it is anticipated that the City will extend Tanner Trail even farther east, eventually connecting to the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.
The Snoqualmie Valley is home to a wonderful preserved open space – Meadowbrook Farm Park. This vast open space gem is available to Snoqualmie Valley residents for wildlife viewing, walking, and just enjoying the outdoors. See the latest Quarterly newsletter from the Meadowbrook Farm Preservation Association to see what’s happening: winter2020-21.pdf (meadowbrookfarmpreserve.org)
We recently launched four new City website pages. The Covid-19 vaccination resource page helps you navigate everything vaccine-related. The Water FAQ page contains answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the City’s water supply and water infrastructure planning. The Transportation page offers info on available shuttle bus, ride share, vanpool options to help get residents where they need to go. The Report a Street Light Problem page will direct you to reporting options for streetlight issues in the City.
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust crews were busy last month, planting conifer trees in Tollgate Forest. The planting is part of grant-funded restoration work that improves riparian, floodplain and wetland habitat adjacent to the South Fork Snoqualmie River. To date, Greenway Trust crews and volunteers have planted over 2,800 native trees as part of the City’s Cooperative Watershed Management and King County’s One Million Trees grant program.
Covid-19 activity increased again this week in North Bend. Over the past 14 days there were 8 new cases reported and the test positivity rate increased to 7.2%. Unfortunately, there was also one new death reported. The City’s 7-day daily case average remained flat at .06. These new cases are a stark reminder that the virus continues to circulate in our area. As spread continues and vaccination supply increases, it is critical to follow all public health guidelines – spread out, mask up and keep social circles small – to #KeepNorthBendHealthy until the vaccine reaches more of our population this spring.
More than 2.8 million vaccine doses have been given across the state, which is nearly 80% of the nearly 3.5 million doses that have been delivered to providers and long-term care programs. In King County, just over 940,000 doses have been administered. Washington is currently averaging 45,841vaccine doses given each day. On March 17 Washington entered Phase 1B tier 2 of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine timeline. This advancement opened eligibility to about 740,000 people. Phases 1B Tier 3 & 4 will start on March 31st, making another 2 million people vaccine eligible.
HopeLink has developed a new online resource to help residents find transportation to and from Covid-19 vaccinations and/or testing sites. Find it at: https://www.findaride.org/covid.
Are you spring cleaning or doing household organizing? Then it is the perfect opportunity to fix leaks and drips around the house. Did you know? Dripping faucets can cost homeowners hundreds of dollars each year. These how-to videos will help you with DIY leak fixes – to save money and protect a limited natural resource: How to Videos | Saving Water Partnership
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