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Happy Friday North Bend and welcome to the latest installment of the Weekly Recap. It's hard to believe, but the calendar page flips to May tomorrow. The first four months of 2021 have flown by. It was a busy week around town and we're doing our best to keep you up to date. Remember, click the link headlines below (where applicable) to read the full news release. Have a great weekend. If you'd like to receive the Weekly Recap via email or be notified by text when it's published, visit the Notify Me City website page and sign up for City News Releases.
King County will begin fieldwork related to a Levee Breach Study of the South Fork Snoqualmie River in North Bend. This fieldwork will help identify areas that are vulnerable to breaching and will occur along the critical, 6.25-mile South Fork Levee system that runs thru the City. Findings from the study will be shared with residents when it is completed in March 2022.
Are you a local business owner? Maybe a resident interested in local business happenings? Each quarter the City publishes a Business Bulletin Newsletter to keep residents and business owners up to date on North Bend business-related news. Find the April 2021 Edition HERE.
The community is invited to join the May 4th virtual City Council meeting that also includes a Public Hearing on a Proposed Water Rate increase. Click the linked headline for the full agenda and instructions to access the Zoom meeting. If you can’t attend but would like to provide written comments on the proposed water rate increase, instructions can be found HERE. Written comments are due by May 3rd at 5PM. Verbal comments should be made at the public hearing.
In May, the Senior Center will host two free weekly support groups. You’re Not Alone During Covid meets each Tuesday at 2PM via Zoom and will discuss concerns related to grief, loss, social isolation, anxiety and other stressors. Caregiver Support: Coming Together During Covid meets every Saturday at 10AM via Zoom and will discuss tips and strategies to help you take care of YOU as you are helping others. Email: email@example.com to register or get more information.
If your travel plans will take you toward the lower Snoqualmie Valley on SR 202, here’s a heads up that the SR 202 Snoqualmie River Bridge will be closed for paving work from May 10-14. This bridge work is part of a $2 million SR 202 paving project from near Snoqualmie Falls Park to Boalch Ave in western North Bend. Click the linked headline for all details. Note: local access to Millpond Road will be available during the bridge closure.
Si View Metro Parks announced the winner of its Family Fun Day Chalk Walk grand prize. Claire took her artistic talents to the sidewalk and created an Earth Day masterpiece. Nice Work!
North Bend Covid-19 activity was flat this past week. Over the past 14 days there were 4 new cases reported and the test positivity rate was 1.9%. The City’s 7-day daily case average was also flat at .04. Neighboring Snoqualmie’s recent uptick in cases also continues, with 19 new cases reported and a 6.9% test positivity rate over the past two weeks. This continued activity in the upper Snoqualmie Valley is an important reminder that despite vaccine rollout, the virus continues to circulate in our area. Until more residents are fully vaccinated, it is important to continue following all public health guidelines – spread out, mask up and keep social circles small – to #KeepNorthBendHealthy and help prevent King County from moving back to Phase 2 of the State’s Reopening Plan.
As of April 26th, over 5.2 million vaccine doses have been given across the state, which is 81% of the approximate 6.4 million doses that have been delivered to providers and long-term care programs. In King County, nearly 1.9 million doses have been administered. In North Bend zip code 98045, 57.7% of those 16 and over have received at least one dose – and 35.3% are now fully vaccinated. Washington is currently averaging 61,000 daily administered vaccine doses and 29% of residents have been fully vaccinated. The new Lake Sammamish State Park Mass Vaccination site has approximate 1,300 open appointments. Find a Covid-19 vaccine HERE.
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.
The community is invited to join King Conservation District on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6PM for a FREE LIVE webinar on how to protect your home and community from wildfires. The 90-minute event will include information from experts about Western Washington wildfire patterns; fire behavior; Wildland Urban Interface and climate change; creating a defensible space around your home; writing an evacuation plan; King County Wildfire Strategy; and protecting yourself from wildfire smoke.
King County pet licenses are required for all dogs and cats eight weeks of age or older living in the Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) coverage area, which includes North Bend. Pet licenses identify and protect your dog or cat if they get lost and offer other benefits, including the free Ride Home Program. On April 1st RASKC launched its ‘License for Love’ campaign, which waives fees for expired pet licenses to ensure cats and dogs receive important protections. If you’ve fallen behind or have forgotten to renew your pet’s license, this campaign offers the perfect opportunity to renew without paying additional fees. The offer expires on June 30th.
The 2021 North Bend Yard Waste Recycling program is off and running. This free, annual recycling program is open to North Bend residents and property owners on select Saturdays April – October from 8AM to 12PM at the North Bend Public Works building, 1155 E. North Bend Way. Click the linked headline for all open dates and accepted yard waste items.
Do you love taking photographs of our City and the surrounding natural beauty? If so, send us your photos (firstname.lastname@example.org) and you might see them on our social media channels and/or this weekly email newsletter. This photo of the April 20th sunset over North Bend was taken by Mushtaque Silat and shared on Facebook.