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Happy [almost] Memorial Day North Bend and welcome to the newest edition of the Weekly Recap. It seems May has flown by – so we hope you enjoy the upcoming extended holiday weekend with family and friends. If you’re hitting the road over the long weekend, bring your patience as traffic is predicted to be heavy. As always, remember to click the linked headlines below – where applicable – to read full news releases.
The Washington State Fire Training Academy (FTA) has notified the City that it will be hosting training exercises in early June and again in mid-July that may result in explosive noises being heard in areas of North Bend. The explosive noises are possible from 8AM to 5PM, June 1st through June 4th and from July 12th through July 16th from 8AM to 5PM.
Looking for a fun family adventure this Memorial Day weekend? Take a picturesque train excursion through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley with the Northwest Railway Museum. Trains depart from both the North Bend and Snoqualmie depots with a variety of times to choose from this Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Tickets need to be pre-purchased online at TrainMuseum.org. Train rides include a spectacular view from the top of Snoqualmie Falls and free tickets to visit the Museum’s Train Shed Exhibit Hall.
King County will launch the Reinig Road Revetment Repair Project in mid-June, which will require an approximate 3-month closure of Reinig Road between SE 81st Street and 428th Ave SE in unincorporated King County near Three Forks Park. Construction is anticipated for June 15th through October 30th. To improve safety and increase construction efficiency, Reinig Road will be closed in both directions near the project site. The westbound lane, though, will reopen by September 6th. The detour route includes part of downtown North Bend.
Renton-Pickering American Legion Post 79 will host a Memorial Day Service at City Hall's new Veterans Memorial Garden and Monument on Monday, May 31st at 1PM. More information can be found HERE. This is a great opportunity to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.
The North Bend City Council will convene virtually for its June 1st regular meeting. The community is invited to join Councilmembers. Introduction topics for the June 1st meeting include an ordinance amending North Bend Municipal Code for Special Districts and consideration of a contract for a Deep Well Study. Click linked headline for full meeting agenda packet.
Rep. Schrier made a stop in North Bend this week. Public Works Director Mark Rigos and Mayor Rob provided her a quick tour and overview of some projects the City is planning to help improve the local environment and the Snoqualmie River.
King County has opened the next round of its Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program (EPRAP). The program helps people experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 who are at risk of housing instability or homelessness. The program is funded by $145 million from the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), and will help King County residents by paying past, current, and future rent and targeting resources to people in need. Click linked headline to apply.
Last week Snoqualmie Valley Hospital began scheduling Pfizer vaccine appointments. The hospital recently joined the King County Covid-19 Vaccination Partnership which helped bring the Pfizer vaccine – which is now approved for 12 to 15-year-olds – to the Snoqualmie Valley. Schedule appointments HERE.
It's back! King County Metro's popular #TrailheadDirect service to Mount Si, Little Si and Mount Teneriffe trailheads returns starting Saturday, June 5th. Click the linked headline for schedule and pricing.
At its May 18th meeting the City Council reached a historic milestone, approving the contract for Phase 2 of the important Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) High Priority Improvements (HPI) Project, which will complete the estimated $35 million, multi-year project for which planning began seven years ago. The project is a critical component to the City’s future. The new, state-of-the-art facility will reliably serve customers for decades to come; allow the option for all residents currently on septic to hook up to sewer; better protect the Snoqualmie River; increase employee safety; improve energy efficiency; reduce odor; provide capacity for new commercial projects that create jobs, bring in additional tourism, and diversify the City’s economic base.
King County is conducting 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.
As of May 22nd, over 6.7 million vaccine doses have been given across the state. In King County, over 2.5 million doses have been administered and 73.2% of residents 12 and over have received at least one dose. In North Bend zip code 98045, 66.1% of those 12 and over have received one dose – and 50.7% are now fully vaccinated. Statewide 50% of residents (16+) are now fully vaccinated and 61% have had one dose. Since the Pfizer vaccine became available for kids aged 12-15 on May 13th approximately 78,000 Washington 12 to 15-year-olds have received their first dose, which is 20% of that population. Vaccination appointments are now widely available locally. Find a Covid-19 vaccine HERE.
North Bend Covid-19 activity increased this past week. Over the past 14 days there were 5 new cases reported and the 7-day case average increased to 1.3. Neighboring Snoqualmie’s April/May uptick in cases continues declining, but is still elevated with 11 new cases reported over the past two weeks. This continued activity in the upper Snoqualmie Valley is an important reminder that the virus continues to circulate in our area. Vaccination is the critical tool to halt virus and variant spread to #KeepNorthBendHealthy and to meet the State’s June 30th reopening target.
It's back.... Snoqualmie Valley Transportation's Summer Freedom program is returning, allowing riders who are 18 or younger to ride free between June 1st and August 31st. This vital program will help local youth get to where they need to go this summer.