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Happy Friday North Bend. Here is the latest installment of the Weekly Recap, designed to keep you up to date with happenings around town – and the Valley. Remember to click the linked headlines – where applicable - to read full news releases. Enjoy your weekend.
A Senior Parade is planned for Saturday, June 12, at 6 p.m. along Snoqualmie Parkway - with students in cars and spectators on the sidewalks. Come out and cheer them on and celebrate the Class of 2021. Congratulations!
Paving crews will be on site the week of June 14th to begin preparation for shoulder paving between North Bend City Hall and the Snoqualmie Valley Trail Crossing along East North Bend Way. This work is required to restore approximately 1.5 miles of roadway shoulder impacted by a recently installed watermain along this stretch of roadway. Additional North Bend Way lane closures should be anticipated throughout the summer for traffic improvement projects required as part of the Cedar River Partners (Dahlgren) Apartment project. In July, construction will begin on a new roundabout at North Bend Way and 436th Ave SE. Work on the new roundabout is expected to wrap up in November.
Community members are invited to join the City of North Bend, Eastside Fire & Rescue and King Conservation District for an important Town Hall about Wildfire Resiliency and Preparedness on June 23, 2021, at 6PM. The virtual Town Hall will be held using Zoom and will provide an opportunity to learn more about the proactive steps Eastside Fire & Rescue takes to protect North Bend when wildfire risk increases; the Wildland Urban Interface and what it means to live within its boundaries; and preventive steps they can take to reduce wildfire risks to their homes.
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.
Your City Council will meet virtually on Tuesday, June 15th. The full meeting agenda, including instructions to access the Zoom meeting can be found in the meeting agenda packet by clicking the linked headline.
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) recently created a new COVID Bill Assistance Program, designed to help qualified customers facing financial struggle pay their utility bills. Since launching the program in late April, PSE has distributed over $9 million directly to its customers to reduce or eliminate outstanding balances. The program offers: up to $2,500 in additional utility bill payment assistance; up to $2,500 to forgive past balances for customers who received energy assistance in the past; extended payment plans up to 18 months; the option to change your energy bill’s due date to help with monthly budgeting.
Last summer the pandemic triggered the resurgence of drive-in movie family fun, so the North Bend Downtown Foundation decided to give its popular Drive-in at Meadowbrook event a repeat performance for 2021. On Thursday, July 1st, grab your family and friends, some dinner and snacks and head down to Meadowbrook Farm for a taste of nostalgia while watching a classic – The Neverending Story -from the comfort of your own car. Tickets to the event should be pre-purchased at www.downtownnorthbend.org.
On May 25, the SnoValley Chamber of Commerce, Umpqua Bank and the cities of North Bend and Snoqualmie sponsored a virtual job fair. Local employers and job seekers met to discuss current openings and hiring processes. Following the virtual job fair, employers may now submit jobs to an online Community Jobs Board, and in turn, job seekers may review and apply. For more information, click here.
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. Visit https://svtbus.org/ for more information.
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.
Eastside Fire & Rescue, which serves the City of North Bend and surrounding unincorporated King County areas, is reminding residents that its annual burning moratorium goes into effect on Tuesday, June 15th and runs through September 30th. This authorized seasonal burning moratorium is a precautionary measure to reduce fire danger and is timely as the region has experienced unseasonably warm, dry weather this spring.
As of June 7th, over 7.3 million vaccine doses have been given across the state. In King County, as of June 10th nearly 2.7 million doses have been administered and roughly 76% of residents 12 and over have received at least one dose and 66.6% are fully vaccinated. In North Bend zip code 98045, 70.1% of those 12 and over have received one dose – and 58.5% are now fully vaccinated. Statewide nearly 56% of residents (16+) are now fully vaccinated and nearly 64% have had one dose. Vaccination appointments are now widely available locally. Find a Covid-19 vaccine HERE.
Looking for something special and unique for dad on Father’s Day weekend, June 19-20? Let dad blow off some steam and have some family fun with a steam train ride through the beautiful upper Snoqualmie Valley. Step back in time as you board historic coaches at either the Snoqualmie Depot or the North Bend Depot. For more information and to order tickets, go to: TrainMuseum.org.
Follow Snoqualmie Police #9PMRoutine and don’t become an easy target for criminals. Set an alarm for 9PM each night and do the following: 1) Remove or hide ALL valuables from vehicles (wallets, bags, tools, garage door opener, electronics, sports gear, anything easily pawned or sold online, etc.); 2) Ensure your vehicle doors & trunks are locked; 3) Check that all exterior house doors & ground floor windows are closed and locked; 4) Turn on exterior lights; 5) If you have exterior cameras, make sure they are working; 6) Close your garage doors.