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Happy August North Bend. WOW - hard to believe it’s already August. Welcome to the new installment of your Weekly Recap – designed to keep you up to date with North Bend and Snoqualmie Valley happenings. Please click the linked headlines where applicable to read full City news releases. Enjoy your weekend
In honor of the worldwide premiere of the movie Hunting Bigfoot at the historical and independently owned North Bend Theatre on Friday, August 6th, Mayor Rob McFarland has proclaimed the day, Hunting Bigfoot Day in the City of North Bend. If you’re looking for tickets to Hunting Bigfoot during this weekend’s world premiere event visit: www.northbendtheatre.com
If you missed this week’s City Council meeting, we’ve got you covered! A recording of the August 3rd meeting - which includes a presentation from Snoqualmie Police Chief Perry Phipps – is now available in the City website Media Center HERE.
Each year the City’s Water Conservation Ordinance (WCO) Stage 1 goes into effect on August 15th. It applies to all homes and businesses within the North Bend City limits and City water customers located outside the City limits. The WCO was enacted by the City Council in June 2020 as an effort to be good stewards of the environment, conserve a precious and finite natural resource and protect the Snoqualmie River. This is the second year it will be in effect. Click the linked headline for an overview of the WCO, including the different stages and details regarding when you can water each day.
Are you craving normalcy? Ready to connect with friends and neighbors? Then the North Bend Downtown Foundation has some great news! Sip Suds & [Little] Si – an art, music, wine and beer walk - is returning after an extended pandemic-related vacation. The concept is simple. On Saturday, August 21st, from 6PM to 9PM, pre-registered ticket holders can stroll the streets of historic downtown North Bend, enjoying local art, live music and stopping by designated businesses for tastes of local wine and beer. This year’s Sip Suds & [Little] Si is a bit smaller than in previous years – hence the Little Si reference. Tickets - $35 each - will be capped at 200, so be sure to purchase online ASAP.
A production company will be working in and around North Bend in August, filming scenes for an upcoming production. Residents may notice film crew, vehicles and activity in various places throughout the Snoqualmie Valley. The morning of Tuesday, August 10th, intermittent traffic delays should be expected on North Bend Way, as the production crew works downtown. Drivers should be prepared to wait a few extra minutes if passing through downtown the morning of August 10th, or find an alternative route if possible.
On the night of Tuesday, August 10, 2021, private contractor crews will be performing a small pavement overlay project in front of the new Phoenix Plaza building, located at 530 E. North Bend Way. The project includes grinding and overlay of an approximate 60 ft. x 20 ft. section of the westbound lane. A detour will be in place.
Wednesday Aug 18, 6:30pm at Si View Park. Si View Metro Parks continues to be committed to providing residents with an option for a locally governed, public aquatic facility. The community is invited to join this meeting to explore options for a facility that aligns residents’ needs with Si View Park’s ability to sustainably operate and maintain an aquatics facility. A project site has been secured adjacent to Si View Park, and a potential new grant funding source that can help balance the needed community investment has also become available. Community input is needed. Learn more here: https://www.siviewpark.org/newpool.phtml
Thursday Aug 19 at Si View Park. This is an event not to miss. Make it a night to remember. Start the evening at the North Bend Farmers Market with entertainment by Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist (science and music show for all ages), and then cap the night off with an outdoor movie - all at Si View Park on Thursday August 19th. The Movie in the Park event is sponsored by Si View Metro Parks and King County Parks. Movie admission is free. Donations are greatly appreciated and support Si View’s Family Fun event series. Suggested donation is $10/family.
In an ongoing effort to be a Wildfire Resilient Community, the City, in conjunction with Eastside Fire and Rescue, is coordinating a citywide weed removal program in areas where overgrown vegetation may pose a fire risk. The City is asking business and residential property owners to inspect their landscaping to determine if it contains overgrown fire risk vegetation. If so, and in order to prevent brush and wildfires during the ongoing dry weather conditions, the City recommends that any overgrown vegetation be cut down and removed.
Eastside Fire & Rescue, which serves the City of North Bend and surrounding unincorporated King County areas, is reminding residents that its annual burning moratorium is in effect June 15th and runs through September 30th. Outdoor recreational fires are not recommended due to the ongoing dry conditions, but if you’re using your firepit, here are some safety recommendations:
Have a say in the future of transit in the Snoqualmie Valley. The Puget Sound Regional Council is the group that sets direction for transit priorities for the next 30 years for the region - and they want to hear from you. Take the PSRC 'Future of Transportation Survey' HERE.
King County has a Prevention and Rental Assistance Program (EPRAP) that 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.
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has a COVID Bill Assistance Program, designed to help qualified customers facing financial struggle pay their utility bills. 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.
Downtown North Bend was looking wonderful this week. Thanks to our local businesses and residents for helping make the downtown are so unique and vibrant.