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Happy heatwave Friday North Bend. Welcome to the newest edition of your Weekly Recap, designed to keep you ‘in the know’ about local happenings. Next week is shaping up to be a busy week around town – detailed below. Remember to click the linked headline where applicable to read the full City news release. Enjoy your weekend and stay cool.
With temperatures expected to close in on 100 degrees today, staying cool and hydrated is key. NORTH BEND COOLING LOCATIONS – OPEN DURING EACH BUILDINGS REGULAR OPERATING HOURS: North Bend Library: Friday and Saturday, 10am – 5pm. And the Mt. Si Senior Center: Friday, 9am – 4pm. (Residents 50+). Click linked headline for home cooling and health tips during periods of excessive heat.
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.
The Tunnel Vision marathon, which begins at the Hyak Lot at Snoqualmie Pass and finishes in the eastern portion of the City (near the Snoqualmie Valley Trail crossing on North Bend Way), could bring extra visitors to town this Sunday. The race starts at 7AM.
The City of North Bend will be completing annual roadway striping work on City streets, Monday, August 16, 2021. The work will be performed by private contractor, Apply-A-Line, and is scheduled to begin at approximately 7:30AM. The striping work will be conducted throughout the day within the City limits. Drivers may experience minor traffic delays when coming up behind a striping truck.
Join us for the virtual August 17th City Council meeting at 7PM. Click the linked headline to see the full agenda packet, including instructions to access the Zoom meeting.
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.
Due to the overwhelming increase in the demand for COVID-19 testing, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital will move testing back to the hospital to improve traffic flow and testing efficiency. The move is effective Monday, Aug. 16. COVID vaccines will remain at the SVH COVID Barn. Both vaccination and testing will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are not required, but are encouraged to help ease any schedule delays. More info and new schedules will be live by Saturday night, Aug. 14, on the hospital website: www.snoqualmiehospital.org
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.
Construction of a new privately funded roundabout at the intersection of North Bend Way and 436th Ave SE is scheduled to begin the week of August 23rd. The project was originally anticipated to start in late July, but was pushed back due to delays related to the undergrounding of nearby utility lines. Construction will require 436th Ave SE to be closed between North Bend Way and just north of SE Cedar Falls Way during several phases of construction. Local access for residents residing along 436th will be provided. Detour routes will be marked in the project area.
The community is invited to the official grand opening of the new Torguson Park Skatepark. Join elected officials from the City and Si View Metro Parks District to celebrate this new park amenity. There will be contests, a ribbon cutting and more from 11AM to 2PM on Saturday, August 21st.
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.
Our nextdoor neighbor – Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 87 – was looking stunning against the blue sky and Mount Si this week.