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Happy Friday, North Bend. Here is the latest installment of the Weekly Recap. As always, remember to click linked headlines where applicable to read full City news releases. It’s been another busy week around town – so we hope this newsletter helps keep you up to date. If you’re interested in having the Weekly Recap delivered to your inbox, click the ‘Notify Me’ button on the City website homepage and sign up for News Releases. Have a wonderful weekend.
Construction of a new privately funded roundabout at the intersection of North Bend Way and 436th Ave is scheduled to begin next week. 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 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.
Due to the surge in Covid-19 cases caused by the more transmissible Delta variant, Governor Inslee is re-instating a statewide indoor mask mandate in public settings on Monday, August 23rd. Covid-19 activity in the City of North Bend has accelerated this summer. After only 3 cases being reported in June, there were 22 cases reported in July. During the past two weeks of August, 26 cases have been reported. Since June there has been one hospitalization and one death reported. Vaccination rates for North Bend zip code 98045 continue to increase. Currently 74.2% of those 12+ are fully vaccinated and 79.6% have had at least one shot. Vaccines are readily available at local pharmacies and the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. Schedule a vaccination at www.vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov
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.
If you missed this week’s City Council meeting, the recording is now available in the City website Media Center. Click the linked headline to watch.
The community is invited to the official grand opening of the new Torguson 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
You may see more community members meandering thru our downtown streets this weekend. Sip Suds & [Little] Si – an art, music, wine and beer walk - is returning after an extended pandemic-related vacation. 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. There are still a very limited number of tickets remaining for $35. Be sure to purchase online ASAP.
Sunday, August 22, 4 AM - 3 PM. Another race is in town this weekend. There are no road closures involved, but there may be extra folks downtown on Sunday. Runners will race from Olallie State Park to Meadowbrook Farm during this pre-registered event, put on by Orca Running. Find more information here.
Effective immediately, the King County Fire Chiefs Association issued a Stage 2 Burn Ban. This countywide burn ban includes both the City limits and unincorporated areas of North Bend. Due to ongoing hot/dry weather and increased fire risk, the King County Fire Chiefs, King County Fire Marshals, and jurisdictions throughout King County joined together to issue a Stage 2 Burn Ban. The ban prohibits all outdoor fires, including recreational campfires, cooking fires, and ceremonial fires. The ban remains in effect until further notice. It does not include propane or natural-gas fired grills, fireplaces, fire tables, and other gas-fired appliances may continue to be used along with charcoal grills. Please use caution when disposing of charcoal remains.
The Snoqualmie Valley School District is currently experiencing an extreme shortage of bus drivers and are considering expanding walk zones and reducing bus service. It is asking families to complete the RSVP process to determine if they can transport their children to school this year. Click linked headline to learn about the bus driver shortage and complete the RSVP process.
North Bend City Staff are handing out free cloth face masks to residents and businesses. Should you wish to pick up masks for your family or business, or request a local delivery, email Erin Mitchell.
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.
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This week’s picture of the week is courtesy of @betweenthelensandlight from Instagram. Enjoy the Rattlesnake Lake reflection.