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Happy Friday North Bend and welcome to the new edition of your Weekly Recap. The days are getting longer, and we hope you’ve been able to enjoy the sunshine these past few days. We definitely deserve it. There’s been a lot of things happening around town that we’ve recapped for you below. Remember to click linked headline where applicable to read full news releases. Have a wonderful weekend.
Community members are invited to join their elected officials and City staff for the Feb. 1 City Council meeting at 7PM. Click linked headline to view the full agenda packet which includes instructions to access the virtual Zoom meeting.
As a preventative measure to mitigate the spread of the highly contagious Covid-19 Omicron variant, North Bend City Hall was closed to the public in late December. At the time of the initial closure announcement, it was anticipated City Hall would be closed through January with an assessment of conditions to determine if an extension was necessary. Due to the ongoing high community Covid-19 transmission rate, City Hall will now remain closed through February.
Keep up with happenings and learn more about the history of Meadowbrook Farm Park with the quarterly newsletter created by the Meadowbrook Farm Preservation Association. Click the linked headline to view the recently released winter edition, which features the history and cultural significance of Swing Rock from local historian Dave Battey.
Ready. Set. Vote. King Conservation District (KCD) is holding its annual Board Supervisor election January 18, through February 8, 2022. Four candidates are vying for position #2. Their statements can be found at www.kingcd.org/elections. Like the last two years, the KCD election will primarily rely on electronic ballot access, with alternative options for printing and mailing in ballots. Click linked headline to vote.
Keep up with local business happenings with the City’s Quarterly Business Bulletin. The latest edition was released today and provides an in-depth recap of North Bend business news and events. See the January Business Bulletin HERE.
This week the Snoqualmie Tribe and Eastside Fire & Rescue were informed that their application for grant funding through the Indian Community Development Block Grant – American Rescue Plan Act (ICDBG-ARP) will be funded. The grant will be used to fund a new aid vehicle. Click linked headline to read full news release from the Snoqualmie Tribe.
Attention local business owners and artisans, our partners at Si View Parks are now accepting vendor applications for the 2022 North Bend Farmers Market season. To learn more and submit application, please click linked headline.
A Clearing and Grading permit was issued for the new River Run Apartment project, a multi-family housing development located at the corner of 436th Ave SE and SE 136th Street. It will consist of 128-units in 11 buildings and one building containing a clubhouse/office space. 28 of the new apartments will be designated as affordable housing for households earning 80% or less of the King County Area Median Income (AMI). Click linked headline for additional details.
According to King County Public Health, Covid-19 community transmission level in North Bend is still categorized as high, although cases have declined since last week. During the past 7 days, 63 new cases were reported – a 39% decrease from the previous week when 103 cases were reported. 1 hospitalization was also reported during the past two weeks. Vaccinations, boosters, masking and physical distancing are all encouraged by Public Health officials to slow the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant and reduce stress on the healthcare system.
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 FREE at-home Covid-19 tests from the U.S. Postal Service. Click the linked headline to order your free tests. Orders will ship for free in late January.
One of the easiest ways to keep up with City happenings and breaking news is to follow us on social media. We are active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Stop by and become a City of North Bend follower today. You can also find the City on NextDoor HERE
The early bird gets the worm. Sometimes you have to get above the clouds to see the sunrise. This photo was taken this past week on top of Mount Si by Sushil Mashra. Enjoy.