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Fresh air ahead for city’s smelly sewer plant
It’s a kids’ world at annual tank engine visit to RR Museum Page 9
Local author Dan Raley explores life of a sports hero Page 10
Index Letters 4 6 Legal Notices 9 Movie Times Classifieds 11-14 15 Calendar On The Scanner 16
Vol. 100, No. 10
By Carol Ladwig Staff Reporter
Smoke gusts and curls along the trail and into my eyes as I work to keep up with DNR spokesperson Seth Barnes Sunday. We’re at the head of the fire, he says, walking along a steep trench that crews from the Department of Natural Resources, Eastside Fire & Rescue, and the Larch Corrections Center spent the last two mornings cutting into the hillside. The flames are just small fingers here, where DNR helicopters dumped 270-gallon buckets of water throughout the day Saturday.
Odor has been an issue at the North Bend wastewater treatment plant for years, but a new project approved by the North Bend City Council July 16 should cut the number of complaints. Pungent The counproblem cil awarded a contract for up • City of North to $72,000 to Bend OK’d Gary Harper $72,000 for a Construction, company to Inc. of Snofix a machine homish for that dries solid repairs and waste at the updates to a sewer plant. 10-year-old • When fixed dryer, plus electhis fall, the trical and piping plant should modifications give off much needed to comless odor. plete the repairs. North Bend Public Works Director Frank Page explained that the odor control unit on the dryer, the component that filters the dryer’s exhaust, failed and needs replacing. The dryer processes the solids, extracted by biological and centrifugal processes from the waste stream, to further break them down, Page said, and the exhaust system should filter out any remaining solids or liquids (steam) in this step.
See Wildfire, 2
See SMELLs, 6
Above, smoke curls around Seth Barnes of the Washington Department of Natural Resources as he explores the wildfirecharred base of Mount Si on Sunday, July 28. The fire that began Friday spread to 18 acres, but didn’t damage any homes or cause any evacuations. Barnes, a public information officer, said things are looking up—the fire was mostly contained by Tuesday. Top right, sightseers check out rising smoke from North Bend’s Tanner Road. Below right, moss on a boulder burns brightly near the edge of a Si fire trench.
Fire on the mountain 18-acre wildfire at Mount Si’s base is three-fourths contained, human-caused By Carol Ladwig Staff Reporter
Top and below right, Carol Ladwig/Staff Photos
Above, Christy Trotto/Courtesy Photo
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