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Nobody’s happy? North Bend resets tattoo zone Change number three for ink businesses expands area, but current biz still out BY CAROL LADWIG Staff Reporter
Meet the winter athletes of Mount Si, Cedarcrest Pages 9-12
For the third time this year, North Bend’s City Council voted on city zoning regarding tattoo parlors and piercing businesses. Also for the third time, the council has expanded the areas in which those businesses can operate, although with split votes and some dissatisfaction.
Family history group connects locals with their deeper roots Page 6
INDEX Opinion Holidays On The Scanner Movie Times Obituaries Calendar
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The latest change, approved 4-3 at the council’s Tuesday, Dec. 3, meeting, permits the businesses in the previously approved Interchange Commercial and Interchange Mixed-Use zone north of I-90, and now in the Downtown Commercial zones, but only for properties facing or abutting North Bend Way or Bendigo Boulevard. It still doesn’t permit David Herman, the tattoo artist who announced plans to open a homebased business here on April 1, to operate his Ballarat Avenue shop legally, however. Herman’s plans prompted the city’s first action
on tattoo parlors, a ban on them as home-based businesses regardless of the property’s zoning, at its March 5 meeting. That action triggered an afterthe fact review by the city’s planning commission and several public hearings. SEE TATTOO, 5
“This is listening to citizens that are directly impacted.” Dee Williamson, North Bend Councilman
Frozen beauty on Mount Si
Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
The setting sun burnishes the frozen face of Mount Si with orange glints on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 3. A cold front saw temperatures dipping below freezing last week, giving the 4,167-foot peak a persistent coating of ice. The frozen beauty at Mount Si, and at the Falls, drew the eye of photographers and visitors. Temperatures are expected to rise into the 40s this week. See more photos on page 19.
Bond talk time Public asked for school plan feedback
Valley connection with famed photograper leads to museum, theater show By Valley Record Staff
It is the Snoqualmie Valley’s connection with the Curtis brothers, Edward and Asahel, that brings a rare performance to North Bend this week. The two Curtis brothers were active as photographers, promoters and documentarians in the early 20th century. SEE SHADOW, 8
An image from the cover of “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher,” subject of a live reading in North Bend.
The Snoqualmie Valley School Board is seeking public opinion on a bond issue in a series of public meetings this week. Community members will be asked for their feedback on a potential bond that proposes $216 million in facilities work, including construction of a sixth elementary school, a major renovation of Mount Si High School and high-priority facilities improvements at other buildings throughout the district. The estimated tax impact of the bond on tax payers would be an additional $2.24 per $1,000 of assessed property value. SEE BOND TALK, 5
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