Katie Metzger

Mercer Island’s Adventure Playground inspires creativity in construction

Nestled in the forest of Deane’s Children’s Park is a one-of-a-kind play area that allows kids to create their own adventure. At Mercer Island’s Adventure… Continue reading

Islander’s interview with defense secretary goes viral

After interviewing U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Memorial Day, two student reporters from Mercer Island High School’s Islander newspaper have experienced life on the… Continue reading

City to engage Mercer Island public on budget challenges

City Manager Julie Underwood and Finance Director Chip Corder will soon be reaching out to the public to figure out how to address upcoming deficits… Continue reading

Mercer Island parks department struggles to keep up with rising costs in open space management

According to the open space vegetation management biennium report, which the Mercer Island City Council reviewed at its July 17 meeting, the budget allocated for… Continue reading

Mercer Island City Council slows down on residential code review

With the Mercer Island City Council still discussing follow-ups to policy questions in its review of the residential development code, and some members expressing a… Continue reading

Mercer Island Farmers Market offers unique live music program

While many other Seattle-area farmers markets rely on acoustic buskers to provide ambiance for shoppers and spectators, the Mercer Island Farmers Market has invested time… Continue reading

Meet the candidates for Mercer Island School Board Position 4

Deborah Schneider Lurie, Diana Lein and Linhui Hao — the three candidates in the Aug. 1 primary election for Mercer Island School Board, Director Position… Continue reading

Mercer Island City Council commends Sanderson’s service, appoints Nice

The Mercer Island City Council voted unanimously on July 17 to appoint Island native Salim Nice to fill the vacancy left in Position 4 by… Continue reading

Local arts, culture, heritage groups would see funding increases under Prop 1

If voters approve a sales tax increase on Aug. 1, regional organizations like the Museum of Flight, the Seattle Art Museum and the Woodland Park… Continue reading

Islanders parade into Summer Celebration

Islanders of all ages participated in the Summer Celebration parade on July 8. A weekend filled with fun activities, including boat rides, fireworks and a… Continue reading

Mercer Island summer concert series to feature more original artists

One of the annual traditions on Mercer Island is the Mostly Music in the Park concert series, which brings Islanders of all ages together to… Continue reading

Mercer Island community groups sell fireworks for the Fourth

Mercer Island Fire Chief Steve Heitman said that the permit for Kiwanis, the Masonic Lodge and VFW to sell “safe and sane” fireworks on the… Continue reading

East Link light rail construction underway on I-90 bridge

Sound Transit briefed media on June 28 on the East Link light rail construction that is now underway in the center lanes of the Homer… Continue reading

Jeff Sanderson to leave Mercer Island City Council in July

Councilmember Jeff Sanderson, who was elected in 2015 to serve a two-year term, announced that he will be leaving the Mercer Island City Council after… Continue reading

Mercer Island City Council dives into residential code review

Following three consecutive Monday meetings regarding the proposed changes to the code that governs residential development on Mercer Island, the City Council has some tough… Continue reading

Retiring superintendent Gary Plano leaves lasting legacy in Mercer Island

Mercer Island schools have changed a lot in the 10-year tenure of Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano. While addressing issues in a rapidly growing and increasingly… Continue reading

Mercer Island High School graduates 328, including 7 valedictorians

In its 60th commencement exercises on June 8 at KeyArena, Mercer Island High School ushered 328 graduating seniors into the “real world.” MIHS Principal Vicki… Continue reading

Islanders earn accolades in all-girls coding challenge

Four Mercer Island High School juniors who created a tutoring marketplace app were named one of 100 semifinalists in the all-girl coding competition Technovation. Out… Continue reading

Terry Moreman named Mercer Island’s 2016 Citizen of the Year

At its June 5 meeting, the Mercer Island City Council honored 38-year resident and former Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Terry Moreman with the 2016… Continue reading

41st district legislators talk education, taxes, Trump with Mercer Island Chamber

State Sen. Lisa Wellman, Rep. Judy Clibborn and Rep. Tana Senn spoke at the June 1 Chamber of Commerce meeting about their priorities as the… Continue reading