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Mercer Island Reporter Letters to the Editor | Aug. 27

  • Aug 27, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Sep 18, 2008 at 4:16PM

The purpose of the proposed tolling of the SR-520 and I-90 floating bridges is to raise money to build a new 520 bridge for travel from the Eastside to Seattle.

Red, white and Labor Day

  • Sep 3, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 11:54AM

Suiting up for back to school

  • Sep 3, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 11:53AM

I-90 closures

  • Sep 3, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 11:53AM

Over the next several weeks, WSDOT and Sound Transit will be continuing its work to add HOV lanes to the I-90 outer roadway between Seattle and Bellevue; adding new I-90 HOV on and off-ramps on Mercer Island; and improving I-90 HOV access at Bellevue Way.

Road work ahead

  • Sep 3, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 11:53AM

One more night

  • Sep 3, 2008 at 12:00AM

One more night

School briefs

  • Sep 3, 2008 at 12:00AM

Kaleidoscope of mosaics at IMS

MIHS graduates return to teach

  • Sep 3, 2008 at 12:00AM

Mercer Island High School is welcoming back three of its own students this fall as teachers. MIHS graduates Susan Rindlaub, Amie Fahey and Shannon Verschueren will join five other Islanders — Lee Jahncke, Jamie Prescott, Tony Scaringi, Brett Ogata and Karen Sherwood — who have returned to teach at the school that taught them.

Final days of summer

  • Sep 3, 2008 at 12:00AM

Learning the way of the kayak on Mercer Island

  • Sep 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 11:53AM

On the water Youth kayak camp Wilson Arterberry, 11, of Mercer Island, gets tips from instructor Barb Sherrill during a self-rescue drill at a kids' kayak camp at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island last Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Bellevue teachers strike

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:52AM

Teachers from across Bellevue gathered behind picket signs today, striking in solidarity for higher wages and a more flexible curriculum. The districtwide strike, which was announced at a teacher union meeting on Sept. 1, left more than 1,600 students without classes on the first scheduled day of school.

PSE files for 11 percent increase in natural gas rates

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:53AM

Puget Sound Energy has filed with the Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) a request to pass through the higher costs the utility pays for purchasing natural gas supplies.


  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:53AM


City urges construction workers to prepare S.E. 40th for school traffic

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:53AM

The ongoing construction along S.E. 40th Street has caused daily congestion from the intersection of Island Crest Way and S.E. 40th east to S.E. 40th and Gallagher Hill. With school starting this week, the number of buses and cars passing through this area will double. The city and school district, however, are working to ease the problem.

2009-2010 Budget Planning schedule

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:53AM

As prescribed by Washington State Law, the City Manager must submit a proposed budget for the City Council to review and adopt every two years. Citizens are invited to attend and participate in budget meetings starting next month. The 2009-2010 budget will be discussed at City Council meetings as follows:

City predicts budget surplus despite shortfalls in other Eastside communities

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:53AM

Talk about budget cuts may be buzzing around local cities, businesses and Island homes, but it is not something that the city will be facing this fall.

Mercer Island students excel in WASL

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:54AM

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released the 2008 state WASL results last week, with Mercer Island scores topping the list. The percentage of Island students meeting all three standards -— reading, writing and math — averaged 86 percent, far above the Washington state average of 45 percent.

Off-Islanders also have interest in outcome of Tent City stay

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:54AM

For one Eastsider who has challenged the merits of Tent City 4 within several communities since its inception four years ago, the truth behind the roving homeless camp is coming out during its stay on Mercer Island.

New Orleans church again faces danger; Mercer Islanders replaced organ just months ago

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:54AM

As Hurricane Gustav tore through New Orleans this week, the parishioners of Blessed Seelos Catholic Church and their friends at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church (MIPC) prayed to get through yet another natural disaster.

Kemper Freeman to add more to Bellevue downtown

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:54AM

In its 62-year history, Kemper Development has had a number of milestones: Bellevue Place, Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square, together encompassing four million square feet of real estate on 50 acres of land in Bellevue’s downtown core.

Bellevue teachers on verge of strike

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:54AM

As September draws closer, teachers in the Bellevue School District (BSD) are bracing for what could be their first strike in years. More than 1,000 teachers in the Eastside district are prepared to picket if they do not have a tentative contract agreement by Sept. 2, the first day of school. Their current contract ended on Aug. 1.

Everyone is watching Tent City

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:54AM

Councilmembers received their first update concerning Tent City last Monday night as dozens of Islanders lauded the community’s efforts to help the homeless, while others asked for verified warrant checks on the “grandfathered-in” camp residents whose names were not reviewed when the camp moved in earlier this month.

News briefs

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:54AM

MIHS mock trial club raises money at Primaries

Knight promoted to City Attorney

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 11:54AM

The city’s former prosecutor was recently given the nod and promoted to City Attorney after serving as the interim for the past six months.

The Golden Hunter

  • Aug 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 11:55AM

Olympic gold medal-winning shell named for Islander

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