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Police to acquire Tasers

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:00PM

Come this fall, Mercer Island police officers on patrol will carry a Taser at their left knees.

Mercer Island recycling and garbage collection

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:00PM

It is easy to confuse changing waste regulations — what can be recycled and what cannot. Allied Waste, which serves Mercer Island, divides the following products into two categories.

Virtual Island

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:00PM

As part of its efforts to help Islanders and visitors find their way around town through a virtual map, Google Earth surveying vehicles have been seen driving around Mercer Island lately.

Police report

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:00PM

A 19-year-old Island resident was jailed for strangling his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend while in his driveway in the 7600 block of S.E. 40th Street around midnight on July 3. According to the police report, an 18-year-old witness corroborated the victim’s story, and the suspect was arrested and booked into the county jail.

Finding parking in Town Center

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:00PM

The city is considering adding 15 new parking spots in front of Noah’s Bagels along S.E. 28th Street. The change would remove the center turn lane — often illegally used by delivery trucks — and likely reduce the number of bagel buyers parking at QFC across the street.

COBS Bread to close

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:00PM

COBS Bakery will be closing on July 30 due to poor business. The artisan bread chain, running under the Australian parent company Bakers Delight, has more than 700 stores throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The company branched to the United States last year, opening up three bakeries in Western Washington: the first at Crossroads Mall, the second in Mill Creek, and the third in The Mercer. All three branches will be closing at the end of this month.

Lifeguard rescues struggling swimmer

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:00PM

Trevor Powell has worked as a lifeguard for more than a year and, until last weekend, has not once had to jump into the water after a person. But that all changed on July 12, during a beautiful, 80-degree day at Groveland Beach.

MISD facing higher diesel fuel prices for school buses

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:00PM

A recent Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) report shows that, due to the dramatic climb in gas and diesel prices, the Washington State Legislature has fallen short by more than $49 million in student transportation funding since 2003.

Council revisions to allow commerce on public property

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:00PM

A proposal that would ease restrictions on outdoor markets taking place in the Town Center was accepted by the Planning Commission last Wednesday. The City Council must now approve the revisions.

Imposter grandchild scams $9k from Islander

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:01PM

An imposter pretending to be a grandson in need of financial help swindled an Island resident earlier this month, and police remind residents to be cautious of such scams when giving away money.

National Night Out

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:01PM

Mercer Island is participating for the first time in a national program designed to get residents outside their homes and meet their neighbors.

Sidewalk summer

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:01PM

Island youth Lindsey Seidner, 9, watches as Emerson Stipes, 9, of Woodinville, jumps over sidewalk chalk along 78th Avenue S.E. on Mercer Island last Thursday. The drawing event was sponsored by the North end QFC as part of the Mercer Island Arts Council’s Third Thursday Art Walk.

Tent City lawsuit

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:01PM

The court hearing for a lawsuit filed against the city, church and organization that operates Tent City was rescheduled for next Monday morning, July 28, in King County Superior Court.

Shorewood developers seek amendments to subdivision

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:01PM

The Planning Commission has postponed its decision to approve the subdivision of the Shorewood Heights Apartments property after developers asked for several amendments to the conditions suggested by city planners.

Legislation for drowsy driving in the works, accident teaches a tough lesson

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:01PM

Exactly two years ago, Mora Shaw died.

Transportation briefs

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:01PM

Late-night drivers should plan for overnight lane and ramp closures on I-90 over Mercer Island due to construction activities through July 18. Crews working for WSDOT and Sound Transit are adding HOV lanes to the I-90 outer roadway between the cities of Mercer Island and Bellevue. They are also building new I-90 HOV on and off-ramps on Mercer Island and improving I-90 HOV access at Bellevue Way. Drivers are encouraged to use caution when traveling in this area and remember to “give ’em a brake” in construction zones.

Ticket to read KCLS proposes free bus fare to libraries for kids

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:01PM

The King County Library System (KCLS) Board of Trustees is discussing the introduction of a program entitled “Ride to Read,” which will give youth free Metro bus transit to and from their local libraries. The idea was discussed during a planning committee meeting held at the Mercer Island Library last Friday — the first open meeting that the board has held.

Avellino to convert retail space into two apartments

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:01PM

After years of availability, the second floor office/retail space in the Avellino Apartments of the Town Center may get converted into residential units. The building owners requested to change the office space into two new apartments last May with the city’s planning department, which is currently reviewing the proposed conversion. City records, however, show that the Design Commission wanted that retail space when it approved a 23-unit building instead of the initially proposed 25 units in 2001.

Parks levy winds its way to final approval

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:01PM

The city has all but officially established the parks levy and capital bond measure being brought before Island voters this fall.

Facts about Washington deer

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:01PM

• Deer are among the most familiar animals of Washington, and in many places they are the largest wildlife that people encounter.

Where deer, wildlife once freely roamed

  • Jul 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 12:02PM

Before the first pioneers set foot on Mercer Island, the soil was trodden with deer hooves of all sizes. This graceful creature, a treasured Northwest symbol, wandered the Island’s forests and meadows for centuries. As Mercer Island’s population developed in the 1900s — growing from a rustic farming town into a suburban city — the deer population dwindled until the last few reportedly swam away some years ago. Today, the tranquil species is back.

This Week

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:02PM

Four video cameras have been installed at city hall to broadcast City Council meetings. The first televised Council meeting will air live at 7 p.m. on July 21 on cable channel 21. The telecast will then be repeated at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day and will become available online in the coming weeks. For information, go to

Island population increases for third year

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:02PM

There are about 300 more residents living on Mercer Island than a year ago, as the population has increased for the third straight year. According to data released by the Washington State Office of Financial Management on July 2, the Island’s population went up by 270 individuals from 2007 to 2008. The population estimates show that there are now 22,650 Island residents, which is about a one-percent increase from the previous count.

Mega-house is possibly the largest

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:02PM

Even by Mercer Island standards, a 25,000-square-foot home being built on a 1.67-acre lot off of West Mercer Way is big.

Mercer Island residents look to stop Tent City in court

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:02PM

Two North-end Mercer Island residents filed suit against the City of Mercer Island and the United Methodist Church, seeking a court injunction to prevent Tent City from coming to the Island. The suit came less than a day after dozens of neighbors and Island residents met a handful of their future homeless neighbors at the United Methodist Church on S.E. 24th Street, the proposed site for the camp.

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