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Argument against charter schools a ‘red herring,’ says Mercer Island legislator

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Mar 24, 2016 at 11:43AM

A bill to preserve Washington public charter schools cleared the Senate floor with a 26-23 vote on March 10. Under the legislation, funding will come from the state's Opportunity Pathways Account, which contains state lottery revenues. It was sent to Gov. Jay Inslee for final approval.

Final hearing for Mercer Island Town Center is March 30

  • Mar 24, 2016 at 11:00AM

The final public hearing on the Town Center vision and code development is at 6:30 p.m. on March 30 at Lakeridge Elementary. It will focus on draft Town Center Comprehensive Plan policies and the draft Development Code amendments.

Mercer Island School District celebrating 75 years this year | School brief

  • Mar 24, 2016 at 11:00AM

The Mercer Island School District is modifying its logo this year, though only for the next 12 months.

Lake Washington Singers add second show to annual 'Starlight, Starbright' concert

  • Mar 24, 2016 at 10:45AM

Those who enjoy listening to music made famous by Hollywood will be able to listen to silver screen hits until their hearts’ content this May.

Mercer Island robotics team brings home awards in first competition

  • Mar 24, 2016 at 9:00AM

The first-year Mercer Island High School Robotics team made a successful debut at a recent regional event at Auburn Mountainview High School.

Fatal flaw found in Mercer Island School District’s propane-bus pilot project

  • Mar 24, 2016 at 7:00AM

A pilot project that would use propane to fuel Mercer Island school buses has encountered a fatal flaw, Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano told school board members at their regular meeting March 10.

Urge residents not to sign park petition | Letter

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 4:53PM

I urge my Mercer Island neighbors to think twice, read the small print on the "Save our Parks" petition being circulated and not to sign this petition.

Off to the races | Mercer Island Half kicks off running season; raises money for cancer

  • Mar 21, 2016 at 12:00PM updated Mar 23, 2016 at 1:14PM

About 3,500 people participated in the annual event, deemed a success despite police activity in the area in the early morning.

Proposed change to Mercer Island’s Pioner Park leash law ‘cruel’ | My Turn

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 1:00PM

A few years ago, my son was riding his bicycle on a path in Pioneer Park when the front tire hit an exposed root. The bicycle flipped, and he tumbled, falling hard; his arms were covered with cuts and abrasions.

Longtime Mercer Island lacrosse coach steps away from boys varsity team

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 12:00PM

The winningest prep boys lacrosse coach in the state is stepping down from his post on the varsity sidelines.

Mercer Island’s First Hill neighbors express concerns, get glimpse of new JayMarc homes

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 7:00AM

After weighing community concerns that a new subdivision attracted last year, the project's developer outlined current plans that address some of those issues during an open house on March 16 at the Community Center. However, some neighbors said their concerns are still unresolved.

Mercer Island sweeps Newport for second match win | Prep girls tennis

  • Mar 22, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 4:03PM

Mercer Island girls tennis opened its 2016 season in sweeping fashion. Two days after claiming a 7-0 win over Inglemoor, the reigning 3A champion Islanders scored another 7-0 victory over reigning 4A champs Newport Thursday at Newport High School.

Mercer Island’s Blakeslee named to WSGBCA 3A all-state team

  • Mar 16, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Mar 22, 2016 at 2:01PM

Mercer Island senior Jess Blakeslee was selected to play in the 2016 Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association (WSGBCA) 3A/4A All State game Saturday at King's High School in Seattle. Blakeslee scored eight points as the 3A all-star girls rolled to a 117-73 win.

Seattle pizzeria Mioposto to open on Mercer Island

  • Mar 22, 2016 at 1:00PM

Wood-fired pizza lovers rejoice: Mioposto is officially coming to Mercer Island.

Mercer Island City Council approves hiring of long range planner | City briefs

  • Mar 22, 2016 at 11:00AM

City may look to hire long-range planner

Mercer Island to host egg hunts for all ages March 26

  • Mar 21, 2016 at 5:26PM

The city of Mercer Island will host egg hunts for tots and older children at Mercerdale Park, 77th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 32nd Street.

Two Mercer Island citizen’s groups at loggerheads over park petition

  • Mar 21, 2016 at 5:00PM

Invoking the history, natural beauty and preciousness of Mercer Island parks, a group aiming to protect them gathered at Island Crest Park on March 12.

Barenaked Ladies to take over Marymoor

  • Mar 18, 2016 at 3:47PM

The best friends of Chickety China the Chinese chicken will play Marymoor Park July 16 as part of the Last Summer on Earth Tour.

Two East Mercer Way projects under construction

  • Mar 18, 2016 at 2:13PM

Expect brief delays in the 6600 block to Southeast 71st Street during work hours.

Legislators should have stood up for schools | Letter

  • Mar 18, 2016 at 11:00AM

"Education is our number one priority" — how many times have you heard politicians in Olympia say that?

Mercer Island explodes for 13 runs to beat Liberty in opener | Prep baseball

  • Mar 17, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Mar 18, 2016 at 10:31AM

Though having to call another school's ballfield "home" for a day, the confines of Liberty High School still proved friendly to the bats of the Mercer Island baseball team.

Pioneer Park dog walks connect many to Island community | Letter

  • Mar 18, 2016 at 9:00AM

We are very lucky to live in such a wonderful community that cares about all our residents young and old. There has been a lot of talk recently about the off-leash status of the Pioneer Park northwest quadrant. There are few areas on Mercer Island where families, runners, walkers and seniors can go for a long walk with their best friends.

Surprised Reporter severely edited article | Letter

  • Mar 18, 2016 at 7:00AM

I was surprised to see my name attached to a piece recently published by the Mercer Island Reporter.

'Les Miserables' opens at Eastside Catholic

  • Mar 17, 2016 at 3:57PM

Shows will take place at 7:30 p.m. March 17-19 and 2 p.m. March 19-20.

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