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Parks initiative designed to block MICA | Letter

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:00PM

As a parent of Youth Theatre Northwest (YTN) kids and someone who has been following the development of the Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA) since the theater first learned it had to vacate its home, I can say that the YTN team has aggressively vetted every possible scenario for relocation to keep them on Mercer Island. The only viable option that has surfaced, with support from the city, has been the current proposal for MICA at the recycling center adjacent to Mercerdale Park.

April 20 proclaimed as ‘talk with your kids about not using marijuana day’ in Mercer Island | City briefs

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:05AM

April 20 proclaimed as 'talk with your kids about not using marijuana day'

Mercer Islander’s nonprofit aims to build business, goodwill in Africa

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 11:00AM

After living and working in Africa for four years, Alexis Chavez wanted to do more to combat the various challenges she saw facing the continent.

Woman steals several bottles of liquor from Rite Aid | Mercer Island Police Blotter

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 11:00AM

The blotter consists of officers' accounts of crimes and other incidents in Mercer Island. Persons arrested are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Mercer Island’s Youth Theatre Northwest seeks young actors for summer season

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 10:00AM

Youth Theatre Northwest (YTN) is seeking youth actors, grades two-12, for its anticipated 2016 Summerstock Season. Every year during the summer months, YTN produces three shows on Mercer Island with approximately 50 youth actors.

New gym, Orangetheory Fitness, will open on Mercer Island

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 6:00AM

Orangetheory Fitness, a national franchise, will continue its expansion in the greater Seattle area this fall, opening its third location on the Eastside in Mercer Island's new Hadley building.

Mercer Island suffers season’s first losses on East Coast trip | Prep boys lacrosse

  • Apr 19, 2016 at 11:36AM

The Mercer Island boys lacrosse team experienced its first three losses of the season during the annual East Coast trip last week in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

New art exhibit opened Monday at Mercer Island Community Center

  • Apr 19, 2016 at 11:30AM

The Mercer Island Arts Council presents the Northwest Watercolor Society 76th Annual International Open Exhibition from April 18 to June 3 at the Mercer Gallery, located in the Mercer Island Community and Event Center.

Former Mercer Island mayor earns top FEMA award

  • Apr 19, 2016 at 11:00AM

Former Mercer Island Mayor Jim Pearman was given the FEMA Administrator's Award for "exemplary use of alternative dispute resolution to enhance community recovery and build resilience" on March 29 in Washington D.C.

Morris scores first goal with Sounders | Sports brief

  • Apr 19, 2016 at 9:54AM

Seattle Sounders FC rookie forward Jordan Morris scored his first MLS goal during the team's matchup with Philadelphia Union last Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

Islanders Leap for Green at sustainability fair

  • Apr 18, 2016 at 5:18PM

Annual event teaches lessons in sustainability, nature appreciation.

King Felix to throw first pitch at Mercer Island Little League 2016 Opening Day

  • Apr 18, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 1:41PM

Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will throw out the first pitch at the Mercer Island Little League 2016 Opening Day ceremonies Saturday, April 30 at South Mercer Playfields.

Red mountain continues to harvest green | Great Northwest Wine

  • Apr 18, 2016 at 10:13AM

While Red Mountain officially gets its name because the ridge's cheatgrass turns red each spring, in the wine world, it's because nearly all the grapes grown here are red varieties.

Islanders rally from five-run deficit to overcome Liberty | Prep baseball

  • Apr 16, 2016 at 11:51AM

Through five innings against the Liberty Patriots, Mercer Island appeared well on its way to suffering the team's first loss in five games. The Islanders found themselves in a five-run hole, their bats had gone silent and they were in desperate need of a spark.

Western State Hospital's new logo | Cartoon

  • Apr 15, 2016 at 3:11PM

Western State Hospital's new logo | Cartoon Western

It’s a no-brainer: Dog park complainants should build a fence | Letter

  • Apr 15, 2016 at 7:00AM

Having just read Kristine Ganes' letter to the Reporter about "frolicking Pioneer park dogs causing damage to property," I sit here incredulous that one would knowingly purchase a home adjacent to a known off-leash dog park and not take the simple, less expensive than a vet bill measure, to install a fence.

MICA supporters strong-arming the community | Letter

  • Apr 14, 2016 at 2:00PM

Supporters of building Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA) on public parkland are strong-arming the community with their tactics. Since they have a paid staff, an office and city officials to do their bidding, it feels like a David versus Goliath battle.

Undefeated Mercer Island shuts out Interlake | Prep boys soccer

  • Apr 14, 2016 at 1:09PM

Though it's been nearly a year, Mercer Island's soccer players remember the Interlake Saints from last season's 3A KingCo winner-to-state game. The 2-1 Interlake victory was the Saints' first step toward a 3A state title and the Islanders' first and only defeat to a KingCo opponent.

Longtime corps de ballet dancer, Bellevue resident, announces retirement from Pacific Northwest Ballet

  • Apr 14, 2016 at 12:43PM

Anspach described herself as a "dyslexic, uncoordinated child" but said her teachers never gave up on her development.

Support parks and arts | Letter

  • Apr 14, 2016 at 11:00AM

I am supporting the "Protect our Parks" initiative and at the same time am a supporter of the arts. You can be both! In fact, why would anyone be against the arts and theater? My husband was an architect and an artist and one of the first presidents of Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL). My sons are industrial designers. So art is a big part of my life.

Comment to the Joint Vision Commission from the south end | Letter

  • Apr 14, 2016 at 9:00AM

I moved here from California 40 years ago in 1975 when Boeing was just recovering. Deciding where to live (whether the Eastside, Montlake, Queen Ann, Fauntleroy, etc.) took some time, but the choice was obvious: Mercer Islanders valued their schools and were willing to pay for good education.

Feeling the Bern | Mercer Island senior prepares to serve as delegate at 41st District caucus

  • Apr 14, 2016 at 7:00AM

On the drop of a dime, Mercer Island High School senior Mia Rotunna is prepared to engage in political debate. She can throw various factoids regarding the stances and positions of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on a number of issues. She knows because she carries such information on her phone.

The ‘most critical catch’ | Local fishermen count wild kokanee, track population return rates

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 4:32PM

“This data is so valuable because it’ll tell us what that rate of return is,” said Jim Bower, a fish ecologist with King County. “Changing that number just a tiny bit is really changing mortality rates.”

The EverRed State | Book documents sites of historic Washington murders

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 3:40PM

The news of a murder horrifies and captivates. Even hearing about a murder that happened years earlier awakens something uncomfortable deep within. After all, if these people became monsters, couldn't we all?

Woman recovers her own stolen bicycle | Mercer Island Police Blotter

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 12:30PM

The blotter consists of officers' accounts of crimes and other incidents in Mercer Island. Persons arrested are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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