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What’s up duck? | The story behind Mercer Island’s first duck-boat

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Oct 23, 2008 at 12:27PM

Anyone who drives up S.E. 40th Street has probably seen it — a glittering, 12-foot-long duck with bulging red eyes and a handsome bill. There he sits, these days wrapped up in tarp to keep warm from the cold. Earlier this summer, you may have seen him bobbing peacefully on Lake Washington or trailing behind a Ford truck on his way home.

What to consider about assisted suicide

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Oct 23, 2008 at 9:10AM

In November, Washington voters will vote on Initiative 1000, Washington’s Death with Dignity initiative. Having followed the development of this initiative, as well as the 10 years of empirical research on Oregon’s Death with Dignity law (upon which I-1000 is based), it seems that the public is not well-informed about this initiative to allow choice near the end of life.

Two Islanders in race for 41st Senate seat

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 11:27AM

Something may seem familiar to Islanders about this year’s campaign for the 41st District’s state Senate seat. It seems like it is contest for the Mercer Island City Council.

Answer the call and support the Mercer Island Schools Foundation

  • Oct 21, 2008 at 2:00PM updated at 4:15PM

“It takes a whole village to raise a child” couldn’t ring more true than with today’s educational system and the need for community involvement. This old African proverb is certainly applicable to Mercer Island, and it is the spirit of cooperation and involvement that most resonates with me as I think about the work of the Mercer Island Schools Foundation and our upcoming Phone-a-Thon.

Is this the time for the biggest tax increase in city history?

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

In the Nov. 4 general election, in addition to national and state candidates and another huge Sound Transit tax proposal, you will have the opportunity to vote on what the city’s finance director has confirmed as the largest tax increase in Mercer Island city history. The city is presenting you with a $12 million bond and a $900,000 levy for parks and recreation. Actually, when one includes the $7.4 million interest on the bonds’ 26-year life, the total cost to Mercer Island taxpayers is $19.4 million. That is on top of the $900,000 levy which increases each year for the next 14 years. If the City Council continues its normal practice of raising property taxes each year, the total cost to Island taxpayers over the life of these bonds and the levy will be in excess of $33 million.

Litzow 'doesn't get it'

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

Our next elected legislator from the 41st District needs to understand complex issues and especially education. Instead, one candidate oversimplifies school problems to make a distorted political point. Clearly, Steve Litzow does not get it.

Users say field issues working out

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 11:00AM

Last week’s front page article on field issues and the reference to the boys lacrosse program and our high school coach was woefully out of date and out of touch. The quote used in the article by Jacob Edel from an e-mail back in September 2007 does not come close to portraying today’s reality.

North Mercer Park-and-Ride problems

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

I park at the North Mercer Park-and-Ride structure daily. This morning, it was almost full by 8:30. I have noticed that during the day some cars park in unmarked areas, for which they have recently been receiving parking violation notices. I have also observed that a great many of the cars leaving in the late afternoon, when I do, turn onto I-90 eastbound, which causes me to believe that they are not Mercer Island residents. Additionally, I have spoken with a woman who lives in Redmond and regularly parks at the Mercer Island facility because, she says, the bus service is more frequent than a park-and-ride near her home. I realize that all King County residents contribute to financing park-and-ride lots and the public transit systems serving those lots. I do think, however, that Mercer Island residents should get some preference in using the MI lot, at least until better park-and-ride facilities are constructed elsewhere, such as closer to the home of the Redmond woman who now drives to MI. Is it possible to reserve one of the two floors of the Park-and-Ride structure for MI residents, with those from MI having a sticker on their car identifying their residence? With the price of gasoline and Seattle parking, I believe that the demand for parking at the MI Park-and-Ride will only increase and ask that MI residents be assured of access to the facility.

YES for parks bond and levy

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 10:00AM

There are many important decisions facing Mercer Island voters this election season. As you carefully make your choices at the national, state and county level, please don’t overlook an important local issue that will impact Islanders for many years to come — our parks bond and levy.

Farmers Market

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

I am one of the many volunteers who has worked at the Farmers Market during the past months.

Severance for Sterbank

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 11:00AM

Why are we providing severance payments to employees, especially to Mr. Sterbank? City Manager Conrad says severance payments “end the issues surrounding an employee.” What does this really mean? It means “hush money.” It forecloses anyone from knowing the cause-and-effect of the severance. Sterbank’s hire was encouraged by former Assistant City Manger Lori Lindell. Once Lindell blew the whistle on City Manager Conrad’s alleged sexual harassment of a city employee, she was “gone with the wind.” If the $137,000 paid to Sterbank, Lindell’s friend, doesn’t reek of payola, then my sniffer dog is on the wrong scent. As is every City Council member who encouraged such an outrageous severance settlement under the guise of “saving” the city money. Look in the mirror, City Councilmembers, and search for ethics. That is, if you know what they are.

7 different players score touchdowns for Mercer Island in 48-0 win against Ingraham

  • Oct 21, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 4:06PM

Too many times this season, the Mercer Island football team has been blown out. But at the annual homecoming game against Ingraham High School on Friday, Mercer Island cashed in some karma for a 48-0 route as seven different Islanders put the ball into the end zone.

Spiritually addressing homelessness

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 10:00AM

The communitywide support for the residents of Tent City at the United Methodist Church has truly been heartwarming to witness. The willingness of those in a church, synagogue or civic group to prepare 100 hot meals for each of the evenings that Tent City is here is remarkable. Members from my church, the Christian Science Church, have also prepared and served a meal, in addition to giving individual donations.

Homecoming 2008

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

Freshmen royalty Elana Skouras (left), Emma Guthrie and Jeremy Chow wave to the crowds.

Precarious pumpkin

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

A lone pumpkin is propped up in the pea patch behind the Community Center at Mercer View on Mercer Island, Oct. 15.

Spare some candy, please?

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 10:00AM

Island Park Elementary students and brothers Peter Ramstedt, 5, left, and Hunter Ramstedt, 7, wait for candy to be thrown from floats during the Mercer Island High School homecoming parade along 80th Avenue S.E. last Friday.

Community briefs

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 10:00AM

“Cooks With Potatoes II” on KCTS 9 will feature Mercer Island resident Aida Kouyoumjian on Saturday, Nov. 1. After submitting her recipe for an Armenian specialty potato dish to the KCTS 9 Cooks program, Kouyoumjian was invited to be featured on the show. Her demonstration of how to cook Patata-chop — potato cakes with stuffing — can be viewed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 1.

Goal tending

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 11:00AM

Reader photo
Jennifer Seely Islander Jennifer Seely took this photo of a spotted owl outside her home at the end of 91st Avenue S.E., near Ellis Pond, around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8. According to Seely’s mother, Cynthia, the family often hears an owl in the darkness of the early morning and have seen one perched in a tree near the house. “But this is the first time we have seen one on the basketball hoop. It was quite a surprise — and it stayed there for about 20 minutes,” she said.

Many hands

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 10:00AM

Lydia Bassetti, left, and Ethel Lui, in foreground, bag cookies at Sunrise Senior Living with activities and volunteer coordinator Jessica Rosborogh for sack lunches prepared for Tent City residents last week.

Changing of the seasons

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 10:00AM

A patchwork puzzle of fall leaves covers the sidewalk in the downtown business district of Mercer Island.

Former rival no match for Mercer Island boys | Islander tennis one win away from title

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 10:00AM

When 3A KingCo was realigned prior to the start of the season, Mercer Island lost its biggest rival, Newport, to the 4A ranks.

Islanders to host major wrestling tourney

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 10:00AM

Some of the top wrestling teams from around the state will converge on Mercer Island, Dec. 20, as the high school will host a major tournament for the first time in its history. The first annual Jack Reynolds Scholarship Fund Holiday Wrestling Invitational will celebrate the life of a referee, umpire and teacher.

Boys water polo remains undefeated in state | Win against CPA runs Islanders’ record to 9-1-1

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

The Mercer Island boys water polo team continued its dominance of in-state teams on Friday at Edgebrook Country Club, defeating Castaway Polo 16-7. Despite the final score, the game was not all Mercer Island, as CPA outscored the Islanders during the second quarter and played tough during the second half.

Boys golf to miss state meet for the first time in 4 years | Only one player to compete at state meet

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

The Mercer Island boys golf team will not be able to compete at the state meet next spring, as just one player made the cut from districts on Monday.

Sewer lake line sent back out for bids | Original bids came in near $30M, double initial engineering estimates

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM

The city is now accepting bids for the second time for its multimillion-dollar sewer lake line project that began in 2002.

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