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Computers with a mind of their own

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 10:00AM

Sometimes it seems as if our computers have a mind of their own and, for whatever reason, are intentionally wreaking havoc in our lives. This week, we will try to re-establish technological tranquility.

Five Islanders compete in New York City Marathon

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 9:00AM

Five Islanders ran the 2008 New York City Marathon last weekend, with several others cheering them along. Mercer Island residents Robert Cremin, Kevin Flaherty, Rhonda Glass, Sarah Rowe and Eric Rudder participated in America’s most prestigious 26-mile race on Nov. 2. The crisp autumn day drew a crowd of two million, while more than 40,000 people from across the world ran in the event.

Gray days getaways: where to find the sun

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 9:00AM

When it comes to winter getaways, the Mercer Island Reporter has you covered. My friend and fellow travel-lover, John Naye, a long-time Island resident, fills you in every ski season on all the classic and new snow destinations. Look for his articles if you love gravity.

A brisk walk

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 9:00AM

Island resident Rosanne Hsu walks under a canopy of fall colors while running errands in the 2800 block of 78th Avenue S.E. in the downtown business district of Mercer Island last month.

More teams, more challenges, same result

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 9:00AM

The league championship meet for KingCo girls swimming was not the same as it had been in years past. With the league’s realignment during the off season, the meet has been transformed from a small meet of eight 3A KingCo teams to a large meet consisting of 18 teams from 2A, 3A and 4A. The only thing that has stayed the same is the venue, Mary Wayte Pool, and Mercer Island winning its eighth league title in as many years.

Yellow vs. Metro ruling could cost Mercer Island schools

  • Nov 4, 2008 at 12:20PM

The revelation that it is against the law for public bus routes to be established to transport school children is a blow to the Mercer Island School District. The district spent a great deal of time and effort working with King County Metro on the arrangement to transport 600 Mercer Island High School students to school and home each day. This bit of news comes as the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has estimated that by the end of this school year, fuel costs to districts statewide will have increased more than $22 million. The move to Metro has saved a good deal of money for our district, whose administrators must be constantly vigilant about saving funds while meeting their obligation to educate students.

Sports brief | Little Dribblers registration

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 10:00AM

Little Dribblers, a basketball camp for kids in grades 3-9, will start on Saturday, Dec. 6. The program is all about having fun learning the fundamentals, playing games and getting to know the Islander players who will be coaching. Practices will be at the Mercer Island High School gym every Saturday throughout the high school season.

Girls soccer beats Interlake to clinch playoff spot

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 10:00AM

The Mercer Island girls soccer team finally stopped its long five-game winless streak and fall from the top of the 3A KingCo league with a 2-0 victory against Interlake on Tuesday. The win clinches a playoff spot for the team, which went without a win since Oct. 9.

Boys, girls XC qualify for state

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 9:00AM

For the first time since 2001, both the boys and girls cross country teams will compete at the state meet, thanks to strong finishes at districts on Thursday at Lower Woodland Park. The girls team finished second to Seattle Prep (34) with a team score of 69 placing-points, while the boys placed third behind the Prep Panthers (43) and Bellevue (66) with 84 placing-points.

MI gets picked off | Five Rebel interceptions lead to 45-14 loss

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 9:00AM

Halloween is a day full of ghosts and goblins. This year, the Mercer Island football team entered a foggy Juanita High School on Friday night, and it became a house of horrors following half time. Six turnovers for the Islanders, five on interceptions, resulted in a lopsided 45-14 loss to the Rebels.

State schools superintendent proposes new method to replace 30-year-old funding formula

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 10:00AM

Dozens turned out to hear Jennifer Priddy, the assistant superintendent of K-12 Fiscal Services and Policy for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction talk at the Issaquah School District Administration Office on Thursday.

Accident leaves SUV, Subaru and mailbox in precarious position

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 9:00AM

A SUV was suspended on top of a blue metal mailbox after it rolled out of a parking lot and flew off a rock retaining wall onto 76th Avenue S.E. just before 3 p.m. last Friday. The car smashed onto the roof of a parked car just below the True Value Parking lot in the Town Center.

Mercer Island Reporter Police Blotter | Nov. 5

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 9:00AM

Auto accidents An Island teen with an interim driver’s license was in a collision that occurred in the intersection of Merrimount Drive and Island Crest Way at 9 a.m. on Oct. 31. According to the police report, the 16-year-old Islander lost control while she was turning left from Merrimount onto a wet Island Crest Way. Her SUV fishtailed into the other lane, hitting an oncoming pickup truck. Neither driver was injured in the crash.

News brief | Boater Safety Classes offered in early 2009 on MI

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 10:00AM

Boaters 12 years and over in Washington State are required to take or have taken a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and Washington State approved boating education course to operate a boat with a motor rated over 15 horse power. In 2009, this requirement applies to persons aged 25 and younger with full implementation being phased in over the next several years.

Number of tuberculosis cases in King County reach 30-year high

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 10:00AM

Showing a local symptom of a global epidemic, King County reached a new 30-year high for tuberculosis in 2007, with 161 people diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB) disease. This was an 11% increase from 2006. These new findings are included in the 2007 Annual Tuberculosis report for King County, found at www.kingcounty.gov/health/tb.

Schools Foundation raises $418k

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 10:00AM

The Mercer Island Schools Foundation set a new record in Phone-a-Thon donations last week, earning $418,000 in its annual two-day fundraiser.

Cyclists, pedestrians needed for city plan

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 9:00AM

Just how future road projects on the Island will accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and a skateboarder or two is currently up in the air. City planners are now hosting public workshops to hear ideas from Islanders, as the City Council is expected to update the Island’s 12-year-old Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan next year.

Feds say use of Metro to bus kids illegal

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 9:00AM

According to a new Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulation, the Mercer Island School District will have to relinquish its use of Metro buses on two school routes.

Student composer takes on Arturo Ui

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 9:00AM

Music composition comes naturally to Leeran Raphaely; writing and performing 30 songs for a musical is another matter. Raphaely, a Mercer Island High School senior, is attempting both. So far, he is more than halfway there.

No one hurt in freak accident

  • Oct 31, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Nov 4, 2008 at 1:32PM

A SUV crashed off a rock wall and was suspended on top of a blue mailbox after it smashed the roof of a parked car just before 3 p.m. on Friday in the True Value Parking lot of the Town Center.

Ready for KingCo

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Oct 31, 2008 at 4:25PM

Islander Charlotte Graham swims in the 100-yard butterfly event against Newport at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island, Thursday. The Islanders defeated an old rival in Newport, 113-73, in a tune-up for the KingCo meet to be held at Mary Wayte pool Thursday and Friday.

Both Islander cross country teams qualify for state meet, first time since 2001

  • Oct 31, 2008 at 10:00AM updated at 4:03PM

For the first time since 2001, both the boys and girls cross country teams will compete at the state meet thanks to strong finishes at districts on Thursday at Lower Woodland Park. The girls team finished second to Seattle Prep (34) with a team score of 69 placing-points, while the boys placed third behind the Prep Panthers (43) and Bellevue (66) with 84 placing-points.

Gift of style

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Oct 31, 2008 at 11:57AM

Tent City 4 resident Madelynne Bush, right, talks to Mercer Island Studio 904 owner Kay Hirai, center, and stylist Jackie Hong prior to receiving a free salon treatment on Oct. 15. Tent City 4 residents have been on the Island since August and are expected to move this Saturday, Nov. 1. The roving encampment of about 100 homeless people will relocate to the St. John Vianney Catholic Church in the Finn Hill neighborhood of Kirkland.

Dangling utility pole deemed safe

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Oct 31, 2008 at 11:57AM

A cut-off portion of a utility pole hanging from the wires of an adjacent pole has been deemed safe, city officials said. The pole is in the 4600 block of 86th Avenue S.E. It is bolted at the top and secured by wires. According to the city, phone and power companies sometimes have to leave utility poles in such a way, as improvement schedules rarely coincide.

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