Story Archives

Archive Results — 14276 thru 14300 of about 15200 items

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.

All-Island Band Night

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

Over 800 students played for All-Island Band Night during halftime at the Mercer Island High School football game against Sammamish High School on Mercer Island, Friday.

Mercer Island girls soccer clinches playoff spot, ends winless streak

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 7:00AM updated Oct 31, 2008 at 10:28AM

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 Tuesday. The win clinches a playoff spot for the team, which went without a win since September 23.

Young voters eager to make a difference

  • Oct 28, 2008 at 11:32AM

The youth vote counts. This platitude rings truer than ever in the 2008 presidential election. According to nationwide surveys, the number of young voters (defined as 18- to 25-year-olds) in this year’s election is twice that of 2004. Youth-geared organizations such as Rock the Vote, League of Young Voters and YouthVote U.S.A. are also showing record popularity among America’s registered teenagers and 20-somethings.

Dugans’ dungeon

  • Oct 28, 2008 at 11:32AM

The dungeon at the Dugan family’s haunted house on Mercer Island promises a vivid experience for those brave enough to enter this Friday, Halloween night. The Dugans have opened their basement creation to the public at 9228 S.E. 59th St.

“Largest voters’ forum in district” draws over 100 people on Island

  • Oct 28, 2008 at 11:33AM

Even though some in the crowd admitted that they already mailed in their ballots, the annual voters’ forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Reporter last Tuesday at the middle school attracted about 100 Islanders with an interest in this year’s local races. One candidate remarked that the crowd was by far the largest of all four voter forums that had taken place in the district thus far.

Haunted Isle | Spooky tales of Mercer Island’s past

  • Oct 28, 2008 at 11:36AM

Centuries ago, the Duwamish Indians would not set foot on Mercer Island past dusk. The Island, shrouded in fog and dark with mystery, was believed to be filled with spirits. Natives who hunted and foraged on the Island by day made haste to row away before sunset. When the first settlers came to Seattle, the Duwamish agreed to canoe the men over to explore the Island but refused to accompany them through the night, returning instead to pick the settlers up the next day. Since that time, Mercer Island has grown rich with stories of haunted landmarks and restless souls. Here are some of the Reporter’s favorites:

Mercer Island teachers embrace cyberspace

  • Oct 28, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 4:29PM

Podcast. Blog. Wiki. Hyperlink. It may sound like gibberish to some, but most Island students are fluent in this Internet language.

Let the signs speak

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

I’ve thought for some time now that political free speech on Mercer Island is pretty much dead. My experience on Sunday, Oct. 18, put another nail in that coffin. While at the recycling center, I noticed two Dave Reichert yard signs leaning against the backside of the big glass bin. Their wooden stakes had obviously been in the dirt somewhere, sometime. Having lived on this suburban Island paradise for 36 years, I can remember a time when people from both major political parties could put signs in front of their houses and they stayed there until after the election. I haven’t seen much but roadside signs for several years, and those seem to be in a constant state of flux.

The battle we are losing

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

Some have suggested that our parks and open space will do fine if we simply mow the grass and leave the other areas alone. Nothing could be further from reality. When walking around the South end of the Island 15 years ago, one could wander among the trees at Wildwood Park and along the trails in Pioneer Park without confronting blackberry vines and ivy. Today, it is impossible to walk through Wildwood or Pioneer Park except on the established trails, and even then, regular maintenance is required to hold the blackberry at bay. As the diseased Douglas fir and aged maples fall, the added sunlight encourages blackberry vines which then suffocate the other ground foliage, eliminating any possibility of natural re-growth. Walking through a blackberry maze is not the future we wish for our parks. Please vote YES on the parks levy and bond issues.

YES and YES for MI parks

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

Great schools and an abundance of parks are key elements of what makes Mercer Island a great place to live and raise a family. Islanders have always shown a great willingness to invest in our schools; on Nov. 4, you have the chance to do the same for our parks.

Halloween stories about parks levy

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

Halloween has infected the debate about the parks bond and levy propositions. At last Tuesday’s League of Women Voters Forum, scary stories were told by a small but vocal cadre of opponents — stories about untrustworthy hobgoblins on the City Council, of a slush fund witches’ brew, of ghostly interest that adds up to more than the face amount of the bond. (Duh — is it any surprise that when you pay back a debt with interest, you pay more than the original proceeds borrowed?) Let’s not get spooked. Mercer Island is one of the best-managed suburbs in the region, with a bond rating that no other city in the region exceeds. Further, the claim was made by one opponent that when he was on the Open Space Conservancy Trust Board, the park was maintained without a special fund. Oh? Then how come on his watch, the park degraded, reforestation fell behind and now we are having to play catch-up?

Editorial | Elect Jarrett, Maxwell; No on Prop #1

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

As is our custom, the Reporter publishes its picks on political races that affect Mercer Island directly. This is an even-year race, meaning there are no Mercer Island City Council or Mercer Island School District Board of Directors positions up for grabs.

Island Forum | Island City Council majority supports park measures

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

When you elected us to the City Council, you told us to keep our community safe, protect our environment and maintain our infrastructure. In asking you to approve the parks bond and levy on the Nov. 4 ballot, we are doing just that.

Election season civility at all-time low

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

This election campaign season has been filled with a level of animus I can’t ever remember seeing before. The lack of civility and the negativity may be reaching an all-time low. Recently, the community of Renton has been served up a plateful of disrespect by Steve Litzow, a candidate for the Washington 41st District House of Representatives.

A sewing revival | New school provides outlet for dying art

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

At Briar Rose Sewing School, a new business on Union Hill in Redmond, owner Barbara R. Mar is reviving the dying art of sewing and giving people of all ages a place to gather as they exercise their ingenuity.

Reflections on faith

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

October is National Clergy Appreciation Month nationwide. Parishes and congregations typically honor their pastors, priests and rabbis with expressions of appreciation for their ministries, and it seems appropriate to honor two particular members of the Mercer Island Clergy Association.

The miracle of a life free from addiction

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

A multitude of images — mostly faces of people who I have known, worked with, watched grow up and admired — come to me as I approach this column’s topic, each person experiencing radical life changes while confronting issues of addiction. I’m beginning to think more and more of it being a miracle that any of us can escape addiction issues in our lives. Think about it for a second — consider all the ways that we as human beings can find our thoughts, our emotions and our very lives dominated by addiction:

Read the Jan 28
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates