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Mercer Island Reporter Letters to the Editor | Aug. 27

  • Aug 27, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Sep 18, 2008 at 4:16PM

The purpose of the proposed tolling of the SR-520 and I-90 floating bridges is to raise money to build a new 520 bridge for travel from the Eastside to Seattle.

Tent City not instigated by outsiders

  • Aug 13, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 18, 2008 at 4:12PM

I do not live on Mercer Island and I do not belong to the Mercer Island United Methodist Church. I have, however, been reading the Tent City coverage on your online blog. The lies and misinformation being posted in letters are appalling, and I felt I must comment.

Trashing election signs

  • Sep 3, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 18, 2008 at 4:05PM


School District’s 2020 Vision to define what students need now

  • Sep 10, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Sep 18, 2008 at 3:59PM

It’s a new year in the Mercer Island School District, and I am pleased and honored to be serving in the role of Superintendent — my first official year in this position. Your School Board and I are excited about the year ahead and eager to share the excitement we feel as we embark, once again, on this wonderful journey of educating students for the 21st century.

By air or by sea

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Sep 18, 2008 at 12:38PM

As summer lingers into fall, a float plane takes off over Lake Washington across from the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center at Stan Sayres Park on Friday evening. Temperatures are expected to remain warm this week.

Climbing in the clouds

  • Sep 16, 2008 at 2:06PM

Islanders summit Mt. Adams, plan to tackle Rainier next

Strike resolved in Bellevue, Island teachers agree with Eastsider demands

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 3:08PM

Bellevue teachers returned to work on Monday with a contract that mostly met their standards: a pay increase that compares with neighboring districts and more flexibility in the classroom.

Police report

  • Sep 16, 2008 at 2:09PM

A 19-year-old Island resident was arrested for driving with a suspended license after police stopped her in the 7800 block of S.E. 28th Street around midnight on Sept. 12. She was booked into the Issaquah jail.

New Orleans church receives ‘minimal damage’

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 3:08PM

The Blessed Seelos Catholic Church, which braved winds of 96 mph two weeks ago as Hurricane Gustav tore through New Orleans, received “minimal damage” during the storm, according to Mercer Island resident and Pipe Organ Foundation President Carl Dodrill.

Day of Caring

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 3:08PM

Changes coming to Metro and Sound Transit with new bus routes, more trips

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 3:08PM

Bus service on and off the Island will be improved this weekend as new Metro bus routes are added to the region and Sound Transit adds more trips on existing routes.

District finalizes $39.5 million budget for 08-09

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 3:07PM

The Mercer Island School District budget is in good shape for the coming year — that is, if energy costs stay within bounds and initial enrollment numbers remain steady.

Westbound I-90 closures on the Island begin this week

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 3:07PM

Interstate 90 travelers should plan for overnight lane closures through Mercer Island due to construction activities tonight and tomorrow night.

City briefs

  • Sep 16, 2008 at 2:07PM

A report completed last week from Mercer Island Fire investigators announced they are unable to determine what caused a fire that severely damaged a waterfront mansion off East Mercer Way on the Fourth of July.

City to consider funding of all school counselors | District could use extra $180k for other programs

  • Sep 16, 2008 at 2:07PM

For nearly two decades, the school district and city have split the tab for providing counseling services at Island schools, but next month the City Council will consider picking up the entire bill for the 2008-2009 school year.

50 more students enroll at district

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 3:06PM

The Mercer Island School District was pleasantly surprised to find that more than 50 extra and unexpected students showed up for classes on the first day of school.

A stance against I-90 tolls | School District, Mercer Island City Council agree

  • Sep 16, 2008 at 2:05PM

After Seattle and other Eastside communities started chiming in about the proposal to toll both floating bridges across Lake Washington, the City Council began considering its position on whether Islanders should help fund the new SR-520 span.

Lindquist nearly sparks comeback, Borer has big night | MI football sees future in 40-33 loss

  • Sep 16, 2008 at 2:12PM

The Mercer Island football team lost a shootout on Friday night at Newport, 40-33, but got a glimpse of the future in freshman quarterback Jeff Lindquist.

Boys tennis smashes Juanita | Team starts 2-0 with win over Woodinville

  • Sep 16, 2008 at 2:12PM

The biggest surprise on Thursday during the boys tennis match at Juanita High School was not Mercer Island’s 9-0 victory. It was not the sunny skies that sometimes play hide-and-go-seek in September. The biggest surprise was that the match was the first in-league victory of the season.

Sports briefs

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 2:00PM

The MIFC Vikings, under 16, won their division of last month’s Federal Way Blast-off Tournament. Following three straight shut-outs against West Sound (1-0), FWU Storm (1-0) and South Sound FC Red (3-0), the Vikings clinched the cup with a 4-3 win in a hard-fought final against FWU Ravens.

Not so different

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 12:00AM

As Mercer Island High School’s first graduating class of 1958 celebrates its golden anniversary, our first thought is how different life is 50 years later. Yet, in many ways, nothing has changed. Community members worried then as they do now about how to accommodate growth while maintaining the essence and values of Island life. Island lore, newspaper stories and even books reveal that early Islanders fought off most anything that threatened their way of life for years — even when changes were sorely needed.

Guides gather

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 12:00AM

BCC planetarium sets tour of solar system

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 12:00AM

Bellevue Community College’s Willard Geer Planetarium will take viewers on a tour of the solar system during three public star shows on Friday, Sept. 19.

BCC to open 17th preschool in Factoria

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 12:00AM

Children don’t come with operating manuals. So how, then, are parents to learn the essential skills and concepts they need to raise their children successfully?

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