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How Washington state lawmakers voted on Wall Street bailout

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Oct 8, 2008 at 4:24PM

Washington state’s three Republican House members, along with a single Democrat, voted no on the $700 billion bailout of financial markets Monday, Sept. 29.

Rich races - 41st District candidates raise $800K

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 4:24PM

Campaign contributions to the candidates running for public office in the Island’s legislative district is evidence of the significance of the three seats up for grabs in Olympia this fall. The total of all contributions to candidates running in the 41st District is the second highest total in the state among all 49 districts, while some Islanders have also used their checkbooks to show their support or opposition toward statewide races and initiatives on the ballot this fall.

Race for state 41st District representative will be close

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 4:23PM

Islanders should expect a close race for the open House seat of the 41st Legislative District this fall, as Republicans are seeking to reclaim the seat being vacated by a former party member. Local voters elected a Democrat to the District’s other House and Senate seats in recent elections while the Democrats also swept the district’s three positions in the primary last August.

An open letter to my legislators

  • Oct 7, 2008 at 2:21PM

I am writing to you about our ongoing financial crisis. Today’s financial and legislative news is incredibly disturbing to me. The largest one-day point drop in the Dow? No, that’s a painful but logical reaction to today’s events.

Fight then flight

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 3:57PM

Unfortunately, this explains declining enrollment in Mercer Island schools. The elephant in the room/third rail — or pick your metaphor — has nothing to do with the needs of a few which are being met off Island. It has to do with meeting the needs of the few on Mercer Island.

Thank you for the Farmers Market

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 3:57PM

I think we should all thank the gang that thought up and pulled off the glorious Sunday Farmers Market.

Flu shots at QFC

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 3:18PM

A rave to the north Mercer Island QFC for opening their store for flu shots on Monday, Sept. 30.

Assisted suicide creates fear

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 3:31PM

Those in support of physician-assisted suicide argue that by providing lethal medication, they are showing compassion to the terminally ill. Yet when offered the choice of death, patients — instead of feeling less pain or fear — actually have increased feelings of anxiety, pain and worthlessness. In fact, studies have shown that in areas where physician-assisted suicide is legal, severe pain and distress has increased.

Farmers Market thank you

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 3:33PM

As our pilot season crosses the mid-way point, the Mercer Island Farmers Market would like to publicly thank our community members who have given generously to bring this event into fruition.

Student flight

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Oct 8, 2008 at 3:48PM

Editorial The story in today’s issue regarding the number of Island youth who attend off-Island schools offers some concrete evidence behind what most have already guessed — that the number of students who leave Island public schools for private schools is significant and is on the rise. Island girls fill a regular school bus dispatched here each day from Forest Ridge School in Bellevue. Stories in the Reporter over the past several years have quantified declining enrollment and its effect on Island schools. Yet it seems that the number of students leaving the district has jumped recently. Superintendent Gary Plano has wisely set out to learn why by conducting a survey of families whose children attend private schools.

Back to school and back to quality education

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Oct 8, 2008 at 3:39PM

Back to school is a special time. One million children filled their backpacks with new books, nervous energy and optimism and boarded yellow buses to return to school. Some are all but guaranteed to end the school year far ahead of where they are now. Too many will be less fortunate, experiencing less opportunity for growth, or worse yet, stagnation.

Advertisements don't represent MI Chamber

  • Sep 17, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Oct 8, 2008 at 3:29PM

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce is not affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Recent advertisements by that organization regarding the 8th District Congressional race do not represent or reflect any position of the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce.

City spending beyond its means, vote ‘no’ on parks props

  • Oct 7, 2008 at 2:21PM

Islanders should vote “no” on the excessive levy and bond propositions. Why can’t the city of Mercer Island learn to live within its budget?

Men are needed in the effort to stop domestic violence

  • Oct 1, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Oct 8, 2008 at 3:20PM

CAUTION: MEN WORKING! This is the theme of the 2008 annual conference put on by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence last week. According to Nan Stoops, executive director of the coalition, and many others in the domestic violence movement, “we must dismantle sexism to end violence against women.” As the theme suggests, we cannot do that without engaging and inviting men to be allies with women in the process.

Secrets from the kitchen of Mercer Island's Cellar 46º

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 2:41PM

Mercer Islanders have a wonderful opportunity to raise their glasses and celebrate. It’s called Cellar 46º, a wine shop, bar, storage facility and superb bistro located right here on the Island. Established in 2007, Cellar 46º is the Northwest’s premier destination for wine lovers.

Islanders out and about

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 2:41PM

Zack Elliot, an eighth-grader at Islander Middle School, won the USTA Arthur Ashe essay contest in August by writing for the United States Tennis Association Pacific NW Web site (“Over the Net”). As the winner, Elliott was flown with his family to the U.S. Open for a week. His article, “Game, Set, Match,” was published in Johns Hopkins University’s Imagine magazine.

MIPC walks to help

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 2:22PM

Photos from the Oct.4 Seattle AIDS walk

MIPC walks to help

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 2:11PM

Members of the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church participated in the Seattle Aids Walk on Saturday, Oct. 4.

New Mercer Island Reporter Web site

  • Oct 6, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Oct 8, 2008 at 12:53PM

The online version of the Mercer Island Reporter has joined a new extensive Internet network of local community news operated by the paper's parent company, Sound Publishing.

Mercer Island Police Blotter

  • Oct 7, 2008 at 2:16PM

A 16-year-old high school student was taken to Overlake Hospital in Bellevue after police found her intoxicated at the high school football game on Friday, Oct. 3, around 8:45 p.m. According to the police report, she was arrested, processed at the Island police station and taken to the hospital for observation.

Walking to help

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 12:51PM

Raphael Tapernoux, 3, hitches a ride on his baby sister Carole’s stroller during the 22nd annual Seattle Aids Walk on Saturday, Oct. 4. The Tapernoux family was part of Team Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, which walked for the second year. The church recruited more than 100 participants — the largest team to walk — and raised nearly $20,000 for the Lifelong AIDS Alliance.

Suspect in Virginia murder-suicide had minor offenses on Island

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 12:50PM

Police and court documents obtained last week show that a former Islander suspected of killing his wife and himself in Virginia late last month had been in trouble with Mercer Island police in the past.

School briefs

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 4:00PM

The Mercer Island School District will extend its Math Curriculum and Program Review until Friday, Oct. 10. The review, which includes an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com, has been going on for several weeks. The district’s goal is to evaluate the current math program based on newly adopted standards, school district and national assessment data, as well as teacher, parent and student survey information. A committee of administrators, teachers and parents will use the information to evaluate the district’s math program. For more information, contact Michael Schiehser, director of instruction and assessment at Michael_Schiehser@misd.wednet.edu.

Repairs needed at school facilities

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 12:50PM

The Mercer Island School District has a new list of remodeling priorities for 2009. Consultant Tom Bates of BLRB Architects presented the School Board with a visual survey of the repairs needed at all five district schools, along with the North Mercer campus and administration building, as the 2009 facilities bond project moves slowly ahead.

Floating among the clouds

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 12:50PM

A float plane takes a morning flight against a backdrop of cloud-capped Mount Rainier in this southeastern view from the end of Island Crest Way on Mercer Island.

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