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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:

Neighbors contest private gym at Island home

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

Islanders neighboring a waterfront mansion under construction near Franklin Landing have filed two requests with the city’s planning department to prevent the addition of a private gymnasium as a part of the home.

Renton landing patterns to change

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to release its newly approved GPS-assisted approach to the Renton Airport next month, and airport officials expect it to decrease the number of noisy landings over the Island.

Council nixes conditions to fund counselors

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

The City Council recalled the five formal demands it sought earlier this month in exchange for fully funding school district counselors. The council decided that a letter of intent from the superintendent to resolve ongoing field access issues would suffice.

Sports brief | Vincent and Wales row in Boston

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

Matt Vincent, a Mercer Island High School senior, and Michael Wales, a Seattle Prep junior and Island resident, both placed in the top 10 percent of their respective events at the prestigious Head of the Charles regatta in Boston.

V-ball takes league title

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

The Mercer Island volleyball team officially clinched the 3A KingCo title on Friday with a 3-0 victory against Juanita High School. It was the team’s second consecutive league championship.

Soccer continues free fall

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

The Mercer Island girls’ soccer team continued to fall on Thursday, when they lost to Sammamish, 2-0. The loss put Mercer Island in jeopardy of missing the playoffs altogether after leading the division and being undefeated after six games. The loss was also Mercer Island’s fourth in five contests.

Bliss-full impact for football team | Senior sets school record at new position with 5 sacks

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

This year has not been easy for Sam Bliss. The senior began the season as the Mercer Island football team’s starting quarterback but was supplanted by freshman Jeff Lindquist. But multiple concussions and various other setbacks never knocked Bliss completely out, as he remained a leader on the team.

D-o-MI-n-a-t-i-o-n at KingCo | Cross country sweeps league and individual titles, beats archrival Bellevue

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

The Bellevue and Mercer Island High School rivalry is one of the biggest in the state. That rivalry was renewed on Thursday at Lake Sammamish State Park during the 3A KingCo Cross Country Championship, and Mercer Island dominated. The Islanders swept all four races, including the boys and girls varsity and junior varsity runs, bringing the rivalry to a level that most do not achieve.

Mercer Island Police Blotter | Oct. 29

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

A 59-year-old Seattle man with a warrant from Mercer Island was detained at 2:15 a.m. by Seattle police while intoxicated, transported to the Island’s police station and booked into the Issaquah jail.

This Week on Mercer Island

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 10:00AM

Help plant and water 300 trees and plants on the Island’s newest trail along Island Crest Way, south of S.E. 68th Street. A planting demonstration will be held at 9 a.m. at S.E. 73rd and ICW. Work is expected to continue until 1 p.m. Parking is available by Wildwood Park (7400 86th Avenue S.E.). Neighbors along the trail are asked to make water available for the new plants. Bring gloves and a shovel, wheelbarrows and watering cans. For information, call Amanda Stuckey, (206) 730-1514.

Vote no on Initiative 985, it won’t improve congestion

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 12:00AM

Initiative 985 says it will address congestion, which is a very tempting idea. It reports that focus groups said congestion is a major problem and we should do something about it. Since transportation funding was starved all during the ’90s in a period of substantial growth in population and in jobs, it is true that we accumulated a congestion deficit. The Transportation Commission recommended every year after 1993 that the legislature find funding to accommodate our growth, but a political philosophy prevailed that there would be no tax increase for any reason, no way, no how.

Islander Homecoming 2008

  • Oct 22, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Oct 27, 2008 at 4:22PM

An online slideshow of Mercer Island High School's homecoming parade and football game from October 17, 2008, by staff photographer Chad Coleman.

Islander football beats Sammamish 27-10

  • Oct 24, 2008 at 10:47PM

Islander cross country takes boys and girls league titles

  • Oct 23, 2008 at 6:00PM updated Oct 24, 2008 at 3:52PM

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