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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

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.

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.

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