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UW, Western deny top students Record numbers apply to colleges

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:14PM

The class of 2008 hasn’t had it easy. On top of new WASL requirements and being the first class required to complete an 80-hour culminating project for graduation, it is one of the most populous classes in Island history, which means tough competition when applying to college.

Tracking teen drinking

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:14PM

Four Saturdays ago, a car full of teenagers — one of them an Islander — nearly ran over a police officer while driving recklessly near West Mercer Way on S.E. 30th Street around 1:45 a.m. Moments later, police stopped the car and arrested the young driver for a DUI. The other passengers, who were all under 21, were arrested for being minors in possession, a crime that usually picks up around this time of year, according to Island police.

Dennis Chong, M.D., is new Regence chief medical officer

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:14PM

Dennis Chong, M.D., has been named as Regence chief medical officer. Chong is now in charge of pharmacy services and the subsidiary RegenceRx, in addition to leading clinical policy and programs, and quality medical management for the Health Care Services division that serves all four Regence health plans.

Auer named to ‘Heroes of Emergency Medicine’

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:14PM

Nancy Auer majored in English and went on to become a teacher and secretary before entering the medical field. Now, she is an emergency physician and the chief medical officer at Swedish Hospital with a 32-year career in medicine. This month, Auer was named to the “Heroes of Emergency Medicine” of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) for her work as an emergency doctor.

Solar power could save the world

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:14PM

What do you call two days straight of rain in western Washington? A weekend!

D.A.R.E. officer to lead city emergency preparedness planning

  • Apr 30, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 12:15PM

D.A.R.E. officer Jennifer Franklin has been named as the city’s new emergency preparedness officer and will begin her duties after her last D.A.R.E. class graduates in June.

More than water needed

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:15PM

The city is moving forward with the development of an emergency well facility at Rotary Park. Last Monday, the City Council approved funding to design a structure to house a pumping facility with a storage tank.

That if they don’t do the work, they won’t graduat

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:15PM

that if they don’t do the work, they won’t graduate,” said MIHS teacher Patricia Malatesta.

South Island Crest Way trail on hold

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:15PM

They say good things come to those who wait. And residents at the southern end of Island Crest Way will have to wait for their ideal meandering trail — if they get it at all.

Currently occupied by the Island’s Boys and Girls Cl

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:15PM

currently occupied by the Island’s Boys and Girls Club. While the club plans to redevelop the property into a youth sports facility, Flash hopes part of the school facade can be preserved.

City employee finds $100,000 PSE billing error

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:15PM

A city maintenance employee recently discovered some errant double billing by Puget Sound Energy for street lighting in the Town Center. As a result, PSE refunded the city $108,763 for six years of service.

Puppies to love

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:15PM

Expelled student gets deferred prosecution for bomb threat

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:15PM

The Mercer Island High School student arrested for her involvement in a bomb-threat hoax in late February pled guilty last week. If she completes all of her court requirements, she will not be prosecuted.

This Week

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:15PM

On Sunday, May 4, the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center will commemorate Yom Hashoah (Day of Holocaust Remembrance) with a communitywide interfaith event. A short memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. at the site of the Holocaust Memorial at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island.

Seniors behind on grad. project

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:16PM

As of this week, nearly 150 Mercer Island High School seniors are not meeting deadline for their senior culminating project. If they do not get their work completed by May 19, it could be a “cozy graduation” for the class of 2008 — sans one-third of the students.

History lesson

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:16PM

One-time citizen of the year and senior games champion Phil Flash, received high honors last week for his long-time involvement with the Mercer Island Historical Society.

Car thefts are down, thanks to new laws

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:16PM

Brock Haskins loved to steal cars and had a special taste for Ford pickup trucks. He would spray down the interiors with WD-40 to eliminate any finger prints, then steal the lights, the seats, or whatever he could lay his hands on.

Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby Saturday

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:16PM

Cub Scouts will be competing in the Annual Cascade District Pinewood Derby on Saturday, April 26, at Chevrolet Cadillac Hummer of Bellevue. Between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Cub Scouts from packs within the Cascade District will be racing home-built model racing cars on a special track. Pinewood Derby cars are cut from a block of wood according to strict rules and propelled by gravity. Any Cub Scout in uniform can participate. This year, a new division has been added for siblings and parents of Cub Scouts. Trophies and medals will be awarded in several divisions of competitors. For information, e-mail ebucu@seattlebsa.org or call (206) 902-2340.

City Briefs

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:16PM

Mercer Island’s state senator, Brian Weinstein, announced last week that he joined the law firm of Bergman & Frockt as senior counsel. Weinstein just finished the fourth year of his first and only term in the state Senate. Weinstein will not seek re-election this fall, and current Island representative Fred Jarrett is running for the open seat.

Body art

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:16PM

This Week

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:16PM

Robert Bostwick, a former student at the long defunct Luther Burbank Boys School, will speak at the Mercer Island Historical Society meeting at 1 p.m., April 21, in the Community Center at Mercer View. Call 236-3274 or go to www.mihistory.org for information.

Permit for PEAK appealed

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:16PM

Islanders for Common Sense, the group of residents opposing the proposed Boys and Girls Club PEAK project, have appealed the city’s recent approval of a conditional use permit.

Asst. city manager Lindell is fired

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 12:16PM

Assistant city manager and former city attorney, Londi Lindell has been let go. She is the second high profile employee to leave the city in the last two months.

Musicians return from ‘epic’ trip to China

  • Apr 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 12:17PM

As if its ambitious marching band, musical excellence, Island-wide popularity, and sheer size weren’t enough, the Mercer Island High School band can now add international acclaim to its list of accomplishments. Traveling is nothing new for this band; In 2006, it was the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., and last year it was the Monday Night Football half-time show at Qwest Stadium and a band exchange with Pasco High School in the Tri-Cities. This year, however, the band ventured far outside of the boundaries of the lower 48. This year, it was China.

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