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Officer Todd Roggenkamp shows off his ‘stache in support of the Movember awareness campaign. Photo courtesy of Todd Roggenkamp

MIPD grows ‘staches, raises funds for Movember

The Island’s police department has set up a charity fundraising page for participating officers.

Officer Todd Roggenkamp shows off his ‘stache in support of the Movember awareness campaign. Photo courtesy of Todd Roggenkamp

Early results: Carbon fee fails as gun control passes

Preliminary tallies are in for the state’s four initiatives.

Senn and Thai lead opponents in Legislative District 41

Results are preliminary.

  • Nov 6, 2018
The race for Washington’s 9th Congressional District is between two Democrats, incumbent Adam Smith (left) and political newcomer Sarah Smith. File photo

Congressman Adam Smith leads re-election bid for WA’s 9th District

The district spans from Bellevue and south Seattle down through Renton, Tukwila, Kent, Federal Way and Tacoma

The race for Washington’s 9th Congressional District is between two Democrats, incumbent Adam Smith (left) and political newcomer Sarah Smith. File photo

City names finalists in RFQ process for Tully’s site

Mainstreet Property Group LLC and Shelter Holding/Weinstein A+U had the preferred proposals.

  • Nov 6, 2018
Photo by HyunJae Park/Flickr

Safeco Field funding referendum withdrawn

The mysterious backers of the initiative won’t say why, but some think it’s because they couldn’t get funding to gather the necessary signatures.

Photo by HyunJae Park/Flickr
The number of uninsured people in King County has decreased dramatically since 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act was passed. Image courtesy King County

Shortest ever ‘Obamacare’ enrollment period starts Nov. 1

The Trump administration slashes the time frame to sign up for insurance.

The number of uninsured people in King County has decreased dramatically since 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act was passed. Image courtesy King County

County Council celebrates Pro Bono week

King County Council proclaimed Oct. 21-27 as Pro Bono Week.

Inside the lobby at the Google office in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Runner1928

Kirkland employees protest sexual misconduct in Google walkout

Google’s Kirkland campus took part in the worldwide protest of sexual misconduct within the company.

Inside the lobby at the Google office in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Runner1928

Safeco Field funding referendum withdrawn

The mysterious backers of the initiative won’t say why, but some think it’s because they couldn’t get funding to gather the necessary signatures.

Boys Girls Club breakfast on Nov. 6

CEO and president of Seattle Hockey Partners, Tod Leiweke, will be the keynote speaker

  • Oct 31, 2018

Eastside weeklies win at WNPA annual awards event

The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association holds an annual better newspaper contest.

Mercer Island invests in code compliance

The city added staff capacity and did a major code update to address residents’ concerns.

East Link light rail is under construction with projected opening in 2023 in Mercer island. The Washington State Department of Transportation permanently closed Interstate-90 center roadway to allow construction of East Link line. Photo by Yuna Kim

Mercer Island’s rideshare pilot program comes to an end

City continuing to seek first-last mile solutions.

  • Oct 31, 2018
East Link light rail is under construction with projected opening in 2023 in Mercer island. The Washington State Department of Transportation permanently closed Interstate-90 center roadway to allow construction of East Link line. Photo by Yuna Kim
Toll lane trips on Interstate 405 were higher than expected during the 2018 fiscal year. Since it opened in the fall of 2015 through the first quarter of this year, the toll lanes had raise nearly $59 million in revenue. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

State I-405 toll revenue was up last year

The Washington State Transportation Commission was updated on various programs on Oct. 16.

Toll lane trips on Interstate 405 were higher than expected during the 2018 fiscal year. Since it opened in the fall of 2015 through the first quarter of this year, the toll lanes had raise nearly $59 million in revenue. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Washington could have fastest train line in the U.S. within 20 years

Washington, Oregon and British Columbia study a corridor which would let trains travel at 250 mph.

Mercer Island City Council condemns hate crimes

After the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, Island city leaders emphasize tolerance, safety.

  • Oct 30, 2018

Shortest ever ‘Obamacare’ enrollment period starts Nov. 1

The Trump administration slashes the time frame to sign up for insurance.

Tree canopy coverage increases 8 percent in a decade

The city expanded its commitment to tree protection last fall.

  • Oct 30, 2018

Car prowlers hit numerous unlocked vehicles | Police blotter

The Mercer Island police blotter for Oct. 15 through 17

  • Oct 26, 2018