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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

Candidates for Legislative District 41 talk taxes, health care, and safety

Incumbent Democrat Tana Senn and challenger Tim Cruickshank are running for the first position seat.

  • Oct 26, 2018

King County Assessor John Wilson launches new Taxpayer Transparency Tool

Website makes it easier for King County Residents to know how their property taxes are being invested

Mercer Island celebrates start of tree planting season with Arbor Day

Volunteers planted more than 1,200 trees and natives at the city’s event.

It’s Smith versus Smith in 9th Congressional District

Both candidates are Democrats focused on health care and the middle class.

  • Oct 24, 2018

Council announces vacancy replacement process

Applications due by Nov. 21.

  • Oct 24, 2018
Zelda Shirk, a junior at Redmond High School, speaks at Hopelink’s Reaching Out luncheon on Oct. 15 with her parents and event co-chairs, Jeff and Lynette Shirk. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Hopelink clients, benefactors and advocates share stories at 23rd annual Reaching Out luncheon

The organization has helped families out of poverty and into more stable situations since 1971.

Zelda Shirk, a junior at Redmond High School, speaks at Hopelink’s Reaching Out luncheon on Oct. 15 with her parents and event co-chairs, Jeff and Lynette Shirk. Katie Metzger/staff photo

41st District candidates talk taxes, housing and safety

Mercer Island, Newcastle, and sections of Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, Renton make District 41.

  • Oct 23, 2018
(Aaron Lavinsky | The Daily World) Brian Basset listens in during a preliminary hearing in Grays Harbor County Superior Court on Monday, June 16, 2014 in Montesano. The court is in the process of setting a new minimum term for Bassett in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

State Supreme Court bans life without parole for juveniles

Washington, along with 20 other states, will no longer sentence juveniles to life without parole.

(Aaron Lavinsky | The Daily World) Brian Basset listens in during a preliminary hearing in Grays Harbor County Superior Court on Monday, June 16, 2014 in Montesano. The court is in the process of setting a new minimum term for Bassett in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Metro revises timeline for RapidRide bus expansion

After originally aiming to build 20 additional fast-service bus lines on high demand routes by 2040, King County Metro has changed its construction timelines and put 13 of those projects on hold.

Suspect steals checkbook, lime muddler in car prowl | Police blotter

The Mercer Island police blotter for Oct. 2 through 8.

  • Oct 19, 2018

Recycling audit shows higher use but increased cost

Cities with embedded recycling service increase rates to cover costs of “free” service

Students, parents and teachers in Mercer Island participated in the nation-wide Walk and Bike to School Day last Wednesday, Oct. 10

Students, parents and teachers on Mercer Island participated in the nationwide Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Officers from the Mercer… Continue reading

MIHS marches with Puerto Rican students in Homecoming parade

MIHS partners to support Puerto Rican band to march in Rose Parade

Where to pick up a pumpkin this October

The Eastside has a few options for seasonal squash hunters.

MI students intern with Israel education nonprofit. From left: Grace Gottesman, Carmel Alon (StandWithUs Pacific Northwest high school coordinator) and Maya Sulkin. Photo courtesy of StandWithUs.

MI students intern with StandWithUs

Israel education nonprofit hopes to educate and combat anti-Semitism and extremism.

MI students intern with Israel education nonprofit. From left: Grace Gottesman, Carmel Alon (StandWithUs Pacific Northwest high school coordinator) and Maya Sulkin. Photo courtesy of StandWithUs.

Rape allegation against Sen. Joe Fain divides King County Council

In a recent interview, Councilmember Kathy Lambert blamed Fain’s accuser for the alleged rape. Then Lambert’s colleagues distanced themselves from her comments.