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Parts of Mercer Island left without power after car collides with pole

A 41-year-old Seattle woman was allegedly intoxicated when the accident happened.

Mercer Island rotarians Beth Baska, Becca Palm, Soonok Kwak, Carol Friends, Steve DeVos and Brent Jordan standing with one of the island’s 20 peace poles. Picture by Tracy Drinkwater

Mercer Island Walk For Peace

Rotary Club takes walkers on a journey from peace pole to peace pole Sept. 21

  • Sep 12, 2019
Mercer Island rotarians Beth Baska, Becca Palm, Soonok Kwak, Carol Friends, Steve DeVos and Brent Jordan standing with one of the island’s 20 peace poles. Picture by Tracy Drinkwater
The map shows the location of one confirmed cougar sighting and four potential sightings, as reported during the Aug. 20 City Council meeting. Image by Google Maps

Fish and Wildlife make the cougar case at city council

Officials believe courgar has been “gone for some time.”

The map shows the location of one confirmed cougar sighting and four potential sightings, as reported during the Aug. 20 City Council meeting. Image by Google Maps
Mercer Island resident Meredythe Glass poses with memorabilia from “The Wizard of Oz.” Glass was an extra in the film, and was be the guest of honor at a party at her retirement community celebrating Hollywood on Feb. 22. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

“Wizard of Oz” cast member dies at 98

Meredythe Glass was one of the last surviving cast members of “The Wizard of Oz.” She died on Saturday at age 98.

Mercer Island resident Meredythe Glass poses with memorabilia from “The Wizard of Oz.” Glass was an extra in the film, and was be the guest of honor at a party at her retirement community celebrating Hollywood on Feb. 22. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

Groveland Beach vandalized | Police Blotter

Police blotter for July 24 - Aug. 3.

  • Sep 6, 2019
Photo courtesy of Leah Llamas
                                IMS will drive a white van around the Island capturing photo and video footage of pavements and road signage.

The City will conduct a field survey of road conditions on the Island

Every three years, the city of Mercer Island gathers data on pavement conditions using a private contractor. To maintain roads in a “healthy” condition, the… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Leah Llamas
                                IMS will drive a white van around the Island capturing photo and video footage of pavements and road signage.
Courtesy of Elisha Deo. Vanna Nguyen and James Le, pictured, have been identified as the missing persons whose boat was found Sep. 2 near Mercer Island.

Mercer Island police, U.S. Coast Guard are searching for missing boaters

Man and woman were determined missing after police found their boat near Mercer Island.

Courtesy of Elisha Deo. Vanna Nguyen and James Le, pictured, have been identified as the missing persons whose boat was found Sep. 2 near Mercer Island.
The Mercer Island school board invited the Island community to a linkage session at the last board meeting on Aug. 22. at city hall. From left: school board members David D’Souza, Ralph Jorgenson, Tracy Drinkwater, Deborah Lurie, superintendent Donna Colosky and Brian Giannini Upton. Photo captured from MISD board docs video

School board hosts linkage session, invites conversation with community

Parents, community members give input at school board linkage session Aug. 22.

The Mercer Island school board invited the Island community to a linkage session at the last board meeting on Aug. 22. at city hall. From left: school board members David D’Souza, Ralph Jorgenson, Tracy Drinkwater, Deborah Lurie, superintendent Donna Colosky and Brian Giannini Upton. Photo captured from MISD board docs video

Cougar likely left the island, animal remains active on Nextdoor

Fish and Wildlife to speak on cougar response during study session on Sept. 3.

  • Sep 4, 2019

To expel or not to expel Matt Shea, that may be the question | Column

Results of a private investigation could put the fate of GOP lawmaker in front of the House in 2020.

Bio Park, interim city attorney, addresses the MICC about MISD school impact fees at the Aug. 20 meeting. Photo captured from Aug. 20 MICC meeting

MICC adopts ordinance for school impact fees

MISD’s capital facilities plan requested the city to amend the impact fees to be $5,843.11 per single family residence unit and $0 per multi-family unit.

Bio Park, interim city attorney, addresses the MICC about MISD school impact fees at the Aug. 20 meeting. Photo captured from Aug. 20 MICC meeting

Recology narrows scope of private road concerns

After further review, only seven private roads are of concern to the waste removal service provider.

In this January 2019 photo, Gov. Jay Inslee visited the new Children’s Home Society of Washington Highline Early Learning Center in Des Moines to applaud the benefits of early education programs and promote his funding proposal to continue to fund programs like it. Sound Publishing file photo

King County allocates $318 million for education

Money will go toward early education and postsecondary support.

In this January 2019 photo, Gov. Jay Inslee visited the new Children’s Home Society of Washington Highline Early Learning Center in Des Moines to applaud the benefits of early education programs and promote his funding proposal to continue to fund programs like it. Sound Publishing file photo

King County pushes back report on for-hire driver trafficking training

The report was originally due in October but has been extended until next spring.

Madison Miller / staff photo
                                Li Hengda outside Hengda Dance Academy in Bellevue.

Local director produces Chinese drama

Li Hengda has a dance academy in Bellevue.

Madison Miller / staff photo
                                Li Hengda outside Hengda Dance Academy in Bellevue.

50 years on Mercer Island; Fostering community through the SJCC

Celebration planned for Sept. 13-15.

The King County Courthouse. File photo

King County set to bring in tax-free housing funding

It’s set to reap $100 million over the next 20 years from state coffers.

The King County Courthouse. File photo

City continues talks on ST station

A work group reported back to the city council on August 20.

A cougar was captured by security footage on Aug. 5. Photo courtesy of City of Mercer Island

City: No new cougar reports as of Aug. 16

People called in to report having heard and maybe even seen the animal, but few reports are confirmed.

A cougar was captured by security footage on Aug. 5. Photo courtesy of City of Mercer Island