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Legislators budgeted more than $900 million for the Eastside

Mercer Island will see about $715,000 of state funds allocated within the city, mainly for parks.

Mercer Island’s city manager resigns

Julie Underwood tendered her resignation on May 7 ahead of a city council meeting.

(Linda J. Smith) Cherry trees fully in bloom at the state capital in Olympia.
                                (Linda J. Smith) Cherry trees fully in bloom at the state capital in Olympia.

I-1000 passes state legislature as advocates hope to increase equality

The initiative could allow affirmative action to return to Washington state after 20 years.

(Linda J. Smith) Cherry trees fully in bloom at the state capital in Olympia.
                                (Linda J. Smith) Cherry trees fully in bloom at the state capital in Olympia.
Hospital workers support HB 1155 to implement uninterrupted rest breaks and provide limitations on the use of additional on-call work. Courtesy Photo

Legislature passes break and overtime protections for health care workers

Washington State House and Senate have passed HB 1155 providing hospital workplace improvements.

Hospital workers support HB 1155 to implement uninterrupted rest breaks and provide limitations on the use of additional on-call work. Courtesy Photo
Erik and Pete nordstrom receive Pathfinder awards at the 15th annual Breakfast of Champions fundraiser. Madison Miller / staff photo

MISF raise $475,000 at 15th annual Breakfast of Champions fundraiser

Erik and Pete Nordstrom and Caroline Fraser receive Pathfinder awards.

Erik and Pete nordstrom receive Pathfinder awards at the 15th annual Breakfast of Champions fundraiser. Madison Miller / staff photo
Fine Arts Advisory Council President Marni Sheppard, MIHS freshmen Ksenia Hunter and Lilly Jester, and ceramics teacher Chantel Torrey thank the community for supporting the Empty Bowls fundraiser. Madison Miller / staff photo

MIHS ceramics students host first annual Empty Bowls fundraiser

The volunteer community dinner raised over $2,000 for the Bread of Life Mission.

Fine Arts Advisory Council President Marni Sheppard, MIHS freshmen Ksenia Hunter and Lilly Jester, and ceramics teacher Chantel Torrey thank the community for supporting the Empty Bowls fundraiser. Madison Miller / staff photo

2018 savings to restore school counselors amidst budget deficits

Mercer Island City Council directed staff to use $170,000 in 2018 savings to restore two positions.

I-90 bus routes could be eliminated in 2023

King County Metro and Sound Transit are considering service changes with the arrival of light rail.

Light rail could prompt rezoning conversation

Mercer Island’s budget is in a crunch but economic development may be years away.

Ashes taken from storage unit | Police Blotter

Police blotter for April 10-13.

  • May 3, 2019

Overdose deaths continue to rise locally and nationally

This may not be the same opioid epidemic anymore.

Homelessness may be trending down after seven years

A press release from the annual count showed a reduction in people living without a home.

King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field. Photo courtesy of kingcounty.gov

King County airport operators will stop serving ICE flights

Three companies at Boeing Field have indicated they will not service deportation flights.

King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field. Photo courtesy of kingcounty.gov
Kailan Manandic / staff photo 
                                Mercer Island City Council continues to trim budgets in hopes of mitigating a budget deficit.

City council to restore school counselors with MIYFS savings

The council declined a MIYFS funding offer in favor of using savings to restore the positions.

Kailan Manandic / staff photo 
                                Mercer Island City Council continues to trim budgets in hopes of mitigating a budget deficit.
Madison Miller / staff photo 
                                Chris Twombley and the Islander staff will be attending the National High School Journalism Convention in Anaheim.

MIHS journalism students sweep up awards at WJEA conference

‘The Islander’ receives awards at WJEA, including adviser of the year.

Madison Miller / staff photo 
                                Chris Twombley and the Islander staff will be attending the National High School Journalism Convention in Anaheim.

Mercer Island faces difficult budget choices

Following the failure of Proposition 1 to pass last November, services are being cut.

Architectural rendering of a modular congregate shelter. Modular housing is a type of dwelling where the components are manufactured in one location, then assembled at another location. Courtesy of kingcounty.gov.

Modular housing in King County moves ahead

Small, portable housing units are being explored by the county to address homelessness.

Architectural rendering of a modular congregate shelter. Modular housing is a type of dwelling where the components are manufactured in one location, then assembled at another location. Courtesy of kingcounty.gov.
Gov. Jay Inslee shakes hands with Dinah Griffey after signing Senate Bill 5649 on April 19. The law revises the statute of limitations for sex crimes. Photo by Emma Epperly, WNPA Olympia News Bureau

Hits and misses from Legislature’s 2019 session

New laws target vaccines, sex crimes and daylight savings; losers include sex ed and dwarf tossing bills.

Gov. Jay Inslee shakes hands with Dinah Griffey after signing Senate Bill 5649 on April 19. The law revises the statute of limitations for sex crimes. Photo by Emma Epperly, WNPA Olympia News Bureau
Lakeridge Elementary School K-Kids club officers support schools devastated by wildfires in Paradise, CA. From left: Fritz Hokanson, Oscar Hokanson, Oren Goldberg, Sydney Hawthorne and Emerson Woods. Madison Miller / staff photo

K-Kids club support California schools devastated by wildfires

Lakeridge Elementary K-Kids club hold “Lions’ Pride for Paradise Week” relief effort for Paradise schools.

Lakeridge Elementary School K-Kids club officers support schools devastated by wildfires in Paradise, CA. From left: Fritz Hokanson, Oscar Hokanson, Oren Goldberg, Sydney Hawthorne and Emerson Woods. Madison Miller / staff photo