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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Safeco Field funding referendum withdrawn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

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