Katie Metzger

Mercer Island educators, school board reach tentative agreement following protests

Members and supporters of the Mercer Island Education Association held several rallies before the Aug. 17 School Board meeting to send a message: teachers will… Continue reading

Council rejects most commuter parking options, including 77th Avenue restriping

After discussing short-term commuter parking options provided by Sound Transit and city staff at the Aug. 7 meeting, the Mercer Island City Council concluded that… Continue reading

Original Mercer Islander celebrates her 100th birthday

The oldest living original Islander celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 8. Ruth Mary Close was brought to Mercer Island after her birth in 1917,… Continue reading

New Mercer Island superintendent gears up for school year

Getting the job as superintendent of Mercer Island School District represents a sort of homecoming for Donna Colosky, who grew up near Vancouver, B.C. She… Continue reading

Blue Angels fly over Mercer Island during smoky Seafair

The Seattle area was covered with a blanket of smoke, caused by wildfires in Canada, during Seafair Weekend, but it didn’t stop the traditional activities… Continue reading

Fit family | Three generations compete in Seafair Triathlon

Longtime Mercer Island resident Tom Robertson, 75, and his granddaughter McKenna Halter, 5, were the oldest and youngest competitors in the Seafair Triathlon on July… Continue reading

Mercer Island’s Adventure Playground inspires creativity in construction

Nestled in the forest of Deane’s Children’s Park is a one-of-a-kind play area that allows kids to create their own adventure. At Mercer Island’s Adventure… Continue reading

Islander’s interview with defense secretary goes viral

After interviewing U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Memorial Day, two student reporters from Mercer Island High School’s Islander newspaper have experienced life on the… Continue reading

City to engage Mercer Island public on budget challenges

City Manager Julie Underwood and Finance Director Chip Corder will soon be reaching out to the public to figure out how to address upcoming deficits… Continue reading

Mercer Island parks department struggles to keep up with rising costs in open space management

According to the open space vegetation management biennium report, which the Mercer Island City Council reviewed at its July 17 meeting, the budget allocated for… Continue reading

Mercer Island City Council slows down on residential code review

With the Mercer Island City Council still discussing follow-ups to policy questions in its review of the residential development code, and some members expressing a… Continue reading

Mercer Island Farmers Market offers unique live music program

While many other Seattle-area farmers markets rely on acoustic buskers to provide ambiance for shoppers and spectators, the Mercer Island Farmers Market has invested time… Continue reading

Meet the candidates for Mercer Island School Board Position 4

Deborah Schneider Lurie, Diana Lein and Linhui Hao — the three candidates in the Aug. 1 primary election for Mercer Island School Board, Director Position… Continue reading

Mercer Island City Council commends Sanderson’s service, appoints Nice

The Mercer Island City Council voted unanimously on July 17 to appoint Island native Salim Nice to fill the vacancy left in Position 4 by… Continue reading

Local arts, culture, heritage groups would see funding increases under Prop 1

If voters approve a sales tax increase on Aug. 1, regional organizations like the Museum of Flight, the Seattle Art Museum and the Woodland Park… Continue reading

Islanders parade into Summer Celebration

Islanders of all ages participated in the Summer Celebration parade on July 8. A weekend filled with fun activities, including boat rides, fireworks and a… Continue reading

Mercer Island summer concert series to feature more original artists

One of the annual traditions on Mercer Island is the Mostly Music in the Park concert series, which brings Islanders of all ages together to… Continue reading

Mercer Island community groups sell fireworks for the Fourth

Mercer Island Fire Chief Steve Heitman said that the permit for Kiwanis, the Masonic Lodge and VFW to sell “safe and sane” fireworks on the… Continue reading

East Link light rail construction underway on I-90 bridge

Sound Transit briefed media on June 28 on the East Link light rail construction that is now underway in the center lanes of the Homer… Continue reading

Jeff Sanderson to leave Mercer Island City Council in July

Councilmember Jeff Sanderson, who was elected in 2015 to serve a two-year term, announced that he will be leaving the Mercer Island City Council after… Continue reading