Katie Metzger

Mercer Island City Council dives into residential code review

Following three consecutive Monday meetings regarding the proposed changes to the code that governs residential development on Mercer Island, the City Council has some tough… Continue reading

Retiring superintendent Gary Plano leaves lasting legacy in Mercer Island

Mercer Island schools have changed a lot in the 10-year tenure of Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano. While addressing issues in a rapidly growing and increasingly… Continue reading

Mercer Island High School graduates 328, including 7 valedictorians

In its 60th commencement exercises on June 8 at KeyArena, Mercer Island High School ushered 328 graduating seniors into the “real world.” MIHS Principal Vicki… Continue reading

Islanders earn accolades in all-girls coding challenge

Four Mercer Island High School juniors who created a tutoring marketplace app were named one of 100 semifinalists in the all-girl coding competition Technovation. Out… Continue reading

Terry Moreman named Mercer Island’s 2016 Citizen of the Year

At its June 5 meeting, the Mercer Island City Council honored 38-year resident and former Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Terry Moreman with the 2016… Continue reading

41st district legislators talk education, taxes, Trump with Mercer Island Chamber

State Sen. Lisa Wellman, Rep. Judy Clibborn and Rep. Tana Senn spoke at the June 1 Chamber of Commerce meeting about their priorities as the… Continue reading

I-90 center lanes closed as of June 4 for light rail construction

The Interstate 90 center lanes closed on June 4. Mercer Island commuters can expect major changes to: The highway configuration East Link light rail will… Continue reading

Mercer Island, Sound Transit agree on tentative $10 million settlement

Following a six and a half hour executive session and back and forth discussion with Sound Transit on May 31, the Mercer Island City Council… Continue reading

Mercer Island veteran takes Honor Flight for ‘one last mission’

A national nonprofit made a difference in the lives of local veterans by bringing them to Washington D.C. from May 20-22, the weekend before Memorial… Continue reading

Mercer Island Farmers Market opens June 4 for 10th season, with new manager

The Mercer Island Farmers Market returns June 4 for its 10th season of celebrating sustainability, community and local food and farmers. Located just north of… Continue reading

Islander’s Eagle project will recognize service members

For his Eagle Scout project, Mercer Island High School junior Henry LeMaster is working with local veterans to recognize and support current service members. He… Continue reading

13 Islanders sign up for local races

Thirteen Islanders filed to run for positions on the City Council and School Board, according to the King County Elections website as of the May… Continue reading

Cyclists pedal across Mercer Island for Bike to Work Day

Sunny weather returned and many commuters switched from four wheels to two for “Bike to Work Day” on May 19. Companies and sponsors set up… Continue reading

MIPA awards Exceptional Educator of the Year

Students, parents and colleagues surprised preschool teacher Kathy Morey on a sunny April 9 afternoon with cake, balloons and the award for Exceptional Educator of… Continue reading

SIFF to feature Islander’s documentary ‘Crazywise’

Islander Phil Borges has always been interested in telling stories. From a student interviewing people on the streets in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district to a… Continue reading

Mercer Island’s Run Like a Girl celebrates female fitness and fun

Fitness aficionados ran through Luther Burbank Park on May 13 for Mercer Island’s annual Run Like a Girl 5K, celebrating female fitness for all ages.… Continue reading

Mercer Island Chamber members learn social media strategies

Social media marketing specialist Blake Messer spoke to the Chamber of Commerce on April 4 about how to use technology, including Facebook, search engine optimization… Continue reading

Mercer Island businesswoman releases new book

For Keiko Kay Hirai, owner of Studio 904 on Mercer Island, running a business has always been more about passion than profit. She believes that… Continue reading

5,000 miles for $5,000 | Paracle uses Bike Month to benefit Mercer Island Youth and Family Services

May is Bike Everywhere Month, celebrated across the Puget Sound area, and local company Paracle Advisors is using that to support the Mercer Island community.… Continue reading

Mercer Island New Seasons offers “talk and shop” nutrition consults

Mercer Island’s newest grocery store, New Seasons Market, offers a lot of resources for improving wellness, navigating specialized diets and eating healthfully, including a full-time,… Continue reading