Katie Metzger

Mercer Island’s First Thursday Art and Wine to celebrate first anniversary of SZ Gallery

Suzanne Zahr, Mercer Island architect and general contractor, invites the community to celebrate the one year (paper) anniversary of her design/build firm and art gallery… Continue reading

Mercer Island begins review of residential code draft

After months of discussion about gross floor area, tree retention, impervious surface and property values, the Mercer Island Planning Commission is preparing its recommendations on… Continue reading

I-90 lawsuit hearings set for April as East Link sees cost overruns

At the March 20 Mercer Island City Council meeting, City Manager Julie Underwood delivered an update on the city’s litigation regarding light rail mitigation and… Continue reading

Mercer Island City Council looks to bridge budget gaps by closing criminal justice fund

Through what one council member called “extracurricular legal research,” Mercer Island found a way to reduce its projected budget deficits for the next biennium. Councilmember… Continue reading

Mercer Island ends suspension of Sound Transit shoreline permit

On March 17, the city of Mercer Island withdrew the suspension of the shoreline substantial development permit issued to Sound Transit for its East Link… Continue reading

Mercer Island seniors get savvy about scams

When Covenant Shores resident Ann-Mari got a distressing call from her granddaughter, who said she was stuck in a foreign country and needed money quickly,… Continue reading

Mercer Island explores relationship between arts and parks

Update: The Mercer Island City Council voted 4-3 to keep the Parks and Recreation Department name as is at its March 20 meeting. Wanting to… Continue reading

Sound Transit’s challenge to Mercer Island lawsuit gets second hearing

Update: The city ended the suspension of the shoreline permit on March 17. A week after the Mercer Island City Council held its public hearings… Continue reading

Mercer Island Chamber celebrates changing of the guard

More than 70 members of the Mercer Island business community attended a reception Thursday to send off retiring Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Terry Moreman… Continue reading

Local author to share inspirational story at Island Books

Nine years ago, after being rendered quadriplegic from a bicycling accident, Islander James Osborne couldn’t touch his fingertips together. Now, he can walk (carefully), exercise,… Continue reading

Chamber changes | Mercer Island community is invited to Thursday reception

At the March 2 Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce meeting, board members Emmett Maloof and Ralph Swanson announced that the chamber would be making a… Continue reading

Jewish community on high alert after bomb threats

Mercer Island’s JCC was one of 23 targeted last Monday.

Mercer Island firefighters to climb up Columbia Center for cancer research

Ten Mercer Island firefighters are participating in the 26th annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on March 12, ascending 69 flights of stairs (1,356 steps) in the… Continue reading

City identifies alternative funding opportunities in Island Crest Park

At its Feb. 21 meeting, the Mercer Island City Council heard about options for enhanced funding opportunities to make improvements to the Island Crest Park… Continue reading

Mercer Island Jewish Community Center evacuated after telephone bomb threat

The Stroum Jewish Community Center in Mercer Island was evacuated at 4:45 p.m. Monday after a bomb threat was called in. It was one of… Continue reading

Historic homes hit the Mercer Island market

A large waterfront property in Mercer Island formerly owned by Margaret Engstrom Quarles, who lived on the Island for more than 90 years before passing… Continue reading

I-90 debate escalates in region, state as Sound Transit board votes to countersue Mercer Island

News of Mercer Island’s legal action regarding access to Interstate 90 has reached local media outlets, the Sound Transit Board of Directors and Olympia. On… Continue reading

Eye on MI | Dog days of winter

Islander Michele Vignieri and her rescue dog, Ziggy, take a rainy walk through Mercer Island Town Center on Feb. 15. They went to Mud Bay,… Continue reading

Mercer Islanders debate ‘neighborhood character’ versus property rights

As the city of Mercer Island’s Development Services Group and Planning Commission continue their work on the residential code update, property rights advocates feel like… Continue reading

Mercer Island City Council identifies I-90, residential code and financial sustainability as top priorities

At its Jan. 4 planning session, the Mercer Island City Council discussed its goals for this year, concluding that several ongoing issues need to be… Continue reading