Reporter Staff

Girls basketball to host Jr. Hoopsters winter camp | Sports briefs

Jr. Hoopsters runs Jan. 9 through Feb. 6; MIFC teams competing in state tournaments.

Islander girls, boys earn wins over Interlake | Prep basketball

Islander girls remain undefeated; MI boys improve to 5-1 this season.

Mercer Island beats Juanita in league opener | Prep wrestling

The Mercer Island wrestling team scored a 37-27 win over Juanita in the Islanders’ 2A/3A KingCo opener Thursday, Dec. 17 at Juanita High School.

Community Calendar | ‘Excerpts from the Nutcracker’ at JCC

A look at the events happening around the Island in the coming week and beyond.

MIPD implements ‘Operation No Grinch’

Police officers will work to reduce the number of residential burglaries, car prowls and package thefts in December.

Board to increase number of retail marijuana stores in Washington

Allocation of licenses doubled in King County, Mercer Island.

MI LAX holding annual Christmas Tree Recycle fundraiser | Sports briefs

Once again, the Mercer Island Boys’ Lacrosse Club will come to your curb, pick up your tree, haul it away and have it composted.

MI gymnastics tops Liberty | Prep sports briefs

Mercer Island gymnastics earned its first meet win of the season, beating Liberty at MIHS. The Islanders won with a team score of 146.95 to Liberty’s 124.7.

Mercer Island girls thrash Liberty | Prep girls basketball

The Mercer Island girls basketball team earned its first league win of the season, beating Liberty 70-44 Monday night at MIHS.

Police Blotter | Island man attempts to steal alcohol and dental products from QFC

MIPD also responds to cases of burglary, prowling and fraud from Nov. 25-Dec. 3.

New Councilmember Jeff Sanderson sworn in | City briefs

Earth Day fair to return in 2016; weather causes evacuation of three Island homes.

Around the Island, Dec. 16

VFW donates $1,000 to YFS; John L. Scott to host blood drive on Dec. 19.

State Supreme Court denies MISD’s appeal in racial discrimination case

On Dec. 2, the Washington State Supreme Court declined to hear the Mercer Island School District’s appeal of a finding that the district was liable for discrimination in a case of peer-on-peer racial harassment that occurred in 2011 at Islander Middle School.

Morris leads Stanford to first NCAA men’s soccer title

Scoring two goals in the final of the NCAA College Cup, Islander Jordan Morris helped the Stanford Cardinal win its first-ever national championship with a 4-0 victory over Clemson Sunday, Dec. 13 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Mercer Island bounces back with win over Stanwood | Prep boys basketball

Islanders beat Spartans 59-52 at Stanwood High School.

Wet and windy weather rolls through Puget Sound

Rain causes landslide and saturated soils; East Mercer Way closed again.

MICEC holiday closures and reduced hours | City briefs

Donate your fridge or freezer, help families and save power; Comcast upgrades one-third complete.

Police Blotter | Islanders report multiple car prowls Nov. 22-25

MIPD reports four cases of car prowls equate to loss of over $4,500.

Rotary students of the month for December

The Mercer Island Rotary Club recently named MIHS seniors Helena Shield and Fletcher Stribling its Islanders of the Month for December.

Holiday fun at Firehouse Munch | Slideshow

Islanders turn out for annual Tree Lighting and holiday merriment at the Firehouse.