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Kent police discover trove of stolen property

A consortium of King County police agencies discovered thousands of dollars in stolen property yesterday, and arrested two wanted car prowl suspects in connection with… Continue reading

Ken Claflin adjusts a photograph in his exhibit at the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce.

Ken Claflin’s photography on display at Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce gallery

Islander Ken Claflin has a colorful photo series entitled “In a Different Light” on show at the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce gallery this month. The vibrant time-lapse photographs capture the night sky of Seattle and Bellevue, illuminated with neon and the taillights of cars. Claflin’s work is inspired by memories of his childhood in downtown Seattle.

Ken Claflin adjusts a photograph in his exhibit at the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce.

Washington state agencies open fraud prevention Web site | News Briefs

In an effort to counter consumer fraud and give residents a way to report crooked businesses, the Department of Revenue, Department of Labor and Industries and several other agencies have established a Web site,, that allows consumers to check if a business is registered before they sign on the dotted line. The site also allows consumers to report cases of suspected fraud.

West Mercer Elementary science fair

West Mercer Elementary recently held their science fair, garnering lots of interesting topics amongst the students.The first place winner was Louise Morton with her project… Continue reading

Police Report

ArrestsA Burlington man was arrested for driving with a suspended license on Feb. 23. The man was pulled over in the 2400 block of 76th… Continue reading

MIHS earns four academic state titles

Mercer Island High School was awarded four academic state titles last week by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.The high school band, choir, orchestra and dance… Continue reading

Farmers New World Life Insurance

Founded in Spokane, Farmers New World Life celebrates 100th year

Founded in the bustling Western boomtown of Spokane, Wash., in 1910, Farmers New World Life, now headquartered on Mercer Island, is celebrating its 100th year… Continue reading

Farmers New World Life Insurance

State report indicates common drugs are leading cause of poisoning

The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) recorded more than 70,000 cases of humans and animals exposed to toxic substances in 2009. Adults accounted for nearly 36… Continue reading

Vatican bars former St. Monica’s pastor Kemp from ministry

The Vatican has permanently barred from active ministry former pastor of St. Monica Catholic Church, Rev. Dennis Kemp. The Islander has been on administrative leave since allegations of inappropriate conduct with a minor surfaced in 2007.

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Lakeside mansion up for auction at $15 million

A Mediterranean-inspired 22,800-square-foot waterfront estate at 1631 Roanoke Way is being offered for sale in a sealed bid auction. Previously listed at $40 million, the… Continue reading

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MIHS wants community professionals; meeting Wednesday

Mercer Island High School will be hosting a general advisory meeting for the Career and Technical Education Department on Feb. 17 to gauge the interest of local professionals in helping students at the school. The meeting will take place in the MIHS library at 5:30 p.m. According to a release from the school the department is seeking interested professionals to help enhance the educational experience of students.

PSE reports record energy use during December 2009

New energy-use records were set in Western Washington as temperatures fell into the teens for several days during December.Puget Sound Energy reported that customers broke… Continue reading

Burglary attempt stopped by police

Police successfully apprehended a burglar after he attempted to rob a disabled Island senior on Feb. 3.According to the police report, the woman, who lives… Continue reading

Registration open for 2010 Rotary Run

The 2010 Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon is a chance for locals to challenge themselves and enjoy the scenic views that the Island offers.This year,… Continue reading

Members of the Mercer Island Definitive Dance junior dance team recently competed at the Starpower Competition. The team finished first in its category: tap.

Tapping to first place

The Definitive Dance junior dance team on Mercer Island won awards at the Starpower Competition at the Highline Performing Arts Center. The team won first… Continue reading

Members of the Mercer Island Definitive Dance junior dance team recently competed at the Starpower Competition. The team finished first in its category: tap.

McCarthy named St. Monica Parish School distinguished graduate

The St. Monica Parish School community has named Michele (McDonald) McCarthy as its 2010 Distinguished Graduate.McCarthy is an active member of the St. Monica Parish… Continue reading

Blog: 25 Washington banks ‘in trouble’

According to the Web site, which publishes an unofficial list of what it identifies as “problem banks,” the number of banks nationwide in trouble has risen to 599. Twenty-five of those banks are within Washington State.

Mercer Island Senior Foundation grant helps seniors remain at home

Seniors living independently on Mercer Island have the option of receiving in-home care through the Mercer Island Senior Check-In Service, which has received a $5,000 grant from the Mercer Island Senior Foundation. The service is provided by Club 24 Senior Living at Home, Mercer Island Youth and Family Services and the Mercer Island Senior Health Center.

Rotary Islanders of January

Mercer Island High School students Saloni Parikh and Ian Zhang have been named as the Rotary Islanders of January.Parikh is the secretary of the Mercer… Continue reading

Mercer Island, Bellevue police departments to swap services

Reporter StaffEarlier this year, the Mercer Island and Bellevue police chiefs began discussing ways to leverage the services of their agencies without increasing costs. Bellevue… Continue reading