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Where are Islander grads headed after graduation?

Islander grads will now scatter across 32 states and across the globe to further their education and pursue their dreams. Some will go to arts schools, others to Ivy League institutions, and others to specialized technology schools. Beau Riebe will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, and Julia Chalker and Colin Ramsey are enrolled at the Berkelee School of Music in Boston. Some will attend Bellevue College, just minutes away, while a pair will enroll at Bowdoin College in Maine. Another two will call Florida home for a few years and three are set to continue their studies in Hawaii. Nearly 40 will study in both public and private colleges in California. Others will travel to different countries and cultures. Audrey Col-Spector will attend the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and Scott Lane heads to Beijing University. Some are taking time off, now referred to as a “gap year,” while others will work or travel.

DeVleming withdraws, endorses Caditz for School Board

Mercer Island School Board member John DeVleming withdrew on June 11 from re-election for a second-term, setting the stage for an election contest between former Mercer Island High School PTA President Terri Caditz and local physician David Myerson.

Fishing at Luther Burbank Park on June 20 will be part of Greenway Days.

Let’s go fishing at Greenway Days

Greenway Days is a celebration of the conservation and education efforts in the Mountains to Sound Greenway and the over 4,000 annual volunteers who give their time to keep the 100-mile long stretch of I-90, from Puget Sound to Central Washington, clean and green.

Fishing at Luther Burbank Park on June 20 will be part of Greenway Days.
Mercer Island Police spent more than four hours looking for two perpetrators that fled a car chase

Police arrest five teens in early morning incident

A car chase through downtown Mercer Island on June 8 ended with an officer discharging his weapon in the Mercerdale neighborhood in the 3400 block of 76th Avenue S.E. All five suspects were arrested during the incident, according to Mercer Island Police Detective Pete Erickson.

Mercer Island Police spent more than four hours looking for two perpetrators that fled a car chase
Cheryl Crow's video won Honorable Mention at the 2009 UW PocketMedia Film Festival.

MIHS grad earns acclaim for UW short film

Mercer Island High School graduate Cheryl Crow, currently an orientation specialist at the University of Washington Medical Center, won an honorable mention award in the… Continue reading

Cheryl Crow's video won Honorable Mention at the 2009 UW PocketMedia Film Festival.

Use caution when planning water activities, plan for safety at every turn

County Department of Health officials warn everyone to stay out of King County’s dangerously deep, cold and swift rivers and lakes. The snowpack melt makes this time of year more treacherous than usual for swimmers, rafters, innertubers and kayakers.

State ranks high in driver knowledge

Results from the 2009 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test released today rank Washington drivers as 17th in the nation for their driving knowledge. The fifth annual survey, which polled 5,183 licensed Americans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, is designed to gauge driver knowledge by administering 20 actual questions taken from state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) exams. Washington drivers had an average score of 78.9 percent (70 percent or higher is required to pass the test), and 10.6 percent of Washington respondents failed the test. In 2008, the state ranked 9th.

French Ambassador to visit Mercer Island

The French Ambassador to the United States will be visiting the French American School of Puget Sound, tomorrow at 1 p.m. Ambassador Pierre Vimont will… Continue reading

Public Health swine flu update

Public Health of Seattle & King County has reported that more school-aged children in King County are becoming ill as flu-like illness increases at schools. The agency is closely monitoring the spread of H1N1 influenza (swine flu), which now numbers 384 cases in the county as of May 25. Officials are urging continued work by parents, schools and day cares to reduce the spread of infections.

Delores Erchinger dies in Alaska

Former Mercer Island resident Delores “Dede” Erchinger, 94, died at home with friends and family at her side on May 8, 2009, in Alaska. She was a 66-year resident of Mercer Island. Mrs. Erchinger was born on July 1, 1914, in Cordova, Alaska.

Bellevue offers online maps to bicyclists

As part of an effort to make Bellevue an inviting place for bicyclists, the city is now offering them a way to share their favorite routes online on

Issaquah salmon hatchery avoids closure

As state governments all over the country search for ways to cut millions from their budgets, no stone is being left unturned.

Janet Taylor named publisher of Mercer Island and Bellevue Reporter papers

As the newly appointed publisher of the Bellevue Reporter and Mercer Island Reporter newspapers, Janet Taylor has her work cut out for her. The former publisher of the Montana Standard daily newspaper relocated to the Bellevue area this past week, ready to take on her new role with East Sound Newspaper Operations, Sound Publishing, Inc.

Vehicles traveling westbound across the Interstate 90 floating bridge pass new variable speed limit signs near Mercer Island on Thursday

New I-90 speed limit signs

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Sound Transit are introducing 14 electronic speed limit signs on westbound I-90 as part of a 2009 Two-Way Transit project.

Vehicles traveling westbound across the Interstate 90 floating bridge pass new variable speed limit signs near Mercer Island on Thursday

Islanders in Boston Marathon

Nine Islanders posted finishing times in the 113th running of the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon on April 20. They are: Terry Robinson, with a time of 3 hours, 13 minutes, 14 seconds; Rhonda Glass, 3:21:16; Douglas MacLean, 3:28:18; Jeff Newell, 3:30:28; Hunter MacLean, 3:45:04; Gregory Babinski, 3:54:36; Olga Walker, 4:05:25; Jeff Poppe, 4:14:18; and Roger Larson, 4:57:04. The winning times for the marathon this year were 2:08:42 for the men and 2:32:16 for the women.

I-90 express lanes to close this week

As of Monday, May 4, the I-90 express lanes between Mercer Island and Seattle will be closed while the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) begins the first phase of the Homer Hadley Bridge expansion joint repair project.

Recalled pistachios taken off local shelves

Mave Enterprises, Inc. of Los Angeles, has voluntarily recalled all pistachios sold under the It’s Delish label due to a potential salmonella contamination. The product… Continue reading

Megahome market update: prices take a fall

Despite conflicting reports, a 1932 Mercer Island waterfront estate adjacent to Proctor Landing in the East Seattle neighborhood is apparently being sold for well under its original asking price. The 15,000-plus-square-foot, 1.3-acre waterfront estate is listed by the real estate firm Ewing and Clark and includes an indoor swimming pool, game room, sport court, and home theater with a carriage house, a guest house and a dock with a boat lift.

Diapers, grease and household waste plug sewers, stop pumps

The city is asking for citizens’ help in protecting the Island’s sewer system. The entire sewer network, from the collection system to 18 pumping stations, is being seriously damaged by items that should not be flushed into the system.

Youth Theatre Northwest presents annual student showcase

Youth Theatre Northwest is proud to present its annual student showcase: the Cabaret and Fringe Festival. Performed annually in the spring, the Cabaret and Fringe Festival is an opportunity for YTN’s older youth to envision and create their own evening of theater. The Cabaret and Fringe Festival features short plays written, directed and performed by teens, with songs. Music was chosen and plays were created in response to various themes: truth and lies, self-discovery and control. Youth worked for over two months under guidance from YTN staff as they created and produced their own evening of theater.