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Baseball team plays at Safeco Field

The Mercer Island High School baseball team got to play a non-league game at Safeco Field on Saturday against Kennedy and won 10-7.

County Council OKs single-payment card for regional transit

The King County Council has given the green light for the rollout of a single-payment card for all forms of regional transit. The ORCA smart card will enable riders to move between bus, train and ferries across county lines using only one fare card.

Katherine Seely

WM Destination ImagiNation team takes third at state

The fifth-grade girls’ Destination ImagiNation team from West Mercer Elementary School took third place at the state competition at the end of March.

Katherine Seely

Former Entellium CEO gets 3-year jail sentence for fraud

Island resident Paul Johnston, the former Chief Executive of the Seattle software startup Entellium, has been sentenced to three years in prison for defrauding investors… Continue reading

Lakeline Project Open House

Plans continue to move ahead for the City of Mercer Island's Sewer Lake Line Replacement Project, the largest capital project in the City's history. Construction… Continue reading

A semi-truck and commercial van crashed on 1-90 near the Mercer Island Exit 9 on March 20.

Accident blocks lanes of I-90 on Mercer Island

An accident on eastbound I-90 involving three vehicles blocked the two left-hand lanes just before 4 p.m. this afternoon.The incident occurred at 3:51 p.m. just… Continue reading

A semi-truck and commercial van crashed on 1-90 near the Mercer Island Exit 9 on March 20.

Sales tax to increase to pay for transit

The Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) sales tax will increase five-tenths of one percent to a total of nine-tenths of one percent on April 1.

Construction resumes on S.E. 40th

Construction has resumed on S.E. 40th Street. Landscaping will soon be installed along the north and south sides of S.E. 40th from Island Crest Way to 86th Avenue S.E., an addition to the original project scope. The groundcover is drought tolerant and includes lavender, mahonia, kinnikinnick and flowering current. Trident maple and serviceberry trees will also be planted. These species have deeper root structures than the existing trees and thus will cause less damage to the new asphalt roadway and pedestrian walks.

MI boys to host lacrosse invite this weekend | Event will have 20 games in three days

The Mercer Island boys lacrosse program will host one of the largest high school invitationals in the western United States this weekend, when 13 teams from around the country converge on the Island.

College fair at BCC

Questions about college? Two dozen college and university representatives will provide answers at BCC on March 26.

A peek into Mercer Island homes through Craigslist

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Mercer Island man dies after car plunges into Lake Washington

An Island man died sometime on March 2 after his car plunged into Lake Washington at Calkins Landing. Mercer Island Marine Patrol divers discovered the car, an Acura RSX, upside down at the bottom of the lake about 40 feet off the shoreline shortly before 6 p.m. on March 2.

Options for Merrimount-ICW debated

On Tuesday evening, members of the Island Crest Way Citizens Panel, city officials and Island residents met to discuss the two options for improving the intersection of Island Crest Way and Merrimount chosen last month by the panel.

11 Islanders to climb Seattle’s Columbia Center, March 8, at Scott Firefighter Stairclimb

Eleven Mercer Island firefighters are set to climb Seattle’s tallest building, the Columbia Center, on Sunday, March 8, in the annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb.

Daylight saving time begins this Sunday

In the United States, daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m., local time, on the second Sunday in March. That means this Sunday, March 8, at 2 a.m., clocks need to be set ahead one hour.

State 2009 Guaranteed Tuition purchase deadline nears

Expanded enrollment in Washington’s prepaid college tuition plan shows that parents are eager to find a secure way to save for college. State officials are predicting a record year for the nation’s fastest growing prepaid tuition plan.

New electronic speed signs on I-90

The latest traffic technology aimed at increasing safety and reducing collisions is coming soon to I-90. Beginning this past Monday, drivers will see activity on new electronic speed signs installed last fall on the westbound shoulders of I-90 between I-405 and I-5.

I-90 Express lane closures May, July

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce luncheon on March 5 will host speakers to discuss the May and July 1-90 bridge closures. The first phase of expansion joint replacement project will take place May 4-23, leaving the 1-90 express lanes closed around the clock. According to WSDOT, the project timing is crucial as the joints are aged and cracking. Engineers fear that the large steel joints will pop up and cause accidents if not replaced. The second phase of the project will occur July 5-28. All westbound 1-90 lanes will be closed around the clock. Drivers can still use all lanes east of Mercer Island. During the closures, drivers should anticipate delays up to 40 minutes east of Mercer Island, congestion on westbound SR-520, SR-522 and I-405, in addition to significant congestion on I-90. For more information, go to

Boys fall to Mount Si, twice

The Mercer Island boys basketball team lost to Mount Si twice last week, being pushed to a loser-out first-round game of KingCo.

Mercer Island’s Youth Theatre Northwest is celebrating its 25th year. At left

YTN feeling the economic pinch

Youth Theatre Northwest is reaching out for funds to keep the 25-year-old teaching and performing space a going concern.

Mercer Island’s Youth Theatre Northwest is celebrating its 25th year. At left