Reporter Staff

Mercer Island boys water polo takes sixth in San Diego

The Mercer Island High School men’s water polo team took sixth overall out of the 32-team field during the Greater San Diego Invitational Water Polo Tournament last weekend. Despite sending one of their youngest teams in years, the Islanders advanced to the fifth-place game before succumbing to Santana High School of San Diego, 16-9. The tournament boasts some of the best teams from Southern California, including 16 ranked teams from San Diego High School Division’s I and II.

‘Swing for the Cure’ brings $528,850 to breast cancer fight

MulvannyG2 Architecture raised $138,850 to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Puget Sound Affiliate, at its sixth annual golf tournament, “Swing for the Cure,” held at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore. Mitch Smith and Ming Zhang, Senior Partners of MulvannyG2, along with Chairman of the Board, Jerry Lee, presented a check to Mona Locke, Executive Director of Komen’s Puget Sound Affiliate, on Oct. 10 in support of breast cancer awareness month. MulvannyG2’s cumulative donation from this event has now peaked to over $528,850, aiding in the fight against breast cancer.

MIHS graduate is UW Homecoming Queen

Mercer Island High School graduate Courtney Hampson was honored as the University of Washington 2008 Homecoming Queen on Oct. 17. Hampson, who graduated from MIHS in 2005, is a UW honors student pursuing a degree at the Jackson School of International Studies. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Hampson has taken on a number of leadership roles at UW. She is the director of the UW Leaders Program, co-founder of the ASUW Ambassadors program, an active member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and the Order of Omega Greek Leadership and Honor Society. Hampson is writing her honors thesis on the changing purpose of the Peace Corps.

News brief | Boater Safety Classes offered in early 2009 on MI

Boaters 12 years and over in Washington State are required to take or have taken a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and Washington State approved boating education course to operate a boat with a motor rated over 15 horse power. In 2009, this requirement applies to persons aged 25 and younger with full implementation being phased in over the next several years.

Number of tuberculosis cases in King County reach 30-year high

Showing a local symptom of a global epidemic, King County reached a new 30-year high for tuberculosis in 2007, with 161 people diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB) disease. This was an 11% increase from 2006. These new findings are included in the 2007 Annual Tuberculosis report for King County, found at

Haunted Isle | Spooky tales of Mercer Island’s past

Centuries ago, the Duwamish Indians would not set foot on Mercer Island past dusk. The Island, shrouded in fog and dark with mystery, was believed to be filled with spirits. Natives who hunted and foraged on the Island by day made haste to row away before sunset. When the first settlers came to Seattle, the Duwamish agreed to canoe the men over to explore the Island but refused to accompany them through the night, returning instead to pick the settlers up the next day. Since that time, Mercer Island has grown rich with stories of haunted landmarks and restless souls. Here are some of the Reporter’s favorites:

Renton landing patterns to change

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to release its newly approved GPS-assisted approach to the Renton Airport next month, and airport officials expect it to decrease the number of noisy landings over the Island.

V-ball takes league title

The Mercer Island volleyball team officially clinched the 3A KingCo title on Friday with a 3-0 victory against Juanita High School. It was the team’s second consecutive league championship.

Sewer lake line sent back out for bids | Original bids came in near $30M, double initial engineering estimates

The city is now accepting bids for the second time for its multimillion-dollar sewer lake line project that began in 2002.

Flu shots available

The Washington Department of Health has ordered more than 435,000 doses of flu vaccine this year — a record order. For help finding an immunization clinic, call 1-800-322-2588, or go to

Islander jailed on suspicion of defrauding investors

An Island resident and CEO of a local software company was arrested last Tuesday night at his South-end home on West Mercer Way for allegedly cooking the accounting books and defrauding investors of about $50 million.

Sports brief | Dan Simons earns sixth gold

Dan Simons, a freshman at Mercer Island High School, was the high-point winner at the 2008 Washington Games Age Group Seattle Open held at Colman Pool in Seattle.

Godfred achieves Ironman for fourth time

Senior Rachel Godfred has achieved Ironman status for the fourth year in a row as an Islander girls swimmer.

Walk to School Day a success

Mercer Island celebrated International Walk to School Day last Wednesday, Oct. 8 with all three elementary schools participating.The event, which saw participation from hundreds of… Continue reading

Reporter wins WNPA General Excellence Award

The Mercer Island Reporter took first place in the annual Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest. The Reporter won in the 5,000 circulation category for issues printed from April 1, 2007 through March 2008.

How Washington state lawmakers voted on Wall Street bailout

Washington state’s three Republican House members, along with a single Democrat, voted no on the $700 billion bailout of financial markets Monday, Sept. 29.

New Mercer Island Reporter Web site

The online version of the Mercer Island Reporter has joined a new extensive Internet network of local community news operated by the paper's parent company, Sound Publishing.

School briefs

The Mercer Island School District will extend its Math Curriculum and Program Review until Friday, Oct. 10. The review, which includes an online survey at, has been going on for several weeks. The district’s goal is to evaluate the current math program based on newly adopted standards, school district and national assessment data, as well as teacher, parent and student survey information. A committee of administrators, teachers and parents will use the information to evaluate the district’s math program. For more information, contact Michael Schiehser, director of instruction and assessment at

Edward Maloof, community champion, dies at 89

Edward E. Maloof of Mercer Island died Sept. 30 at Swedish Hospital with his family at his side. Through his civic involvement, real estate and teaching careers, Mr. Maloof was a key part of Island life for more than 60 years.

Football team loses to No. 1 team in state | Bellevue bounces Mercer Island 45-10

There were no surprises on Friday when the No. 1 football team in the state, Bellevue, ran away with a 45-10 victory over the Islanders.