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Islander pleads guilty to wire fraud

A British citizen, Island resident and the former CEO of a bankrupt software company pleaded guilty to wire fraud last week after he was accused of swindling about $50 million from investors.

I-90 tolling meeting on Friday, Dec. 12

Presentations regarding public comments about funding a new SR-520 floating bridge will be held on the Island at noon tomorrow, Dec. 12, at the Mercer Island City Hall Council Chambers.

Freshman members of the Mercer Island High School marching band Peter Clark

Band uniforms are 30 years old | MIHS band raising money for new look

The last time when the Mercer Island High School Marching Band had new uniforms was during the Carter administration. Islander musicians pulled on their new duds in the fall days of 1978, just weeks after the film, “Saturday Night Fever,” was released. In the world outside the Island, the Shah of Iran was still in power, eight-track tape players were playing the hits and, ironically, the nation was suffering a major energy crisis.

Freshman members of the Mercer Island High School marching band Peter Clark
Islander Tyler Benster

Islanders vs. Islanders | MI boys sink Snohomish by 112 points

The only competition that Mercer Island could find on Thursday came from its own bench. The Islanders began defense of the last three state titles with an overpowering 148-36 victory against Snohomish to open the season.

Islander Tyler Benster
Employees of the North-end QFC — from the bakery to produce to Starbucks baristas — gather for a group shot with Manager Ted Saalfeld (back

North-end QFC is Business of the Year

The North-end QFC has been named the 2008 Mercer Island Business of the Year. The Chamber of Commerce announced the news last Thursday at its monthly membership luncheon.

Employees of the North-end QFC — from the bakery to produce to Starbucks baristas — gather for a group shot with Manager Ted Saalfeld (back

Digital TV transition test Dec. 17

Mercer Island residents will have an opportunity this month to see if their televisions are prepared for the transition to digital broadcasting. On Dec. 17, major television stations will turn off their analog transmitters for 60 seconds, starting at 5:28 p.m., across Western Washington. Any interruption in programming, such as a blank screen, “snow” and white noise, color bars or warning text, will indicate that a viewer’s television is not yet compatible for the transition, which will take place on Feb. 17, 2009. The same test, called “Marketwide Analog Shut-Off,” will also occur on Jan. 13 and Feb. 10, at 5:28 p.m. Television stations participating in the test include KOMO 4, KING 5, KIRO 7, KCTS 9, KONG, KSTW 11, KMYQ22 and Q13 FOX.

MIHS passed over for Obama inaugural

The Mercer Island High School Marching Band found out on Friday that it was not selected to march in the Jan. 20, 2009, Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. Band director Parker Bixby received a phone call from a Inaugural Parade committee member with the news. Bixby told parents and supporters in an e-mail that the committee representative told him that the MIHS application, which included a video of the band performing, was one of the best that they had received.

Girls Scout members Eileen Cho (left) and Natalie Marr (right) were chosen to attend the National Girl Scout Convention.

Island Girl Scouts chosen for honor

Girl Scouts members Eileen Cho (left) and Natalie Marr (right) were chosen out of more than 40 girls in Western Washington to attend the National Girl Scout Convention in Indianapolis, In., from Oct.29 to Nov. 2. While at the convention, the two MIHS juniors met the Girl Scouts National Board of Directors, Patricia Diaz Dennis (center), along with fellow scouts from across the country. The four-day convention included two days of leadership training and guest speakers such as actress Geena Davis. Both girls are members of Mercer Island troop 1069, led by Doreen Kindred and Charlie Czech. The girls had to pass an intense interview process to attend the national convention.

Girls Scout members Eileen Cho (left) and Natalie Marr (right) were chosen to attend the National Girl Scout Convention.
Maxi Gumprecht

Gumprecht named reserve champion at World Championship Morgan Horse Show

Islander Maxi Gumprecht, 17, was selected as the 2008 Reserve Youth of the Year at the 2008 Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show, held in early October at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.

Maxi Gumprecht
Mercer Island residents playing on Eastside Catholic’s football team are

Islanders help EC to playoffs

Mercer Island residents Christian Johnson, Sam Lindquist, Grant Sutherland, Ross Barlow, Zach McKiernan, Connor Holden and Connor McCormick all play football for Eastside Catholic. The team finished the regular season with a record of 9-1 and was ranked fifth overall entering the state playoffs.

Mercer Island residents playing on Eastside Catholic’s football team are

Bellevue is finalist for proposed regional jail

A site near the new Group Health Hospital in Bellevue is among six potential sites for a new regional municipal jail, a multi-city planning group announced on Nov. 20.

Joyce Trantina

Mercer Island purchases electric cars | News Briefs

With a lot less fanfare than when they moved to the Island, Tent City 4 folded their tents and left the Island on the first of November.

Joyce Trantina

Rotary Islander of November

The Rotary Islander of the Month award for November was given to Mercer Island High School senior Olivia Witter.

Frank and Glo Ceteznik browse over photographs taken by Mercer Island and Franklin High School students from their 2008 Multicultural Scholars tour of the Deep South. The photographs were up for silent auction at the CCMV on Nov. 16.

Islanders celebrate Civil Rights through pictures

Dozens of Civil Rights photographs, some from the 1960s and others from 2008, sat in silent auction at the Community Center at Mercer View on Nov. 16 as viewers browsed over and discussed the images. The exhibit, titled “Images of Change,” raised money for the Multicultural Scholars Program, which educates students from Mercer Island and Franklin High Schools on contemporary and historical civil rights issues.

Frank and Glo Ceteznik browse over photographs taken by Mercer Island and Franklin High School students from their 2008 Multicultural Scholars tour of the Deep South. The photographs were up for silent auction at the CCMV on Nov. 16.
This unoccupied house

Jump in vacant land for sale

The adage often used by planners and real estate developers that the Island is built out seems to be a misnomer.

This unoccupied house

Former Rep. May dies at 89

Former Mercer Island City Councilman and four-term 41st District state representative, Fred Oakley May, has died.

Rotary Islanders of the month

The Rotary Islander of the Month award for November was given to Mercer Island High School seniors, Tyler Benster and Jacqueline Dean Witter.

Lakeridge students raise money for horse sanctuary

Lakeridge Community Service Club, a PTA-organized after-school program, visited a number of rescued PMU horses at the Mercer Island Saddle Club on Oct. 4 for its latest service project. The PMU horses, which are foals rescued from potential slaughter and foreign sale, are raised by the Phoenix Rising Sanctuary near Duvall. These foals are the by-product of mares impregnated for the collection of their hormone-rich urine, which is used for Premarin, an estrogen replacement medicine. The MI Saddle Club agreed to host the horses in their stable for the charity event.

Island youth Daniel Peyton

Lord of the ring

The McAleese family is anxious to find the owner of a man’s heavy gold wedding ring lost in Lake Washington last August. Young Daniel Peyton had searched methodically for the lost ring for many weeks, but ended up finding it by chance more than a month later.

Island youth Daniel Peyton

City briefs

The Design Commission will get its third look at the Boys & Girls Club’s proposed PEAK project next Wednesday, which will be the first of a typical pair of formal review sessions by the panel of seven Islanders.