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City focuses on its parks and recreation plans in the new year

Councilmembers offer their thoughts at meeting.

 

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Survey shows rent debt to be disproportionately distributed among minorities

More than half of Black renters surveyed said they owed rent money from previous months.

 

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Mercer Island Preschool Association launches Virtual Preschool Fair

The Mercer Island Preschool Association (MIPA) launched its Virtual Preschool Fair on Jan. 23, giving families an opportunity to learn more about local options for… Continue reading

  • Jan 23, 2021

 

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Islander rescues great horned owl stuck in soccer net

Abell spots owl during walk at Homestead Park.

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Wanji to discuss solar energy at Rotary meeting on Feb. 2

Edwin Wanji of Sphere Solar Energy will present “Solarize Your Home” at the Rotary Club of Mercer Island’s Feb. 2 meeting. The main meeting will… Continue reading

  • Jan 23, 2021
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Presidential memorabilia on display at Covenant Living

In honor of the inauguration of President Joe Biden and the Presidents’ Day holiday, the display case in the lodge at Covenant Living at the… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2021
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West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Ecology.

EPA loans King County $96.8 million to prevent untreated water from spilling into Puget Sound

Loan comes a week after an over 10 million gallon overflow into the Puget Sound and Lake Washington.

West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Ecology.
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First-graders are back in their buildings

Second- and third-graders are scheduled to return Feb. 8.

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National Guard troops, pictured Jan. 11 at the state Capitol in Olympia, have been on standby in case of violent protests. (Photo by Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press)

At the state Capitol, a quiet day amid heightened security

There were no protests or arrests as troopers patrolled and the National Guard assumed a lower profile.

National Guard troops, pictured Jan. 11 at the state Capitol in Olympia, have been on standby in case of violent protests. (Photo by Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press)
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Heritage Wealth Advisors provides an inclusive, inviting environment

Company honored by Gender Equity Now.

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Women’s club is a vital organization, especially during the pandemic

Island fixture brings old and new residents together.

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West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County

Power outages cause massive wastewater spill into Puget Sound, Lake Washington

King County estimates millions gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed into surrounding waters.

West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County
Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)

House Democrats lay out massive $26B transportation package funded by gas tax hike

An 18-cent gas tax increase and a fee on carbon emissions would fund new roads and more.

Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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Report: 70 percent of gun deaths in Washington are attributable to suicide

Research done at The Firearm Injury and Policy Research Program at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center suggest three policy solutions to help reduce rates… Continue reading

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June 2018 algae bloom. Photo courtesy of Department of Ecology

Human-caused ‘dead zones’ threaten health of Puget Sound

Wastewater treatment plants account for about 70% of the excess nutrients.

June 2018 algae bloom. Photo courtesy of Department of Ecology
Robert Allen, 61, had never been homeless in his life before 2019, when he lost his housing. The chef has been trying to get back on his feet, and hopes to open a nonprofit and make hot sauce. File photo

King County implements 0.01% sales tax to raise money for housing the homeless

Officials plan to buy hotels, motels and nursing homes for conversion into permanent housing.

Robert Allen, 61, had never been homeless in his life before 2019, when he lost his housing. The chef has been trying to get back on his feet, and hopes to open a nonprofit and make hot sauce. File photo
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Mercer Island retrofits City Hall with LED lighting

Mercer Island has implemented efficiency improvements and other maintenance projects during the pandemic. During a recent inventory of every overhead lighting fixture in City Hall,… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2021
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The Incredible Years curriculum will return in February and March

The Mercer Island Healthy Youth Initiative (HYI) will bring The Incredible Years — Attentive Parenting to Island families with children 2-6 years old in February… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2021
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Social media site Parler returns after registering with Sammamish company

The right-wing social media website is not being hosted by Epik, but registered its domain.

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