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Ross will speak at Rotary meeting on March 16

Christopher Ross, CEO of the Seattle Humane Society, will discuss “A Passion for Animal Welfare” at the Rotary Club of Mercer Island’s March 16 meeting.… Continue reading

  • Mar 6, 2021
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MIHS broadcasters receive host of awards at New York student radio conference

Students snag top honors in 15 categories.

  • Mar 5, 2021
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Firefighters recognized for providing lifesaving care / City briefs

* Mercer Island firefighters-EMTs Eric Gaines, Shane Gruger and Matthew Kennedy resuscitated an Island resident late last year and were recently recognized for providing lifesaving… Continue reading

  • Mar 5, 2021
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Rates of Alzheimer’s Disease expected to rise in Washington, nationwide

Report records 120,000 diagnoses in Washington.

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‘It was nice to have that support from the community’

MIHS students present event featuring Holocaust survivors.

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Swimmers young and old are thriving at the Mary Wayte pool

Customers thank operator for implementing safety protocols.

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Freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. File photo

Encouraging numbers for kokanee salmon spawn count

Lake Sammamish kokanee aren’t out of the woods by any stretch, but there’s reason to be optimistic about the fate of the little red fish… Continue reading

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In this file photo, Tayshon Cottrell dons his graduation cap and gown, along with a face mask reading: “Wear it! Save America” at Todd Beamer High School’s virtual graduation walk recording on May 20, 2020, in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

Law gives Washington high school seniors leeway to graduate

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that can waive some requirements for students who were on track before the pandemic.

In this file photo, Tayshon Cottrell dons his graduation cap and gown, along with a face mask reading: “Wear it! Save America” at Todd Beamer High School’s virtual graduation walk recording on May 20, 2020, in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
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Study shows Washingtonians exceeded ‘heavy drinking’ threshold in 2020

The survey suggests Washingtonians drank more than 17 alcoholic beverages a week on average.

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Mercer Island School District first-graders returned to in-person classes on Jan. 19, 2021. Here, Northwood Elementary School students head into the building. Photo courtesy of the Mercer Island School District

Governor: Educators are now eligible for coronavirus vaccine

“This should give educators more confidence,” Jay Inslee said. Other frontline workers could soon be next.

Mercer Island School District first-graders returned to in-person classes on Jan. 19, 2021. Here, Northwood Elementary School students head into the building. Photo courtesy of the Mercer Island School District
Malden, after a wildfire burned down 80% of the town’s buildings in Eastern Washington. Courtesy photo

DNR commissioner seeks $125 million to fight wildfires

In Washington state last September, some 600,000 acres burned within 72 hours.

Malden, after a wildfire burned down 80% of the town’s buildings in Eastern Washington. Courtesy photo
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Residents show their stripes on Rare Disease Day

Nearly 100 people donned zebra masks and attire during a Rare Disease Day “Show Our Stripes” gathering on Feb. 28 on Mercer Island’s Lid Park.… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2021
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Washington State Supreme Court Justices (back row, L-R) Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Mary I. Yu, G. Helen Whitener, (front row, L-R) Susan Owens, Charles W. Johnson, Steven C. Gonzalez, Barbara A. Madsen and Debra L. Stephens.

Justices strike down Washington state drug possession law

Police must stop arresting people for simple possession.

Washington State Supreme Court Justices (back row, L-R) Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Mary I. Yu, G. Helen Whitener, (front row, L-R) Susan Owens, Charles W. Johnson, Steven C. Gonzalez, Barbara A. Madsen and Debra L. Stephens.
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Residents can follow the Leprechaun Trail through the Island business district

According to a flier, “A mischievous leprechaun left hidden shamrocks throughout the MI business district.” Starting March 1 and running through March 17, residents can… Continue reading

  • Mar 1, 2021
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FeelLinks focuses on kids’ social-emotional skills

Island native’s resource features feeling dolls and feeling journal.

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In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)

Do Washington drivers need to learn the zipper merge?

Legislators propose requiring zipper merge instruction in drivers education and in license test.

In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)
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Mercer Island police’s top gun retires

Sgt. Noel worked for 30 years on the Island.

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White will speak at Rotary meeting on March 9

Rick White, senior manager of state and local government operations for The Boeing Company, will discuss “Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic” at the Rotary Club of… Continue reading

  • Feb 27, 2021
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In Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Inslee recently announced all counties will be staying in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan for the next several weeks. Pictured: People enjoy outdoor dining last summer in downtown Kent. Courtesy photo

Inslee: All of Washington to stay in Phase 2 for a few weeks

The governor issued a weekslong pause on regions moving backward, but has yet to outline a Phase 3.

In Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Inslee recently announced all counties will be staying in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan for the next several weeks. Pictured: People enjoy outdoor dining last summer in downtown Kent. Courtesy photo