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Exterior of the Mercer Island Thrift Shop. Photo by Madeline Coats/staff photo

City moving forward with thrift shop renovations

Work, in all, is expected to take about four months.

Exterior of the Mercer Island Thrift Shop. Photo by Madeline Coats/staff photo
Interior photo of New Seasons Market from 2016. Katie Metzger/staff photo

New Seasons Market closes, transitioning into a Metropolitan Market location

The transition was first announced late last year.

Interior photo of New Seasons Market from 2016. Katie Metzger/staff photo
Public and private universities, colleges, technical schools, apprenticeship programs and similar schools and programs may resume general instruction, including in-person classes and lectures, starting Aug. 1. Pictured: The University of Washington-Bothell campus. File photo

Universities and colleges may reopen in fall, governor says

His order requires masks and physical distancing, among other measures, to help prevent infections.

Public and private universities, colleges, technical schools, apprenticeship programs and similar schools and programs may resume general instruction, including in-person classes and lectures, starting Aug. 1. Pictured: The University of Washington-Bothell campus. File photo
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East Mercer Way on-ramp to be tweaked as part of $1.2 million WSDOT ramp-meter project

Activation will be happening in late June and July.

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During a recent training, South King Fire and Rescue members at Station 62 wear personal protective gear, which includes face masks, eye protection, gloves and gowns. Courtesy photo

Governor orders statewide use of face coverings in public

Jay Inslee says that until there is a vaccine, it’s the best weapon to stop the spread of COVID-19.

During a recent training, South King Fire and Rescue members at Station 62 wear personal protective gear, which includes face masks, eye protection, gloves and gowns. Courtesy photo
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Renton man pleads guilty to one of state’s largest workers’ comp scams

The delivery driver was still working under his own name while receiving L&I pension, and owes the state almost $340,000.

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Snoqualmie Library. File photo

Libraries take first steps towards reopening

Curbside service and book returns are returning in the coming weeks.

Snoqualmie Library. File photo
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Task force will tackle issues of racial justice, police reform

Inslee names civil rights activists, pastors, and cops to panel that may forge ideas for new laws

  • Jun 23, 2020
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Inslee forms state task force to address policing and racial justice

24 members includes families who have lost loved ones; police officials

  • Jun 22, 2020
Superintendent Donna Colosky. File photo

Superintendent addresses class of 2020, Juneteenth, upcoming school year in new update

In a letter shared June 19, the last day of the school year, Superintendent Donna Colosky congratulated the class of 2020, acknowledged the day as… Continue reading

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

How is COVID-19 continuing to impact Mercer Island?

Checking in on case rates, testing statistics and more as King County enters new reopening phase.

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)
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Car prowls, skateboard assault, bus stop fight | Police blotter

A sample from the most recent Mercer Island police blotter.

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King County Board of Health declares racism a crisis

Racism was declared a public health crisis by King County’s Board of Health. Along with the proclamation, the county’s health authority pledged to work more… Continue reading

State Capitol Building, Olympia, Washington. File photo

Tax collections tumble as state braces for huge budget hole

Inslee cancels pay raises for some execs and orders furloughs for workers as special session looms.

State Capitol Building, Olympia, Washington. File photo
Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, says COVID-19 cases have declined significantly since the peak of the outbreak in late March, allowing the county to move into Phase 2 on June 19. FILE PHOTO

King County enters Phase 2 of Safe Start recovery plan

Full list of what’s permitted

  • Jun 19, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, says COVID-19 cases have declined significantly since the peak of the outbreak in late March, allowing the county to move into Phase 2 on June 19. FILE PHOTO
Construction work. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island

Water system upgrade projects have begun; work expected to continue through the summer

2020 water system improvements, enacted by Oceanside Construction, began June 15.

  • Jun 19, 2020
Construction work. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island

Five-year-old Abbotsford girl reaches into piggy bank to support food-truck operator

Charlotte Charles donated $20 and made card for her favourite mini-donut-maker

  • Jun 19, 2020

King County to distribute 25 million face coverings to residents, businesses

Each of 39 cities in county to get a shipment

  • Jun 18, 2020
The Mercer Island City Council recognizing Juneteenth at its June 16 virtual meeting. Screenshot from video stream

Mercer Island council endorses June 19 as Juneteenth; One MI encouraging city-wide celebration

The city proclaimed the 19th Juneteenth at its June 16 meeting.

The Mercer Island City Council recognizing Juneteenth at its June 16 virtual meeting. Screenshot from video stream