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Mercer Island Fire assists with backfilling during Eastern Washington brush fires

Staff Report Stephen Mair, Mercer Island Fire Department battalion chief/assistant fire marshal, was part of a task force that was called to Cle Elum on… Continue reading

  • Jul 8, 2021
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Hopping along to the library reopening

Linda Lisbakken sits with her granddaughter, Berrit Martz, 4, prior to the reopening of the Mercer Island Library on July 7. They were excitedly waiting… Continue reading

  • Jul 7, 2021
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In this 2019 file photo, Puget Sound Energy product development manager John Dooley stands in front of one of four units at the Glacier Battery Storage Project in northwest Washington state. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Washington state utility moratorium receives final extension

A final extension of the Washington state utility moratorium was announced last week, meaning the ban on shut-offs will expire on Sept. 30. A press… Continue reading

In this 2019 file photo, Puget Sound Energy product development manager John Dooley stands in front of one of four units at the Glacier Battery Storage Project in northwest Washington state. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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Mercer Island Library will turn a new page in its history with July 7 reopening

‘I can’t wait. I really missed it,’ said one patron.

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City’s recreation reset plan is in full swing this summer

Camps, picnics, field rentals and more are on tap.

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Eviction notice letter pasted on front door of house. File photo

King County Council passes tenant protections

Tenants in unincorporated King County won new rights after the King County Council voted to pass ordinance 2021-0131 during its meeting June 29. Under the… Continue reading

Eviction notice letter pasted on front door of house. File photo
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Residents can engage in environmental issues with MI CAN

Ridolfi is the group’s lead climate guide on the Island.

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Hill returns to MIHS as an associate principal

Special to the Reporter Erica Hill has been selected as a new associate principal at Mercer Island High School (MIHS). The announcement was made by… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2021
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Federal Way residents Kevin Jochim, left, and Steve Reichel enjoy drinks on the new patio area at JP’s Tavern on Aug. 5, 2020. Restaurants and bars embraced outdoor seating during the pandemic. File photo

Governor lifts restrictions, but health officials warn the pandemic is not over

As of June 30, bar-goers are able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and diners can sit at restaurant tables that have long been vacant to reduce capacity… Continue reading

Federal Way residents Kevin Jochim, left, and Steve Reichel enjoy drinks on the new patio area at JP’s Tavern on Aug. 5, 2020. Restaurants and bars embraced outdoor seating during the pandemic. File photo
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Temporary order bans residents from discharging fireworks on the Island

Staff Report Residents won’t be allowed to light the fuse on Mercer Island Fourth of July fireworks celebrations after all. After carefully reviewing fire-risk metrics… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2021
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Football action heats up on the lake

Rowan Ward tosses a football in Lake Washington off Luther Burbank Park on a sunny June 29. His sister Sienna watches. They were playing with… Continue reading

  • Jun 29, 2021
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Road buckling on I-90 | King County traffic update

As of Monday evening June 28 and continuing into Tuesday morning and afternoon, June 29, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and King County… Continue reading

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County Council identifies two finalists for law enforcement oversight job

The King County Council has narrowed its search for a new director of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight to two finalists. The finalists are… Continue reading

  • Jun 29, 2021
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Cooler temperatures

The National Weather Service forecasts that the upper-level high pressure system responsible for the historic stretch of heat that broiled the Northwest over recent days… Continue reading

  • Jun 29, 2021
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The future Overlake Village Station is at street level, adjacent to SR 520. Civil construction of the station will be complete this year. Courtesy photo, Sound Transit.

Sound Transit seeks public input on transit-oriented development at future Overlake Village Station in Redmond

Sound Transit wants to hear what the public thinks about the future development of about two acres of land at the future Overlake Village Station… Continue reading

  • Jun 29, 2021
The future Overlake Village Station is at street level, adjacent to SR 520. Civil construction of the station will be complete this year. Courtesy photo, Sound Transit.
A screenshot of Puget Sound Energy's outage map at around 3 p.m. on June 28. At the time, some 12,300 customers across Western Washington were without power.

Nearly 12,300 PSE customers are without power today

Thousands of people in Western Washington have lost power over the weekend, as power demand spiked during a historic heat wave. As of Monday afternoon,… Continue reading

A screenshot of Puget Sound Energy's outage map at around 3 p.m. on June 28. At the time, some 12,300 customers across Western Washington were without power.
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Washington broils under record-breaking heat; cooler temperatures forecast for Tuesday

Additional oppressive heat blistered the Pacific Northwest on Monday (June 28) before the core of the unprecedented heat shifts into interior sections of the region… Continue reading

  • Jun 28, 2021
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Staying safe outside during summer evening hours/ Police brief

With residents exiting their homes to take advantage of the summer evening hours, the Mercer Island Police Department has provided the following safety tips: *… Continue reading

  • Jun 28, 2021
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