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MISD shares tentative 2020-21 school year plans

Superintendent Donna Colosky shared details in a recent update posted on the district’s website.

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King County could be in Phase 2 this week

The county was planning on applying on Monday.

A semi truck collided with a dump truck on June 16 near milepost 27 on westbound I-90. It closed westbound lanes at milepost 31. Photo contributed by Trooper Rick Johnson

Semi fire closes westbound I-90 near North Bend

A collision between a semi truck and a dump truck Tuesday has sent one person to the hospital and has closed I-90 westbound at milepost… Continue reading

A semi truck collided with a dump truck on June 16 near milepost 27 on westbound I-90. It closed westbound lanes at milepost 31. Photo contributed by Trooper Rick Johnson
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Community members sign, send letter demanding curriculum changes in response to police-brutality protests

The statement was sent to school district stakeholders June 4.

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A map highlighting where pantry patrons should park to get assistance. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island

City announces food pantry hours change

The announcement comes after the pantry’s relocation.

A map highlighting where pantry patrons should park to get assistance. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island
A student receiving a diploma during the drive-thru event from Mercer Island High School Principal Vicki Puckett. Photo by Joe Chen

Mercer Island High School seniors reflect on an unprecedented graduation

A diploma drive-thru event and virtual commencement ceremony took place June 9.

A student receiving a diploma during the drive-thru event from Mercer Island High School Principal Vicki Puckett. Photo by Joe Chen
Protestors kneeling in silence at the intersection of Island Crest Way and Southeast 40th Street. The gesture lasted eight minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time white Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck. Staff photo/Blake Peterson

Photos: Mercer Island community takes part in Black Lives Matter protest Friday

A march began around noon at Islander Middle School and ended at Mercerdale Park a few hours later.

Protestors kneeling in silence at the intersection of Island Crest Way and Southeast 40th Street. The gesture lasted eight minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time white Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck. Staff photo/Blake Peterson
Chris Reykdal, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a screenshot from his virtual press conference June 11. Courtesy of TVW

WA classrooms to reopen this fall, says state superintendent

Chris Reykdal says in-person instruction is possible if schools comply with safety rules.

Chris Reykdal, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a screenshot from his virtual press conference June 11. Courtesy of TVW
From left: Salim Nice, David Rosenbaum, Craig Reynolds, Deputy Mayor Wendy Weiker, Mayor Benson Wong, Lisa Anderl, Jake Jacobson. Photo courtesy city communications manager Ross Freeman.

In the wake of protests, city council issues proclamation on diversity, equity, inclusion

The proclamation was approved at the city council’s June 9 meeting.

  • Jun 11, 2020
From left: Salim Nice, David Rosenbaum, Craig Reynolds, Deputy Mayor Wendy Weiker, Mayor Benson Wong, Lisa Anderl, Jake Jacobson. Photo courtesy city communications manager Ross Freeman.

Washington families can get help to buy food during school closures

Pandemic EBT available early July for children whose schools closed due to COVID-19

  • Jun 10, 2020

How a man from California caused a false Antifa scare in North Bend

A conspiracy theory website ran pictures of North Bend locals, accusing them of being agitators.

Poison Center records increase in poison exposures during COVID-19

Poison exposures from the misuse of chemicals spiked 53 percent in the early days of the pandemic.

Avi Schiffmann, a self-taught programmer, working in a conference room at the Mercer Island Library March 6. File photo

Mercer Island teen, who went viral for his COVID-19 dashboard, launches new website

2020Protests.com compiles state-specific resources relevant to recent police-brutality protests.

Avi Schiffmann, a self-taught programmer, working in a conference room at the Mercer Island Library March 6. File photo

Future of new sex ed law may rest in the hands of voters

Opponents are confident they have enough signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot.

King County Library System to slowly reopen after 3 month closure

Now in Phase 1.5, KCLS will gradually allow book returns with strict guidelines.

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Online Sound Transit Bus/Rail Interchange open house set for June 8-19

Mercer Island residents should have recently received an announcement in the mail.

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12 new board members, commissioners appointed at city council meeting

There is still one unfilled vacancy on the arts council, however.

  • Jun 8, 2020
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A screenshot of the video circulating on twitter showing a Bellevue Police Officer restraining a woman and forcing her to the ground. The video is now identified as an incident from Dec. 23, 2018.

Video of Bellevue officer’s forceful restraint of unarmed woman goes viral

Update: After the video spread, Bellevue police announced it was prohibiting neck restraints. The police chief has called the video of the officer’s actions “disturbing” but “reasonable for the resistance he was faced with.”

A screenshot of the video circulating on twitter showing a Bellevue Police Officer restraining a woman and forcing her to the ground. The video is now identified as an incident from Dec. 23, 2018.
The YMCA of Greater Seattle opened its King County branches to provide child care centers dedicated to serving the families of essential workers. Courtesy photo

Child care shortage could follow COVID-19 pandemic

Around 25 percent of child care facilities have closed across the state.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle opened its King County branches to provide child care centers dedicated to serving the families of essential workers. Courtesy photo
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City council adopts six-month moratorium on Town Center development

The moratorium takes effect immediately; public hearing to be held no later than Aug. 1.

  • Jun 4, 2020
Exterior of Mercer Island City Hall. File photo.