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Spring Chinook salmon. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Report: Washington salmon are in hot water

Ten of the 14 salmon species listed as endangered are in crisis.

Spring Chinook salmon. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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School district parents weigh in on learning during a pandemic

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

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Sea stars huddled at low tide (Photo credit: MARINe)

Research suggests warmer oceans are killing sea stars in Puget Sound

‘Wasting syndrome’ has decimated 70-100 percent of sea star populations in certain areas.

Sea stars huddled at low tide (Photo credit: MARINe)
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Eastside Fire Rescue will provide interim fire chief services to the Island

‘Of utmost importance is ensuring the same, excellent level of service our fire department is known for.’

  • Jan 29, 2021
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Mercerdale Park playground will be getting an upgrade

The city will be upgrading the Mercerdale Park playground this spring with new equipment, drainage and a rubber play surface. The community is invited to… Continue reading

  • Jan 29, 2021
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Chad Wheeler. COURTESY PHOTO, Seattle Seahawks

Ex-Seahawk Wheeler accused of attacking girlfriend in Kent apartment

Lineman charged with first-degree domestic violence assault

Chad Wheeler. COURTESY PHOTO, Seattle Seahawks
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Man injured after falling onto light rail tracks

A man fell approximately 30 feet onto the Mercer Island light rail tracks under construction on Jan. 27, sustaining multiple traumatic injuries. At about 12:55… Continue reading

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Code of ethics discussion heats up at city council meeting

One member said he smelled a ‘cover-up’ within a violation complaint.

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Registration begins Feb. 3 for 2021-22 school year

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year in the Mercer Island School District begins on Feb. 3. Children must be 5 years old by Aug.… Continue reading

  • Jan 28, 2021
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Missing dog connects owners with Island community

Wilson, a black Scottish terrier, still hasn’t returned home.

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Great horned owl released back on Mercer Island

The great horned owl that was found previously tangled in a soccer net on Jan. 11 in Homestead Park made a full recovery, and was… Continue reading

  • Jan 27, 2021
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An AR-15. Courtesy photo

Mags, open carry at protests and AR-15s on Olympia’s agenda

Lawmakers are eyeing a number of bills which could change firearm regulations in the state.

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Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Lawmakers consider prohibiting use of credit score to determine insurance rates

Advocates say credit scoring makes low-income and minority policy holders pay more for coverage.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
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
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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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