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King County assessor wants Legislature to fix laws to help small businesses

Changes needed because of COVID-19 impact on commercial properties

  • Jun 4, 2020
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Mercer Island lifts curfew

The public-safety measure was to be in place until Friday (June 5) morning.

File photo. Staff photo/Natalie DeFord

King County could be in Phase 2 in two weeks

The county is also hoping the state lets them reopen several businesses by Friday.

Photo of Downtown Mercer Island, from the archive. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

City-wide curfew extended through Friday, Mercer Island officials announce

A curfew on the Island was initially imposed on Monday, June 1

Photo of Downtown Mercer Island, from the archive. Natalie DeFord/staff photo
Superintendent Donna Colosky. File photo.

‘It must be about being anti-racist’: MISD superintendent releases statement in wake of police-brutality protests

Donna Colosky noted that “justice and anti-racism start with conversations at home.”

Superintendent Donna Colosky. File photo.
From left to right: Jessi Bon, Benson Wong and Ed Holmes. Screenshot from live stream

Mercer Island officials announce curfew and protest preparation efforts

The curfew lasts from 7 p.m. June 1 to 5 a.m. June 2.

From left to right: Jessi Bon, Benson Wong and Ed Holmes. Screenshot from live stream
Protesters fall back from clouds of smoke and tear gas at a protest May 31 in downtown Bellevue. Photo by Haley Ausbun/Sound Publishing

Bellevue businesses see damage, looting amid George Floyd protests

National Guard called to assist city.

Protesters fall back from clouds of smoke and tear gas at a protest May 31 in downtown Bellevue. Photo by Haley Ausbun/Sound Publishing
Exterior of Mercer Island City Hall. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island

Mercer Island shares new safety protocols as limited staff return to work

Some maintenance and field staff are returning to work per new state guidelines.

  • Jun 1, 2020
Exterior of Mercer Island City Hall. Photo courtesy city of Mercer Island
Kabal Gill, owner of East India Grill in Federal Way, wears gloves to hand over take-out orders at his restaurant on March 23. File photo

New guidelines for Phase 2 reopenings in King County

All workers will need to wear masks as restaurants, retail shops and other businesses reopen.

Kabal Gill, owner of East India Grill in Federal Way, wears gloves to hand over take-out orders at his restaurant on March 23. File photo
This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. Courtesy photo

Inslee wants nursing home residents and staff tested by June 12

Governor says state will pay for test kits and personal protective equipment.

This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. Courtesy photo
Mercer Island police car. File photo.

Taylor Swift CD stolen; Baja Blast, cake and cigarettes swiped at Chevron | Police blotter

A sampling from the most recent Mercer Island police blotter.

  • May 30, 2020
Mercer Island police car. File photo.
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Campgrounds to reopen in 22 Washington counties

Campgrounds in counties actively in Phase 2 of the reopening plan will begin to welcome visitors June 1, state says.

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King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht. FILE PHOTO

King County sheriff releases message about Minneapolis Police officer

Mitzi Johanknecht calls video of officer kneeling on neck of George Floyd ‘heartbreaking and disturbing’

  • May 29, 2020
King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht. FILE PHOTO

How is COVID-19 affecting Mercer Island?

A new King County data dashboard shows city-specific case rates, unemployment numbers and more.

New dashboard shows how far along King County is to meeting Phase II metrics

The county has met more than half its goals, but the ones it hasn’t met are critical in determining how many people are still being infected, and how quickly people are being tested.

As sales tax plummets in King County, mental health and drug program funding dries up

County will need to make severe cuts to MIDD program this year.

File photo of construction near North Bend on Aug. 16. Sound Publishing file photo
                                File photo of construction near North Bend on Aug. 16. Sound Publishing file photo

Rural King County mayors want state to let them enter Phase 2

Mayors cite heavy economic damage from prolonged shutdown.

File photo of construction near North Bend on Aug. 16. Sound Publishing file photo
                                File photo of construction near North Bend on Aug. 16. Sound Publishing file photo
Auburn Mountain View Cemetery Manager Craig Hudson, center, confers with maintenance workers David Partridge, left, and Zach Hopper in March 2020. Sound Publishing file photo

State allows weddings, funerals, religious services to restart with restrictions

Gov. Inslee issues new rules during May 27 news conference.

Auburn Mountain View Cemetery Manager Craig Hudson, center, confers with maintenance workers David Partridge, left, and Zach Hopper in March 2020. Sound Publishing file photo

State loosens cougar hunting restrictions

The regulations will impact 19 areas around the state.