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Swedish Medical Center nurses could send notification of strike by year’s end

Union reps say negotiations have stalled since they began in April.

Who owns King County forestlands?

It’s a hodgepodge mix, but large investment companies own a substantial chunk.

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                                Mercer Island resident Mary Ann Flynn and her mother, Aagot Kate Rosellini, who is turning 106 years old. They are holding a picture of Rosellini and her younger sister when they were small children.

Mercer Island woman celebrates 106th birthday

Great-grandma Kate shares her positive energy.

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                                Mercer Island resident Mary Ann Flynn and her mother, Aagot Kate Rosellini, who is turning 106 years old. They are holding a picture of Rosellini and her younger sister when they were small children.
At a Dec. 6 event, Pitch Your Peers (PYP) Seattle presented a grant award of $17,700 to Kindering. From left: Kindering community engagement officer Anna Brown, Kindering chief development officer Alison Morton, PYP grant champion — who pitched Kindering — Erin Azose, Kindering CEO Lisa Greenwald, PYP co-founder and president Erin Krawiec, Kindering assistant development director Jennifer Schumacher, and PYP co-founder and vice president Alison Burks. Courtesy photo.

Pitch Your Peers passes out grants

Group founded by Mercer Island women awards $95,000 in grants to local charities.

At a Dec. 6 event, Pitch Your Peers (PYP) Seattle presented a grant award of $17,700 to Kindering. From left: Kindering community engagement officer Anna Brown, Kindering chief development officer Alison Morton, PYP grant champion — who pitched Kindering — Erin Azose, Kindering CEO Lisa Greenwald, PYP co-founder and president Erin Krawiec, Kindering assistant development director Jennifer Schumacher, and PYP co-founder and vice president Alison Burks. Courtesy photo.
A train route that would shuttle people between Eastern and Western Washington could tie in with the proposed ultra-high-speed rail between B.C. and Portland. Photo courtesy RobertStafford/Pixabay.com

Catch a train: WA considers an Auburn to Spokane rail line

An east-west route could tie in with the proposed ultra-high-speed rail between B.C. and Portland.

A train route that would shuttle people between Eastern and Western Washington could tie in with the proposed ultra-high-speed rail between B.C. and Portland. Photo courtesy RobertStafford/Pixabay.com
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                                The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce and surrounding businesses in downtown Mercer Island in late fall.

Mixed feelings on new business license process

Mercer Island business owners weigh in.

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                                The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce and surrounding businesses in downtown Mercer Island in late fall.
Beachgoers at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island enjoy a previous year’s performance of the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival. Courtesy photo

Holiday lights set sail with Island show

Christmas Ship Festival to stop at Luther Burbank Park Dec. 22.

Beachgoers at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island enjoy a previous year’s performance of the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival. Courtesy photo

Regional homelessness authority approved by King County, Seattle

The authority will consolidate crisis response and services into one entity.

Boeing Renton plant to halt 737 Max production

Suspension expected to begin in January

Lawmakers aim to act on guns and pot, taxes and apples

There’s a wide range of subjects they hope to address when the 2020 session begins next month.

Media day at OMF to show off the first Siemens Link light rail vehicle June 19, 2019. File photo

King, Pierce county officials want answers on Sound Transit fare enforcement disparities

The transit agency reported in October that black riders were more likely than others to get fined.

Media day at OMF to show off the first Siemens Link light rail vehicle June 19, 2019. File photo

Despite concerns, homelessness authority moves toward final Seattle vote

Seattle’s homelessness committee aligned the city’s plan with King County’s.

King County’s current climate action plan was adopted in 2015 and has provided a blueprint for reducing emissions and preparing for climate change. File photo

King County approves environmental justice provision

An update to the King County climate action plan should include an environmental justice framing as it’s developed over the coming months. The King County… Continue reading

King County’s current climate action plan was adopted in 2015 and has provided a blueprint for reducing emissions and preparing for climate change. File photo
Dean Quigley and Bob Harper, on behalf of the Mercer Island VFW Post 5670, present a $1,000 donation to MIYFS director Cynthia Goodwin and foundation president Jody Kris on Nov. 14. Photo courtesy of Bob Harper

VFW donation will help feed families during holiday season

Members of the VFW Post 5670 donated $1,000 in QFC food gift cards.

Dean Quigley and Bob Harper, on behalf of the Mercer Island VFW Post 5670, present a $1,000 donation to MIYFS director Cynthia Goodwin and foundation president Jody Kris on Nov. 14. Photo courtesy of Bob Harper

Homelessness authority approved by King County, awaits Seattle vote

The agreement would consolidate emergency services for people experiencing homelessness.

The King County Courthouse is located at 516 Third Ave. in downtown Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County

Council approves $600,000 to increase security at King County Courthouse

The funding will be split evenly between increasing deputies, security and social services.

The King County Courthouse is located at 516 Third Ave. in downtown Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County

Rosenbaum wins by 40 votes in election recount

Mercer Island City Council Pos. 1 results certified Dec. 6.

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                                Mercer Island Rotary Club members Bruce McAuley and Karolyn Streck volunteering as bell ringers for the Salvation Army.

Rotarians ring the bells

Find them collecting for Salvation Army Dec. 14 on Mercer Island.

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                                Mercer Island Rotary Club members Bruce McAuley and Karolyn Streck volunteering as bell ringers for the Salvation Army.

Victims, law enforcement speak about King County Courthouse conditions

An entrance to the courthouse was closed after an assault.