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Multifamily Housing Property Tax Exemption program ends on Mercer Island

The council approved an ordinance repealing the tax-exemption program, which is designed to foster affordable housing options, 5-2.

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The crash occurred the morning of July 28. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Police Department Facebook

Seaplane crashes near Hunts Point

The pilot, on board alone, sustained minor injuries.

The crash occurred the morning of July 28. Photo courtesy Mercer Island Police Department Facebook
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King County looking for Conservation Futures Advisory Committee applicants

Committee meetings are typically held on Mercer Island.

  • Jul 28, 2020
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Exterior of Mercer Island City Hall. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Mayor signs police reform pledge

The city council, who approved 6-0 signing, still voiced reservations about the pledge.

Exterior of Mercer Island City Hall. Blake Peterson/staff photo
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MISD superintendent recommending school year begin remotely

A learning plan will be formally adopted by the school board Aug. 13.

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City launches new website

The new domain name is www.mercerisland.gov; email addresses of city officials will change to first.last@mercerisland.gov format.

  • Jul 24, 2020
Screenshot of new site. Courtesy city of Mercer Island

MIPD purchasing automatic license plate readers

The city council recently approved funding for equipment; systems will be installed in three vehicles.

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COVID-19 cases and deaths in King County cities

Numbers as of July 23, 2020.

  • Jul 23, 2020
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Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s press conference July 23, 2020.

Governor tightens restrictions on restaurants, bars, weddings, funerals

Staff reports Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday (July 23) he is tightening restrictions throughout the state for restaurants, bars, weddings, funerals and gyms in… Continue reading

  • Jul 23, 2020
Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s press conference July 23, 2020.

Abortions could stop at Virginia Mason if merger is approved, reproductive rights advocates say

Hospital representatives said “certain services” would cease, but wouldn’t give specifics.

The council accepted the funding at its July 21 meeting. Blake Peterson/staff photo

City accepts additional COVID-19 emergency funding

Money will benefit Youth and Family Services and the emergency operations center.

The council accepted the funding at its July 21 meeting. Blake Peterson/staff photo
Exterior of Islander Middle School. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Superintendent: Full return to in-person learning Sept. 2 unlikely

In a new letter, Donna Colosky shared new specifics about how a typical school day might unfold under various models.

Exterior of Islander Middle School. Blake Peterson/staff photo

City’s Community Planning and Development director announces departure

Evan Maxim has worked on Mercer Island since 2016.

Do opportunity zones in King County work?

The zones were created by Congress in 2017 to create jobs and spur economic development.

Protestors gathered for about a half-hour Monday. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Small group of Mercer Islanders strikes for Black lives

On Monday, July 20, community members participated in a strike for Black lives at the intersection of Island Crest Way and Southeast 40th Street.

Protestors gathered for about a half-hour Monday. Blake Peterson/staff photo
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Will mayor, council sign police reform pledge?

MIPD presentation was given in response to police-brutality protests, input from Mercer Islanders.

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A look at initial claims filings on Mercer Island. Note that Week 10, March 1-7, corresponds with school closures and bar/dining room restrictions, for instance. Week 26 encompasses June 28-July 4. Graph by Blake Peterson, with data from Washington State Unemployment

How is COVID-19 affecting unemployment on Mercer Island?

An economist with the state’s unemployment office says it’s tough to say how economic recovery and job-market restability will play out.

A look at initial claims filings on Mercer Island. Note that Week 10, March 1-7, corresponds with school closures and bar/dining room restrictions, for instance. Week 26 encompasses June 28-July 4. Graph by Blake Peterson, with data from Washington State Unemployment

Pandemic is spiking in South King County, governor says

Gov. Jay Inslee met with elected officials, health officials and business partners in Federal Way to hear concerns, suggestions about state’s response to COVID-19.

Slain officer joined Bothell police in 2019; suspect arrested

Update: the suspect did not shoot the officer, who appears to have been shot by fellow officer in crossfire

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Bothell police officer dies in shootout

Update: Officer identified by police department

  • Jul 17, 2020
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