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In Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Inslee recently announced all counties will be staying in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan for the next several weeks. Pictured: People enjoy outdoor dining last summer in downtown Kent. Courtesy photo

Inslee: All of Washington to stay in Phase 2 for a few weeks

The governor issued a weekslong pause on regions moving backward, but has yet to outline a Phase 3.

In Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Inslee recently announced all counties will be staying in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan for the next several weeks. Pictured: People enjoy outdoor dining last summer in downtown Kent. Courtesy photo
Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System. File photo

King County libraries will reopen in some cities for in-person services

Fall City, Kent libraries among six selected for partial reopening.

Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System. File photo
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Islanders to kick off prep sports competitions in March

Let the games begin. After a lengthy wait during the pandemic, Mercer Island High School fall sports teams will finally begin their seasons in March.… Continue reading

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Soderberg spreads hope one rock at a time

Island resident does her own form of yard work.

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Local pop-up blood drive set for March

Herzl-Ner Tamid, in partnership with Stroum Jewish Community Center, is providing an opportunity for the community to help support patients in need at local hospitals… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2021
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Band, choir and orchestra students receive All-Northwest, All-State honors

Thirty-six Mercer Island High School and Islander Middle School band, choir and orchestra students were selected from a pool of auditions submitted from across five… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2021
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Close-out pop-up book sale on tap

The Friends of the Mercer Island Library have lost its pop-up book store lease and will be holding a close-out $5 bag sale on Feb.… Continue reading

  • Feb 24, 2021
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‘Raising Resilient Kids’ is next up in Parenting in Place series

MI Parent Edge and Youth and Family Services sponsor webinars.

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Lanterns light up the Island

Top: The city lit up its Island Lanterns community art project starting on Feb. 12. Girl Scout Cadet Troop 44295/45358 linked up with the city,… Continue reading

  • Feb 24, 2021
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Sound Transit files appeal regarding city permits

Open record public hearing set for March 16.

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A South King Fire & Rescue firefighter places a used test swab into a secure COVID test vial on Nov. 18, 2020, at a Federal Way testing site. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Masks are still king in combating new COVID strains

A top UW doctor talks new strains, masks and when normal could return.

A South King Fire & Rescue firefighter places a used test swab into a secure COVID test vial on Nov. 18, 2020, at a Federal Way testing site. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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Local artist captures scale of COVID deaths by counting stitches

‘COVID 57 weeks’ is on view at the Mercer Island Visual Arts League Gallery.

  • Feb 23, 2021
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Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Democrats look to allow noncitizens to serve on school boards

A Senate bill takes aim at a state law requiring anyone seeking elected office to be a citizen.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
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City council regular meeting on tap for March 2

The Mercer Island City Council will hold its next regular video meeting on March 2. The virtual meeting will be broadcast live on MITV Channel… Continue reading

  • Feb 22, 2021
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A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

State health leader: We have a plan, we don’t have the supply

Two months after the COVID vaccine landed in Washington, many still struggle to secure their shots.

A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
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Stringer will speak at Rotary meeting on March 2

Paige Stringer, founder and executive director of the Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss, will discuss “Connecting Children with Hearing Technology” at the Rotary… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2021
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How the pandemic and coronavirus variants can show us evolution in real time

Scientists say viruses reproduce and mutate at higher rates, creating viral variants.

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An Island Park Elementary teacher and her students hit the books on Feb. 8 in the Mercer Island School District. The single largest amount of Gov. Jay Inslee’s newly announce relief package, $668 million, will go to public elementary and secondary schools to prepare for reopening for some in-person learning and to address students’ learning loss. Courtesy photo

Inslee signs $2.2 billion COVID relief package

The federal funds will go to fight COVID, aid renters and reopen shuttered schools and businesses.

An Island Park Elementary teacher and her students hit the books on Feb. 8 in the Mercer Island School District. The single largest amount of Gov. Jay Inslee’s newly announce relief package, $668 million, will go to public elementary and secondary schools to prepare for reopening for some in-person learning and to address students’ learning loss. Courtesy photo
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‘Our healthcare workers are truly our heroes this year’

Local National Charity League members create gratitude cards.

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