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Smoke from a wildfire. File photo

Wind, warm temperatures raise weekend wildfire risk

Temperatures could reach the mid-80s, with gusts of wind up to 25 mph.

  • May 7, 2020
Smoke from a wildfire. File photo
The third phase of Washington’s reopening will allow recreational sports with five to 50 people, gatherings of fewer than 50 people, all non-essential travel and open facilities like public pools, libraries and museums. This 2019 file photo shows teenagers at the Enumclaw pool. Courtesy photo

As Washington state slowly reopens, dark clouds hover over budget

A new report warns there may be billions of dollars less for programs and services in coming years.

The third phase of Washington’s reopening will allow recreational sports with five to 50 people, gatherings of fewer than 50 people, all non-essential travel and open facilities like public pools, libraries and museums. This 2019 file photo shows teenagers at the Enumclaw pool. Courtesy photo
Pictured: Riverbend par 3 golf course in Kent. File photo

Phased reopening in WA: Golf but no haircuts yet

Barber shops, hair salons and limited restaurant dining coming next month.

Pictured: Riverbend par 3 golf course in Kent. File photo
Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens was shot and killed as part of a botched undercover sting in 2017. Courtesy photo

$2.25 million settlement reached in King County shooting lawsuit

Family of MiChance Dunlap-Gittens will receive money and an apology from county.

Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens was shot and killed as part of a botched undercover sting in 2017. Courtesy photo

Two reports show COVID-19 transmission has slowed in King County

Further confirmation that social distancing measures have reduced transmission

  • May 4, 2020

City staff cut to mitigate COVID-19 shortfall

Cuts include leadership positions at YFS.

  • May 4, 2020

Oil war and Covid-19 lead to lower prices at the gas pump

A gallon of regular gasoline in King County is $1 less than it was this time last year.

Visitors, staff, and administration are screened at Enumclaw’s St. Elizabeth Hospital entrances for any signs of COVID-19. Photo by Ray Miller-Still/Sound Publishing

Report shows racial disparities in COVID-19 cases and deaths in King County

Higher rates in south Seattle and South King County.

Visitors, staff, and administration are screened at Enumclaw’s St. Elizabeth Hospital entrances for any signs of COVID-19. Photo by Ray Miller-Still/Sound Publishing
Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement May 1, 2020.

Gov. Inslee extends stay-home order through May 31

Officials urge the public to continue social distancing.

Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement May 1, 2020.

COVID-19 lets freight move more easily, study says

A new report by Kirkland-based INRIX examines the trend.

  • Apr 30, 2020

Bellevue quarantine site on hold

Sufficient capacity countywide means the Eastgate site won’t open yet.

  • Apr 30, 2020

Update on Mercer Island Reporter changes

Community newspaper continues to provide news during COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Apr 30, 2020
A screenshot from the SanMar website.

Island T-shirt mogul shifts to mask production

SanMar is keeping its 4,000 employee workforce going during pandemic.

  • Apr 30, 2020
A screenshot from the SanMar website.
Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s online address April 29, 2020.

Gov. Inslee to extend stay-home order

He said he will lay out a clearer timeline for a phased reopening of the state Friday.

Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s online address April 29, 2020.

COVID-19 infection rate holding steady in WA, report says

Loosening restrictions could create another peak, according to Institute for Disease Modeling.

Photo by Tucker English
                                The Boutique Lounge is planning to donate a portion of its profits during the COVID-19 pandemic to the Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club.

Boutique Lounge planning donation to BG

During closure, the business continues online sales, plans 10% donation to Island’s club.

  • Apr 29, 2020
Photo by Tucker English
                                The Boutique Lounge is planning to donate a portion of its profits during the COVID-19 pandemic to the Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club.

Local governments to get funding from federal stimulus package

$300 million to cities, counties across state

  • Apr 28, 2020
Nolte State Park is a 117-acre Washington state park located 6 miles northeast of Enumclaw at the western edge of the Cascade Mountains. Photo courtesy Washington State Parks

Inslee to loosen restrictions on outdoor recreation: “Data, not dates, determine how we act”

Boat ramps, trailheads and golf courses can reopen with social-distancing measures in place.

Nolte State Park is a 117-acre Washington state park located 6 miles northeast of Enumclaw at the western edge of the Cascade Mountains. Photo courtesy Washington State Parks
Construction worker installs siding to a building in Snoqualmie. File photo

Inslee gives construction a green light

It was unclear when sites would re-open, but employees will have to have PPE and stay six feet apart.

Construction worker installs siding to a building in Snoqualmie. File photo

Medic One Foundation’s Gratitude Meals offer support to first responders, local businesses

The initiative provides hearty lunches to first responders staffing the COVID-19 testing sites as they work to test their colleagues.

  • Apr 24, 2020