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Black Diamond supports recall as OPMA lawsuit comes to an end

Black Diamond supports recall as OPMA lawsuit comes to an end

Councilwoman Pat Pepper will most likely be recalled as soon as the February special election is certified Friday, Feb. 23.

Black Diamond supports recall as OPMA lawsuit comes to an end
Poking dead things with sticks

Poking dead things with sticks

Geez, it’s dark down here. Oh, and small. They don’t mince words when they call it a “crawl space,” do they? Welp, OK. Let’s go… Continue reading

Poking dead things with sticks
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State Patrol now ticketing for E-DUIs; insurance premiums may be affected

When the law was passed last year, WSP was just giving warnings. Now, drivers will be pulled over and ticketed with an E-DUI for using electronics behind the wheel.

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Developer Oakpointe, the city of Black Diamond and individual defendants Pat Pepper, Brian Weber and Erika Morgan agreed to a settlement that halts the Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit Oakpointe filed against the city.

Judge finds OPMA violations; parties settle lawsuit

A King County judge found Councilwoman Pat Pepper and former council members Brian Weber and Erika Morgan violated the state’s Open Public Meetings Act. The defendants settled the lawsuit last week.

Developer Oakpointe, the city of Black Diamond and individual defendants Pat Pepper, Brian Weber and Erika Morgan agreed to a settlement that halts the Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit Oakpointe filed against the city.
In a ruling from the bench, King County Superior Court Judge Janet Helson said Pat Pepper, Brian Weber, and Erika Morgan — defendants in the Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit against the city of Black Diamond — will have to pay $500 for every OPMA violation, if the judge rules there are any. Photo by Ray Still

Judge reproaches Black Diamond mayor, former city council

King County Superior Court Judge Janet Helson is troubled. She used the phrase multiple times to describe how she felt about many actions taken in Black Diamond over the past two years during the three and-a-half-hour long summary judgement hearing lasts Friday, Jan. 12, over the Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit brought against the city.

In a ruling from the bench, King County Superior Court Judge Janet Helson said Pat Pepper, Brian Weber, and Erika Morgan — defendants in the Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit against the city of Black Diamond — will have to pay $500 for every OPMA violation, if the judge rules there are any. Photo by Ray Still
Black Diamond’s new jail services agreement with Enumclaw guarantees one bed space in Enumclaw for Black Diamond inmates. This potentially saves the city money, since when Enumclaw had no beds available, Black Diamond had to use a more expensive options. Photo by Ray Still

Black Diamond hits the reset button

The new Black Diamond City Council wasted no time on settling in and testing the political waters. On their first meeting of the year, new Councilwomen Melissa Oglesbee and Erin Stout and returning Councilwomen Tamie Deady and Janie Edelman marched through a long list of agenda items, many of which reversed council policies and goals set over the last two years.

Black Diamond’s new jail services agreement with Enumclaw guarantees one bed space in Enumclaw for Black Diamond inmates. This potentially saves the city money, since when Enumclaw had no beds available, Black Diamond had to use a more expensive options. Photo by Ray Still
Man charged with child rape, exploitation

Man charged with child rape, exploitation

Black Diamond police arrested the man, 38, on Dec. 7, and he was charged in the King County Superior Court on Dec. 12.

Man charged with child rape, exploitation
Black Diamond council passes budget, opposes coal mine and recycling center

Black Diamond council passes budget, opposes coal mine and recycling center

The last Black Diamond City Council meeting of 2017 has come and gone, with the city wrapping up this year’s business quickly and efficiently. The biggest item on the Dec. 7 agenda was passing the 2018 budget, which was approved unanimously by the council.

Black Diamond council passes budget, opposes coal mine and recycling center
Fake news or bad reporting?

Fake news or bad reporting?

This has not been a good month for reporting. But one wrong fact does not fake news make.

Fake news or bad reporting?
Pepper addresses ‘false’ recall charges in community meeting

Pepper addresses ‘false’ recall charges in community meeting

The meeting, held at the Black Diamond library, was a chance for voters to have “an opportunity to hear from both sides before they decide to sign,” the recall petition, Pepper wrote in an announcement for the meeting.

Pepper addresses ‘false’ recall charges in community meeting
Court rules signatures must be re-collected in recall effort

Court rules signatures must be re-collected in recall effort

Two new developments have been made in the Black Diamond recall case against Councilwoman Pat Pepper.

Court rules signatures must be re-collected in recall effort
Proposed recycling center sparks environmental fears

Proposed recycling center sparks environmental fears

A proposed material processing facility outside of Enumclaw has some local conservationists worried about how it may affect the Green River and other natural environments. “The location of this, next to this natural area, just is not right. It doesn’t make sense to us at all, for a variety of reasons,” said Bernie McKinney, president of the Green River Coalition, a non-profit preservationist group.

Proposed recycling center sparks environmental fears
Recall effort asks court to re-validate signatures

Recall effort asks court to re-validate signatures

In an attempt to circumvent a King County decision to re-collect signatures for the recall effort against Black Diamond Councilwoman Pat Pepper, a motion has been filed with the state Supreme Court asking to move forward with the recall process with the signatures already collected for the effort.

Recall effort asks court to re-validate signatures
State Supreme Court OKs Black Diamond recall effort

State Supreme Court OKs Black Diamond recall effort

The State Supreme Court has approved three recall charges against Black Diamond Councilwoman Pat Pepper. However, some changes were made to the charges against Pepper, so the signature gathering process for the election has restarted, said King County Elections spokesperson Kafia Hosh.

State Supreme Court OKs Black Diamond recall effort
A monster of our own making

A monster of our own making

Another day, another mass shooting. I’m not sure when it happened, but I recently realized I’ve stopped asking myself, “What are we going to do… Continue reading

A monster of our own making
Black Diamond Economic and MDRT Director Andy Williamson presents to the City Council developer Oakpointe’s final plat authorization, which the council passed unanimously. This allows the developer to start constructing houses in parts of the city. Photo by Ray Still

Black Diamond council files suit against mayor; Oakpointe files to intervene

Black Diamond’s legal issues continue to stack. The biggest announcement of the Oct. 19 meeting was that the City Council has brought a legal suit against Mayor Carol Benson, and Oakpointe has filed a motion to intervene in this lawsuit.

Black Diamond Economic and MDRT Director Andy Williamson presents to the City Council developer Oakpointe’s final plat authorization, which the council passed unanimously. This allows the developer to start constructing houses in parts of the city. Photo by Ray Still
Ten Trails plat before City Council

Ten Trails plat before City Council

Oakpointe is gearing up to start home construction in the Ten Trails project in Black Diamond — the developer is only waiting for is final… Continue reading

Ten Trails plat before City Council
Black Diamond mayoral debate|Part 3

Black Diamond mayoral debate|Part 3

Editor’s Note: The Reporter is publishing a three-part debate between Black Diamond Mayor Carol Benson and her opponent Judy Baxley. Two weeks ago, candidates answered… Continue reading

Black Diamond mayoral debate|Part 3
Black Diamond mayoral debate | Part 2

Black Diamond mayoral debate | Part 2

Editor’s note: With the general election four weeks away and ballots soon to be in the hands of voters, the Reporter is publishing a three-part… Continue reading

Black Diamond mayoral debate | Part 2
Pat Pepper recall vote set by King County Elections

Pat Pepper recall vote set by King County Elections

King County Elections has set a date for Black Diamond Councilwoman Pat Pepper’s recall. On Sept. 5, Neighbor to Neighbor — the citizen group responsible… Continue reading

Pat Pepper recall vote set by King County Elections