Ray Still

Ray posted 60 stories to Covington-Maple Valley Reporter.
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Black Diamond OPMA lawsuit moves along

King County Superior Court Judge is considering whether or not to grant council members preliminary injunction and order the city to pay for their defense

  • Feb 15th, 2017 11:57am

City of Black Diamond can hire attorney

The Open Public Meeting Act lawsuit against the city of Black Diamond has started moving forward

  • Feb 9th, 2017 8:30am

Sometimes an answer is very simple

Gag on, gag off. Gag on, gag off.

  • Feb 2nd, 2017 9:30am

Buzzfeed clearly made wrong call

The bad apple spoils the bunch

  • Jan 18th, 2017 12:53pm

Black Diamond violates water acts

City now at ristk of state and federal fines, third party lawsuits

  • Jan 11th, 2017 2:32pm

Black Diamond passes stopgap budget

The city – now funded through March 2017 – will continue budget discussions through the new year.

  • Jan 4th, 2017 10:40am

Black Diamond passes emergency budget

Black Diamond residents can rest easy knowing that their city will not shut down in January.

  • Dec 28th, 2016 3:24pm

Grapple for the gavel highlights Black Diamond City Council meeting

Major budget amendments introduced to the public, city attorney and staff after public hearings close

  • Dec 22nd, 2016 5:32pm

Developer sues Black Diamond council

Oakpointe lawsuit alleges 135 counts of Open Public Meeting Act violations

  • Dec 14th, 2016 12:54pm

Jade Greens closes after 27 years

Golf course was not able to secure water rights from Ecology

  • Nov 30th, 2016 2:06pm

Battle over budget, hearing meetings | Black Diamond City Council

Mayor and council cannot come to agreement on meeting times for public hearings

  • Nov 23rd, 2016 1:09pm

UPDATE | Pierce County Prosecutor’s office confirms manslaughter charge in stray bullet case

The incident began when Tobin Hugh Panton witnessed his car being stolen from his driveway.

  • Nov 12th, 2016 11:15am

Black Diamond fights over agendas, attorneys continue

The Oct. 20 Black Diamond City Council meeting was uncharacteristically restrained, with little in the way of unchecked emotion and even less action and content.

  • Nov 3rd, 2016 12:56pm

Please let it all end very soon | Our Corner

I feel like a high school kid again. Like I have a big test in the morning that I’m not prepared for but, wait, hope is on the horizon. The forecast called for snow, so I’m going to pray for snow – please snow, I’ll do anything just let it snow.

  • Oct 31st, 2016 12:40pm

Body of Mountain View firefighter Ken Ward found in Grant County

After an extensive one-week search, the body of Mountain View Fire and Rescue firefighter Ken Ward was found near the Wildhorse Monument near the city of George in Grant County.

  • Oct 27th, 2016 8:55pm

Body of Mountain View firefighter Ken Ward found in Grant County

After an extensive one-week search, the body of Mountain View Fire and Rescue firefighter Ken Ward was found near the Wildhorse Monument near the city of George in Grant County.

  • Oct 27th, 2016 8:55pm

Please let it all end very soon | Our Corner

I feel like a high school kid again. Like I have a big test in the morning that I’m not prepared for but, wait, hope is on the horizon. The forecast called for snow, so I’m going to pray for snow – please snow, I’ll do anything just let it snow.

  • Oct 27th, 2016 8:48pm

Please let it all end very soon | Our Corner

I feel like a high school kid again. Like I have a big test in the morning that I’m not prepared for but, wait, hope is on the horizon. The forecast called for snow, so I’m going to pray for snow – please snow, I’ll do anything just let it snow.

  • Oct 27th, 2016 8:48pm

Black Diamond council continues to ignore staff, legal advice

Forget tuning in to the 2016 presidential election – if you crave political entertainment, you can find it locally at the Black Diamond City Council.

  • Oct 15th, 2016 2:59pm

A look at the life of newspapers | Our Corner

You're looking at a brand new Covington-Maple Valley-Black Diamond Reporter.

  • Sep 29th, 2016 5:00pm

Black Diamond Comprehensive Plan suffers further delays

It looks like Black Diamond's Comprehensive Plan will be further delayed as the city's traffic adviser, DKS Associates, appears to be running out of patience with the City Council.

  • Sep 22nd, 2016 4:02pm

Most Black Diamond City Council business tabled; attorney, staff warn of potential consequences

It was business as usual at the last Black Diamond City Council meeting, with the majority of the meeting's agenda items being tabled indefinitely by the majority of the council.

  • Sep 8th, 2016 5:15pm

Black Diamond school traffic agreement near miss, and mess

The Black Diamond City Council's approval of a resolution regarding a traffic mitigation agreement with the Enumclaw School District was one of the messier and more confusing matters the city has faced this year.

  • Aug 26th, 2016 4:00pm

Black Diamond Labor Days permit dispute settled, festival set to run Sept. 3-5

The last two virulent Black Diamond City Council meetings boiled down to this: the 102-years-old Labor Day festival is ready to go, and city code specifies that the council does not need to approve the celebration's special event permit.

  • Aug 18th, 2016 4:00pm

Suspect pleads guilty in Nicole White murder case

On July 28 Jonathan Daniel Harris, 30, pleaded guilty to the murder of Enumclaw resident Nicole White.

  • Aug 4th, 2016 8:00pm

Black Diamond council majority holds Labor Day permit

Chaos and anger has defined the last seven months of Black Diamond City Council meetings, but the outrage residents expressed flared hotter than ever on July 21 as a century-long tradition looked to be put on the chopping block: the city's three-day Labor Day Festival.

  • Jul 29th, 2016 11:35pm

Talking about transgender issues | Our Corner

It's looking like Washington's new bathroom laws are staying in place, for now.

  • Jul 28th, 2016 12:45am

Black Diamond rules illegal, says interim attorney; Police chief asked to remove council member from meeting

The June 2 Black Diamond City Council meeting started rough and derailed entirely when one council member was asked to leave and another two followed.

  • Jun 8th, 2016 6:34pm

A little, a lot, blindly | Point of Review

We all build walls around ourselves.

  • Jun 3rd, 2016 6:00pm

Tussle turns into not so funny late-night skit | Black Diamond City Council

“This is like a Saturday Night Live skit.” Councilwoman Janie Edelman made her feelings clear at the beginning of the three and a half hour long council meeting on April 21 – the Black Diamond City Council is looking less like a body of elected officials and more like a late night comedy show.

  • Apr 28th, 2016 8:34pm

Black Diamond political turmoil continues to boil | City Council

It took only two meetings for the Black Diamond City Council to revise its rules and procedures, giving metaphorical whiplash to staff and city residents as they wrestled with the council’s new structure.

  • Mar 25th, 2016 11:10pm

New school vaccine requirements, students need both doses of chickenpox vaccine before school in the fall

Starting this fall, area high school students must have received their two doses of chickenpox vaccine before they start classes.

  • Mar 11th, 2016 1:33am

Bob Milne brings ragtime back to Chalet Theater

Ragtime piano player Bob Milne is once again making a pit stop in Enumclaw to play at the Chalet Theater.

  • Mar 3rd, 2016 4:12am

Ray Still dives into the fantasy book “Uprooted” by Naomi Novik | Point of Review

If it wasn’t for the fact my fiancée gave away her personal copy of “Uprooted” three times over the holiday season as gifts to friends and family, I could have easily read it at least twice more, and she would have had her nose stuck in it for a month straight.

  • Mar 3rd, 2016 4:44am

A safe place for songbirds | Featherhaven

They’re common enough situations – you’re reading at home when a bird flies into your window, or the family cat comes through the door flap with a still struggling “present” in its jaws.

  • Mar 3rd, 2016 1:00am

Enumclaw School District reaches settlement in bullying case

A year-long legal battle between the Enumclaw School District and one of its students has finally come to a close.

  • Feb 26th, 2016 7:24pm

My math doesn’t add up, either | Our Corner

Math is the reason the liberal arts were invented, says my co-worker Kevin. Last week, Ana Karen wrote an Our Corner about speeding and how little time you save and how much you’re putting yourself at risk when you speed.

  • Feb 18th, 2016 8:00pm

Hoarding as a disorder or just clutter

Some people came to find out what resources were available in the county. Other came to help a family member, or two, or three. But everyone who went to Pierce County’s presentation on hoarding came away learning how vast the mental disorder can be, and that they were not alone.

  • Feb 4th, 2016 12:31am

Rule, procedure changes splits Black Diamond City Council

The Jan. 21 four-hour Black Diamond City Council meeting left tempers hot and questions unanswered as the council approved a myriad of new meeting rules and regulations.

  • Jan 28th, 2016 9:54pm

Land and Water Conservation Fund restored

Outdoor enthusiasts and environmental activists can breath a sigh of relief as the new year brings in more funds for the national Land and Water Conservation Fund.

  • Jan 7th, 2016 12:18am