Ray Still

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Count Us In study shines light on homeless lives

Program gives comprehensive data on the number of homeless people and more information on causes.

  • Jun 7th, 2017 2:41pm

Arbitration between Black Diamond, Oakpointe rejected

Arbitrator rules questions were “premature”

  • May 31st, 2017 1:11pm

Judge approves Black Diamond recall petition

The King County Superior Court has approved a recall petition against Black Diamond Councilwoman Pat Pepper

  • May 17th, 2017 11:50am

Oakpointe seeks arbitration with Black Diamond

The developer alleges the council majority – Pat Pepper, Erika Morgan and Brian Weber – have violated the 2011 funding agreement by not maintaining a functioning Master Development Review Team for the developments growing in the city.

  • May 10th, 2017 11:59am

Black Diamond residents file recall vote charges

Black Diamond residents have tossed around the idea to file a recall vote for two councilmembers

  • Apr 19th, 2017 12:24pm

Better late than never, right?

Better late than never, right? Last week, the Black Diamond City Council…

  • Apr 13th, 2017 8:30am

Judge clarifies ruling in OPMA case

The King County Superior Court recently clarified its most recent ruling in the OPMA case

  • Apr 7th, 2017 8:30am

New ruling in Black Diamond

Judge rules on OPMA case

  • Mar 24th, 2017 8:30am

Black Diamond City Council approves 2017 budget

Black Diamond residents are probably sighing in relief

  • Mar 10th, 2017 8:30am

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