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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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 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

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

Black Diamond mayoral debate | Part 1

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

Pacing Parson comes out of retirement

Don Stevenson, who has walked more than 55,000 miles since 1998 as the Pacing Parson, is planning a 300 mile trip around Auburn to raise $10,000 for the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center.

Painting a new picture on battling addiction

August 25, 2017 - There are many sides to battling addiction, as Angie Keaty and Haley Pendergraft know all too well. There’s the endless fight… Continue reading

Resisting the ‘alt-right’ rise

Before we even get into this, I need to say that I loathe the term “alt-right.” I know, I know, I used it in my… Continue reading

Black Diamond council hires lawyer to investigate mayor

After spending nine months playing defense against an Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit, the Black Diamond City Council majority is looking to go on the… Continue reading

Volunteer firefighter resigns following social media comments inquiry

Fire chief suspends man over allegations of racists statements, resigns the next day

Black Diamond recall exceeds signatures needed

The Black Diamond recall attempt against Councilwoman Pat Pepper continues to roll along after the state Supreme Court ruled against a motion to stay signature… Continue reading

Black Diamond residents want recall measure on Councilwoman Pat Pepper

After a bout of court moves, Black Diamond residents are once again collecting signatures to put a recall measure for Councilwoman Pat Pepper on a… Continue reading

Count Us In study shines light on homeless lives

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