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Raegan Dunn spoke with the Black Diamond City Council during the May 3 meeting, presenting his own version of the “State of the County.” Photo by Ray Still

Black Diamond staff seeks cost of living increases after stagnant decade

For the past 10 years, city employees have received one or two 1 percent COLAs, had three dozen furloughed work days, and had hours or positions cut, increasing their workload.

 

‘We all know sex offenders’

Revealing the reality of rape and uncovering sexual assault myths

 

Colin Lund of the developer Oakpointe presented to the Black Diamond City Council last week, letting the council know how the two housing developments in the city are coming along. Lund estimated the first new Black Diamond residents will be moving in soon. Photo by Ray Still

Black Diamond council expansion put on hold

A plan to expand the Black Diamond City Council to seven members has stalled. The idea was first seriously broached by Councilwoman Janie Edelman during… Continue reading

 

Chris Wisnoski was sworn into his council seat after the Black Diamond City Council unanimously appointed him March 1. Photo by Ray Still

Black Diamond swears in new council member

Chris Wisnoski was nominated and confirmed unanimously to the Position No. 5 council seat.

Chris Wisnoski was sworn into his council seat after the Black Diamond City Council unanimously appointed him March 1. Photo by Ray Still

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.

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

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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

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

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.

Fake news or bad reporting?

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

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.