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Dahlquist announces Senate run

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Daffodil Dreams

Princess Sidney Riess, a White River High student, waves to the crowd Saturday during the Daffodil Parade in Sumner. The parade began in Tacoma and continued to Puyallup, Sumner and ended in Orting. This was the 81st Annual Daffodil Festival. Photo by Dennis Box

Buckley officials hot over gas deal By Kevin Hanson Senior Writer

Tempers are apparently starting to flare on the south side of the White River, as the city of Buckley tires of waiting to consummate its purchase-and-sale agreement with Puget Sound Energy. The object of Buckley’s ire is the city of Enumclaw, which has issues of its own with PSE, the utility giant that is ready and willing to purchase Buckley’s natural gas utility.

The 2014 political season kicked into gear last week when Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, R-Enumclaw, announced she is challenging Sen. Pam Roach, also a Republican, for the 31st District Senate seat. Dahlquist has been elected twice to the House and served on the Cathy Dahlquist Enumclaw School District board of directors prior to running for the House. Roach, from rural Auburn, stated she will be seeking a seventh term for her seat. Jonathon Dunn, D-Lake Tapps, initially registered with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission to run for the Senate seat against Roach, but switched to

See DAHLQUIST, Page 3 Problem is, Buckley cannot sell and cannot afford. Standing between PSE’s PSE cannot purchase – both remain in delivery lines and Buckley, however, is limbo, awaiting action by Enumclaw, the city of Enumclaw. Gas flows through which some believe has been financially Enumclaw on its way to Buckley and the slighted during past decades. smaller city to the south pays a fee for the Buckley’s unhappiness was made service. Now, PSE will be paying the fee quite clear in a recent letter, signed and it has been suggested Enumclaw has Pat Johnson by Mayor Pat Johnson and all seven historically been underpaid for providmembers of the Buckley City Council. ing a vital service. Councilman Darrell The letter was addressed to Enumclaw Dickson has been the leading proponent Mayor Liz Reynolds and the seven members of in arguing that Enumclaw should attempt to the Enumclaw Council. recoup past underpayments. In short, the letter asked that Enumclaw step Weeks have passed since an original contract aside and allow PSE and Buckley to quickly was presented by Enumclaw’s top brass, finally wrap up their contractual dance. prompting last week’s letter from Buckley that The long story, in shortened form, is this: begins on a conciliatory note and builds toward Buckley voters agreed to sell their gas system to a threatening conclusion. PSE, which can operate the system more effiSee GAS, Page 3 ciently and provide amenities Buckley simply

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Enumclaw Courier-Herald, April 09, 2014