Gold Bar’s new Mayor Bill Clem ‘those people who are threatening you, are now threatening me”

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Bill Clem, State Farm Insurance Agent takes over as Gold Bar’s Mayor, 2018 

Gold Bar’s new Mayor Bill Clem ‘those people who are threatening you, are now threatening me”

The You Mayor Bill  Clem is referring to is the Gold Bar Reporter, and those people he is referring to as “threatening” is Association of Washington Cities (AWC)

In early February 2018, Gold Bar’s new Mayor Clem said ” those people who are threatening you, are now threatening me.”  Over the past three months, Mayor Clem and the Gold Bar Reporter have had a several sit meetings to discuss missing money from the City’s water funds, public records and firing the City’s law firms, Kenyon Disend and Keating, Buckling and McCormack.

Bill Clem is also a State Farm Insurance agent in Monroe, Washington.

According to Bill Clem, Gold Bar’s public records officer Bonnie Jones has lied to him several times. First, I’d like my readers to know that Bonnie Jones is a convicted felon. Ms. Jones plead guilty to “rendering criminal assistance” in the State of Hawaii.  Ms Jones’s is also no mother of the year; she has filed countless police reports against her own daughter, after fights erupt inside her various homes.

The Gold Bar Reporter has read countless police reports involving Ms. Jones, and lets just say anyone who calls the police on their own child, has their child arrested, is a low life.  Children are, after all, the product of their parents. Bad parenting, leads to bad children.

Is this the best that Bill Clem can do? Employing a convicted felon, former ( and some say current) drug addict, who has their own child arrested?  What the hell is going on inside Gold Bar Washington that we need convicted criminal answering public records for the City?

Well it’s simple, it’s called racketeering, and now with Bill Clem’s candid interview now a matter of record, it’s clear that Bonnie Jones was placed inside Gold Bar with one purpose, to commit more felonies against Gold Bar residents.

Bill Clem said ” Denise Beaston hates Bonnie Jones!” and GBR said ” why?” Clem said ” because she’s a liar.”

Gold Bar residents should ask themselves one question:  why would the City of Gold Bar hire a convicted felon, former drug addict, and an irresponsible ( might be an understatement) mother, as it’s public records officer?

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Demented old man ( left), Joe Beavers, High as a Kite Linda Loen (right)

In December 2013, Linda Loen was elected Gold Bar’s new Mayor.  When asked why she and her partner Tom Palmer wanted to become Mayor and council member, both elaborated to the Gold Bar Reporter. ” well, we were in bed smoking pot, watching King 5 , 11 p.m. news when we saw a story about how no one wanted to be mayor and there was a council seat that no one wanted. So we both took another long toke and said lets do it. ”

And the City has gone further down stream inside Beavers’s dam ever since.

Instead of performing functions of her job, Linda Loen was overwhelmed, quit twice, and basically instead of doing her job, Linda Loen, also known to Gold Bar residents as “high as a kite’ Loen, handed the keys to the City to former Mayor Joe Beavers from January 2014 to March 16, 2016 ( the day the Honorable Judge Thomas Wynne held that the City violated the Gold Bar Reporter’s legal rights to access public records by withholding public records for over five years).

On the same day Judge Wynne held in the Gold Bar Reporter’s favor (March 16, 2016), Linda Loen abandoned her home in Gold Bar ( which still remains abandoned) and purchased a home with cash in Aberdeen, Washington.

According to Mayor Bill Clem, there’s $1.5 millions dollars misappropriated from the City’s water fund. Water funds are Enterprise funds and cannot be used for any other purposes other than to maintain Gold Bar’s water system.

Mayor Bill Clem admitted in an email to me that the City has spent over $1.5 million on legal bills, hiding Gold Bar’s email communication.  He also admitted that the water funds were misused to pay legal bills.

GBR’s attorney said ” every public official is mandated by law to report misappropriation of public funds, or any crime, when they are aware of it. ”

Because Mayor Clem stated on the “record” that the City misused Gold Bar’s water funds, the Gold Bar Reporter requested a copy of a police report involving the missing $1.5 million dollars.

According to Mayor Clem, Joe Beavers and Bonnie Jones have been tampering with public records, illegally removed them from Gold Bar City Hall and placed them at the law office of Kenyon Disend in Issaquah Washington.

Yesterday, Joe Beavers wrote to the Gold Bar Reporter bragging he also has a copy of Gold Bar’s public records now in a legal dispute. A felony in Washington State. Mayor Bill Clem was made aware of Beavers theft of public records, and we wait Clem’s police report regarding Beavers’s felony of removing public records from Gold Bar.

Self preservation.  In 2008 to 2009, Crystal Hill ( nee Berg convicted of bank fraud 2000, 2005) was sleeping with a married man ( no surprise as we could find no evidence that Hill ever slept with an unmarried man) named John E. Pennington ( 2016 terminated from Snohomish County Emergency Management, after he and Crystal Hill were caught criminally harassing and cyber-stalking the Gold Bar Reporter on a anonymous website they controlled titled The Sky Valley Chronicle).

Biggest problem for Gold Bar was that John Pennington had Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office illegally gain access into a spider of information on the GBR’s family members, performed a copy, cut and paste job on GBR’s family members trying to create a fake identity on the Gold Bar Reporter.  This was John Pennington, Joe Beavers and Crystal Hill’s idea to extort the GBR into not requesting access to public records.

Since 2009, Mayor Bill Clem admits that the City has misappropriated over $1.5 million dollars of the City’s water funds hiding public records involving Beavers, Hill and Pennington. Why is simple: Beavers, Hill and John Pennington committed racketeering offenses against the Gold Bar Reporter and they disseminated their fake identity of the GBR into Gold Bar’s public records ( email communication).

Instead of coming clean about what’s inside public records in Gold Bar, the City as of today has misappropriated $1.5 million paying lawyers to hide racketeering crimes committed against citizens who seek to expose their racketeering crimes.

In 2010, to help assist the criminal Enterprise, Mayor Joe Beavers hires a good friend of John Pennington’s, attorney Michael Kenyon.

In July 2016, once the Gold Bar Reporter exposed Michael Kenyon’s little racketeering scheme involving pedophile John Pennington, Michael Kenyon lied to former Mayor Lee Hodo stating he wanted to withdraw from the City of Gold Bar, and that Keating, Buckling, and McCormack would be the best law firm to represent the City of Gold Bar.

Kenyon Disend Attorney Ann Marie Soto lied to Mayor Lee Hodo enticing him to hire Shannon Ragonesi and Amanda Butler as the new City attorneys. However, since Kenyon Disend was still hiding Gold Bar’s public record at Kenyon Disend’s law office in Issaquah, Kenyon Disend is still bilking the citizens of Gold Bar to be the repository of Gold Bar’s public records ( email communication where Crystal Hill and John Pennington illegally gained access into a “spider’ of information on the Gold Bar Reporter’s family members, disseminated those medical files, non-conviction records, credit information, IRS tax information, etc into Gold Bar’s public emails).

Cost to the taxpayers of Gold Bar to hide John Pennington, Joe Beavers, and Crystal Hill Pennington’s racketeering crimes to Gold Bar so far exceeds, according to Mayor Bill Clem thus exceeds $1.5 million dollars with no end in sight.

Below is a story written in 2016, once the GBR became aware of Kenyon Disend’s crimes against Gold Bar taxpayers:



‘Attorney Michael Kenyon’s Dirty Bag of Secrets, Part II “

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UPDATE: Former Mayor Joe Beavers brags to former Gold Bar council member that he has Judges inside Snohomish County Superior Court in his pocket.  Implying that the fix is in.

Two weeks ago we reported that we are in the process of exposing the largest RICO scandal in Washington State’s history and it involves a Snohomish County political bum who caused thousands of deaths in the Hurricane Katrina Debacle and 44 deaths in Oso Washington mudslides, John Pennington, and an attorney/owner of the largest municipal law firm in Washington State, Michael Kenyon.

I’d like our readers to know that we have made several attempts to contact Michael Kenyon and John Pennington, both have refused comment.



John Pennington was a troubled youth who, according to one source ” had a major drug problem by the age of 16.”  So it’s no surprise that in the late 1980’s, after flunking out of Vanderbilt College in Tennessee, John Pennington moved to a small suburban city just outside of San Diego California.

While in the San Diego are, John Pennington meets his new victim, who believe he legally married, so are calling her ex-wife # 1.

Two years later, John Pennington fled from Southern California, again heading home to Nashville, only after two small boys made allegations of sexual abuse against him while on a church camping trip.

While in Tennessee, John Pennington made an unsuccessful run for an open Republican State Rep. After a landslide loss for John Pennington, he again headed west. This time in Oregon, Pennington meets his next victim. Mr. Pennington plead guilty to criminal harassment after he hospitalized his finance in Oregon. As a result, John Pennington fled from Oregon to Vancouver Washington. While in Vancouver Washington, John Pennington meets his next victim. Sadly, they soon married.

While working in a coffee delivery business, John Pennington stole coffee grinding equipment from his previous employer and used this equipment to start-up a coffee shop in Kelso. Purpose was to make it look like he was an entrepreneur ( but he is really a sociopath) as to grab an uncontested Republican seat in Cowlitz County.

It worked, the uneducated college dropout John Pennington managed to get elected to an uncontested WA House of Representatives seat. Unfortunately for residents in New Orleans and Oso Washington, he met a powerful Washington State Republican leader, Jennifer Dunn.

In 1992, a 5-year-old girl was kidnapped, raped, and then tossed along a Cowlitz County road like a piece of trash. According to Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, John Pennington became one of two prime suspects for the following reasons: (1) Pennington operated a coffee delivery route within six blocks of where the child was dumped; (2) he drove the same car; (3) Pennington was in the area at the time of the child rape; (4) Pennington’s picture from 1992 is almost a complete match to the child and witness’s sketch drawing of the pedophile; and (5) Pennington relentlessly convinced his ex-wife to call the police attempting to divert attention away from himself and onto another man.

Unfortunately for the 5 year child, John Pennington meets a Kelso Washington city attorney named Michael Kenyon.

According to sources close to John Pennington he is also an abuser of prescription pills, and was detained at the US Mexico  for having narcotics ( non-prescription pain pills) on his person while coming back into the US. Pennington has never denied this allegation.

In 1995, John Pennington was also a member of the Washington State Militia, a group dedicated to over throwing the United States government. ” John sat around for years obsessed about getting even with the Longview Washington news reporter for reporting that John was a member of the State militia.”

From 1992 to 2005, John Pennington’s violence grew with his ex-wife. # 2 . From pushing her down a flight of stairs as well as constant physical abuse, Pennington never learned to keep his hands to himself.

But the case that raised our eyebrows is Mr. Pennington’s abuse on his ex-wife # 2 ( who is really ex-wife # 3) Anne Laughlin. Ms. Laughlin was a City of Duvall city council member at the time of Pennington’s assault of Anne. Anne was three weeks away from giving birth to her daughter when Pennington violently assaulted, kicked and punched Anne in the stomach and uterus. A real salt of the earth kind of man.

Since Ms. Laughlin was a Duvall city council member at the time, the City of Duvall sought a Special Prosecutor. The prosecutor assigned to prosecute wife beater John Pennington came from the law firm where Pennington’s buddy Michael Kenyon was employed.

In 2009 when Pennington assaulted Laughlin, this was his third domestic violence charge. This should have amounted to jail time for Pennington.

A close review of John Pennington’s Snohomish County travel records warrant a closer look into missing children in Washington, Alaska, Maryland.  Public monies allowed us to review his credit card receipts, telephone records, etc. information that another blogger turned over to authorities.

NOW COMES, Michael Kenyon a hater of open government, and the attorney responsible for hiding public records involving former Gold Bar Mayors Colleen Hawkins, Crystal Hill, and Joe Beavers RICO crimes. But how and why Michael Kenyon got involved in the City of Gold Bar’s debacle was simple: Michael Kenyon assisted John Pennington is covering up that Pennington is one of only two men labeled by the Cowlitz County  sheriff’s Office as the prime suspect in the child rape case.  A case that Michael Kenyon as the City of Kelso  attorney would have been involved in and knew about in 1993.

Hence why Michael Kenyon is bent over backwards to assist John Pennington escape criminal prosecution. according to one source John Pennington brags to others that he has the protection of a “little RICO” gang from Snohomish County. We are confident to report that attorney Michael Kenyon, Prosecutor Mark Roe, Seth Fine and Sean Reay are also members of the “little RICO gang.”

We promise our readers that we will continue to report on anyone who aids a pedophile, directly or indirectly.

Michael Kenyon’s hiding of public records in violation of RCW 42.56 is well documented through the case involving local Gold Bar residents Joan and Robert Amen.

Public records we received document that attorney Michael Kenyon made an illegal agreement with the City of Sammamish to hide Hawkins email communication, and then refused to release public records claiming that he no longer had them. According to Washington State Attorney General Nancy Krier such agreements are not permissible under the Public Records Act. A fact that we are not sure that she shared with Kenyon. In 2008 one of Kenyon Disend’s lawyers ( Special Prosecutor) managed to quash John Pennington’s domestic violence charges. Soon thereafter, the Law Firm of Kenyon Disend received two lucrative contracts, one with the City of Duvall and the other with the City of Gold Bar.

Then in 2011, Kenyon Disend’s junior attorney, Ann Marie Soto, received an email from John Pennington via Snohomish County computers demanding that Kenyon Disend redact police reports involving John Pennington’s that we requested under RCW 42.56. We sought the advice of an expert in records issues who is of the opinion that Kenyon Disend’s redaction of police reports was not permissible under the Public Records Act.

Then a source close to ex # 2 ( or # 3 depending on what public records you believe as it relates to Pennington’s aliases) provided us with thousands of records relating to John Pennington, and those records included Pennington’s email communication with Duvall’s Mayor about how to get Pennington’s soon to be ex-wife Anne Laughlin off the City Council.

In 2009, Pennington then used Aaron Reardon’s connection to the Seattle Times reporter ( who then became Reardon’s aide) to post a story about Anne Laughlin, pretty much the same way he did to Gold Bar Reporters in February 2012. Former Seattle Times reporter Emily Heffner was contacted for comment but all she would say is ” you need to move because they are coming after you.” She never did state who “they” were, but as we stated to Ms. Heffner before, “We have only one live to give and it shall be for the betterment of our society as a whole.”

As of today, Attorney Michael Kenyon and Ann Marie Soto have bilked the taxpayers of Gold Bar over $920,000.00 hiding former Mayor Crystal Hill’s public records ( emails) documenting that she was practicing law without a license, and John Pennington making racist comments about President Obama and running illegal ACCESS background checks in violation of RCW 10.97.

The bigger question that Michael Kenyon refused to answer was what he gained for quashing John Pennington’s criminal charges for beating up his pregnant wife Anne, hiding John Pennington’s racist comments and his illegal background checks. Pennington has countless child abuse and spousal abuse complaints against him; Mr. Pennington is a racist according to people close to him he said ” I only support abortion when a white woman is raped by a black man” Just like Hitler, John E. Pennington has a real disdain for minorities

As a result of our six-year investigation, we are confident to report that attorney Michael Kenyon assisted John Pennington is committing felonies. Attorney Michael Kenyon and John Pennington should be sharing a prison cell together and we intend to make that happen even it takes me another 30 years.

Both attorney Michael Kenyon and Snohomish County’s number political welfare recipient are being sued under RICO.

A copy of the RICO is posted online see 




Attorney Ann Marie Soto lies to City of Gold Bar’s governing body, entices City of Gold Bar’s governing body to continue to fund legal battle to hide crimes inside public emails

UPDATE:  On February 26, 2018, former Mayor Lee Hodo stated that the only reason he encouraged the City of Gold Bar governing body to approve Keating, Buckling, and McCormack was because Kenyon Disend’s lawyer Ann Marie Soto stated ” Kenyon Disend would like to withdraw from representing the City of Gold Bar.” 

Another lawyer from Kenyon Disend’s lawyers. 

This corrects the historical record that Mayor Lee Hodo was lied to by lawyers who are being sued for racketeering.


The City of Gold Bar’s Mayor Lee Hodo urged the Gold Bar council to misappropriate public monies to pay two more attorneys, making the grand total number of attorneys representing the City of Gold Bar to five (5).



According to Gold Bar’s Mayor Lee Hodo, Shannon Ragonesi and Amanda Butler are  “trial” attorneys. Public records confirm that the two lawyers are being paid $585 per hour ( two lawyers) and the City’s current law firm Kenyon Disend gets paid $750 per hour.

In total, the City of Gold Bar is paying $1235.00 per hour, making September 2016 ‘ s warrant pay out at $125,000.00. The total annual budget for the City of Gold Bar is only $550,000.00.

Council member Ken Ware asked why isn’t Kenyon Disend representing the City, and Mayor Lee Hodo lied stating ” Kenyon Disend are too busy.” Ken Ware then suggested that the City hire a new law firm.

What Mayor Hodo didn’t disclose to the public is: the City is hiding public records at the Kenyon Disend’s office in Issaquah Washington. A felony in Washington State to hide conceal or remove public records from the City.  Hence why the City cannot be represented by Kenyon Disend.  Instead Mayor Lee Hodo lied to residents claiming that Kenyon Disend was too busy.

Earlier this year, the City Council voted to increase Gold Bar’s water rates by 271 % because former Mayors Joe Beavers, Crystal Hill Pennington (convicted of bank fraud in 2005, 2000 using two aliases, Berg and Chris Hill) and Linda Loen were stealing from the City’s water fund to fund legal litigation.  A felony in Washington State, amounting to racketeering.

Joe Beavers is being sued for racketeering and gross 1983 violations with trial to start in late 2017.

In August 2012, the City of Gold Bar claimed it was bankrupt and needed residents to pass a new tax levy to fund litigation.  The voters rejected the City’s tax hike, leaving the City to either turn over public records its been hiding or steal from the City’s water fund.

Mayor Lee Hodo, and council members Ken Ware, J Dawson, Davi Martin ( who is also being sued for racketeering after public records confirm she was writing on John and Crystal Hill Pennington’s Sky Valley Chronicle website; a site they set up to criminally harass their opponents), and Brian Diaz chose to continue the stealing Gold Bar residents water funds to hide racketeering crimes.

Joe Beavers said  ” if these records are released the City is gone. I was also threatened by Association of Washington Cities (AWC) that if I turned over the records, AWC would cancel the City’s insurance policy.”

According to the Washington State Auditor, “there’s $200,000.00 missing and not one person can explain where it went.”

In attempt to cover up Mayor Hodo’s misappropriation of public monies,  the City hired disgraced former Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon’s attorneys below.

Not one single Gold Bar council member asked ” why does the city need a trial attorney? Did we commit crimes? Is there someone going to trial, prison, and for what? ”

Mayor Lee Hodo admitted that AWC has rejected the City’s cost in all public records matters, leaving the City to pay $1235.00 per hour to hide criminal racketeering crimes Beavers, Hill, Pennington, Kelly, and Lonn Turner  ( former council member, 2009) disseminated inside email communication.

With more lawsuits expected to be filed by others, Mayor Hodo should hope that the federal government doesn’t find out that the City is stealing public water funds, otherwise the USDA may call in its water tower loan.

With more lawsuits on the way by others, perhaps the City will double the number lawyers in 2017

UPDATE:  Seattle attorney Shannon Ragonesi sends threatening emails to Gold Bar Reporter after we report that Shannon Ragonesi filed a false instrument with King County Superior Court ORDERING the Gold Bar Reporters not to contact our public officials. Not only does is Ms. Ragonesi committing fraud on the taxpayers of Gold Bar, she is also trying to unilaterally rewrite the First Amendment.

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Washington State attorneys Amanda Butler ( left) and Shannon Ragonesi

Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S ( Seattle Washington)

I generally sway away from writing articles on lawyers ( probably because I feel most are just doing their job), until I have concrete evidence of fraud or gross misconduct. Such is the case with Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi.

Amanda Butler, and Shannon Ragonesi are two lawyers who are not only guilty of fraud and gross legal misconduct, but who are also guilty of fleecing the taxpayers of Gold Bar Washington out of thousands of taxpayer dollars.  Both are employees with Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S ( Seattle Washington).

Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi aren’t stealing from the taxpayers with the assistance of the Washington State Bar. My dedicated readers may remember that the Washington State Bar Association publically voted this summer to drop the word “Association” from its name.

Why, because the Washington State Bar Association has been hijacked by criminals like Everett attorney Geoffrey Gibbs ( convicted of fraud in the 1990s, having his lobbying license permanently revoked for stealing client’s money and is now a high ranking member of the Washington State Bar Association)  in attempt to shift millions of dollars of racketeering liability off on the Washington State taxpayers. This after at least six lawsuits for Sherman Anti-Trust and RICO violations were filed in U.S. Federal District Court against the Bar.

With no surprise, Shannon Ragonesi is a former government official who gets enormous financial contracts with Snohomish County as a result ( totaling over $1 Million dollars last year alone), and Ms. Butler well she claims to be a ” senior” attorney who appears to have failed Ethics or simply believes that since her partner Shannon Ragonesi is a personal and dear friend Snohomish County Prosecutor Seth Fine and a former member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Rules Committee thus not accountable to we the people.

In December 2014, the US Supreme Court held in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners Case that the Bar Boards can be held personally liable for Sherman Anti-Trust violations. One reason why the Washington State Bar dropped the word Association, her firm, Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S ( Seattle Washington) reaps the benefits of those “free market participants associations.”


Gold Bar Washington has been cited for four years for misappropriation of public funds. In the 2013 Special Audit Washington State Auditor wrote ” there’s $200,000.00 missing and not one city employee can state where it went.”

The Gold Bar Reporters know where it went; into the pockets of unethical lawyers like Amanda Butler, Shannon Ragonesi, Michael Kenyon, Margaret King and Ann Marie Soto.  Why, to hide terminated and disgraced Snohomish County’s political appointee John Pennington, and former Gold Bar Mayors Joe Beavers, Crystal Hill Pennington (bank fraud, once in Snohomish County 2005, and once in North Carolina using an alias of Chris Hill in 2000) criminal racketeering and HIPPA crimes they disseminated into email communication.

Those of my readers should note that Snohomish County Washington hired Shannon Ragonesi on behalf of disgraced former Executive Aaron Reardon after our investigation lead to Aaron Reardon’s early retirement on tribal land in Southern California. A house Aaron Reardon paid 1/5 of the fair market price for, and an issue the federal government should have an interest in.  Aaron Reardon is being sued for racketeering in US Federal District Court.


A side note to the FBI. Perhaps a subpoena for former Snohomish County employee Christopher Schwartzen’s emails as it relates to transfer of public land in Marysville Washington from March to May 2011 should be sought ( within a month, Aaron Reardon has a piece of property in Indigo California)?  YES, tit for tat.

If Snohomish County claims it doesn’t exist, please email the Gold Bar Reporter and will do our best to get that to the FBI as soon as possible.



In late December 2015, Gold Bar Reporter filed a racketeering,  and several civil rights complaints in US Federal Court, Seattle. Instead of recusing himself, Judge Ricardo Martinez as mandated the 9th Circuit, He  did what any unethical and corrupt judge would do, he kept himself on the case because several of his friends at the Washington State Bar Association are defendants. Block v WSBA, et al.

Washington State attorneys Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi from the law firm of Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S entered a notice of appearance on behalf of the City of Gold Bar and its former Mayors Linda Loen, Crystal Hill Pennington, and Joe Beavers. 

Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S also entered a notice of appearance for Snohomish County’s public officials, Jon Rudicil and Aaron Reardon after both were caught committing racketeering offenses as outlined by Snohomish County reporters Scott North and Noah Haglund.



Washington State Professional Responsibility. As members of a profession and officers of the court, lawyers are obligated to act in a professional manner, obey the law, avoid conflicts of interest, and to put the interests of clients ahead of their own interests. 

So my readers can assume that since Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi entered notices of appearances on behalf of the City of Gold Bar. As a result, the Gold Bar Reporter requested a copy of any contract with the City of Gold Bar, and the City claims that there is none.

In Washington State Bar Association v. Bradley Marshall, the Washington State Supreme Court held that all agreements must be in writing, clearing stating to the clients all potential and actual conflicts of interests that are foreseeable.

So my readers can imagine that one a Washington State lawyer enters a Notice of Appearance, a contract for legal services must exist. But apparently, attorneys Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi seem to be the exception or simply lack common sense.


This gross unethical breach resulted in a public records request sent to the City of Gold Bar for all records sent or received by any employee from Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S and Crystal Hill Pennington, Linda Loen, Joe Beavers and any Gold Bar contractor or employee over the last year.

Because there was no contract that exist, the so called “senior” counsel from Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S records are now public records subject Washington State’s Public Records Act with more lawsuits expected to be filed in King County ( where the records are actually being concealed, a felony in Washington State) without redaction or exemptions.

Stupid is as stupid does.  One thing is clear, our readers can assume that University of Washington is not teaching common sense and Ethics is not a core requirement. Unless both lawyers failed ethics and somehow managed to escape law school requirement of at least a Grade Point Average of at least a 3.0 in every class to obtain a Juris Doctorate.


I’d like for our readers to know that Shannon Ragonesi’s bio on the website of Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S states the following:


Shannon is a shareholder and member of the Board of Directors of KBM. Her law practice encompasses civil rights litigation, employment litigation, labor law, school law, public records act litigation, and wrongful death and personal injury defense. She represents governmental agencies, schools, fire districts, police agencies, and their employees; as well as private corporations and citizens. Shannon has represented her clients in over 60 jury and bench trials in federal and state courts and labor arbitrations. She has also expertly represented her clients before the Washington state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a further, integral part of her law practice, Shannon investigates potential claims and provides guidance to her clients on litigation avoidance strategies.

Prior to joining Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S., Shannon was a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp where she served for over five years as a Senior Prosecuting Attorney, a Senior Torts Attorney, Chief of Military Justice, and a Military Magistrate.


Ms. Amanda Buter’s bio states from Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S website states:

Amanda is a Senior Associate with Keating Bucklin & McCormack, Inc. P.S. Her practice involves all aspects of municipal and school defense litigation, including employment and labor law, law enforcement/civil rights, premises liability, personal injury, and land use.  She is also an expert in litigation avoidance strategies in order to best serve her clients.

Amanda successfully represents her clients in Washington State Superior Courts, the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to joining Keating Bucklin & McCormack, Amanda served as a law clerk for the Complex Litigation Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. She graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.


After the Gold Bar Reporter requested a copy of any contract with the City of Gold Bar from Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S and/or its attorneys Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi, the City of Gold Bar did what its be doing for years, covering up its criminal racketeering conduct by trying to get council approval at the next Gold Bar council meeting.


For the City of Gold Bar taxpayers, this gets even worse since Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi claim to have expended over $100,000.00 without a single contract, and they’ve already filed legal papers falsely certifying to several courts. This conduct amounts to fraud upon the courts.


But wait, the City of Gold Bar claimed in Block v WSBA et al that its had thousands of dollars of legal fees with Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S and Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi. Can legal fees be accessed without a fee agreement or contract?

Sadly, Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi already filed notices in two cases claiming to the attorneys for Gold Bar, and even managed to get fees, falsely certifying that they had a fee agreement, thus a contract.

The Washington State Auditor’s said ” the city cannot engage a law firm without a contact and must place bid notices beforehand.”

A lawsuit against Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S and Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi will be filed for fraud, Consumer Protection  etc.

Perhaps the University of Washington and Seattle University  Law Schools should have a special legal education class for lawyers titled ” Common Sense, 101″ because at least two of its “senior” lawyers failed or missed common sense and ethics classes.


Margaret Mead

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can 

change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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