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Annexation ruling to set statewide precedent

SNOQUALMIE - A monumental legal decision that could change the way municipalities annex land in Washington will place Snoqualmie City Attorney Pat Anderson in a superhero-type role next week.

Anderson won't be wearing a cape when he travels to the Temple of Justice in Olympia to state the case of the city and the owner of the Salish Lodge and Spa in front of the Supreme Court, but a victory could make him a hero to those involved.

Anderson will represent the city at the Washington State Supreme Court on March 25 as part of a busy day that will find the court hearing two annexation cases, one of which, Grant County Fire Protection District No. 5 vs. Moses Lake, that has drawn attention from lawyers and legal scholars all over the state.

"The final outcome of this case could have long-term effects," said Dave Catterson, a municipal policy analyst for the Association of Washington Cities.

The case started in Moses Lake in 1999 when the city tried to annex land from Grant County using the petition method of annexation.

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