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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 30, 1977

By George and Dianne Wilson

The 1947 Ford fire truck in front of the fire station on Baker Street, now Fire Station #99, in 1969. (Photo courtesy of Keith Timm, Sr.)

The 1947 Ford fire truck in front of the fire station on Baker Street, now Fire Station #99, in 1969. (Photo courtesy of Keith Timm, Sr.)

Black Diamond has an all-volunteer fire department. Unfortunately many of us do not fully appreciate what this means or represents in terms of effort. All-volunteer means exactly that. No one is paid, not even the chief. In a fascinating telephone interview with Fire Chief Chuck Capone, we learned this fact and more about the Black Diamond Fire Department.

The city council appoints the chief and assistant fire chief, Capone and Jules Dal Santo, who are aided in turn by Chief Deputy John Bukaskey. The basic equipment and uniforms are provided through the city budget plus some extras which are not essential but are desirable. (more…)

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Editorial comment by Bill Ziegner, publisher the Voice of the Valley, March 30, 1977

Can Maple Valley’s narrow two-lane highways handle the increased traffic that the Brandt development and others will generate? This is the question being asked by Backward Thrust and other local groups as the controversy continues over Water District 108’s plan to cross the Cedar River.

Can Maple Valley’s narrow two-lane highways handle the increased traffic that the Brandt development and others will generate? This is the question being asked by Backward Thrust and other local groups as the controversy continues over Water District 108’s plan to cross the Cedar River.

We agree with a statement made before a hearing of the King County Boundary Review Board by Representative Marion Sherman earlier this month, in which she said…

“I resent and deplore the encouraging of people to live far from their place of work, to use fast-dwindling supplies of gas and oil to commute on over-crowded highways. The only way in or out of Maple Valley is by a two-lane highway. Anyone in government who contributes to this haphazard development should bear the responsibility of explaining why.” (more…)

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