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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 9, 2007

By Barbara Nilson

The remodeled company store for the Pacific Coast Coal Co. built around 1890 in Burnett now houses the "Pinch Plum" gift shop.

The remodeled company store for the Pacific Coast Coal Co. built around 1890 in Burnett now houses the “Pinch Plum” gift shop. — Photo by Barbara Nilson.

In 1891 the former mining town of Burnett, located about two and a half miles from Wilkeson and 6 miles from Enumclaw, estimated its population at 400 people. Today possibly less than 100 people live in the 32 homes with water hookups. Some of the homes are still the miner’s cottages from the turn of the century when it was an important coal-mining center.

It was situated on the Burnett branch of the Northern Pacific railroad and was sustained by the mines of Pacific Coast Coal Co. that employed around 300 men. There were several business places in upper Burnett, including the company store, which has been remodeled into The Pinch Plum gift shop by Jay and Dailene Argo. Argo, who bought the building in 1977, said he tried to keep the building as authentic as possible. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, January 8, 1992

Black Diamond businessman Andy Williamson will replace Gary Raykovich on the city’s planning commission.

Black Diamond Mayor Howard Botts appointed Williamson, 28, to a four-year term at the city council’s regular meeting Thursday night.

In the city’s end-of-the-year housekeeping, Botts said, it was discovered Raykovich was over his term limit. Botts said he decided not to reappoint Raykovich to allow him to spend more time with his family, and to give someone else the opportunity. (more…)

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