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Archive for February 17th, 2020

Originally published in the South County Journal, February 17, 1997

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

Troubled Fire District 17 rebuilds, brings more services to residents

Fire trucks never cease to amaze children, as the smile on this resident proves. Fire District 17, which serves Black Diamond and the Lake Sawyer area, has expanded its services to the communities and put the department on more solid financial ground in the last year. (Dan Delong/Journal)

BLACK DIAMOND — Officials at the Black Diamond/District 17 Fire Department are feeling pretty good these days.

In the past year, they say, they have turned the department around financially and have implemented a raft of new programs that have increased service to the district’s residents.

“It’s time we let people know what we have been doing,” said Assistant Fire Chief Janine Johnson, who along with Fire Chief R.A. Mercer Jr. took over running the troubled district a year ago. The volunteer fire district encompasses 19 square miles, including the city of Black Diamond and the Lake Sawyer area.

With the possible annexation of Lake Sawyer to Black Diamond later this year, the district is in store for some changes. (more…)

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Originally published in The Maple Valley Reporter, February 17, 2010

By Dennis Box
The Maple Valley Reporter

The cities of Black Diamond and Maple Valley have drawn their lawyers in to a duel over the traffic impact from YarrowBay developments The Villages and Lawson Hills.

Maple Valley City Council passed a motion Thursday at a special meeting ratifying two notices of appeal directed at Black Diamond concerning the traffic impact of the developments on Maple Valley.

Maple Valley is objecting to the proposals submitted by the Kirkland-based YarrrowBay in a final environmental impact statement or FEIS concerning traffic problems created by the developments. The Villages and Lawson Hills would build more than 6,000 homes in Black Diamond. (more…)

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