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Originally published in the South County Journal, May 31, 1998

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

Jamey Meador, who is finishing her field training, is the newest member of the Black Diamond Police force. Matt Haqen/Journal

BLACK DIAMOND — In a town full of history, Jamey Meador has cornered at least a footnote in the history books.

She is the first full-time woman police officer in the community’s 114 year history.

Hired late last year, the 23-year-old officer attended the three-month police academy and is now finishing her field training with another officer. She expects to hit the streets solo in two weeks.

“I’m excited, very anxious,” Meador said this week. (more…)

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Originally published in the News Journal, May 29, 1998

Building survey finds rich history lurking in old structures

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

Mike and Linda Deicher stand on the porch of one of Black Diamond’s refurbished historic buildings. The couple own the structure, which most recently housed an antique shop but was built as a post office in 1893 and was home to Koerner’s Drug & Confectionery store in the 1920s. (Joe Brockert/Journal)

BLACK DIAMOND — History spoke to Michael and Linda Deicher when they first saw the two-story building on Railroad Avenue in Black Diamond’s Old Town.

They liked the prominent false front facade of a turn-of-the-century commercial building and the covered porch that wrapped around two sides. Linda Deicher’s favorite architectural detail was the front wall of beveled glass windows that captures the light and frames a spectacular view of Mount Rainier. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, May 29, 1998

Teen drivers inspire installation near school

By Dionne Searcey
Seattle Times South bureau

Sixty years ago, the roads of the Black Diamond settlement bustled with coal miners commuting to their jobs at the nearby Pacific Coast Coal Co.

But it took dozens of teens behind the wheel to inspire installation of the tiny town’s first stoplight.

Crews from King County will install a stoplight this summer outside Kentlake High School to slow the flow of teen drivers in and out of the school parking lot that clog Lake Sawyer Road. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, May 27, 1926

Miss Velma Hull demonstrates the Simpson Signaling Life Line, invented by Homer Blair and used for the first time at the Mine Rescue and First Aid Meet in Burnett last Saturday. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, May 26, 1998

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

BLACK DIAMOND — Black Diamond planner Jason Paulsen knows many of the docks and boat houses on Lake Sawyer were built without the required King County review.

Paulsen said the city doesn’t want that to continue now that the lake is no longer under county jurisdiction. The city annexed the lake community and has assumed jurisdiction for all permits, including shoreline projects such as docks. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, May 25, 1998

By Jacqueline Reis
Journal reporter

Black Diamond Police Officer Kevin Esping stops to talk with Marcia Wahlman and her son, Brienne. The Wahlmans are happy to see the new police boat patrolling Lake Sawyer. (Marcus R. Donner/Journal)

BLACK DIAMOND — Kevin Esping’s father helped keep boaters safe as part of a Lake Sawyer marine patrol. Now, Esping himself is making the rounds.

But while his father toured the lake as a volunteer, Esping, a Black Diamond Police Department supervisor, uses a 20-root Bayliner Trophy the department bought in March with help from the Lake Sawyer Community Club. “It’s kind of like coming full circle,” he said.

Black Diamond annexed the lake Jan. 1, and residents yesterday said they were happy to see Esping on the first long weekend of the summer boating season. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, May 25, 2000

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

BLACK DIAMOND — The Black Diamond Cemetery is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Word of the listing came earlier this week in time for today’s public hearing by the City of Black Diamond Landmarks Commission to make the nearly 120-year-old cemetery a city and county landmark.

The cemetery, which is still used today, illustrates broad historic, ethnic, and cultural patterns of the company coal mining town that was Black Diamond at the turn of the century, according to Kate Krafft, historic landmarks coordinator for King County. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, May 24, 1997

Saint Barbara Catholic Church built in 1911 will be used for Daily Chapel.

St. Barbara Catholic Church, located at 6th and Baker, in Black Diamond, was formally dedicated this past weekend, May 24-25, by Archbishop Thomas Murphy and Father Chuck Palluck. The new church has been anxiously awaited by its 750+ family parish. The new church is four times the size of the original church and seats 500.

A bit of history from the historical section of Enumclaw Courier-Herald, the old church built in 1911 cost $2,200 to build and furnish. The new church which is a 15,000 square foot 2-level building, cost $2.2 million to build and furnish.

Many members will miss the old church and always remember the stories held inside the walls and hearts of the people. It will be used as a daily chapel, for weekday mass and other services. (more…)

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Originally published in the Covington Reporter, May 23, 2014

By Eric Mandel


Christy Todd

The tumultuous relationship between the city of Black Diamond and City Administrator Christy Todd has ended, as Todd resigned after a little more than four months on the job.

Todd and the city agreed on a severance package May 15th that keeps Todd under contract, with full benefits, until July 31 and pays $30,000 for her attorney’s fees. She will receive all accumulated vacation sick leave and other pay according to city policy. The total package will cost the city approximately $60,125, according to Finance Director May Miller. (more…)

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Originally published in The News Tribune, May 22, 1995

By Marc Powell
The News Tribune

Police Chief Rick Luther jokes with a Black Diamond resident and Seattle bicycle officer at a bicycle safety class at Black Diamond Elementary School.

As police chief, he patrolled the city. The entire city. Alone.

He made arrests. All of them. A one-man police department, he worked his beat an average of 80 hours a week and remained on call 24 hours a day every day.

Back in 1980, Rick Luther was law enforcement in Black Diamond, not to mention one of the city’s hardest-working human beings. Why did a 25-year-old married man take on such responsibility?

“I was young. I was vivacious,” he says, then thinks on the question a little more. “OK, I was stupid.”

Well, it’s 15 years and thousands of “honey-I’ll-be-home-late” nights later, and Black Diamond now has seven police officers. And Luther is not as young or vivacious as he once was. But he’s just as devoted.

He’s now logging an average 60 hours a week as Black Diamond’s police chief and city administrator. (more…)

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