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Originally published in The News Tribune, July 8, 1994

Contamination prompts city to chlorinate its drinking water until alternative found

By Lisa Kremer
The News Tribune

The Dinner House restaurant was using bottled water earlier this week after Black Diamond’s drinking water was found contaminated for the fourth time in two years. (Peter Haley/The News Tribune)

This week the Dinner House in Black Diamond served bottled water rather than water from the tap, and chefs boiled water before they cooked with it.

For the fourth time in two years, the state Department of Health found minor amounts of coliform bacteria in Black Diamond water July 1. Until Thursday, when chemists proclaimed the water coliform-free, the health department warned residents to boil their water.

Because of the contamination, the city will chlorinate its drinking water until it finds another alternative, said public works director Don Masoero. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, July 5, 1988

By Scott Peterson

Peter Johnston puts up a sign for Maple Valley Medical at Four Corners Square near Black Diamond. The Four Corners area may attract Black Diamond businesses wishing to escape business and occupation taxes.

Black Diamond — After 18 years of doing business in Black Diamond, Ken Shigaya closed his pharmacy last year on Third Street. He said he didn’t have a choice.

“It was a matter of survival,” he said.

Shigaya recently moved four miles away into a building in direct competition with a nearby Safeway pharmacy.

Despite the drawbacks, he is happy he moved to Four Corners, a growing business center north of Black Diamond in unincorporated King County, at the intersection of state highways 169 and 516.

“There is potential for growth here,” Shigaya says of Four Corners. “Business is dying on the vine in Black Diamond.”

Shigaya is not the only one to recognize the economic problems facing Black Diamond. Because other businesses are threatening to leave the town of 1,200, city leaders are thinking about cutting business and occupation taxes, starting their own chamber of commerce and forming a central business district. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 3, 2007

By Kathleen Kear

Ivan Gingrich, left, shares a laugh with Bill VanRuff, Bob Schuler, Bill Woodcock, and Jeff Snelling in celebration of the completion of refurbishment of the Black Diamond gymnasium. Gingrich and Schuler, who work for Tahoma School District’s maintenance department, volunteered to refinish the gym floor on their own time. VanRuff, Woodcock, and Snelling are members of Maple Valley Rotary, which donated labor and money to refurbish the gym.

Kids in the City of Black Diamond were so excited about their gym’s reopening, which had been a work in progress since being moved from the Black Diamond Elementary School in 1992, that they hopped on their bikes and made their way to the gym long before the celebration was set to begin on Saturday, June 23. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 2, 1997

By Paul Gottlieb
The Courier-Herald

Black Diamond playground took new shape last week as new playground equipment was installed. (Photo by Paul Gottlieb)

Like weekend warriors, a squad of 20 to 30 Black Diamond residents armed with rakes and shovels descend upon the town’s elementary school playground every Saturday to upgrade the only play area for children—and adults—for miles around.

By July 12, the volunteers and the heavy equipment operators they trail expect to complete a project that will double the size of the existing playground by expanding it into a field owned by Enumclaw School District. (more…)

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After it makes an emergency landing on Highway 169

Originally published in the Valley Daily News, June 30, 1994

By Cheryl Murfin
Valley Daily News

Cessna sits next to the Boots Tavern in Black Diamond after it made a 'miracle' landing on Highway 169. (Valley Daily News photo by Marcus R. Donner)

Cessna sits next to the Boots Tavern in Black Diamond after it made a ‘miracle’ landing on Highway 169. (Valley Daily News photo by Marcus R. Donner)

BLACK DIAMOND — Jerry Everett expects to see disabled vehicles when he pulls into his repair shop each morning. But he expects them to be automobiles, not airplanes.

Wednesday morning, he arrived to find a single-engine plane parked in his lot. It had been pushed to the side of the building by the plane’s pilot, assisted by patrons of a tavern next door, after an emergency landing on Highway 169 near Southeast 311th Street.

According to Black Diamond Police Lt. Kevin Esping, the Cessna 175’s pilot maneuvered around numerous utility lines to land on the narrow, two-lane road about 10 p.m. Tuesday. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, June 27, 1906

Georgetown controversy likely to be renewed with Columbia & Puget Sound takes advantage of franchise

Roads insist upon overhead crossing to do away with danger of injury through collision with trains

The controversy between the Northern Pacific and the town of Georgetown may be repeated when the Columbia & Puget Sound attempts to double-track its line between Seattle and Black River Junction. The Columbia & Puget Sound must lay a second track across Rainier Avenue and has a franchise, granted by the county commissioners prior to the incorporation of Georgetown, authorizing the work.

As soon as the Pacific Coast Company, which owns the Columbia & Puget Sound, completes estimates of cost, the coal road will begin laying tracks. The system will act under its franchise rights, but there may follow protests from Georgetown. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 26, 1985

By Eulalia Tollefson

Map-gazing may not be a popular sport but it can reveal the darndest things, as Chris Ellingson of Black Diamond discovered recently.

While looking at a map of Alberta, Canada, Ellingson chanced upon a town named, coincidently, Black Diamond.

Imbued with a natural curiosity, Ellingson determined to learn something about the Canadian town that bears the name of her city. Because she is a firefighter in the Black Diamond—Washington, that is—Fire Department, and knowing nowhere else to begin, Ellingson called the Black Diamond, Alberta—fire department and exchanged pleasantries with Fire Chief Tom Gillis. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 26, 1985

By Eulalia Tollefson

The Black Diamond reservoir is still leaking and in poor condition though a study made about three years ago, at the town’s request, recommended that “rehabilitation of the existing reservoir should be undertaken at once.”

However a new comprehensive plan released last week and funds granted by Housing and Urban Development, available July 1, suggest the city has moved significantly closer to resolving its water storage problem. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 23, 2009

By Kathleen Kear

It was a night to remember for the Black Diamond City Council and staff when a 12-plus year moratorium on large subdivisions and developments fell by the wayside—and celebrate they did.

First order of business for the council during their Thursday, June 18, city council meeting was to hold a public hearing on an ordinance the council has seen before it every six months for over 12 years. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, June 14, 1989

Black Diamond’s Community Center Board voted unanimously Thursday to accept the First National Bank of Enumclaw’s offer of $285,000 for its abandoned bank building in Black Diamond. The center board plans to remodel the building for use as a senior and youth center.

The bank is selling the building for $40,000 less than the appraisal and will not rent space for a banking facility within the structure. (more…)

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