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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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Angry residents along proposed route say they weren’t consulted

Originally published in the Valley Daily News, July 8, 1992

By Cheryl Murfin
Valley Daily News

Terrie Honeysett says the Green River Trail, which would run on the ridge behind her, would cause long-term damage to her property. Valley Daily News photo by Duane Hamamura

AUBURN — King County plans to build a Green River Trail across her property, but Terrie Honeysett says “they might as well put it through my living room.”

Honeysett and 30 other residents live on an 8.5-mile stretch of river between the east end of Flaming Geyser State Park and Auburn Narrows near the mouth of Soos Creek. (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 2, 2003

By Kathleen E. Kear

Could this Black Diamond field become the site for a new King County Library?

Several months ago, the Black Diamond City Council held a public hearing on a request for a conditional site use permit for the King County Library System.

At that time, the library district was developing plans for a new library with parking and landscape improvements on a site on Jones Lake Road. Black Diamond City Council granted the request with special conditions. However, KCLS withdrew the application after citizens expressed concern about the site. (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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Originally published in the Enumclaw Eagle, June 28, 1989

By Kathleen Wilson

BLACK DIAMOND — Officials here seem to be one step closer to realizing a workable solution to the city’s sewer woes now that the Federal Environmental Protection Agency is studying a proposed direct pipeline to Metro.

The plan to run a connecting sewer pipeline from Black Diamond to Metro’s Renton sewage treatment plant was recently accepted by the state Department of Ecology, according to Bill Lee, wastewater consultant for the city. (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 Enumclaw Courier-Herald, June 26, 1986

The Black Diamond City Council has requested City Attorney Mike Reynolds to prepare an ordinance for the council to adopt the city’s six-year street plan.

The plan is the same as last year’s, and Utilities Superintendent Kenneth White recommended that the council approve last year’s list of streets needing repair and carry it into the new six year plan. “I think from an engineering standpoint this list was well done,” White said. (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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