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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, March 15, 1989

If all goes as planned, the citizens of Black Diamond and surrounding areas will able to walk and jog along a two-mile trail south of the city.

Eleven members of the city’s newly formed 23-member Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee and Planning Commission met Wednesday evening to discuss future parks and recreation options for Black Diamond. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, March 12, 2002

City wants contract to be renegotiated

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

BLACK DIAMOND — Fire District 17 may decide to part ways with the Black Diamond Fire Department, which would leave the district looking for another way to provide fire and emergency medical protection to its residents.

Black Diamond City Administrator Jason Paulsen said last week that the city decided to terminate and renegotiate its contract with District 17. The agreement officially ended Dec. 31, 2001, but the district is still receiving fire services from the city-operated department. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, March 11, 1998

Tacoma utility, state ecology agency reach agreement

By Paul Schmidt
The Courier-Herald

After trying to circumvent legal roadblocks through the state Legislature, Black Diamond is in line to receive some of the water needed for future growth.

A tentative agreement in principle reached recently outside Olympia between Tacoma Public Utilities, the state Department of Ecology, and the City of Black Diamond could provide 500,000 gallons per day for five to 10 years. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 10, 2015

By Kathleen Kear

Black Diamond resident Joe Androsko (right) took former Fire Chief Keith Timm (left) for a joy ride down memory lane in the Black Diamond Fire Department’s first fire engine—a 1947 Ford Howard-Cooper (rededicated in July 2014 during Miners Day)—to Black Diamond’s fire station. Photo by Kevin Esping.

What could be more fun than warm sunny weather in January? How about a ride in one of Black Diamond’s first fire engines, a 1947 Ford Howard-Cooper, with former Black Diamond Fire Chief Keith B. Timm?

Several weeks ago, Joe Androsko, Black Diamond resident and project manager of the 1947 Ford Howard-Cooper fire engine restoration project, went to pick up former Black Diamond Fire Chief Keith Timm and thereafter went for a joy ride down memory lane in the engine. Although Timm served as a Black Diamond firefighter from 1948-1976 before the engine came to town, he remembered fires being fought with a hose cart that had to be pulled around from one fire to another. (more…)

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A ritzy development cuts a deal to take water from Puget Sound cities and endangered salmon

Originally published in Seattle Weekly, March 5, 1998

By Chris Carrel

The DOE insists taking more of the Green River’s scarce water for a golf course won’t hurt its struggling salmon.

The endangered-species listing proposed last week for Puget Sound chinook salmon served official notice that Pugetopolis’ sprawl-as-usual is incompatible with healthy salmon runs. In response, legislators pledged serious salmon-recovery legislation for next session.

A proposal in the current session to divert water from salmon streams to luxury homes in southeast King County has highlighted the difficult politics of balancing development with salmon. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, March 1, 1991

Rural stronghold faces onslaught of new building

By John H. Stevens
Times South bureau

Some Black Diamond residents wonder if development is compatible with the area’s coal mining operations. Chien-Chi Chang/Seattle Times

BLACK DIAMOND—This sleepy little town in the Cascade foothills is about to have a population explosion, and Robert Murphy knows why.

Murphy, a Seattle homebuilder, has come all the way out here to put up six houses in the middle of town because the lots are cheap, and the Black Diamond government receptive.

“It doesn’t take any time at all to get a permit here,” Murphy says. “It’s one of the last receptive areas to growth in King County—a little oasis.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 24, 2009

By Kathleen Kear

Community members and guests filled Black Diamond Community Center where they enjoyed a kickoff event celebrating Black Diamond’s 50th anniversary of being a city. — Photos by Ron Olness.

Quickly running through their regular city council meeting agenda on Thursday, February 19, at the Black Diamond Community Center, Mayor Howard Botts—along with Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Olness and Councilmembers Goeff Bowie, Bill Boston, Leih Mulvihill, and Kristine Hanson—turned his attention to the kickoff event that will begin a year-long celebration of Black Diamond’s 50th anniversary as a city. (more…)

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