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Originally published in the South County Journal, February 12, 1997

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

BLACK DIAMOND — The proposed annexation of Lake Sawyer to Black Diamond has no fatal financial flaw and may even provide a property tax cut for lake residents and a beginning budget surplus for the city, a study concludes.

Annexing the fourth largest lake in King County, more than 500 acres of mostly suburban residences and 1,450 more people, however, couldn’t be done without some consequences for both the city and people of Lake Sawyer. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maple Valley Reporter, January 22, 2010

State auditor still looking at attorney billing allegations

By Dennis Box

A new administration has taken over, but, the issues that have plagued Black Diamond during the past few months are far from over.

Leonard Smith, the former city administrator who was terminated Dec. 8, has filed a claim against the city seeking severance pay. Because the 62-year-old Smith was fired for cause, he was not given severance compensation. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, January 17, 1990

The heavy runoff exposed gas and water lines (Photo by Doug Williams).

Black Diamond City Hall was flooded with calls Tuesday.

Road crews and volunteer firemen spent nine hours on Tuesday directing traffic at the corner of Highway 169 and Roberts Drive were a culvert backed up and sent water racing down Lawson Hill and across the highway.

The rush, about a foot deep, knocked down a road sign, and exposed a four-inch gas main and a four-inch water main. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, January 6, 1993

By J.C. Long
The Courier-Herald

After a year of extensive modernization, Black Diamond is ready to kick off 1993 and continue its metamorphosis from a small bedroom community to a viable city within King County.

That’s the message delivered by Mayor Howard Botts as he presented the city’s 1993 budget, which was approved by the council at its regular meeting Dec. 17.

The new budget reflected the city’s expanding expectations. In 1992 the city appropriated $944,905 for the budget. That figure rose to $1.027 million in the 1993 budget, an 8.67 percent increase. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 1994

By Heather Larson

Left to right: Jennifer Simmons, Danny Simmons, and Ashley Petersen prepare to enter the parade route in their horse-drawn wagon representing Four Corners Safeway.

Black Diamond celebrated Labor Day weekend with a fever this year. After having last year’s event cancelled for lack of volunteers, no holds were barred. Something for everyone was offered during the 4 days from a fish dinner on Friday night to a bed race on Sunday and a parade down the Maple Valley Highway on Monday.

On Saturday amid torrential downpours the Black Diamond Police challenged the Black Diamond Fire Department to a softball game. Since the police, who chose to be called the DARE Devils, didn’t have the manpower to field a team, other police officers who live in Black Diamond were asked to help out. So King County, Bellevue, and Seattle Police Departments were also represented on the team.

According to Black Diamond officer Glenn Dickson, the highlight of the game was the 8-foot mud pit behind first base.

It was really wet and muddy, but a good time was had by all, said Dickson.

The DARE Devils beat the Hosers 13 to 9 at the first annual baseball game. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 28, 2005

By Kathleen E. Kear

Miners at the Ravensdale Northwestern Improvement Co., Mine, circa 1912. The man seated on the ground is Leander Thibaut who perished with thirty other men in the November 15, 1915 Ravensdale Mine accident. Photo courtesy of Black Diamond Historical Society

Preparations for the 2nd Annual Black Diamond Miners Days are well underway for the weekend of Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10.

Hosting the event once again is the Black Diamond Merchant Partnership. The event began during the summer of 2004 as a way to encourage community members and guests to come and get to know the various businesses within the City of Black Diamond. The event also grew out of an appreciation of the miners and their families who helped establish Black Diamond. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, June 12, 1986

Black Diamond Store (left) and Saloon.

Black Diamond Store (left) and Saloon.

The Black Diamond city council Thursday unanimously granted a cabaret license to one tavern in the city, and in a split vote denied a license to another tavern.

The action came at the regular council meeting at city hall which was preceded by a public hearing on the licensing.

The council gave Jay Lewis of Black Diamond, who owns the Boots Tavern, a license to operate based on a police department report on the tavern located at 31119 3rd Street.

Councilmen Ben Gingrich and Rich Palmer voted against a license requested by the Black Diamond Saloon, however, located at 32707 Railroad Avenue. The vote was 3-2. (more…)

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