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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 25, 1990

A crowd of neighbors and patrons packed into the Black Diamond City Hall Thursday night to show their support for live music at Boots Tavern.

In response, the council granted the Third Avenue business an extension of its cabaret license until Dec. 31.

A petition with 197 signatures, 51 from Black Diamond, in favor of live music was presented at the public hearing before the city council on Thursday night and eight people took the podium in the tavern’s defense. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, July 24, 1991

Black Diamond police go undercover

By Jean Parietti
Valley Daily News

Black Diamond Police Chief Rick Luther with some of the evidence and property seized. Valley Daily News photo by Marcus R. Donner.

BLACK DIAMOND — Donning wigs purchased at a Goodwill store, officers from the four-man police department here went undercover to make drug buys and build a network of narcotics informants.

Their work has led to the seizure of $177,000 worth of illicit drugs in the past 15 months and about $270,000 worth of drug-related assets since 1989.

Thirty-two people have been charged with drug offenses and seven additional cases are pending.

“We became a little creative because we had to,” Police Chief Rick Luther said of his tiny department’s drug-fighting efforts.

“‘In our budget, we have no money for investigations, we have no ‘buy’ money, we have no informant money,” he said. With an ounce of cocaine costing between $1,000 and $1,500, “narcotics enforcement is expensive.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 22, 2014

By Kathleen Kear

Former Mayor Howard Botts (right) along with his wife Dorothy (left) and Dan Dal Santo (center) enjoy a bite to eat while sitting on the council/court chamber pews that had been purchased in the 1990s for the audience to sit on while attending meetings.

Twenty-plus years of use since its last renovation project, Black Diamond City Council has given the thumbs-up to a new renovation project within the council/court chambers that will not only update the room and configuration of the furniture, but also take care of some long needed maintenance projects.

Several months went into discussing what would work best in a multi-use function that the chambers will be experiencing, and in the end it appears that the sprucing-up project will have a little something for everyone that can make it work.

Already gone are the heavy oak pews that served the City of Black Diamond since the 1990s. Replacing the pews are a number of foldable nylon webbed chairs that makers claim will hold up to 1,000 lbs. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 22, 2008

Matt Morrisson, Covington mountain biker and triathlete from the Raise the Bar team will be competing in the upcoming XTERRA Black Diamond triathlon event.

The national off-road triathlon event known as XTERRA will be coming to Black Diamond’s Lake Sawyer on Sunday, August 3 at 9 a.m.

The driving force behind XTERRA Black Diamond is a Covington-based business known as Raise the Bar. Managing one of the largest triathlon teams in the Pacific Northwest region, Raise the Bar provides triathlon training and coaching to local athletes, and promotes competitive events such as this, that benefit the local community and economy.

“Our goal is to put on an exciting, safe event that the athletes will love to race and the local community will love to attend,” said Toby Mollett, Raise the Bar’s race director.

“XTERRA racers are a gritty, determined group and a blast to watch. They like big challenges and love to race in the woods.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 20, 1988

After more than two hours of discussion, the newly-formed Black Diamond Boosters decided a city-wide clean up would be its first project. The project is scheduled for sometime this summer. The boosters will provide more information at their next meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Black Diamond City Hall.

More than 20 citizens and merchants joined together at the Black Diamond city council chambers July 11 to form their own type of chamber of commerce. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 15, 1992

Focus of department geared toward PR with patrol program

Chief Rick Luther and Lt. Kevin Esping pose during patrol. Photo by Brenda Berube.

Black Diamond won’t be judging its bike program by the number of arrests it makes, but rather by the number of kids it can inspire as role models and the interest it can create within the department.

Even so, Chief Rick Luther and Lt. Kevin Esping ventured out in their first outing on the matching 18-speed Schwinn Paramount mountain bikes June 26 and arrested three adults for possession of marijuana.

Black Diamond is the last local department to mount bicycles, but it wasn’t planned that way. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 6, 1988

Relief for the Black Diamond police department didn’t ride into town on a white steed Friday afternoon, but came in a black and white Black Diamond police car and the form of 27-year-old Tom Hill.

Hill, a part-time Black Diamond officer for the past 2 ½ years, was hired June 27 to fill a vacancy created late last year when officer Gary Koutouvidis took a job with the Tukwila police department. (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 Maple Valley Reporter, June 25, 2008

Jamey Kiblinger is the new police chief in Black Diamond, but she’s not a new face to the community.

Kiblinger came to the city as a rookie officer a decade ago. She replaces longtime chief Rick Luther, who after three decades in Black Diamond decided to retire at the end of 2007.

Running the Police Department isn’t new to Kiblinger, either, as she handled the day-to-day duties as commander for the past two years due to Luther wearing multiple hats and the other two most senior officers in the 10-person department retiring within a year of each other. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, June 17, 1996

By Mike Archbold
Valley Daily News

BLACK DIAMOND — A committee of Lake Sawyer area residents is hoping to tie the knot with the city of Black Diamond.

Whether Black Diamond will say yes and nearly double its 2,000 population is debatable; annexing purely residential areas like Lake Sawyer can be expensive. Providing city services can cost more than the tax money generated.

On the other hand, City Administrator Rick Luther said, adding a recreation area like Lake Sawyer could be a plus for the city. And the area already is serviced by water and sewer districts. (more…)

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