Posts Tagged ‘fire department’

Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, January 25, 1989

Fire Chief John Bukoskey provided the Black Diamond City Council with a blueprint peek at Fire District 17’s planned support fire station in the Lake Sawyer area at its regular council meeting Thursday.

The 3,700-square-foot support station, which will be built with a $500,000 bond issue voters approved in September, is scheduled for ground breaking in February and completion sometime in the fall.

The 22-man joint volunteer fire department—Black Diamond and King County District 17—covers an 18-square-mile radius and responds to the Black Diamond, Green River Gorge, Flaming Geyser, and Lake Sawyer areas. The planned low-maintenance, brick building will provide facilities for firefighters the current small station in Black Diamond cannot supply, like a classroom, kitchen, hose tower, and living space for a resident firefighter. (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 Seattle Times, January 11, 1984

by Herb Belanger
Times South bureau

What should to be done with 11 acres of King County-owned land in the center of Black Diamond?

A recently completed study done for the King County Housing Authority recommends phased development of the site with single-family, owner-occupied homes and rental apartments for moderate- to low-income elderly persons.

The Housing Authority presented its recommendations to residents during a public meeting last night at the Black Diamond Elementary School. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, January 8, 1992

Black Diamond businessman Andy Williamson will replace Gary Raykovich on the city’s planning commission.

Black Diamond Mayor Howard Botts appointed Williamson, 28, to a four-year term at the city council’s regular meeting Thursday night.

In the city’s end-of-the-year housekeeping, Botts said, it was discovered Raykovich was over his term limit. Botts said he decided not to reappoint Raykovich to allow him to spend more time with his family, and to give someone else the opportunity. (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 Eagleview Post, September 15, 1986

By Jenefer Muirhead

Namesake visitors. The Ranton family from Black Diamond, Washington, stopped into Black Diamond, Alberta recently and received a warm welcome from municipal administrator, Dianne Kreh. The family, returning to the States from holiday, noticed the sign for Black Diamond near Calgary and decided to investigate. Left to right are: Angel, Lee, Janice, Niki, and Brent Ranton, along with Dianne Kreh.

Brent and Janice Ranton and their children, Angel, Lee, and Niki, “arrived home” more than a few days earlier than expected when they pulled into Black Diamond on their way home to Black Diamond, Washington, last week.

The family, holidaying in the province, noticed the sign for Black Diamond near Calgary and decided to find out whether it was the same town that they had been corresponding with their home city in Washington, which is also called Black Diamond. It was.

The Rantons found Black Diamond, Alberta larger in size than Black Diamond, Washington, but some 500 to 600 people less in population. There are also more trees in the Washington city, as it is closer in to the foothills than is its Albertan counterpart. (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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