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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 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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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 5, 1989

Chuck and Pattie Holtz have lived in Black Diamond most of their lives. They own a half-acre of land on Fifth Avenue and live in an older, remodeled home that used to be the Catholic church’s rectory.

Lately Pattie’s considered moving. She said the neighborhood isn’t what it used to be.

“I feel like I’m living in a mobile home park,” she said. (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 3, 2007

By Kathleen Kear

Ivan Gingrich, left, shares a laugh with Bill VanRuff, Bob Schuler, Bill Woodcock, and Jeff Snelling in celebration of the completion of refurbishment of the Black Diamond gymnasium. Gingrich and Schuler, who work for Tahoma School District’s maintenance department, volunteered to refinish the gym floor on their own time. VanRuff, Woodcock, and Snelling are members of Maple Valley Rotary, which donated labor and money to refurbish the gym.

Kids in the City of Black Diamond were so excited about their gym’s reopening, which had been a work in progress since being moved from the Black Diamond Elementary School in 1992, that they hopped on their bikes and made their way to the gym long before the celebration was set to begin on Saturday, June 23. (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 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 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 Enumclaw Courier-Herald, June 21, 1989

Mobile home placement in Black Diamond could stop for one year in the hope of cutting the city’s large number of manufactured homes and making the city more aesthetically pleasing to visitors and residents.

Black Diamond City Council began the process to place a one-year moratorium on the landing of mobile homes on residential lots and proposed courts within city limits Thursday night. The moratorium will exclude a 218-unit mobile home park in the area off Roberts Drive, which was approved prior to the moratorium decision. (more…)

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