Posts Tagged ‘Lake Sawyer’

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 Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 3, 1991

Bill Harp

Bill Harp says Black Diamond has changed a great deal in the 15 or so years since he last held office in his hometown.

Harp, 46, will replace Bob Selland on the Black Diamond Council. Selland resigned this spring when he moved to Eastern Washington. Harp was selected by the council and sworn in at its regular meeting Thursday night.

Harp was born and raised in Black Diamond. He works for The Boeing Co. in the flight test engineering department. (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 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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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, June 16, 1989

By Paul E. McKelvey
Staff reporter

Rock Creek shows pollution downstream from Black Diamond Sewage Treatment Plant. (Staff photo by Duncan Livingston.)

Lake Sawyer needs a pipeline to divert pollutants and preserve its aesthetic appeal, state Department of Ecology officials said Wednesday at a meeting of residents living on or near the lake.

A pipeline from the city of Black Diamond’s sewage treatment plant at Rock Creek to Metro’s regional disposal system would channel algae-producing phosphorus away from the lake, Joe Williams, ecology department funding manager, told about 60 members of the Lake Sawyer Community Club.

“My sense is that things are coming to a point,” Williams said. “The way to go is to Metro.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 10, 1998

By Cecilia Nguyen

Councilman Mario Sorci suggested to fellow council members that the council move forward with the proposal to expand from a body of five councilors to seven during the June 4 meeting.

“As we look to the summer months … there will be times when we won’t be able to get things done. We really need to go to seven members, said Sorci.

Mayor Howard Botts was in concurrence and asked the city attorney to begin drafting an ordinance concerning the council adding two addition members. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Times, June 10, 1973

By Paul Andrews

The streams and ponds of Black Diamond, once clear and fresh, have become chocked with pollution from raw or nearly raw sewage.

Ginder Creek and a pond it feeds on the north side of town no longer are stocked with trout by the State Game Department because of pour water conditions. An annual fishing derby for youths held at the pond was called off in April because there were no fish to catch.

In an open field south of Roberts Road, mildly treated sewage clogs a small creek. Further down the creek, below a Morgan Street overpass, raw sewage empties from a drain pipe directly into the water.

There are other examples in the town and nearby region. Some residents refuse to let their children swim or fish in Lake Sawyer because of the pollution hazard. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, June 9, 1992

By Mike Archbold

For Diane Boxx, the toughest call was the dead baby.

“It was the first time I ever cried on a call,” she told me. Even now, years later, the telling of it is painful. Her voice broke ever so slightly. There was a tightening around her eyes.

The child was a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. “We worked on the baby. We had called the medics,” she said. “The hardest part was knowing we couldn’t bring the baby back.”

One of her best calls was another infant. The 45-year-old mother of two helped deliver the baby who had decided to enter the world a bit early. “We were all on Cloud 9 after that,” she said with a smile. In fact, she and her fellow volunteer firefighters have delivered three babies, she said proudly.

For those who deal with death all the time, dealing with life is an honor, incidents to be celebrated and savored. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 7, 2005

During the news release of the landmark agreement concerning the Black Diamond Area Open Space Protection Agreement, Black Diamond Mayor Howard Botts celebrated the announcement with King County’s Executive Ron Sims; Council Chair Larry Phillips; Council member Carolyn Edmonds, also chair of the Natural Resources and Utilities Committee; President of the Cascade Land Conservancy Gene Duvenoy; Bob Jirsa, director of Corporate Affairs, Plum Creek Timber; Donna Brathovde, Friends of Rock Creek, and representatives of the Back Country Horsemen, and a number of mountain bikers rallied together by Black Diamond Bike and Backcountry which has helped place Black Diamond on the map of mountain biking destinations. Photo by Kathleen Kear (Voice of the Valley, June 14, 2005).

Conserving 4,500 acres of open space and forests while promoting smart growth within King County’s growing communities are the impetus for a model land deal unveiled this week for the environs of the City of Black Diamond. The deal is being driven with relatively little cash and more land swapping and transfer of rights.

The Black Diamond Open Space Agreement announced this week by King County Executive Ron Sims will protect 1,600 acres of forestland known as Ravensdale Ridge, conserve 15 miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails, trigger federal funds to protect an additional 2,000 acres of forestland, contain growth within the urban area, and complement it with more than 500 acres of open space and parks within the city. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, May 29, 1998

Teen drivers inspire installation near school

By Dionne Searcey
Seattle Times South bureau

Sixty years ago, the roads of the Black Diamond settlement bustled with coal miners commuting to their jobs at the nearby Pacific Coast Coal Co.

But it took dozens of teens behind the wheel to inspire installation of the tiny town’s first stoplight.

Crews from King County will install a stoplight this summer outside Kentlake High School to slow the flow of teen drivers in and out of the school parking lot that clog Lake Sawyer Road. (more…)

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