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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, March 26, 1987

A marshy area adjacent to a small lake that lies southwest of Black Diamond may be one of the keys to the city’s future, if land developer Steve Graddon’s dream comes true.

Graddon presented his ambitious plan that involves a low-impact housing development and a nature preserve that would be the focus of “scientists from around the world,” to the Black Diamond city council Thursday, March 19.

At the center or the plan is Black Diamond Lake, or Chubb Lake as the old-timers call it. About 35 acres of the lake’s shore is made up of a forested sphagnum moss bog, one of only five known in the state. The bog is considered to be in pristine condition, thus making it more valuable to researchers. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 25, 1998

By Cecilia Nguyen

Officer Jamey Meador was introduced during the March 19 council sessions as the newest member of the Black Diamond Police Department.

Meador is the city’s first full-time female officer. “The goal of our department is to represent the community,” said Rick Luther, police chief.

Officer Meador graduated from Western Washington University with a criminal justice degree and went on to graduate at the top 15% at the police academy. (more…)

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Originally published in the Puget Sound Business Journal, March 24, 2000

By Brad Broberg
Contributing writer

A California developer is earning cautious kudos from officials in Black Diamond, where the Jenamar Co. wants to build a master-planned community that could double the city’s population over the next 10 years. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, March 12, 2002

City wants contract to be renegotiated

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

BLACK DIAMOND — Fire District 17 may decide to part ways with the Black Diamond Fire Department, which would leave the district looking for another way to provide fire and emergency medical protection to its residents.

Black Diamond City Administrator Jason Paulsen said last week that the city decided to terminate and renegotiate its contract with District 17. The agreement officially ended Dec. 31, 2001, but the district is still receiving fire services from the city-operated department. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 10, 2015

By Kathleen Kear

Black Diamond resident Joe Androsko (right) took former Fire Chief Keith Timm (left) for a joy ride down memory lane in the Black Diamond Fire Department’s first fire engine—a 1947 Ford Howard-Cooper (rededicated in July 2014 during Miners Day)—to Black Diamond’s fire station. Photo by Kevin Esping.

What could be more fun than warm sunny weather in January? How about a ride in one of Black Diamond’s first fire engines, a 1947 Ford Howard-Cooper, with former Black Diamond Fire Chief Keith B. Timm?

Several weeks ago, Joe Androsko, Black Diamond resident and project manager of the 1947 Ford Howard-Cooper fire engine restoration project, went to pick up former Black Diamond Fire Chief Keith Timm and thereafter went for a joy ride down memory lane in the engine. Although Timm served as a Black Diamond firefighter from 1948-1976 before the engine came to town, he remembered fires being fought with a hose cart that had to be pulled around from one fire to another. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, March 1, 1991

Rural stronghold faces onslaught of new building

By John H. Stevens
Times South bureau

Some Black Diamond residents wonder if development is compatible with the area’s coal mining operations. Chien-Chi Chang/Seattle Times

BLACK DIAMOND—This sleepy little town in the Cascade foothills is about to have a population explosion, and Robert Murphy knows why.

Murphy, a Seattle homebuilder, has come all the way out here to put up six houses in the middle of town because the lots are cheap, and the Black Diamond government receptive.

“It doesn’t take any time at all to get a permit here,” Murphy says. “It’s one of the last receptive areas to growth in King County—a little oasis.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 22, 1989

The long battle over the cleanup of Lake Sawyer, the third-largest lake in King County, would be resolved under legislation (SB 5801) sponsored by Sen. Frank Warnke (D-Auburn).

The legislation would direct the Black Diamond sewage plant to connect a pipeline to the Seattle sewage facilities for the disposal of waste. Studies show that the current system is dumping a large amount of phosphorus into the lake while treating the waste at Black Diamond. (more…)

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