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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 Enumclaw Courier-Herald, June 26, 1986

The Black Diamond City Council has requested City Attorney Mike Reynolds to prepare an ordinance for the council to adopt the city’s six-year street plan.

The plan is the same as last year’s, and Utilities Superintendent Kenneth White recommended that the council approve last year’s list of streets needing repair and carry it into the new six year plan. “I think from an engineering standpoint this list was well done,” White said. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, May 9, 2007

By Kevin Hanson
The Courier-Herald

It’s often said only the certainties in life are death and taxes, but that’s not quite true in the still-small community of Black Diamond.

An added fact of life is growth is on the way. It’s likely to come fast and furious and the city is planning to be ready when the wave hits.

No one is more aware of the pending building boom than Rick Luther, the city’s longtime police chief who is serving a second stint as interim city administrator. His first go-round at wearing two hats, in the 1990s, lasted six years. He’s hoping for a much shorter tour of duty this time. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 14, 1993

As the ribbon falls a new tradition in affordable new homes will emerge. This weekend (April 16) marks the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Lawson Hill Estates in Black Diamond. This new neighborhood was conceived and developed for the sole purpose of providing affordable housing in a quality community. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, March 15, 2006

By Shawn Skager
The Courier-Herald

The population of Black Diamond has seen little population growth the past five years. According to census statistics, the count has remained at a little more than 3,900 people since 2000, with minor variations.

That could change soon, with the purchase of 320 acres in the southeast corner of the city by Yarrow Bay Development Company.

According to Brian Ross, managing partner for Yarrow Bay, the company has reached an agreement with the Palmer Coking Coal Company to purchase the land, known as Lawson Hill. The details are expected to be finalized this summer. (more…)

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Originally published in the King County Journal, March 12, 2006

Kirkland-based developer buying 320 acres, but few details released about plan

By Bruce Rommel
Journal Reporter

BLACK DIAMOND — Hundreds of homes could be sprouting on Lawson Hill within a few years.

A Kirkland-based development company has reached agreement with Palmer Coking Coal and other property owners to purchase about 320 acres for a planned residential community.

Few details have been released by the company, Yarrow Bay Development, which is involved with other large residential projects in King County. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, February 12, 1997

By Paul Gottlieb
The Courier-Herald

Mario Sorci

A 16-story cell-phone tower will rise above Black Diamond on Lawson Hill, right next to an existing AT&T tower that is 10 feet shorter.

The Black Diamond City Council approved a special-use permit for the Sprint Spectrum Personal Communication Services tower on Thursday.

The hearing was continued from Jan. 16 after councilmembers Andy Williamson, Shari Davies, and Mario Sorci raised concerns. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, February 1, 1999

Officials say no, but residents appeal for signal on busy SR-169

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

Students from Black Diamond Elementary School cross busy Highway 169 at Baker Street after school Friday. Highway planners propose a yellow flashing light for use only when school children are coming and going. But residents insist traffic has grown to the point that a stoplight is needed for pedestrian safety. (Marcus R. Donner/Journal)

BLACK DIAMOND — Lorianne Taff rarely allows her 10-year-old son to cross State Route 169 by himself to get candy at the Cenex station.

Only recently did she give her 13-year-old son, a junior high student, permission to negotiate the usually busy two-lane highway that bisects this small rural town.

As a mother, a Black Diamond resident, and an Enumclaw School Board member, Taff worries about the highway and its growing traffic. (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 Voice of the Valley, August 29, 1979

By Margaret Winings

Black Diamond is gearing up for its annual Labor Day celebration Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3. “Labor Day is really for the kids in this town,” said Sue Capponi, assistant to chairman Evan Morris. “The miners started doing this for their kids years and years ago.”

Peanuts, candy, coke, and ice cream are still free for the kids of all ages who come to help celebrate.

Activities will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday morning with a baseball tournament. So far teams from Black Diamond and Enumclaw are registered, according to Tom Dodd. They will try to unseat last year’s winner, DeGross Construction of Enumclaw. (more…)

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