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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 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 Valley Daily News, February 1, 1988

By Chuck Tiernan
Correspondent

The first steps to clear up Lake Sawyer were made public last week as consultants for the City of Black Diamond outlined the alternatives for replacement of the city’s failed wastewater treatment facility.

The early stages of two suggestions on how to deal with problems caused—or at least not corrected—by the failed sewage treatment plant were presented to the approximately 20 citizens who attended the first of three scheduled public meetings. (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 Voice of the Valley, February 2, 1977

In part through the efforts of Black Diamond City Councilwoman Freddie Shaw and concerned citizen Frank Zumek, Black Diamond will currently have Metro bus service to Seattle and Southcenter every Tuesday.

Freddie and Frank recently appeared on KOMO television to discuss the problems of Metro service for our city. The Tuesday bus will pick up at both the bakery and the café at approximately 9:30 and 4:35 and will depart Seattle at 3:15.

Further information is available at the city hall, 886-2560. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, October 25, 1978

By Diane Wilson

He-e-e-re’s Johnnie, but Parkin, not Carson!

Johnnie Parkin is the new driver for the Metro Mini-Bus which serves Black Diamond, Enumclaw, and Maple Valley, providing transportation to Kent, Renton, and Southcenter. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 28, 1977

Louis Duett and Larry Hill, new operators of the Shell station and the Black Diamond Garage, stand with Larry’s son Jim beside their gas pumps at 3rd and Lawson.

Louis Duett and Larry Hill, new operators of the Shell station and the Black Diamond Garage, stand with Larry’s son Jim beside their gas pumps at 3rd and Lawson.

A very warm welcome to Black Diamond is extended to Louis Duett and Larry Hill. They are now operating the Shell station and the Black Diamond Garage located at the blinking light, 3rd & Lawson. Louis is a front end expert and Larry the transmission specialist. (more…)

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