Posts Tagged ‘Palmer Coking Coal Co.’

Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, January 22, 1997

By Paul Gottlieb
The Courier-Herald

Questions surrounding construction of a 16-story cell-phone tower in Black Diamond have delayed the application and may lead to a new city ordinance to regulate the structures.

The Black Diamond Town Council on Thursday postponed action until a Feb. 6 public hearing on Sprint Spectrum L.P.’s special-use permit application. Sprint wants to build the Personal Communication Services tower on Lawson Hill on Palmer Coking Coal property, 50 feet away from an existing AT&T tower.

City staff has said the project will not have a probable adverse impact. But over two public hearings Jan. 9 and Thursday, town council members have expressed concerns. (more…)

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Originally published in The News Tribune, January 16, 1995

Assessed property value climbing in remote areas

By Kevin Ebi
The News Tribune

Randy Hopper was transferred to his firm’s Tukwila office from San Diego, but he and his family have chosen to live in an Enumclaw subdivision to get away from the problems of city living. (Peter Haley/The News Tribune)

Last year, Randy Hopper received more than a promotion.

He got a new quality of life.

The promotion took his family from the bright lights of San Diego to the rural life of Enumclaw.

Hopper, who didn’t want his job or employer revealed, is part of a trend being seen in Enumclaw and other rural cities in the county. It’s a trend of growth.

Even though the King County real estate boom ended in 1990, areas such as Black Diamond, Carnation, Duvall, Enumclaw, and North Bend continue to grow in value. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, January 11, 1984

by Herb Belanger
Times South bureau

What should to be done with 11 acres of King County-owned land in the center of Black Diamond?

A recently completed study done for the King County Housing Authority recommends phased development of the site with single-family, owner-occupied homes and rental apartments for moderate- to low-income elderly persons.

The Housing Authority presented its recommendations to residents during a public meeting last night at the Black Diamond Elementary School. (more…)

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Originally published in The News Tribune, January 10, 2000

BLACK DIAMOND — The rural community of Black Diamond, a former mining town with a majestic view of Mount Rainier, could become an example of the latest concept in retirement living if a California development company gets its way.

The town is Sacramento-based Jenamar Co.’s first choice for a $100 million rural retirement village for active adults. (more…)

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Originally published in the Lake Sawyer Community Club newsletter, Winter 2019

By Bill Kombol

Jim Hawk at his Lake Sawyer home, March 25, 2017. Photo by Bill Kombol.

He’s lived on Lake Sawyer for nearly two-thirds of his life. That’s a long time for a 93-year-old who built his lake home in 1961. His name is Jim Hawk and he’s arguably done more to craft the Lake Sawyer we know today than any other person.

Jim Hawk was born in Seattle on April 27, 1926. His father, Ray Hawk, was of Dutch descent but left his Pennsylvania home at age 13. His mother, Mary Romano, was the daughter of Italian immigrants. His grandfather, Sam Romano, was blinded by a dynamite blast at age 18, returning to Italy where doctors restored his sight. Sam came back to Seattle and started a family-owned construction company, Romano Engineering, which developed the Riverton quarry and built highways, bridges, dams, and other projects. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, November 13, 1996

By Casey Olson
The Courier-Herald

No video tape in the world could hold the rich history of the Black Diamond community.

There is just too much of it.

But give Bob Eaton and Micki Ryan a lot of credit. The pair is undertaking the mission impossible and attempting to put together the first-ever video history of the history-rich town.

They’ve found the task fascinating and time consuming.

The coal mining industry brought immigrants from all around the world to the tiny hamlet nestled in the Cascade foothills during the late 1800s and early 1900s, turning the quiet community into a bustling city. Italians, Greeks, Chinese, Germans, Hungarians, and Irish were blended together every day, a clash of cultures that helped form the modern day community of Black Diamond. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, September 7, 1988

Black Diamond is polishing its image and smoothing out some of the rough spots that were defined in the city’s June 15 economic summit. The city is already working to eliminate its business and occupation tax and has formed a chamber-type organization of merchants and citizens. (more…)

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