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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 25, 1990

A crowd of neighbors and patrons packed into the Black Diamond City Hall Thursday night to show their support for live music at Boots Tavern.

In response, the council granted the Third Avenue business an extension of its cabaret license until Dec. 31.

A petition with 197 signatures, 51 from Black Diamond, in favor of live music was presented at the public hearing before the city council on Thursday night and eight people took the podium in the tavern’s defense. (more…)

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Original published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 23, 1987

Black Diamond city councilmembers held their third public hearing on a proposed 1,000-acre annexation and housing development July 16 before a standing-room only crowd in city hall that voiced mostly negative comments.

Much of the public comment on Graddon Realty’s proposed luxury housing development on part of the 1,000-acre annexation parcel centered around the prospect of increased traffic on Green Valley Road, the development’s only access. Other concerns raised included potentially inadequate police and fire protection. (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 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 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 Seattle Times, May 6, 1989

By Keith Ervin
Times South bureau

Black Diamond’s attempt to annex 790 acres of commercial timberland has received a boost from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

After reviewing the terms under which the federal government financed an $8 million sewer pipeline, EPA has concluded that the sewer line may be used to serve the annexation area. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, April 26, 1992

By Jeff Bond
Valley Daily News

Black Diamond Public Works Director Keith Olson does a test in the town’s sewage lagoon after a break in a drainage line at the lagoon was repaired Sunday. About 700,000 gallons of sewage effluent spilled into the Rock Creek tributary of Lake Sawyer before the break could be repaired. The spill did not create a health hazard, said Larry Kirchner of the King County Department of Health. He suggests avoiding water skiing and similar activities in Lake Sawyer for the next few days and washing fish from the lake with clean water before eating them. — Valley Daily News April 28, 1992 (Photo by Garry Kissel)

BLACK DIAMOND — The city’s long-jinxed sewer system sprung a leak Friday afternoon, releasing tens of thousands of gallons of partially treated sewage into Rock Creek and Lake Sawyer. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, April 12, 1989

The former deputy mayor of Seattle visited Black Diamond Thursday and offered to help the city get back on its financial feet.

John Collins, now executive director of Northwest Small Cities Services in Seattle, a private, non-profit foundation that helps smaller cities with a variety of projects, told the council he has worked with four Washington cities in the last six months, including Snoqualmie, where he worked on fixing the city’s worsening financial situation. (more…)

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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 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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