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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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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, February 12, 1987

Black Diamond Store (left) and Saloon.

Black Diamond Store (left) and Saloon.

Three ordinances and a large water bill topped a brief Black Diamond city council meeting February 5.

The water bill in question belongs to William Hutchinson, owner of the Black Diamond Saloon. His one-month water usage totaled 7,245 cubic feet, or more than 54,000 gallons of water.

“I just don’t see how I could have used that much water in a month,” Hutchinson said. “I did have a couple urinals that were running, but I backed them off a bit.”

At the meeting, Hutchinson quipped that the city’s new 500,000 gallon water reservoir be built much larger. “I’m gonna use it all up in about 10 months,” he said, laughing. (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 News Journal, January 23, 1980

Story and photos by Bruce Rommel

Black Diamond sits nestled in the western foothills of the Cascades.

Once hundreds of men worked the strip mines, producing coal, the “black diamond” which powered the railroads, fueled industry, and heated our homes.

Walking the quiet streets of Black Diamond today, one finds only the reminders of those days when this community was a booming company town.

Nestled in the western foothills of the Cascades, Black Diamond and nearby Franklin once boasted a population of more than 5,000. All that remains of Franklin today are a few house foundations scattered along hillsides. And in 1979 Black Diamond is a town with about 1,100 residents, about 50 less citizens than a decade ago. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, January 15, 1997

By Paul Gottlieb
The Courier-Herald

Andy Williamson

Smoke will soon course its way under Black Diamond to discover which houses are illegally draining stormwater into the sewer system.

One of those houses could be town councilman Andy Williamson‘s. Like many other Black Diamond residents, he hooked up to the sewer system with the blessing of the town when he received a permit to build his house, he said.

Williamson joined the rest of the city’s lawmakers Thursday in voting unanimously to provide Black Diamond with what town attorney Duncan Wilson called “a process for enforcement” to unhook illegal hookups. It includes a potential $500 fine. (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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