Posts Tagged ‘Soos Creek’

Angry residents along proposed route say they weren’t consulted

Originally published in the Valley Daily News, July 8, 1992

By Cheryl Murfin
Valley Daily News

Terrie Honeysett says the Green River Trail, which would run on the ridge behind her, would cause long-term damage to her property. Valley Daily News photo by Duane Hamamura

AUBURN — King County plans to build a Green River Trail across her property, but Terrie Honeysett says “they might as well put it through my living room.”

Honeysett and 30 other residents live on an 8.5-mile stretch of river between the east end of Flaming Geyser State Park and Auburn Narrows near the mouth of Soos Creek. (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 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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Publication unknown, 1997

By Mike Schroeder, Ravensdale’s volunteer lake monitor

Mike Schroeder enjoys the Northwest’s treats—Ravensdale Lake, a good cup of coffee, or a ferry trip out of town.

Ravensdale Lake is a relatively shallow spring-fed lake of about 17 acres, located in southeastern King County. Averaging about 4 feet in depth, the lake is over 16 feet deep at its deepest part. Ravensdale Creek, Lake Sawyer, Soos Creek, and the Green/Duwamish River system connect Ravensdale to Puget Sound.

The most rural lakes on the county monitoring program, Ravensdale is bordered mainly by private forest land, with railroad tracks running along its south shore. While a sand-mining operation located just across the tracks uses the lake as a water source, there is no development directly impacting the lake.

Alpine Fly Fishers and the Adopt-a-Stream program introduced me to Ravensdale Lake. For 2 years (1991-1993), we monitored stream flows and water quality in Ravensdale Creek. It proved to be quite healthy in general, in spite of impacts from the railroad, mining operations, and destructive off-road vehicular traffic in the stream bed itself. (more…)

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Originally published in the MVHS Bugle, May 2000

By Barbara Nilson

Photos by Sherrie Acker

The “action” in the 1920s to 1950s, from Seattle south, was at the lake resorts in the Valley. Memories of those glory days were shared at the March program with Dolores Gaffney and Janet Bertagni talking about Gaffney’s Lake Wilderness resort, and Gloria Foss remembering the family’s resort on Shadow Lake.

Lake Wilderness resorts

Attending the historical society program on resorts were, from left, Janet Bertagni, Dolores Gaffney Judge, and Bernadine Gaffney Gebenini.

Dolores Gaffney, daughter of Tom Gaffney, reported her father and his brother Kain purchased the property on Lake Wilderness in 1926 from Abraham and Sam Cohen. The family moved to the lake and the resort opened in the spring of 1927 as Gaffney’s Lake Wilderness.

At that time there were three small family resorts on the lake. Dieckman with his two sons, Jeff and Don, had just started one, and across the lake was McKinney’s. McKinney’s also had a dance hall that was two stories high that they eventually turned into a skating rink. In April 1939 McKinneys sold their place to Gaffneys.

One of the older buildings was used for a dance hall, said Dolores, and they used kerosene lamps. In 1936 they built a new dance hall after the old one burned down. They had a 30-foot-high diving board as well as cabins, tennis courts, picnic areas, ball fields, and playgrounds.

In 1949 Diekmans and Gaffneys were combined and the Gaffneys decided to build a lodge. The design was developed by Young, Richardson and Carlson and won the grand prize from the Washington Chapter of Architects in 1951 and the top award from the American Institute in New York in 1952. The center column totem pole was carved by the famous Doug McCarter. It is 35 feet tall and weighs ten tons. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, April 9, 1980

By Louis T. Corsaletti
Times suburban reporter

The dotted line shows the area to be covered by the communities plan.

The dotted line shows the area to be covered by the communities plan.

TAHOMA-RAVEN HEIGHTS — More than 115 years ago the discovery of vast coal deposits drew settlers to the remote Squak Mountain, Issaquah and Newcastle regions. But now the sprawling reserves of undeveloped land are spawning rapid growth in the 150-square mile area from Issaquah south to Black Diamond.

So last August, King County planners assisting a citizens’ committee began the tremendous task of planning for the future of what is called the Tahoma/Raven Heights Communities Plan area—the largest plan undertaken so far.

A recently prepared profile on Tahoma/Raven Heights shows that between 1970 and 1980, the population has grown from about 19,500 to about 26,000. And forecasts indicate a population of almost 40,000 by 1990. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, November 9, 1922

Coming off shift in Newcastle.

Coming off shift in Newcastle.

These men who go down deep “the precious pearls to bring,” were just leaving the works when we flagged them. It was a hard job making them pose for this picture because the hot shower and the “Hot Meat” was waiting for them.

However, in order to oblige us, they stood for the monkey business—and here you are—a portion of the hard-hitting Newcastle crew of miners. (more…)

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