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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 22, 2008

Matt Morrisson, Covington mountain biker and triathlete from the Raise the Bar team will be competing in the upcoming XTERRA Black Diamond triathlon event.

The national off-road triathlon event known as XTERRA will be coming to Black Diamond’s Lake Sawyer on Sunday, August 3 at 9 a.m.

The driving force behind XTERRA Black Diamond is a Covington-based business known as Raise the Bar. Managing one of the largest triathlon teams in the Pacific Northwest region, Raise the Bar provides triathlon training and coaching to local athletes, and promotes competitive events such as this, that benefit the local community and economy.

“Our goal is to put on an exciting, safe event that the athletes will love to race and the local community will love to attend,” said Toby Mollett, Raise the Bar’s race director.

“XTERRA racers are a gritty, determined group and a blast to watch. They like big challenges and love to race in the woods.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Maple Valley Reporter, June 25, 2008

Jamey Kiblinger is the new police chief in Black Diamond, but she’s not a new face to the community.

Kiblinger came to the city as a rookie officer a decade ago. She replaces longtime chief Rick Luther, who after three decades in Black Diamond decided to retire at the end of 2007.

Running the Police Department isn’t new to Kiblinger, either, as she handled the day-to-day duties as commander for the past two years due to Luther wearing multiple hats and the other two most senior officers in the 10-person department retiring within a year of each other. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 23, 2009

By Kathleen Kear

It was a night to remember for the Black Diamond City Council and staff when a 12-plus year moratorium on large subdivisions and developments fell by the wayside—and celebrate they did.

First order of business for the council during their Thursday, June 18, city council meeting was to hold a public hearing on an ordinance the council has seen before it every six months for over 12 years. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, May 9, 2007

By Kevin Hanson
The Courier-Herald

It’s often said only the certainties in life are death and taxes, but that’s not quite true in the still-small community of Black Diamond.

An added fact of life is growth is on the way. It’s likely to come fast and furious and the city is planning to be ready when the wave hits.

No one is more aware of the pending building boom than Rick Luther, the city’s longtime police chief who is serving a second stint as interim city administrator. His first go-round at wearing two hats, in the 1990s, lasted six years. He’s hoping for a much shorter tour of duty this time. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maple Valley Reporter, March 23, 2012

By Dennis Box

The Black Diamond City Council filled the empty seat in the front of the room.

At the council’s March 15 meeting the members appointed Carol Benson to fill Position No. 4 vacated by William Saas.

Benson will be sworn in prior to the March 26 special council meeting at 4 p.m. and the ceremonial swearing in will be April 5. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, March 15, 2006

By Shawn Skager
The Courier-Herald

The population of Black Diamond has seen little population growth the past five years. According to census statistics, the count has remained at a little more than 3,900 people since 2000, with minor variations.

That could change soon, with the purchase of 320 acres in the southeast corner of the city by Yarrow Bay Development Company.

According to Brian Ross, managing partner for Yarrow Bay, the company has reached an agreement with the Palmer Coking Coal Company to purchase the land, known as Lawson Hill. The details are expected to be finalized this summer. (more…)

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Originally published in the King County Journal, March 12, 2006

Kirkland-based developer buying 320 acres, but few details released about plan

By Bruce Rommel
Journal Reporter

BLACK DIAMOND — Hundreds of homes could be sprouting on Lawson Hill within a few years.

A Kirkland-based development company has reached agreement with Palmer Coking Coal and other property owners to purchase about 320 acres for a planned residential community.

Few details have been released by the company, Yarrow Bay Development, which is involved with other large residential projects in King County. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, March 2, 2008

By Lauren Vane
Times Southeast bureau

Black Diamond is surrounded by green, with natural treasures—trees, crystal-clear waterways, and the Green River Gorge—that can’t be found in big cities.

As it transitions from a small rural community to one three times its size, city leaders have decided that it will remain green.

If the City Council lets a 12-year building moratorium expire at the end of March, as expected, the city’s population could triple. (more…)

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Originally published in The Maple Valley Reporter, February 17, 2010

By Dennis Box
The Maple Valley Reporter

The cities of Black Diamond and Maple Valley have drawn their lawyers in to a duel over the traffic impact from YarrowBay developments The Villages and Lawson Hills.

Maple Valley City Council passed a motion Thursday at a special meeting ratifying two notices of appeal directed at Black Diamond concerning the traffic impact of the developments on Maple Valley.

Maple Valley is objecting to the proposals submitted by the Kirkland-based YarrrowBay in a final environmental impact statement or FEIS concerning traffic problems created by the developments. The Villages and Lawson Hills would build more than 6,000 homes in Black Diamond. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maple Valley Reporter, January 22, 2010

State auditor still looking at attorney billing allegations

By Dennis Box

A new administration has taken over, but, the issues that have plagued Black Diamond during the past few months are far from over.

Leonard Smith, the former city administrator who was terminated Dec. 8, has filed a claim against the city seeking severance pay. Because the 62-year-old Smith was fired for cause, he was not given severance compensation. (more…)

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