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                                The City of Black Diamond came out Aug. 22 to celebrate the official opening of the pedestrian bridge that passes over the Rock Creek on Roberts Drive. In order to make sure pedestrians and city officials could safely perform the ribbon cutting and have photos taken, the Black Diamond Police Department and Mountain View Fire and Rescue (with Black Diamond’s historical fire engine) blocked off the street for a few minutes.

To fund fire department, Black Diamond property taxes could jump

Editor’s note: An unknown technical issue in the Aug. 28 edition of The Courier-Herald resulted in this story not being fully published. Additionally, some financial… Continue reading

 

Black Diamond Financial Director May Miller presented the 2020 budget calendar to the city council early on in the Aug. 1 meeting. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Black Diamond council to have seven members

The Black Diamond City Council will soon join its neighboring cities in having seven members. The ordinance increasing the size of the council was approved… Continue reading

 

Aaron Crawford is based in Seattle, and his latest album, Hotel Bible, nit No. 24 on iTunes. Courtesy photo

Aaron Crawford headlines Ten Trails event

There will also be a grand opening of two new model homes at the housing development site.

 

Western Swing Festival hosts educational music camp for aspiring artists

It’s never too late to learn a new skill — which is why the 29th annual Western Swing Music Festival is hosting a new Western… Continue reading

This is the fourth year of the Neely Mansion Vintage Market. Image courtesy the Neely Mansion Association

Neely Mansion hosts annual Vintage Market

Sumi-e artist Darlene Dihel will be one of the many people at the market selling art and vintage furniture and crafts.

This is the fourth year of the Neely Mansion Vintage Market. Image courtesy the Neely Mansion Association
Few attended the June 20 Black Diamond City Council meeting, where the council passed a Transportation Improvement Plan and an amendment to its Capital Improvement Plan, among other items. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Black Diamond approves transportation improvement plan

The TIP is a wishlist of projects for Black Diamond, Maple Valley

Few attended the June 20 Black Diamond City Council meeting, where the council passed a Transportation Improvement Plan and an amendment to its Capital Improvement Plan, among other items. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Left to right, Ken Beckman, Aaron Beckman, Grant Beckman, Howard Elliot Neely and Jane Neely Beckman. Howard was the then-93-year-old grandson of Aaron Neely, Sr., who built the house. Photo by Karen Meador

Neely Mansion celebrates its 125th

Make sure to visit the nationally-recognized historical home on June 22.

Left to right, Ken Beckman, Aaron Beckman, Grant Beckman, Howard Elliot Neely and Jane Neely Beckman. Howard was the then-93-year-old grandson of Aaron Neely, Sr., who built the house. Photo by Karen Meador
In a ruling from the bench, King County Superior Court Judge Janet Helson said Pat Pepper, Brian Weber, and Erika Morgan — defendants in the Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit against the city of Black Diamond — will have to pay $500 for every OPMA violation, if the judge rules there are any. Photo by Ray Still

Black Diamond back in court

Three attorneys are suing the city and its mayor for unpaid services.

In a ruling from the bench, King County Superior Court Judge Janet Helson said Pat Pepper, Brian Weber, and Erika Morgan — defendants in the Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit against the city of Black Diamond — will have to pay $500 for every OPMA violation, if the judge rules there are any. Photo by Ray Still

Nerds versus flies

I’ve always held that it would be better to fight 100 duck-sized horses than one horse-sized duck. But after this last week, I’m no longer… Continue reading

The Soup Ladies need a new truck

Rotary Club of Maple Valley leads fundraiser for volunteers who feed first responders.

A pedestrian bridge is being installed on Black Diamond’s Rock Creek Bridge’s south side, which will allow foot traffic to cross the bridge more safely. Some concerns were raised about the project being exempt from the state’s SEPA process — maybe especially because Rock Creek is a salmon-bearing bridge — but erosion control and debris mitigation measures have been set up. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Black Diamond’s Rock Creek Bridge to gets pedestrian walkway

The walkway will make it safer for people to walk along Roberts Drive. But some have criticized how the project hasn’t gone through a SEPA review.

A pedestrian bridge is being installed on Black Diamond’s Rock Creek Bridge’s south side, which will allow foot traffic to cross the bridge more safely. Some concerns were raised about the project being exempt from the state’s SEPA process — maybe especially because Rock Creek is a salmon-bearing bridge — but erosion control and debris mitigation measures have been set up. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Thom Cantrell, one of the organizers of the upcoming International Conference for Primal People, holds up a mould of a Sasquatch footprint. He said the mould was taken in the Blue Mountains in Oregon by Paul Freeman, a well-known Sasquatch hunter who’s 1994 footage of a Sasquatch in that area made big waves in the believer and skeptic communities alike. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

All things Sasquatch at the Field House

Washington state is famous for countless reasons. It’s the birthplace of Starbucks and Bill Gates, one of the biggest producers of the U.S.’s lumber and… Continue reading

Thom Cantrell, one of the organizers of the upcoming International Conference for Primal People, holds up a mould of a Sasquatch footprint. He said the mould was taken in the Blue Mountains in Oregon by Paul Freeman, a well-known Sasquatch hunter who’s 1994 footage of a Sasquatch in that area made big waves in the believer and skeptic communities alike. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Local mother charged with failing to report sex abuse of daughter

The charges stems back to a 2017 case where three people have pleaded guilty to rape and molestation.

Baker, 12, has recipe for success

Micah Crawford has her eyes set on national competition

Still a ways away, but don’t give pet bunnies for Easter

I was going to save this column for spring, to mark the one year anniversary when I rescued my rabbit Thomasina at Allan Yorke Park.… Continue reading

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Sexual assault resource centers report high call volumes

Since the #metoo movement has gathered steam over the last year, local and national sexual assault resource hotlines have seen a large increase in calls and services.

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                                Greg Daulton, lead pastor at Mount Rainier Christian Center, led Kione Gill’s memorial service Sept 17. The service was recorded, and the Enumclaw School District has produced a video with clips from the service to promote the upcoming suicide prevention event.

A community conversation about suicide

The Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation and the Enumclaw School District are hosting a panel of local mental health professionals and advocates to talk about suicide prevention on Nov. 14.

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                                Greg Daulton, lead pastor at Mount Rainier Christian Center, led Kione Gill’s memorial service Sept 17. The service was recorded, and the Enumclaw School District has produced a video with clips from the service to promote the upcoming suicide prevention event.
Photo by Ray Miller-Still
                                Lisette Terry was invited to recount her challenges and success in her STEAM field at the recent Enumclaw School District and Enumclaw Schools Foundation STEAM luncheon.
                                Lisette Terry was invited to recount her challenges and success in her STEAM field at the recent Enumclaw School District and Enumclaw Schools Foundation STEAM luncheon. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

In STEAM and business, ask questions and get noticed

Lisette Terry’s path toward becoming a civil engineer was unusual, she said. “A lot of engineers I met along the way, maybe their dad has… Continue reading

Photo by Ray Miller-Still
                                Lisette Terry was invited to recount her challenges and success in her STEAM field at the recent Enumclaw School District and Enumclaw Schools Foundation STEAM luncheon.
                                Lisette Terry was invited to recount her challenges and success in her STEAM field at the recent Enumclaw School District and Enumclaw Schools Foundation STEAM luncheon. Photo by Ray Miller-Still