Black Diamond police offer boating class and more community news

Black Diamond police offer boating class

On Saturday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Black Diamond Police Department will be hosting a boating class where boaters can earn their Boaters Education Card.

Boaters 12 years and older who operate a 15 horsepower or greater boat are required to have their education card. Those born before Jan. 1, 1955 are exempt but can choose to get an education card if they plan to boat in Canada or Oregon, a media release stated.

This class is free. To register email the department at or call the department at 253-631-1012 or contact Sgt. Mike Girias at

However, once boaters have successfully completed the class they will need to send in their application along with the proper documents to Washington State Parks. The fee for getting an education is $10.

Local students receive scholarship

Two Pacific Lutheran University students from Covington — Nathaniel Lackey and Briana Stamper — were awarded the President’s Scholarship.

The scholarship is worth $26,000 a year, according to a media release from PLU.

Coffee with a council member

Covington Mayor Pro Tem Sean Smith will be hosting Coffee with a Council Member from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4 at the Covington Library.

According to a Facebook event group, Smith along with community members will discuss ways to make the community better.

Deadline extended for commissioner applications

The Maple Valley City Council is looking for seven people and two alternates to serve as an Economic Development Commissioner.

The deadline was extended to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 for those interested in serving as a commissioner.

Applications can be picked up at City Hall, 22017 SE Wax Road, Suite 200, or can be accessed online at

For more information regarding these open positions, qualifications needed and term lengths contact Economic Development Manager Tim Morgan at 425-413-8800.

RainBots competed at regionals

The RainBots, made up of a group of students from Maple Valley, competed Jan. 21 at the Regional Jr. First Lego Robotics competition hosted at Amazon’s headquarters.

According to a release, the team scored a weekend high of 255 points.

In December, the RainBots competed at districts and earned the Performance Award and the Champions Award for fill project and robotics design, coding and reliability.

For the third year in a row, the RainBots will compete at state on Sunday, Feb. 11 at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent.