Black Diamond

King County Sheriff Department deputies searching the woods behind the Ten Trails housing development in Black Diamond for additional human remains. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Human remains found in Black Diamond

The King County Sheriff’s Department is out searching for any additional remains near Ten Trails.

 

The Ravensdale Retreat Natural Area will be closed to the public so work crews can thin out some of the trees. Image courtesy Harry Biped/www.harrybipedhiking.com

Popular trails near Black Diamond closed for five weeks

King County Parks is thinning 75 acres of previously-logged land within Ravensdale Retreat Natural Area.

 

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.

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

Ten Trails hosts Easter egg hunt

Ten Trails, the 2,200-acre, mixed-use development in Southeast King County, is celebrating spring and the return of its Hometown Socials beginning Saturday, April 20. Visitors… Continue reading

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.

Marty McFadden wrangled form help from the Enumclaw Church of Latter Day Saints to help him and his family unpack the moving truck, which came all the way from South Jordan, Utah to Black Diamond. Photo by Ray Still

First family officially moves into Ten Trails

It was hard for the McFaddens to find a home, with houses flying off the market within days, even hours. So Marty told his agent to stop looking at what’s already been built, and start searching for what is going to be built, leading him and his family to Black Diamond.

Marty McFadden wrangled form help from the Enumclaw Church of Latter Day Saints to help him and his family unpack the moving truck, which came all the way from South Jordan, Utah to Black Diamond. Photo by Ray Still
Jack Reich in front of a Black Diamond police car. Submitted photo by Brian Lynch

Annual police, firefighter hoops fundraiser returns

Police officers and firefighters from Enumclaw, Kent, Fife and Mountain View will square off on the basketball court at the Enumclaw Gym on June 10.

Jack Reich in front of a Black Diamond police car. Submitted photo by Brian Lynch
Pacific Coast Coal Company geologist Mike Conaboy shows off a small seam of coal on the surface close to Pit 2, where the company will be mining coal. Photo by Ray Still

Plans to open King County coal mine later this year move forward

The Department of the Interior has granted a permit to resume mining at the Black Diamond location.

Pacific Coast Coal Company geologist Mike Conaboy shows off a small seam of coal on the surface close to Pit 2, where the company will be mining coal. Photo by Ray Still
Raegan Dunn spoke with the Black Diamond City Council during the May 3 meeting, presenting his own version of the “State of the County.” Photo by Ray Still

Black Diamond staff seeks cost of living increases after stagnant decade

For the past 10 years, city employees have received one or two 1 percent COLAs, had three dozen furloughed work days, and had hours or positions cut, increasing their workload.

Raegan Dunn spoke with the Black Diamond City Council during the May 3 meeting, presenting his own version of the “State of the County.” Photo by Ray Still

Shelter again offers services for runaways, homeless youth

The South King Youth Shelter is open and running once again.

Chris Wisnoski was sworn into his council seat after the Black Diamond City Council unanimously appointed him March 1. Photo by Ray Still

Black Diamond swears in new council member

Chris Wisnoski was nominated and confirmed unanimously to the Position No. 5 council seat.

Chris Wisnoski was sworn into his council seat after the Black Diamond City Council unanimously appointed him March 1. Photo by Ray Still

Black Diamond supports recall as OPMA lawsuit comes to an end

Councilwoman Pat Pepper will most likely be recalled as soon as the February special election is certified Friday, Feb. 23.

Black Diamond’s new jail services agreement with Enumclaw guarantees one bed space in Enumclaw for Black Diamond inmates. This potentially saves the city money, since when Enumclaw had no beds available, Black Diamond had to use a more expensive options. Photo by Ray Still

Black Diamond hits the reset button

The new Black Diamond City Council wasted no time on settling in and testing the political waters. On their first meeting of the year, new Councilwomen Melissa Oglesbee and Erin Stout and returning Councilwomen Tamie Deady and Janie Edelman marched through a long list of agenda items, many of which reversed council policies and goals set over the last two years.

Black Diamond’s new jail services agreement with Enumclaw guarantees one bed space in Enumclaw for Black Diamond inmates. This potentially saves the city money, since when Enumclaw had no beds available, Black Diamond had to use a more expensive options. Photo by Ray Still

Man charged with child rape, exploitation

Black Diamond police arrested the man, 38, on Dec. 7, and he was charged in the King County Superior Court on Dec. 12.

Black Diamond council passes budget, opposes coal mine and recycling center

The last Black Diamond City Council meeting of 2017 has come and gone, with the city wrapping up this year’s business quickly and efficiently. The biggest item on the Dec. 7 agenda was passing the 2018 budget, which was approved unanimously by the council.

Pepper addresses ‘false’ recall charges in community meeting

The meeting, held at the Black Diamond library, was a chance for voters to have “an opportunity to hear from both sides before they decide to sign,” the recall petition, Pepper wrote in an announcement for the meeting.