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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.

 

Photos by Ray Miller-Still

Black Diamond’s Miner’s Day

Miner’s Day is held every summer in Black Diamond to celebrate the city’s mining history.

 

Black Diamond Backyard BBQ

Photos by Ray Miller-Still Families from Black Diamond, Enumclaw, and even as far as Renton came down to celebrate the Ten Trails’ first-ever Hometown Social,… Continue reading

 

Danger of illegal fireworks demonstrated

Every year, thousands of people are injured by fireworks, from the small “triangle crackers” to the commercial-grade arial fireworks, resulting in burns, lacerations, lost limbs and death.

Court resets playing field

For many people in this country — an estimated 10 million that identify as LBGTQ, as well as their countless supporters — the Masterpiece Cakeshop… Continue reading

Runner-up in statewide pageant takes on sexual assault

Chloe Furnstahl will be partnering with the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center to continue talking about her platform.

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

‘We all know sex offenders’

Revealing the reality of rape and uncovering sexual assault myths

Colin Lund of the developer Oakpointe presented to the Black Diamond City Council last week, letting the council know how the two housing developments in the city are coming along. Lund estimated the first new Black Diamond residents will be moving in soon. Photo by Ray Still

Black Diamond council expansion put on hold

A plan to expand the Black Diamond City Council to seven members has stalled. The idea was first seriously broached by Councilwoman Janie Edelman during… Continue reading

Colin Lund of the developer Oakpointe presented to the Black Diamond City Council last week, letting the council know how the two housing developments in the city are coming along. Lund estimated the first new Black Diamond residents will be moving in soon. Photo by Ray Still
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.

Poking dead things with sticks

Geez, it’s dark down here. Oh, and small. They don’t mince words when they call it a “crawl space,” do they? Welp, OK. Let’s go… Continue reading

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State Patrol now ticketing for E-DUIs; insurance premiums may be affected

When the law was passed last year, WSP was just giving warnings. Now, drivers will be pulled over and ticketed with an E-DUI for using electronics behind the wheel.

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Developer Oakpointe, the city of Black Diamond and individual defendants Pat Pepper, Brian Weber and Erika Morgan agreed to a settlement that halts the Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit Oakpointe filed against the city.

Judge finds OPMA violations; parties settle lawsuit

A King County judge found Councilwoman Pat Pepper and former council members Brian Weber and Erika Morgan violated the state’s Open Public Meetings Act. The defendants settled the lawsuit last week.

Developer Oakpointe, the city of Black Diamond and individual defendants Pat Pepper, Brian Weber and Erika Morgan agreed to a settlement that halts the Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit Oakpointe filed against the city.
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

Judge reproaches Black Diamond mayor, former city council

King County Superior Court Judge Janet Helson is troubled. She used the phrase multiple times to describe how she felt about many actions taken in Black Diamond over the past two years during the three and-a-half-hour long summary judgement hearing lasts Friday, Jan. 12, over the Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit brought against the city.

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’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.

Fake news or bad reporting?

This has not been a good month for reporting. But one wrong fact does not fake news make.

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.