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- Oct 1, 2009 at 6:44PM
The city of Black Diamond ended the contract with former City Administrator Gwendolyn Voelpel Sept. 25. The City Council will be considering approving the appointment of Leonard Smith to the position tonight (Thursday) at regular meeting. The change of city administrator came as a surprise.
- Oct 1, 2009 at 9:00PM updated Oct 2, 2009 at 3:31PM
A 49-year-old Black Diamond man, James Ecret, is being sought by police for domestic violence felony harassment and cyber harassment. Police spokesman Sgt. Greg Goral said Ecret should be considered armed and dangerous.
- Oct 1, 2009 at 10:00PM updated Oct 2, 2009 at 9:40AM
The city of Black Diamond hired a new city administrator, Leonard Smith, at the Thursday City Council meeting. The city ended the contract with former City Administrator Gwendolyn Voelpel Sept. 25.
- Oct 6, 2009 at 2:38PM
- Oct 8, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Oct 9, 2009 at 2:19PM
About 50 citizens turned out Monday night to hear from those hoping to shape Black Diamond government for the next four years. The current election season is of perhaps unparalleled importance in the small, historic community. Black Diamond has experienced its ups and downs as a one-time mining town, but now stands on the cusp of a monumental growth spurt, due to ongoing plans by the YarrowBay company.
- Oct 10, 2009 at 3:46PM
- Oct 15, 2009 at 11:45AM
- Oct 21, 2009 at 9:39AM
After two days of play at Fort Lewis' Eagle's Pride Golf Course, the Enumclaw High girls will take four players to the state tournament in May and the Hornet boys three, but neither team is finished yet. The Hornets along with Bonney Lake, Sumner and White River will get a chance in the spring to earn the final spots into May's state tournament.
- Oct 30, 2009 at 4:37PM
- Oct 31, 2009 at 1:00AM
Enumclaw beats White River 10-0 Bonney Lake beats Sumner 38-7
- Nov 5, 2009 at 10:11AM
- Nov 9, 2009 at 5:59PM
The Washington State Department of Transportation closed Chinook and Cayuse passes for the season Sunday, after reviewing a snowy forecast and assessing the avalanche risk.
- Nov 30, 2009 at 6:00PM updated Dec 1, 2009 at 3:59PM
The city of Black Diamond is in the midst of more staff upheaval. Mayor Howard Botts confirmed by phone City Administrator Leonard Smith has been placed on administrative leave and Loren Combs, the city attorney, has resigned. Botts also confirmed Yvonne Ward has been appointed as the interim city attorney.
- Dec 1, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Feb 25, 2010 at 12:04PM
In a rapidly evolving story, Black Diamond is reeling from series of moves involving key city personnel. Heading the list is the sudden resignation of former City Attorney Loren Combs, who appears to be the subject of separate investigations by the state auditor's office, the state attorney general's office and the King County prosecutor's office.
- Dec 4, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Dec 8, 2009 at 8:42AM
It was a nearly perfect way to start the 2009-10 White River High wrestling season – but not such a great start for Sumner High.
- Dec 8, 2009 at 3:06PM
- Dec 9, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Dec 11, 2009 at 11:50AM
The Enumclaw High basketball squad blew a tenacious but young Sumner High crew out of Chuck Smith Gymnasium Tuesday night, thrashing the Spartans 69-29.
- Dec 16, 2009 at 7:00PM updated Dec 24, 2009 at 1:01PM
Some of missing pieces in the story surrounding the abrupt departures of former Black Diamond City Attorney Loren Combs and City Administrator Leonard Smith have come to light, but more details are on the way. The final resolution to the story is still in doubt.
- Dec 19, 2009 at 10:00PM updated Dec 24, 2009 at 1:02PM
The city of Black Diamond has released a document stating former City Administrator Leonard Smith was terminated for cause Dec. 8 by Mayor Howard Botts.
- Dec 21, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Feb 25, 2010 at 9:41AM
Black Diamond's ex-city attorney, Loren Combs, is currently under investigation for multiple alleged finance-related infractions. As the investigation unfolds, other revelations regarding City Hall employees and ex-employees have surfaced. The story involves a considerable number of people, agencies and other details. To avoid confusion, the Covington Reporter is maintaining this page, which will offer a bird's eye view of the case and serve as a gateway to more detailed information.
- Dec 29, 2009 at 4:01PM
The White River High girls got off to a roaring start Tuesday and defeated the Hazen Highlanders 65-50 in the opening round of the Les Schwab Christmas Classic.
- Jan 8, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Jan 11, 2010 at 9:23AM
The Washington State Parks Commission announced of Flaming Geyser State Park near Black Diamond will be closed to vehicular traffic in most of the park due to electrical failure and public safety concerns stemming from a worn out and outdated system.
- Jan 13, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Jan 14, 2010 at 12:40PM
After breaking a 54-all tie, White River went on a 10-4 run to close out the game and take over first place in the South Puget Sound League 4A standings.
- Jan 13, 2010 at 4:36PM
White River handed the Sumner Spartans their first loss in SPSL 3A play this season.
- Jan 15, 2010 at 10:22PM