Black Diamond police blotter


Editor’s note: The Enumclaw police blotter will be unavailable until Feb. 24.


Jan. 30

– Officers contacted a vehicle parked on Dogwood Street around 12:30 a.m. The registration was expired as of 2019. The driver, a convicted felon, was initially detained when officers saw what appeared to be gun components in the car, but was later released when it was determined no crime was committed.

Feb. 2

– Officers received a 12 p.m. call about a suspicious car on SE Fir Street and Hemlock Avenue, and that the driver may be under the influence. Officers found the vehicle and determined the driver, who was homeless, pulled over to use her phone; no drug use was observed.

Feb. 3

– Officers were dispatched to 216th Avenue SE to a two-car collision around 7:10 a.m. After a short investigation, one driver was cited for failing to yield the right of way to the other driver. Both cars were able to drive away from the scene.

– Officers were called to Roberts Drive around 7 p.m. to investigate a theft; it turns out the reporting party had the catalytic converter stolen from her car.

Feb. 5

– Officers contacted the occupants of an unlicensed vehicle parked on Lawson Street around 5:30 a.m. The driver had an arrest warrant, and the passenger refused to identify himself and left the scene. The driver was detained, but the warrant agency declined to confirm the warrant, and was released.

Girls Scouts of Black Diamond Council donate nearly 2,000 packages of nuts, candy to local veterans' organizations



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Golden Valley salon pairs self-care with social responsibility


The owner of Black Diamond Hair and Nails in Golden Valley says she’s taking on a dual mission: self-care and social responsibility.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minnesota — A Golden Valley salon is giving new meaning to looking and feeling good.

“I worked in corporate America and it was a fulfilling career, but I wanted to do more; I wanted to see what I can do personally to make an impact on the community,” said Lolita Whittaker-Sorensen.

So she opened Black Diamond Hair and Nails in August on the lower level of Golden Valley Town Square.

“This idea stems from over the years just watching the inequalities and the social injustices happening in our community,” Whittaker-Sorensen explained. “I thought, ‘What service is a repetitive service that generates revenue that I can reinvest back into our community?’ So I thought, ‘Why not self-care?'”

The salon plans to take a different approach — pairing self-care with social responsibility.

“What that means is in addition to draping our community in beauty, I also have a goal to make a positive impact on our community by using a percentage of our revenue to sponsor programs in underfunded communities that focus on education, career development, financial literacy and health and wellness,” Whittaker-Sorensen said.

Whittaker-Sorensen said the core belief is ACT: Action Changes Things. Funding will come from booth rentals, but before the salon can start giving back to the community, it first needs to become fully staffed.

“I fell in love with just the look of the salon and the idea and the vision that she had for Black Diamond Hair and Nails,” said Charlotte Jeffries, salon manager.

The 3,000-square-foot salon has seven booths available for rent and two nail tech tables. Whittaker-Sorensen said the goal is to create a multicultural salon that is an inclusive place.

“I’m passionate about the goal and the mission and this salon allows me to put a purpose behind my passion for beauty and equality,” she said.

Stylists and nail artists who are interested in learning more about booth rentals can contact Black Diamond Hair and Nails on Facebook or Instagram.

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PREP HOOPS: It’ll be Honaker vs. Grundy in both the girls and boys finals of the Black Diamond District tournament


HONAKER, Va. – The Grundy Golden Wave survived a scare.

With a big second-half rally, Grundy defeated Twin Valley 44-36 in the Black Diamond District girls basketball tournament semifinals at A.P. Baldwin Gymnasium. With the win, the Wave punched their ticket as the BDD two-seed in the Region 1D tournament next week.

Haylee Moore had 10 of her 12 points and Kamryn Vance connected on three treys in the first half as Twin Valley built a 30-23 advantage at the break.

“ We had a talk, and I told the girls, we have to pick up the intensity,” Grundy coach Hannah Stiltner said. “We were moving way too slow and we’re not a slow team. We were falling into what Twin Valley wanted us to do and that’s not our game. We came out and played much better in the second half.”

Moore had a bucket on the Panthers’ first possession in the second half. With the exception of a foul shot by Rayne Hawthorne, they were shut out the rest of the third quarter, scoring only three points. Amber Dotson scored on the block to give the Wave a 34-33 lead they would not relinquish.

“ The third quarter was the difference in the game,” said Twin Valley coach Brian Moore. “The effort was there, the majority of games we’ve lost have been because of our offense. If you can’t produce on the offensive end of the floor, it doesn’t matter how good your defense is, you’re going to come up short. Tonight, was a perfect example of it.”

The final eight minutes wasn’t any better for Twin Valley. Grundy opened the fourth frame on a 10-1 run and the outcome was no longer in doubt. The Panthers struggled most of the game, especially in the second half to find any consistency on offense.

“ We acted like we had never ran our offense before,” Coach Moore said. “As a coach, it’s very frustrating as much as we’ve worked on our man sets and stuff. We had people out of place, we didn’t set our screens, we didn’t come off the screens like we’re supposed to. I know my girls are frustrated too. Hopefully, we can do something tomorrow and get ourselves into a position to get a game in the region.”

Vance scored 14 points for Twin Valley and Haylee Moore added 12 points.

The Panthers will be favorites as they face Hurley in consolation play tonight with a trip to regional play on the line.

“ We’re not going to look past Hurley,” Coach Moore said. “Hurley is the only team we’re worried about right now. If we get past them tomorrow, we’ll start looking at some game film of other teams in the region.”

Heileigh Vencill and Madison Looney dropped in 13 points each for the Golden Wave.

Grundy will face Honaker for the tournament title.

“ Everyone tells me it’s hard to beat someone three times and Honaker won both our games in the regular season,” remarked Stiltner. “Honaker is a well-coached, disciplined team. I feel my girls can play with them. We’re hoping for the best.”

Honaker 83, Hurley 15

It was another impressive win by the Honaker Tigers as they rolled and gave Misty Davis Miller her 200th head-coaching victory in just her 11th season on the job.

“ I give all the credit to the ladies I’ve had the privilege to coach,” said Miller who has a .719 winning percentage. “Without the teams I’ve had, this opportunity wouldn’t have been there. These are all the young ladies wins, who have worked hard for me over several years.”

There was never any doubt about the outcome of the BDD semifinal matchup with the Rebels as Honaker scored the game’s first 27 points

It was a balanced team effort. Kylie Vance (16 points, eight rebounds, nine assists), Valeigh Stevens (15 points), Kate Jessee (13 points, eight boards), Alayna McNulty (12 points, six boards), Lara McClanahan (11 points, five steals), and Tailor Nolley (10 points, five steals) all put up big numbers for the Tigers.


Grundy 85, Council 56

It was tight for almost a half, but regular-season champion Grundy pulled away for a semifinal win.

The Golden Wave was leading 25-22 with 1:17 to play in the first half. Three Council turnovers led to a 9-2 Grundy run and a double-digit 34-24 advantage at the break.

“ That was really instrumental in this win,” said Grundy coach Brian Looney. “The pressure got to Council, and they turned the ball over. It really swung the game and got it going in our favor. In the second half, we came out and shot the ball well and stretched it out.”

Logan Lester who finished with six treys had a couple of 3s early in the third quarter and the Golden Wave was on their way. Grundy outscored Council 51-32 in the second half.

“ Lester is a freshman and he’s really stepped up for us this season,” Coach Looney said. “We lost a starter, Caleb Conaway went out with a shoulder injury and had surgery. Lester fit right into the starting lineup and has never looked back. The kid does everything I ask him to do, plays hard and he can shoot the ball.”

Thomas Gilbert (21 points), Lester (20 points) and Jonah Looney (19 points) provided most of the offense for the Golden Wave.

William Perolio led the Cobras with 14 points and Dawson Stevens added 12 points.

Grundy meets Honaker in the finals.

“ Honaker’s tough,” said Looney. “We’ve been fortunate to get them both times in the regular season. It’s hard to beat a team three times in the same season, but we’re going to try our best.”

Honaker 60, Hurley 18

Honaker cruised to a win over Hurley to advance to the championship game. Tiger standout Trajon Boyd scored 12 points and reached a career milestone, surpassing 1,000 points.

“ Initially this year I wasn’t thinking much about it, I wasn’t stressed about it,” Boyd said. “Then I had the knee injury and it really set me back and got me down. I just pushed through in physical therapy and tried my best to get back.”

Honaker took an 18-5 lead after one quarter of play. Hurley had problems getting shots to fall. Will Layne had six points to pace the Rebels.

Caden Boyd (12 points) and Jaylon Hart (10 points) were also in double-figures for the Tigers and all nine players on the roster scored.

Hurley and Council will face-off in a consolation contest, the winner will get a trip to the regional playoffs.

Video: Dialed Health’s Black Diamond Everesting Challenge


Words: Dialed Health



“It might sound counterintuitive, but I put more emphasis than normal on strength training,” he said. “Traditional cycling metrics like threshold and power-to-weight aren’t as important during an Everesting that includes such an abusive descent. Instead, you simply need to be durable, so I increased the weight I was lifting in the months before the ride. Then two weeks beforehand, I reduced the weight and shifted my focus to mobility and flexibility. I wanted to feel strong, supple, and relaxed.”

Equipment and Logistics

The Ride

“Physically, I felt great,” he remembers. “But mentally, it was the hardest time. Even in my exhaustion I could do the math and realize I’d be finishing in the dark. It hurt to accept.”

“I just wanted so badly to be done. I saw I had 1,000 feet left, and I told myself I just have to climb,” he recalls.

The Meaning of Success

“That ride was the coolest thing I’ve ever done on my mountain bike, but it was so much more than that,” Derek says. “It wasn’t easy, but I was thinking of Katie, and what she’s going through, and it made my ride feel easy by comparison. I want her to know she powered that ride.”

Limits are there to be pushed, and that’s really what Dialed Health is all about—empowering you to find your limits and equipping you with the strength and motivation to move beyond them. It’s also the spirit behind the Dialed Health Vert Challenge, an annual challenge for athletes with a pretty simple premise: set a personal record for vertical ascent in a single bike ride. It’s an individual goal, but a group effort, as athletes all over join each other in testing limits and discovering potential.When Dialed Health coach Derek Teel came up with the idea, he knew he’d be inspired by the amazing things participating athletes achieved, but he didn’t just want to sit back and watch. Derek wanted to push his limits too, and accomplish something along with the Dialed Fam. At 1:45 in the morning on a September Saturday, he set out to do just that.The challenge coach Derek decided to take on was a modified version of Everesting, in which a cyclist climbs at least 29,029 feet (the height of Mt. Everest) in a single ride. The official rules require the climb be achieved through up-and-down repetitions of the same hill, but Derek wanted to make the challenge truer to the kind of real-world riding Dialed Health athletes do every day. So he chose to complete his challenge on a mountainous offroad loop, which included an approximately 2.5 mile-long climb up a fire road and a technical 1.4-mile descent.With more than 26 laps needed to rack up enough elevation gain, Derek knew the ride would push him to his very limits. To succeed would take careful preparation, equipment, and the support of friends. And last but not least, a little determination and grit.With 3 young children and a busy family life, it wasn’t feasible for Derek to put in lots of huge training days to prepare for the Everesting. Instead, throughout the spring and summer he stuck to his normal 7–10 hours of weekly riding time, favoring consistency and trusting the process of training. With just over a month remaining before the Vert Challenge, Derek rode a double century on his road bike. This 200-mile ride was Derek’s longest ever, and though it only achieved about half of an Everesting’s worth of climbing, it was a perfect test of his ability to endure a long day in the saddle and a big confidence boost.While Derek’s cycling didn’t change too much in advance of the Everesting, he did make some notable adjustments to his strength and mobility routine to prepare for the effort.Knowing his body was ready, Derek turned to his equipment. Since he wanted the ride to be representative of actual trail riding, he wanted to ride a bike that fit this description too. So instead of using an ultra-custom pro-level setup, Derek chose to ride his Specialized Stumpjumper Expert, with a few minor adjustments to make the bike softer and more comfortable. Pre-riding the course a week in advance helped Derek test out his strategy and optimize tire pressure, and revealed that the biggest challenge would be to avoid riding too hard up the climb. To keep his pacing in check, Derek utilized dual sided power pedals and a heart rate monitor.This left only the actual logistics of the day to take care of, and Derek had that covered too. His Dad came along to help, as did an incredible group of friends who’d ride alongside him for much of the day. Every box was checked, and Derek was ready.At 1:45 am on a Saturday morning, Derek finally set out to complete the Vert Challenge. Though he was admittedly short on sleep, the knowledge that Dialed Health athletes everywhere were pushing their own limits was powerful motivation. So too was the thought of friend and Dialed Health partnered coach Katie Alton, who’d suffered a serious crash and brain injury a few months before. With Katie’s boyfriend joining him at the start line Derek got to work, his ride dedicated to Katie’s incredible resilience and ongoing recovery.Beginning in the pitch-black California night, Derek and his friends rode the approximately 40-minute loop, stopping every few laps to refuel and stretch. The sunrise offered a huge morale boost, as did the milestone of completing the first 10,000 feet of climbing. But at the halfway point, Derek was forced to face the crushing realization that he would not be able to finish riding before sunset. It was the most challenging part of the entire ride.There was nothing to do but carry on, and soon the sense of purpose and motivation returned. Derek stayed positive by measuring progress one small goal at a time— completing the next lap, or getting over the next climb, or even just watching one more mile tick by. By the time the sun began to set, only two laps remained, and the friends who’d joined Derek for his first few laps returned to ride alongside him once again.As he neared the end of his 26th lap, Derek suffered one last defeat. According to his elevation data, he would not have enough vertical gain to complete the Everesting at the end of the lap and would need to continue for another few miles. Even though it would only take a short additional distance, it felt like a monumental and insurmountable task.Finally, at 9:46 PM, more than 20 hours and 119 miles after starting, Derek had done it. He had successfully Everested on his trail bike and completed the Dialed Health Vert Challenge.When Derek originally came up with the idea for the annual Dialed Health Vert Challenge, he wanted to motivate athletes to push themselves past their comfort zones and redefine their understanding of their own potential. That potential is different for everyone, but it’s a powerful experience to discover it, with new self-confidence revealed along the way.Support Katie’s GoFundMe: