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Amanda Williams

As we were: Lawsuit dismissed

25 Years ago Oct. 5, 1990 Ewing lawsuit denied by MARY NEAL Undersheriff Don McDonald gets to keep his uniform and his money, because a judge decided Wednesday that sheriff’s candidate Bob Ewing’s lawsuit against McDonald was groundless. Visiting Judge Richard E. Tuttle refused to issue a restraining order against McDonald that would have forced […]

As we were: A bridge to cross

25 Years ago Sept. 28, 1990 70-year-old Chili Bar Bridge to be retired By URSULA ROSE Chili Bar Bridge, built in 1922 to cross the South Fork of the American River in the canyon just north of Placerville, has linked the Georgetown Divide with the east-west route of Highway 50 for 70 years, but it appears […]

As we were: Looking for water

25 Years ago Sept. 24, 1990 County to pursue White Rock Water The county Water Agency and El Dorado Irrigation District now see eye to eye on the selection of an interim water project — White Rock penstock. Both the Water agency and EID have long sought a short-term water source in the wake of […]

As we were: Meeting water needs

25 Years ago Sept. 14, 1990 Looks like it’ll be White Rock By JOHN SAMMON A county Water Agency draft evaluation report obtained by the Mountain Democrat Thursday recommends White Rock Penstock as the project of choice to meet the El Dorado Irrigation District’s short-term needs for supplemental water supplies. Both the county Water Agency […]

As we were: State is at it again

25 Years ago Sept. 7, 1990 Counties, schools unite to protest state budget By Kristin Lang As counties and schools each struggle to cope with massive budget cuts enacted by the state in July, a new law that pits the two against each other is instead bringing them closer together to challenge the state’s lawmakers. Ken […]

As we were: Pretty pictures

25 Years ago Aug. 31, 1990 Seats open in Placerville Center photography class There are still openings in the Wednesday evening photography class at the Placerville Center of Cosumnes River College, Placerville. Photography 40 is beginning photography and will include basic camera operation, film developing and black and white printing. The instructor is Michael Raffety, who […]

As we were: Mountain Democrat to move

25 Years ago Aug. 24, 1990 Building bought by Democrat The Mountain Democrat will move to 1360 Broadway in the spring of 1991, announced Publisher Jim Webb. Escrow closed yesterday and the official recording was to be made today on the acquisition by Mother Lode Printing and Publishing  Co. of the old Safeway store building […]

As we were: BOS fights for state funding

25 Years ago Aug. 17, 1990 Supervisors send ‘veto’ message to state Supervisors haven’t given up the fight for state funding of county-run mental health programs. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to support an attempt to override Gov. George Deukmejian’s veto of $71.1 million in mental health funding to counties. The […]

As we were: Rough road ahead

25 Years ago Aug. 10, 1990 Road maintenance draws discussion By JOHN SAMMON Budget talks appear to confirm that more workers soon will be available to battle the deteriorating condition of El Dorado County roads. Transportation Director Scott Chadd said the DOT is struggling to deal with an increased demand for services, and two areas in […]

As we were: Book sparks interest

25 Years ago Aug. 3, 1990 First edition of book about one room school is now available Since June, one-third of the first edition of “Mother Lode of Learning: One Room Schools of El Dorado County” has been sold. Interest, in this cultural history book, is high due to the nature of the material ie., our […]

As we were: Jury duty

25 Years ago July 27, 1990 District attorney wants out of jury duty By URSULA ROSE District Attorney Walt Miller is asking the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to find another lawyer to advise the grand jury. He told the board Tuesday he wants out — for policy as well as resource reasons. He didn’t […]

As we were: The road more traveled

25 Years ago July 20, 1990 Roads need more funds, says DOT chief By JOHN SAMMON More and more vehicles pound El Dorado County roads every year, roads that won’t be properly maintained if proper funding isn’t made available, County Transportation Director Scott Chadd told the Board of Supervisors Wednesday. “I would like the board […]

As we were: Rough road ahead

25 Years ago July 13, 1990 Road fees passed by supervisors By URSULA ROSE The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved of road improvement fees for Bassi Road in Lotus, Cameron Park, and El Dorado Hills at its meeting on Tuesday. All fees will be charged this fall, said Scott Chadd, transportation director. The Department […]

As we were: Winning photograph

25 Years ago July 6, 1990 Democrat photog wins Sierra contest Mountain Democrat photographer Joanne McCubery was among the winners of the 1990 Sierra Photo Contest sponsored by the Sierra Club. Her black and white photograph titled “Fawn” will be on display in the lobby of the Sierra Club in San Francisco and will be published […]

As we were: Omo Ranch memories

25 Years ago June 29, 1990 Omo Ranch residents relive memories By ALISA HICKS Hundreds of former Omo Ranch community members gathered recently to reacquaint themselves with old friends and relive old memories. The homecoming was loosely in honor of the retirement of Ben Moran, who had been a teacher at Indian Diggings for 34 […]

As we were: No new tax on wine

25 Years ago June 22, 1990 Ag chief says wine tax would ruin wineries By JOHN SAMMON Passage of a proposed liquor tax on November’s ballot would be a disaster for local small wineries, said El Dorado County’s agricultural commissioner. Authored by District 6 Democratic state Assemblyman Lloyd Connelly, Assembly Bill 2051, if passed, would constitute […]

As we were: Omo Ranch memories

25 Years ago June 15, 1990 Omo Ranch reunion this weekend to bring back childhood memories Hundreds of former Omo Ranch residents, friends and family will greet each other on Saturday, some for the first time in 40 years. That’s the date of the Omo Ranch Homecoming celebration set to be held at the old mill […]

As we were: Council election

25 Years ago June 8, 1990 Familiar faces returned to City Council: Tustin, Borelli, Bennett By PATTY SULLIVAN City Council candidates Karen Tustin, Jerry Bennett, and Carl Borelli led the race throughout Tuesday night, capturing the three council seats from the field of eight contenders by morning’s count. Karen Tustin won the most supporters collecting some […]

As we were: Special race

25 Years ago June 1, 1990 BCRA midgets to compete at speedway The colorful winged midgets of Bay Cities Racing Association will join forces with Placerville limited sprint cars for a special doubleheader at Placerville Speedway tonight. This will be the only 1990 appearance of the BCRA on the quarter-mile clay oval, located at the El […]

As we were: Transportation needs more funding

25 Years ago May 25, 1990 Road chief seeks more upkeep $$ By JOHN SAMMON County roads are slipping by the wayside. The county’s new 1990-91 budget was the topic of discussion between El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and county department heads on Monday. Transportation Director Scott Chadd painted a bleak picture of the county’s […]

As we were: More drought news

25 Years ago May 18, 1990 Drought prompts arson measure SACRAMENTO — A measure by Assemblyman Norm Waters, D-Plymouth, which places additional penalties on repeat arsonists, has received final approval from the governor. Assembly Bill 1317 permits a judge to place additional enhancements of one, two, or three years on a repeat arsonist’s sentence. “With […]

As we were: Low snow

25 Years ago May 9, 1990 Sierra snow pack alarmingly paltry by PATTY SULLIVAN As of May 1, California still is experiencing dry conditions similar to the 1977 driest drought year on record, according to Pacific Gas and Electric forecasting officials. The snow pack water content for three Sierra sites was 11 percent of average […]

As we were: Money, money, money

25 Years ago May 4, 1990 Auditor says bonds affect General Fund By URSULA ROSE Buy now and pay later — it’s a way of getting something without feeling the pinch right away. But the pinch on the county’s General Fund because of the bond debt recently incurred now looks more like a punch, and so […]

As we were: Tahoe appointment

25 Years Ago April 27, 1990 Vacancy on Lake Tahoe Conservancy Board filled Supervisor Pat Low’s retirement has created a vacancy on the Tahoe Conservancy Board, and board members decided Tuesday to fill it by appointing Supervisor Bob Dorr to the position. Chairman John Cefalu, who represents District 5 which includes part of the Tahoe […]

As we were: Campaign spending

25 Years ago April 20, 1990 Sheriff’s race draws big bucks By CHRIS DALEY Two candidates who want to tack their name plates on the sheriff’s door when Richard Pacileo removes his next January are collecting and spending campaign money on a scale that far out-strips that of any other candidate for any other office. […]

As we were: The bridge is closed

25 Years ago April 13, 1990 Mosquito bridge closed By CHRIS DALEY Residents of Swansboro Country, Mosquito and points north may have gotten a shock yesterday if they tried to get home by their usual route over Mosquito Bridge, the last of the old-time suspension bridges still in regular use in the county. The bridge […]

As we were: Increase in size and cost

25 Years ago April 6, 1990 County architect hikes bill By URSULA ROSE The architect bill for the county’s administration building program just went up by 54 percent because the building more than doubled in size, and the supervisors reluctantly approved the increase Tuesday. The administration building, called Building C in the master plan, will […]

As we were: Water woes

25 Years ago March 30, 1990 Maps on hold due to moratorium By URSULA ROSE “Until they take the moratorium off or find a way to resolve it, your tentative map is in suspense. I hate to tell you that, but I can’t read it any other way,” said Supervisor Jack Sweeney. Supervisors have already […]

As we were: Up, up and away

25 Years ago March 23, 1990 Supervisors call for commercial expansion of Placerville and Georgetown airports by JOHN SAMMON Airports should help pay their way. Members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted expansion of commercial enterprise opportunities at the Placerville and Georgetown airports during a joint meeting with county airport commissioners Tuesday […]

As we were: Water, water, water

25 Years ago March 16, 1990 Supervisors study water development fee by URSUAL ROSE El Dorado County supervisors put off adopting a water fee ordinance for at least another 30 days, until the matter could be studied some more. Even though the board unanimously voted to continue the item to another date, Supervisor Bob Dorr […]

As we were: Law enforcement honored

25 Years ago March 9, 1990 Legion honors officers of the year By MARY NEAL American Legion Post 119 honored three officers Wednesday night during the 27-annual corned beef and cabbage feast held at the Veteran’s Memorial building in recognition of outstanding peace officers. The three officers of the year, one each from the El […]

As we were: All’s well

25 Years ago March 5, 1990 County notes policy on wells Since the El Dorado Irrigation District and the city of Placerville are not allowing public water connections at this time, the county has been besieged with calls inquiring about the county’s policy on wells for issuance of a building permit, said an announcement from the […]

As we were: Roads and growth always a topic

25 Years ago Feb. 23, 1990 Silva Valley interchange plans advanced By URSULA ROSE Driving forward with plans for Silva Valley interchange, supervisors approved the final environmental impact report and picked the ridge design at their Tuesday meeting. But it will probably be 10 years before motorists will be able to exit Highway 50 between […]

As we were: Vocational classes make it work

25 Years ago Feb. 16, 1990 ‘It Works’ is theme of education week Vocational Eduction Week with a theme of “It Works” is being celebrated in the El Dorado Union High School District and around the nation Feb. 11-17. The theme is an appropriate way to highlight vocational education and its importance to America’s future […]

As we were: Locals show cars in Sac

25 Years ago Feb. 9, 1990 40th annual autorama, bigger and better By JOY HAESSLER Harold Bagdasarian has outdone himself for the 40th anniversary of the Sacramento Autorama and Motor Sports Review currently showing at Cal Expo. There are 300 entries valued at a total of nearly $5 million, including custom cars, racers, street rods, […]

As we were: New president of school board

25 Years ago Feb. 2, 1990 Bob Laurie will head county school board By JOHN SAMMON Attorney Robert A. Laurie has been elected president of the El Dorado County Board of Education. The announcement was made by Ken Lowry, county superintendent of schools. An attorney with Cameron Park law firm of Laurie, Maloney and Wheatley, Laurie has […]

As we were: Chamber news

25 Years ago Jan. 26, 1990 Chamber installs new officers, presents annual awards Jim Barber assumed the duties of president of the Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce Jan. 18 at the annual awards and installation dinner. The new president hopes to see business development in the area that will bring a long-term investment to the […]

As we were: Children a concern

25 Years ago Jan. 19, 1990 Waters seeks child care relief for special children A measure with potential of providing millions of dollars for building child-care facilities for handicapped children, has passed the Assembly Human Services Committee. The measure, Assembly Bill 437, by Assemblyman Norm Waters, raises the fee of birth certificates by $2. Proceeds from […]

As we were: Water always an issue

25 Years ago Jan. 12, 1990 $500,000 earmarked to buy Texas Hill reservoir land By DAVID RICHIE With concern mounting over recent real estate action in the area that may eventually be inundated by the proposed Texas Hill Reservoir, the county Water Agency Monday approved the budget transfer of an additional $500,000 for land acquisitions. A […]

Heard over the back fence: Sign up for classes now

KEEP ON TRUCKIN’: From Jewel-Blair Smith: “Life In Signs” — “On a septic tank truck: Yesterday’s Meals on Wheels” EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY: Overall, more than 750 classes are being offered at the El Dorado Center in Placerville, the main Folsom campus, Rancho Cordova Center, and online. Full-semester classes start the week of Jan. 17 and run […]

Heard over the back fence: Fun games in Cameron Park

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley is in the office on his regular, but abbreviated, schedule. While Bob is preparing column items for the new year, Ken Deibert will continue holding up the Back Fence this week. THE HAIRY APE: Received from Jewel Blair-Smith: “Questions That Haunt Me” — “If people evolved from apes, why are […]

Heard over the back fence: Mental health info offered

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley is in the office on his regular, but abbreviated, schedule. While Bob is preparing column items for the new year, Ken Deibert will continue holding up the Back Fence this week.  A NEW YEAR: We will open a new book, it’s pages are nothing but blank. Each of us will […]

As we were: Here comes the judge

25 Years ago Jan. 5, 1990 Judge Riley seeks election Superior Court Judge Patrick Riley announced Wednesday that he will run as an incumbent candidate for the position of Superior Court Judge in the June primary election. As a judge, following his appointment to fill the vacancy of retired Judge Lloyd “Bud” Hamilton, he said […]

As we were: Saving Bambi

25 Years ago Dec. 29, 1989 Subdivision developers seek DFG deer clearance Noting that their “hands are tied,” the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is suggesting that the developers of the proposed 25-lot Pepper Pike subdivision continue negotiating with the state Fish and Game to resolve problems that entity has with the project. The Southpointe […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn to play bridge

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return today, Jan. 5. While Bob is preparing columns for the new year, Ken Deibert will continue holding up the Back Fence this week. A MIGHTY ARMY: “Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.” — George Herbert LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE: A program titled “Bridge – Lessons and/or Play” is described […]

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