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Author Archive: Ken Deibert

As we were: Supervisors can’t decide

25 Years ago April 21, 1989 Supes deadlock on DA appointment by PAT LAKEY El Dorado County still is without a permanent district attorney, despite a vote Wednesday by the Board of Supervisors to try to choose one of three candidates for the job. Acting District Attorney Walt Miller managed to win the votes of […]

As we were: Highway 50 is always a topic of discussion

25 Years ago April 14, 1989 Highway 50 plans: city wants traffic lights eliminated by JOHN SAMMON After months of reports, planning, study, public hearings, endorsements and condemnations of various alternatives, the wheels for an improvement of Highway 50 are beginning to turn. The Placerville City Council debated the issue during the televised evening meeting that […]

As we were: Good appointment

25 Years ago April 5, 1989 Raffety promoted to editor Michael Raffety, 42, has been promoted from managing editor, announced Mountain Democrat Publisher Jim Webb. Prior to taking over as managing editor, Raffety served eight years as city editor of the Democrat. Raffety holds 18 state and regional awards for editing, writing and photography. Raffety […]

As we were: New gold

25 Years ago March 31, 1989 El Dorado wine’s like Gold on the vine Discover El Dorado wineries in the Land of Gold whose boundaries encompass a rediscovered viticultural region now producing world class wines. On the western slope of the Sierra Nevada are found North America’s highest elevation vinifera vineyards reaching from 1,200 feet to […]

As we were: No soup for Placerville

25 Years ago March 24, 1989 Pea Soup Anderson’s moving forward again By JOHN SAMMON Development of a local Pea Soup Anderson’s restaurant and hotel reportedly is back on track, after delays caused by Anderson’s bankruptcy reorganization under chapter 11. “We have a management contract with the developer and we’re waiting for a signature on it,” […]

As we were: Water issues are in the news

25 Years ago March 17, 1989 Bill would protect water rights SACRAMENTO — State Sen. John Doolittle, R-Rocklin, has introduced Senate Bill 614, which will strengthen area of origin water rights. The bill will declare that the public trust doctrine as judicially construed does not apply to area and county of origin and watershed protection […]

As we were: How steep is too steep?

25 Years ago March 10, 1989 Board requires agreement for steep driveways Before granting a variance of county encroachment standards for a driveway with a 35 percent grade in Marina Village Subdivision, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is requiring both the property owner and the lien holder on property at 1998 Driftwood Circle to […]

As we were: More data is needed

25 Years ago March 3, 1989 New county computer soaks up 300 grand from contingency fund By DAVID RICHIE El Dorado County’s new $3 million International Business Machines computer mainframe is like a rocket that county staff is feverishly preparing for blast-off. But that same county staff is still lacking the expertise to pilot it and […]

As we were: Let state handle the state’s business

25 Years ago Feb. 24, 1989 Supes stay neutral on bike helmet law Despite requests for support from two state legislators with bills pending on mandatory helmet use by motorcyclists and overall motorcycle safety, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is remaining neutral on those issues. The board’s unanimous decision to authorize Chairman Bob Dorr’s […]

As we were: Water, water no where

25 Years ago Feb. 15, 1989 Folsom Lake’s 1989 water level will runneth under By TIM WILLIS Larry Boll said this would actually be considered the fourth year the area has suffered a water shortage if you disregard one week in February 0f 1986, when 40 inches of rain fell on the American River watershed and […]

As we were: Cars shine at show

25 Years ago Feb. 3, 1989 39th Annual Autorama By JOY HAESSLER SACRAMENTO — If you want to see lots of gloss, glitter and shiny chrome — this year’s 39th annual Autorama at Cal Expo is a must. Better than ever, the show, founded in 1949 by show director Harold Bagdasarian of Sacramento, featured over […]

As we were: Pear growers ready to fight

25 Years ago Feb. 10, 1989 Pear growers seek fed relief California Pear Growers has called on the United States Government to take retaliatory action against the European canned fruit industry because of their violation of an international agreement to reduce subsidies on pears and other fruit products. “They have violated the letter and spirit of our […]

As we were: Unique training program

25 Years ago Jan. 27, 1989 Undersheriff to graduate from new training program POMONA — Undersheriff Donald McDonald of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department will be among the 21 police managers and executives graduated Jan. 27 from the California Law Enforcement Command College, first of its kind in the nation. McDonald completed a comprehensive program […]

As we were: Happy about Happy Valley

25 Years ago Jan. 20, 1989 Happy Valley rezoned Half a loaf being better than none, everyone concerned about the rezoning of 139 acres on Happy Valley Road should be satisfied by the action of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Jan. 17. The board voted to allow 40-acre minimum residential agricultural parcel sizes, […]

As we were: Bicentennial meeting

25 Years ago Jan. 13, 1889 EDC Bicentennial committee to meet The El Dorado County Committee on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution will hold a general meeting at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 23 in the meeting room of the El Dorado County Library. This meeting commemorates the first election process, under the ratified U.S. Constitution, occurring […]

As we were: Gold Hill to rebuild

25 Years ago Jan. 4, 1989 Gold Hill Winery destroyed by fire By MARY NEAL COLOMA — Fire destroyed Hank Battjes’ recently built Gold Hill Winery early Friday morning, causing about $200,000 damage to the structure, and an estimated $500,000 to $1-million to the contents, according to fire Chief Don Pierson of the Coloma-Lotus Fire Protection […]

As we were: Let it snow

25 Years ago Dec. 28, 1988 Snow level drops below foothills By MARY NEAL Snow fell as far south as Modesto yesterday, sending many on backyard sledding trips, while causing headaches for the snowbound. County snowplow operators and PG&E workers toiled day and night over the three-day Christmas weekend, and continued working to press time […]

As we were: Locals receive recognition

25 Years ago Dec. 23, 1988 USFS employee named Secretary of the Year Francine Singley, a resident of Rescue and a USDA Forest Service employee, recently was selected as the Secretary of the Year by the Sacramento Area Executive Association. Singley has been a secretary for Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Jerry Hutchins for the past four […]

As we were: Weather makes the news

25 Years ago Dec. 16, 1988 Gale force gusts pummel county By BRIAN TAYLOR Winds estimated in excess of 50 mph punished El Dorado County and much of Northern California Wednesday night and Thursday. Scores of fallen trees blocked roads and knocked down power lines, igniting a rash of grass and forest fires. Firefighters throughout […]

As we were: Mix it up for the holidays

25 Years ago Dec. 7, 1988 SS-CP chamber mixer Dec. 15 SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce will ring out the old year early this month with a mixer beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Sports Club of El Dorado on Foxwood Lane. This will be the first mixer since […]

As we were: Kinkade paintings still at Mountain Democrat

25 Years ago Mountain Democrat, Dec. 2, 1988 Kinkade to present slide show One thousand prints of Thomas Kinkade’s new painting “Placerville in the Snow” have been purchased through the Mountain Democrat. Reaching that goal means the original painting will stay in Placerville. The painting is on display in the lobby of the Mountain Democrat. […]

As we were: Taxi to serve Main Street

25 Years ago Nov. 25, 1988 City says taxi stays By TIM WILLIS The Placerville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to allow Placerville’s only taxicab business to continue operating from Main Street, overturning an earlier decision by the Planning Commission. At the council meeting, several speakers complained about the city’s treatment of Dan Larkin and […]

As we were: Traffic studies

25 Years ago Nov. 18, 1988 Cameron traffic jam solutions hit logjam By DAVID RICHIE State and county transportation experts are in agreement about the traffic jams in Cameron Park where Highway 50 meets Coach Lane and Cameron Park Drive. They will only get worse state Department of Transportation official Sam Johnson noted in a recent […]

As we were: Highway 50 and traffic, always a topic

25 Years ago Nov. 11, 1988 Council considers highway bypass By TIM WILLIS Members of the Placerville City Council suggested Wednesday that bypassing Highway 50 out of town may be the way to solve traffic problems on that route, challenging state officials’ claims that it cannot realistically be done. Councilwoman Kathi Lishman criticized a plan to […]

As we were: Water is always a big topic

25 Years ago Nov. 4, 1988 EID ditch meeting draws tough crowd By DAVID RICHIE The El Dorado Irrigation District’s construction “concept” for renovating the historic Crawford Ditch system ran full force into reality of more than 100 rural El Dorado County residents crowding into Placerville’s Town Hall Wednesday night voicing deep concerns about the […]

As we were: Recipes and fast skating

25 Years ago Oct. 28, 1988 Benefit recipe tasting event planned by URSULA SMITH Who was Hattie and why is Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park Development Committee planning to name a museum in her honor? And what’s the connection between a recipe tasting party at Westwind Gallery on Sunday, Nov. 13 and Hattie and the planned […]

As we were: Marshall celebration

25 Years ago Oct. 21, 1988 Centennial celebration planning is beginning for Marshall Monument COLOMA – The monumental statue marking the discoverer of gold, James W. Marshall’s grave will be 100 years old in May of 1990. A steering committee of local community groups held its first meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 12, to plan a […]

As we were: Fundraising and business

25 Years ago Oct. 14, 1988 South County auction set Sunday The diversity, charm and solidarity of El Dorado’s South County area will be revealed during the first-ever South County Neighborhood Auction from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. The auction setting, atop a hill at 2,400 foot elevation, captures spectacular fall vistas of […]

As we were: Reunions happen

25 Years ago Oct. 7, 1988 Pioneer family reunion planned There will be a “Descendants of Ezra Taylor” family reunion at 49er Trailer Village clubhouse, Plymouth, Sunday, Oct. 9. According to Charles Taylor of Pollock Pines, Ezra Taylor was born in Mud Springs, El Dorado County, March 1863. He had two brothers, Byron and Loren, and […]

As we were: Apple Hill is rolling

25 Years ago Sept. 30, 1988 State Department of Transportation to alter Highway 50 lights By TIM WILLIS The state Department of Transportation, in an effort to get Apple Hill season traffic on Highway 50 down the hill faster, will alter the traffic light cycle at the three intersections in Placerville Sunday, a city official announced […]

As we were: A tale of tailings

25 Years ago Sept. 23, 1988 Mining reclamation fee waiver denied The recent recipient of a special use permit sanctioning El Dorado County’s first open-pit gold mining operation in several years will be required to pay the county a $250 reclamation plan fee. Joseph V. Flynn’s request to be exempted from the processing cost was denied […]

As we were: Success on many fronts

25 Years ago Sept. 16, 1988 Placerville resident Sills has racing in his blood By MARK BILLINGSLEY It’s not often that someone is able to make a living at the job of their dreams. Many times fate and poor luck exclude people from reaching their goals in life and some are unfortunately stuck in a grisly […]

As we were: Maintenance is an ongoing thing

25 Years ago Sept. 9, 1988 SMUD’s Loon Lake drained for dredging Loon Lake, already 86 feet below its maximum level, is going to get “a dam sight smaller” before autumn is over, according to Ray Sherrett. Sherrett is a hydrographer for the Sacramento Utility District that operates Loon Lake and 10 other reservoirs as its […]

As we were: Old Bayley needs renovation

25 Years ago Sept. 2, 1988 State declines offer of historical Bayley House PILOT HILL – El Dorado County has been trying to get the Bayley House open for business for years now, but so far it has not been any luckier at it than A. J. Bayley, who built the hotel in 1862 in anticipation […]

As we were: Love the library

25 Years ago Aug. 26, 1988 Library to celebrate 10th anniversary Aug. 28, 1988 marks the 10th anniversary of the main library in the government center complex. The move into the new facility marked a significant increase in the number and variety of library services available to El Dorado County residents. From 1906 until the […]

As we were: Harvest time

25 Years ago Aug. 19, 1988 Annual great pear cook-off set It’s pear harvest time in El Dorado County, and time again for that mouth-watering contest, the fourth annual Great Pear Cook-Off. This community event is organized and directed by Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County, and will be held from noon to 3:15 […]

As we were: Signage is an issue

25 Years ago Aug. 12, 1988 Shingle car dealer sign compromise reached SHINGLE SPRINGS — Cooperation between El Dorado County supervisors Bob Dorr and Jack Sweeney and auto dealer Tony Montalbano resulted in a compromise solution Aug. 9 to Montalbano’s appeal of restrictions on the advertising sign he has proposed to erect south of Highway 50. […]

As we were: Politics as usual

25 Years ago Aug. 5, 1988 Locals at GOP confab Local Republicans will be represented at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans next week. Leading California’s delegation is Governor George Deukmejian and local Republican delegates will include Kathleen Bailey, chair of El Dorado County Republican Central Committee, and former Congressman Gene Chappie of Cool. Bailey […]

As we were: Placerville is ‘a nice town’

25 Years ago July 29, 1988 Council OK’s curfew, anti-loitering law By TIM WILLIS The Placerville City Council passed an emergency ordinance Tuesday creating new loitering and curfew restrictions, a move designed to tackle numerous complaints of harassment and crime committed by young people. The new ordinance sets an 11 p.m. curfew for miners, bans […]

As we were: TV star Pacileo

25 Years ago July 20, 1988 Pacileo stars on local TV “10-8,” Placerville Police Department’s crime prevention TV series, will air again on Cable Channel 5 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 26. Police Chief Bob Harmon announced that the guest for that program will be El Dorado County Sheriff Richard Pacileo. The first half of […]

As we were: El Dorado County residents do good

25 Years ago July 15, 1988 Placerville man pulls victim to safety SHINGLE SPRINGS — Michael A. diVittorio, 19, of Placerville was pulled from a burning car Tuesday by a passing motorist who saw diVittorio’s car shoot down a steep embankment, CHP officers said. Frank Vega of Placerville saw diVittorio’s car leave Highway 50 near Shingle […]

As we were: Quality of life

25 Years ago July 11, 1988 Snowline Hospice to hold yearly meeting tomorrow Snowline Hospice will hold its annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Marshall Hospital Educational Annex in the Security Pacific Bank Building in Placerville. The evening is scheduled for two phases. The first portion of the meeting will be conducted by Dr. […]

As we were: Taxing issues

25 Years ago July 4, 1988 IRS expanding electronic filing The Internal Revenue Service will expand its electronic filing program into 36 states, including the entire state of California in 1988, according to Sacramento IRS District Director Raymond A. Spillman. “To give you an idea as to how fast electric filing is growing in California, […]

As we were: Car show on the Fourth

25 Years ago June 22, 1988 It’s a ‘Blast from the Past’ The Mountain Democrat and KHTN FM Radio are sponsoring a “Blast from the Past Car Show,” which will give new meaning to “Cruise’n the fairgrounds” this 4th of July. Part of the Mother Lode Big Brothers and Sisters “Blast ’88″ family fun day […]

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