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Ken Deibert

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 […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn East Coast swing dancing

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Happy New Year from Ken and Bob. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, [email protected] Use the subject […]

Heard over the back fence: Advance to ‘Go’ and take a ride on the railroad

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, [email protected] Use the subject lines “back fence item.”  TO HAVE AND […]

Heard over the back fence: Try a little poetry

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, [email protected] Use the subject lines “back fence item.” SECRETS OF SUCCESS: […]

As we were: Tanks but no tanks

25 Years ago Dec. 22, 1989 Gas tanks fuel controversy By JOHN SAMMON Bulk fuel storage tanks were removed from the site of former Toms Sierra petroleum company Thursday, the first stage in what El Dorado County Environmental Health officials say could be an expensive cleanup. The site is located next to El Dorado Irrigation […]

Heard over the back fence: Work off the turkey gravy

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, [email protected] Use the subject lines “back fence item.”  CALL THE REAL […]

Heard over the back fence: After the holidays time to lose weight

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Merry Christmas from Ken and Enid Deibert and Bob and Monika Billingsley. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael […]

Heard over the back fence: Help sponsor the Food Bank

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, [email protected] Use the subject lines “back fence item.”  THE VANISHING BRAIN: Jewel […]

Heard over the back fence: Salmon expert featured at trout confab

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, [email protected] Use the subject lines “back fence item.”  CALL THE REAL […]

Heard over the back fence: Get your basketball teams together

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, [email protected] Use the subject lines “back fence item.”  BLAME THE GRAPES: My […]

As we were: Water projects

25 Years ago December 15, 1989 EID board still eyeing Small Alder The El Dorado Irrigation District board of directors decided to pay Ebasco Services $7,500 Monday to update a cost study for a 31,000 acre-foot reservoir and dam on Alder Creek near Kyburz. The scope of work for the update will include review of costs […]

Heard over the back fence: Donate blood, get a movie pass

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, mraffety@mtdemocrat,net. Use the subject lines “back fence item.”  “BIT OF FUN […]

Heard over the back fence: Santa Claus coming to Gold Bug Mine

Editor’s note — Bob Billingsley will return Jan. 5. In the meantime Ken Deibert is pinch-hitting for him. Please continue to send your items to our mailing address, drop them off at the office. E-mail items and your jokes and quotes to Michael Raffety, [email protected] Use the subject lines “back fence item.”  ARMLESS WIT: John […]

As we were: County checking gas tanks

25 Years ago Dec. 8, 1989 Leaking gas tank problem growing By John Sammon The threat of leaking gasoline storage tanks is a problem that appears to be growing apace with the population growth of the county. John Morgan, senior environmental health specialist and underground tank manager, said that citizens or businesses who elect to […]

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