Central Pacific broke ground in Sacramento in 1863
10 YEARS AGO
Jan. 9, 2003 – League champion Colfax High School reaped the fruits of victory in its run to the Pioneer Valley League title as the Falcons dominated the all-PVL football team that was selected recently by the league’s coaches. Colfax, which posted a perfect 6-0 record in winning the first PVL championship, placed 11 players on the all-league team, the most by any school. Colfax’s Nick Paskey, a senior fullback, was named as the PL’s Most Valuable Player on offense and Falcon had coach Tony Martello shared the Coach of the Year Award with Oakmont’s Bob Vukajlovic. Paskey, who rushed for 952 yards and 17 passes for 223 more yards, scoring 12 touchdowns, was a near-unanimous pick for the offensive MVP award. Paskey was joined on the offensive unit by quarterback Ben Galbraith, wide receiver Mike McCoy, offensive linemen Brandon Harris and Jon Cook, and utility player Drew Hamm. Defensively, the Falcons, who allowed just 175 points in 13 games, had five players selected to the first team. Nose guard Jose Piz was joined by linebackers Wayne Lamberth and Brad Collier and defensive backs Chris Pulver and Wyatt Covich.
20 YEARS AGO
Jan. 13, 1993 – Colfax Elementary School is joining the large number of schools that are looking to private foundations to help fill the gap between state funding and local needs. A letter is being prepared to mail to area residents, asking their participation in a foundation for the elementary school district. The proposal is to operate the foundation so that donors can choose where they want their money to go, whether it be music, science, sports or other use. The first meeting has been set for 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in the school library.
As of Jan. 1, restaurants in Colfax and the unincorporated areas of Placer County will have less room for smokers and more dedicated to non-smokers. Under identical laws in both the City of Colfax and Placer County, residents must now dedicate 80 percent of seating capacity to non-smokers. Under both laws, smoking is illegal in enclosed public places including lobbies, elevators, restrooms, retail stores, theaters, offices and public transportation. Smoking is allowed in bars, tobacco stores, designated areas of restaurants, private meeting rooms, private residences, and motels and hotels.
50 YEARS AGO
Jan. 10, 1963 – Southern Pacific Company, and Sacramento in particular, will be celebrating 100 years of the start of construction of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. The anniversary starts this week. The Central Pacific, which became a part of the 140,000-mile Southern Pacific system, passed through Colfax (and which gave Colfax its start) in 1865. Dutch Flat can be proud of its part in the founding of the transcontinental railroad, since the idea was conceived at a meeting in that community.
The type III Sabin Oral Polio vaccine will be given Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Colfax for the people of Colfax and eastern Placer County area. Dr. F. Lynn Smith, director of the clinic, said, “It would be appreciated if we can have as good an attendance for the type II clinic as we have had for types I and II.” The Placer-Nevada County Medical Society urges everyone to take the vaccine, irrespective of age.
A dance studio is being opened by Mrs. Judy Bentley this month at the Youth Center in Colfax. Lessons will include a combination course of tap, ballet, acrobat, baton and modern jazz. The cost will be $1.50 per student and the class will be one hour long.
The Electro Electric Company, now located on Placer Hills Road in Eden Valley, will move Jan. 15 to Colfax in the building recently vacated by Ladd’s Plumbing. Bob Powell and Ed Voris, owners of this rapidly growing electric company, will continue to serve Placer and adjacent counties with their headquarters in Colfax.