One Year Ago
April 1, 2010 – Colfax amateur astronomer Don Machholz is on Cloud 9 and back on the celestial map after the discovery of his 11th comet.
Machholz started looking for comets in 1975. His first discovery came three years later while his telescope was set up in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Since moving to Colfax, he has found two comets in 1992, three in 1994 and one in 2004.
10 Years Ago
March 29, 2001 – Laura Phipps, a student at Weimar Hills School, won second place in Division I of the Auburn Symphony’s Young Artist Competition.
Playing piano since the age of 6, Phipps has competed and placed in several national music competitions.
Overall grand prize winner was Chad Thomas, a senior at Placer Hills School.
In addition to his classical studies, Thomas has been active in jazz and swing bands.
He plans to study music in college.
20 Years Ago
April 3, 1991 – Plans are underway for an eventful weekend to mark the grand opening of the Colfax Community Center.
The three-day festival will include such events as a family dinner, games for children, art auction, crafts show and rummage sale.
Organized by Sierra Vista Center, the organization taking over operation of the community center, the weekend promises to be fun for young and old.
50 Years Ago
March 30, 1961– All Colfax business stores will be closed Friday, March 31, from noon to 3 p.m. in observance of Good Friday.
Stores will reopen at 3 p.m., including the Bank of America.
The annual Easter egg hunt, which is sponsored by the Colfax Post No.192, American Legion, will be held, weather permitting, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Cortopassi orchard, orchard on the east side of the freeway.
Children, up to age 12, are invited to participate in the hunt.
75 Years Ago
March 27, 1936 – Colfax residents awakened Tuesday morning to see the ground covered with three-inches of snow, which fell as far down the hill as Penryn.
Snow fell all day Tuesday morning. The weather began to moderate on Wednesday and the snow soon disappeared.
Due to the storm, trucks had a difficult time making it over the summit.
Paula Mooney uses back issues of the Colfax Record to compile the Colfax Chronicles.