One Year Ago April 29, 2010 – Colfax Elementary School seventh-graders Riley O’Keefe and Autumn Turner will be attending Stanford University this summer. The young women were selected to attend the Tech Trek Science Camp, a program for seventh grade girls, sponsored by the American Association of University Women. The goal of the program is to introduce students to a variety of potential careers. 10 Years Ago April 26, 2001 – Colfax has always seen its financial well-being tied to transportation. Its very existence came about because of the first transcontinental railroad. Historic downtown Colfax is the heart of its community. But Interstate 80 is the artery that offers a long prosperous life for this community. It needs to be developed in a way that brings people off I-80 for the goods and services needed by many travelers. With proper planning the area can also reflect the historic nature of the community. Allowing it to simply be another stop along the interstate, as it is today, is failing to reflect the heritage of our area. 20 Years Ago May 1, 1991 – Fire season opens today. Capt. Charlie Jakobs has the perfect vantage point for viewing fires in the American River Canyon. His office overlooks the north fork, about one-half mile from the Auburn Foresthill Bridge as the crow flies. May 1 is the official start of California’s burning season. Any and all burning will require a burn permit, said Jakobs. The permits are available either from the cities or from offices of the state Department of Forestry. Burning can only be done on permissive burn days as designated by the Placer County Air Pollution Control District. 50 Years Ago April 27, 1961– Business was booming in Colfax over the weekend with the advent of the snowstorm. The hotel was full Saturday night; the garages supplied many chains to “brave” summit crossers; restaurants got their share of the traffic, too. 75 Years Ago April 24, 1936 – For 12 days an 8-year-old girl was lost in the forest. When rescued little Lucy Harris was too weak to walk, but from her cot in the hospital she smiled and said, “I wasn’t lonely or afraid because the birds sang!” How fortunate the grown-ups of Colfax, lost in the mazes of modern life, if they can smile at those around them and say, as they lay down for a long sleep, “I wasn’t lonely or afraid because the birds sang.” Paula Mooney uses back issues of the Colfax Record to compile the Colfax Chronicles.