Colfax Chronicles

From the files of the Colfax Record
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10CR Colfax Chronicles 10 YEARS AGO Nov. 8, 2001 – The last day of October was officially declared the end of 2001’s brutal fire season by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Recent cool, wet weather has significantly reduced the threat of wildfire. While the 2001 fire season was categorized as “moderate” statewide, CDF’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit saw more than its share of action. According to CDF information officer Tina Rose, the three-county unit responded to 1,001 vegetation fires – 175 more than last year. Acreage burned within this area totaled 6,909, with damages approaching $4 million. August proved to be the worst, when the northern Sierra was hit with the 2,462-acre Gap Fire, the 2,780 Ponderosa Fire southeast of Colfax, the 91-acre Bear Fire, the 35-acre Colfax Fire east of Colfax, and the massive 16,1761-acre Star Fire. Barring state budget constraints, motorists who travel Interstate 0 between the Placer County line and the Nevada state line can expect to encounter construction projects for the next 10 years or more. “The last time any major work was done on I-80 it was in preparation for the winter Olympics at Squaw Valley,” said Karl Dreher, a California Department of Transportation project manager. 20 YEARS AGO Nov. 6, 1991 – Mayor Fern Chadd was re-elected mayor of the City of Colfax, taking an early lead in the absentee balloting and ending the night with a 62 percent victory over challenger Deborah Miller with 37.7 percent. In the other council race, Michele Ralphy unseated one-term incumbent Elizabeth Armando by a narrow margin of 152 to 129 votes. Placer County Water Agency District 5 incumbent Otis Wollan, of Colfax, managed to beat back a challenge from Bruce Kranz, of Weimar; Wollan had 2,102 votes, while Kranz had 1,718. After seven years at Weimar Institute, Dr. Herbert Douglass announced his retirement as president. He had held that position for seven years. The cast of the Wizard of Oz, better known as the crew at Toms Sierra Company, are the winners of the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce Halloween costume contest for 1991. They included Jodi Lewis, Randy Miller, Evelyn Scott, Eden Vandiver, Ken Johnson, Debbie Bartels, Terry Bartels and Tami Benintendi. Heart Federal Savings and Loan is the decorations winner. Like the obnoxious brother-in-law that overstays his welcome, the Colfax Falcons football team just won’t go away. In what has become the norm since Golden Empire League play began, Colfax continues to confound the experts. The latest chapter of what has turned into a weekly soap opera saw the Falcons overcome five turnovers last Friday evening at Marson Stadium to post a 21-6 GEL victory over Golden Sierra. Colfax will have to win their game at Lincoln this Friday and at Bear River on Nov. 16 to earn a post-season berth. Despite not fielding a complete team for most of the season, the CHS Falcon harriers banded together last Wednesday after an eight-year absence and made a return to the top of the Golden Empire League to take the cross country title. Ken Rhoades took the GEL individual crown for Colfax. Colfax 4-H Project Leaders Jan and David Lowe, of Colfax, presented “Tucker” to Jose Gonzalves following the dog’s graduation from the Guide Dogs for the Blind training. 50 YEARS AGO Nov. 9, 1961 – Christmas is just around the corner and if you have a boy overseas, it is time to start wrapping up your packages for him, according to Postmaster R.P. Fawcett. Another link of the freeway will be officially opened Nov. 13 when state, county officials, members of the Placer County Chamber of Commerce, and businessmen in this area attend the ribbon cutting. The ceremony will be held on the eastbound lane of the new highway, east of the Monte Vista overpass at 11 a.m. and will be conducted by Congressman Harold T. Johnson. The Colfax High School band will play during the ceremonies. The tour will end at the Monte Vista Inn where luncheon will be served at the Inn at 12:30. From Colfax High School, by Bill Hotchkiss: Football, so real an entity a little over a week ago, has by now become a part of the irretrievable past. This does not hold true, however, for five not-to-be named varsity football players, who, Coach Poole vows, will not receive their letters until all equipment has been turned in. What a mess people in Foresthill haven fallen into with the announcement by the Bureau of Land Management that approximately 20 residents are settled on government land. Dutch Flat Community Club officers met last Thursday at Fran Bell’s for a discussion of plans for the Community Club Thanksgiving dinner to be given the evening of Nov. 16. It was decided to make a charge of $1 for adults and 35 cents for children under 12. Bring your own table service and the cooks will do the rest. Editor’s note: Due to a gap in Colfax Record archives, 75 YEARS AGO can not be included at this time.