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Colfax Chronicles

From the files of the Colfax Record
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10 YEARS AGO Dec. 6, 2001 – A mix of snow and rain fell on Colfax Tuesday morning, bringing hazardous road conditions to the Sierra foothills. Tuesday morning’s storm was the second to pass over the area in four days. Colfax community members attending Friday’s economic development seminar Friday got a different view of their community. The seminar, organized by Colfax City Manager Bob Perrault, brought four economic development specialists into Colfax to share ideas and offer suggestions to improve the city. Colfax High captured its seventh consecutive Golden Empire League boys soccer championship this past season, and fittingly the Falcons dominated the all-GEL East all-league selections that were announced last week. Chris Hall, Joel Semenoff and Luke Pierceall, all seniors, were tagged for their fine play this season. Defensive stalwarts Casey Wolfgang, Logan Maier, Dan DiLulo and goalie Kyle Spencer were all honored with first-team picks. Dan Wright landed an honorable mention selection on the all-league squad. 20 YEARS AGO Dec. 4, 1991 – Eight Colfax High School football players were named to the all-Golden Empire League football team that was selected by the league’s coaches. Heading the list for the Falcons was tight end-linebacker Tim Adams, who was named to both the first offensive and defensive teams. Colfax’s other first-team pick was senior defensive back Gabe Garcia. Telly Strika, Dino Vasquez, Chris Deacon, Matt Williams, K.C. Wuelfing and Clint Rush rounded out the selections. Colfax High’s Ken Rhoades capped off a brilliant prep cross country career by finishing third in last Saturday’s CIF/Reebok State Cross Country Championships in Fresno. Colfax is continuing to seek an artist for a city logo, and will likely spend $400 or more for the final product. In answer to the question “What would you like to see in Colfax in 10 years,” Tracy Morgan said, “I’d like to see Colfax improve its image. We need more mom-and-pop style businesses.” Burt Houser said, “We just want to keep its small-town atmosphere.” Terry Murphy wanted to see “local schools start 10 minutes apart. The traffic is terrible.” Forest Ewing wanted “A park with bathrooms and showers. More street fairs and bonfires.” 50 YEARS AGO Dec. 7, 1961 – Glenn Parsons, who cuts Christmas trees on Southern Pacific property each year, has completed the three-month job and 30,000 have been in the process of being shipped this week. The trees have been in the Colfax Fruit Growers cold storage plant and shipment has been by big trucks and railroad to various destinations. Work has started on functional planting and landscaping on US 40 in Placer County, according to state highway officials at the Marysville district office. A $4,458 contract with L.K. Nelson of Downey will provide landscaping at the Colfax interchange that will include plantings of Chinese pistache, Christmas berry, and California incense cedar in the half-mile area. Friday night the Colfax Falcon A and B basketball teams entertain the Nevada Union A and B teams in a doubleheader at the Colfax High gym. The Red Dog-You Bet bridge over the Bear River was wrecked on the Nevada County side of the river one day last week. Three spans and two piers went out, due , it is reported, to the large amount of gravel taken from the river for construction of the freeway. Five and forty-nine hundreds inches of rain fell in the four-day storm last, bringing the total for this season to 8.12 inches. Last year was a dry one but to date we had had 11.89 inches of precipitation. Editor’s note: Due to a gap in Colfax Record archives, 75 YEARS AGO can not be included in this issue.