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Colfax Chronicles

From the files of the Colfax Record
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10 YEARS AGO January 31, 2002 – Arctic chill puts freeze on Colfax; Interstate 80 closes, cars spin as snowfall accumulates. The storm swept through Northern California, bringing snow from the Pacific coast to the Sierra. Snow fell throughout the area Monday morning, closing Weimar and Placer Hills schools, but not Colfax Elementary or Colfax High. While 1.5 inches fell in Colfax beginning Saturday, Norden reported eight inches of new snow. Jeff Brand, California Department of Forestry battalion chief for the Colfax-Alta area and the fire chief for the city of Colfax, returned from New York City’s Ground Zero, the horrific 16-acre pile of rubble that was once the World Trade Center and where thousands died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. “Lord of the Rings” was playing at the Colfax Theatre. 20 YEARS AGO Jan. 29, 1992 – Adrienne Haffly, Katrina Roseler, John Travierso, T.J. Kelly and Dan Garcia studied zoology as part of the many subjects they crammed to be in the Academic Decathlon. The Colfax High students would try to unseat defending champion Del Oro on Feb. 1. Ken Rhodes, student body president of Colfax High School, accepted a check for $1,000 from Dave Stallions and Sam Newton of Sierra Market. The money was for enrichment programs for Colfax students and was the result of parents and community members collecting store receipts. Sierra Market has done similar promotions for Colfax Elementary and Placer Hills school districts. 50 YEARS AGO Feb. 1, 1962 – A meeting of parents of Boy Scouts and others interested in Scouting has been called for Feb. 1, to determine if a Scout troop will continue in Colfax. The meting will be at the Youth Center at 7:30 p.m. Ron Fawcett, Scoutmaster for Troop 25 for the past four years, has retired from that post with the last meeting of the troop. Six charter members of the Colfax Lions Club attended a Founder’s Night meeting at the Canyon Inn Monday night and reminisced with the present-day Lions of happening in the year 1928. The Colfax Lions Club was chartered in May 1928. Charter members (all of whom are no longer members of a Lions Club) were F.M. “Bud” Small and wife Violet of Sacramento; Joe Cortopassi of Colfax, H.D. “Dott” Pounds and wife Alpha of Colfax, Francis West and wife Gerry of Colfax, Pete Cortopassi and wife Olive of Colfax, and Oswald Marson and wife Pauline of Colfax. Guests of Lions were Mrs. R.T. Thurman, widow of another charter member, A.G. “Scoop” Thurman, and Chester Gibbs and wife Gladys. A change in Placer County supervisorial district boundaries was being made. Frank Paoli, supervisor of the fourth district, will now have the communities of Foresthill, Michigan Bluff, Iowa Hill and Todds Valley, in addition to the Cisco area, Emigrant Gap, Blue Canyon, Alta, Dutch Flat, Colfax, Weimar, Applegate and Meadow Vista. Howard “Sparky” Holman, who operates a garage on old Highway 40 east of Colfax, was cleaning the floor of the garage last Thursday when the fumes from the cleaner caught fire. The California Division of Forestry and the Colfax Volunteer Fire Department responded and the fire was extinguished in double-quick time. U.S. Army Private Lance K. Klokkevold is presently undergoing basic infantry training at the Fort Ord training center in the Monterey Peninsula. Private Klokkevold, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Klokkevold, is a graduate of Placer High School. The Colfax Elementary School team won the championship of the Colfax Post 192, American Legion Basketball Tournament, beating Penryn in an overtime game. Colfax players included Dave Albright, Gerl Frazier, Mike Piesker, Bill Irons, Mike Decker, Tom Lasick, Mike Lorang, Bob Marson and Jim Albright. Bill Farrell was the coach.