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Colfax Chronicles

From the files of the Colfax Record
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10 YEARS AGO Feb. 14, 2002 – Weimar resident James V. Musci has been elected chairman of the Weimar/Applegate/Colfax Municipal Advisory Committee. Colfax resident Richard Branicki will serve as vice-chairman during the 2002 year. Weimar resident William Heitman was also appointed by the Placer County Board of Supervisors to serve on the WACMAC. Colfax Elementary School kindergarteners Michel Wilson and Stephanie Peres were among many local students who participated in a special Valentines program sponsored by the Colfax VFW Auxiliary. The Valentines were sent to the Veteran’s Hospital in Reno. The sun was bright, the snow was soft and the action was intense Monday at Boreal Mountain Resort as Colfax, Placer and Bear River snowboarders met in competition. The Colfax boys team came out on top and the Lady Falcons came up with second place to help Colfax take the overall team title in slalom competition. Colfax team members included Gia Scicluna, Julia Holman, Cara Sanchez, Natalie Herrmann, Amy Teitscheid, Stephanie Berger, Clayton Reed, Mike Schmeiske, Jussi Mixon, Steve Woolworth and Danny Pedicini. 20 YEARS AGO Feb. 12, 1992 – A Lincoln teenager in a stolen vehicle led police, sheriff’s deputies and CHP officers on a high-speed chase that only ended when the vehicle ran out of gas near Gold Run. The driver led police on a 45-minute chase Friday afternoon that started in Loomis and ended in the middle of Interstate 80 near Gold Run Road. The 16-year-old youth refused to stop the Datsun B-210 traveling at speeds up to 100 mph despite being rammed several times by a Placer County Sheriff’s deputy. “I hit him about six or seven times,” said Deputy Rick Armstrong, who was driving a Dodge Ram Charger truck. “He just finally stopped,” in the slow lane of the freeway. The teenager, who did as he was told and climbed out of the car with his hands up, said, “I ran out of gas.” A policy that declares Colfax Elementary School to be drug, alcohol and tobacco free was given final approval by trustees Wednesday. The new version of the policy deals with tobacco use and prohibits students, staff and visitors from smoking or at school-sponsored functions. Among Colfax Elementary School students earning Principal’s List honors with a grade-point average of at least 3.5 during December 1991 were eighth-graders Lauren Smith, John Rauschenberg, Brenda Alonzo, Lucas Westmoreland, Tiffany Cabl, Nathan Kern, Carrie Baker, Ed Barron, Jerrod Laputz and Jamie Hernandez. 50 YEARS AGO Feb. 15, 1962 – A new fire truck was ordered by the Colfax City Council at the meeting Tuesday night and delivery is expected in July. Total cost of the fire apparatus will be $13,340.28, including tax, and the council entered into a contract with Howe Fire Apparatus Co. of Indiana through their west coast distributor, Capital Fie Equipment Co. of Sacramento. A four-year lease purchase plan will be in effect. Dick Wayland, pharmacist of the Colfax Pharmacy, was re-elected president of the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning at the chamber of commerce meeting in the Little Red Hen. Wayland will be in his third year as president and will be assisted by Melba James as vice-president and Glenn Parsons as treasurer. Betty Velican will again be the secretary-manager. New directors elected by the chamber membership are Buhl Shaddy, Pioneer Propane; Ed Brase, Colfax 5 & 10; Clarence “Buster” Noxon, Wilshire Service; and Richard Steel, Colfax manager of P.G.&E. A total of 13.47 inches of rain fell during an eight-day period from Feb. 6 to 13. On Feb. 9 a total of 4.09 inches of rain was recorded at the Southern Pacific depot.