10 YEARS AGO May 9, 2002 ? Priscilla Daniels, Mary Parker, D.C. Car, Steve Walsh and Jay Shuttleworth were among those on hand for the dedicated of the Stevens Trailhead in Iowa Hill May 4 during the Lyman Gilmore celebration in the foothills mining community. Iowa Hill homeowners Priscilla Daniels, co-owner of the Iowa Hill Store, and Mary Parker deeded the easement to the Bureau of Land Management to enable the trail to fully open to the public from Colfax to Iowa Hill. Colfax residents Tony and Stephanie Garcia, who lost their 18-month-old daughter, Melinda ?Busy? Garcia, to Heptoblastoma, a very rare liver disease, planned the Busy Angel Golf Tournament on June 23 at the Turkey Creek Golf Course near Lincoln. Proceeds would go toward research for a cure of the devastating disease. Tony Garcia said that Heptoblastoma generally strikes children under 3 years of age. A very rare disease, it affects only about children in the United States each year. Colfax High School?s golf team captured its first Division II section championship May 6 at Angels Camp. Team members were Ryan Bonari, Brian Bixler, Sam Tallman, Jamison Toews, Jerad Blair and Nick Meyers. John Lamb was the coach. 20 YEARS AGO May 13, 1992 ? Colfax could be as much as $1.5 million richer within a month following a decision by the Third District Court of Appeals upholding the city?s inheritance from the estate of former resident Carl Bianchini. Bianchini, who grew up in Colfax, died in 1989 and left the city his estate in a handwritten will. Relatives of his late wife challenged the will in probate court, claiming it was invalid. If the will were proven to be meaningless, the estate would go to his nearest living relatives. A San Joaquin County Superior judge sided with the city and executor of the estate, Fred Claus. Following that decision, an appeal was made to the Court of Appeals. According to former City Attorney Robert Sinclair, the family can make a finial appeal to the State Supreme Court, but doubted the Superior Court would hear the case if appealed. Sinclair said there are still a number of legal issues to be decided in addition to the validity of the will. A second issue involves taxes as claimed by the Internal Revenue Service. Sinclair said the IRS is claiming the estate was a gift to Claus, who decided to give the money to the City of Colfax, which would make the entire amount subject to inheritance taxes. The city claims the money was given directly to the city, a tax-exempt entity that does not have to pay inheritance taxes. Sinclair said the courts agreed that the will specified the city as the main recipient of the will, and said he expects the IRS will go along with that decision. Also to be resolved is the issue of attorney fees. Sinclair represented the city on a contingency basis, which will give him a little more than 12 percent of the $1.5 million inheritance. Also to be paid on an hourly basis are three attorneys who represented Claus. The city has not announced plans for the funds once they are received. 50 YEARS AGO May 10, 1962 ? A family polio immunization clinic will be held at the Veterans Memorial building May 18 from 7 to 8 p.m. All children must have had the polio shots before entering school. A crew of men went to work Wednesday morning on the site of the Charles Prince Ford Sales location at the freeway on the former Cortopassi property. All members of the staff at the Prince Ford Sales took part in the groundbreaking ceremony. It is expected that completion of the first stage of his planned development will be in 60 working days. Lillian Pitz was elected as president of the Soroptimist Club of Colfax for the coming year. Other officers elected at the annual meeting in May were Ruth Roenspie, Mary Smith, Susie Thurman, Rita Marson, Margaret Buher, Charlotte Hoff and Betty Velican. Mr. and Mrs. Don (Pal) Ballenger and two children are visiting in Colfax with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Ballenger, until May 16 when they will return to Army service and a three-year hitch in Europe. Pal has now been in the service for eight years and has signed up for another six-year enlistment. He had been stationed in Dugway, Utah.