Sharing tidbits from my inbox

Editor's Corner
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An editor’s in-box is always full. The mail I receive can be divided into three categories: junk, for publication and interesting reads. Obviously the junk goes in the round file and the local news releases you can read in the pages of the Record. Now, I’d like to share some of the fun items I’ve received. Tom Mason, an active volunteer with the Colfax Area Historical Society and Colfax veterans groups, often sends some fun stories and great photos. Earlier this month, however, he sent out a warning about a new traffic law, the Move Over Law. The law states that when an emergency vehicle is parked on the side of the road, vehicles in the slow lane must, if possible, move over into the next traffic lane or slow down to at least 20 miles per hour under the posted speed limit. Although it went into effect on Jan. 1, this law already exists in every state in the U.S. with the exception of Hawaii, Maryland and the District of Columbia. The individual who started the warning e-mail stated that the penalty could be as much as $754 with three points on your license and a mandatory court appearance. Here’s another interesting read... Sierra College, in partnership with Heyday Books, has published “The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology.” While this book encompasses the entire Sierra Nevada experience from its earliest myths to contemporary accounts, Colfax does get a nod or two in the collection. There are Maidu and Konkow myths, legends and stories as well as stories about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, including Maxine Hong Kingston’s fictionalized account of Chinese railroad workers. They’ve also included a selection from Frank Norris novel, “McTeague,” which is set, in part, in Iowa Hill. And there are several selections about notables in the Grass Valley area, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gary Snyder of No. San Juan. While out and about, I ran into Russ and Roz Worrall, who have been sailing around the world since selling their optometrist practice on So. Auburn Street in 2009. The Worralls left San Diego on their sailboat, Worrall Wind, in October 2009 with plans to see the world. They were back in Colfax for the July 3 wedding of daughter, Abby, to Neil Young. Even though the adventure has been amazing so far, Roz says there’s no book planned. It’s all in her blog (, she said. Check it out. It’s a great read and a way to travel vicariously. While I haven’t made it to a performance, I’ve heard lots of praise about “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” which opened last weekend A group of Colfax High School drama students have spent the summer putting together this production, which plays Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Colfax Theater, 49 So. Main St. Colfax High School senior Chase Coney is directing the production that stars current and former Colfax High School drama students. Tickets, at $7 per person, can be purchased at Calamity Jane’s Confections, 7 Main St. or at the door. In addition to producing a quality show, these students plan on donating their profits to the CORE Program at Colfax High. Let’s support a group of teenagers who are trying to give something back to their community.