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Snow covered Colfax on Dec. 19 a decade ago

COLFAX CHRONICLES
By: From the files of the Colfax Record
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10 YEARS AGO

Dec. 26, 2002 – A severe winter storm blew into the Sierra, bringing winds, power outages, rain, snow and road closures to the region. A fresh coat of snow covered Colfax Dec. 19 as the storm passed over the area. Snow began to accumulate in Colfax at 4 p.m. A truck accident on Interstate 80 closed the highway for two hours. Another 2.74 inches of precipitation – including 2.5 inches of snow – fell on Colfax between late Wednesday and Saturday. That brought the season precipitation total to 17.27 inches, ahead of the 16.15 inches last year at this time.

A pair of former Colfax High grid standouts shined this past football season at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Ken Westphalen Jr. and Kyle Wells were both selected to the all-Southern California Intercollegiate Conference first tem as offensive linemen. Westphalen and Wells graduated from Colfax High in 2000.

Forrest Vance lived up to his pre-season billing this past season for the UC Davis Aggies football team. Vance, a 1999 Colfax High graduate, was named this past week to the D2 Football.Com first All-America team at the position of offensive tackle. The 6-foot-5-inch, 300-pound junior who majors in communications was a big part of the Aggies’ offense that averaged 425 yards a game this season. The Aggies finished the season with a record of 9-3 and advanced to the NCAA Div. II playoff second round before being eliminated.

20 YEARS AGO

Dec. 30, 1992 – Two teenagers cheated death by a matter of inches yesterday when a huge tree broke and crushed on top of the sport utility they were driving in. The force of impact crushed the auto’s top, knocked the two out, flipped the vehicle, and sent it careening into an embankment before it came to rest on West Weimar Cross Roads, near Placer Hills Road. Aaron Adkins, 18, and Erik Jensen, 19, suffered only minor injuries. “I’m walking with an angel today,” Adkins said. The two Sierra College students were on their way to Colfax to visit a friend and then make their way up Interstate 80 to ski at Sugar Bowl. Adkins, who graduated from Colfax High School earlier this year, had borrowed his father’s Ford Bronco II and had just turned on to West Weimar Crossroads at 8 a.m. when the tree fell. Adkins said he regained consciousness about five minutes after the crash, with his seatbelt around his chest bone and his knees by the gas pedal. Adkins managed to open the driver’s side window and pull himself out. Rescue workers found Jensen pinned flat between the ceiling and the seat. Using the Jaws of Life extrication apparatus, they were able to free Jensen.

50 YEARS AGO

Dec. 27, 1962 – Bassett’s Meats in the Colfax Food Center has been sold to George F. Huppert of Colfax starting next Monday, Dec. 31. Mrs. William (Dorothy) Bassett has owned the shop since the death of her husband, Bill Bassett, a year ago, and it has been managed by Hal Kleiner. Bassett started the business in July 1959 when Harry Bianchi and Dick Kiger opened the Colfax Food Center. Mr. Huppert is well known in Colfax, maintaining his home here while butchering for one of Raley’s markets in Sacramento. He has two sons, Cary and Randy Huppert, students at Colfax High School.

Property owners of the Eden Valley area have petitioned the county planning commission for an ordinance requiring a minimum of one-acre lots for construction of a residence or business. More than 150 persons signed the petition requesting the restriction. The six square mile area adjoins the Meadow Vista Fire District, which has the one-acre lot minimum. The commission is to consider the proposal at a January 25 meeting in the courthouse.

The Mr. Hickman who won the clothes hamper in the Soroptimist raffle has been identified more exactly. Ed Hickman delivers Borden products in Colfax and is well known in this area.

Reviving a former custom, the Colfax Lions Club members will gather New Year’s morning, Jan. 1, 1963, for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast at the Canyon Inn. Invitations to the affair have been extended to the Auburn, Foresthill and Grass Valley clubs.