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Timothy Olson rests after breaking the course record to win the Western States Endurance Run June 23, as race director Greg Soderlund looks on at Placer High’s LeFebvre Stadium. Olson, a 28-year-old massage therapist from Ashland, Ore., crossed the finish line in 14 hours, 46 minutes and 44 seconds. The old record was 15 hours, seven minutes.


The last in a line of locomotives used in connection with the Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge, Engine No. 202, arrives in Auburn May 11 from Clarksburg for the bridge’s 100th anniversary celebration.


January — ADA lawsuits, tourism honor, new mascot
Jan. 1 – Pfc. Tom Fitzinger received a warm welcome from family and friends upon his return from a tour of duty in Iraq Dec. 30. Fitzinger, a Foresthill resident and former baseball star at Foresthill High, was one of the last members of his unit to leave Iraq after serving as a military police officer in the already closed Camp Adder. “We shut the gate and it was a good feeling,” Fitzinger said. “Everyone was going home.” Jan. 2 – Auburn’s Redevelopment Agency along with hundreds of others in California is out of business after the state Supreme Court ruled (Dec. 29) that the legislature was within its legal rights when it disbanded the agencies earlier this year by passing Assembly Bill AB 1X26. Now the state will see an infusion of tax revenue that was formerly dedicated to redevelopment in cities for projects such as Auburn’s Streetscape. Streetscape Phase II is Auburn’s last project that will be funded with already delegated redevelopment funds. Jan. 4 – The wall on the side of Rico’s Barbershop and Depoe Bay Coffee Co. off High Street will soon have a mural of the Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge. It was designed by recent Placer High graduate Archie Warren and spearheaded by the Auburn Arts Commission. City Council approved the new mural in November for a cost of $1,500 and donations from the community. A block party will be held Jan. 7 for the community to paint the mural. Jan 8 – A Sacramento County Superior Court judge sentenced Matthew Riley, 33, of Auburn, to life in prison with no possibility of parole for the death of his parents, Steven Riley, 54, and Linda Riley, 52. The couple died of multiple stab wounds in their South Natomas home on Dec. 9, 2008. Jan. 11 – Supervisors

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Black Hawk helicopters, brought in as part of additional state resources to fight the Robbers Fire, carry water from the American River near Yankee Jims bridge to douse flames in the steep terrain where the fire was burning July 14. The Robbers Fire destroyed more than 2,600 acres and cost nearly $13 million for suppression efforts.


Auburn resident Annaliese Nobile, 7, makes quick work of her slice of fruit during the watermelon-eating contest at Fourth of July festivities in Old Town Auburn.


Above, Foresthill’s Pfc. Tom Fitzinger hugs fiancée Christee Littlefield as friends, family and the Patriot Guard Riders welcome him home from Iraq upon his arrival at Sacramento International Airport (Dec. 30). At left, Camper Long, 4, and his father Jason Long help with the mural being painted on the wall of Rico’s Barber Shop on High Street in Downtown Auburn Jan. 7. “My dad called and told us the mural was being painted today and kids could help, so we came right down,” Jason Long said.
prison. Instead, low-level inmates and parolees are being put under county control. Placer County justice system is currently handling 49 more former state inmates a month than the expected 30 supervisors were told. Jan. 12 – Auburn is basking in the glow of a newly minted top ranking for California’s Gold


approved a series of strategies Placer County law enforcement has developed to align county

policies with Assembly Bill 109’s move to reduce the number of offenders incarcerated in state

Country as a prime tourist destination by travel guide Lonely Planet. The area ranked No. 6 in the Lonely Planet Top 10 for the Gold Country. Jan. 15 – More Auburn businesses are being sued by Carmichael-based lawyer Scott Johnson for being out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Among those dealing with lawsuits is Larry Taylor, owner of Pet Xing, who said he has been sued along with two of the other three tenants in his shopping center. Jan. 22 – A local Knights of Columbus group is hoping 1,101 wooden crosses spread throughout Auburn will make people think about outlawing abortion. The 32-inch high white wooden crosses represent the number of abortions performed in the U.S. each day. The crosses were placed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Auburn, Sisters of Mercy Convent on Sacramento Street in Auburn, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Auburn Ravine Road in Auburn, on property on Highway 193 about two miles from Newcastle and on property on the corner of Newcastle Road and Auburn Folsom Blvd. Jan. 24 – The storm door opened just enough to give the foothills a good soaking and blanket the Sierra with a fluffy layer of snow. But now it is closing again — at least for a while. Sensors at the Auburn Municipal Airport recorded 1.61 inches of rain from mid-day Jan. 22 to mid-day Jan. 23 and 4.93 inches for the past five days. Jan. 29 – The Auburn Recreation and Parks District has a furry new friend. The board of directors has voted to make a squirrel the mascot. The new face of the district will make appearances throughout the town and be used in marketing campaigns to promote the district’s services.


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February — Low rainfall, mounting legal costs for city
Feb. 1 – Facing a 30 percent drop in revenue over the past five years, the Auburn Recreation and Parks District is proposing major cuts to balance its books. Among the proposed cuts are closing the district’s pools on Aug. 15 rather than Labor Day and not renewing the contract to lease ball fields from the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Along with cuts would come increases in custodial fees and lunch league basketball fees. Feb. 6 – More than 100 Penryn residents rallied to protect their rural lifestyle from high-density development. Vocal community members attended the Penryn Municipal Advisory Council on Jan. 24 to comment on the Orchards at Penryn, a 150-unit apartment complex proposed for 15 acres that border Penryn and Taylor roads. The Placer County Planning Commission will take up the project at its Feb. 23 meeting. Feb. 7 – A sculpture of a Nisenan Indian dancer by North Auburn artist Douglas Van Howd is now the focal point of Downtown Auburn’s Central Square. The statue was installed Feb. 3 and finishing touches including the addition of bronze oak leaves at the dancer’s feet were put in place Feb. 6. Feb. 8 – While Siskiyou County has put out a $15,000 reward for its stolen gold, Placer County’s own sizeable collection is safe and secure in a vault at an Auburn museum. The Placer County Museum at the historic courthouse in Old Town Auburn has been home to the gold collection for 15 years. In the 1990s it was valued at $343,000. At the time, gold was selling for $331 an ounce. Today, the market price is more than $1,700 an ounce. Feb. 9 – The Auburn Community was left dumbfounded as musicians and music lovers learned that Maestro Michael Goodwin, longtime director of the Auburn Symphony, was killed in a car crash Feb. 7. “It’s a very devastating blow to the arts community and the orchestra and definitely the people of Auburn,” said Richard Altenbach, concertmaster of the Auburn Symphony. Goodwin, 65, of Oregon House, was the only fatality in a two-car crash on Highway 20 in Yuba County. He had been on his way to rehearsal in Auburn for the Feb. 11 children’s concert. Feb. 10 – Six of Auburn’s iconic


Father Dan Williamson of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Auburn gets some Mardi Gras beads from a bewigged Annie Holmes during the church’s annual Fat Tuesday Pancake Celebration.


Van Howd Studios of North Auburn installed the new Nisenan dancer statue in Downtown Auburn’s Central Square.
buildings have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings include Auburn City Hall and Fire House, Auburn Fire House No. 2, Auburn Hose Company No. 1, Auburn Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall, Auburn Masonic Temple and Placer County Bank. Feb. 12 – Former Colfax High School snowboard coach, computer science teacher and snowboard district coordinator Belden Morgan, also known as Jack Morgan, 70, of Auburn, was

Auburn Symphony conductor Michael Goodwin, 65, of Oregon House, was killed in a car crash on Highway 20, between Grass Valley and Yuba City.
nology systems analyst. Janice Gage, Placer County Sheriff’s Office administrative services manager, told supervisors that the new correctional positions will be in the Placer Count Jail and are being added as part of anticipated impacts from Assembly Bill 109 realignment by the state. Seven hires will be funded by a federal Community Oriented Policing Services hiring grant to assist in fighting illegal drug use. Feb. 19 – The water supply picture for Placer County is get-

arrested on charges of alleged continual sexual abuse of a child, punishable by 15 years to life in prison. “They are past allegations that happened some time ago and we conducted an investigation and made the arrest,” Placer County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Reed said. Feb. 15 – Placer County moved a step closer to hiring 22 more law enforcement employees. The total includes 14 new correctional system employees, seven new deputies and a tech-

ting grimmer. David Ward, PG&E partnership coordinator, said that as of (Feb. 15), seasonal precipitation across the Sierra Nevada was 42 percent of average. Seasonal precipitation is measured between July 1 and June 30. “This year is barely above 1976-77,” he said. “If the current pattern continues, it could be the sixth or seventh driest year in 117 years or recordkeeping.” Feb. 22 – Uncertainty gave way to celebration (Feb. 21) as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and California State Parks marked the signing of a 25-year partnership pact to maintain operations in the 30,000-acre Auburn State Recreation Area. The long-term agreement also covers more than 20,000 acres in the Folsom State Recreation Area. State Parks will continue to manage law enforcement and visitor services in the two areas. Feb. 24 – Lake of the Pines resident Ryan Roth, 33, was stabbed to death (Feb. 23) and a suspect in the killing was arrested after a pursuit that ranged over three counties. Roth was found dead at the scene by emergency personnel who answered a 911 call at about 12:30 a.m. Brandon Riddle-Terrel, 24, of Petaluma was arrested on suspicion of homicide. Feb. 28 – Six months into the fiscal year, City of Auburn has already exceeded its entire annual budget for legal expenses, city officials said at the (Feb. 27) city council meeting. An ongoing legal dispute with the Auburn Police Officers Association and the city’s shutdown of Blooms and Blossoms, an illegal marijuana dispensary, are the cause of the mounting legal costs. Those two issues alone cost the city $53,000 that was not in the annual budget, officials said. Feb. 29 – Auburn drowning death murder defendant Patricia Thomas was allowed to leave Placer County Jail and return home after more than a month behind bars. Thomas, 66, was arrested Jan. 18 and charged with murder in the May 25, 1970 death of her 4-year-old daughter, Cindy. Judge Larry Gaddis ordered authorities to release Thomas but is requiring home confinement and the attachment of a global positioning system device to track her movements.

March — Gold panning revival, bike course razed
March 1 – Snow falling in the upper elevations of Placer County closed Foresthill elementary, middle and high schools (Feb. 29). Foresthill received between 6 and 8 inches of snow in the storm. March 7 – Newcastle residents decided the fate of their fire district with semi official results indicating that Measure B passed, according to the Placer County Elections Office. Supporters say the $146.46 parcel tax was necessary because it will pay for the cost of a new fire station to replace the currently

condemned one, give raises to firefighters now earning minimum wage and fund the fire district into the future. Those who voted against the measure say it is not the best way to fund the fire district. – A North Auburn man who had his high-end bike stolen is warning others to take precautions when using Craigslist. Rich Holiday’s Craigslist online posting for selling his Yeti SB 66 mountain bike was answered by a man who visited his North Auburn home but decided not to buy. Holiday reported to the

Placer County Sheriff’s Office that he left his home shortly after meeting the man and returned about two hours later to find the bike — worth $6,500 — was gone from his garage. The break-in also left him missing another bicycle of lesser value, bike accessories, golf clubs and cordless power tools. March 8 – Auburn State Recreation Area Supervising Ranger Scott Liske said he’s seeing a spike in gold panning on the middle and north forks of the American River. It’s a mini gold rush that Liske said could be

because of the increased price of gold or the impact of the Discovery Channel TV show “Gold Rush.” March 11 – A popular mountain bike course of jumps in Auburn that sits on the Union Pacific right-of-way is now no more after being leveled for what the railroad says are safety reasons and liability concerns. The land is across the tracks from the Auburn Recreation District’s Recreation Park. – It’s a five-candidate field for Placer County Board of Supervisors eastern District 5 seat

held by Jennifer Montgomery. Montgomery is being challenged by three men named Johnson — Gary T. Johnson of the Colfax area, Jerry Johnson of Meadow Vista and Auburn’s Rich Johnson — and Mark Wright of Colfax. March 14 – Placer County supervisors voted to support a regional sewer pipeline to Lincoln from North Auburn that the county estimates will cost $73 million. The figure could increase to $94.7 million if the city of Auburn adds a spur line

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to link up with the pipeline to be built between North Auburn’s Sewer Maintenance District 1 and the city of Lincoln’s wastewater treatment plant. March 15 – The Auburn Chamber of Commerce is bringing back a scaled-down version of the Black & White Ball. The Black & White Affair will limit attendance to 2,000 and require ties on all the men. The ball was last held in 2009. March 16 – The “pink slime” debate has oozed into Auburn. Concerns about ground beef laced with ammonia-treated filler dubbed “pink slime” by critics has gone viral over the past week and resulted in the U.S. Department of Agriculture announcement that it would give school districts the option of choosing filler-free meat. Placer Union High School District plans to opt for the nonfiller burger, Assistant Superintendent Doug Marquand said. Auburn Union School District Superintendent Michele Schuetz said the district doesn’t buy supplies from the filler’s lone manufacturer and doesn’t buy the filler product. March 21 – Tow truck driver David Robinson Jr., 30, died in the hospital after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver on westCasino owners’ headquarters compound off Indian Hill Road in Auburn were being linked in allegations of fraud and money laundering with tribal administrator Gregory Baker. According to tribe spokesman Doug Elmets, Baker was placed on leave March 21. March 26 – Auburn City Clerk Joseph Labrie has filed a lawsuit against the authors of the ballot argument against Measure A, the initiative that will go on the June ballot proposing Auburn become a charter city. In his lawsuit, the city clerk claims that statements made in the arguments were false and misleading. March 28 – Christopher Keller, 25, of Newcastle was arraigned in the hit-and-run death of tow truck driver David Robinson Jr. Keller entered a not-guilty plea to manslaughter and hit-andrun charges during court proceedings. Judge James Garbolino raised Keller’s bail from $75,000 to $210,000. March 30 – The Auburn Union School District board of trustees is moving forward with plans to open a charter school at the former site of Alta Vista School. School board members say they are excited to be able to provide families with another local choice in education.


Auburn resident Patrick Kenoyer and his dog, Wiggey, walk along the rain-swollen Auburn Ravine Creek on Auburn Ravine Road. A late-winter storm drenched Auburn with almost three inches of rain on March 14.
bound Interstate 80 at the Ophir Road off-ramp. The tow truck was parked on the side of I-80 but partly sticking out into the slow lane of the three-lane roadway. The victim was pushed into the driver’s side door and into the front driver’s-side fender, the California Highway Patrol said. March 23 – Details in documents accompanying a U.S. District Court move by the Internal Revenue Service to seize 23 properties allege that the three people targeted formed a maze of bogus transactions to bilk the United Auburn Indian Community out of $18 million. In affidavits filed by IRS investigators, two men involved with the construction of the Thunder Valley

April — Charter city debate, issues at mobile home park
April 1 – Preserve Auburn – No on Measure A — has a $25,000 campaign budget, while the Auburn Advocates for Local Control – Yes on Measure A — haven’t reached the $1,000 mark, according to election documents filed with the city clerks’ office. If Measure A passes in the June primary election, Auburn will become a charter city. April 3 – Auburn Union School District’s Michele Schuetz was honored as the Placer County Superintendent of the Year. The award was bestowed by the Association of California School Administrators, based on a nomination from a peer and review by a selection committee. April 4 – The Placer County Superior Court ruled that the opponents of the Measure A charter city initiative do not need to make amendments to their ballot argument, as challenged by City Clerk Joe Labrie. April 5 – Local gas stations are making a move toward more secure, triple-encrypted pointof-sale devices at older fuel pumps. Some gas station owners say to comply with security regulations from Visa, they have replaced their older fuel pumps altogether, while others say they may just install new point-of-

At Downtown Auburn’s Central Square, Sons of the American Revolution, from left, Ron Barker, Dan Dancer and Dale Ross, attired like their ancestors, celebrate the anniversary of the April 18, 1775 beginning of the American Revolution. On (April 19), the Sons of the American Revolution.

sale equipment by the 2014 deadline. April 18 – California has seen three times the number of wildfires this year from January through the second week in April than there were last year, Cal Fire officials say. With November through February being some of the driest months in history, Cal Fire and local fire officials say conditions are ripe for wildfires, but there are steps residents can take to

Cowboy Jess Williams of Paso Robles rides Fancy Pants, hanging on for eight seconds for a score of 70 in the Saddle Bronc competition April 28 at Auburn’s Wild West Stampede rodeo at the Gold Country Fairgrounds

protect homes going into summer. April 18 – A move by the California Welcome Center and Placer County Visitors Center was put on hold by a fire-alarm requirement that still needs to be completed. The center was open for a short time at its new street address just off Downtown Auburn’s Central Square. April 22 – Residents of Glen Oaks Mobile Home Park in Auburn say that unsafe conditions abound. They say the lot is littered with debris from torn down trailers, the water smells and tastes bad and once tested positive for E. coli bacteria. Other issues include mold, open sewers and vermin. Management says the park is in compliance with county regulations and that staff works to address all tenant complaints. April 24 – The final piece of the School Park Preserve project has turned into a community event that draws people from all walks of life in Auburn to help out. Volunteers have been at work on the community garden, which will ultimately see 32 raised beds in the upper portion of the park. The garden is funded entirely by grants and donations of money and labor. – Placer County’s unemploy• SEE APRIL PAGE C4

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continued from C3 ment crept upward again for a second consecutive month, rising to 10.5 percent in March, according to state Employment Development Department figures. The unemployment rate for the four-county region — Placer, El Dorado, Yolo and Sacramento — was 11.6 percent for the same period. April 26 – An iPhone application helped law enforcement pinpoint the location of two suspects arrested on charges of stealing from a car at the Auburn State Recreation Area. Park rangers say there has been an increase in thefts at trailheads over the past few months. This time, a woman tracked her stolen iPhone through an app she had downloaded. April 27 – Dozens of people were out scouring the foothills near Lotus and Coloma, hoping to find valuable meteorites after a flaming meteor, described as the size of a minivan, exploded in the area. Two meteorites were discovered in separate locations

APRIL: Searchers comb foothills for meteorites; taller barrier fence to go up on Foresthill Bridge
in Coloma and Lotus, one of them near Sutter’s Mill, where gold was discovered in California in 1849. April 29 – A new 6 ½-foot-high pedestrian barrier will soon replace the 4-foot-high railing that now extends across Foresthill Bridge. Contractor Golden State Bridge anticipates that reconstruction of the barriers on the bridge’s scenic south side should start between now and June. – Following the passage of Measure B, some Newcastle residents opposed to it are organizing for a possible initiative to repeal the parcel tax and recall the Newcastle Fire Protection Board. The $146.46 parcel tax, which has incremental increases based on the square footage of a property owner’s structures, was passed last month by more than 68 percent of the vote. It will fund a new fire station, operating costs and a raise for firefighters making minimum wage.


Bud Pisarek stands atop four renditions of his City of Auburn logo, painted in the intersection of High Street and Lincoln Way in downtown. The paintings were done as part of the first phase of the Auburn Streetscape program.

May – Community honors, leg for llama, wolverine woes
May 1 – About the size and shape of a raisin, a meteorite is now the prized possession of a sharp-eyed Auburn boy. River Townsend, 10, made the find over the weekend as meteorite hunters — amateur and professional, experienced and unschooled — flocked to the Coloma area in a scaled-down version of the rush for gold there 164 years ago. River was one of the few to find a meteorite from the explosion of fragments in the area April 22 that generated a bright light across the sky visible in California and Nevada. – Orecart Steakhouse and Red Dirt Saloon owner Joan Elliott said she and several other Foresthill business owners are the latest recipients of Carmichael Attorney Scott Johnson’s ADA compliance lawsuits. Carmichael says it is about access, not money. He has also sued many businesses in Auburn including Lou La Bonte’s, Pet Xing and Pistol Pete’s. May 2 – Hundreds of prospective jurors were called by mistake to the Placer County Courthouse in Old Town Auburn, causing a major traffic jam. A foul up in the court system’s jury duty call-out procedure is being blamed for a message that erroneously sent more than 800 people to Old Town at about 9 a.m. May 1. May 3 – Bellaruse “Bella,” a llama, is back on her feet again. Her leg had to be amputated after she broke it when she stepped into a gopher hole. When it looked like she might

Bellaruse “Bella” is back on her feet again, thanks to a prosthetic leg developed for her by Michael Carlson of Hanger Clinic Prosthetics in Auburn. Bella’s leg was amputated after she broke it when she stepped into a gopher hole.


Owl chicks cuddle at their nest in the rafters of Recology’s transfer station in Auburn. The offspring of two barn owls are getting plenty of attention in the rafters nursery.
have to be euthanized, owner Trish Brandt-Robuck learned about getting a customized prosthetic leg from Hanger Clinic Prosthetics in Auburn. It took three and a half months for Michael Carlson to develop the


Auburn Boy Scout Troop 277 members Zach Hecker and Taylor McArdle set American flags in place on gravestones of war veterans for Memorial Day ceremonies taking place at the New Auburn Cemetery.

prosthetic and get Bella moving again. May 8 – The state Department of Toxic Substance Control is requesting that Wal-Mart conduct soil samples for dioxins at its store site in North Auburn. In a letter to Walmart Real Estate Business Trust in Bentonville, Ark., project manager Jerry Lile stated that historical photos showing a teepee burner on the Cal-Ida Lumber site targeted for the new store indicate that incomplete burning may have resulted in dioxins being released and deposited there. May 10 – A mounted wolverine was taken from a Georgetown bar this week. The California Department of Fish and Game seized the taxidermied critter, stating it is illegal to own a protected species, be it dead or alive. The department was reacting to a complaint that the bar had the animal mounted on its wall, officials said. May 12 – Auburn’s State of the Community Dinner honored standout residents of the community. Among the honorees were Angela Atteberry as the McCann Award winner, Patrick Remington as Friend of Recreation, PG&E as Business of the Year, Randy Ittner as recipient of the Education Award and Dr. Robert Henrichsen as the Healthcare Award recipient. May 15 – A woman killed while apparently texting as she drove along a Nevada County road was identified as North Auburn resident Silvia PerezVarona, 29. Perez-Varona was

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traveling westbound on Wolf Road near Globe Lane when her 1997 Toyota Camry left the paved surface and rolled over twice down an embankment. May 22 – Long empty, a vacant lot in Downtown Auburn will be turned into a garden by veterans and community members. Over the weekend, a small group of volunteers cleared weeds and used heavy machinery to scrape the soil bare in preparation for raised beds on the Lincoln Way lot, just west of the State Theater. May 22 – Residents in Northern California and Nevada were treated to an annular solar eclipse, a rare occurrence when the moon briefly covers almost all of the sun, leaving a ring of fire before the moon continues on its path. May 23 – The Auburn Union School District is moving forward with a major solar installation in July that could save as much as $7 million to $8 million in power costs over the next 25 years. District officials are mulling a financing option or a power purchase agreement with iecRenewables LLC. May 25 – Forty-one percent of Placer County homeowners are underwater on their mortgages, owing more than their homes are worth, according to a study by Zillow, a real estate tracking firm. The national average is 30 percent, according to Zillow. May 31 – Auburn-area business owners say while it’s a step in the right direction, they are skeptical of the difference legislation aimed at giving them relief from “frivolous” Americans with Disabilities lawsuits will make. State Senate Bill 1186, authored by Senate President Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Sen. Bob Dutton, R. Rancho Cucamonga, passed unanimously in the senate May 29. If enacted, it will require attorneys to send businesses a letter 30 days before filing a lawsuit, listing any construction-related access violations.


Newcastle resident Tom Barger strums a tune as part of a musical duo with his wife, Kathy, during the first Auburn Arts in the Park May 19 in the School Park Preserve in Downtown Auburn. The event was sponsored by the City of Auburn and Auburn Arts Commission.

June – Charter measure fails; symphony gets new conductor
June 1 – Eight whitewater rafting companies have been granted permits to a new route on the Middle Fork of the American River, and commercial trips likely will run regularly through the summer months. Guides have the option of starting at the Highway 49 Bridge below Auburn or heading up the Quarry Trail via van and putting in on the Middle Fork. The trip ends with a series of man-made whitewater rapids near the Auburn Dam site. June 5 – Roseville resident Brian Jagger was spared jail time by a U.S. District Court judge for siphoning more than $24,000 from the campaign funds of three Placer County elected officials. Judge William Shugg cited medical and probation officer reports that Jagger was suffering from a sudden personality change that could have been related to a sudden weight loss of more than 100 pounds and a concussion he received in a face-first fall. Shugg added a $2,000 fine to the more than $24,000 Jagger is being ordered to pay back. He’ll also be subject to home monitoring on a GPS “shackle” for six months. June 6 – Voters gave a thumbs down to Auburn’s Measure A charter city effort and re-elected incumbent Placer County Supervisors Jennifer Montgomery, Kirk Uhler and Jim Holmes. In other results, the Measure D special tax for the North Auburn-Ophir Fire District failed and the Measure E special tax for the Placer Hills Fire Protection District was too close to call. June 7 – Placer County voter turnout was on the low end of expectations but still above the state average. Placer County elections chief Jim McCauley had projected a turnout of 46 to 51 percent. The actual turnout was projected to be between 45

Sacramento resident Ann Howes rocks to the sounds of the Zydecats during Auburn Recreation District’s annual Party in the Park at Regional Park May 15.


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to 47 percent. June 7 – Peter Jaffe, the energetic conductor who wowed audiences when he led the Auburn Symphony at the Mondavi Center in April, is the new maestro for the symphony. Jaffe replaces Michael Goodwin, conductor of the symphony for 19 years, who died in a car crash in February. June 10 – Placer High’s 329 members of the class of 2012 received their diplomas as at

least 2,000 family and friends packed LeFebvre Stadium. Rachel Roskelley, senior class president, called on classmates to strive for great things. June 10 – Auburn resident Victoria Connolly and the First Amendment Coalition have filed a lawsuit against the city of Auburn and its council members for not providing records of personal emails related to the charter city ballot initiative. The lawsuit asks the court to invalidate the city’s current policy, which allows for deletion of emails after 30 days and requires that records be retained for two years. June 13 – After a five-month search, Placer County Board of Supervisors appointed a new CEO. David Boesch, who most recently served as county manager in San Mateo County, will succeed Tom Miller, who retired in December. June 14 – Citing a state Department of Toxic Substance Control request for Wal-Mart to conduct soil-sampling for diox-

ins at the North Auburn store site, the Alliance for the Protection of the Auburn Community Environment, known as APACE, called on the county to reopen the environmental impact process. But Wal-Mart legal representatives Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton of San Francisco have responded that the store project does not require any further environmental review. June 17 – Enrollment numbers have exceeded the target and the doors to Alta Vista Community Charter School are scheduled to open Aug. 13. Auburn Union School District officials say just over 95 students have enrolled in the school, which will serve kindergarten through fifth grade. June 22 – A woman the FBI believes is the “bad hair bandit,” suspected of robbing 21 banks in four states, made a brief appearance in Placer County court. Cynthia Van Holland, 48, has been held in Placer County Jail since Aug. 15 after she was arrested in Rocklin on a robbery charge connected with a holdup earlier in the day at Lincoln Way’s Bank of the West in Auburn. June 26 – Signs were going up in the American River confluence area of the Auburn State Recreation Area this week, advising visitors of a new fee being implemented July 1. The new day-use parking fee will be $10. Other fees within the recreation area are going up as well. June 29 – With the Supreme Court voting to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act (June 28) Auburn area residents have mixed views on its implementation. Those supporting the healthcare changes cite the hope for lower insurance premium costs. Opponents say it is a step toward a governmentrun system, which could lower the quality of care.

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AUBURN JOURNAL • Sunday, January 6, 2013

July – Robbers Fire destroys 2,600 acres near Foresthill
July 3 – New owners of Glen Oaks Mobile Home Park in Auburn say they have plans to transform the dilapidated property. “We are going to go in and spend a lot of money and make it nice,” said Chris Boley, business partner with the new owner on record Paul Howard. In March, Glen Oaks tenants filed complaints with the Placer County Department of Environmental Health. July 3 – A man camping in the Nevada City area was released from the hospital after being attacked by a mountain lion (July 1). “As you can imagine, he got beaten up pretty badly,” game warden Patrick Foy said. According to the Department of Fish and Game, the man was in his sleeping bag on the Yuba River when the attack occurred. July 6 – Another wrinkle of uncertainty over the state’s redesign of the criminal justice system has hit the Auburn area. The Department of Corrections has closed its Marysville office and transferred agents and parole cases to offices in Auburn, Woodland, Chico and Oroville. One impact could be that the Auburn area will have more homeless parolees within its environs, Auburn Police Chief John Ruffcorn said. July 8 – A group of Newcastle residents opposed to some of the terms outlined in Measure B have collected enough signatures to see it changed or brought back before voters. The annual $146.46 parcel tax was passed in March by 68 percent of voters. – A portion of Foresthill Bridge’s new 6 ½-foot-tall railing is now in place, replacing the original railing, which was two feet shorter. Placer County, which owns the bridge, looked at options as high as eight feet. Protect American River Canyons has lobbied for an inward curve to help halt suicidal plunges. July 11 – The Auburn Fire Department is on the fast track to recruit five new full-time firefighters. The entry-level positions are being funded by a $681,900 federal grant and will enable to department to restore staffing to 2009 levels. July 12 – More than 250


Placer County Public Works Department employee Dave Mackenstadt stands next to the new 6 ½-foot –tall railing at the Foresthill Bridge. It replaces the original railing, which was two feet shorter.
moving toward the mountain community of Iowa Hill to the northeast. Some residents of Foresthill have been evacuated to the Foresthill Veterans Memorial Hall. Auburn residents awoke to smoky conditions caused by the blaze. July 15 – Nearly 2,000 firefighters are battling the Robbers Fire, which has grown to 1,950 acres. It is burning three miles northwest of Foresthill, at Shirttail Canyon and Yankee Jims roads. So far one home has been destroyed, three other structures burned and there were nine injuries, Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said. July 17 – A card-skimming device was found attached to the ATM at the US Bank in Auburn. An Auburn resident using the ATM discovered the device, which was camouflaged as a false front on the card reader. An investigation is ongoing. July 17 – The Robbers Fire burning in the canyons between Colfax and Foresthill has grown to 2,600 acres and Cal Fire is concerned about a possible shift in wind direction that could cause trouble later in the week. The firefighting force now numbers 2,206. Cost to fight the blaze so far is $5.6 million. July 19 – Evacuees in some areas of the Robbers Fire area were allowed to return home, ending a week-long ordeal. Throughout Foresthill, gratitude replaced the aura of fear. On virtually every street corner, someone had placed a handlettered sign praising the work of the firefighters and thanking them for keeping the Robbers Fire at bay. July 22 – Cal Fire announced full containment of the Robbers Fire and the arrest of Bryon Mason, 28, of Sacramento, who is suspected of starting the blaze with what officials described as a pyrotechnic device. Cost of suppressing the fire was estimated at nearly $13 million. July 22 – A judge has ruled that the City of Auburn must pay more than $24,000 in legal fees to the authors of the ballot arguments and rebuttal against Measure A — the failed initiative for Auburn to become a charter city. The city has already spent $38,186.18 through the end of May to City Attorney Michael Carnation related to the lawsuit. July 24 – City Council approved a new email retention policy that requires emails to be saved for two years. The policy change follows a lawsuit filed by an Auburn resident and the First Amendment Coalition. The lawsuit requested city council members produce copies of emails related to the initiative for Auburn to become a charter city sent to and from their personal email accounts. July 26 – Cynthia Lynn Van Holland, nicknamed the Bad Hair Bandit, entered guilty pleas to 21 bank robbery counts. The robberies occurred in late 2010 through 2011. She faces up to 20 years in federal prison for each count. Sentencing is set for Oct. 10.


Flames climb up the canyon near the North Fork of the American River (July 11). The blaze, named the Robbers Fire, has burned 200 acres of forest land between Colfax and Foresthill.


Mike Roberts, a 22-year-old Foresthill resident, looks over his home with great gratitude for the firefighters who helped save it from the Robbers Fire. Roberts was able to bring his keepsakes back into his home after the evacuation was lifted July 18.
firefighters are battling a wildfire in steep canyon lands between Shirttail Creek and the North Fork of the American River. The fire was reported at 3:24 p.m. July 11 and had charred 200 acres by 8 p.m. July 13 – The Robbers Fire grew from 200 to 800 acres and the number of firefighters battling the blaze grew to 1,821 to keep the flames from

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Sunday, January 6, 2013 • AUBURN JOURNAL


August – Giant pot grow discovery, heat wave
Aug. 1– Fiddler Green shopping center, located off Highway 49, is getting an $80,000 makeover to be brought into compliance with federal Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. Auburn resident Arnie Lyon, who owns the center, said the action is in response to a letter from Carmichaelbased lawyer Scott Johnson notifying him that unless he fixed access violations, he would be served with a lawsuit. Aug. 8 – A 14-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly committing lewd acts with multiple children at the Colored Pencils Preschool and Child Care in Auburn. Colored Pencils, located on Luther Road, was shut down by the state Department of Social Services. Aug. 8 – Accidental deaths claimed two foothill residents over the weekend. Cool resident Cheryl Camilleri died after a fall from her horse at Hidden Falls Regional Park. Tyler Nickerson, 12, died following a backyard swimming accident at his home in Meadow Vista. Tyler was preparing to enter the seventh grade at Weimar Hills School. Aug. 10 – A rash of accidents through a construction zone on Interstate 80 between Emigrant Gap and Rainbow has prompted the California Highway Patrol and to issue an alert to motorists traveling through the area to slow down to the posted 55 mph and avoid aggressive driving behaviors. Officials say there were 24 accidents in that zone during July, one of them a fatality. Aug. 14 – A heat wave pushing temperatures over the century mark had residents seeking the sanctuary of air conditioning. Activities around Auburn including Cruise Nite and the Placer County Museums Tour reported attendance was down. Outdoor sports competitions relied on water misters and extra water breaks. Aug. 16 – After 34 years on the local culinary scene, Latitudes’ owners Pete and Pat Enochs are closing their Old Town restaurant. Faced with signing on for another


Senior quarterback Peter Denham hones his passing arm as football season at Placer High officially kicks off with two-a-day workouts.

Above, team members walk in silence in memory of their loved ones during Auburn’s Relay for Life luminary lap at the Gold Country Fairgrounds Aug. 18. Thirtytwo teams participated in the 24-hour walk to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. At left, Hannah Pruss, of Piedmont, S.D., rides Krusador into the Robinson Flat checkpoint at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 4 during the 57th annual Tevis Cup. Pruss stayed in the top 10 throughout much of the 100-mile ride.


Genevieve Marsh, Caitlyn Au and Josh Shiau give their giant pinwheel a spin during the Auburn Art Walk. The pinwheel was placed at the Old Library Arts Studio on Almond Street.

10-year lease on the historic building that houses the restaurant, they decided the time was right to close. The announcement triggered a rush for reservations from customers seeking a last taste of their favorite dishes. Aug. 19 – It was planted in a remote area of Placer County, but the “distinctive color” of the ripe marijuana grow made it visible from the air. Placer County Sheriff’s officials destroyed the 16,721 plants, which were located on a large plot of private property bordering Bureau of Land Management land near Secret Ravine Creek, between Colfax and Iowa

Aug. 21 – The U.S. Department of Justice is going after three suspects in an alleged $18 million fraud against the United Auburn Indian Community, owners of Thunder Valley Casino. The Sacramento office of the U.S. Attorney unsealed an indictment that charges former tribal administrator Greg Scott Baker, 45, of Newcastle, Bart Wayne Volen, 53, of San Diego and Haiku, Hawaii and Darrell Patrick Hinz, 47, of Cameron Park with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and money-laundering. Aug. 30 – Auburn Symphony musicians were mourning the passing of percussionist Gary Howe, who was found dead earlier in the week near his home in Clipper Gap. Howe was the principal percussionist with the symphony from 1990 into the early part of the 2000s. In later years, he suffered from dementia and vision loss. His body was found in heavy brush after a three-day search. Aug. 31 – The Placer High School Hall of Fame is gaining three inductees this year. Former teacher, coach and administrator Tom Johnson, former teacher and drama coach Glenda Gonzales and former student and football player turned businessman Dan Luper will be recognized Oct. 12 during halftime of the Placer High varsity “Hall of Fame” game.

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AUBURN JOURNAL • Sunday, January 6, 2013

September – Food truck debate, bridge BASE jump goes awry
Sept. 4 – The Auburn Planning Commission is holding a public hearing on an ordinance regulating food trucks. Under the current municipal code, food trucks must move every 30 minutes or be fined $100. The commission will discuss and hear public comment on a new policy that would potentially allow a food truck to stay in place for more time as long as there is an agreement with the property owner at the site. Sept. 5 – Prohibiting mobile food trucks from setting up temporary shop in Old Town and Downtown historic districts will be part of a new ordinance recommended by the Auburn Planning Commission to regulate eateries on wheels. Two of three members on the commission recommended the limitation, part of a package of new food truck rules slated to go to the Auburn City Council on Sept. 24. Sept. 7 – Sundowner Trailers near Interstate 80 was burglarized for the third time since May. As in previous instances, thieves cut the wire fence to gain access. Co-owner Craig Daniel estimated the loss at $20,000 in equipment on display for sale outside. Sept. 9 – The Newcastle Fire Protection District was issued a final notice by the Placer County Code Enforcement Division to obtain a structural analysis of the 90-year-old Newcastle Fire Department. Some Newcastle residents say they were given misleading information about the legal condition of the building, which officials claimed had been condemned. – Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital is renovating and expanding all four of its operating rooms in a $9.1 million project that brings state-of-the-art equipment to allow surgeons, nurses and staff to operate more safely and efficiently. Sept. 11 – An Auburn pharmacist reported missing Aug. 9 has been located in San Jose. The Rocklin Police Department said it had notification that Viktoriya Ioffe was found safe and has been in contact with her family. Ioffe’s car and some of her personal belongings were found at the Santana Row shopping center in San Jose, but there was no sign of the missing woman for several weeks.


Customers line up for freshly made Mexican food at Maria’s Mexican Tacos on High Street in Auburn. Auburn City Council is coming up with a new set of food truck regulations in response to complaints from Old Town and Downtown business owners.



The Gold Country Fair enticed fairgoers with unique fried foods, music, animals and a parade. Auburn resident Jacob Ryan, 7, helps out Long Valley 4H Club by keeping things clean during the opening day parade Sept.6.
Sept. 13 – The Auburn Journal is celebrating its 140th anniversary. The first edition of the paper, then known as the Placer Weekly Argus, was printed Sept. 13, 1872. Sept. 16 – Eight Placer High students including some athletes were in a rollover crash on Interstate 80 (Sept. 14). Six of the students were taken to area hospitals, including Andrew Carducci, who was taken by Calstar helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Sept. 16 – The crowd was smaller and quieter, but those who attended were happy to welcome back the Auburn Chamber of Commerce’s Black & White Affaire. Participants enjoyed food from a variety of local eateries and danced to the music of three bands in the Central

Square area of Downtown Auburn. Organizers estimated tickets sales at 900 to 1,000. Sept. 16 – U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed in Libya on Sept. 11, had close ties to the foothills. His father, Jan Stevens and stepmother Carole Stevens reside in Loomis and Christopher Stevens visited them there from time to time. Sept. 18 – The Auburn Union School District’s three elementary schools are down 56 students from last year and E.V. Cain Middle School is down 17 students. However, in its first year, Alta Vista Education Center has 95 students, which has made up some of the enrollment slip. “Believe it or not, at one point years ago we had 1,000 more students in our

district than we do now,” Superintendent Michele Schuetz said. Lower enrollment numbers equate to less funding from the state. Sept. 18 – An Auburn man is facing manslaughter charges after a Penn Valley mother and daughter were killed in a weekend collision of powerboats on Lake Englebright in Yuba County. Jeffrey Joel Sandow, 54, was booked into Yuba County Jail and subsequently released on $100,000 bail. Sept. 19 – A Foresthill Bridge BASE jumper was rescued, then arrested, after getting hung up on a tree branch near the end of his 730-foot plunge. A PG&E truck was dispatched from Marysville to work in the darkness of the American River Canyon to rescue 26-year-old Alexan-


der Arrieta of Lodi. Arrieta hung by his skydiving apparatus 100 feet above the ground from about 8 p.m. until he was rescued at 2 a.m. Sept. 21 – The owner of an Auburn daycare that was shut down in the wake of sexual abuse allegations has had her license to provide care permanently revoked by the California Department of Social Services. Alma Rosa Arroyo, owner and operator of Colored Pencils Daycare in Auburn, is also banned from working for or having any association with any facility licensed through

Placer County Facilities Services employee Lance Bertilson lowers the flags to half staff at the Historic Courthouse in Auburn in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Bertilson made 15 stops throughout the county to lower the flags on county buildings. At left, a six-foottall monument encasing a fragment of the World Trade Center twin towers now stands in the lobby of Auburn City Hall. Artist J. Randall Smith, who developed the design, hopes the inscription on the glass will inspire thought and reflection.
the California Department of Social Services. Sept. 25 – The Auburn City Council decided it needed more time to review a new set of proposed food truck rules after nearly a dozen people voiced their opinions, including a majority expressing support of Maria’s Mexican Tacos, a mobile vendor that frequents Downtown Auburn.

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Sunday, January 6, 2013 • AUBURN JOURNAL


October – Gas prices rise, tornado touches down
Oct. 5 – The legal tables have turned on ADA compliance attorney Scott Johnson. Four former employees of his Disabled Access Prevents Injury office in Carmichael have filed their own lawsuit in Sacramento County Superior Court alleging that Johnson never entered the majority of the businesses his firm has sued for ADA noncompliance — despite his claims in court documents of doing so. Plaintiffs were very uncomfortable performing field work because they were going into a business under a ruse — they wanted nothing from the business, state court documents read. Oct. 7 – Capping off a big week, Eddie Vanderdoes was named homecoming king at halftime of his Placer Hillmen’s football game. But for the senior defensive lineman, who was formally honored as a U.S. Army AllAmerican Bowl selection Wednesday, neither of those happenings were the highlights of his eventful week. “The league win is obviously first priority,” said Vanderdoes, who got the night off after one quarter in Placer High’s 68-14 romp over Foothill Friday night at LeFebvre Stadium. “That was definitely the most important thing.” Oct. 9 – Roger Perkins celebrated his 78th birthday on Monday and along with those birthday cards came a one-page advance notice of a fee he will soon be charged for fire-prevention efforts. Perkins, who lives in the Riverwoods Subdivision, is one of many North Auburn residents who have received the advance notice in the mail and will soon receive a bill for up to $150. He is one of 800,000 California property owners who will receive bills this year. Oct. 10 – A dead body was found off the side of a road near Old Town Auburn Tuesday morning, according to a press release issued by the Auburn Police Department. Neither the identity of the body nor the manner of death was specified in the press release as the investigation is ongoing. According to the release, the body is that of a black male in his mid-20s or 30s. Many people in Old Town Auburn businesses interviewed Tuesday night were unaware that a dead body was found or that an investigation was under way. Oct. 11 – A man guarding his 100 marijuana plants grown in Loomis could face criminal charges after calling law enforcement when masked men attempted to raid his outdoor grow, according to authorities. The man called the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in the early morning hours after two to three masked men with a gun entered the outdoor grow he was guarding at a residence located on the 9100 block of King Road. The men did not take the marijuana but reportedly fired two rounds toward the house as they left. Oct. 14 – The Northern Pacific rattlesnake that has called Placer High School home for 30 years will be on the move. Striker the rattlesnake has lived in a locked cage in a biology classroom on Placer High’s campus since the 1980s. Doug Stryker, from whom the rattlesnake gained its name, taught biology at Placer for 28 years, retiring in 2008. Since then, Stryker has taken care of Striker on a regular basis, and used Striker as a teaching aid in his biology lessons. Placer Union High School District Superinten-


Placer defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes is escorted onto the field by his parents as he is crowned homecoming king during the homecoming game. Allie Hess was crowned homecoming queen.


Lance Bastnagel, splicer for AT&T Communications, makes repairs to a telephone pole from atop a boom after a giant oak tree snapped from the force of a tornado Oct. 23.
dent Dave Horsey said since Stryker had retired, so should Placer’s High’s resident rattler. The insurance liability for having the snake in the school is too great, Horsey said. Striker will soon move to Mather Field Air Force Base for the Splash Education Center. Oct. 17 – A 95-year-old woman driving a Chevrolet Camaro northbound on Highway 49 struck a 91-year-old Grass Valley man who was crossing the street, and he was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday afternoon. The driver, of Grass Valley, had no passengers and she was uninjured after the collision at the intersection of Highway 49 and La Barr Meadows Road between Grass Valley and Auburn. The intersection is under construction and traffic lights are being installed. Oct. 19 – Like many others, Rhonda Wood said she watches the price of regular grade gas daily to see where she can get it for the lowest price in Auburn. That happened to be Gas & Stop on Lincoln Way and Foresthill Road, where regular grade gas was $4.21 per gallon. According to one website, that was the lowest price per gallon in the area. In the past month, the average price for a gallon of gas in California has gone from $4.12 to $4.50. Oct. 23 – Food trucks are no longer welcome on private property in Old Town and Downtown Auburn, as the City Council voted to ban them from the city’s historic districts at Monday’s meeting. The move represented a changing mindset for some of the council after it emerged from the first public hearing Sept. 24 with a new version “Alternate A” that would have allowed mobile food vendors in Downtown but not Old Town. Councilman Bill Kirby said he’s turned “180” on the issue, and Mayor Kevin Hanley said he’s kind of “changed his mind,” saying that he doesn’t think the council can ensure a fair playing field between brickand-mortar restaurants and mobile food vendors. Oct. 24 – A rare tornado touched down in Lake of the Pines, near Auburn, the National Weather Service confirmed Oct. 23. Cleanup was taking place in the Lake of the Pines area of south Nevada County after what several witnesses say and the National Weather Service confirmed as a tornado. The unusual weather event took a destructive path through the Highway 49Combie Road intersection Monday evening. No injuries were reported, but trees were downed, shingles uprooted and branches set sailing. Oct. 25 – Downtown Auburn’s historic State Theater had great timing. With a winter-like storm rolling in, a project to replace the roof was completed just before the rain started falling. A roof that had been covered over or patched several times over more than 80 years was torn off during the weeks of work and replaced with a new, single-ply “cool roof” system. The new roof has a reflective white surface designed to significantly reduce cooling costs. Oct. 28 – Amtrak passengers were stopped for hours in Auburn Saturday after a train

Joanne Grasso, of Graeagle, watches the numbers tick away on the gas pump as she fills up her car Oct. 18. Grasso said she chose to fill up at Gas & Shop on Lincoln Way because it seemed to have the cheapest gas in Auburn — $4.21 per gallon.


Off-duty Placer County Sheriff’s Lt. Troy Minton-Sander gains control of 26-year-old Patrick Hurley, who walked onto the field during a football game between Colfax and Placer high schools Oct. 28.
reportedly struck and killed a bicyclist about half a mile before the Nevada Street station. “We had already had a couple of stops and delays, then we stopped right in the middle of the bridge over the freeway,” said Cyndie Klorer, traveling from her Burson home to Chicago. Then they saw a crowd starting to form outside the train, and Benjamin saw a man lying on the tracks, his body already covered. The bicyclist was subsequently identified as Danny Stalions, 49, of Auburn. Oct. 30 – A shirtless, 26-yearold man who walked onto the field at Marson Stadium Friday — disrupting the football game between the Colfax High Falcons and the Placer Hillmen — was himself tackled to the ground before being arrested for disorderly conduct. A video of the incident subsequently went viral on the Internet. Oct. 31 – The county took dramatic action when building officials issued the Newcastle firehouse with yellow tags that push firefighters out of the station and left residents wondering about the district’s fire protection capabilities. The yellow restricted-use placards were posted on multiple portions of the 90-year-old Newcastle firehouse at 9211 Cypress St. The tags indicate that firefighters and staff can reenter the building to gather equipment and supplies, but the firehouse can no longer be occupied by firefighters, staff members or the public.

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AUBURN JOURNAL • Sunday, January 6, 2013

November – Mushroom poisoning deaths, close vote for council seats
Nov. 1 – Auburn’s new sign ordinance will correct an old policy on election signs that City Attorney Michael Colantuono says is unconstitutional. It will also reduce the amount of time election signs can be displayed before and after an election. – Palos Verdes Estates CEO Magnus Johannesson is eyeing Lake Clementine’s dam as a potential hydroelectric generation site. He said that if the right financial boxes get ticked, it could result in construction of a project at the North Fork Dam of the American River as soon as one or two years from today. Nov. 4 – The Auburn City Council race took on an even more heated tone after candidate Gary Moffat was critical of Dr. Bill Kirby’s $2,000 donation from prominent businessman Martin Harmon. Moffat called the donation “tainted money” because of Harmon’s links to pending elder care lawsuits and a North Auburn development project. Nov. 6 – From American Red Cross volunteers to electrical workers to Girl Scouts, the Auburn community stepped up to assist those impacted by super storm Sandy on the East Coast. Some are providing assistance in shelters, PG&E has dispatched hundreds of employees to help restore power and Girl Scouts have launched a warm jacket drive with the goal of getting 200 coats to victims of the storm. Nov. 6 – Auburn’s Raley’s supermarket was behind picket lines but remained open. The strike, which started Nov. 4, followed a stalemate in contract talks between Raley’s and the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Nov. 7 – Election Day results gave a second term to President Barack Obama. In Auburn, Dr. Bill Kirby was returned to City Council while the race between Gary Moffat and Keith Nesbitt was too close to call. Measure K, the measure to reform a controversial parcel tax in the Newcastle Fire Protection District, was falling short of the two-thirds vote needed to pass. Nov. 13 – Mushroom poisoning at an assisted living facility in Loomis left two dead and four others sickened, including the caregiver who had prepared soup for residents using toxic wild mushrooms. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office has ruled the deaths at the Gold Age Villa accidental. Nov. 13 – Placer High had a Pioneer Valley League season to remember — in all sports. The boys soccer, cross country, football, girls golf and girls volleyball all won at least a share of their respective league titles. And the all-PVL teams recently released included a healthy dose of Hillmen. Nov. 14 – Picketing at Auburn’s Raley’s ended after a tentative agreement was reached between the supermarket chain and the United Food and Commercial Workers union. A Raley’s spokesman said the store will emerge from 15 months of negotiations with a new contract that gives it the


Applegate’s Dave Wiltsee displays the commemorative coin he was awarded from Placer County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Jennifer Montgomery for his seniors advocacy. The board awarded the coins to select honorees at a ceremony Nov. 20.
station. The closure is expected to save the district $37,000, Fire Chief Ian Gow said. Nov. 25 – Temperatures reaching the low 70s teamed with hard-to-resist bargains brought out the crowds for Black Friday in Auburn, the traditional kickoff to the Christmas season. Shoppers kept the stores busy in outlying stores as well as Downtown and Old Town. Nov. 27 – More than two weeks of waiting for certification after election night results left the race too close to call, the final count has Auburn City Council incumbents Dr. Bill Kirby and Keith Nesbitt winning in a tie with 3,181 votes apiece, or 33.3 percent, and challenger Gary Moffat falling 38 votes short at 3,143. The election determined that the City Council would remain intact for another two years, when three seats will become available. Moffat said he “hasn’t ruled out” running again in 2014. Nov. 28 – President Barack Obama’s re-election win has set off an explosion in gun and ammunition sales. Ron Solomon, owner of Auburn Jewelry and Loan, said that gun owners and sellers are expressing concerns about what could happen in coming years to further tighten current gun and ammunition ownership laws at both the state and federal level. Nov. 28 – The Amgen Tour of California won’t be pedaling within 100 miles of Auburn in 2013, despite efforts to attract the event back to the city, where it made a stop in 2011. The route announced Nov. 27 has the professional road cycling race winding from south to north for the first time ever, starting in Escondido and finishing in San Francisco with the most northern stop in Santa Rosa. Nov. 28 – A fourth person has died after eating poisonous mushrooms in a soup at the Gold Age Villa in Loomis. Six people are known to have become ill after eating the soup. Nov. 30 – The caretaker who served soup containing poisonous mushrooms that resulted in four deaths of residents at Gold Age Villa elder care facility in Loomis has been banned for life from all care facilities licensed by the California Department of Social Services. Lilia Tirdea of Citrus Heights has two weeks to file an appeal of the decision, officials said.


Above, sisters Delana Ruud and Ann Ruud share smiles and laughter as they enjoy their meal at the Auburn Salvation Army’s annual community Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving Day at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Approximately 300 volunteers made it happen with gifts of service, food and cash. At left, Susan Leonesio, left, and Gina Quarles pick up the last of the drop-off ballots at the Placer County Elections Office at 8 p.m. Nov. 6, election cutoff time.
tow truck at the side of busy I80, just west of Auburn and was walking outside the cab when he was struck by Keller’s car in the slow lane March 20. – The Placer Hillmen football team heads into the first round of the playoffs with an 11-0 season and the No. 1 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV. Placer faces Escalon, which is eighth seeded with a 9-2 record. Nov. 20 – Two people were killed in a house fire that destroyed a century-old home in Pilot Hill. An El Dorado County fire district spokesman said the fire started just after 6 p.m. and the one-story house was engulfed in flames when fire crews reached the site seven minutes later. Nov. 21 – Gold Age Villa has reported a third death from mushroom poisoning at the Loomis assisted living facility. California Department of Social Services spokesman Oscar Ramirez could not confirm the condition of three other residents who became ill. Nov. 22 – The Placer Hills Fire District announced it will close one of its stations for the next four months. Starting Dec. 1, the district will alternate between closing its Weimar station and its Meadow Vista


Christina Delgado with Newcastle Mandarin Ranch offers samples of her Satsuma mandarins for passersby to try during the Mountain Mandarin Festival Nov. 16 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn.
cost savings it needs to remain competitive. Nov. 15 – Three weeks after Auburn City Council approved new regulations for food trucks banning them from private lots in Old Town and Downtown, Maria Morena, owner of Maria’s Mexican Tacos food truck, has found a new site in North Auburn. Thanks to Frank Calabretta, she can operate on the vacant 2-acre property next to his bail bonds business. Nov. 16 – Emotions ran high in a North Auburn courtroom as 25-year-old Christopher Keller was sentenced to four years in prison for fleeing the scene of a fatal crash on Interstate 80. David Robinson Jr. had parked his bright yellow

2012 culminates my family’s 40th year as residents of Auburn! Am I a native yet?! I continue to appreciate the sense of community, magnanimous volunteerism and generosity, with small town ambiance accompanied by sophisticated cultural flair. In my world of real estate, we see more than a glimmer of market stability with a high volume of sales resulting in short inventory. Therefore in properties priced under $400,000 the seller’s may have the upper hand. Buyer’s still rule in the upper ranges. This town is an easy sell with the relatively newly completed Central Square; a place to gather, eat and enjoy the showcasing of Auburn history of gold lore and athletic events. Arts and Entertainment aspects are alive and well including the State Theater’s special features as it awaits its next role as a Performance Center. In spite of the tragic loss of Conductor Michael Goodwin, the Auburn Symphony continues to delight listeners. As a member of Auburn, Endurance Capital of the World, I see firsthand the influx of sporting activities in addition to the time-honored Tevis Cup Ride and Western States Run; events with bicyclists, rafting, and triathlons are attracted to our favorable terrain, weather, and cooperation of the local gentry. We who live here are, indeed, fortunate to be a part of this dynamic and friendly community EVERY year.

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December – Doomsday fizzles, ticks abound
Dec. 1 – First responders formed a procession from Sacramento International Airport to Auburn’s Maple Street exit from Interstate 80 to honor Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Christopher Sainsbury. Sainsbury was killed in a traffic accident over the Thanksgiving holiday on a stretch of I-80 west of Salt Lake. Dec. 4 – Without a name or a known past, the body of a baby found near the roadside in Newcastle last summer has been buried in Auburn. The body of the newborn was found in a trash bag at the side of the road by a passerby on June 21. He was buried in the New Auburn Cemetery’s baby section with funds paid through the county’s indigent burial program. Dec. 5 – Thieves took three projectors and two laptops in a break-in at Placer High School. According to Placer Principal Peter Efstathiu, the thieves entered through a tower that led to one classroom and they broke a window to access another classroom. Total value of the lost equipment is estimated at $5,000. Dec. 6 – State Sen. Ted Gaines is launching a bill this week to repeal the $150 rural fire fee. The bill would reverse a fiscal maneuver by Gov. Jerry Brown to raise $89 million by charging rural property owners the fee for fire prevention services. Dec. 11– Opponents of Placer County approvals for the controversial Timberline mixed-use development in North Auburn are taking their case to the state Appeals Court in Sacramento. The ad hoc committee to Save Our North Auburn Quality of Life’s objections center around whether the developer of the 858-unit project should be allowed to cut trees on 86 of the property’s 110 acres. Dec. 11 – At least 13 people safely escaped the flames and smoke when a North Auburn fourplex caught fire and burned (Dec. 8). The fire at 3567 Galena Drive in the Auburn Greens drew 10 fire crews. One of the four units in the two-story building was destroyed while the others had smoke and fire damage. Dec. 12 – Kevin Hanley’s election as Auburn’s mayor goes against tradition, but the City Council decided in a 4-1 vote that it is best for the city for him to remain in the seat he has held for the past six months. Hanley is the first mayor to serve back-toback terms since 1956-60. Dec. 14 – A meeting attended by Auburn and Placer County officials heard from airport industrial park business owners who discussed materials thefts, homeless camps and the threat of parolees at the site. They were told by Auburn Police Chief John Ruffcorn that homeless and parolee populations are a regional issue but that their concerns will be answered with greater law-enforcement presence. Ruffcorn said there has been an uptick of parolees who are homeless in the community. Dec. 18 – As the nation mourned the shooting of 27 people, including 20 children at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn.(Dec. 14), school administrators in Auburn also were working hard to ensure students and their parents that local schools are safe. Auburn Union School District went into a phase of “heightened awareness” with campus security, demanding all visitors check in, necessary gates are locked and increasing visibility of administrators, Superin-


A celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe parade brought out hundreds of people walking from Auburn Regional Park to St. Teresa of Avila Parish on Atwood Road on Dec. 12. Parade-goers sang traditional songs, rode horses and carried flowers behind the float caring Juan Diego, played by Yoser Perez, and the vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe, played by Wendy Fierros.

Members of Auburn Hook & Ladder Company No.1 serve a batch of their famous clam chowder during Old Town Country Christmas festivities Dec. 15 in Auburn. From left are Paul Kenneweg, John Williamson and Herb Yue.


A bright torch atop the Gold Country Burners’ float lights up the Festival of Lights parade route through Downtown Auburn Dec. 8. The Burners won Best Float Presentation for the fiery display. Thousands of people lined the parade route to see the more than 100 decked-out entries in the annual extravaganza.

in the case, officials said. Dec. 21 – The Mayan calendar doomsday came and went. Preppers, unfazed, say being prepared for calamity has nothing to do with the Mayans. “I haven’t had one client who is concerned about Dec. 21,” said Doug Huffman, who runs Sierra School of Survival. My clients are people who want to be self-sufficient. … And a lot of them firmly believe we are headed for an economic calamity the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Great Depression.” Dec. 26 – More ticks than usual for this time of year are in the Sierra foothills and samples have found them to be infected with Lyme disease, according to the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District. “We can’t really determine a level of risk for infected ticks,”said Ada Barros, district public information officer. “All we can say to the public is

there is Lyme disease in the tick population, and to take the appropriate precautions.” Dec. 27 – Auburn resident and ski enthusiast Theodore Sorensen, 71, was killed when he hit a tree Dec. 21 at Squaw Valley. “He died doing what he loved,” his wife Dona Sorenson said. It was the second tragedy in the Sierra over the holidays. On Christmas day, longtime Alpine Meadows ski patroller Bill Foster was killed when he was caught in an avalanche. – Placer Land Trust has partnered with the Oest family to protect 160 acres through a agricultural conservation easement. The newly designated Oest Ranch Cold Springs Preserve will continue to be used as a cattle ranch. The Oests previously placed an agricultural easement on a 350-acre parcel near Lake Clementine.

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Brenden Smith, Placer High School junior, sands parts of doll cradles being made to distribute as part of the Auburn Christmas Basket Program for needy families.
tendent Michele Schuetz said. Dec. 18 – A member of Bowman’s Machado farming family was killed this weekend when the all-terrain vehicle he was riding veered off the road on a steep and sudden “S” turn. Buster Machado, 21, is a great-grandson of Joseph Machado, who founded Machado Orchards in 1923. The orchard and apple barn have played a prominent role in the Auburn area and Placer County agriculture and business community for nearly 90 years. Dec. 20 – Sacramento resident Marquise Montgomery, 22, pleaded no contest to a rape charge and now faces 13 years in prison in connection with the sexual assault of a severely disabled woman at a Penryn care home. The woman subsequently became pregnant and DNA from the baby born in February proved to be a crucial link for prosecutors

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