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Sacramento memorial dedicated in 2003 to fallen officer Bill Bean Jr.

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10 YEARS AGO

May 1, 2003 – It appears that the only thing April showers will bring this year is more rain in May. Forecasters are predicting unstable weather for the first two weeks of May. The Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce caboose and visitor center found itself under an inch of new snow Monday morning. During the month of April, the annual Colfax rain total went from 33.09 inches on April 1 to 42.62 inches on April 30.

Sacramento civic leaders, law enforcement leaders, the community and the family and friends of slain Sacramento police officer Bill Bean Jr. will gather in his memory to dedicate a public park in his name on Saturday. The park is located at 17th Avenue between 73rd and 76th streets. Colfax resident Bill Bean Jr. died on Feb. 9, 1999 after being shot in the line of duty while making a traffic stop. He was serving as a Sacramento City Police Department officer.

The Colfax Arts Council will present the sixth annual Found Object Sculpture Exhibit on May 10 in the Lot of Art during the Colfax Spring Festival.

Members of the Colfax Junction Quilters presented Natalie Bangert and her five children with individual quilts made for each child after the family was burned out of their home earlier this year.

Soroptimist International of Colfax has donated $1,400 to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department’s Canine Unit for vests to help protect the department dogs. Colfax officer Shawn Rosner – with his canine partner, Ranger – was on hand to receive the donation from Soroptimist president Shirley Alexander. Also thanking the local service club was PCSO Colfax Substation Sgt. Dave Wells.

20 YEARS AGO

May 5, 1993 – Colfax Mayor Fern Chadd, Colfax Elementary Principal Alan Shuttleworth and California Highway Patrol Officer Buck Wheat tasted the different chili recipes at the Spriing Festival Chili Cookoff. Dingus McGee’s came in first place, followed by Madonna’s and Eat My Met. Truckee River Bank had the best booth.

A San Francisco man drowned Saturday while water rafting on the North Fork of the American River, one mile below the Iowa Hill Bridge in the Chamberlain Falls area near Colfax. The victim was 30-year-old Peter Lawrence Sterett, who was in the area with three other men. He drowned despite wearing a helmet and life vest, said Lt. Ray Mahlberg. According to firemen at the scene, the victim was trapped under water for approximately 20 minutes and efforts to resuscitate him failed.

50 YEARS AGO

May 2, 1963 – The Colfax Babe Ruth team had a furious workout last Saturday afternoon for final tryouts. The 1963 ball team was voted on and picked Sunday afternoon. 15-year-olds: Bill Irons, Mike Boyman, Mike Goeller and Manual Roman. 14-year-olds: Mike Tricker, tom Harrington, Jim Reed, Eddie Robbins, Chuck Treton, Mike Hill and Mike Maynard, alternate. 13-year-olds: Sandy Newton, Bob Marson, Duane Quigley, Charles Lloyd, David Cameron and Jim Albright and Larry Powell, alternates. Manager is Art Quigley; coaches are George Goeller and Jim Reed.

The Colfax High School band will tour several of the elementary schools in the district next Wednesday and Thursday, May 7 and 8, to interest the students in joining the band when they enter high school. John Bentley, director, and the band will play at the elementary schools in Colfax, Alta and Meadow Vista on the above date.

Dr. Robert A. Peers, who has been in the Stanford-Lane Hospital in Palo Alto, is expected to return to his home this week, according to word received in Colfax from his sister, Miss Susie Peers.

Gold Run News – Rudy Buher, who has taken over the garage facilities at the old Gold Run Lumber Mill, is embarking on a logging operation near Nevada City. In the rumor department: Herschle Jones will come home with a new Rolls Royce and there are plans for a second Nyack. One of those things making the rounds. Mr. Jones is at present going around the world by boat.

Advertisement for Emerald Farm Nursery, Old Grass Valley Road, North Colfax; Thelma and Floyd Murphy, proprietors – This week’s special: Hydrangeas (hail damaged), gallon can, 80 cents.