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2010 Year in Review

July 2010 — Horses, calendar ‘boys’ make news

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July 1 — Auburn City Council approved the addition to two new signs in Central Square. One sign will include a map of the Central Square area and will be posted across the street in front of Wells Fargo bank. A second sign located in Central Square will depict a map of the Western States Trail. July 5 — Thunder Valley Casino has unveiled its newly completed 297-room hotel in Lincoln. Construction on the expansion began in June 2008 but stopped in November of that year “because they wanted to reassess the scope of the project given the economy,” spokesman Doug Elmets said. Construction started again in March 2009, with the size of the hotel decreasing from 26 to 17 stories. July 8 — Residents who lost their homes in the 49 Fire are working to keep their properties safe this summer. They’re concerned about at 42-acre area of vacant land and are raising funds to pay for Bushwackers Inc. to clear the overgrown weeds, which are now 5 feet tall. July 8 — Tango Frozen Yogurt will keep its orange umbrellas. Owner Lisa Swisley previously received a warning letter from the city notifying her that the umbrellas outside her Downtown Auburn yogurt shop were not in line with the city’s list of acceptable colors for her specific area in Central Square. Swisley appealed the decision at the Auburn Historic Design Review Commission. The commission voted unanimously to allow Swisley to keep the umbrellas. July 9 — A Wal-Mart-Costco-type store in North Auburn won approval (June 8) from the Placer County Planning Commission. But opponents of Roseville developer Jim Conkey’s plans for a 155,000-square-foot big box store near Luther Road and Highway 49 are vowing to appeal the decision to the Board of Supervisors and — if necessary — battle Bohemia in a courtroom. July 9 — Auburn’s Air Show, Thunder in the Sky, kicks off today with a barbecue dinner and 1940s-era dancing to the sounds of Sister Swing. On (July 10), vintage warbirds and antique planes will share the tarmac with air racers military jets and experimental aircraft. July 15 — Should an Old Town restaurant be allowed to offer food service in a public park? Some neighboring business owners say yes, while others are saying an emphatic no. The city has issued a 30-day use permit for Tsuda’s Old Town Eatery to provide table service in Herschel Young Park, which adjoins the building. July 18 — Temporary business signs will no longer decorate Auburn streets. In a four-to-one vote City Council discontinued the relaxation of temporary sign regulations in the city. July 21 — Penryn’s landmark Valencia Club is closed again and the man who claimed to own it is behind bars facing charges of selling liquor without a license. Travis Kevie’s four-day career as proprietor of the historic bar came to a crashing end (July 20) after the Valencia Club’s property manager and then the Placer County Sheriff’s department learned through the Journal that the establishment had reopened. July 23 — The 55th annual Tevis Cup will trot into Auburn Saturday, the finish line of the 100-mile equestrian trail ride that begins in Lake Tahoe. Riders saddle up as early as 5:15 a.m. at Robie Equestrian Park for the grueling endurance trek through the American River canyon. July 25 — Auburn’s Bad Boys calendar crew is being told to cover up. The possibility of implied nudity in a comical calendar featuring some Auburn notables has been replaced with rules released by the Auburn Recreation District that forbid anything close to showing excess flesh. July 28 — Weathering strong opposition from the Auburn Recreation District, Placer County supervisors approved a $150,000 request (July 27) for developer fees to help fund the expansion of Hidden Falls Regional Park. July 29 — Hundreds of friends, family, teammates and classmates held a candlelight vigil at Foreshill High School (July 27) to pay tribute to Pliny Oscar Murphy, 20, who lost his life July 25 after jumping off some rocks into the water at Camp Far West Lake in Sheridan.