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2010 Year in Review

October 2010 — Giants, Galleria fire hot topics

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Oct. 5 — A former California Highway Patrol officer originally charged with multiple drug-related felonies and murder-for-hire was sentenced Oct. 4 to three years in prison. Ruben Cesar Salgado, 37, a 12-year CHP veteran, agreed to a plea arrangement, entering no contest to a felony charge of solicitation of murder, possession of methamphetamine with a firearm and driving under the influence of methamphetamine. Oct. 8 — Auburn buzzed with excitement Oct. 7 after learning it would be a host city for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. Auburn will be the start city for Stage 3 of the race, which runs to Modesto and takes place Tuesday, May 17. Auburn was a pass-through city in May, with 15,000 spectators and 200 volunteers lining the streets as the cyclists pedaled by. On Oct. 7, the Auburn Chamber of Commerce held a celebration barbecue in Central Square to make the announcement. Oct. 13 — Seniors First is cutting back several of its programs due to a lack of funding — 100 days’ worth. Thirty percent of the nonprofit’s funding comes from state and federal government, funds that were delayed while California’s budget sat in limbo. The Seniors First board has decided to cut back on Meals on Wheels from five days to three days a week. The Door-to-Door Rides program will not provide transportation only for medical appointments and grocery store trips on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Oct. 14 — The future of Auburn State Recreation Area funding is unknown and two Auburn city councilmen have different ideas about how to work out a solution. Some residents and officials are looking toward Proposition 21, which would collect an additional $18 per registered motor vehicle in California to establish a trust fund for state parks with that revenue. Oct. 15 — The three Colfax High School teens charged with throwing a freeway barrier and rocks off an overpass were sentenced Oct. 14 to jail, probation and community service. Hunter Perez, 16, Samuel Edward Quinlan, 16, and Sean Steele, 17, were ordered to serve 10 months in the Placer County Juvenile Detention Center as part of a plea deal. Oct. 17 — This year’s winning pumpkin is the biggest on record for Auburn Community Festival and Placer County. Meadow Vista resident Keith Goodrich’s giant tipped the scales at 1,285.5 pounds, to take home first prize Oct. 16 at Recreation Park. The Community Festival, in its 14th year, drew thousands for the weigh-off, costume contest and parade, cooking contest, scarecrow contest and vendors. Oct. 17 — A Granite Bay Marine died Oct. 13 in Afghanistan. Private First Class Victor A. Dew, 20, was one of four U.S. servicemen killed during combat operations in Helmand province. He had been deployed to Afghanistan only three weeks. Oct. 18 — Auburn State Recreation Area user groups are doing what they can to keep the American River Canyon, including Lake Clementine, open for public use. The Auburn Boat Club, in existence since 1952, has almost doubled its marina slip tenant fees from $400 to $700 per season to provide some of the money California State Parks needs to manage the recreation area. Oct. 21 — Placer Sheriff’s officials are asking for help in finding 32 new laptops stolen from a Newcastle school over the weekend. The office is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. The Apple MacBook laptops were valued at $36,000. Oct. 22 — The quietest time of day at Roseville’s top landmark turned frantic Oct. 21 when a man took over a store and allegedly set several fires. Suspect Alexander Piggee’s alleged actions forced a total evacuation of the Westfield Galleria Mall. Thirty fire companies and more than 100 firefighters battled the blaze. Authorities said it was too soon to estimate the scope and cost of the damage. Oct. 24 — The Galleria Mall will stay closed for at least several days as investigators comb the rubble where a barricaded man ignited several fires Oct. 21. Officials were unable to reach the epicenter of the arson inside GameStop Friday, where suspect Alexander Piggee discarded his backpack. Oct. 25 — Placer County elections division is moving into the final days of a general election that has attracted a record number of registered voters. The increase in registration marks the first time Placer County — with a population of 340,000 — will have cross the 200,000 threshold for voters in an election, assistant registrar of voters Ryan Ronco said. Oct 26 — The Oct. 26 storm turned the North Ravine Creek into a torrent, blowing out a 10-foot- long diversion pope at the Wise Road bridge construction project. The creek, swollen by heavy rain, swept five sections of 20-foot-long, 48-inch diameter pipe downstream from underneath the bridge. The storm that started Saturday and continued through Sunday dropped 6.31 inches of rain in Auburn. Oct. 26 — Parts of the Westfield Galleria in Roseville, including Nordstrom, could reopen within a week, a mall official said Oct. 27. Some evidentiary items have been recovered from the rubble, officials said. Oct. 28 — Approximately 40 stores and restaurants will reopen today at the Galleria Mall in Roseville, a week after a suspected arson fire collapsed the roof in one wing. Oct. 29 — Giants fever is sweeping Auburn as the San Francisco Giants heads to the World Series. And Giants fans looking for a microcosm of the AT&T Park experience — and maybe a microbrew to quaff as they cheer on pitching ace Tim Lincecum, black-bearded reliever Brian Wilson or rookie wunderkind Buster Posey — are finding the confines of several local bars a friendly alternative to $7,000 tickets.