1 YEAR AGO Oct. 7, 2010 – What is cost of charter school? Horizon has two more years before district decides on its status – The sponsorship of a charter school could affect the Basic Aid status of the Western Placer Unified School District. Joyce Lopes, the district’s assistant superintendent of business services, explained Basic Aid as “when the (district’s) property tax exceeds the district’s revenue limit.” That information was given to the school board during Tuesday’s school board meeting, as part of a series of presentations about the budget. “The board established 2012-2013 as the year we’ll have a balanced budget,” Superintendent Scott Leaman said. “The board gives us direction in the amount of reductions to take for the next two years to balance the budget. Joyce (Lopes) will lead us through a series of meetings to understand the issues.” 10 YEARS AGO Oct. 4, 2001 – Inaugural horseshoe tourney a crowded, fun event – The parking lot at McBean Park was crowded on the sunny late September morning, and the shouts of children playing football blended with the voices of cheer leaders practicing, and the solid clink of horseshoes hitting their mark. Lincoln’s family Horseshoe Club’s two-day inaugural tournament got underway at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Wink Thixton, owner of the California Cleaners, and Lincoln City Councilman Michael Storz were on hand to throw the first pitches, which, as in baseball, officially opened the tournament play. Many locals were there to play, or simply watch and kibitz on the sidelines, erupting in cheers and applause when a favorite player scored a ringer, or had a particularly good round. 20 YEARS AGO Oct. 3, 1991 – City seeks input on old Civic Center – With all the plans being drawn up for the new civic center, city officials are seeking suggestions on what to do with the old civic center. City offices were relocated to Third Street last year because asbestos was found in the ceiling and walls of the building. The new civic center is not being built in the same location because the new plan takes up four blocks and it would cost the city too much money to buy up property in the surrounding area, said city planner George Dellwo. “We want all the offices in one place. It’s extremely inefficient not to have them together,” said Dellwo. Many ideas have surfaced such as turning the building into a senior center, installing a stage for plays, and putting in an industrial kitchen so meals can be cooked on site. “The building needs to be shined up, it’s a jewel,” said Dellwo. 50 YEARS AGO Oct. 5, 1961 – Lincoln Inn Hit Hard By Safecracker – A safecracking job at the Lincoln Inn in the early hours of Saturday morning netted between $3500 and $4000 for the thief of thieves, according to Police Chief Robert Jimenez. The loot was in coin and currency, and Jimenez said the safecracking appeared to be the work of professionals. He said the front of the safe, located under the bar, was “peeled” and the dial punched out. He estimated that a “professional” safecracker would take about 20 minutes to break into a safe of this type. The robbery occurred, the chief said, between the hours of 3 and 6 a.m., and there were no visible signs of how entry was gained into the building. He said the thief or thieves were neat in their method of operation and nothing else was disturbed and no liquor stolen. 75 YEARS AGO Oct. 1, 1936 – Shoots Prowler Who Escapes After Ransacking Home – The home of Mrs. Barrick near Virginia Town was broken into last Monday morning at about 11:00 o’clock – drawers were ransacked and things about the house were disturbed generally, but nothing of value was taken, except a quilt from one of the beds. Last night apparently, the same man returned to repeat his search as on Monday. Two neighbor men, Mr. Paul Humphrey and Mr. J.L. Flannery, to whom Mrs. Barrick had confided her story, lay in wait for the robber to return, which he did last night – becoming suspicious that all was not right, he attempted to run when called to by the men lying in wait for him, Flannery fired at about 40 yards with a shot-gun loaded with small shot, which is the only reason the robber is not in the morgue, as the distance was close enough, but not for small shot, however, blood was found on the grass in vicinity where the robber was when the shot was fired, hence, it is believed that he was hit and will probably show up somewhere for treatment of his wounds. Officer Beermann was called and made a search of the neighborhood but could not pick up the trail so far. The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones. No editing changes are made to the copy so that the entries appear as originally published.