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1 YEAR AGO Oct. 14, 2010 – Fire guts classroom at Glen Edwards – Damage estimated to be $300,000 – An early morning fire Sunday left one classroom destroyed and two others damaged at Glen Edwards Middle School. The one injury was to a firefighter. The fire’s cause is “undetermined and unable to rule out human cause,” Lincoln Fire Chief Dave Whitt said. “It very well could turn out to be an arson fire but it also could be a fire that was recklessly caused by a human,” Whitt said when asked by The News Messenger if the fire was the result of arson. Whitt said an arson task force will investigate. There is an estimated $300,000 in damage to classroom 10 and smoke damage to a storage container and shed, according to Whitt. 10 YEARS AGO Oct. 11, 2001 – City has a new bikeways plan – Lincoln now has a new bikeway master plan that will add 57 miles of bike trails to the city at a cost of $7.9 million. Building of the trails will depend upon the city’s success in competing for more than 20 federal programs. The City Council approved the plan at its Oct. 9 meeting. Only 7.7 miles of bikeways now exist in Lincoln but when the new plan is fully built, bikers will have 65 miles of bikeways on which to ride. The most scenic of the routes proposed in the plan follows Auburn Ravine Creek well outside the west side of town, all the way to the intersection of Highway 193 and Sierra College Boulevard on the east. A network of more paths will be added to those that already wind through the Lincoln Hills senior housing area. More will climb through the Twelve Bridges housing area and end at Sierra College Boulevard, according to the plan. 20 YEARS AGO Oct. 10, 1991 – BLM reports $53 million in dope seized – More than 15,000 marijuana plants with a street value of $53 million have been seized and eradicated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), resulting in the arrests of 14 people. The operations, ongoing since early June, include the confiscation of 87 pounds of processed marijuana and the elimination of dozens of illegal gardens on BLM and adjacent private lands in counties up and down the state including Humboldt, Mendocino, Trinity, Modoc, Placer, Lake, Tehama, Butte, Shasta, Tulare, Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. 50 YEARS AGO Oct. 12, 1961 – Rotarians Commence Plans For Annual Halloween ‘Kiddie’ Parties – Plans are in progress for the community wide Halloween parties sponsored annually by the Lincoln Rotary club. In an effort to curtail malicious activities prevalent on Halloween night, the Rotary club, with the cooperation of local schools, civic bodies and other organizations, began this project some 12 years ago. All children from preschooler to teenager are included in the festivities. General chairman for the event this year will be Rev. Howard Chapin, pastor of the Methodist Community Church. As in the past, costumed children will gather at 6:30 p.m. on the corner of Fifth and G streets. They will be divided into age groups and will proceed to various public buildings and auditoriums for entertainment appropriate to their age group, said Chapin. 75 YEARS AGO Oct. 15, 1936 – Ed’s Slants On The Day’s News – The women of Washington State have taken a hand in the Seattle strike – have picketed the Labor Temple and when accosted by one of the big “bozo” teamster strikers they replied “we are here to protest the throwing out of employment 600 women and men to satisfy a few malcontents. Bet a jug of cider that the women win out, as when women start, they finish – they have twice as much courage as men and as class have twice as much “horse sense,” and we are not throwing this to the women as a bouquet either. The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones. No editing changes are made to the copy so that the entries appear as originally published.