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1 YEAR AGO Aug. 6, 2009 – Soccer players seek fields of green - $11 million Foskett Park called ‘embarrassment’ – Although soccer season is approaching, the fields at Foskett Regional Park are missing one key ingredient – players. The condition of the soccer fields is an “embarrassment,” according to Chris von Pohle, the Lincoln Youth Soccer Association president. “I’m trying to put together tournaments and jamborees, and Foskett would be the best place for them but I have to go to Joiner (Park),” von Pohle said. The problem with Foskett Regional Park is that much of the grass in the $11-million park is dead, according to von Pohle and city officials. The problem as been ongoing since October, when the fields had circles of swampy grass interspersed with the dry, dead grass. 10 YEARS AGO Aug.3, 2000 – Lincoln and Rocklin are growing faster than other county areas – The Lincoln area has been identified as the second-fastest growing area in the six-county region that comprises metropolitan Sacramento. According to figures complied by the (SACOG), Lincoln’s population grew 9.6 percent between January 1999 and January 2000, increasing from 8,825 to 9,675. That represents a 35-percent increase from 10 years ago, when only 7,125 people called Lincoln their home. Only Rocklin grew more quickly, with a growth rate of 10.3 percent. Behind Lincoln, the next fastest-growing cities in the region were Folsom, Davis, and Galt which grew at rates of 8.4 percent, 5.6 percent, and 4.6 percent, respectively. 20 YEARS AGO Aug. 9, 1990 – Agreement marks go-ahead on city project – A recent agreement between the City of Lincoln and local developer Charles Joiner gave both parties the go-ahead on major building projects in the city that were previously nixed when vernal pools were found in those areas. In a joint wetlands mitigation plan, Joiner paid the city a $210,000 mitigation fee that will enable the city to replace 16 acres of wetlands that will soon be destroyed with development of a long-planned city project. Under the agreement, the city along with the Western Placer Unified School District, will use the funds to build a multipurpose center and housing development on a portion of a 40-acre site owned by the city. A 12 classroom elementary school is also slated for development on the site. The remainder of the property is currently under negotiation for sale to pay for building the multi-purpose center. Joiner’s development of 66 custom homes – called the Laehr project – was halted last fall when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found that vernal pools were located on the site. According to the agreement, the Joiners offered the sum as mitigation for allegedly filling 5.6 acres of wetland area without authorization. With the mitigation plan in effect, development at the Laehr Project site has resumed, according to Kathleen Joiner, who is also a party in the agreement. Charles Joiner was unavailable for comment. According to city administrator Richard Ramirez, who calls the agreement a “win-win situation,” the funds will be used to create an 11-acre wetlands preserve on another parcel of city-owned land to mitigate destruction of vernal pools on the city project land, at no cost to the city. In other terms of the agreement, Ramirez said, an amendment was made in a lease between the Joiners and the city which gave the Joiners water rights on property they bought from the city in 1978. 50 YEARS AGO Aug. 4, 1960 – No Protests Voiced On LEUS Budget – As there were no dissenting voices at the public hearing of the proposed budget of the Lincoln elementary school district, the budget was adopted in its entirely at the elementary school board meeting Monday night. It was also decided at the meeting that the school busses transporting kindergarten children would follow the same route as last year pending complete registration and geographical location of the children. Carlin Coppin, superintendent, stressed the transportation angle as another reason parents should register their children of kindergarten or first grade age as early as possible. Appointed to committees for the coming year were: James Ragsdale and Frank Farnsworth, transportation; Mrs. Everett Hendrickson and Frank Farnsworth, salary; Charles Wilson, recreation. Bids were received for furnishing groceries for the school cafeteria for the 1960-61 school year and were taken under advisement. Coppin stated that the school year will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 6, the day after the Labor Day holiday. 75 YEARS AGO Aug. 8, 1935 – Speeder Hunted For A Year Found In San Quentin – California highway patrolmen found “their man” yesterday, but abandoned their efforts to bring him into justice court at Lincoln on charges of speeding in a truck. John W. Stansbury, formerly of 1517 N Street, Sacramento, sought for several weeks on a bench warrant following his failure to appear in answer to the speeding citation, was finally located in San Quentin prison, where he is serving a term for burglary from Madera county. Stansbury was arrested on the highway between Lincoln and Roseville by Patrolman Coberly and ordered to appear in court at Lincoln. When he failed to appear, a bench warrant was issued and sent to Sacramento for service. Highway patrolmen there learned that he had gone to Chico. From there he was traced to Garberville, then to Madera County, where records disclosed he had plead guilty to burglary and received the prison sentence. The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones. No editing changes are made to the copy so that the entries appear as originally published.