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Folsom Heritage Preservation League honors three

RAILROAD WORKERS DON'T RETIRE, THEY VOLUNTEER: Richard Hulbert was honored by the Heritage Preservation League of Folsom. He volunteers as chief mechanic and volunteer trainer for the Folsom El Dorado Sacramento Historic Railroad Association. Hulbert worked for Southern Pacific. Courtesy photo

Train expert Richard Hulbert, former Folsom Chamber of Commerce CEO Roger Zittel and the Baker family were honored for their contributions to preserving Folsom’s history at the Heritage Preservation League of Folsom’s meeting on Jan. 31. Richard Hulbert Hulbert received the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership in preserving local and regional railroad history […]

Comments Off / February 28, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Bulldog brainiacs best Academic Decathlon rivals

ASK THESE STUDENTS ABOUT "THE GREAT DEPRESSION": Folsom High Academic Decathlon Bulldogs defended their 1st-place position in the 2011 Sacramento County competition. Front row, left to right:  Allan Zhou, Allison Hamer, Ben Rosenfeld, Sydney Pierce, and Emmie Pope;  middle row: Marisa Franz, Janice Chan, Tim Bai; back row: Topher Anderson, Austin Kelley, Yiran Li, Spencer Buelna, coach Melinda Wilson. Courtesy photo

The Folsom High School Academic Decathlon team took the Sacramento County championship on Feb. 5, beating 24 high schools in the county. Most importantly, the Folsom Bulldogs beat the Bella Vista Broncos, the high school that fielded dominating teams since the competition started in 1980. The Carmichael high school, in the San Juan Unified School […]

Comments Off / February 28, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Sutter Street Revitalization comes to life

WHERE TO GO? Visitors study the temporary directory displayed on Sutter Street. Photo by Roberta Long

The new old Folsom Historic District springs to life as winter dies down and heavy equipment clears Sutter Street. “People are coming back and they like what they see,” said Jim Snook, owner of Snook’s Chocolate Factory in the heart of Sutter Street. Folsom Lake Bank President Bob Flautt stepped out onto Sutter Street and paused. […]

Comments Off / February 18, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Folsom lends cash to affordable housing project

Folsom will gain 54 low-income and very low-income housing units thanks to the Folsom City Council/Redevelopment Agency’s approval of two loans at a Feb. 8 joint meeting. The Forestwood Family Apartments project, located at 9483 Greenback Lane, sits on 2.5 acres of infill property and will have a total of 55 units, which will come in one-, two- […]

Comments Off / February 10, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Folsom fights for redevelopment agency

FOLSOM — The Folsom City Council members didn’t like having to do it, but at a special joint meeting of the City Council and redevelopment agency on Feb. 1, they agreed to take steps to protect the city’s redevelopment funds from poaching by the state of California. In doing so, they joined many other California […]

Comments Off / February 07, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Folsom suffers from ‘fiscal fatigue,’ mayor says

Mayor Andy Morin

In his third State of the City speech Folsom Mayor Andy Morin found the city facing a completely different future than he did when he gave similar speeches in 2006 and 2007. In January of those years the outlook was brighter, though fiscal storm clouds were gathering. This year is more problematic, following a couple […]

Comments Off / February 02, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Folsom recommits to affordable housing, just not ‘inclusionary’

After eight years of using inclusionary zoning to provide affordable housing in Folsom, the Folsom City Council decided it wasn’t working the way they thought it would. At the city council meeting on Jan. 11, the members unanimously voted to go in another direction. Rather than talk about “affordable” housing, City Council members focused on […]

Comments Off / January 21, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »