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5 YEARS AGO Jan. 25, 2006: Students, staff weigh in on progress of brand-new Whitney High School — The first report cards ever sent from Whitney High School should have arrived in mailboxes last week, as the school that first opened for classes this fall moved into its spring semester. With more than a few hours of classes behind them and the dust mostly settled from campus construction, students and staff at Whitney are weighing in on the school’s success. And the grades they’re marking might leave the community smiling like a proud parent contemplating the honor roll. “I’d give it an A, and it will improve later too,” said freshman Kristyn Poehner, noting all the “cool stuff” the new campus had to offer, including high-tech locks and flat computer screens. Her older sister Corinne Warnken is a senior at Rocklin High School, and was waiting in front of the school Friday to give her a ride home, along with fellow Rocklin senior Shelley McKendree. “This is my first time ever seeing it,” McKendree said. “It’s huge; it looks like a college campus.” For the approximately 750 freshmen and sophomores currently enrolled at Whitney High, the campus is indeed large. “It’s really nice because my last year at Rocklin we had 2,700 kids. There was no elbow room,” said Whitney Principal Debra Hawkins at lunch Friday, walking past small clusters of students spaced around the school’s outdoor amphitheater. 15 YEARS AGO Jan. 30, 1996: City to address rumors of Indian casino — The Rocklin City Council is taking steps to ensure that Rocklin isn’t the future site of an Indian gambling casino. In response to rumors that have targeted Rocklin as one of two promising sites for a gaming establishment, city council members have decided to voice formal opposition. Letters stating the city’s position will be sent out this week to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and to both factions of the Auburn Indian Tribal Council at the Auburn Indian Rancheria Reservation. The main pint of opposition to the casino is that Indian reservations are allowed to build any type of building and operate businesses on that land without regard to the city’s current land use plan, said council member Kathy Lund. Indian reservations may circumvent city authority and go ahead with any community or business plans without approval from the city council or the planning commission, she said. Rocklin, as with all of Placer County, became a possible site for an Indian reservation and casino following the October approval of the Auburn Indian Community’s Indian Reservation Act, the federal mandate that restored tribal status to a group of mostly Miwok and Maidu Indians. The act allows them to purchase land in six counties, including a land base in Placer County. 40 YEARS AGO Jan. 28, 1971: Citizens: ‘Expand Del Oro’. Advisors Nix 4th Campus — The Citizens Advisory Committee of the Placer Joint Union High School District submitted its first report to the board of trustees Tuesday, recommending unanimously that current plans for the new Auburn campus be scrapped and expansion of the Colfax and Del Oro High Schools be completed as soon as possible to meet the education needs of the district. Such a course, under consideration for some time by the school district administration, would entail diversion of a one and a half million dollar state loan and local bond package which has been earmarked for the North Auburn site. Technically termed a “postponement” of the new school, it would in effect close off that project until such time as massive enrollment growth would justify seeking a new bond issue. In a three page summary delivered to the board, the nine-member sub committee outlined the reasons for its recommendation, emphasizing that both initial construction and year-to-year operational costs would be substantially less with the enlargement of the schools at Colfax and Loomis, rather than establishing an entirely new school to relieve present overcrowding. The Rocklin Chronicles are compiled by Sue Choate. No editing changes are made to the copy so that the entries appear as originally published.