1 YEAR AGO June 3, 2010 Rocklin High School junior Justin Ellerbee has received an honorable mention for his entry in Kaiser Permanente’s “Don’t Buy The Lie” tobacco use prevention billboard contest. The contest was open to high school students and middle schools in the Sacramento area. Ellerbee was honored at a reception Thursday at Sacramento State University. He is the son of Dan and Jaclyn Ellerbee of Rocklin. 5 YEARS AGO May 31, 2006 Junior Rachel Simmons and senior Brennen Phipps will represent the Rocklin High track and field team at the CIF State Meet at Cerritos College in Norwalk this weekend. Simmons qualified for the state meet by clearing 12 feet in the pole vault at the Master’s Meet in Modesto Jr. College. Phipps qualified in the discus and the shot put. Phipps placed second in both events at the Master’s Meet, throwing 54-05.5 in the shot put and 165-09 in the discus. 15 YEARS AGO June 4, 1996 Kenpo Karate is blossoming at Sierra College. What began as a class 20 years ago has now grown into a mainstay in the physical education department. Sifi Bob Meyer of Lincoln was the original seed who nurtured the growth of the art. It should come as no surprise to people that Meyer keeps to his theme of harmony throughout his activities, and whether he is teaching a private student or a class he always stresses this to his students. The tradition goes back to 500 B.C. 40 YEARS AGO June 3, 1971 It appears that the honeymoon is over for Placer County taxpayers. For the past four years the county’s general tax rate has remained at $2.31 1/2 per $100 assessed valuation -- something of a unique feat when compared to most of California’s 57 other counties. The situation apparently will change in 1971-72 and the reason is obvious: a proposed budget of nearly $20 million. County supervisors currently are wrestling with the recommended budget, which was prepared in large part by James E. Williams, who resigned his executive officer post May 1. The board members are mum on the subject, but a survey conducted among several other county officials indicates that a tax increase of between 20 and 40 cents per $100 assessment is being considered. Williams’ budget amounts to approximately $2 million over the final figure adopted for 1970-71. As usual, welfare costs are responsible for much of the increase -- some $800,000, of which Placers’ share is expected to be $130,000 or about 6.5 cents of any additional tax bite. This week’s edition of Rocklin Chronicles was compiled by Paula Mooney utilizing back issues of the Placer Herald.