1 YEAR AGO July 1, 2010 — Rocklin High varsity baseball coach Roc Murray will throw out the first pitch at today’s Sacramento River Cats game. The River Cats are honoring Murray for his California Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award. Murray was named Baseball Coach of the year for the 2009-10 school-year. Murray has led the Thunder to Sac-Joaquin Section, Division II titles in 2009 and 2010. He has coached the Thunder into the DII finals in three of the last four years. 5 YEARS AGO June 28, 2006 — Rocklin commuters were greeted Tuesday morning with a newly opened train station on their way to ride the rails to work. Rocklin City Council members, along with city and county staff, were on hand before the commuter train arrived around 7 a.m. for the grand opening of the new train station located on Rocklin Road at Railroad Avenue. Mark Riemer, Rocklin’s community services and facilities director, said the station is likely to be open daily around 6 a.m. and close around 6:30 p.m. to cover both ends of the daily commute. 15 YEARS AGO July 2, 1996 — The blistering sun wasn’t enough to slow down runners during Saturday’s Jubilee Fun 5K and 10K Runs. This year’s winner was Chris Coats of Rocklin, taking his second consecutive title Coats decided this year that he would end his Sierra College running career with a victorious run on his home course. Coats will head to U.C. Davis next year to run; he ran track and cross country at Sierra. What made this year’s win even more special was Coats decided to run the course just once, unlike last year when he took a wrong turn and had to come from behind to take the title. At least this year he had his bearing straight. Let’s wish him good luck next year at U.C. Davis. 40 YEARS AGO June 24, 1971 — Bids were opened last week on a Placer County road improvement project which calls for construction of Sierra College Boulevard on improved alignment from Route 193, south. When finished it will provide a direct link between State Highway 193 and the Lincoln-Newcastle highway, and Routes 80 and 50 to the south. -- Paula Mooney uses back issues of the Placer Herald to compile the Rocklin Chronicles.