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Gold Country Denizens: Music, rehearsals, tears, art and trust in Auburn community

The Friday before every Auburn Symphony concert, the group has an open rehearsal in the Placer High Auditorium. All rehearsals are free. “I tell everybody,” violinist K ...

That joke is so tired it's time to put it to rest

I’m having dizzy spells. As much as they sound like something romantic out of a 19th century novel, having to stop everything for a moment while I feel like I’m being t ...

Auburn’s Top 5 All-Time Movie ‘Stars’ May Surprise You

After last week’s sometimes-controversial Top 5 All-Time Auburn Sports Stars rankings, Media Life is bravely going where no local journalist has gone before – ranking A ...

Centennial Reservoir: A golden opportunity for reliable water supply

If we take a moment to reflect on the history of Placer County and all of our beloved Gold Country, it’s amazing to consider the colossal impact that sparkling, treasured min ...

Dear Prince, It's such a shame our friendship had to end

The first time I danced with a boy it was in the cafeteria at E.V. Cain Middle School. It was eighth grade, the lights were low, he was tall, and I had my arms around his waist. It ...

Media Life: Auburn’s Top 5 All-Time Sports Stars

Once upon a time, on a football field, baseball diamond, ski slope or track, Auburn could point with pride at an athlete who had risen in his or her sport to the upper echelons of ...

Just when do we become adults?

A few weeks ago my daughter received a jury summons. She was flabbergasted. How could she possibly serve on a jury – decide someone’s fate – when she’s only ...

Media Life: 10 Who Made Auburn All The More 'Ausome'

What makes Auburn so unique and special to the people who live here – and the others who wish they did? Here are 10 names. A drop in  very large bucket. There are many ...

The need for 21st-century learning spaces

Over the last 20 years, I have been responsible for overseeing the building of learning environments that are a catalyst to educational innovation and to create facilities in which ...

Disagreeing without being disagreeable

Take two men. One complains about restaurant service, politics, politicians,  manners, traffic, entertainment, the water, the weather. On and on. His life is one bent fork aft ...

Another View

The Nevada (County) Irrigation District (NID) has plans to build another dam on our Bear River just northeast of Meadow Vista. (Placer and Nevada counties share our Bear River but ...

Media Life: Top 10 Auburn Area Backroads to entice open-road fever

Highway 49. And Interstate 80. You know the routine and the routes. Get on one of those two highways and you’re soon up to speed at a fine clip – give or take a few tr ...

Wither the water

The Nevada Irrigation District (NID) has begun the steps to construct a 275 foot dam on the Bear River, just upstream of Combie Reservoir.  This impoundment will flood 6 miles ...

Film Review: Old heroes go postmodern in bold, brooding “Batman v Superman”

What is the world coming to, that Batman and Superman should come to blows? The answer posited by director Zack Snyder’s brooding, swing-for-the-fences epic, “Batman v ...

And Another Thing: Considering beauty in an election year

I have reasonable hair. I have a nice smile. Well, I have an odd, lopsided smile. But heck, that doesn’t keep me from smiling. Lately, though, my eyelids always seem to be a ...