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Media Life: California’s Auburn has plenty of company

Auburn. Think of the name for a moment. Not necessarily the word itself. Say it and hear how it sounds. It rolls easily off the tongue. It’s short and sweet. And there&rsqu ...

Birds and winter

Dealing with winter weather can be a life-and-death struggle for our bird neighbors.  Fortunately, most birds are well equipped to deal with the cold.  Birds are warm-bl ...

Another View

Colfax High School’s Alpine Ski Team shredded the mountain at Boreal Resort, in less than perfect conditions. Although the weather was warm and the snow was slushy, the team ...

Media Life: Auburn’s Top 5 all-time mysteries

The Marie Celeste. Jack the Ripper. The Zodiac Killer. Think too of pyramids, Stonehenge and Jimmy Hoffa. Everyone loves a mystery and there are scads to devote some time and cur ...

Success for Colfax's High School ski team

Colfax High School is known for having ambitious students, not only in the class room but in their sports teams as well. The Alpine Ski Team is one of the most driven teams at Colf ...

Sierra College Natural History Museum a great place to spend the day

Sierra College is an educational and cultural asset to area residents.Our readers repeatedly tell us to list their events in our newspapers. So I’m excited that the Sierra ...

Media Life: Documentary, book focus on endurance

  Michigan Bluff’s Myles Smythe has melded a passion for running with a filmmaker’s drive to tell a story worth telling. The result is a new documentary called & ...

Help stop gun violence in the United States

Jan. 10, 2001 was my wake-up call that no city is safe from gun violence. That morning, a college student filling in as a receptionist during winter break and a caregiver were sh ...

Want to know if you’re really a local? Take the quiz

About a decade ago, Media Life took on the task of creating a standardized test to determine once and for all whether people who claim to be local are truly just that. The quiz st ...

SIGN LANGUAGE: Lincoln student-fans get personal in PVL rivalry game

The words “F@$# you” are scrawled into the visiting wall of Placer High’s historic Earl Crabbe Gymnasium. A sharpie penned the phrase “Smoke weed every day& ...

‘So the River Flows’ celebrates the human spirit

A love story is a love story is a love story. What differentiates one from another are the characters and the events accompanying their meeting and the obstacles surrounding their ...

I won’t play the sap for them

Those fabric softener sheets I use in the dryer? I tear them in half. If I can, I tear them in thirds. For a while I tore them in fourths but Don talked me out of it because they g ...

Media Life: Silence proving golden for Auburn filmmaker

When we last heard from Brandon Vedder, the Placer High grad and ace cinematographer was fresh off the success of 2012 documentary “La Source” and deep into a new proje ...

Media Life: Who are we? We are Auburn

Who are we? Drilling into the latest census-driven statistics indicates that Auburnites are different from the rest of California in many ways. But in others, we’re very mu ...

Media Life: 2016 Awards honor year of Auburncentricities

The Media Life “Lifey Awards,” presented each year for outstanding achievement in a column snippet, took on even more prestige this past year. A life-sized replica of ...