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‘Only you can prevent forest fires,’ a message to politicians

Before the flames were extinguished on last year’s devastating wildfires, Jerry Brown was in front of the cameras, exploiting the tragedies to blame human-caused climate chan ...

California wildfires — the solution is up to us

Nearly 50,000 residents of the area around Paradise are rebuilding their lives following the deadliest and most costly fire in California’s history. Eighty-six people died an ...

Not liking movies with kids, animals; visiting Yosemite during gov shutdown

Time Traveler: I never watch a movie or read a book that has little kids or animals as the subjects of the story as it never ends well. The dog gets stolen away from its owner and ...

What we’re reading and loving lately

Ta da! My first book column of 2019! Cynthia Maier recommends “The Historian,” by Elizabeth Kostova. “The story starts out in 1972 Amsterdam with a father and da ...

With market down, time to pick up companies’ stock

  Those of us looking at the markets for a living have seen happier holidays. That being said there is some good news in all of this. With declining stock prices comes opport ...

What’s in a name? Here, it’s child abuse ‘prevention’

“KidsFirst” has such a warm, delicate and caring ring to it. How can an organization who puts kids first possibly conjure up bad mojo in anyone? Add to that our tagline ...

12 easy challenges to take on at the library

It’s that time of year, again. The time of year where all your friends and family are setting New Year’s resolutions. For me, I find it a little annoying, probably beca ...

Mayor’s 4 top issues for this year

Editor’s note: Mayor Cheryl Maki submitted four points to watch for in Auburn this year. 1: Of course all of us are hyper-sensitive to the problem with wildfires, particular ...

The Bourn trifecta: Tying foothill gold mine to Irish and San Mateo mansions

“Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to the mine we go.” This ditty is whirling around my head while getting ready to drag yet another pair of visitors off to the Empire Mine ...

County art, brakes, coconut shells, Library, food, bread

In December, county employee April Pay approached me with the news that the annual county employee art show, Placer Creates, opened in five sites in November and will run through T ...

This was the year that was

Goodbye 2018. 2019? Bring it on. Media Life approaches the new year with journalistic gumption — ready to take on whatever the months to come dish out. Looking back on 2 ...

Let’s help those who are most impoverished

I have always tried to be respectful of other opinions. Lately though I seem to be having a tougher time staying true to my beliefs. Yesterday I was speaking to a woman I know and ...

Snickering and ranting in the new year

I have a great way to make you roll your eyes and snicker at me. It never fails. You know Thomas Kinkade, that late artist who called himself “the painter of light”? I ...

New member to Newcastle’s Sourdough Sad Sacks

Time Traveler: The Portuguese Pirate may or may not contribute to this week’s column. He’s off on one of his little adventures. As I understand it he’s taking hi ...

When Sinatra turned spotlight on Placer

The Auburn Journal archives this week yields one of a trove of celebrity photos from Lake Tahoe and Reno casinos that were mailed on a regular basis around 1980 to the newspaper, p ...