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Media Life: Things We’d Like To See Come Back … But Probably Won’t

Forgive me if I miss one of your favorite haunts. After nearly 30 years in Auburn you start missing the things that were once part of your life — things that you took for gr ...

Not the only one

I have felt on the verge of erroneousness all my life. I’m always convinced that any minute now I’m going to make a mistake — offend somebody, miss my deadline, m ...

What we must do to make sure that our vote really counts

The Declaration of Independence states that government derives its authority from the “consent of the governed.” Only 23 percent of likely voters believe they have give ...

Election integrity in Placer County: Does your vote count?

In spite of accusations of massive voter fraud, California has only had 31 convictions for voter fraud in 17 years (2001-2018) as reported by the conservative Heritage Foundation. ...

Fears, scares and terrors at the local coffee shop

Time Traveler: I fear for the future safety of Auburn’s streets. Last week as I was approaching Depoe Bay Coffee Roasters for our morning meeting of the Babblers and the Au ...

The war against catastrophic fire

At about 10 p.m. on Oct. 8, my 16-year-old nephew Liam looked out from his bedroom window and saw an ominous red glow pulsating from the nearby oak woodland hills. During the day t ...

Learning more than initially thought in senior driving class

I was 27 years old before I learned to drive in my husband’s beloved 1966 Chevrolet Super Sport. “If you learn on a four-speed,” he’d said. “You&rsquo ...

A mother, her son and the homework blues

Nearly three months. Three months, I tell you. That’s how much time my 11-year-old son had to finish his summer reading and report for school. All this season I have played ...

Predicting stock performance

The movement of stocks is everything but a science. Technical analysts point to charts and graphs claiming the history of stock movements illustrated as patterns will forecast what ...

Prop. 1 would give $4B for low-income, vet housing

Oct. 22 is the last day to register to vote in the General Election on Nov. 6. This is first in a series of articles outlining unbiased facts about each ballot proposition. The ar ...

Remember This? McDonald’s arrives big in Auburn

Auburn’s Foresthill exit McDonald’s — the growing burger corporation’s first in the community — was a big deal when it opened in 1976. Still at the s ...

Media Life: Pop Quiz: Know Your Auburn Weathervanes

  Time for something completely different. Media Life shape-shifts this week into a quiz to test reader Auburncentricity. And the topic of the test is “weathervanes.& ...

A time to celebrate recovery in action

perience a mental health or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year millions of Americans experience these conditions, and it’s critical that we give ...

Hidden Falls expansion invades rural Placer

Many in Placer County, from Granite Bay to the foothills, live in open, less densely populated areas. Those of us that do, know we are very fortunate and treasure our rural propert ...

Striping, Co-Op, fair, politics, arts, fairies

Briefly: I’m channeling John Downs with a Time Traveler-like rant, but then I’ll get back to normal. So bear with me. Don’t get me wrong. I love Caltrans. They p ...