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Is fire prevention taking a back seat?

For many years, forest management and fire-prevention took a back-seat at these summits, but now nature is screaming its warning at us as fires rage throughout the west: the Tahoe ...

All my fault — or is it?

I apologize. Everything’s my fault, and I’m sorry. I’m the primary abuser of fossil fuels, so all the fires lately are my fault. The primary abuser of fossil fue ...

Auburn focus in HBO Golden State Killer documentary

The Golden State Killer lurked in the shadows of California's consciousness for much of the 1970s and 1980s. But when ex-Auburn Police Officer Joe DeAngelo was arrested in Apr ...

Remember This? Business buzz strengthens on Highway 49

By 1972, commercial development was branching out of the Downtown Auburn core onto Highway 49 and reshaping how Auburnites did business. That move included Montgomery Ward. This ...

Media Life: The Worst of Auburn

Thumbing through umpteen magazines or surfing the Web, you’re bound to find a plethora of ‘best of’ lists. But the Media Life way of looking at the world als ...

Daffodils, veterans, music, books, movies, cookies

Two springs ago, March 2017, I gave credit to the wrong people when I wrote about the daffodils that annually bloom so enthusiastically on the northeastern end of Auburn Ravine Roa ...

4 tips for combining finances with your partner

A client recently asked our team about combining her assets with her soon-to-be husband.  Hence, the inspiration for an article. As a relationship grows, working toward goals ...

High-speed rail? Put high-speed public safety first

The unbelievable devastation wrought by the Northern California fires of 2017 has given way to an inspiring rebirth. Santa Rosa, ground zero for the damage, is alive with the sound ...

Media Life: History for sale at Auburn’s ‘big yellow house’

If you drive through the Lincoln Way-Auburn Folsom Road intersection — or walk it for that matter — it’s hard to miss. Many call it the Big Yellow House, for lac ...

Our local, mild-mannered super reporter

Time Traveler: Regular readers of the Auburn Journal may have noticed recently that intrepid, seemingly mild mannered Gus Thomson appears to be everywhere. Not only a large percen ...

What we’re reading and loving lately

Time to write about books again. I’ll go first — but I want to talk about a play, not a book. I told you I drove up to Ashland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival a co ...

How much have you saved for retirement?

If you’re like the majority of Americans, probably not enough to retire comfortably. In actuality the figures of how much people have squirreled away for their golden years ...

Media Life: Name that Auburn landmark

Admit it. “Recreation Park”  is one bland moniker. Kind of like naming it “Park Park.” Come to think of it “Park Park” might be an improv ...

Remember This? Auburn’s State Theatre suffers major facelift

The story of the State Theatre in Downtown Auburn got much worse in 1974, when the bulldozer moved in and the hammer came down on the once-proud art deco movie house. It had been ...

Clear skies on the farm

Those early 1940s, the years before I started school, I learned to love the country, the animals, and the clear blue sky. I stayed with my grandparents, on their farm in Southern C ...