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Ask the Master Gardener: Learn to recognize the forms of poison oak

Question: I’ve been told that poison oak is not always three shiny leaves with a rust tinge? Is that true?” Answer: Funny you should ask. I personally didn’t th ...

Defensible space landscape is beauty with a purpose

When Dennis Maguire moved to Meadow Vista in the late 1970s, it was to a 1,400-square-foot house on an acre and a half that was mostly dry vegetation. During the three-plus decades ...

Media Life: ‘D-Train’ movie has Colfax, Placer connection

Colfax High School class of ’96 grad Matthew Medlin’s latest credit in Hollywood’s film industry is a notable one. He’s a unit production manager and line p ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Think beyond cacti, succulents for landscaping plants that use less water

Question: I don’t care for cacti and succulents. What other landscape plants use little water? Answer: Actually many plants other than those usual suspects have adapted to ...

Media Life: “Louie Louie” singer’s Applegate sister remembers

It was a request from an older brother that she felt duty bound to help with – as sisters often do. Applegate’s Jill Zander recalls she was a junior at Washington High ...

Media Life: Placer County water embroiled in Starbucks Coffee flap

It’s one of those little-known facts about Placer County that’s been revealed in one of the darndest places. Mother Jones has the story and the cappuccino cups are rat ...

Media Life: R&B pioneer’s grave marker turns up in Auburn

It’s a mystery that has Auburn’s Brianna Rubio perplexed. Actually, many people. It started with the discovery of a grave marker in the yard of a North Auburn property ...

Birds — Providing food, shelter, safety

Food, shelter and water are necessary elements in creating a friendly habitat for birds. But keeping them safe while they’re in the neighborhood is important, too. That&rsq ...

Rodeo clown is goodwill ambassador in baggy pants

In the world of rodeo, when you do good, you get a shiny silver buckle – not a trophy or a plaque. And rodeo clown Justin Rumford, who will be appearing next weekend at the ...

Media Life: Auburn’s rich history subject of new book

Want a peek at the first-known image of Auburn? It’s a drawing by a fellow named Thomas Armstrong done in 1851. Nothing but a few wooden buildings and a denuded hillside. An ...