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'Lightning Boy' was born to rock

While other teens can barely make it through Van Halen’s “Eruption” on Guitar Hero, Kory Gibbs rocks out on stage with a real, sometimes double-neck guitar to cro ...

Placer County's Heritage Trail history tour just the tonic for weekend fun

Pills and potions. Shady charlatans and mighty men of medicine. Sawbones and jawbones. It’s all there, tucked away in an unassuming Victorian painted welcoming tones of crea ...

Colfax Chronicles

Aug. 15, 1968 Bronze Star Award Proud parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Ballenger, stand beside son Donald (Pal) Ballenger showing approval of the Bronze Star received by Sgt. 1/C Bal ...

Cool avocado-cucumber soup hits the spot on a hot summer day

I came across this recipe a while back and thought it was very good but lacking the big bold flavors you would expect from a recipe titled “Spicy Cucumber Avocado Soup.&rdquo ...

Media Life: Tony Award winner cast in Cool-area “The Divide” film

Tony Award-winning actor Levi Kreis has joined the cast of “The Divide,” an independent film due to start production in the Pilot Hill-Cool area of El Dorado County sta ...

Placer County resident publishes memoirs of Peace Corps Duty Written Home from Caribbean Island of Dominica in the Early 1990s

Mary Ann Bachman Kollenberg, who has roots in Lincoln and lived in other Placer County cities, recently self-published letters she wrote during her Peace Corps duty in the early 19 ...

Holman Ranch a place of weddings, retreats and its own wines

It’s tucked away but not off-grid. Fairly dripping with the nostalgia of Old California but embracing all that’s good about the new. The place is Holman Ranch. Growing ...

High Sierra sets the scene for horticulture tour

Landscaping in the Sierra will be on view for the Lake of the Sky Garden Club’s 2015 Truckee Garden tour Saturday, July 25. The tour, in its 27th year, takes in eight garden ...

Lavender farm is couple’s field of dreams

Bywater Hollow Lavender farm is a unique stop along Placer County’s Wine Trail between Auburn and Lincoln. The 13-acre farm is a family owned and operated establishment that ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Control fire blight as soon as it appears

Question: My Aristocrat pear tree’s leaves started to turn black in May, as did the branches that held them. And many blooms also looked burned.  What is wrong and how d ...

Media Life: Of Weimar TB cemetery, Star Wars, Constable Jack’s

A massive effort since 2012 to document the 1,000-plus graves at what was once the Weimar Sanatorium for tuberculosis sufferers has yielded a book that should provide some good rea ...

Colfax's Got Talent strikes a chord

Musician Connor Hanley has a rapt audience as he asks for help in singing “Old McDonald Had a Farm” at the Colfax’s Got Talent preview Wednesday afternoon at the ...

Wine taste at your own pace in the foothills

Sierra Vintners has taken the guesswork out of enjoying an afternoon of wine tasting. Nevada County’s wine association launched a trio of regional wine trail tours in May, wi ...

For two Colfax teens, it’s nice work and they’ve got it in Rocklin play

Two Colfax High School students have featured roles in Rocklin Community Theatre’s performance of the Broadway musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” featuring th ...

The Food Dude: Make time with your family to make a meal unforgettable

It’s my opinion that among other distractions, the busy lifestyles we all lead these days are not helping with the direction our society is heading. We all talk about how t ...