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Veteran Santa looks back on Christmas seasons filled with joy

At 76, Jack Kenny can chuckle over the many years and the many wonderful experiences he has been part of at Christmas time as Santa. Kenny, who sports a Santa-thentic snow-white b ...

Slow and steady Santa gives kids time to wish

As Dave Blau recalls, his brush with destiny occurred when his Christmas shopping stroll through Roseville’s Galleria about a dozen years ago was interrupted by an elf with a ...

Hell Hole Dam collapse 50 years ago today continues to teach

The photos were spectacular as the Highway 49 bridge gave way 50 years ago today. But the lasting story was the upstream collapse Dec. 23, 1964, of the Hell Hole Dam that sent a s ...

Media Life: Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters” shoots in Placer County

Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters” discovers Placer County’s Granite Bay in an upcoming episode of the popular fix-it reality series. In the show’s ...

75-year-old Colfax Theatre reopens

The Colfax Theatre is back in business after an eight-year absence. The red glow of the landmark neon “Colfax” sign started lighting the way back again to the South Ma ...

Choosing Christmas plants that will survive outdoors in foothill winters

Question: Some of my friends are gardeners and I want to give them live holiday plants for Christmas. Can you tell me which traditional Christmas plants can be later planted outsid ...

Handcrafting – Put your own stamp on holiday decorations

Decorating for Christmas brings visions of putting up twinkling lights and hanging shiny ornaments. But there’s nothing like something hand-made to create a special holiday w ...

Media Life: Ex-Auburn drummer's Saint Motel signs with Elektra Records

The good news just keeps getting better for Greg Erwin and his Los Angeles band Saint Motel. Perhaps the L. A. music scene’s best-kept secret over the past half dozen years, ...

Keeping it hearty and heathy

It’s done. All those hours of planning and preparation have produced a table laden with beautiful dishes for a holiday dinner or party.   But along with the measuring ...

Town getting ready for Saturday's Winterfest celebration

The Grinch didn’t quite steal Colfax’s Christmas, but vandals did almost ruin the decorations the Friends of the Library’s had installed in the gazebo at Roy Toms ...