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Lowell Fire increased in size and containment

Updated 8:45 a.m. July 28, 2015  The Lowell Fire, burning near Gold Run and the area of Lowell Hill Road is has now consumed 2,233 acres and is 30 percent contained. ...

Big rig fire stalls westbound traffic on I-80

Updated: 3:10 p.m. July 27 Three lanes of westbound Interstate 80 are shut down near the Penryn exit due to a big rig on fire. Heavy smoke can be seen in the area and the Califor ...

Lowell Fire remains at 20 percent containment

Updated: 1:40 p.m. July 27:   The Lowell Fire, burning near Gold Run and the area of Lowell Hill Road remains at 1,700 acres and a containment level of 20 percent. Official ...

Emergency closure order for selected National Forest System lands, roads

Nevada City, Calif. – Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn signed an emergency closure order for selected National Forest System lands, roads and trails on the Tahoe National Forest r ...

Lowell Fire prompts evacuations

Updated: 9:00 a.m. July 27: The Lowell Fire, burning in steep terrain in the Steep Hollow drainage west of Alta is now at 1,700 acres and is 20 percent contained. Mandatory evacu ...

Lowell Fire grows to 1,500 acres; mandatory evacuations in place

Update: 10 a.m. Sunday, July 27 -  A fire that broke out at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday north of Gold Run has grown to 1,500 acres, not 4,000 as originally determined. "WIt ...

Colfax’s got talent – and an audience, too

By all accounts, Colfax’s Got Talent was a wild success as the Colfax Theater was crowded to standing room only during last week’s event which showcased nearly 50 local ...

New pastor takes reins at Methodist parishes

 In some senses, Meadow Vista and Colfax are worlds apart from the Philippines. But for the new pastor of the Methodist Gold Country Community Parish, working to help people a ...

Squaw Valley ski museum site gains support

Given a choice of two potential sites, Placer County supervisors are indicating support early in the process for a non-profit’s plans to locate a 1960 Olympics and winter spo ...

Local vintners reap honors at State Fair

Talking to Bill Betts, Larry Carducci, Chris Hamm and Gary Mandolfo about their hobby is a little bit like taking a ride on a runaway train – a wine train, that is – bu ...

FAMILIAR TRAIL: Placer freshman Claire Ross will take on the 2015 Tevis Cup

Over 200 riders will traverse the Western States Trail from Tahoe to Auburn Aug. 1 for a 100-mile trek that’s considered the oldest endurance trail ride in the world — ...

Placer Water customers hit state conservation target

Placer County Water Agency customers are meeting the state’s 32 percent water-saving benchmark – barely. The Auburn-based agency released figures this week for June th ...

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 ...

City boiling over storm water planning

In an effort to improve water quality in the face of drought and population growth, the State Water Resources Control Board aims to enhance its regulation and management of storm w ...

New sanctuary aims to help animals get back on their hooves, claws and paws

The first animal Danielle and Josh Hanosh rescued was a tortoise they found tucked under their garbage bins when they lived in Citrus Heights. They gave him a warm terrarium and na ...