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Media Life: Tesla sound, image forged in Placer County

  You could say that rock band Tesla’s sound and style is Made in Sacramento. And that would ultimately elicit few arguments. But it would only tell part of the story ...

The man behind the Auburn Journal camera

For the past two years, “Remember This?” has brought you a broad swath of nostalgia-filled photos from the Auburn Journals’ archives. The photos are there becaus ...

Art Deco Landmark Then. Auburn Shopping Plaza Now: Media Life

You may know it as the Auburn Town Center, a bustling business hub often brimming with parked cars just outside the orbit of the city’s Downtown. Just more than 40 years ...

Prop. 2 would borrow money to relieve homelessness

Placed on the November ballot by the state legislature, Proposition 2 proposes borrowing money to fund housing to alleviate homelessness.  Question: Should the state issue ...

Were we ever really that young?

It was 1978 and I was working for a glass company in Orange County.  I was doing all the measuring and layout for the crew of about 20 employees. I worked in the field most of ...

Register now to vote for best county district supervisor

September is National Voter Registration Month. Voter registration is key to ensure you can make your voices heard on Election Day. If you are a registered voter, good. Just check ...

Revamp vegetation ordinance to make us fire ‘safer’

As I write this, there are two significant fires threatening the 5th District in Placer County. The first is the “North Fire” up on the North Fork of the North Fork of ...

Six ways to re-prioritize your finances this fall

Fall is just around the corner. Our children actually returned to school over three weeks ago now. Let’s face it — summer can be expensive between vacations, home impro ...

Media Life: Things We’d Like To See Come Back … But Probably Won’t

Forgive me if I miss one of your favorite haunts. After nearly 30 years in Auburn you start missing the things that were once part of your life — things that you took for gr ...

Not the only one

I have felt on the verge of erroneousness all my life. I’m always convinced that any minute now I’m going to make a mistake — offend somebody, miss my deadline, m ...

What we must do to make sure that our vote really counts

The Declaration of Independence states that government derives its authority from the “consent of the governed.” Only 23 percent of likely voters believe they have give ...

Election integrity in Placer County: Does your vote count?

In spite of accusations of massive voter fraud, California has only had 31 convictions for voter fraud in 17 years (2001-2018) as reported by the conservative Heritage Foundation. ...

Fears, scares and terrors at the local coffee shop

Time Traveler: I fear for the future safety of Auburn’s streets. Last week as I was approaching Depoe Bay Coffee Roasters for our morning meeting of the Babblers and the Au ...

The war against catastrophic fire

At about 10 p.m. on Oct. 8, my 16-year-old nephew Liam looked out from his bedroom window and saw an ominous red glow pulsating from the nearby oak woodland hills. During the day t ...

Learning more than initially thought in senior driving class

I was 27 years old before I learned to drive in my husband’s beloved 1966 Chevrolet Super Sport. “If you learn on a four-speed,” he’d said. “You&rsquo ...