Media Life: “Deadliest Catch” Emmy promises to be bittersweet moment

By: Gus Thomson/Media Life
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Todd Stanley would want it any other way but come a glitzy evening in September, he’s part of the “Deadliest Catch” team that’s a sentimental favorite to pick up at least one and probably two coveted Emmy Awards. Stanley is an integral member of the camera crew from the crazy popular Discovery Channel crab-fishing TV reality series. And they’re up again for the outstanding cinematography statuette this year. Stanley, a Lotus resident with roots in Rocklin, is also one of the brass with “Deadliest Catch” producer Original Productions who could win in the “Outstanding Reality Program” category. The hardware would go on the shelf with another Emmy Stanley won for “Deadliest Catch” three years ago. But this year’s nominations came with a high and tragic cost. The episode the Emmy cinematography nomination is based on details the last days of Capt. Phil Harris, skipper of the Cornelia Marie. Harris suffered a stroke and died in February of that year. Stanley, who had become good friends with the gruff 53-year-old sea dog during six seasons of filming, was the chosen one behind the lens for the last days of, arguably, the most popular “cast member” on the series. The episode being voted on – “Redemption Day” – was shown on Discovery Channel July 13, 2010, and drew record ratings. Awards are announced in Los Angeles at the Sept. 10 Emmy Creative Arts Awards Ball. Trademark landmark A piece of Placer County legal history and a mystery for many is on the market in Old Town Auburn. Visible from Interstate 80, the red-brick building has been empty and seemingly abandoned for many decades. Now, with the death of its owner, the colorfully named Lawyer’s Row is being listed by Lyon Real Estate, with an asking price of $199,000. A classic fixer-upper, the building is already part of the Old Town Auburn district’s blanket listing on the National Registry of Historic Places. A check of the plaque at the front of the building shows it’s one of the oldest in the area, dating back to 1855. And the name? For many, the history of the landmark has been a question mark. But its moniker is a clue to its lineage. For years, the building housed attorney’s offices in the shadow of the Placer County Courthouse. Lyon broker Mary Gilanfarr said the building has been vacant for a very long time – probably for a substantial portion of the 20th century. Its longtime owner – a Bay Area architect – recently died and his widow has decided to put the property on the market. It’s also a brick-and-mortar link to the Gold Country’s newspapering history. The Stars & Stripes newspaper published out of the 299 Commercial St. building from 1867 into the 1880s. Media Life’s Gus Thomson can be reached at (530) 852-0232 or