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Another View: Adult literacy in Placer County

A local business owner in her mid-30s recently contacted the Placer Adult Literacy Service (PALS) requesting tutoring. She did not know how to read and wanted to help her son with ...

Mom finds son’s porn stash

Dear Straight Talk: My 16-year-old son has been “different” lately and my motherly instincts told me something was wrong. I was scared to death it was drugs and searc ...

A friend who was always there for me, others

A friend of mine died on May 9. Chuck Lewis was a long time resident of Auburn and after retiring from the CHP, he became the Loss Prevention Officer at Gottschalks. More important ...

My message to the graduates

Last Wednesday night, I postponed puzzling over what I’d write for today and watched TV with Don. I had some ideas percolating (Politics? Big box stores? Graduation speech?), ...

Newcastle’s May celebration wraps up for another year

Robin Enos: Well that’s a wrap. The Newcastle Community Association’s May celebration in Marshall Square has been done for another year, and what a great event it was. ...

Media Life: ‘D-Train’ movie has Colfax, Placer connection

Colfax High School class of ’96 grad Matthew Medlin’s latest credit in Hollywood’s film industry is a notable one. He’s a unit production manager and line p ...

Another View: Placer County Water Agency meets its commitments

Managing California’s complex water storage and delivery system is a never-ending balancing act between supply, demand, and environmental considerations, especially during a ...

Another View: Athletes, musicians and artists

... After my column about my having to be told about the Placer County Archives, Roger Strahle at Wild Bird Station said he spent a lot of time “just for fun” at the St ...

Boy seems to be huffing but won’t admit it

Dear Straight Talk: My little brother is 15. Whenever he enters the room or gets in the car, I smell a strong odor of nail polish, polish remover or paint thinner. My mom and I h ...

‘Full-figured’ felines fancy new friend

On Valentine’s weekend I stopped in at our local SPCA. There was a cat featured in that Friday’s paper that looked adorable. Unfortunately, she was at their Roseville f ...