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Towle brothers’ lumber empire gave rise to economic anchors

Beginning with the decline of Placer County’s fruit industry and lasting almost up to the 2000s, two of Auburn’s most dependable economic mainstays were the Auburn Lumb ...

Superbowl reminder of sex trade victims

Here it is. Superbowl Sunday. Possibly the most American event of the year. Close to 117 million people are expected to sit down with their nachos and hot wings today and watch the ...

Media Life: Auburn’s Top 5 all-time mysteries

The Marie Celeste. Jack the Ripper. The Zodiac Killer. Think too of pyramids, Stonehenge and Jimmy Hoffa. Everyone loves a mystery and there are scads to devote some time and cur ...

Another View: 2016, what’s in it for us?

If I really knew what was going to happen in 2016, I’m not sure you’d want to read about it.  But here are my predictions. They are going to remove the word ...

Another View: Childhood memories of salmon in Ophir

As a child growing up on the Auburn Ravine in Ophir, I remember waterfalls above our home on Sunset Lane before the ravine was dredged for the Ophir Tunnel for the now-defunct Aubu ...

Another View: The great sport of swimming is just around the corner

It’s raining, cold and foggy — a perfect time to talk about swimming. My guess is that one of the last things on people’s minds right now is pools and swimming. ...

Another View: Foresthill Fire District facing financial challenges

Due to increased costs and decreased revenues, the Foresthill Fire Protection District budget is in dire straits.  Your fire district is struggling to maintain critical leve ...

Another View: Can’t we all just slow down and lighten up?

We had to make the drive to Los Angeles recently and I got reminded of the hostility that seems to wait for us out there beyond Stockton on Highway 5.  Oh sure, there were ple ...

Another View: Robin and Time Traveler expanding to a television show

Once again the deadline for this column draws near and I have just been informed by the Portuguese Pirate that he is leaving town this week. While he’s gone I could write a t ...

Media Life: Documentary, book focus on endurance

  Michigan Bluff’s Myles Smythe has melded a passion for running with a filmmaker’s drive to tell a story worth telling. The result is a new documentary called & ...

Another View: Recalling a friend, and a life well-lived

Recently I went to the memorial honoring a wonderful human being. He was what I consider to be a real Renaissance man. Not only did he provide for his family monetarily, he was inv ...

Another View: General Gomez Center a hub for our cultural scene

When I took my seat as the accuracy judge at Auburn’s Poetry Out Loud competition last Sunday I realized it was my third visit to the General Gomez Arts and Events Center wit ...

10 life lessons learned at the dog park

My family is new to dog park culture. Human companionship seemed to be enough for our little doxie mix, Bingley, but now we have a new (70 pound) pup, Leo, and he requires a bit mo ...

Want to know if you’re really a local? Take the quiz

About a decade ago, Media Life took on the task of creating a standardized test to determine once and for all whether people who claim to be local are truly just that. The quiz st ...

SIGN LANGUAGE: Lincoln student-fans get personal in PVL rivalry game

The words “F@$# you” are scrawled into the visiting wall of Placer High’s historic Earl Crabbe Gymnasium. A sharpie penned the phrase “Smoke weed every day& ...