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Raging American River then. Time bomb now

A reminder. While Auburn has experienced some wild, wet and windy days this rainy season, we could still be in for worse. Much worse. Take early 1997 as an example. A “no ...

‘Only you can prevent forest fires,’ a message to politicians

Before the flames were extinguished on last year’s devastating wildfires, Jerry Brown was in front of the cameras, exploiting the tragedies to blame human-caused climate chan ...

California wildfires — the solution is up to us

Nearly 50,000 residents of the area around Paradise are rebuilding their lives following the deadliest and most costly fire in California’s history. Eighty-six people died an ...

Not liking movies with kids, animals; visiting Yosemite during gov shutdown

Time Traveler: I never watch a movie or read a book that has little kids or animals as the subjects of the story as it never ends well. The dog gets stolen away from its owner and ...

What we’re reading and loving lately

Ta da! My first book column of 2019! Cynthia Maier recommends “The Historian,” by Elizabeth Kostova. “The story starts out in 1972 Amsterdam with a father and da ...

With market down, time to pick up companies’ stock

  Those of us looking at the markets for a living have seen happier holidays. That being said there is some good news in all of this. With declining stock prices comes opport ...

What’s in a name? Here, it’s child abuse ‘prevention’

“KidsFirst” has such a warm, delicate and caring ring to it. How can an organization who puts kids first possibly conjure up bad mojo in anyone? Add to that our tagline ...

12 easy challenges to take on at the library

It’s that time of year, again. The time of year where all your friends and family are setting New Year’s resolutions. For me, I find it a little annoying, probably beca ...

Mayor’s 4 top issues for this year

Editor’s note: Mayor Cheryl Maki submitted four points to watch for in Auburn this year. 1: Of course all of us are hyper-sensitive to the problem with wildfires, particular ...

Downtown Auburn goes underground

Who are these men and why are they showing off two distinctly different types of cable? The scene is in front of the Hotel Auburn on Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn in March 1972 a ...

Auburn bank beauty then. Lost landmark now

One of Auburn’s overlooked lost landmarks stands before you today, testament to a time when buildings - bank buildings especially - were constructed with a look that oozed fi ...

Birds on the bus go round and round

Monarch butterflies are poisonous to blue jays, so if a jay eats a monarch for the first time, it gets sick and learns not to eat one again. Pam Houston wrote about this in her boo ...

The Bourn trifecta: Tying foothill gold mine to Irish and San Mateo mansions

“Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to the mine we go.” This ditty is whirling around my head while getting ready to drag yet another pair of visitors off to the Empire Mine ...

County art, brakes, coconut shells, Library, food, bread

In December, county employee April Pay approached me with the news that the annual county employee art show, Placer Creates, opened in five sites in November and will run through T ...

This was the year that was

Goodbye 2018. 2019? Bring it on. Media Life approaches the new year with journalistic gumption — ready to take on whatever the months to come dish out. Looking back on 2 ...