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Another View: ‘Station A’ post office is on the ropes yet again

There are some stories that never seem to go away, news refrains that return with the same reliability as the swallows swarming back to Capistrano and Messrs. Kirby and Nesbitt run ...

Gold Country Denizens: Music, rehearsals, tears, art and trust in Auburn community

The Friday before every Auburn Symphony concert, the group has an open rehearsal in the Placer High Auditorium. All rehearsals are free. “I tell everybody,” violinist K ...

That joke is so tired it's time to put it to rest

I’m having dizzy spells. As much as they sound like something romantic out of a 19th century novel, having to stop everything for a moment while I feel like I’m being t ...

Auburn’s Top 5 All-Time Movie ‘Stars’ May Surprise You

After last week’s sometimes-controversial Top 5 All-Time Auburn Sports Stars rankings, Media Life is bravely going where no local journalist has gone before – ranking A ...

Another View: I ask: What happened to compassion?

I have always tried to be respectful of other opinions. Lately, though, I seem to be having a tough time staying true to my beliefs. You see, I have a cousin who lives in Orange Co ...

Another View: Transportation sales tax targeted for November ballot

On a stretch of road just a couple of miles long, 13 people died in traffic accidents in the last six years.  Fender benders there are a daily occurrence.  If you have be ...

Another View: Like no one else, Chris Graves knew the railroad’s path

The road was made more of dirt than gravel and rose precipitously toward the sky.   “We’re going up this?” I asked the 6 foot-8 inch grey haired man behind ...

Another View: Centennial Reservoir golden opportunity for reliable water supply

If we take a moment to reflect on the history of Placer County and all of our beloved Gold Country, it’s amazing to consider the colossal impact that sparkling, treasured min ...

Dear Prince, It's such a shame our friendship had to end

The first time I danced with a boy it was in the cafeteria at E.V. Cain Middle School. It was eighth grade, the lights were low, he was tall, and I had my arms around his waist. It ...

Another View: Why Time Traveler hates tech and still writes with a No. 2 lead pencil

Portuguese Pirate: The Time Traveler is in for a rude awakening over the next few weeks. As mentioned in our last column, I am taking an extended vacation. My wife Janice and I wil ...

A salute to National Library Week: What we’re reading and loving

Well, drat. I missed National Library Week, April 10-16. The celebration just slid right past me. There must have been something residual in the air, however. A couple of days ag ...

Media Life: Auburn’s Top 5 All-Time Sports Stars

Once upon a time, on a football field, baseball diamond, ski slope or track, Auburn could point with pride at an athlete who had risen in his or her sport to the upper echelons of ...

Another View: Queen’s 90th — and some odd British traditions

As the world celebrates the 90th birthday of the Queen of England I think it’s a perfect time to brag about my connection to Her Majesty. I was made aware of this relationshi ...

Spring lawn chore leads to adventures on the mower

After the heavy rains, we had bright, warm sunshine for a few days. You could almost hear the grass growing. It came up through the gravel, down the middle of the driveway, it came ...

Another View: Homage, elections, ACTV, OBOC and Trivia Bee

 The last time I saw Ralph Roper was at Celebrity Chefs in March, smiling and greeting all those people he knew, and who knew him. So: everybody. My condolences to the Roper f ...