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Wildlife Neighbors

A bird with the will to live    - a true story A male Black-headed Grosbeak, cracking sunflower seeds at a backyard feeder, was knocked to the ground by a haw ...

Another View: Planning commission seems hell-bent on punishing wineries

Dear Placer County Planning Commission: Land-use planning is the introduction to the successful rebirth of towns, proud continuation of farming and even the ordinary but signific ...

Just when you think you have finally arrived ...

The Time Traveler: It would appear that once again my Portuguese Partner has abandoned the field and left me holding the bag in regards to the writing of this column. Whether or no ...

Another View: Lesson learned – don’t hike alone

Mickie and I used to go hiking at Hidden Falls — a great collection of trails for hikers, horse riders, and bicyclists. Hundreds of acres of varied trails, water running thro ...

Vaping ‘dabs’ at school, latest way to overdose on THC

Dear Straight Talk, I’m a sophomore writing to complain about the open use of drugs at my school. Kids are vaping “dabs” (ultra-concentrated hash oil) with thei ...

What we’re reading and loving lately

It’s been over a month since I’ve talked about books. So now I get to again! John Bowman emailed me a while ago, and I’m just now remembering to include him. &l ...

Media Life: Movie, TV memories anchor Auburn man’s richly textured life

Open any door in Auburn – with permission of course – and there’s a story behind worth hearing. Perhaps many more. Over the past decade, Media Life has been a ch ...

Another View: Vaccination boosts community health

In 2014, for the first time in over a decade, California saw a decrease in the number of personal belief exemption forms filed. That can in large part be attributed to last year& ...

Another View: President’s actions have put immigration policy in disarray

There was a time when the “brain trust” throughout the world was immigrating to the United States. Clearly, those countries losing their best and brightest were diminis ...

Local teams are busy honing their skills for AAUW’s annual Trivia Bee

    Auburn City Manager Tim Rundel has a not-so-secret passion: He’s a fanatic about documentary films. It’s all he watches, when he watches, he told me ...