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Andy Lukkonen: Wizard

Andy Lukkonen: Wizard

Another View: Stop NID from building Parker Reservoir

It’s another needless dam that imperils fish Marc Reisner’s Cadillac Desert (1986) chronicles the stupidity of building dams on almost every river in the U.S., killin ...

Blood donation, beautiful planters and local history

Katie Kenoyer has reached a milestone at Auburn Bloodsource. To my delight, she emailed me about it: “Today I gave my 80th pint of blood. I am officially a 10 gallon donor! I ...

Media Life: Ex-Auburnite’s Saint Motel in media feeding frenzy

Drummer Greg Erwin and his band Saint Motel continue on a roll that started less than a year ago with signings to major record labels Parlophone and Elektra in Europe and the U.S., ...

Dispelling the myth of sheltered, friendless homeschoolers

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16 and tired of the stereotyping I face as a homeschooler. Never mind that homeschoolers have hobbies, friends, engage in clubs and sports at our lo ...

Keeping the customer base in mind good for business

In cleaning out my desk the other day, I came across an article I wrote back when I worked at Gottschalk’s.  An employee came up with the idea to start a bi-monthly news ...

Another View: What kind of country would make a drunken driver wait five years for his day in court?

I have a friend I will call Michael who was stopped for drunken driving while working in a foreign country. He has been held in jail for five years without bail and without an at ...

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 ...