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Another view: The mailbox from hell

The Traveler: I had not seen the Portuguese Pirate for several days, which suited me fine. The man has an air of superiority that grates on my nerves sometimes, but I went over to ...

Media Life: Another Emmy for ‘Deadliest Catch” cinematographer?

Placer County product Todd Stanley is on the hunt for yet another Emmy to recognize the huge role he plays as cinematographer and producer on Discovery Channel’s “Deadl ...

Bears, dogs, and airplanes

Continuing with those personalized license plates: Every time I leave the Auburn Library via the lot outside County Personnel, I look for the yellow Volkswagen with the  BTL ...

Media Life: Saint Motel on NBC’s “Today” for “Paper Towns” soundtrack

Placer High grad Greg Erwin and his Saint Motel bandmates’ profile keeps on rising, most notably this week with an appearance this Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” ...

Another View: Squaw Valley plan will bring economic benefits to region

Squaw Valley ski resort is widely recognized for its world-class ski slopes and for hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics. Unfortunately, since Squaw Valley is viewed mostly as a winter ...

Recreation Ramblings: Mike Lynch joins ARD board; schedule full of summer fun

Welcome Director Lynch! If you didn’t catch the news, Mike Lynch was sworn in as a new director at the Auburn Recreation District. The ARD board went through an exhaustiv ...

Is the world ready for Portuguese president?

Robin Enos: Our readers will recall that in our last column the Finnish Time Traveler and I found a subject upon which we could agree. So in an attempt to write a kinder, gentler c ...

Bruises, avoidance of home, signs of domestic abuse

Dear Straight Talk: I share a room with my 13-year-old stepsister on visitations. A friend her age is always there. My stepsister says she’s actually tired of it but the gi ...

Congratulating those people who speak up

As I drove home the day before July 4, the traffic was heavy on I-80 going up the hill – everybody getting out of Dodge to join everybody else getting out of Dodge. Anyway. A ...

Media Life: Of Weimar TB cemetery, Star Wars, Constable Jack’s

A massive effort since 2012 to document the 1,000-plus graves at what was once the Weimar Sanatorium for tuberculosis sufferers has yielded a book that should provide some good rea ...

Another View: Indoor park still doesn’t make sense for Tahoe Sierra

It’s not every day that I pick up the paper and read that someone is calling me a liar. (“Placer County: Hold Sierra Watch to the truth!,” Another View, July 9). ...

Another View: California needs to address its lack of technical training

As the uneven economy recovery continues in California, there is one area where jobs remain available: technical workers. Workers with vocational training are currently in demand ...

Another View: Hard feelings were really the result of unfortunate timing

A strange thing happened last week and it reminded me of the world we live in, a world of distrust. We read every day of our suspicions of foreign powers trying to take advantage ...

Mistakes, blood donation and little libraries

Correction time: I made a mistake in the last Denizens column when I discussed Katy Fries’ mural in progress in the Community Garden. April Maynard emailed me and taught me, ...

How itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny should teen bikini be?

Dear Straight Talk: How teeny should a bikini be? We have a pool and “mature” girls come over, some wearing the tiniest swimsuits imaginable. As I look out the window ...