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Remember This? McDonald’s arrives big in Auburn

Auburn’s Foresthill exit McDonald’s — the growing burger corporation’s first in the community — was a big deal when it opened in 1976. Still at the s ...

Media Life: Pop Quiz: Know Your Auburn Weathervanes

  Time for something completely different. Media Life shape-shifts this week into a quiz to test reader Auburncentricity. And the topic of the test is “weathervanes.& ...

A time to celebrate recovery in action

perience a mental health or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year millions of Americans experience these conditions, and it’s critical that we give ...

Hidden Falls expansion invades rural Placer

Many in Placer County, from Granite Bay to the foothills, live in open, less densely populated areas. Those of us that do, know we are very fortunate and treasure our rural propert ...

Striping, Co-Op, fair, politics, arts, fairies

Briefly: I’m channeling John Downs with a Time Traveler-like rant, but then I’ll get back to normal. So bear with me. Don’t get me wrong. I love Caltrans. They p ...

4 steps to help you have a confident retirement

                The road to retirement is full of twists and turns that can make even the most financially secure p ...

Spreading notes of help and hope on Foresthill Bridge

On a Sunday afternoon, my wife, Becky, and I visit the Crimson Tattoo Parlor in Auburn. We’re not looking to get a painful heart-shape tattoo, but rather to help alleviate th ...

A rundown of upcoming Election Day

On Nov. 4, we have the opportunity to elect new public officials including a new governor. Politicians come and go. They say things and they stand for things that can change at an ...

'Some kind of time traveler'

Time Traveler: By now most people know I am a Luddite; a committed 19th century throwback. I have never fit well in this century nor the last one. Since I can’t adapt to t ...

Analog surviving in the digital age

In May, Don and I spent a few days in Monterey. He volunteered at the 51st PGA Professional Championship. If you don’t care about golf or if you only watch the majors or stuf ...

Tackling deck rebuilding in our 70s

Mickie and I have really been busy the last few weeks. The last time our oldest son, Dan, was here visiting, he walked out on our upper deck and his foot suddenly broke through the ...

Media Life: 6 Super Cool Finds at Placer’s Gold Rush Museum

You don’t have to go far in Auburn to get in touch with Gold Rush roots. The American River is minutes away and, with it, the opportunity to pan for the real thing. Old To ...

Be prepared: Carry fire extinguisher, shovel in the car

While traveling through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains a couple of years ago, someone had deliberately set several fires along Interstate 80 from Auburn to Lake Tahoe ...

Civil chats

Last week I attended a house party for Jessica Morse. Jessica is the Democratic Party candidate for Congressional District 4. Currently Republican Tom McClintock holds the seat, an ...

Annuities: Not a fan at first

I wasn’t a big fan of annuities for the longest time. I saw too many of them with high fees, complicated terms and so many hooks I had to get out my tackle box to house them ...