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Another View: Mentally ill enter our courts at alarming rate

On Jan. 10, 2001 in Nevada City, a mentally ill man arrived at the Nevada County Behavioral Health Department and told Laura Wilcox, who was working as a volunteer receptionist, th ...

Another View: Some Newcastle residents caught in ‘jaws of a traffic vise’

It comes as no surprise to see that the Valley View Drive residents of Newcastle are having substantial traffic difficulties from the ever-increasing car traffic caused by parents ...

Media Life: Historical haberdashery brings Auburn Civil War saga to life

Get the extra-thick and brightest-red felt tip pen out and mark a couple of dates on your calendar. One is April 1 – this coming Wednesday – and the other is April 9. ...

Another View: A memorable trip out to sea

My friends George and Louie and I took a memorable trip to the Salton Sea towing the boat that belonged to George’s father, and, we hit a steel fencepost, went airborne, and ...

Mom hates new Stepmom, wants kids to hate her too

Dear Straight Talk, Our mom can’t get over our dad leaving her for someone else and expects us to hate our dad’s live-in girlfriend. She constantly badmouths them, gr ...

A big dog and a little dog make quite the pair

Many years ago I had a friend named Judy who owned a little dress shop in Oakland. One rainy day she arrived at the shop and encountered a very wet and hungry German Shepherd layin ...

Book to tell Tahoe Club history; video captures final days of Auburn Drug

The good news for Randy Carter is that he gets to have his name in Gold Country Denizens twice in a row. The bad news? I made a mistake the last time I mentioned him. I should have ...

Media Life: Auburn stuntman helping fulfill Evel Knievel dream

When a veteran stuntman tries to do what Evel Knievel famously attempted 41 years ago and fell short of, Auburn’s Gary Davis is the expert on all things death-defying called ...

Enjoying some outstanding hoops

It has never mattered much to me if March comes in like a lamb or a lion, so long as it comes in with plenty of basketball. As a former sports writer and eternal sports fan, I al ...

Corned beef a very American-Irish tradition

St. Patrick’s Day, or “The feast of Saint Patrick.” Most people know it as a day to wear green (or get pinched), drink green beer at the local watering hole and e ...