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Media Life: Ex-Auburn drummer's Saint Motel signs with Elektra Records

The good news just keeps getting better for Greg Erwin and his Los Angeles band Saint Motel. Perhaps the L. A. music scene’s best-kept secret over the past half dozen years, ...

Another View: Breaking down the argument for big boxes

It is sad when our public elected officials take our public land at North Auburn's DeWitt Center and turn it into big-box stores. The Home Depot kind of snuck by me, and now ac ...

Another View: ‘Think Auburn First Challenge’ pays dividends

Recently, a friend of ours got up at a public meeting and proudly boasted that last year, he and his wife did all of their Christmas shopping in Auburn. He was excited about thei ...

Another View: Will we ever learn tolerance?

There will always be some who find it easier to see the differences between one another rather than the similarities. There have been people ready to exploit those differences thro ...

Family history unearthed – and it’s about time

What a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday we had. We almost cancelled our plans for the dinner here this year … we just didn’t know how we’d handle all the company a ...

Projects galore for 2015

The spring and summer of 2015 will find lots of construction activity in ARD parks. Three of the already approved and ready-to-go projects are detailed below. All dates are weather ...

The pesky holiday problem of drunken parents

Dear Straight Talk: My sister and I dread, rather than enjoy, family gatherings. Political and religious arguments ruin them, especially when the adults have too much to drink, a ...

More work needs to be done

On Sept. 21, 1981, I was in San Luis Obispo, meeting with a group of women in a classroom on the Cal Poly campus. I ordinarily wouldn’t remember the day or the place except t ...

Media Life: Auburn area’s Top 5 fall-foliage destinations

The leaves are down, the colors are fading to brown as they soak into the soil, and the Media Life winners for Top 5 best fall foliage destinations are ready to be unveiled. Journ ...

Another View: Busting down literacy hurdles

The term “Word Sight Busters” was not part of my personal lexicon be-fore this school year started. But when I walked into Miss Watkins’ first-grade class at Skyr ...

Girls just want to have fun

For those of you who like my stories, I have many about working at Gottschalks. For instance: Every year the Gottchalks Girls would dress up for Halloween. My friend Angel really ...

Yikes, I’m spending Christmas with my boyfriend – and his teenagers

Dear Straight Talk: I’m going to my boyfriend’s house for the special day of Christmas. His boy, 15, and girl, 13, will be there. We’ve been together nine mon ...

Media Life: Auburn filmmaker’s newest cuts through the noise

Expatriate Auburnite Brandon Vedder is on his way to playing an integral role in bringing another groundbreaking documentary to the big screen. Working with Pasadena indie filmmak ...

Another View: When you know you’re not in Illinois anymore

I never thought of myself as a country bumpkin while living in Illinois in a town of 30,000 people, a bucolic settlement surrounded by corn and soybean fields. One of our favorit ...

The search that filled in some important missing pieces

Every year on my birthday I wonder if you think of me. I think of you. I miss you and I cry. We’ve never met, but I imagine you looking up at the moon every Sept. 10 and I ...