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Gold Country Denizens: Libraries, fundraisers, musicals, music

Congratulations to my friend Michael Otten (on the Rusty Wranglers’ Trivia Bee team with Walter Wilson and Dean Stalder). The Auburn City Council has appointed him to another ...

Another View: Many ways pets enrich our lives

As some of you might remember, I went to our local SPCA last February and adopted two cats, Sassy and Johnnie.  It’s been quite a year. Just like my previous females, S ...

Our View: Auburn council’s park decision reasonable

The debate over private use of Herschel Young Park on a limited basis was spirited, with both sides having fair points. The Auburn City Council this week backed up a Planning Comm ...

Media Life: Top 10 Auburn secrets and mysteries revealed

To the newcomer, Auburn is a mystery wrapped inside an enigma. Winding roads lead to nowhere. There’s a wilderness at the edge of the city. And locals – many who have ...

Another View: Globalization and how it affects our psyches

So what are we to do? This is a familiar question to opinion writers. Translation: You’ve told us what’s wrong with everything — and we agree. But, what’s ...

Film Review: Old heroes go postmodern in bold, brooding “Batman v Superman”

What is the world coming to, that Batman and Superman should come to blows? The answer posited by director Zack Snyder’s brooding, swing-for-the-fences epic, “Batman v ...

Another View: They said my call was important, but I have doubts

An appliance malfunction at our house required a call to the insurance company we pay to fix stuff when it breaks .Seeking help required the challenge of climbing three different p ...

Reader Input: Where are the Christian values in America?

I had a discussion the other day with some women friends at a local coffee shop. They insisted that this country was founded on Christian values. While I disagreed, stating that Je ...

Another View: Bloody Parrot held for ransom

Time Traveler: For those of you who follow our column let me give you a very brief update on the whereabouts and wellbeing of Bloody Parrot. It turns out, over the last week ...

And Another Thing: Considering beauty in an election year

I have reasonable hair. I have a nice smile. Well, I have an odd, lopsided smile. But heck, that doesn’t keep me from smiling. Lately, though, my eyelids always seem to be a ...

Our View: Placer’s affordable housing becoming a creeping crisis

We in Placer County enjoy a high quality of life and relative prosperity. But we face a creeping crisis, one that affects everyone. And it is steadily worsening: A lack of afforda ...

Another View: Affordable housing needs team approach

We have been hearing a lot lately about the need for services and housing for people who are homeless but there is another housing crisis we need to be paying close attention to as ...

Another View: Shame, shame, and more shame

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump continues to surge forward as the most-likely Republican nominee, perfectly sane people are beginning to wonder: “Was there something we ...

Another View: Bear River dam proposal is deeply flawed

The Nevada Irrigation District (NID) has begun the steps to construct a 275 foot dam on the Bear River, just upstream of Combie Reservoir.  This impoundment will flood six mil ...

Another View: Walks with Ziggy reveal much about Auburn

It’s remarkable what I have learned about Auburn simply by walking my dog around town. This occurred to me one morning when we stopped at School Park Preserve when I noticed ...