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Another View: It’s time for Placer County to stand up for Squaw

Denver-based KSL Capital Partners purchased Squaw Valley in 2010, and is now pursuing a sweeping set of entitlements that would remake the region with development of a size, scale ...

Summertime and the livin’ is easy

When you see Ron Long on the trails, wish him a good 66th year. He celebrated his birthday at the Alan Young memorial table in Depoe Bay a couple of weeks ago. Helping him celebrat ...

Don’t take voting right for granted, take part instead

I am a proud member of the League of Women Voters and would like to introduce you to this special organization. The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 by Carrie Chapman C ...

Gay teen fearful about coming out

Dear Straight Talk: I like your “Am I Gay or Straight?” test (Jun 2). I’m gay and there has never been any confusion; I’ve liked boys starting before pube ...

Media Life: KCRA recognized for coverage in sheriff’s deputy slayings

KCRA 3 has been honored with a national award for its coverage of the October shootings of two peace officers that started with a death in Sacramento and ended with the loss of Pla ...

Another View: Be thankful that law enforcement is there for us

Why do we as a society try to dehumanize law enforcement? I mean,  every time there is a shooting, or some tragic event happens, the first people we want to blame are cops. Th ...

Another View: How about if we deemed every Tuesday a cellphone-free day?

I finally caved in and made the big move: I accepted a smartphone into my life — and now I’m wondering, “What must I have been thinking?” I’ve been ...

Another View: A day to thank Pop and Grandpa

Time Traveler: I was unable to assist The Portuguese Pirate in the writing of our Sunday, June 7 column. As I was away on an errand of mercy, but I see he had no problem. Apparentl ...

Why is male swag so irresistible?

Dear Straight Talk: I’ve been dating this boy for a year and five months and we are in a happy relationship. I love him very much and wouldn’t think of breaking up. B ...

What we’re reading and loving lately

Before I talk about books, I ask you to consider checking out the documentary “Hope for the Future,” 6-8 p.m. next Thursday, June 25 at the State Theatre. Produced and ...

Media Life: Auburn sculptor creates Capitol’s new Reagan statue

A labor of love for many, a bronze statue of California Gov. Ronald Reagan – and, oh yes, a U.S. president as well – will be unveiled at the Capitol in Sacramento on Mo ...

Reader Input: California budget a source of disagreement

It is budgeting season for our state, county and cities. The fiscal year, beginning on July 1st, requires plans for how California will spend over $1 billion, how Placer County wil ...

Sports, flora, art and water

At the Auburn Courthouse Athletic Club in North Auburn, owner Art Chappell’s office boasts two red stadium seats. Recently I was doing lunges down the back hallway and saw th ...

Roommates could use symbiotic relationship

My friends and I often joke about one day moving in together, ala The Golden Girls. This seems an attractive alternative to the assisted living options that currently exist.   ...

Sibling cruelty makes kids disdain helping each other

Dear Straight Talk: I hear repeatedly in Straight Talk about telling on siblings in danger, but I don’t see why I should when it would only make trouble for me. My stepsist ...