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Media Life: Cast grows for Cool area’s “The Divide” movie

Veteran actor-director Perry (“Day After Tomorrow,” “Riptide”) King and Left For Dead Productions’ have cast a crucial role in “The Divide,&rdqu ...

Another View: Sometimes the utilities fail just when nature calls

I had a kidney stone about the size of a marble and it was stuck. It really hurt and Mickie took me to the ER early one Sunday morning. They couldn’t remove it so they line ...

Another View: State’s water rights law: 100 years and counting – and concerned

The long history of California is embattled with disputes over water diversions for export to other regions. The U.S. Army ran out the Paiutes from the Owens Valley in the Eastern ...

Newcastle set to celebrate 151 years May 17

Robin Enos: We are going to devote much of this week’s column to the upcoming 151st Newcastle Celebration on Sunday May 17. Last year we had our sesquicentennial celebratio ...

Another View: Fire protection - Take action now to create defensible space

In the tiny, underground War Cabinet offices, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, as Nazi bombers firebombed the city of London above, dictated memos to his ministers, generals and a ...

Media Life: “Louie Louie” singer’s Applegate sister remembers

It was a request from an older brother that she felt duty bound to help with – as sisters often do. Applegate’s Jill Zander recalls she was a junior at Washington High ...

Another View: ‘Action this Day’ on defensible space

In the tiny, underground War Cabinet offices, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, as Nazi bombers firebombed the City of London above, dictated memos to his ministers, generals and a ...

Acceptance comes slowly, but in most cases it does come

The Supreme Court is currently deciding whether states should recognize gay marriage. While I understand this is a controversial topic these days, I really wonder why this should b ...

The dark side of sex-positive: sexual-orientation confusion

Dear Straight Talk: I’ve always thought I was straight. I had crushes on boys growing up and currently have a boyfriend who I feel romantic kissing. But recently I’ve ...

Media Life: Placer County water embroiled in Starbucks Coffee flap

It’s one of those little-known facts about Placer County that’s been revealed in one of the darndest places. Mother Jones has the story and the cappuccino cups are rat ...

Another View: Placer County is home to gangs

Of the seven recognized gangs in California, Norteños and Sureños are the two present in Placer County. Norteños and Sureños are warring gangs. Each h ...

Another View: A little snow on the roof doesn’t mean I can’t install shingles

It all happened five years ago. I had just had my 70th birthday and the ceiling over our stairway was showing some damp spots after a good rain. And it had shown similar damp spots ...

General Gomez was but one brand of Auburn’s hometown cigars

It’s been a while since I’ve smelled cigar smoke or seen a man puffing on a panatela, but there was a time before the Surgeon General’s report on the hazards of u ...

Another View: Coping with the death of a child

We read of death and destruction in the news every day. But the death of an innocent child still pierces the hardest hearts. I’ve seen the toughest police and firefighters cr ...

News of Newcastle, but first a trip down a Big Sur memory lane

Robin Enos: Wow! It’s almost Sunday again. Radio show to do Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on KAHI a.m. radio, voice of the foothills. This column to write. So much wreak to havoc. I&rs ...