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Auburn's Wild Bird Station marks 20 years of retail, advice and swapping stories

For two decades Roger and Carol Strahle’s Wild Bird Station has been the local spot for birders to purchase seed and browse for nesting boxes, books and gifts. Often those vi ...

Applegate Fire holds at canyon

Potential storm systems and terrain are on the minds of fire officials and their crews as they work toward containment of the Applegate Fire. The fire started Wednesday afternoon ...

Fires put focus on prepping

Imagine the Sheriff’s deputies are at your door telling you to evacuate your home and anything you can carry with you – what do you take? Fires, like the King and Appl ...

Bumper grape harvest celebrated during PlacerGrown week

It was great to be a grapevine in Placer County in 2014. Placer County’s grape harvest and growing wine industry has been one of the few agricultural entities apparently ben ...

What’s your pet name?

Forget Fido, rethink Rover and for goodness sake, don’t even think about naming your dog Spot. We’re a creative breed here in Placer County and we can certainly come up ...

‘Sex, Lies, and Beauty Aids’ not quite what it seems

With a title like “Sex, Lies, and Beauty Aids,” Deb Julienne’s novel might seem like something a little out of your comfort zone. But fear not, the local author w ...

They’ll be ‘togged to the bricks’

Jean Harlow will wear her signature bias cut white satin gown. Bonnie Parker will be in a two-piece rose wool knit ensemble. Ginger Rogers will come dressed like a working girl ...

Auburn’s State Theatre installs seats with Hollywood star power

As final preparations are made for its reopening, Auburn’s expanded State Theatre is upgrading its seating with ornate chairs that most recently played a small but integral r ...

Fire claims homes, hundreds of acres

APPLEGATE, Calif. --The charred remains of a camping trailer smolder in the driveway of a home lost to the Applegate Fire. All that distinguishes the burned out hull is a collecti ...

Managing ants key to controlling aphids in crape myrtles

Question: What is the best way to get rid of aphids in 30-foot crape myrtles? I tried using a power washer to hit the upper branches and knock them off the leaves — but that ...