Living

Children focus of fun fundraiser

With each lap around a small figure-8 at the historic Clipper Gap School, the tricycle-riding students raised a little more money for the Head Start program Thursday morning. The ...

‘Infamous Angel’ back for more

I first discovered Iris Dement in the finale of the TV series, Northern Exposure, as the most haunting and beautiful song, Our Town, ran through the final credits. Within days I ha ...

Alex Ramon’s in a magic ‘State’

His former employers run the “happiest place on earth” and “the greatest show on earth.” Now Alex Ramon is about to find himself at the “most anticipa ...

This legend’s told through music, art

According to Roger McNamee, Albany, New York is a good town to be from, but he was ready to come to the West Coast and find out what the world was really like. That was the summer ...

Know how to recognize black widow spiders

Question: How do I know if I have black widow spiders in my garden? Answer: The western black widow spider (Latrodectus hesperus) — a native species — is quite common ...

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 ...