California

Reader Input: Seek energy independence

Energy independence for California is a smart move because it helps us move away from relying on foreign countries, like Russia and Saudi Arabia, for our oil imports. Currently, Ca ...

Newcastle wine event to be a real corker

Event organizers are getting ready for a grape-geared street fair on the historic streets of Newcastle. The Newcastle Town Square Wine and Blues Faire will be hitting Downtown New ...

Call to readers: The big break-up

Should California be divided into two or more separate states? Tell us why or why not. Let your voice be heard: We need your help keeping this conversation going. We want to pu ...

Roadside fire hazards worry residents

Residents of a Newcastle mobile home park are concerned about the fire dangers associated with the poorly maintained shoulder of the freeway that backs up to their neighborhood. T ...

Drought no hindrance to raft tours

The rafting industry in Placer County isn’t suffering, despite low snow melt and ongoing drought conditions throughout the state. According to local rafting companies, the o ...

Low water levels, crowds add danger for holiday boaters

Low water levels and the expectations of large crowds have officials preparing for a busy and potentially dangerous Fourth of July weekend on area waterways. The patriotic holiday ...

Released snakes a danger to endangered species

Two species of invasive snakes are making their way throughout California’s lakes and rivers, and experts believe they could become a threat to endangered species. According ...

Another View: Big surprise: We’ll pay price for bad choices

As I watched the local news over the weekend, there was a story that kept popping up that truly shocked me. Apparently our leaders have now come to the realization that “cap ...

Grand jury: More water for Newcastle Elementary

The Placer County Grand Jury has issued its findings on the fire safety situation at Newcastle Elementary School: The school’s fire hydrant system needs more water capacity. ...

Wine makers unhampered by drought

Placer County wine makers are not feeling the effects of current drought conditions despite popular belief to the contrary. For wine makers throughout the region, the general scar ...