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Reader Input: Some things should be free

Why am I not surprised to read that the Auburn State Park ranger wants to eliminate free parking on Highway 49 at the confluence (“Caltrans gives frugal parkers a break on Hi ...

Reader Input: Gasoline taxes squandered

Recently, the gasoline tax was increased another 10 cents in California. The gas tax is supposed to go for road building. It does not. Since the ’90s gas taxes have bee ...

Caltrans gives frugal parkers a break on Highway 49

State Parks officials say traffic and pedestrian safety is an emerging issue at one of the last free parking areas at the American River confluence in the Auburn State Recreation a ...

Slide slows Cool-Auburn canyon crawl commute

The “canyon crawl” commute between Auburn and Cool took on an even slower speed Tuesday when a morning rock slide forced partial closure of a stretch of Highway 49. Th ...

Chain controls over Donner Summit signal winter weather

Wintry weather made upper-elevation driving in Placer County a challenge Wednesday and spurred a mandatory chain up on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit. The chains requirement for ...

Placer County faces bleak transportation funding future

Dwindling state and federal funding sources are leaving many counties in a lurch when it comes to keeping up with their region transportation needs. In Placer County, like many ot ...

Rain downs rock, mud near Colfax

A moderate downpour on some loose rock and soil was enough to bring a portion of a hillside near Colfax tumbling down toward westbound Interstate 80 Saturday. The minor rockslide ...

Stop light repairs rupture North Auburn gas line

A Placer County work crew ruptured a natural gas line in North Auburn Tuesday morning prompting a school closure and emergency response. The break occurred at the corner of Bell R ...

Caltrans girds for some heavy lifting on Interstate 80 near Colfax

Target time to start lifting the 1.88-million-pound Magra Road overpass and the accompanying closure of a lengthy stretch of Interstate 80 is set for 11 p.m. Tuesday. Part of a $3 ...

Three-foot bike law takes effect

A new California bike law took effect Tuesday and could mean safer roads for cyclists throughout the state – especially in popular bike destinations like Auburn. The new law ...