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Three Auburn firefighter spots to open

The acceptance of more than half a million federal dollars will open up three firefighter positions and return the Auburn Fire Department to 2014 staffing levels. Auburn City Coun ...

Placer crews protecting close to home on Lowell Fire

While more than 2,200 firefighters have converged on the Lowell Fire, near Dutch Flat, for a contingent of about 60, it’s personal. That’s the number of firefighters a ...

Lowell Fire grows to 1,500 acres; mandatory evacuations in place

Update: 10 a.m. Sunday, July 27 -  A fire that broke out at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday north of Gold Run has grown to 1,500 acres, not 4,000 as originally determined. "WIt ...

Foothills grass really is greener, when it’s painted that is

It’s fire season amidst a drought in the foothills, and many residents are concerned about how to conserve water, maintain defensible space, and keep up property values with ...

Reader Input: Ruffcorn is a cop and not a firefighter

I have great concern with the Auburn City Council considering making permanent the appointment of Police Chief John Ruffcorn to the position of “Director of Emergency Service ...

Suspect held on arson charges

A suspect was in custody Monday, being held in connection with a small wildfire that broke out near Alta. According to Placer County Sheriff’s Office, 53-year-old Arthur Amo ...

Agencies brace for fire season

Worry over the seemingly eminent fire threat this year is manifesting itself in the preparations being made at state and local fire stations. With the lack of rain and snow a cons ...

Auburn city eyes new website

Auburn could soon have a new portal to city-related information if plans to overhaul the antiquated existing website are realized. During discussion at Monday night’s counci ...

Auburn City Council selects annexation committee

With the players selected, the city of Auburn is poised to begin its inquiry into the feasibility of claiming unincorporated North Auburn for its own. The seven-member ad hoc Anne ...

Bone-dry January reignites Placer County water, fire concerns

  Placer County-area water providers are ramping up for another year of drought after the driest January in 128 years. But there is still hope on the horizon. Chip Close, N ...

Committee will explore annexation

Mayor’s commendation: The mayor and city council issued commendations to the area artists responsible for the artwork on several Auburn utility boxes. The eight artists recog ...

Reader Input: City doesn’t speak for North Auburn

The arrogance of Mayor (Keith) Nesbitt, Councilman (Bill) Kirby and others on the (Auburn) City Council is appalling (“Auburn to sue Placer over Costco,” Journal, Jan. ...

Nesbitt: City to change for the better

There are no two ways about it: Auburn is in the midst of transition. New blood on the City Council, a newish city manager and finance director, and the reorganization of several ...

Changing of guard Tuesday at City Hall

Once ballots are cast and votes verified, candidates are sworn in and make the transition from political hopefuls to public officials. Nearly a month after votes were received in ...

City of Auburn meets with new leadership, old challenges

With the season nearly signaling the end of 2014, the city is ramping up to meet the challenges of a new year with some new leadership. At a little over a month away from the new ...