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Shutdown closes offices, fed services in Auburn area

Shockwaves from the partial federal government shutdown were starting to reverberate through the Auburn-area foothills Tuesday. The U.S. Forest Service ranger office in Foresthill ...

Huge tax increase looms at year-end 'fiscal cliff'

WASHINGTON — A typical middle-income family making $40,000 to $64,000 a year could see its taxes go up by $2,000 next year if lawmakers fail to renew a lengthy roster of tax ...

Put government on strict diet

In 1787 the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia to address the shortcomings in the Articles of Confederation. The delegates knew that they would have to create some for ...

Office holders: You work for taxpayers

Among all the discussion and complaints the one factor seldom mentioned but should be in the forefront is the next election. As a society we elect our representatives and expect t ...

Stalled 142-room Auburn hotel could get $2.5 million in fed funds

Stalled plans to build a 142-room, upscale Marriott inn in Bowman could get a $2.5 million jumpstart from federal funds. Under a proposal that Placer County is taking to the state ...

Placer County costs add up for new flu response

The new H1N1 flu virus has cost Placer County $116,000, but there’s the possibility that health officials could be sending the bill to the federal government. Dr. Richard Burton ...