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Media Life: Newcastle contractor constructs Johnny Cash Trail span

Folsom’s new $3.8 million overcrossing on the Johnny Cash Trail gets the ribbon-cutting treatment on Saturday with the Man in Black’s daughter Rosanne Cash helping out. ...

Media Life: Auburn filmmaker scores with real-life ‘Harry Potter’ quidditch movie

Eric F. Martin grew up in Auburn during the height of Harry Pottermania. So when fellow filmmaker Farzad Sangari came to him in 2013 with hundreds of hours of footage on the real- ...

Media Life: Bigger venue means bigger acts for Auburn’s State Theatre

Going from 130 seats to 320 means the 84-year-old State Theatre will re-open this October with an upgrade in entertainment for audiences. The simple math of the matter is that whi ...

Media Life: Just how big is the Fox 40 anchorwoman scandal?

Never shy of taking a pointed stick and probing deep into the sleaze factor, Sacramento’s Fox 40 is now finding itself mired in its own journalistic mud bog. The Sacramento ...

Media Life: Auburn-area locales getting Disney, American Pickers screen time

Reality is flying up against fantasy this weekend as the Disney corporation releases “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” The 3D computer-animated film is debuting in theaters ...

Media Life: Placer County starred in “Route 66,” “Combat!” TV episodes

  Auburn and Placer County’s moviemaking past is well-documented, with a bevy of great and not-so-great films shot in Auburn as well as into the hinterlands of the Sier ...

Media Life: 1954 Folsom Prison film’s re-release stirs memories

The Media Life column on the re-release of gritty prison film “Riot in Cell Block 11” spawned a couple of stories worth an outpouring of an ounce or two of printer&rsqu ...

Media Life: British Pathe newsreel archives reveal wealth of Placer County historical footage

  British Pathé has released its celluloid stockpile of history onto YouTube for viewing by anybody with an Internet connection and a penchant clicking onto some magic ...

Media Life: Wild Willie Slade's 1970 hoax inspires Ophir Prison Marching Band

  A humbug can be defined as a hoax meant in jest. Journey with us now to the days of yore – actually the late 1960s and early 1970s – to learn about one of the ...

Media Life: Treasure turns up in darndest places but not gold-coin couple

May is the target date for a portion of the $10 million in gold coins from the 1800s found by a Gold Country couple to start turning up on Amazon.com’s collectibles site. By ...

Media Life: Digging into Placer’s Oscar connectivity; deepening gold-coin mystery

  Placer County’s return to the big screen in a major motion picture has culminated with that movie getting some heavyweight industry respect this week at the Academy A ...

Media Life: Celebrating World Series hero, boogie band, WWII hospital anniversaries

Spring training 2014 begins the dream for all major league baseball teams and their fans. And as the season opener approaches, every team – and dream – starts from the ...

Media Life: When giant arrows guided planes over Placer

It’s hard to believe in a 21st century world that early day pilots in flimsy flying machines were guided on low-altitude, cross-country jaunts by giant concrete arrows spaced ...

Media Life: Of new radio, missing castles, harps and Dow Jones

It’s about time on this one. Placer County resident Pat Walsh has been the “sports guy” at Sacramento’s KFBK for 17 years. If there’s anyone who dese ...

Media Life: Blues-rock survivors Savoy Brown to play Auburn

Like a finely crafted, vintage guitar, the sound of a classic rock-blues band can wear the years well. With an old guitar, it’s a certain warmth in tone that comes through i ...