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Media Life: Auburn-area oddities pepper Ripley’s Believe It or Not

It seems that Gibson, the late, great, world’s tallest dog, isn’t the only Ripley’s Believe It or Not book entry this year. As Media Life reported last week, the Grass Valley ...

Ose, McClintock in mud-slinging debate

ROCKLIN – Vying for the 4th District’s Republican nomination, congressional candidates Doug Ose and Tom McClintock kicked the contest up a notch Wednesday with a mud-slinging d ...

Fumbled phone leads to crash

A fumbled cell phone is being blamed for a crash on Auburn Folsom Road near Auburn that left a Loomis man injured but lucky to be alive. The California Highway Patrol released det ...

Newcastle I-80 crash manslaughter charge possible

A life-saving turn off Interstate 80 was only yards away for Bakersfield’s Miguel Ramos minutes before a fatal crash Friday. But instead of turning off eastbound Interstate 80 at ...

Millionaire Ose gives self funding lead

Doug Ose is out in front by a wide margin over major opponent Tom McClintock in campaign dollars earned and spent, according to finance reports filed Tuesday. But most of the mone ...

Seeing the possibilities

When Rick Dondro looks at the miles of blacktop that crisscross Placer County, he sees nuances passing motorists seldom consider. North Auburn’s Bell Road is one example. Dondr ...

Reward offered in pit bull attack

An Auburn feed store put up reward money Tuesday to help locate a pit bull and owner involved in a bloody attack on a horse. Echo Valley Ranch owner Greg Kimler said that he was s ...

Attack pit bull still at large

A day after a pit bull attacked a horse on an Auburn State Recreation Area trail, Jerry Jackson was packing a canister of pepper spray for protection as he set out from the rim of ...

Placer joining national jobless swoon

Placer County is joining the nation in a tightening job squeeze. On a nationwide scale, a triple whammy of housing, credit and financial crises is causing even Federal Reserve Cha ...

Media Life: Tesla founder recalls rock band's Auburn connection

Steve Clausman's connection to the early success of Sacramento rock band Tesla has never been in doubt. Clausman, who owned an after-market auto parts business in Auburn and lived ...

Foresthill's Clausman gets Tesla-charged tribute

***For more on the tribute, see April 3 Media Life column by Gus Thomson at this website*** Tesla band members said "thank you" Saturday night to Foresthill's Steve Clausman the b ...

Media Life: Movie made in Colfax 10 years ago now on DVD

The long wait is over for Colfax. Hollywood came to town 10 years ago this June in the form of an independent movie with some star power. Comic actor Jerry Stiller and the cast an ...

Auburn reflects on five years in Iraq

The United States and Auburn went to war five years ago, with U.S. air strikes pounding Iraq forces in the waning hours of a Wednesday night. The headline in the Auburn Journal fi ...

Hiring freeze touted as potential Placer County budget aid

ROCKLIN “ A wage freeze for most Placer County workers was one of the more drastic ideas supervisors brought to the table Tuesday at workshop highlighting the county's bleak reve ...

District 5 candidate donates $100,000 to himself

Challenging for Placer County's Fifth District supervisor's seat, Bob Houston is putting his money where his political rhetoric is. Houston, who owns a Sacramento lobbying and go ...