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Media Life: Folsom walks the line for Johnny Cash

Big things are happening at the other end of Auburn Folsom Road. Folsom, Auburn’s prisoncentric neighbor to the south, is moving ahead with more artful components of what is ...

Media Life: NBA, USC star’s post-basketball life a happy one in Placer

It’s sometimes amazing who chooses to live in the foothills in and around Auburn. John Rudometkin, who died Aug. 4 of chronic lung disease, was one of those quiet neighbors ...

Media Life: KCRA recognized for coverage in sheriff’s deputy slayings

KCRA 3 has been honored with a national award for its coverage of the October shootings of two peace officers that started with a death in Sacramento and ended with the loss of Pla ...

Media Life: Auburn sculptor creates Capitol’s new Reagan statue

A labor of love for many, a bronze statue of California Gov. Ronald Reagan – and, oh yes, a U.S. president as well – will be unveiled at the Capitol in Sacramento on Mo ...

Media Life: Of a Hitchcock blonde, great nails, Vietnam and Placer County

The BBC featured it. The New York Times wrote about it. And a well-received short film “Happy Hands” gave it the human element. The story that has emerged in recent ye ...

Media Life: Movie, book part of 1930s Auburn Airport hangar legacy

Kindopp? Kindopp? Kindopp? The name seemed familiar. And a serendipitous inquiry from a reader provided the answer. The reader wanted to get in touch with the subject of an Octo ...

Media Life: Ex-Auburnite’s Saint Motel in media feeding frenzy

Drummer Greg Erwin and his band Saint Motel continue on a roll that started less than a year ago with signings to major record labels Parlophone and Elektra in Europe and the U.S., ...

Media Life: Cast grows for Cool area’s “The Divide” movie

Veteran actor-director Perry (“Day After Tomorrow,” “Riptide”) King and Left For Dead Productions’ have cast a crucial role in “The Divide,&rdqu ...

Media Life: “Louie Louie” singer’s Applegate sister remembers

It was a request from an older brother that she felt duty bound to help with – as sisters often do. Applegate’s Jill Zander recalls she was a junior at Washington High ...

Media Life: R&B pioneer’s grave marker turns up in Auburn

It’s a mystery that has Auburn’s Brianna Rubio perplexed. Actually, many people. It started with the discovery of a grave marker in the yard of a North Auburn property ...

Media Life: Auburn’s rich history subject of new book

Want a peek at the first-known image of Auburn? It’s a drawing by a fellow named Thomas Armstrong done in 1851. Nothing but a few wooden buildings and a denuded hillside. An ...

Media Life: Auburn-created art now on U.S. postage stamp

Move over Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau. You have some illustrious company. Charbonneau, the son of Sacagawea and infant member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, was  Auburn&rsq ...

Media Life: Auburn syrah in wine mag winner’s circle

Forgive Wine Spectator magazine for pouring on some poetic license to top off its enthusiastic review of an Auburn wine. But when it’s from racecar driver Scott Pruett&rsquo ...

Reader Input: Winery dispute isn’t about agriculture

It was sad to read Gus Thomson’s story about the foreclosure of the Green Family Winery in Tuesday’s Auburn Journal (“Placer’s pioneering Green Family Winer ...

Media Life: Movie, TV memories anchor Auburn man’s richly textured life

Open any door in Auburn – with permission of course – and there’s a story behind worth hearing. Perhaps many more. Over the past decade, Media Life has been a ch ...