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Media Life: 1860s rails, films and history mysteries crowd the column

Newcastle’s rail history brain trust Chris Graves will be setting down some historic artifacts from the early Central Pacific days for the public’s perusal on Sunday du ...

Media Life: Experience the spooktacular at Gold Country’s haunted hotels

It’s a tourist guidebook with a dark difference. Author Nancy K. Williams has combed the Gold Country for ghosts and spectral hauntings for decades, reveling in the history ...

Media Life: Experience the spooktacular at Gold Country’s haunted hotels

It’s a tourist guidebook with a dark difference. Author Nancy K. Williams has combed the Gold Country for ghosts and spectral hauntings for decades, reveling in the history ...

Media Life: Pedals replacing paddles, pirates for Auburn’s Brazil adventurer

The journey has been a long and arduous one for former Auburn resident Aaron Chervenak as he attempts to travel Brazil from north to south using only feet, paddles and pedals. But ...

Reader Input: Shooting animals out of trees not sport

My thanks to Gus Thomson for his reports on Assembly Bill 2205, which would repeal a 2012 California law that prohibits the use of dogs to hunt bears (“Placer County panel he ...

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 ...

Reader Input: Stories, fire pit are good things

Thank you, Gus Thomson, for your article in February about the sisters and brother who have found each other after 65 years apart (“Abandoned in 1949, sisters find each other ...

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 ...