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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: Auburnite’s L.A. band Saint Motel signs with major label

Former Auburn resident Greg Erwin’s music career has just shifted into overdrive. Erwin’s band Saint Motel has signed a recording contract with Parlophone, a storied l ...

Rain fails to ease Placer’s drought pain

A light dusting of snow on some of the highest peaks in the Sierra on Tuesday may have provided a picture-perfect site for motorists passing over Donner Summit in the rain. But t ...

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 ...