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Media Life: Ophir's NASA space capsule lands on Weird Auburn list

AUBURN CA - The 50th anniversary of astronaut John Glenn’s landmark global orbit sends Media Life to the cozy Auburn-area community of Ophir for another little-known Weird Auburn ...

Media Life: Viewers guide to Placer’s “The Muppets” movie locations

If you’re seeing “The Muppets” movie now in theaters, keep an eye out for scenes that were shot in Placer County. The movie production crew was in the area this past year sho ...

Media Life: Auburn's Epic WS100 is star of new movie

At one time, Media Life was convinced that Western States 100 runners were a crazed bunch of uber-athletes. Over time, that opinion has morphed considerably into healthy respect f ...

Media Life: Legendary Colfax roadhouse reborn as Auburn eatery

A legend in Interstate 80 corridor dining and a business with an oh-so-catchy name, Dingus McGee’s eatery is back and Auburn has it. Located for almost 30 years in Colfax, Dingu ...

Media Life: TV’s “60 Minutes” explores Abramoff’s murky Placer connection

Placer County’s perception of Washington, D.C. politics has been getting a workout in recent weeks with the build-up to and sentencing of lobbyist Kevin Ring, a former top-level ...

Media Life: Idiot’s guide to Auburn, Placer terminology

Media Life would be remiss without mentioning the departure of the Auburn Journal’s longtime newsroom leader and guiding force,Deric Rothe. Rothe stepped down this month after 1 ...

Media Life: Mysteries of the bottled up message, unknown gravesite solved

All’s well that ends well. Thus quoth Shakespeare. And for Auburn’s Laurie Tyrrell, the recent return of a treasured bottle signals the end of a chapter that has taken on new m ...

Media Life: Big Emmy wins for Placer’s “Deadliest Catch” connection

A “Deadliest Catch” episode, much of it shot from the understanding eye of local lensman Todd Stanley, has ended up wooing and winning over Emmy Awards voters. Stanley, a Lotu ...

Media Life: Should Gilbert be remembered with Central Square statue?

Talk in town has already turned to a statue for Gilbert Ortega, Auburn’s cycling free spirit who died last Friday at 82. The economic downturn may put that lofty goal on the back ...

Media Life: Closer look reveals Auburn’s hidden gems

The devil’s in the details and for Auburn – with a rich legacy that stretches back to the Gold Rush and beyond – there is plenty to appreciate for anyone willing to take the ...

Media Life: Taste of Auburn tantalizing global TV's tastebuds

Locavore activist Joanne Neft has snagged a share of the national spotlight for Auburn’s farm markets and the cookbook she co-authored “Placer County Real Food.” Neft and so ...

Media Life: “Deadliest Catch” Emmy promises to be bittersweet moment

Todd Stanley would want it any other way but come a glitzy evening in September, he’s part of the “Deadliest Catch” team that’s a sentimental favorite to pick up at least o ...

Media Life: Sickle slayer shattered peace of summer of 1971

Let’s set the Media Life time machine back 40 years ago to the summer of 1971 in Auburn and examine one of the most disturbing murder cases in the annals of area crime history. ...

Media Life: Victim's-eye view captures daring high Sierra rescue

When you think law-enforcement footage, it’s usually out-of-control, shirtless males being cuffed on “Cops.” But YouTube and a very portable digital video camera have capture ...

Media Life: Tale of three bears adds to Western States 100 mystique

Add a protective mama bear and two cubs to the legend and lore of the Western States 100. But don’t expect the trio of bad-news bruins to lumber off into the sunset just yet. The ...