Michael Otten

Give our libraries more than pittance

I hate to say it, folks. Placer County?s library system continues to be the Cinderella of governmental services still waiting to be taken to the ball she so richly deserves. It s ...

Auburn artist’s great-aunt survived Titanic sinking

A century after the Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean, killing 1,514 passengers, this country and the world are still obsessed with the disaster. Historians pore over detailed sur ...

Community Portrait: Auburn’s Michael Otten a chronicler of history

“When I do my tax return where it says occupation, I write volunteer,” said Auburn’s Michael Otten. Otten jokes but it’s not far from the truth. Otten is president of the P ...

Workshop offers insight into National Register

Auburn residents have a chance Thursday to learn how to get their historic property recognized. From 9 a.m. to noon in the Rose Room at Auburn City Hall community members can atte ...

Council calls for $2.7 million recreation area funding

The Auburn City Council wants to make sure the Auburn State Recreation Area gets the $2.7 million in funding it needs. This week the City Council unanimously approved sending a le ...

AARP service provides free help for income tax filing

AARP’s free Tax-Aide service is not just for seniors. Auburn volunteer Michael Otten says he prepares tax returns for a cross-section of the community. “I’ve done them from ...

Committee to review superintendent’s pay

A new committee is planning to research and review the Placer County superintendent of school’s pay, and could help make decisions about any potential future raises. Thursday ni ...

Committee hopes to bring history, art to the streets

How do you tell more than 100 years of history in around a mile-and-a-half of sidewalk? Twelve people are going to try. Those 12 people sit on the Streetscape History and Art Adv ...

Square becomes town lightning rod

Searching for a new notebook while wondering if the Cash for Clunkers program was deemed so successful, then how soon before we see Wampum for Washers or Moola for Microwaves? … ...

Public outcry tables square name change

The Auburn Urban Development Commission will hold off on plans for Auburn’s Central Square after close to 50 residents showed up to a public meeting Monday night to share their d ...