Opinion

12 easy challenges to take on at the library

It’s that time of year, again. The time of year where all your friends and family are setting New Year’s resolutions. For me, I find it a little annoying, probably beca ...

Mayor’s 4 top issues for this year

Editor’s note: Mayor Cheryl Maki submitted four points to watch for in Auburn this year. 1: Of course all of us are hyper-sensitive to the problem with wildfires, particular ...

Downtown Auburn goes underground

Who are these men and why are they showing off two distinctly different types of cable? The scene is in front of the Hotel Auburn on Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn in March 1972 a ...

Global warming will affect Placer County

The Fourth National Climate Assessment is out. The report "concludes that the evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming." Also, "climate-related threat ...

Auburn bank beauty then. Lost landmark now

One of Auburn’s overlooked lost landmarks stands before you today, testament to a time when buildings - bank buildings especially - were constructed with a look that oozed fi ...

Birds on the bus go round and round

Monarch butterflies are poisonous to blue jays, so if a jay eats a monarch for the first time, it gets sick and learns not to eat one again. Pam Houston wrote about this in her boo ...

The Bourn trifecta: Tying foothill gold mine to Irish and San Mateo mansions

“Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to the mine we go.” This ditty is whirling around my head while getting ready to drag yet another pair of visitors off to the Empire Mine ...

Hoping Trader Joe’s will take Kmart’s location

Saying farewell: When I moved to Auburn in 1982, I was so excited to find a Kmart (big box) store. Having moved from the East Bay where everything was only a few miles away, I had ...

County art, brakes, coconut shells, Library, food, bread

In December, county employee April Pay approached me with the news that the annual county employee art show, Placer Creates, opened in five sites in November and will run through T ...

This was the year that was

Goodbye 2018. 2019? Bring it on. Media Life approaches the new year with journalistic gumption — ready to take on whatever the months to come dish out. Looking back on 2 ...

Why give feds authority over state’s water?

It looks like Placer County Water Agency (PCWA), Andy Fecko, agreed to withdrawal all water rights protest in the fight over Delta water for grassland farmers in San Joaquin Valley ...

Let’s help those who are most impoverished

I have always tried to be respectful of other opinions. Lately though I seem to be having a tougher time staying true to my beliefs. Yesterday I was speaking to a woman I know and ...

Goodbye, 2018, and welcome, 2019

Around this time of year, residents traditionally make lists of what they will do better and/or change in the coming months. Universal resolutions for the new year can include any ...

Snickering and ranting in the new year

I have a great way to make you roll your eyes and snicker at me. It never fails. You know Thomas Kinkade, that late artist who called himself “the painter of light”? I ...

New member to Newcastle’s Sourdough Sad Sacks

Time Traveler: The Portuguese Pirate may or may not contribute to this week’s column. He’s off on one of his little adventures. As I understand it he’s taking hi ...