Michael Kirby/Auburn Journal Ricky Hallam of Norco, riding Mayhem, hangs on tight during the second round of the bull riding competition Saturday, April 27 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. Hallam was one of 20 pro rodeo bull riders competing. Bull riding was just one of the pro rodeo events at the Wild West Stampede. The rodeo, put on by the Wild West Rodeo Association, continued with lots more rodeo action.
Michael Kirby/Auburn Journal California Cowgirl member Jessica Hampton sits on her horse just before the singing of the national anthem at the Wild West Stampede Rodeo in Auburn Saturday, April 27.
Michael Kirby/Auburn Journal Little cowboys, 5-year-old Jett, right, and 4-year-old Christian Buelna of Lincoln enjoy the action during their first Auburn rodeo Saturday, April 27. "They are starting to be big rodeo fans," said their mother Rebecca Buelna. "We just moved here from Alaska."
Megan Houchin/Auburn Journal Doug Hardtke of Auburn pitches for his son, Wyatt Hardtke, on Friday, April 26. The two were practicing at an Auburn Recreation Park baseball diamond for Wyatt's Little League games every Saturday.
Michael Kirby/Auburn Journal Members of Placer's discus team include, from left, Johnny Capra, Jacob Capra, Lee Melbourne-Weaver, Nathan Swisley and Kevin Stofleth. Swisley and James Hubbard (not pictured) competed in Meet of Champions on Saturday, April 27.
Michael Kirby/Auburn Journal Ramirez Rattlesnake Removal's Len Ramirez holds a rattler more than three feet long that was caught in El Dorado Hills and is awaiting placement in an uninhabited area.
Courtesy Tanner Turner, winner of the Auburn Gold Miner's Fun Shoot, is a Bear River senior who shoots for the Colfax High School team. Bear RIver expects to have a team next year.
Michael Kirby/Auburn Journal Roslen Eco-networking Products' Mark Rosen demonstrates the new netAQUA sprinkler timer's computer interface, which provides controls online for watering properties and has found favor with Kickstarter contributors.
Jenifer Gee/Auburn Journal The Soroptimist International of Auburn recognized several deserving women and girls at its annual awards lunch recently. Pictured are award winners honored this year by the Soroptimist International of Auburn. Back row, from left, Casandra MacAlan, Ellie Koerber, Ashlee Massa and Hannah Peterson. Middle row, from left, Hee Chang, Kailee Warren and Lynne Laney. Front row, from left, Gina Boysel, Sarah Harker, Jerri Curradi, District 7 Director Soroptimist, and Cindy Edwards, president Soroptimist International of Auburn.
Courtesy Hannah George was a Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week selection in February.
Kim Palaferri/Auburn Journal With fire season approaching and with a dry winter season just passing, Cal Fire is training for what could be a busy season with the use of inmates from Growlersberg Conservation Camp.
Courtesy Julie Dorsey (9), a Sierra College volleyball standout, also played at Placer High.
Michael Kirby/Auburn Journal Beth helps in a North Auburn community garden on Monday, April 29 along with a half-dozen other volunteers from Achieve Independent Milestones & Associates, or AIM. She and the other clients gain experience through the program that could help them secure employment.
Megan Houchin/Auburn Journal Margot Comer, of Lincoln, paints birdhouses on Jennifer Riley's Bell Road property in Auburn Thursday, May 2. Comer has been painting all of her life and said now that she paints full-time, "I wake up every morning thinking about it."
Megan Houchin/Auburn Journal Pam Wilkinson, of Roseville, works on a painting of one of Jennifer Riley's many metal sculptures on her Bell Road property in Auburn Thursday, May 2. Wilkinson is trying to add contrast to the greens in her painting. "I'm frustrated, but having a good time," she said.
Courtesy Del Oro alumna Ciera Clark is seen batting for Felician College, where she has hit 11 home runs.
Here are images from stories covered this week by the Auburn Journal.