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Superbowl reminder of sex trade victims

Here it is. Superbowl Sunday. Possibly the most American event of the year. Close to 117 million people are expected to sit down with their nachos and hot wings today and watch the ...

Media Life: Auburn’s Top 5 all-time mysteries

The Marie Celeste. Jack the Ripper. The Zodiac Killer. Think too of pyramids, Stonehenge and Jimmy Hoffa. Everyone loves a mystery and there are scads to devote some time and cur ...

Sierra College Natural History Museum a great place to spend the day

Sierra College is an educational and cultural asset to area residents.Our readers repeatedly tell us to list their events in our newspapers. So I’m excited that the Sierra ...

Media Life: Documentary, book focus on endurance

  Michigan Bluff’s Myles Smythe has melded a passion for running with a filmmaker’s drive to tell a story worth telling. The result is a new documentary called & ...

Selecting the right trustee for your trust and why it might not be your kids!

A trustee is a legal term used in estate planning.  The trustee is the person or persons who manage the decisions and fulfill the purpose of a trust.  It is usually the ...

Want to know if you’re really a local? Take the quiz

About a decade ago, Media Life took on the task of creating a standardized test to determine once and for all whether people who claim to be local are truly just that. The quiz st ...

SIGN LANGUAGE: Lincoln student-fans get personal in PVL rivalry game

The words “F@$# you” are scrawled into the visiting wall of Placer High’s historic Earl Crabbe Gymnasium. A sharpie penned the phrase “Smoke weed every day& ...

‘So the River Flows’ celebrates the human spirit

A love story is a love story is a love story. What differentiates one from another are the characters and the events accompanying their meeting and the obstacles surrounding their ...

I won’t play the sap for them

Those fabric softener sheets I use in the dryer? I tear them in half. If I can, I tear them in thirds. For a while I tore them in fourths but Don talked me out of it because they g ...

Media Life: Silence proving golden for Auburn filmmaker

When we last heard from Brandon Vedder, the Placer High grad and ace cinematographer was fresh off the success of 2012 documentary “La Source” and deep into a new proje ...

Penryn Fire Protection District faces serious funding challenges

The Penryn Fire Protection District is one of several independent fire districts on the western slope of Placer County that are having significant funding issues. The serious natu ...

Media Life: Who are we? We are Auburn

Who are we? Drilling into the latest census-driven statistics indicates that Auburnites are different from the rest of California in many ways. But in others, we’re very mu ...

Media Life: 2016 Awards honor year of Auburncentricities

The Media Life “Lifey Awards,” presented each year for outstanding achievement in a column snippet, took on even more prestige this past year. A life-sized replica of ...

Media Life: Auburn’s ‘12 Days of Christmas’

Merry Christmas Auburn. And what better gift to give on such a joyous day than to drop an Auburncentric reworking of the Yuletide classic “The 12 Days of Christmas” int ...

Del Oro football, and some lessons learned

We were sprinting, side by side, down the field under the Friday night lights at Del Oro stadium. He made a quick move, shook me loose by maybe three feet, and the ball was there ...