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Stuff that I wonder about

    Like you five loyal readers, I wonder about stuff. Some of the stuff about which I wonder have actual answers, and deep down, I might know those answers.   Bu ...

KIRBY’S KATCH

Finally some rain. Now we see the real changing of the seasons in the local fishing opportunities. As waters get stained and cold, the patterns will change, and right now things a ...

Managing our public lands needs a dramatic and abrupt change in policy

There are things yet to learn about the devastation brought by the Camp Fire but this much we do know. The fire will have destroyed more than 14,000 structures, burned more than 15 ...

Life in the Bike Lane

I don’t like climbing hills on my bike but many of the most interesting and beautiful rides include a major hill or two.   Baxter Grade, Mt. Vernon, Ridge Road, Indian ...

New Jackman film has Placer County connection

Auburn product and Del Oro High School grad Gareth Smith’s work is up on the big screen again — with the promise of more to come. The talented title maker has teamed w ...

KIRBY’S KATCH

With the salmon action slowing down, Bass Jack Naves and I traveled down to the Sacramento River side of the Delta to get in more of the incredible striper action that’s be ...

Loomis is waiting for its missing pieces

I moved to Loomis 20 years ago, yet I’m still waiting for the town to fill in its missing pieces – walkable, residential, mixed use, commercial and civic areas to energ ...

New riders, don’t despair

  In the years I have been scribbling this column, you five loyal readers will have noted I often encourage non- or infrequent riders to get out on a bike. Any bike.   ...

Shop Placer County’s small businesses this holiday season

Small businesses are the backbone of our local communities. Now that the  holiday shopping season is in full swing, I would like to share how our communities benefit from your ...

Life in the Bike Lane

  The weather this time of year can present some extra challenges for cyclists in Placer County.   Starting early in the morning means two or three layers to keep warm. ...

Implement Loomis General Plan and approve Village at Loomis

I served 11 years as Loomis town manager (April 2000 through September 2011) and worked with some members of the current council and Planning Commission.  I also worked with M ...

Thriving Champ's hotspot then; Auburn I-80 offramp now

Media Life’s “Then & Now” installment this week takes you to a place where thoughts of coronary bypasses took a holiday and good times abounded. Picture this ...

Martha Stewart is too old to ride a bike

  I was browsing (that’s what today’s kids call it) on the world-wide web the other day and saw an article about how Martha Stewart had been age-shamed in a comme ...

KIRBY’S KATCH

Come on, fess’ up. We’ve all had those days on the water. Skunked; aka the striped kitty, nada, zilch, lockjaw, … these are just a few of the terms to describe c ...

Newcastle packing shed ravaged by fire

May 1973 was a hot one — 90 degrees by 3 p.m. Workers at one of Newcastle’s biggest employers — Modular Homes Inc. — were still on the job at that time. A ...