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Seeing the world from a bike

  We cyclists see things differently. I’m not talking philosophically, albeit there may be something to that, too. But the real world looks a little different from a b ...

Auburn focus in HBO Golden State Killer documentary

The Golden State Killer lurked in the shadows of California's consciousness for much of the 1970s and 1980s. But when ex-Auburn Police Officer Joe DeAngelo was arrested in Apr ...

Time to fix the DMV

At the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), state employees are sleeping on the job. Literally. A recent report revealed that one particular employee had a habit of sleeping severa ...

Regarding Village at Loomis

We have an opportunity, which is quickly passing us by, to preserve the special character of Loomis. After Tuesday night’s Town Council Study Session, I don’t have a g ...

Village at Loomis adapts plan to meet town’s vision

After literally decades of planning to create a vision for the Town Center area of Loomis behind Raley’s, the proposed Village at Loomis came before our town leaders a year a ...

How much have you saved for retirement?

If you’re like the majority of Americans, probably not enough to retire comfortably. In actuality the figures of how much people have squirreled away for their golden years ...

Placer Business Resource Center helps farmers succeed

Placer County has a long and rich history of farming and ranching, starting before the birth of the county in 1851 and continuing to this day. The dedication and hard work by our ...

Finding your child’s health home

It seems like the school doors just shut for the summer, and yet in just a few short weeks they’ll reopen for another school year. It’s a good time for parents to chec ...

Find a better road, please

  I’ve written about this before and my riding buddies talk about it often.  Eight or nine of us were heading east on Horseshoe Bar Road a couple of Fridays ago. ...

Cycling through Placer County

  One of my favorite roads to cycle is Millertown, 2.3 miles connecting Wise and Mt. Vernon Roads, just west of Auburn. It roughly follows the North Canal (it doesn’t l ...

Sacramento continues to propose new taxes amidst record revenues

Our state government is collecting more money from Californians than ever before. At $200 billion, this year’s state budget set a new record, surpassing last year’s bud ...

Ode to a bicycle

  Twelve years, eight months, 24 days. I don’t know how long that is in bike years but it’s how long I have been riding my Giant OCR.  It’s 91,609 mil ...

KIRBY'S KATCH

The 2018 ocean salmon season is off to a great start, but many believe the outlook for inland waters is dismal. In an effort to increase salmon returning to the spawning grounds, s ...

Honoring our independence

This is the time of year when we celebrate the birth of our nation. On Independence Day, we pay our respects to the men and women of the Armed Forces who have fought, and continue ...

Remember This? 1978 Cop Classic photo captures future killer, future sheriff

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol had a friendly rivalry going in the 1970s that found an outlet every winter on the basketball court. The ann ...