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Saving our library system – our vision for the future

I hope that many of you reading this have had the opportunity to visit a Placer County Library recently to borrow a book, DVD, book on CD, music CD, use a computer, attend a progra ...

‘Chappie’ can’t figure out what it wants to be

Director Neill Blomkamp burst onto the scene in 2009 with “District 9,” a geek-baiting sci-fi apartheid metaphor about aliens who were trapped, sequestered and suppress ...

Looking back week of Mar. 5

      1 Year Ago March 6, 2014      Eggplant Festival looks to its roots – The Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce is turning to ...

Looking back week of Mar. 12

 1 YEAR AGO March 13, 2014 – Author, 91, pens Placer memories – Wistful and painful memories fill the pages of Hiroshi Kashiwagi’s new book, “Starting ...

Media Life: Auburn stunt guru aids Marvel Universe Live!

Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena will be welcoming one of the biggest, boldest and baddest bits of bombast seen in this area for quite some time when “Marvel Universe Liv ...

Wildlife Neighbors

A bird with the will to live    - a true story A male Black-headed Grosbeak, cracking sunflower seeds at a backyard feeder, was knocked to the ground by a haw ...

‘Focus’ brings Will Smith back into the limelight

For a long window in the late 20th century, Will Smith was easily the biggest movie star on the planet, capable of turning anything he touched into a major attraction. But by the ...

Media Life: Movie, TV memories anchor Auburn man’s richly textured life

Open any door in Auburn – with permission of course – and there’s a story behind worth hearing. Perhaps many more. Over the past decade, Media Life has been a ch ...

Do you need to visit DMV to renew your drivers license?

Ask DMV: Questions and Answers for February 2015 The DMV is now using TouchScreen technology to administer the driver knowledge exam. How is it different from the written version? ...

Media Life: Vets gain tombstones at Weimar TB graveyard

The recent PBS TV “American Experience” documentary provided a jaw-dropping look at tuberculosis, a disease that was one of the big nightmares of past generations. Pla ...

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ makes for a refreshing spy story

After the spy genre transitioned from the goofy Roger Moore era to the super serious modern aesthetics of the Jason Bourne films, it was only a matter of time before some silliness ...

It’s a two-wheel love affair

Almost all my bike riding is with a group of five to 10 other riders. But because it had been several days since I rode (weather, grandkids), I recently took a solo ride, loosel ...

Fromo Our Archives Feb. 5

1 YEAR AGO Feb. 6. 2014 $2.65 million pool project inches toward finish line – Having sunk five years and more than $1 million into a fundraising campaign for a new pool at ...

Media Life: Sierra ski resort offers white weddings for Valentine’s Day

June may be the month to tie the knot but Valentine’s Day is about as hands-down romantic as they come for exchanging vows. With that in mind, Northstar snow resort is makin ...

From our archives for Feb 12

  1 YEAR AGO Feb. 13, 2014  3 held captive in Loomis home invasion - Placer County sheriff's deputies arrested two men and a woman Feb. 6 in connection with ...