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Know how to recognize black widow spiders

Question: How do I know if I have black widow spiders in my garden? Answer: The western black widow spider (Latrodectus hesperus) — a native species — is quite common ...

Auburn's Wild Bird Station marks 20 years of retail, advice and swapping stories

For two decades Roger and Carol Strahle’s Wild Bird Station has been the local spot for birders to purchase seed and browse for nesting boxes, books and gifts. Often those vi ...

Bring on the bands

Over its more than five decades of existence, the Del Oro High School band has earned a reputation of excellence. The marching band will put its colors on display Saturday when ...

Bumper grape harvest celebrated during PlacerGrown week

It was great to be a grapevine in Placer County in 2014. Placer County’s grape harvest and growing wine industry has been one of the few agricultural entities apparently ben ...

Auburn’s State Theatre installs seats with Hollywood star power

As final preparations are made for its reopening, Auburn’s expanded State Theatre is upgrading its seating with ornate chairs that most recently played a small but integral r ...

Show highlights DO student photography of southwest

  Del Oro High School Adventure Club members get to see – and photograph – the great outdoors. For over a dozen years, teacher and club adviser Greg Kelderman has ...

Oktoberfest coming Saturday to Penryn plaza

  Saturday, Oct. 11 Penryn Oktoberfest, begins at noon Oct. 11 at Penryn Masonic Lodge, post office and library building, corner of Rippey Road and English Colony Way. Music ...

Oktoberfest coming Saturday to Penryn plaza

  Saturday, Oct. 11 Penryn Oktoberfest, begins at noon Oct. 11 at Penryn Masonic Lodge, post office and library building, corner of Rippey Road and English Colony Way. Music ...

Managing ants key to controlling aphids in crape myrtles

Question: What is the best way to get rid of aphids in 30-foot crape myrtles? I tried using a power washer to hit the upper branches and knock them off the leaves — but that ...

Master Gardeners' calendar discusses ways to garden in the drought

The Placer County Master Gardeners’ calendar for 2015 is putting California’s drought front and center. Under the theme “California Dreaming  … Beau ...