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Media Life: Wild Willie Slade's 1970 hoax inspires Ophir Prison Marching Band

  A humbug can be defined as a hoax meant in jest. Journey with us now to the days of yore – actually the late 1960s and early 1970s – to learn about one of the ...

Media Life: Treasure turns up in darndest places but not gold-coin couple

May is the target date for a portion of the $10 million in gold coins from the 1800s found by a Gold Country couple to start turning up on Amazon.com’s collectibles site. By ...

Media Life: Digging into Placer’s Oscar connectivity; deepening gold-coin mystery

  Placer County’s return to the big screen in a major motion picture has culminated with that movie getting some heavyweight industry respect this week at the Academy A ...

Historic Auburn depot, giant statue could get new owner

The Auburn Chamber of Commerce and Placer County are exploring the possibility of turning the chamber’s Lincoln Way headquarters into a museum after the business organization ...

Media Life: Celebrating World Series hero, boogie band, WWII hospital anniversaries

Spring training 2014 begins the dream for all major league baseball teams and their fans. And as the season opener approaches, every team – and dream – starts from the ...

Media Life: When giant arrows guided planes over Placer

It’s hard to believe in a 21st century world that early day pilots in flimsy flying machines were guided on low-altitude, cross-country jaunts by giant concrete arrows spaced ...

Media Life: 1960s TV political drama has little-known link to Auburn

These days, the suits in LA would probably laugh the idea of a TV show with a state legislator as its hero out the door, down the hall and onto the curb. But back in early Novembe ...

Media Life: Nostalgic Auburn Facebook page floods memory banks

  You have to hand it to the social network Facebook. It’s really opened up a lot of doors for nostalgia to sneak in and push some of the levers connected to many peopl ...

Media Life: Of new radio, missing castles, harps and Dow Jones

It’s about time on this one. Placer County resident Pat Walsh has been the “sports guy” at Sacramento’s KFBK for 17 years. If there’s anyone who dese ...

Media Life: Blues-rock survivors Savoy Brown to play Auburn

Like a finely crafted, vintage guitar, the sound of a classic rock-blues band can wear the years well. With an old guitar, it’s a certain warmth in tone that comes through i ...

Media Life: Fifth Emmy win for ‘Deadliest Catch” Placer product

Reality TV juggernaut “Deadliest Catch” was back in the winners’ circle at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles this month, with Placer County product Todd Stanley agai ...

Media Life: 19th century child star ready for Auburn close-up

He’s the only baby ever to appear on a U.S. coin. He’s also a mystery man who no known portrait exists of from his adult years. There’s a town in Oregon named f ...

Media Life: Colfax-linked movie “Spectacular Now” in theaters

  A teen-focused, coming-of-age movie with heart, “The Spectacular Now” could be this summer’s sleeper hit if audiences catch on to its indie charm. The sp ...

Media Life: Placer High all-class reunion plans heating up

Cause for celebration? Wednesday will mark “National Parental Freedom Day” in many Auburn homes -- or back-to-school day, as it’s more traditionally known for the ...

Media Life: Bay Area media mention spurs rush for Auburn “special blend”

  Add the title bird-seed guru to Roger Strahle’s business card. Over the years, the owner of Wild Bird Station in Auburn has worked to develop his own special blend o ...