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The state of Placer County is strong

As we begin the new year, I am happy to report that the state of Placer County is strong. Last year, we celebrated many achievements, which included good fiscal health as well as ...

Village at Loomis: improved through community input

I would like to personally thank the community for your involvement and input in the review of the Village at Loomis plan over the last nearly four-and-a-half years. After 14 publ ...

Nominate a deserving person for a 2019 Ruhkala Award

The city of Rocklin is the great place it is today to raise a family and run a business because of many factors, the most important of those being the willingness of the constituen ...

What’s in a name? Here, it’s child abuse prevention

KidsFirst has such a warm, delicate and caring ring to it. How can an organization who puts kids first possibly conjure up bad mojo in anyone? Add to that our tagline, “Educa ...

I don’t do resolutions

  I don’t do resolutions. At least not the New Year kind.   Goals? Not really. Bucket list? I have three buckets in the shed but they’re not on any list. ...

KIRBY'S KATCH

No matter how you look at it, wintertime cold weather fishing presents some challenges. Of course we are blessed to have fairly mild seasons here in Northern California, as compare ...

2018 a great year of achievements

I can’t help but feel overwhelmed with pride about all the achievements made in the last year here in Placer County and the positive difference made in our community. All of ...

Life in the Bike Lane

December in Placer County can be wet, which presents some problems for the avid cyclist. If you are fortunate to have some flexibility, it is a good idea to wait for the stree ...

Del Oro FFA donates to Camp Fire victims

The Camp Fire is one of the most devastating fires in California history. It only took two weeks for it to destroy more structures than California's seven worst wildfires co ...

Green lanes would help

  Back in the day, “the day” being the late 1800s, the bicycle began to get popular.  But, oh! Those dirt/mud/cobblestone roads! “Hey,” someone ...

Why our border matters

    Every nation has a natural right and responsibility to determine who is admitted to its borders.  This is what defines a country and ultimately determines whet ...

CYCLING THROUGH PLACER COUNTY

It has gone from “cool” to “cold” in Placer County, especially if you are up early for a bike ride. Days that start in the 30s and don’t make it mu ...

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 ...