Opinion

New riders, don’t despair

  In the years I have been scribbling this column, you five loyal readers will have noted I often encourage non- or infrequent riders to get out on a bike. Any bike.   ...

Shop Placer County’s small businesses this holiday season

Small businesses are the backbone of our local communities. Now that the  holiday shopping season is in full swing, I would like to share how our communities benefit from your ...

Consolidate Placer County fire dispatch

The recent fires once again illustrate the need for Placer County to consolidate all fire dispatch into a single center. In August 2009, Auburn Fire failed to get dispatched to the ...

Thank you, every candidate, for running

The local election season is almost over, as the Placer County Elections Office has until Dec. 6 by election code to audit all ballots and release official race results. That mean ...

Life in the Bike Lane

  The weather this time of year can present some extra challenges for cyclists in Placer County.   Starting early in the morning means two or three layers to keep warm. ...

Implement Loomis General Plan and approve Village at Loomis

I served 11 years as Loomis town manager (April 2000 through September 2011) and worked with some members of the current council and Planning Commission.  I also worked with M ...

Honor veterans this week and all year

Going about our daily routines, many of us don’t think about veterans, what they’ve done for our country and what they’ve gone through.  Best case scenario, ...

Martha Stewart is too old to ride a bike

  I was browsing (that’s what today’s kids call it) on the world-wide web the other day and saw an article about how Martha Stewart had been age-shamed in a comme ...

KIRBY’S KATCH

Come on, fess’ up. We’ve all had those days on the water. Skunked; aka the striped kitty, nada, zilch, lockjaw, … these are just a few of the terms to describe c ...

Educating kids on healthy eating

Obesity is not a joke, regardless of what TV sitcoms and movie comedies sometimes portray. For starters, think of TV’s “The Biggest Loser,” “More to Love&r ...

Protecting Placer County’s open space

Placer County is making great strides at protecting our precious wetlands, farmland and open space, while promoting development but we need your help to ensure our success. Last m ...

Cycling Through Placer County

  Many bike paths are in this area, some running less than a mile around a neighborhood to the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail (American River Bike Trail), which is 32-miles lo ...

Make time to enjoy Halloween

The Halloween spirit seems to be here earlier this year. More orange and black lights, huge spider webs, along with cute pumpkin and spooky cutouts, are in front yards of houses a ...

Riding in transitional weather

If you are a little bit of a crazy cyclist and start your rides early in the morning (hello, me), you will have noticed it’s a bit cooler. Like 40 degrees cool. Like “I ...

Jessica Morse has votes from the Bargers

       My husband and I have lived for 42 years in Placer County and we love it. Our county has an abundance of natural beauty and a blend of healthy cities, qu ...