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Searchers Found Missing Runner Robert Root

Searchers Found Missing Runner Robert Root

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At around 12:30 p.m. today, searchers found missing runner Robert Root. He was alert, walking and talking when found about 2 ½ miles from the Michigan Bluff trailhead of the Western States Trail. Root, 55, of Modesto, was last seen around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, while running with a group. He…

Murder Suspect Arrested for 1992 Placerville Homicide

Murder Suspect Arrested for 1992 Placerville Homicide

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The Placerville Police Department has located the suspect of a 22 year old homicide after the arrest of Jorge Luis Ponce Barajas, date of birth 11-15-73. He was arrested on a no bail arrest warrant in Richmond, CA. An arrest warrant had been issued for him in 1992 after the…

2 Sheriff’s Lts and a Captain Make an Arrest on Their Lunch Hour

2 Sheriff’s Lts and a Captain Make an Arrest on Their Lunch Hour

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 An Auburn transient landed in jail after fleeing from Placer County Sheriff’s officials on a stolen motorcycle yesterday. At 11:45 a.m. Monday, Daniel Joseph Hubanks, 33, was riding the dirt bike – without a helmet – when a deputy on foot near Chana High School on Richardson Drive yelled at…

Pursuit of Reported Suicidal Man Ends in Crash in Colfax

Pursuit of Reported Suicidal Man Ends in Crash in Colfax

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The Placer County Sheriff Office’s pursuit of a reported suicidal man ended in a crash in Colfax Monday evening. At 5:42 p.m., a caller to the sheriff’s 911 dispatch center reported that Joel Bumgarner, 38, had taken pills, was drinking alcohol and had driven away from his Auburn home. A…

MQRR Bridge Plaque Event

MQRR Bridge Plaque Event

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The Mountain Quarries RailRoad Bridge, the longest concrete arch railroad bridge in the world when it was built in 1912 was determined to have statewide historical significance by the County Board of Supervisors, the city of Auburn, and California State Parks and so received a California Historical Plaque on Sunday…

Joanne Neft Gets Lifetime Achievement Award from County

Joanne Neft Gets Lifetime Achievement Award from County

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Chief Executive Officer Bruce Cosgrove of the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce and agricultural marketing guru Joanne Neft were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards during the 23rd annual Placer County Economic Development Summit Wednesday. Placer County Supervisor Robert M. Weygandt said “I can’t think of a better, more deserving recipient…

PCWA Finalizing Water Use Reductions

PCWA  Finalizing Water Use Reductions

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Facing a projected loss of water supply availability this year, the Placer County Water Agency Board of Directors is finalizing plans for water use reductions to be taken by all of its customers for the duration of the water shortage emergency. The Board on Thursday (Mar. 20) heard several staff…

Ag Day at Placer Elementary Friday

Ag Day at Placer Elementary Friday

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This Friday is Ag Day in Placer County and the Placer County Farm Bureau, Echo Valley Ranch, and the Placer Resource Conservation District (RCD) are hosting an “Ag Day” educational event at Placer Elementary School in Loomis.   The event is being held in conjunction with National Ag Week, a nationwide…

Lincoln High Teacher to be Honored by BOS

Lincoln High Teacher to be Honored by BOS

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The Placer County Board of Supervisors will present a commemorative coin to long-time Lincoln High School teacher Mark Fowler Tuesday, March 25 to honor him for his many years of community service. Mr. Fowler says he is humbled by the gesture.             Mark Fowler 1 Fowler was instrumental in creating the…

New Shaded Fuel Break Funding for Auburn Area

New Shaded Fuel Break Funding for Auburn Area

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The Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board last Thursday awarded to the Auburn Fire Department a grant of $157,110 to clear wood fuel on 45 acres in the American River Canyon Shaded Fuel Break.  The grant proposal was put together by Auburn’s Fire Chief mark D’Ambrogi.   Before the vote, Auburn City…