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Lincoln & Loomis Wineries Awarded at State Fair

Lincoln & Loomis Wineries Awarded at State Fair

For those who enjoy local wines, forget Napa and stay in Placer County. Wise Villa Winery was recognized as the best in the state, winning the prestigious Golden State Winery of the Year, by the California State Fair. The Lincoln winery wasn’t alone in earning top honors: Ciotti Cellars, Le…

New Special Deputy Position in Auburn

New Special Deputy Position in Auburn

There’s a new deputy in town, appointed by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office to deal with chronic crime problems in the north Auburn area.  Deputy Zach Poiesz has actually been here a while, but now with a new title. Deputy Zach Poiesz was selected as the new problem-oriented policing (POP) deputy,…

1 in 3 Californians Struggle with Poverty

1 in 3 Californians Struggle with Poverty

Almost 1 in 3 California households struggle monthly to meet their basic needs, according to a report released by the United Ways of California, yesterday.  The study relies on what the organization calls a “real cost measure” that goes well beyond the Census Bureau’s official poverty measure, which dates back…

Bear Shot near Lake Tahoe in “Self-defense”

Bear Shot near Lake Tahoe in “Self-defense”

The man who shot a black bear to death at Lake Tahoe claims he killed it in self-defense, according to authorities. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that authorities say the South Lake Tahoe resident who shot the bear last week has not yet been identified. Capt. Patrick Foy of the California Department…

Placer County Crop Outlook Bright Despite Drought

Placer County Crop Outlook Bright Despite Drought

  Last week, the Agricultural Commission released the annual crop report to the Placer County Board of Supervisors with stunning numbers.   The value of Placer County’s crops and products rose 4.4 percent over the last year, reaching its highest total in more than 2 decades. Sarah McCormick sat down with…

California’s Gas Prices Soar

California’s Gas Prices Soar

The average retail price of gasoline in Sacramento jumped 13 cents over the past week, coming in Monday at $3.35 a gallon, according to national gas price tracker GasBuddy.com. GasBuddy reported a gasoline inventory decline of more than 1 million barrels, and that overseas fuel imports to California had fallen…

Berryessa Snow Mountain Established as New National Monument

Berryessa Snow Mountain Established as New National Monument

President Obama established a new national monument in Northern California Friday, setting aside over 300 thousand acres of mountains, meadows and other remote areas from Napa to Mendocino County. The new Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, a thin ribbon of rugged terrain that stretches roughly 100 miles across seven counties,…

Check Forger Suspect Sought

Check Forger Suspect Sought

Roseville police are looking for a woman who allegedly used stolen checks at businesses in Roseville, Rocklin and Auburn in early May. The woman left some of the stores with a man driving an older gold Pontiac sedan, police said. The checks were allegedly stolen from the mail of an elderly…

El Nino Forecasts Could Break Drought

El Nino Forecasts Could Break Drought

Pacific Ocean temperatures continue to warm and trade winds shift, and today federal scientists now say that the El Niño weather event that’s emerging could be one of the strongest on record. Federal forecasters now say that there is a 90 percent chance of an El Niño persisting through the coming…

Tobacco Bills Stalled

Tobacco Bills Stalled

A legislative panel has opted not to take up a bill aimed at curbing youth smoking by regulating e-cigarettes in California after a heated hearing. A separate measure calling for the legal smoking age to be raised to 21 was pulled from the agenda just before Wednesday’s hearing by the…