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The Rodeo Is Coming to Town!

By Joan Elliott
Posted: 4/10/2015

Cowbow Riding Bucking Bull
If you’ve never been to a rodeo, this is the one to see! Don’t miss the kids mutton bustin’ both days; it is an event all its own. Lots of laughs and hoots. Come cheer for these young cowboys and cowgirls in the makin’.
Photos by Paul Sanko

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - Yes, it’s that time of year again, and the Gold Country Pro Rodeo is ranglin’ up another awesome program. Mark your calendars for April 25 and 26 for some bronco bustin’ fun in Auburn at the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

The weekend starts with the official Rodeo kick off Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Magnussen Dodge on Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, for the dummy roping contest. Come meet the queen contestants and watch the kids compete for a champion belt buckle. Auburn Ale House in Old Town Auburn is hosting the Rodeo pre-party starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Board Approves New Project in Successful Traffic Safety Effort

Posted: 4/10/2015

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Placer County is laying the groundwork for a new project in its award-winning campaign to reduce the frequency and severity of traffic collisions on county roads.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a $57,621 contract with Central Striping Service Inc. to install recessed reflective pavement markers on five county roads: Bowman, Dry Creek, Horseshoe Bar, Lake Arthur and West Weimar Cross Road.

The pavement markers will be installed on both sides of centerlines to help prevent head-on collisions. A grant from the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program will provide 90 percent of the funding and county road funds will cover the remaining 10 percent.

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“The Floyd” Ready to Numb Auburn

Posted: 3/27/2015

The Floyd On Stage
“The Floyd” is a two-hour, family-friendly, multi-media rock & roll concert event that captivates all the senses! Some of best musicians, engineers, and laser/light technicians in the western U.S. have teamed up to deliver an unforgettable Pink Floyd experience!
Photo courtesy of Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center is proud to present an exclusive one-show performance by the Northern California tribute band “The Floyd” on April 11 at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603. To purchase your tickets, call the Box Office at (530) 885-0156 or visit www.livefromauburn.com. General admission tickets are $30.

“The Floyd” is a two-hour, family-friendly, multi-media rock & roll concert event that captivates all the senses! Some of best musicians, engineers, and laser/light technicians in the western U.S. have teamed up to deliver an unforgettable Pink Floyd experience!

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The GMO Controversy Continues

How GMOs Are Affecting the Environment

By Joan Elliott
Posted: 3/27/2015

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - How GMOs affect our environment is a hotly contested issue. One side claims that the biodiversity of GMO protect our environment by using less pesticide and herbicide, and reduce the acreage needed to provide similar crop production. The other side claims that because of GMO, “nature” is creating super weeds and resistant bugs thereby increasing the amount of herbicides and pesticides and reducing the yield causing more habitat destruction and contamination.

Initially the intent of the GMO crop seemed to be a good one, providing more with less. However, time has shown, that is not the case and nations around the world are rejecting the use of GMO crops due to the contamination of and the destruction of native plants and insects. The United States seems to be the hold out, supporting further production of new GM species to counteract the negative aspects of the old - very similar to the pharmaceutical companies producing more new drugs to counter act the side effects of the current new drugs.

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Tracy Bowling Climbs the Trail
Tracy Bowling pushes herself to the limit while enjoying the view.
Photo courtesy Facchino Photography

Experience the Uphill Thrill

American River 50 Mile Endurance Run Set for Folsom to Auburn

Posted: 3/13/2015

FOLSOM/AUBURN, CA (MPG) - The 36th Annual American River 50 Mile Endurance Run (AR 50) presented by Clif Bar will be held Saturday, April 4. The race starts at 6 a.m.

The course will take participants from Brown’s Ravine to Folsom Point, along the Folsom Dam, across the Walker Bridge to the south side of Lake Natoma before rejoining the previous course at Nimbus Bluffs.

The AR 50 is the most popular 50-miler in the United States and offers runners a chance to view picturesque scenery as they navigate the challenging American River Bike Trail and the Pioneer Express Trail all the way to Auburn.

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New Library Fund Provides Ongoing Support to Local Libraries

Posted: 3/13/2015

Jessica Hubbard, Veronica Blake, Mary George, and Jane Mispley
Jessica Hubbard, Placer Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Services Manager and Veronica Blake, CEO of Placer Community Foundation with Mary George, Director of Library Services for Placer County and Jane Mispley, President of Friends of Auburn Library.
Photo courtesy Placer Community Foundation

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - Placer Community Foundation (PCF) has announced the newly endowed Placer County Library Fund. This fund is designed to provide ongoing support to libraries throughout the Placer County library system. Establishment of the fund has been a tremendous, collaborative effort. Friends of the Library groups from Applegate, Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Granite Bay, Kings Beach, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Penryn, Rocklin, Tahoe City and the Literacy Support Council of Placer County each contributed a total of $25,000 to seed the fund. Additional gifts from within the general public will grow the fund to increase its impact on the libraries for many years to come.

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First-Time Home Buyers to Get County Assistance

Posted: 2/27/2015


GMOs and Our Health

By Joan Elliott
Posted: 2/27/2015


Blowing the Horn On Those GMOs

Locally grown, organic food is safer and abundant

By Joan Elliott
Posted: 2/13/2015


Board Approves Permit for Proposed Temporary Homeless Shelter

Will Review Agreement Outlining Conditions at Future Meeting

Posted: 2/13/2015


December 2014 Unemployment Rate is Placer County’s Lowest Since 2007

Posted: 2/13/2015


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