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Deadline for the Placer County Special Election

The last day to register to vote for the March 8 Special Election is Feb. 22. Registration forms may be picked up at all post offices and libraries in Placer County or online at www.sos.ca.gov.  To further assist voters, forms will be placed outside the Placer County Office of Elections entrance at 2956 Richardson Drive, Auburn, on Feb. 22 until 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and completed registration forms can be placed in the secure, drive-up drop-off box located in front of the Office.

The Placer County Office of Elections will also be open for business the weekend prior to the Election.  The hours will be March 5 and 6, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Nearly 800,000 car seats recalled

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration called for the recall of nearly 800,000 car seats.

The seats have harness locks that don't stay closed putting children at risk.

The Dorel Juvenile Group says the problem involves seats made between May 1, 2008 and April 30, 2009. Dorel makes seats under name brands like Eddie Bauer, Safety 1st, and Maxi-Cosi.

For a complete list - click here. Parents can call the company at 1-866-623-3139.


Auburn filmmakers push high tech envelope

AUBURN, CA - It's an urban thriller called DARK TRUTHS and shooting is currently underway at a facility known as the Playground near the Auburn airport.

Walk inside the warehouse and you'll immediately recognize you're on a movie set. But instead of looking like a Hollywood back lot, the sets are largely nothing but empty floor space with bare walls, and everything painted a bright shade of green.

Instead of conventional sets and location, the crew is using the same sort of "green screen"a TV meteorologist does to create virtual sets. With this approach, the filmmakers can digitally replace the green with whatever video, film or picture they want.

"Right now," said Director Hector Marquez, "you're looking at a kitchen and dining room inside of an apartment...a day ago, it was an alley with a gunfight going on!"

10th Annual Foothills Celebration Hosted in Downtown Grass Valley to Feature Regional Fine Food and

10th Annual Foothills Celebration Hosted in Downtown Grass Valley to Feature Regional Fine Food and

GRASS VALLEY, CA -- February 11, 2011 -- Over sixty Nevada County wineries and restaurants will descend upon historic downtown Grass Valley on Saturday, March 5, to provide visitors and community members with a taste of the county in the Tenth Annual Foothills Celebration.

The event takes place from 1 – 4 pm in the quaint shops of downtown Grass Valley, where wineries and restaurants are paired with local merchants to create epicurean indulgences featuring the best wines and fine cuisine from the region. 

Live music will also accompany the festivities at selected venues, and wine will be available for purchase by the case or bottle by pre-order. 

Sample polenta crostinis topped with fig and walnut tapenade and goat cheese, mahi mahi salad, coffee rubbed tri-tip or zucca.  Foods range from appetizers to sweet treats, and specialty beer will be served at some locations.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door, and no charge for design

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Local author publishes book on talking to dogs

Local author publishes book on talking to dogs

Alpine Publications is pleased to announce the release of local area resident Teresa Gary’s new book English for Dogs: 50 Words Every Well-Mannered Companion Should Know. The book emphasizes positive training methods using only voice commands, taught in quick, easy lessons, and offers an alternative to clicker training. Terry is a Cool, CA resident and UC Davis alum.

Ms. Gary is an experienced dog trainer (35 years) and member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), who devotes her time to the rescue and rehabilitation of homeless dogs and to assisting adopters with training issues. A retired local educator who served for 34 years, Terry was formerly the superintendent of schools for the Black Oak Mine Unified School District, serving the Georgetown area, and high school principal of Golden Sierra High School in Garden Valley. Prior to that, she was the assistant principal, dean of students, and a teacher in the Vacaville Unified School District.

Sweetheart Motorcycle Run set for Sunday

Sweetheart Motorcycle Run set for Sunday

Auburn -   The 31st Annual Sweetheart Run is taking place Sunday, February 13, 2011 beginning at 9:00 am.  All motorcycle enthusiasts are welcome, meet at C & E Auburn V-Twin located at 12015 Shale Ridge Road in Auburn.  The free event is designed to kick off the riding season.  
“Each year, we promote riding and camaraderie by hosting the Sweetheart Run,” said Emma Lujan of C & E Auburn V-Twin.  “It is kind of a rite of passage for all bikers.  Our purpose in doing this event is to get riders out and about, having the time of their life.  Bring the LOVE of your Life whether it is your Bike or your Wife!”
Check in at 9:00 at the Shale Ridge location, Boy Scouts will selling Coffee, tea, donuts.   Hanks BBQ will be selling breakfast burritos.

Two arrested in Foresthill church burglary, vandalism

PLACER COUNTY, CA -- Two teens have been arrested after a Foresthill church was burglarized and the set for a children's Christmas performance was destroyed.

The Placer County Sheriff's Department announced the arrests Tuesday of 19-year-old Sean Junkins of Foresthill and a 16-year-old Foresthill boy in the Dec. 13 burglary at New Hope Lutheran Church.

Officers arrested the two suspects on Feb. 4 on burglary and vandalism charges, according to a sheriff's department news release. Junkins' bail was set at $50,000, and the second teen was booked into Juvenile Hall.

In addition to stealing numerous items, the two are accused of vandalizing church property and destroying the set for a children's Christmas play, according to Lt. Mark Reed.

Auburn beaver makes it big

AUBURN, CA - Everyone's been talking about Aaron Rodgers being the Super Bowl hometown hero, but he's not the only local celebrity.

A beaver named Waldo, who lives in Auburn, was in the Firestone commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. The four legged starwas a rescue; he now lives atthe non-profit sanctuary Wild Things.

High country warm-up dazzles fans of spring

DONNER SUMMIT, CA - A spectacular weekend warm up brought lovers of spring-like conditions flocking to the Sierra.

Temperatures in the low 60's at the 5,000 foot level left fans of the cold wondering where winter is.

It's warm," said Priscilla Vasquez of Sacramento as her plastic sled ended up in several inches of water at the end of her run late Sunday afternoon.

Her brother Enrique was soaked from his romp in rapidly melting snow beside the Nyack Store on Interstate 80. "There was just no water the last time we were here. It was only snow," he said.

At Boreal Mountain Resort, snowboarders stripped down to t-shirts and sweatshirts as they jumped and carved turns at the resort's terrain park.

"It's nuts, it's crazy. I mean, it's normally cold and freezing and storming right now," said Cole Stockton of Auburn.

Coroner identifies Auburn woman who drowned

SONOMA COUNTY, CA - An Auburn woman who drowned at Portuguese Beach on the Sonoma County coast on Thursday was identified Monday as Cynthia Alta Watkins-Becker, 51.

Watkins-Becker and her boyfriend were walking two pug dogs along Portuguese Beach when one of the dogs was swept into the surf, sheriff's Sgt. Dave Thompson said.

Watkins-Becker tried to save the dog and was also dragged into the water, Thompson said. A passerby summoned California State Parks rangers. The boyfriend, a State Parks ranger and another person were able to get Watkins-Becker back to shore, but she had been in the cold water for about 20-25 minutes, Thompson said.

State Parks personnel gave Watkins-Becker CPR before a Sonoma County sheriff's helicopter arrived. The helicopter crew used a long line to lift her to the top of a nearby bluff but she was pronounced dead at the scene, Thompson said.