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Colfax watercolor painting workshop with Juan Peña

Colfax watercolor painting workshop  with Juan Peña

What: Juan Peña Watercolor Workshop
When: Feb. 25, 26 and 27
Where: Community Center, 55 School Street in Colfax, 95713.

Workshop participants admission fee is a per person rental of the auditorium at the center.
Two full days per person is $25.00.

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Ride the Amgen Route in Auburn for charity

Follow the race course the pro cyclists will take to start the 2011 Amgen Tour of California - Stage 3. The Metric and 1/2 Metric century rides begin in the Gold Rush town of Auburn, CA and follow the race course through the rolling and scenic foothills of Placer County. Join the Sierra Foothills Cycling Club for a fun filled day of riding and events including:

  • Metric and 1/2 Metric routes following the start of the race course
  • Three mile fun ride for the entire family
  • Kid's bike/trike ride on Auburn's new .7 mile park trail
  • BBQ Tri-Tip Lunch, Live Music, Raffle Prizes & Much More!
Your participation benefits the Auburn Community Cancer Endowment Fund


Auburn police department accepting apps for 2nd Citizen Awareness Academy

Auburn police department accepting apps for 2nd Citizen Awareness Academy

The Auburn Police Department is accepting applications for their Citizens’ Awareness Academy workshop.

Residents who would like to participate in the academy are encouraged to apply for one of 25 available slots.

The free, 9-week program begins Feb. 23.  Interested residents can learn about municipal policing, including procedures involving patrol and investigations, vehicle operations, arrest and control techniques, 911 communications, animal control, and how the department interacts with other law enforcement agencies.

Applications will be accepted until a day before the class opens.  If the class is filled, some applicants can be placed on a waiting list for the next session.

The academy will meet from 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Amgen Tour of Ca. Cycling Races - May 14, 2011

2011 Amgen Tour of California will be held May 15-22, 2011. It's the largest cycling event in America, presented by AEG, that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course. Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) will once again bring the award-wininng Tour de France television production team to California.

There is a Pre-Amgen cycling event schedule for Saturday, May 14th to benefit the ACCEF, Community Cancer endowment fund. The event will have a metric and half metric ride along with a celebration festival for the Auburn community.


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Blood orange/ginger semolina pudding

Blood orange/ginger semolina pudding

Recently I was blog hopping and came across this dessert. I had never heard of semolina pudding before and the combination of blood orange and ginger intrigued me. In fact, I highly recommend you read the blog I got it from because she goes into how she got this combo of flavors together and has tried it in different recipes. It's blood orange season right now, so I figured I should do it before they were gone. I also happened to have a small amount of extra semolina lying around.

One thing you'll see in Linda's blog is a much nicer picture/presentation. I had poured my pudding into my PC prep bowls and could not flip one out so that it kept its shape. So I left the other three in the bowls and put the sauce on top.

The oranges I got were very red and delicious. They were also very small.

Versus partners with Amgen Tour of California

NEW YORK -- VERSUS and AEG have announced a multi-year agreement to continue televising AEG's Amgen Tour of California road race.

VERSUS will provide live HD coverage of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, which takes place from May 15-22, including all the exciting finish-line sprints and the first-ever mountain top stage finish with the ascent up Mt. Baldy. Additionally, the network will air highlights of the stages each night during the eight-day competition at 11 p.m. ET.

State jobless rate increases; Gov't jobs face biggest cuts

SACRAMENTO, CA -- California is still losing jobs with unemployment on the rise, while the national jobless rate dropped in December.

The state's jobless rate increased from 12.4 percent in November to 12.5 percent in December. The national unemployment rate decreased last month to 9.4 percent.

The Employment Development Development (EDD) released figures Friday which show job losses in four primary industries: government, mining and logging, construction and trade, and transportation and utilities.

State and local governments posted the largest decline in jobs last month, cutting 15,4000 jobs in December, according to EDD.

December 2010 jobless rate by county:

El Dorado County: 12.7 percent

Placer County: 11.2 percent

Sacramento County: 12.6 percent

San Joaquin County: 18 percent

Stanislaus County: 17.6 percent

Sutter County: 21.5 percent

Yolo County: 14.3 percent

Fog, cold temps here to stay

Fog, cold temps here to stay

Northwest winds and patchy low clouds overnight lead to Thursday morning's foggy conditions during the commute. But skies cleared and the sun will be shining by afternoon as a high pressure ridge builds in across the state, according to News10 meteorologist Mellisa Paul.

Highs for Thursday will be near 60 and north winds will calm throughout the day leading to a foggy Friday forecast in the valley. But the fog should clear late in the day Friday for an afternoon of sunshine and highs remaining near 60.

Amber Alert System raises questions, receives praise

SACRAMENTO, CA - The latest Amber Alert catches the eye of many drivers thanks to highway signs and high tech digital billboards.

Exactly how helpful have amber alerts been though since 2002 when it was first activated?

"We've been tremendously successful. We've had 175 activations and recovered 213 children," Assistant Chief of the California Highway Patrol Ike Tani said.

Authorities also caught more than 100 suspects.

During the past three years, 24 Amber Alerts were sent out statewide each year, even more kids are found. In many cases, authorities catch the suspects.

The California Highway Patrol said it's been a great service, but not perfect. In fact, some people question why the CHP doesn't issue Amber Alerts sooner.

"Normally, that has to do with investigating agency, the investigating agency has to put the criteria together to make that determination," Tani said.

Divers end search for Amber Alert suspect's car in canal until Thursday

PATTERSON, CA - Dive teams have concluded their search for the night at the Delta Mendota Canal for a car matching the description of one driven by the suspect in a Patterson abduction was seen going into the water Tuesday.

Sheriff Adam Christianson said a man who works in the area called his department Wednesday afternoon after learning about the Amber Alert for 4-year-old Juliani Cardenas. He reported seeing a car like the Toyota driven by abduction suspect Jose Esteban Rodriguez driven into the canal yesterday.

Christianson said divers dragged the canal and reported snagging a large object.

On the first dive, a diver found the object to be a large piece of concrete. On a second dive, a car that had been reported stolen was brought up but it was not the one connected to the abduction.

Divers found a third object in the water, but were not able to identify what it was before it got dark.

Divers will return to the canal at 10 a.m. Thursday.