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Lincoln High Student Documents Lacrosse Season


Many high school athletes look back years later via photos in the yearbook or through conversations with former teammates. The inaugural lacrosse team at Lincoln High School will be able to recollect via video through Davis Brandi’s documentary on the team.

Families Send Letter to Auburn Union School District


Families of Rock Creek Elementary students have joined together to retain legal representation in the wake of Auburn Union School District’s decision to close the school at the end of the academic year.

Placer County Seeks Teens for Youth Commission


The Placer County Youth Commission is now accepting applications from local youth who wish to serve as one of 20 members for the 2023-24 term. Applications are due April 30.

Dozens of Dinos Descend on Sac Zoo


The Sacramento Zoo is opening an exhibit 65 million years in the making. Dinosaur Safari at the Sac Zoo runs through March 2024, featuring more than 20 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs.

SOS Outreach Helps Turn Passion Into Careers


About 300 South Lake Tahoe youth celebrated the end of their winter season with the youth development nonprofit SOS Outreach.

County Fair Opens Applications for Vendors, Sponsors


The Placer County Fair, which takes place June 22-25 in Roseville, is looking for residents to compete for awards and vendors to sell arts, crafts or food.

Visit Placer Issues Explorer Pass


Visit Placer has launched a free Explorer Pass to encourage visits to dozens of locations throughout the county.

Loomis Lions to Present Town Hall on Fentanyl Abuse


The Loomis Lions Club will present a town hall meeting on March 21 at 6pm at the Blue Goose Event Center in Loomis. Three speakers, including state Assemblyman Joe Patterson, will be present.

Roseville Welcomes the Return of Funbox


Funbox, which bills itself as the “World’s Biggest Bounce Park,” is returning to the Westfield Galleria parking lot in Roseville on Feb. 17.

Environmental Center Creates Educational App


Tahoe Tessie isn’t real but climate change is. That’s the tagline for “Find Tahoe Tessie,” an augmented reality game app developed by UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

Babes in the Woods


Where better to learn about kindergarten subjects than outdoors in Olympic Valley? Creekside Charter School’s youngest students are doing just that.

Supreme Court Upholds California Ban on Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products


SCOTUS rejected a last-minute plea from the tobacco industry and cleared the way for enforcement of a statewide ban that includes menthol cigarettes.

After Changes to State’s Prenatal Testing Program, Women Report Delays


In online pregnancy discussion groups, dozens of California women have detailed their long waits for results and the anxiety it has caused.

Locals to Create Children’s Book Recognizing Ski Patrol Dogs


“Ski Patrol Pups’ follows the story of the author’s puppy, Walter, as he and his friends learn what it takes to become ski patrol dogs.

Cops and Shops: Local Youths Win Holiday Gift Cards


Fourteen Auburn students were chosen for this year’s “Shop With a Cop” program, which awards $250 each to spend at Target to purchase gifts for the season. Local businesses contribute, and local peace officers donate their time.

CDC Paves Way to Require School COVID Vaccines—But Lawmakers Have Given Up for Now


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control decided to list COVID-19 among the vaccines it recommends for children, but each state decides whether to adopt those guidelines. It's unclear what California will do.

Lack of Bus Service, Changes in School Start Times Affect Parents


Auburn families are facing challenges as school starts, due to a pushback of starting times at the high schools and the cancellation of bus transportation.

Amber Alert Turns 20


The California Highway Patrol is marking the two-decade anniversary of the Amber Alert system. Hundreds of abducted children have been found and returned safely to their families following its implementation in 2002.

Roseville Planning Accessible Playground


The city of Roseville is in the early planning stages for a “universally accessible playground,” and is seeking help from residents. At a workshop on July 7, parents can give input on what they hope to see at a playground designed for children with physical disabilities, sensory challenges and other nontraditional play needs.

California State Fair Will Return This Summer


For the first time in three years, the California State Fair will return. This Sacramento tradition of food and carnival rides is now four months away.

Leatherby’s Coming to Placer County


Leatherby’s is something of legend in the Sacramento region, and now the popular ice cream shop is coming to Lincoln this spring. The family-owned restaurant already has locations in Citrus Heights, Arden, and Elk Grove.

Shortage of Sports Officials Hitting High School Sports


The 2021 high school sports season has faced many challenges and roadblocks for teams across the Sac-Joaquin Section. One problem this fall is a shortage of officials. In particular, the shortage has impacted football.

Auburn Approves Wildfire Prevention Committee


The Auburn City Council approved the formation of the Wildfire and Public Safety Advisory Ad Hoc Committee and is now seeking applicants. The committee is charged with finding long-term funding solutions for wildfire prevention and public safety programs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Raise Big Money With Unique Fundraiser


Big Brothers Big Sisters Northern Sierra and Sacramento agencies raised nearly $40,000 with a fundraiser that featured donors rappelling down the side of the Residence Inn by Marriott.

California Child Care Providers Reach Contract With State


More than 40,000 California child care providers will get at least a 15 percent pay raise starting in 2022 through their first-ever collective bargaining agreement.

Placer County Library Begins Summer Reading Program


This year’s theme, “Tails and Tales,” celebrates animals, including mythical creatures. Participants can read books they have at home or come in and browse. The program also features virtual performances that will be live-streamed and available on the library’s social media.

State Budget Revision Earmarks More Money for Child Mental Health


Advocates say demand for care has been up during the pandemic, and services are inadequate.

Popular Turf Field to Get a Welcome Upgrade


The turf field at North Tahoe Regional Park, well-used since 2007, will receive a $2.1 million makeover beginning next month.