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Matthew Hedger
3 days ago
Youth firefighters at a conservation camp took time to help nearly a dozen small Sierra Nevada foothill communities prepare for the holiday season. Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp inmates have helped craft the small towns’ decorations for decades. For many, they are also crafting pieces of their own rehabilitation. Jackson City Manager Mike Daly said the inmate firefighters are very involved in the community, ranging from marching in the town’s Veterans Day parade to creating 200 holiday decorations adorning the historic Main... [Read more]
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David Sayen
3 days ago

Good news for people with Medicare in 2015: Part B costs will remain the same as in 2014.

Medicare Part B helps pay for doctor bills, outpatient care, durable medical equipment, and other items. It requires a monthly premium and an annual deductible. I’m happy to report that Part B costs for 2015 will be identical to 2014: $104.90 a month for the premium (for most beneficiaries), and $147 for the deductible.

Most people with Medicare don’t pay any premium for Part A, which helps covers hospital care. But for those who do, the 2015...

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Lisa Lucke
3 days ago

As memories of Christmasses past drift through my brain, I can’t help but compare the pain levels associated with each passing year. No doubt, the holidays are definitely getting less painful as the kids get older. For those of you who are horrified that I would use the words “painful” and “holidays” in the same sentence, you win the prize for Biggest Yuletide Liar.

Before writing this, I re-read my blog posts from past Christmas seasons. Ouch. As much as I’d love to see those munchkins running through the house in their footed...

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William Peterson
3 days ago

Can you believe it is December already? This, of course, means there are only a few weeks left in the year. Obviously it is one of the busiest times of the year with the holidays, family gatherings, Christmas parties, shopping and travel. People everywhere are scrambling trying to get things done. You probably do not need anything else added to your plate right now, but unfortunately the clock is also ticking on a few financial planning moves that you have to and/or may need to make before it is too late.

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William Peterson
1 week ago

Tis the season of giving. Many gifts are given, received and forgotten about soon after with no real meaning or lifetime value. But there are plenty of gift options that can be meaningful and beneficial to both parties. This week, I want to provide you with some ways of giving that not only can be meaningful and really make a difference in someone’s life, but that can continue to be of value and provide benefits for a long period of time.

Gift of Savings Bonds – They earn interest, thereby giving the recipients a gift that...

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Brent Parsons
11/20/2014 10:03 AM

I confess that since I retired from Sutter Creek’s city government in 2008, I’ve been unplugged. Even the thought of attending evening meetings, regardless of potential content, is unpleasant.

Many, including myself, predicted I would suffer withdrawals after the 16 years and find a way to stay involved. I didn’t, but I admire those that do. Someone has to, because decisions made in empty rooms can suffer from a lack of input. They might be easier, but potentially not as balanced or comprehensive as ones made with public debate....

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Via Press Release
10/02/2014 10:42 AM

Editor’s Note: A growing number of residents are reporting more and more sightings of mountain lions in residential neighborhoods in the past six months. In response to a post about a cat that had attacked a horse on an area ranch, Kerr penned the following missive in an attempt to educate the community about the lions’ behavior. It is reprinted here with permission.

I was licensed to house cougars and owned them for 20 years and spoke about their behavior to schools and community groups.

Normal behavior for a growing cub for the...

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William Peterson
09/04/2014 10:43 AM

When the words location, location, location are used or heard, most people think of real estate, as many times the value of the real estate or property is all about its location. The same can be said regarding our money. Money can much more valuable and worth so much more if it is being saved and invested in the right location for its specific objective.

As you can imagine, there are many different places and ways to save and invest money. The ultimate value of this savings and investments at some point in time can be completely...

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Brent Parsons
08/21/2014 12:56 PM
Moving through your 60’s means not only becoming a senior but losing those that were senior to you. Foremost among that group are parents. My dad died relatively suddenly in 2008 and mom two years later. Mom was a petite bundle of creative energy and intellectual curiosity. She was a musician and a librarian but. most of all, a devoted wife and mother of five. Dad needed her and she structured her life around him. She never had much independence, but she seemed happy, especially in the final 20 years when money was no longer a... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
08/14/2014 4:19 PM
Nora Coryell is not shy about sharing her opinions. Photo courtesy of Brent Parsons
I’ve done about 40 of these interviews to date. The only unifying theme has been Amador and my interest in those I’ve chosen. Almost all I’ve heard from readers has been positive, which I attribute to the material I have to work with, the curiosity we have in our neighbors, and the tendency of non-fans to be quiet. I continue to receive nominations and I add them to my list. My choice for any given week is not entirely random but follows no particular formula. I get the urge to contact someone and if they can’t meet or say no, I try... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
07/30/2014 12:24 PM

There’s no better way to enhance the taste bud feedback of military rations than with hot sauce

There is an observation frequently attributed to Napoleon that “An army marches on its stomach.”

While certainly true at some level, that’s only part of the story. In the case of modern 21st century armies, at least some of that marching takes place on its taste buds. And there’s no better way to enhance the taste bud feedback of military rations than with hot sauce. In fact, it has become a critical accompaniment to a broad range of...

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Matthew Hedger
07/15/2014 2:30 PM

Today is Tuesday, July 15, the 196th day of 2014 with 169 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

In 1799, the Rosetta Stone, which helped decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, was found in an Egyptian village by French soldiers.

In 1806, Zebulon Pike began an expedition to explore the American Southwest.

In 1912, led by all-round athlete Jim Thorpe, the U.S. team took more medals than any other country at the Summer Olympic Games...

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Matthew Hedger
07/11/2014 1:06 PM

Today is Friday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2014 with 173 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

In 1804, U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr killed longtime political foe Alexander Hamilton, the first treasury secretary, in a duel at Weehawken, N.J.

In 1847, songwriter Stephen Foster's first major hit, Oh! Susanna, was performed for the first time, in a Pittsburgh saloon, and soon became a standard for minstrel shows.

In 1859, Charles...

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Matthew Hedger
07/09/2014 8:14 AM

Today is Wednesday, July 9, the 190th day of 2014 with 175 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

In 1850, U.S. President Zachary Taylor died suddenly of cholera. He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.

In 1868, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing African-Americans full citizenship and all people in the United States due process under the law.

In 1877, the first Wimbledon tennis tournament was...

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Matthew Hedger
07/08/2014 2:56 PM

Today is Tuesday, July 8, the 189th day of 2014 with 176 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read in public for the first time, to people gathered at Philadelphia's Independence Square.

In 1835, the Liberty Bell cracked while being rung during the funeral of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall in Philadelphia.

In 1889, The Wall Street Journal was first published.

In 1950,...

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Matthew Hedger
07/07/2014 1:46 PM

Today is Monday, July 7, the 188th day of 2014with 177 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

Sliced bread was sold for the first time on this date in 1928. Up until that time, consumers baked their own bread, or bought it in solid loaves. Otto Frederick Rohwedder, a jeweler from Davenport, Iowa, had been working for years perfecting an eponymous invention, the Rohwedder Bread Slicer. He tried to sell it to bakeries. They scoffed, and told him...

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Matthew Hedger
07/06/2014 9:24 AM

Today is Sunday, July 6, the 187th day of 2014 with 178 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

In 1885, French bacteriologist Louis Pasteur inoculated the first human being, a boy, who had been bitten by a rabid dog. (The youngster didn't develop rabies.)

In 1919, a British dirigible landed at New York's Roosevelt Field to complete the first airship crossing of the Atlantic.

In 1923, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was...

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Matthew Hedger
07/05/2014 12:49 PM
The Great Ted Williams

Today is Saturday, July 5, the 186th day of 2014 with 179 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Nepune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

In 1865, William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London.

In 1916, children under 16 were banned from New York City theaters, many of which were already closed, due to a summer outbreak of polio.

In 1935, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act.

In 1937, Hormel Foods introduced the canned meat...

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Matthew Hedger
07/01/2014 8:56 AM

Today is Tuesday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2014 with 183 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Nepune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

In 1847, the first U.S. postage stamps were issued.

In 1859, the first intercollegiate baseball game was played in Pittsfield, Mass. Amherst beat Williams, 66-32.

In 1867, Canada was granted its independence by Great Britain. It consisted at the time of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and future provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

In 1874, the...

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Matthew Hedger
06/30/2014 3:34 PM

Today is Monday, June 30, the 181st day of 2014 with 184 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Nepune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

In 1859, Frenchman Jean Francois Gravelet, known professionally as the Great Blondin, became the first daredevil to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

In 1870, Ada Kepley became the first woman to graduate from an accredited law school in the United States, Union College of Law in Chicago.

In 1905, the theory of relativity was...

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