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More people die by suicide than homicide each year

More people die by suicide than homicide each year

It would surprise me to find a person who hasn’t been impacted by someone dying by suicide. It’s that prevalent. With September being Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month, we should be talking about this issue now. We should be talking about it every day....

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20,000-Year-Old Cave Provides Chilly Look At Lava Flow

20,000-Year-Old Cave Provides Chilly Look At Lava Flow

  A dose of natural air conditioning was one of the best endings I’ve ever had to a hike. Subway Cave provided a rapid cooling off. After all, the average temperature is 46 degrees. Above ground it was probably in the 80s in the sun, with it feeling even hotter...

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Conflicted about used books

Conflicted about used books

Authors want people to buy their books. Even better is if people read those books and then write five-star reviews so more people will be inclined to buy a copy. But what happens when the reader doesn’t want to keep that book? Many end up at used bookstores, thrift...

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At 150-Years-Old, Chico Continues To Grow

At 150-Years-Old, Chico Continues To Grow

Each day it seems like another vacant parcel in Chico is being turned into a construction site for homes or commercial development. In the short time I’ve been here (going on 18 months) the growth has been amazing. Coming from Tahoe where new construction was limited,...

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Beauty spills forth from PCT in Lassen National Forest

Beauty spills forth from PCT in Lassen National Forest

  I have zero aspiration of hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail. (I like sleeping in a bed and not on the ground.) But I do like knowing I just knocked off another five miles of this 2,650-mile route that goes from Mexico to Canada via California, Oregon and...

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No Regrets 20 Years After A Life-Changing Decision

No Regrets 20 Years After A Life-Changing Decision

We all have life-defining moments we can point to. One of mine occurred 20 years ago this month. I moved to South Lake Tahoe in August 2002. This was my second time to live in this mountain town. The second time to work at the Tahoe Daily Tribune. I thought I would...

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Embracing the aftermath of the Caldor Fire

Embracing the aftermath of the Caldor Fire

I wanted to be immersed in the aftermath of the Caldor Fire. I wanted to inhale the air. I wanted to touch the blackened trees. I wanted to see life and death enmeshed together in the forest. It was more than a want. It was a need. I wasn’t living in South Lake Tahoe...

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