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Familiar face now at local magazine

Trina Kleist

Nevada County residents watched Stan Atkinson cover wars for 30 years while he was a Sacramento television anchor, and now he’s a travel writer promoting the relaxing Sierra foothills lifestyle.

During his 46 years as a broadcaster before retiring in 1999, Atkinson also reported on wars in Afghanistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Somalia, Kuwait, Iraq and El Salvador for stations including KCRA-3 and KOVR-13.

Atkinson’s travels are more pleasurable nowadays, and he still shares his experiences with the public through Senior Magazine. In March, he started a monthly travel column by recounting a cruise to Asia – his first foray into writing for print.

In May, the magazine will feature Nevada City. Atkinson and his wife, Kristen Atkinson, were in the city Friday to check out the hotels, restaurants and shopping that will be featured.

Travel writing “is a nice repast after the travel I was used to doing on the job – to nasty places,” Atkinson said with a chuckle. “I covered much of the world in 30 years of the Cold War, which wasn’t so cold.”

The Atkinsons still are based in Sacramento, enjoying children and grandchildren. In the past 20 years, they have traveled extensively on cruises, typically hosting groups of travelers, offering cocktails and guiding shore activities. The April issue of Senior Magazine, coming to newsstands soon, features the sights and sounds of the Asia cruise, which took the Atkinsons to Hong Kong, Hanoi, Saigon, Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Singapore.

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Back in Nevada City, Kris Atkinson picked up something delicious from Dedrick’s Cheese Shop, and the couple stopped in front of Penny Lane during a stroll along Commercial Street.

The May story will “refresh people’s positive memories of Nevada City in times past so they come back and see it again,” Stan Atkinson said. “What’s attractive about Nevada City hasn’t changed: The beauty, the historical nature at every turn.”

About 180,000 people read Senior Magazine’s north-central California edition in six valley and foothill counties, including Nevada County. The publication distributes 60,000 copies out of its Sacramento office.

The free magazine can be found at 19 racks in Grass Valley and Nevada City, including Grocery Outlet, the National Hotel and the libraries.

To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail tkleist@theunion.com or call 477-4230.