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Recent Stories by Don Rogers

Don Rogers: Leaky argument for dam

May 17, 2018 — Does a watershed already festooned with dams really need another? When is enough enough? Cool to see conservatives acknowledge the fact of global warming, though. These are my early thoughts about the wisdom of building the Centennial Dam on the Bear River between Combie and

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Don Rogers: Paper tariff won’t help US

May 10, 2018 — Lord knows, this has been drilled into my head: A newspaper's two greatest expenses are people and paper. For now anyway, cheap robots can't handle much of the people work, much as at least a few readers think they'd prefer robotic reporting — that is,

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Don Rogers: Of albatrosses and candle flame

May 3, 2018 — This weekly column is my mythic big boulder, though I don't remember how I earned this cruel punishment. Something bad, I'm sure. Very bad. Finish the task and it just rolls back to the bottom of the hill again. Waiting for me. Every week. My

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Don Rogers: A way of life

April 26, 2018 — Speed skier Steve McKinney attracted a thousand people to a party for him — 28 years after he died. The proximate reason was him gaining entrance into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, but this wasn't the highfalutin' induction ceremony. This was before

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Don Rogers: Biting the hand

April 19, 2018 — Something shifted with The Denver Post rebellion. The journalists blamed their hedge fund owners, Alden Global Capital, for ruining the paper in an editorial April 6 headlined: "As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved." The newsroom had just been told they needed to

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Nevada City author up for California Book Awards prize

April 17, 2018 — Nevada City resident Josh Weil's latest book is a finalist in the California Book Awards. "The Age of Perpetual Light," a short-story collection released last fall, is one of five in the fiction category. Winners will be announced June 1. John Steinbeck won three of

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Don Rogers: Clouseau with a beard

April 12, 2018 — A quiet admission about an address error on a drug warrant three years ago has flowered into the most interesting election campaign this spring. Whether voters see an honest mistake by a deputy serving his rotation undercover or as part of some wider pattern of

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Don Rogers: Easter move

April 5, 2018 — Geese converse as they cruise just feet over the oaks. Turkey vultures bank silently along the hillside. Roosters in the distance at mid-day put the lie to crowing at sunrise; here, they must sleep in. And wait for it, here come the frogs at sunset

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Don Rogers: Taking on Goliath

March 29, 2018 — Good luck, conservatives, with trying to peg the Parkland teens as dupes of liberal organizations. You've got it just about backward. The survivors of the latest high school massacre are the seed crystal, the catalyst, of the walkouts and marches and rallies for better school

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Don Rogers: A remarkable brunch

March 22, 2018 — Never mind the snow, feet of the stuff, the chill on the cheek and the sudden sunny promise of the slopes. I walked into a warm home of book-lined walls, all of them, and a wood stove perking, coals still more or less in the

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Don Rogers: A bear of a boss

March 15, 2018 — I swear we must share a root from the same tree in Scotland somewhere, the Highlands if going by personality. Feisty, stubborn, a twinkle in a blue eye amid a good row. Occasionally, we'd scare colleagues, jousting as if competing clans, neither backing off until

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Don Rogers: A Big Top solution

March 8, 2018 — Temperatures plummet, maybe snow flies, which might be less of a problem than rain. If you don't have a home, where do you go? Warming shelters set up for this annual occurrence are rare, and subject to scheduling of events at buildings like Nevada City's

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Don Rogers: Nothing short of lifesaving

March 1, 2018 — Sissy, a little white scotty dog with pink bows on her ears, comes bounding into the meeting room, everyone her friend. She's loved. She knows it, trusts it and gives it freely to the women gathering for their Monday night session. They need it. The

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Don Rogers: Our lot in life

February 22, 2018 — The human condition is Plato's cave, reading reality in shadows illuminated dimly. Only we're not chained. We're digging. Even the 1 percent who break through, free to trot the globe, able to purchase the finest wines, refine a taste for the opera, meet the Hiltons

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Don Rogers: Why we can’t say no

February 15, 2018 — Well, this is a first. I've never had a newspaper colleague decide to run for an elective office, until now. Not where the news staff alone numbered over 150, not at any of nine papers between here and upstate New York. Not in 32 years.

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Don Rogers: Bouncing from bottom

February 8, 2018 — The group I marvel at most concerns men laid their lowest. On their knees, these prematurely wrinkled, stone-eyed husks who have burned and burned out, who know the worst by touching it directly and so were torched back. Reap what you sow, baby, a blunt

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Don Rogers: Never a dull moment

February 1, 2018 — It's never been more exciting to work at the paper. I'm serious. I don't believe our readership ever has been higher. Everyone interested in western Nevada County news can read us, in print or online, your choice. Our reach doesn't end at the last box

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Don Rogers: Rich vein of literary gold

January 25, 2018 — I knew no one going into last year's Sierra Writers Conference. I'd never participated in a writers conference, hadn't been on the Sierra College campus, didn't know where to go, what to expect. So new to town, so ignorant. I didn't even know who this

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Don Rogers: Good company in the holy cause

January 18, 2018 — We're blessed with so many local news providers. You know that, right? Of course I'll pat my own back with the daily newspaper, for all its many real and imagined flaws that critics are only too happy to point out, as if we were puppies

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Don Rogers: Dow soars, D.C. plays on

January 11, 2018 — "Dude, hear the news?" "Trump's insane? Knew that already, um, dude. Who doesn't?" "What? Oh, the book by Kitty Kelly? No, I mean the real news." "'Fire and Fury' was written by somebody Wolff. Who's this Kitty?" "Gossip queen of the Reagan era. Wrote a

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