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Don Rogers: Embraces touchy with Me Too

August 16, 2018 — Is it just me or have the politics of hugging changed? Seems that Me Too is a rock thrown in the pond, ripples everywhere. Here's extra reason to mind what you say, where you look, most certainly how you touch. But look, humans do touch,

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Don Rogers: Lots of love, little backing

August 9, 2018 — Seldom is there a wider gap between community interest and advertiser support as with Current, our fiction and art magazine quite literally by and for the people. This publication is a mite less exclusive than the last word in fiction, The New Yorker. Or ZYZZYVA,

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Don Rogers: Book brings back a life

August 2, 2018 — I'm past nostalgia when the smoke hangs heavy and the news crackles. These days, like the neighbors, we're holding our breath, wary of the heat, the gasoline grass, the oak stands, the one road out. We moved about two rock throws from an edge of

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Don Rogers: Oh, if the paper should fall

July 26, 2018 — Out in the news deserts, there are consequences. People know less about the neighbors, what's going on, where their money's spent, why community matters. Local business struggles more, government costs rise, connection to place frays. Facebook, Nextdoor and the like do not fill the gap,

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Don Rogers: A writer seeks his wand

July 19, 2018 — Lucy sits with her plate at our tin table on the Olympic House deck, just when the sun no longer would be in her eyes. I take her for a participant, smiling, excited, eager to talk. As we all are. Three of us on one

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Don Rogers: Literary gold open to public

July 5, 2018 — One of the top writing conferences happens next week in our back yard. The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley ranks right there with Breadloaf and Sewanee, best I can tell. Yes, I am biased by geography, knowing the organizers, reading the history, spending eight-nine

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Don Rogers: Three rings that bind

June 28, 2018 — When I was 19 and my father 40-something, we pursued the same woman. She was petite and blonde with a freckled, upturned nose and ready smile, gorgeous, 26 or 27, closer in age to me, though of course I had no chance. Too young, too

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Don Rogers: How to make a life

June 21, 2018 — A long-time colleague from Vail mentions a writer he met while covering the Winter Olympics. She lives around the lake somewhere, Truckee maybe. Freelances for Outside, The New York Times, ESPN, NPR, if I'm remembering right. The elites. Outside! I worshiped Outside in the '80s

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Don Rogers: What a cadaver can teach

June 14, 2018 — Fingers gloved in blue latex fidgeted with each other as the student stood at the back of the group, her eyes peering through clear plastic between surgical mask and elastic hair net. She looked at her feet, over to classmates around her, everywhere but the

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Don Rogers: How to get your news read

June 7, 2018 — Too early Tuesday morning, a panel at Good Morning Truckee will sift through information overload and how local organizations can crack through the blizzard. A former Facebook group administrator will join journalists from broadcast and newsprint for the discussion, which will be moderated by the

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Don Rogers: At the DMZ of fact, fiction

May 31, 2018 — I felt the ghost of Wallace Stegner there in the courtyard of the North Star House. Not chilly, no icy drafts down my spine. Nor hot with wrath or shame while picked apart Sunday in the play "Fair Use" — every copied word by every

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Nevada County writer Josh Weil bests tough competition

May 25, 2018 — Josh Weil has done it again. The Nevada City author beat out this year's Pulitzer winner, along with another year's Pulitzer winner, in the California Book Awards with his short story collection "The Age of Perpetual Light." In an understated email mentioning the news, Weil

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Don Rogers: Mailing it in

May 24, 2018 — Have you voted yet? Me, neither. I'm pretty sure now about my choices. Should just fill out the ballot and move on, I know. One more task done, a citizen's fundamental duty fulfilled. This mailing thing, though. I dunno. Am I the only one who

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Nevada City author Josh Weil wins state book award

May 24, 2018 — Josh Weil has done it again. The Nevada City author beat out this year's Pulitzer winner, along with another year's Pulitzer winner, in the California Book Awards with his short story collection "The Age of Perpetual Light." In an understated email mentioning the news, Weil

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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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