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As we head toward the holiday season it is always good to reflect on how very much we in Placer County have to be grateful for, especially during the challenges of the last year!

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As inflation takes a bigger bite out of your turkey than you do, it may be hard to find reasons to be grateful. But the truth is we still have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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Theme Verse "…an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit." Matthew 1:20

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Buyers in today’s market often have questions about the importance of getting a home appraisal and an inspection. That’s because high buyer demand and low housing supply are driving intense competition and leading some buyers to consider waiving those contingencies to stand out in the crowde…

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Thank you. In my first Messenger article to the community on July 3, 2019, two days after my official start as Superintendent/Principal for the district and school, those were my two words chosen with intentionality as I arrived with much gratitude in the heart. Since then, I’ve taken the op…

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Congressman Tom McClintock (CA-04), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, introduced the Illegal Immigrant Payoff Prohibition Act of 2021.  House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan are principa…

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How often do we find ourselves prompting our children to say, “Thank you?” Whenever they’re offered a treat from a friend or an adult helps them out, we find ourselves asking, “Now, what do you say?” We want our children to be respectful and use good manners, which is why we teach them to sa…

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Of all 50 states, it would be difficult to match California’s posturing as a “green” state with the nation’s most stringent environmental policies. Burdensome laws and regulations are imposed by elected officials and bureaucrats who try to outdo each other by burnishing their environmental b…

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Foresthill Union School District (FUSD) News: The next regularly scheduled FUSD Board meeting is Monday, November 15 starting at 6:45p in-person at Foresthill Divide School. Agenda and access information will be on the district website by Friday, November 12 at 5:00p. All families, staff, co…

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As you follow the news, you’re likely seeing headlines discussing what’s going on in today’s housing market. Chances are high that some of the more recent storylines you’ve come across mention terms like cooling or slowing when talking about where the market is headed.

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  In 2013, then-Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote “Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government.” The book advances the idea of how government could use technology to “house the needs, concerns, information and collaboration of an enlightened digital citizenry.” The bo…

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Sugar is just as addictive as cocaine, if not more.  Medically, addiction is described as changes made in brain chemistry to cause binging, craving, withdrawal symptoms, and sensitization.  Sugar does all of these, and the effects on the brain’s reward center have been found to be more rewar…

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While they’re working, many Americans become accustomed to getting health insurance through their employer. They make their initial selections and then update their choices once a year when it’s time to renew and during life events like adding to the family or, perhaps, starting a new job.

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On November 11, 1918, the war to end all wars ended.  That’s what we have prayed for, “peace”, since the end of that ugly war.  Unfortunately, war continues and there is no end in sight and men and women in uniform pay the price.  Thank you to all Veterans this day and always for your servic…

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I found the advertisement insert on “Our Power Our Choice” in the Messenger regarding the Pioneer Electric Company interesting, but not convincing.   My husband and I attended the initial meeting held in Foresthill introducing the newly established Pioneer Electrical Company about two years …

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It is an article of faith among progressives that income inequality is getting worse in California. In fact, claims of a widening gap between rich and poor are used nationally to justify raising taxes and accelerate the redistribution of wealth.

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There was a collective sigh and eye rolls this week when it was announced that the Governor signed a law to ban gas powered mowers, generators and other equipment. Many Californians will say it’s just California being California, but not realizing the real impact it will have on our everyday…

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It has been a year since I was called to provide pastoral leadership to New Hope Lutheran Church in Foresthill to reach out to the community for the sake of Christ in our lives. The message I got was clear … there are many events that take place in Foresthill, and I need to be there for ever…

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 If you’ve been in your home for longer than five years, you’re not alone. According to recent data from First American, homeowners are staying put much longer than historical averages (see graph below):

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The 7-11 Committee is in the final stages of their work regarding future surplus prospects for our vacated elementary school, Foresthill Elementary School. Please be sure to attend the final opportunity for community input at the 7-11 Committee meeting on October 20 before a recommendation i…

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There are days when those of us who follow the news feel as though we’re living in a parallel universe. What else could explain the wildly divergent news stories about California’s employment figures?

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Kate Tibbitts can’t make this plea to you.  She can’t cast a vote or call a legislator or sign a petition for change. She can’t install a security system or add another deadbolt to her Sacramento home. Kate Tibbitts is dead. She was raped, murdered, her pets killed and home set on fire by a …

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Social media have brought more information to our electronic devices than ever before. These media give us instant news with live interviews of people experiencing situations in their lives. Some of this has been a blessing to people in need. Rescuers bringing assistance to people in times o…

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One of the major story lines over the last year is how well the residential real estate market performed. One key metric in the spotlight is home price appreciation. According to the latest indices, home prices are skyrocketing this year.

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 Several weeks ago, this column addressed Senate Bills 9 and 10, both of which deal with the controversial issue of housing policy and, more specifically, density of housing. Taxpayer advocates and neighbor associations have opposed both SB 9 and SB 10 because of the potential loss of local …

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What a fantastic way to start the new school year! The festivities began with our fabulous Foresthill Divide School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) providing and serving ice cream two days before the start of school while students filled with anticipation were able to find out who their te…

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In the book of James, it is written, “And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”  When I read this, especially after talking last week about how our tongues continually bring us grief, I was overwhelmed with the thought, “Why do we do this to one another?  Why …

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Time will tell if the new water rate structure is a good or bad thing for the majority of the water rate payers in Foresthill.   My water bill this month has never been so high, so for people like me who invest lots of time in my garden landscape, I think I am at a disadvantage with the new …

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Mortgage rates are hovering near record lows, and that’s good news for today’s homebuyers. The graph below shows mortgage rates dating back to 2016 and where today falls by comparison.

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James 2:19 says, “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”  This passage is the one in Scripture that is most used to justify works righteousness.  Faith without works is dead!  You can’t have faith without works.  The question we have to face is this, “Is that what Jame…

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Again this year we are assaulted, on a daily basis, by the hazardous quality of air due to the wildfires surrounding us.  No one escapes being affected, no matter how tightly closed we think our house is.  Even if you stayed inside 24/7 with windows closed, clean filters in your AC unit runn…

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When most people think of chiropractors, they think of low back pain and getting cracked.  In this article I’m going to explain why I became a chiropractor and how chiropractic relates to your health and not just the relief of low back pain.

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Home prices continue to rise as we move through the summer, and that’s good news for sellers who are looking to maximize their home’s potential. If you’re on the fence about whether to list your house now or later, the question you should really ask is: will this price appreciation last?

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When you add up California’s $5 per gallon gas, deadly forest fires, unaffordable housing, open air drug markets, brazen crime, exploding homelessness, highest state-income tax, non-drivable roads, Sanctuary Cities, and outlandish electricity rates, it’s easy to understand why the people cho…

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On July 4th, lightning struck a tree in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Alpine County, California, igniting a small fire that smoldered for days in a quarter acre of rugged terrain.  According to Sheriff Rick Stephens, California’s fire-fighting agency, CalFire, dispatched a crew to …

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By now, only the truly delusional deny that California has an acute exodus problem. The number of people and businesses leaving the state is not just significant, it’s quantifiable.

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A couple is being married today.  The young man is dressed in a tuxedo, the first time he has ever worn anything like that.  It itches and makes him uncomfortable, but all that is immaterial because today his life will change forever (or so he thinks) – and he promises in front of his Lord a…

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Senator Ted Gaines (Ret.), Member of the State Board of Equalization (BOE), today made the following announcement regarding his candidacy for Governor of California in the recall election.

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Several years ago, while I was on vacation in Canada I was introduced to my mother’s cat, Dolly.  Mean is not a strong enough word for this feline version of Satan.  Sharp teeth, long claws, and an attitude of proportions that are too large to describe.  The one thing about this cat is how e…

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"Today we will hear from Dr. Ronil Hira of the damage done to American workers – and to the foreign workers themselves -- through abuses in guestworker programs like H-1B, L-1 and the Optional Practical Training program, and how despite assurances of the left, pay far below the market rates …

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While the housing market forecast for the second half of the year remains positive, there may not be a better time to sell than right now. Here are four things to consider if you’re trying to decide if now’s the right time to make a move.

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Is California’s economy recovering from COVID or not? Recent jobs numbers don’t help answer that question. In May, California added nearly 105,000 jobs, the fourth straight month adding more than 100,000. That is certainly strong job growth by historic state standards. But California has gai…

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