Noon Hour Update: Alta Vista Charter School; school fire follow-up; Space Shuttle sightings and Placer High volleyball

What’s happening and what we’re working on
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Welcome to the Auburn Journal’s “Noon Hour Update,” where we’ll present you with stories and updates on what’s going on in the news and what we’re working on for our Thursday edition.

What we’re working on: School is now in session for the first year of Alta Vista Charter School and reporter Amber Marra will have a piece on how the school year is going so far for the new charter institution. Amber will also be following up on the fire that broke out late Tuesday afternoon at Skyridge Elementary School in Auburn.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is on its farewell tour and will be flying over California Friday. Reporter Gus Thomson is looking into where locals might have a chance to see the shuttle one last time.Gus is also doing more reporting on the body that was found in a car in Cool and he will also have a piece on deer hunting in the Placer County area.   

Journal Sports Editor Matthew Kimel will have a feature on Placer High School senior volleyball player Lauren Collins, who has made a full comeback from a torn meniscus and ACL injury. Now she’s a major player on a top-notch Lady Hillmen volleyball team.

Should they pay?: Should BASE jumpers rescued from jumping off the Foresthill Bridge be responsible for the rescue costs? Take our poll on the lower half of our homepage next to sports and let us know.

What you’re talking about: Several stories have readers sharing their opinions about the topics. Some of our more commented stories Wednesday are about the Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades at Auburn Recreation District sites, a fire that was put out at Skyridge Elementary School and a debate featuring Auburn City Council candidates. Read these stories and more and leave a comment.

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