NOON HOUR UPDATE: Auburn and regional sewer; remembering a Tevis Cup mainstay; climate change and water and Sierra College’s critical thinking program

What’s happening and what we’re working on
By: Staff Report
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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 Tuesday edition.

What we’re working on: The Auburn City Council will review a draft of deal points that would be contingent on the city joining a $100 million regional sewer project with the City of Lincoln and Placer County at its regular meeting tonight. Reporter Jon Schultz will be on hand for the meeting and will have a story on the regional sewer project.

An active member of the horse community here in the foothills, and specifically in the Tevis Cup, Richard Benard “Dick” Barsaleau, has died. Reporter Gus Thomson will have a story profiling the former veterinarian and his contributions. Along with that story Gus will also have a piece on a program on drought and climate change that will be coming to Auburn in mid-March.

Sierra College is helping to spearhead a program with local-area college and high school teachers on a professional development program that will help introduce more critical thinking skills into their curriculum. Reporter Andrew Westrope will have a story on this program.  

What you’re talking about: Several of our stories from the weekend have online readers sharing their opinions. Some of the most commented on so far today include our piece on the City of Auburn and the United Auburn Indian Community meeting over the Baltimore Ravine development, and our report on the Higgins Fire Protection District special election to raise funds for the department. Read these stories and more and share your views. 

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