NOON HOUR UPDATE: Auburn CHP officer honored on I-80; Valentine’s Day descends on Auburn; A wave to Placer High’s flag runner

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:  Today an Auburn California Highway Patrol officer who lost his life while on duty 43 years ago is being honored by having a stretch of Interstate 80 named after him. Reporter Gus Thomson is at the ceremony and will have a report on the event.

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and the love is already being felt on Wednesday as local students are visiting seniors and sharing valentines with them. Reporter Andrew Westrope will have a feature on a group of students who paid a visit to one senior home. Andrew will also have a piece on the Auburn Union School District’s progress on installing solar power to some of its facilities.

He’s become a fixture at Placer High School basketball and football games – he is the flag runner. Sports Editor Matthew Kimel sits down with this Hillmen student for a profile story.

What you’re talking about: Our letter writers have online commenters weighing in on their views. Our Letters to the Editor on gun control here and here are our most read so far on Wednesday. Read these letters and more and share your views.

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