NOON HOUR UPDATE: Cigarettes to be banned in Auburn parks?; school superintendent to retire and skier death at Squaw Valley

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 Thursday edition.

What we’re working on:  After banning the use of medicinal marijuana in its parks, the Auburn Recreation District is initiating steps to also ban cigarette smoking. Reporter Gus Thomson will have a story on where the process stands. Gus is also looking into the sale of the Winchester development in Meadow Vista.

One-time Placer High School principal and current Placer Union High School District Superintendent, Dave Horsey, is calling it a career. Reporter Andrew Westrope will profile the educator and his upcoming retirement.

Reporter Jon Schultz is working on a story involving the death of an Auburn skier at Squaw Valley last year after the man who was with the skier at the time of his death contests the ski resort’s explanation of how he died.

What you’re talking about: Some of our most commented stories so far on Wednesday include our piece on the Auburn mayor wanting to know what the United Auburn Indian Community is planning to do with the Baltimore Ravine property, and our story on the homeless count in Placer County. Read these stories and more and share your opinions.

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