Noon Hour Update: Election previews; lightning strikes stoke fire concerns; helping injured horse rider and Sierra College president profile

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 Wednesday edition.

What we’re working on: As we get closer to the fall the election season begins to heat up once more. Reporter Gus Thomson will have an election preview focusing on the Placer County Water Agency Board of Directors, where it seems there will be some new faces after the election.

Lightning strikes have been touching down in the Tahoe National Forest and the Foresthill area, causing small fires. Gus will have a piece on what’s going on.

Horse rider Crystal Costa of Cool, who recently broke her back in a riding accident, is getting help from the community to help her navigate her home. Reporter Amber Marra will have a story on the renovations and how Costa is doing.

Sierra College President Willy Duncan sits down with Amber and talks about the upcoming academic year and the goings on at the college.

In Food & Wine this week, Carol Arnold, general manager of the Foothill Farmers Market Association, shares recipes in her column, Locally Yours.  

What you’re talking about: Readers are weighing in on our stories this morning. Our piece on $150 fire fee bills going out has people sharing their thoughts, as do our pieces on the city of Auburn considering naming new streets and giving the OK to upgrading its email system. Read these stories and more and share your thoughts.

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