NOON HOUR UPDATE: Fire tax talk for Higgins District; Baltimore Ravine and Auburn; climate change talk and Placer High tennis

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 Sunday print and online editions.

What we’re working on: The Higgins Fire Protection District board met this week, and one of the items on its agenda was the proposed fire tax that will be voted on in an upcoming special election. Reporter Andrew Westrope will have a story examining what was discussed at the meeting. Andrew is also working on a story about professional development at Sierra College.

Reporter Jon Schultz is speaking with members of the Auburn City Council and the United Auburn Indian Community after their late-afternoon meeting Thursday to discuss the land the UAIC owns that has been designated for the Baltimore Ravine project. Jon will have a story on what was discussed.  Jon will also have a preview of Monday’s Auburn City Council meeting.

A program on drought and climate change will be coming to Auburn in early March. Reporter Gus Thomson will have a story previewing the event and what will be discussed.

In Sunday’s Lifestyle we’ll have a feature on a local student who participated in a 26-hour dance marathon for charity, and there will also be a preview on the upcoming Trivia Bee here in Auburn.

In Sports, Editor Matthew Kimel will have a feature story on tennis player Andrew Carducci and the Placer High School tennis team.

What you’re talking about: Our story on the fundraiser for Jerome Nelson has readers sharing their thoughts, as does our piece on the effort to ban smoking in local parks. Read these stories and more and share your opinions. 

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