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NOON HOUR UPDATE: Helping professionals get back to work; American River clean-up; Fast Fridays returns; a day at the firing range and more

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 Sunday and online editions.

What we’re working on: The California Employers Association is working to help professionals in Auburn get back into the workforce. Reporter Gus Thomson is gathering information on a story about the program and how residents can get involved. Gus is also reporting on some news regarding commuters who use the train to get to work everyday. It looks as though a new second round trip for the commuter line in Auburn might not come to fruition. Gus is also working on piece about how the Placer County Board of Supervisors made vegetation abatement regulations in North Auburn and other areas permanent.

Immigration reform is much-discussed topic, and it comes to Auburn this weekend. Reporter Andrew Westrope has a story profiling the forum, which takes place Sunday, read this online-only story here. Andrew also has a preview for an upcoming fundraiser for Mentally Ill Housing, Inc., and he’ll explain how the program helps area residents.

Reporter Jon Schultz continues his series on Auburn’s Citizens’ Awareness Academy, heading out to the firing range this weekend. Look for his report on his day on the range.

Former Placer County Sheriff William “Bill” Scott is being laid to rest today. See this weekend’s Journal for coverage from the public ceremony and procession through town.

This weekend, in conjunction with Earth Day coming up, a clean-up day is being organized for the American River area in the Auburn State Recreation area. The Journal will be there and will have photos from the day.

In Lifestyle, Features Editor Paul Cambra profiles a study group for “spiritual adventurers” called Spirit Wind, led by the Rev. Dr. Richard Reich-Kuykendall.

Sports Editor Matthew Kimel will have a preview on the upcoming Fast Fridays season in Sunday’s Journal, and look for coverage from the Placer and Colfax high baseball game.

What you’re talking about: Gus’ Media Life column has people sharing their thoughts today, as does our story about new charges in the United Auburn Indian fraud case. Read these stories and more and share your thoughts.

Have a news tip or photo to share?: Let us know, email us photos or information at ajournal@goldcountrymedia.com; on Facebook or on Twitter at @AuburnJournal