Noon Hour Update: Local first responders get needed funds; new college enrollment priorities; Food & Wine and Board of Supervisors

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: Auburn area first responders and law enforcement are getting much needed help and equipment thanks to grants and gun sales. Reporter Sara Seyydin will have a story on how the Auburn Fire Department has received a $681,900 grant from the SAFE FEMA program to provide for five full-time entry-level firefighter positions for the next two years.

Sara will also report on how the Auburn Police Department sold confiscated weapons to a Nevada firm for $8,811. That money will be used to upgrade the department’s weapons and equipment.

With so many students now making their way to the community college system, administrators are working on a new enrollment priority system. Reporter Amber Marra will be talking to Sierra College administrators and students about the effects of this new proposed system.

In Food & Wine this week, Journal Features Editor Krissi Khokhobashvili writes about an international delegation’s visit to the United States to learn about the farm to table movement. They stopped off in Auburn for lunch to talk about their experiences.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday and Reporter Gus Thomson is at the meeting. He will have a report on some of the top issues addressed.

What you're talking about:  Several of our stories have garnered reader response today. Check out “Mediation center divides Auburn neighborhood,” “Three stabbed in Colfax area altercation,” and “Tough economic times lead to big changes for the unemployed” and share you thoughts.

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