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NOON HOUR UPDATE: Looking for hospice volunteers; Tevis group taking over more land; declining enrollment and Mardi Gras

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 Friday edition.

What we’re working on:  Local medical organizations are seeking volunteers to help make the lives of the terminally ill a little better as they come to the end of life. Reporter Jon Schultz profiles hospice volunteers and reports on upcoming training classes for those wishing to be hospice caregivers.

Tevis Cup ride organizers are taking over an expanded Western States Trailhead in Auburn. Reporter Gus Thomson will have a story on what this means and how the Tevis organization is involved. In Media Life Gus reports that food trucks are on their way to Auburn, and he pays tribute to one of the Andrews Sisters who called Auburn home for a time.

Some local school districts are facing declining enrollment. Reporter Andrew Westrope is looking into what this means for these districts and what effects it will have.

Sports Editor Matthew Kimel will be covering the Placer High School girls basketball team Thursday night and will have full coverage.

Want to get that New Orleans feel for when the San Francisco 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens  in the Super Bowl on Sunday? Then head over and check out a Mardi Gras-style party on Saturday. If you miss that one, there’s another on Feb. 9. Journal Features Editor Paul Cambra has a story in Entertainment this week breaking down the two events.

What you’re talking about: Our story on a possible smoking ban for Auburn parks has many readers sharing their thoughts on the matter.  Our Letters to the Editor section has commenters weighing in as well. Read our stories and more and share your thoughts.

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