NOON HOUR UPDATE: Mental health need rising; Surprises during jail tour; Water and drought discussion in Auburn

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 edition.

 What we’re working on: Reporter Andrew Westrope will have a story this weekend on the growing need for mental health help in the area and how the county and private organizations are responding to it. The county is also offering a way to help educate about mental health.

 Reporter Jon Schultz took a tour of Placer County’s Jail last night as part of the Auburn Police Department’s Citizens’ Awareness Academy. He was surprised at some of the information he learned. He shares it in a story Sunday. Jon is also featuring a successful chef who was born and raised in the foothills.

 Reporter Gus Thomson is covering a meeting going on in Auburn today that features top experts in water and impact on climate change. They’ll be talking about water availability in the delta region and how to handle the threat of drought.

 In Lifestyle, Features Editor Paul Cambra is highlighting an upcoming preparedness fair in Auburn that aims to, well, prepare residents for emergency situations.

 Sports Editor Matthew Kimel will have coverage of the Placer High vs Colfax High baseball game this weekend.

 What you’re talking about: Our stories “Popular Auburn restaurant server, 3-year-old son die in crash” and “End of an era: Crossroads Auburn Auto Center building demolished” have readers reading and weighing in. The letter to the editor “Proud that Sen. Paul stood tall” has sparked discussion.

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