NOON HOUR UPDATE: Mental health at Sierra College; charter school series continues; drought and climate change conference and high school hoops playoffs

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 Thursday edition.

What we’re working on:  We continue our five-part series on Horizon Charter Schools and charter schools in general on Thursday with Reporter Jon Schultz’s piece on what caused Horizon’s $2 million budget gap and its outlook on enrollment. Missed the first part of our series? Read it here.

Reporter Andrew Westrope and Photographer Kim Palaferri are in Rocklin today at Sierra College for a mental health fair. Andrew will have a story on what the role of the fair is and what services are available locally.

Drought and climate change will be on the agenda for a conference on March 15 put on in part by the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association. Reporter Gus Thomson will have a story previewing the event being held at The Ridge Golf Course in Auburn.

In Sports, look for a full slate of coverage from the high school basketball playoffs. We’ll have staff in Lodi today covering the Colfax High School boys and girls teams and Bear River High’s girls team. Also read our preview on the Colfax High baseball team.

What you’re talking about: Our story on the death of a man who suffered serious injuries in a vehicle wreck last weekend has several readers sharing their thoughts today. Commenters are also expressing their views on our story about efforts to reduce pollution in Lake Tahoe. Read these stories and more and share your opinions.

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