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Noon Hour Update: Military recruiting in Auburn; Media Life; California business climate and bear hunting

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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.

Snow this weekend?: The California Department of Transportation is telling drivers to prepare for winter weather this weekend if you're planning on heading to the mountains. It's asking that you bring chains if you're traveling on Interstate 80 this weekend or U.S. Highway 50. Read more here.

What we're working on: With the U.S. Military recently announcing more stringent standards in its recruiting process, how will it affect local recruiters? Reporter Gus Thomson has gathered more information locally on this story and will have a report.
Gus is also looking into a teacher being placed on leave from a local school. In Media Life this week Gus will let us know about a local author who has gained inspiration from Tsuda Market.

Reporter Sara Seyydin is getting local reaction to the business climate in California and asking area businesses if the state is truly unfair to business, and if so, what would they like to see done to make it friendlier.
Sara is also following up on the Auburn Union School District's meeting about installing a solar energy system at its facility.

Reporter Justin A. Lawson is looking into the state's banning of the use of dogs during bear hunts. Justin will be talking to locals and officials about how this will affect hunters and what the decision means to them.

In sports, two Del Oro High School track stars' hurdling prominence will be highlighted and Sports Editor Todd Mordhorst will have a feature on Bear River High School Coach Duane Zauner, who leaves a legacy at the school after coaching football, baseball and softball for 27 years.

What you're talking about: Our story about Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery looking into the North Auburn Wal-mart site over environmental issues has drawn plenty of reader interest today. Read that story here. Our report on the man arrested during an attempted copper theft has also received comments today, read that story here.

What's happening in your area?: Have news going on where you are? Let us know, email us photos or information at ajournal@goldcountrymedia.com.