Noon Hour Update: Placer High School graduation; fire protection grant and athletes of the year

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 and online.

What we're working on: Pick up our Sunday edition for all things Placer High School as the seniors walk across the stage and into the next chapter of their lives. See our Lifestyle section, which will be dedicated to the Hillmen, and our reporters will be giving you all the angles.

Reporter Gus Thomson will be at LeFebvre Stadium Saturday, covering the Placer High School graduation. He'll have senior reaction to the big day plus much more. Also look for full photo coverage.
Gus will also have a report on Auburn getting its grant for the American River Canyon Shade Fuel Break from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. He'll have reaction from city leaders about what this means in regard to fire protection for Auburn.
County paving will be another point of interest for Gus as he will let readers know what roads will get repaved in Placer County.

The profiles on Placer High School seniors continue with Reporter Sara Seyydin highlighting one student who's had a very productive four years on The Hill.

Check out sports this weekend as the staff has made their picks for the Auburn Journal's Male and Female athletes of the year. See who the two lucky student athletes are and see reader picks when we print the final results from our online poll.

What you're talking about: In Opinion, the Letters to the Editor continue to address the fallout from Tuesday's elections, particularly the measures. The letter "Quit hitting up taxpayers" is our most read so far today, and it has also generated reader comment. A letter on Measure E has a lot of views today, read "No on Measure E cripples communities" and share your opinion.
The county court system's second error when it comes to jury duty service has readers weighing in with the letter, "County's error again colossal." Read these letters and more and share your thoughts.

Who's the best?: Take our poll for the Journal's Male Athlete of the Year and let us know who you think the best is. Go to the lower half of our homepage, next to sports, and vote, you have until 5 p.m. today before the poll closes.

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