Noon Hour Update: Power outage in Auburn; tanning concerns; Measure E phone calls and river rafting safety

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 Wednesday edition.

Tuesday morning power blackout: Downtown Auburn and the communities of Cool, Pilot Hill, Georgetown and Greenwood were in the dark this morning after a power failure. Click here to read more about the outage that left 11,000 without power.

What we're working on: Reporter Gus Thomson is following up on the Tuesday morning power outage, looking into the possible cause and how it affected locals.
Gus is also reporting on sun tanning and the dangers that exist from overexposure and how to safely spend your time in the sun.

Reporter Sara Seyydin is looking into the phone calls residents in the Placer Hills Fire Protection District have been receiving telling them to vote no on Measure E, a tax aimed at helping the cash-strapped fire district. Sara will also be looking into the costs of Measure D, another proposed tax for the North Auburn-Ophir Fire district. Read more about these measures here
Sara is also in Rocklin today profiling the addition of a new museum director at Sierra College.

With the snow melt filling up area rivers, many people are heading out to ride the rapids this time of year. Reporter Justin A. Lawson is working on a story on how to be safe while having fun on the river.
Cleaner school buses are now patrolling the streets, and Justin will have a piece on how that came about here in the Auburn area.

What you're talking about: Several letters to the editor in Opinion have received reader interest. Our most read so far today has been "Appreciate, don't knock, the new mural." Other popular letters include "City council did its homework" and "Vote no on Measure A." Read these letters and more and share your thoughts.

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