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NOON HOUR UPDATE: Profiling the McCann Award winner; Placer author sees book go to paperback; nonprofit teaches kids music and high school soccer playoffs

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 Friday edition.

What we’re working on: We continue our series of profiles of award winners leading up to the Auburn State of Community dinner Friday at The Ridge in Auburn. Reporter Jon Schultz is profiling this year’s Vernon Gould McCann Award winner, Kathy Sands. Read about her work to help make Auburn a better place. View our latest profile about the Placer County Employee of the Year here.

A Placer High School grad is seeing his book, which first debuted in hardback, now being published once again, this time in paperback. Reporter Gus Thomson talks to the author as part of his weekly column, Media Life.

Our Features Editor, Paul Cambra, is profiling the nonprofit group, Planet Earth Music Foundation, in this week’s Arts & Entertainment section. Planet Earth Music teaches children music lessons, including providing a concert venue for them to perform what they’ve learned.

Sports Editor Matthew Kimel will continue his coverage of the high school soccer playoffs as both Placer and Colfax high take to the pitch today.

What you’re talking about: Gus Thomson’s story on the Placer County Board of Supervisors siding with a contractor over a foster youth program has online readers talking so far today. Another one of our pieces receiving feedback is about Auburn dealing with upcoming labor talks with employee groups. Read these stories and much more and share your views.

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