Noon Hour Update: School enrollment numbers; fire board candidates; 13-year-old author and Friday night football

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 and online editions.

What we’re working on: We’re looking into declining enrollment at local schools here in the area. Reporter Amber Marra will have a story on this trend and what it means to these institutions.

Amber will also have a story on the candidates running for seats on the Newcastle fire board.

Reporter Jon Schultz is examining the role of mobile businesses in the Auburn area and what mobile business owners’ reactions are to the city planning commission’s recent decision to ban mobile food trucks from Old Town and Downtown Auburn.

In Lifestyle, Journal Features Editor Krissi Khokhobashvili profiles a 13-year-old who is now a published author.  

It’s time for the home opener! The Placer High School football team plays its first home game Friday night against visiting Casa Roble. Sports Editor Matthew Kimel will be tweeting live from the game Friday night, which you can see at and will have photos and a game story up by midnight.  

What you’re talking about: Several of our stories have readers sharing comments today. Read our pieces on the first home football game of the year at Placer High, the Newcastle firehouse being inspected and the death of a Placer County resident from the West Nile virus and weigh in on the topics.

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