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Noon Hour Update: Schools double budgeting; Auburn Relay for Life and BASE jumping in Placer County

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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: When it comes to school budgets, Placer County is preparing for the worst. School districts are budgeting as if the tax-increase initiatives on the November election ballot will fail. Reporter Amber Marra will have a story on how some area institutions are double budgeting in preparation for the fall election. The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event in Auburn is approaching and Amber will have a profile on someone who's taking part in the event for 24 hours.

Reporter Gus Thomson will be looking into the last-minute candidate filing for a seat on the Placer County Water Agency Board of Directors. In his Media Life column, will tandem BASE jumping take place at the Foresthill Bridge? Media Life asks whether it's in Placer County's future.

Get your ukulele on. Journal Features Editor Krissi Khokhobashvili will have a story in Arts & Entertainment about the ukulele fest coming this weekend.

How have you been beating the heat?: Take our light-hearted poll on the lower half of our homepage next to sports and let us know.

What you're talking about: Our story about the impending closure of the longtime restaurant, Latitudes, has readers weighing in on the owners' decision to call it a career. Our Q&A with Sierra College President Willy Duncan also has readers responding. View these articles and others and share your opinions.

Have a news tip or photos to share? Let us know, email us photos or information at ajournal@goldcountrymedia.com; on Facebook or on Twitter at @AuburnJournal