Noon Hour Update: 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/Monday editions.

What we're working on: Area mountain bikers are without one popular bike park that was recently leveled. Reporter Gus Thomson is working on a story about the removal of the park and the possible effort to create a new area for riders.
Gus is also focusing on our upcoming elections by doing a story on hopefuls in the Placer County Board of Supervisors race, specifically District 5.

Sara Seyydin is covering how local families deal with the heavy costs of major illnesses and the role of health insurance and providers.
Sara will also have a story on how law enforcement deals with marijuana DUIs.

What you're talking about: In our Opinion section, the subject of gay marriage continues to stir debate. The letter, "Original letter misunderstood" has become our most-read letter so far today. The letters "A response to the responses" and "Dramatic event handled well" are also getting a lot of views and have some comments. Check these out and share your view.

Serving the community: Journal Features Editor Krissi Khokhobashvili has a story on how local Girl Scouts made and collected blankets for those less fortunate. Check this story out in our Lifestyle section.

Don't be too cool for Cool: The Way Too Cool 50K endurance run is this weekend. Sports Editor Todd Mordhorst will be on hand for the event and we'll have video, too.