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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 and Monday editions.

What we're working on: Reporter Gus Thomson is exploring the employment picture for Placer County. He'll be looking into current facts and figures on job growth and where employment numbers are increasing.

Gus will be balancing his focus on jobs with local entertainment with a question and answer feature of an Academy Awards scale. He sits down with a local stunt man talking about his role in the Academy-Award-winning movie for Best Picture, "The Artist."

Sara Seyydin will let seniors know how to avoid being scammed during this tax season. The Internal Revenue Service has issued warning signs to watch for, and we'll have those for you.

Sara will also be highlighting the efforts of one local emergency responder who earned the title of Auburn Firefighter of the Year.

What you're talking about: The Auburn Union School District's venture into the charter school world continues to spark readership and comments. Read "School board to decide on charter school this month" to find out about the benefits of this institution and see what area readers think about it.
The topic of "Pink Slime" is a hot one as well. Local business owners and patrons weigh in on the beef filler, as do you. Check out the story "Pink slime burger-meat debate oozes into Auburn" and share your thoughts.
In Opinion, the letter "Mountain bikers belong on the road" is our most read letter so far today and it has generated discussion. Also, the letter "McClintock: Show you care" has got readers talking and taking a look.

Wet roads: Today's storm is making traveling through the Sierra Nevada and the outlying foothill areas a little tougher. As of 11:57 a.m. Caltrans has closed Interstate 80 eastbound and is holding traffic at the Castle Peak (Donner Rest Area) due to spinouts.
Here are the chain control conditions as of 11:57 a.m.:
Interstate 80 (Eastbound) - Holding traffic at Castle Peak (Donner Rest Area) due to spinouts. Chains required Nyack to the Donner Lake Interchange with truck screening in Applegate. (Westbound) - Chains required from the Donner Lake Interchange to Cisco Grove with truck screening at Overland Trail.
Highway 50 - Chains are required both westbound and eastbound from Twin Bridges to Meyers.
State Route 49 - Chains or snow tires are required both northbound and southbound from Sierra City to Sattley.

For more up-to-date controls, visit Caltrans here.

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