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 Friday editions.

The snow continues to fall: Our winter storm is still dropping the white stuff and some rain in the lower elevations Thursday.
As of 11:51 a.m. Caltrans is reporting the following chain controls:

Interstate 80: (Eastbound) Drum (Whitmore) to Donner Lake Interchange chains are required with truck screening at Applegate. (Westbound) Donner Lake Interchange to Alta chains are required with truck screening in Overland Trail.

Highway 49: (Southbound/Northbound) Split controls: Frog Hollow (Camptonville) to Sattley; Frog Hollow to North Yuba River Bridge and Goodyear's Bar to Sattley chains or snow tires are required.

US 50: (Westbound/Eastbound) Split controls: Saw Mill UC to Meyers; Saw Mill to Fresh Pond and Fred's to Meyers chains are required.

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

Have winter photos: Send us your pictures from this storm at or post them on our website at MyAuburn.

What we're working on: Reporter Sara Seyydin continues her work on a story about consultants used by the City of Auburn and what they are costing the city.

Gus Thomson will have his weekly column, Media Life, and will have a story on unclaimed property that the state is holding. One notable local has a tidy sum coming to him; find out who it is in tomorrow's Auburn Journal. Despite the rain, Placer 99% will be setting up its protest at the clock tower in Downtown Auburn, and then marching on to the courthouse. Thomson will have coverage of today's events.

What you're talking about: The "In God We Trust" sign that the Auburn City Council has approved to put in the council chambers continues to draw criticism and debate among readers. Check out "Chamber sign a less than good idea" and weigh in. It's been our most read letter so far today.
The topic of religion and politics has also garnered plenty of attention. The letter "We're a nation of believers" has several comments and is our second most read letter so far today.

To check out other views, visit our Opinion section.