NOON HOUR UPDATE: Head count down at juvenile hall; unemployment in the county; China Bar opens and homeless shelter zones

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 print and online editions.

What we’re working on: Placer County’s juvenile hall is only half full and Reporter Gus Thomson is examining why that is and giving an overview of the facility. Gus is also working on story regarding the latest unemployment numbers here in the county, and it seems there might be a bump up.

The China Bar river access is being opened this weekend two months earlier than normal to take advantage of current conditions. Reporter Andrew Westrope will have a story about the opening, which organizers hope will see people come out Saturday and paddle down the river. Andrew is also working on a story covering the local fire districts in the area.

The response to the proposed homeless shelter zones in the City of Auburn has locals weighing in. Reporter Jon Schultz is following up on this topic, getting reactions from those in the community. Jon will also continue his series on the Auburn Police Department’s Citizens’ Awareness Academy.

Sports Editor Matthew Kimel will have a profile on a 10-year-old competing in the national finals of the Elks Hoop Shoot in Springfield, Mass.

What you’re talking about: Today readers are sharing their views on our story about the death penalty discussion at Sierra College. People are also commenting on our Letters to the Editor. Our most read so far today is “Writer should sleep well.” Read these entries and more and share your views.

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