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NOON HOUR UPDATE: Mental health in Auburn; Vandals strike in North Auburn; Police department to change staffing and high school playoff basketball

What’s happening and what we’re working on
By: Staff Report
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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 Thursday edition.

What we’re working on: Mental health is a topic that continues to draw attention and a focus on treatment. Reporter Andrew Westrope will have a story on a foothill-area facility that is helping Auburn-area residents and he looks into the overall state of affairs when it comes to mental health in the foothills.

In North Auburn vandals caused $15,000 in damage to buildings and vehicles. Reporter Gus Thomson will have a story on the extent of the damage and what was targeted.  

Reporter Jon Schultz will have his piece on the Auburn Police Department’s goal of restructuring staffing, including hiring for a new position.

In sports, the high school boys basketball playoffs are in full swing tonight. Sports Editor Matthew Kimel and his staff will be out covering the action and will have full reports with photos and video.

What you’re talking about: Several of our stories from our Wednesday edition have readers online commenting. Our piece about a pair of powerboats being dumped in a state parks area, as well our story on how the California Highway Patrol helped a hiker avoid a mountain lion attack, have people sharing their views. Read these stories and more and weigh in on the topics. 

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