Newsroom AM update

THE familiar sound of clicking keyboards and journalists talking on the phone provide the soundtrack to our Grafton office this morning.

Tomorrow's stories are starting to shape up nicely with Lachlan Thompson looking at the continuing debate over the planned upgrade to the Pacific Highway.

He's also been talking to a Grafton resident who has questioned Clarence Valley Council's decision to award all five tenders for the construction of the new library to businesses outside of the region.  

On a completely different topic, it's sexual health week in NSW and Northern New South Wales Local Health Network plans to give away a number of sex fun packs.

In-between putting together tomorrow's entertainment guide, Terry Deefholts will make some time to talk to the experts about the latest safe sex initiative.

Meanwhile Emma Pritchard is following up reports of numerous South Grafton and Ulmarra residents experiencing a power outage. More information on this event will be posted on The Daily Examiner website and Facebook page as it becomes available.

She'll also be speaking to staff and students from Coutts Crossing Public School about their spelling bee today which means we will have a B-U-S-Y time getting stories together.

Emma is also working on an upcoming feature: Bush Fire Awareness Week which will be published in our weekend edition.  

Kate Matthews is back in the office and fresh from more than three weeks annual leave.

Kate has been talking with Mark Conaghan, coordinator of the Eyes Wide Clarence Valley project who has put together an exciting range of activities for this Saturday's launch of the Clarence Valley Council's 'Out of the Box' project.

Hundreds of teenagers are expected to take part. More in tomorrow's paper.

Our photographer JoJo Newby has just left to take photos at Westlawn Public School as they hold a talent quest today.

Senior photographer Adam Hourigan is out and about.

Editor Jenna Cairney is away undertaking training, while Chief of Staff Tim Howard is on the sports desk today filling in for Patrick Allen is enjoying annual leave.

But of course, that's not all.

Fishers angling for authorities to ramp up repairs

premium_icon Fishers angling for authorities to ramp up repairs

Community angered by loss of boat ramp use due to damage

UPDATE: Gwydir, Pacific highways reopened to traffic

UPDATE: Gwydir, Pacific highways reopened to traffic

Both major highways were closed due to grass fires

VIDEO: Bushfire threatens juvenile justice centre

premium_icon VIDEO: Bushfire threatens juvenile justice centre

Flames had entered Acmena grounds when first crews arrived at scene

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