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Photo of the week

Life in Placer County is pure magic! This amazing #PlacerLife photo captured at Folsom Lake was shared by @davidhcollier on Instagram.

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Fire season is around the corner. Are you prepared?

CAL FIRE experts are anticipating a potentially extreme fire season, making it critical to be ready. Wildfire preparedness is all of our responsibility. Residential burning, the county chipper program and green waste dropoff locations are all good options as you maintain your defensible space. Also, check with your local fire safe council for events happening in your area on Wildfire Preparedness Day May 7. Learn more

Broadband access

Speak up about broadband needs before April 21 funding decision

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A critical vote is set for April 21 to allocate $2 billion for broadband infrastructure in California. Without changes, Placer County will receive less than half the funding we would if we were grouped with other rural counties. Learn more

CAL FIRE update

CAL FIRE: Burn permits required April 18

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The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit will require burn permits effective 8 a.m. April 18 for residential burning within Placer County. Learn more

Environmental sustainability

Reduce food waste Environmental Education Week, April 17-23

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It’s estimated that one-third of food in the U.S. is not eaten—wasting the water, energy and resources put into growing it and wasting the money you spent to get it. Find food waste prevention tips to use the food you have! Learn more

Library services

Library Services on the move in the Placer

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Library Mobile Services is now bringing library services to the foothill communities of Alta, Dutch Flat, Iowa Hill, Sheridan and Meadow Vista. Check out the book club in Dutch Flat! Learn more

This week in Placer County history

Opal Kunz

On April 13, 1961, the day after Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space, 64-year-old local pilot Opal Kunz sent a letter to President John F. Kennedy volunteering to “ride in any contraption offered by my government to outdo this record flight of the Russian.”

According to a Sacramento Bee article on June 4, 1961, Opal received a polite letter of thanks from the president. The article went on to note that Opal, who lived in the Roseville area with her three dogs, was not fooling when she wrote the letter.

Opal Giberson married gemologist and Tiffany & Co. Vice President George Kunz in 1923. In 1929, she earned her pilot’s license in New York and immediately entered a whirlwind of adventure and publicity. She was a charter member of the Ninety-Nines, an organization of female pilots that formed in 1929, and she served as its first president. Her husband, George, designed the “99” pin the group wore. Fellow charter member Amelia Earhart succeeded her as president.

After the U.S. entered World War II, Opal was hired as an instructor at the Rhode Island State Airport for Navy cadets where she ultimately taught several hundred young men to fly for the U.S. Navy. After the war, Opal was hired by Aerojet in Rancho Cordova as an inspector. After retiring from Aerojet, she moved to Auburn, and it was there that she died in 1967. Opal is buried in the Old Auburn Cemetery and is sometimes highlighted in the Old Auburn Cemetery Tour, which will be Oct. 2 this year. Visit the Placer County Museums website to stay up to date on the latest events. Learn more

Fun things to do this week

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Don’t miss the fun coming this next week in...

Roseville: Food Truck Mania
Lincoln: Art League of Lincoln presents: All About Photography

...and many Placer County Library and Placer County Museum events.

Visit our regional partners to discover more of the fun happening right here in Placer County!

Placer County Visitors' Bureau
North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
The Arts Council of Placer County
Placer Valley Tourism


COVID-19 safety

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In settings where masks are still required or recommended by state and federal guidance, Placer County Public Health advises residents to use high-quality masks to protect against COVID-19. Local COVID-19 information will continue to be available on the Public Health website, including a roundup of upcoming community vaccine clinics.

Upcoming public meetings and events

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Planning Commission meeting, April 14, 10 a.m. Details
CANCELED - North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council, April 14
Board of Supervisors meeting, April 19, 9 a.m. Details
West Placer Municipal Advisory Council meeting, April 20, 6:30 p.m. Details
Newcastle-Ophir Municipal Advisory Council special meeting, April 21, 6 p.m. Details

To learn about other Placer County committees and commissions and current opportunities to serve your community click here.

List of active projects throughout Placer County

Projects are listed alphabetically and by Board of Supervisors districts. A hard copy of the list is available at the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, 3091 County Center Drive in Auburn. 

Active Projects

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