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Board of Supervisors dismisses County Executive Officer

On June 3, 2022, the Board designated Assistant County Executive Officer Jane Christenson to serve as our Acting CEO. While change can be challenging, the Board’s decision was in the best interests of County taxpayers and staff, and our Supervisors remain focused on public service delivery and committed to advancing our many future-focused initiatives. We thank our hard-working and dedicated County employees for their support during this transition and we look forward to working together in continued service to our Placer community.


Ballot count continues in Placer County

election results

As of June 9, 39,433 ballots have been counted from this week’s Statewide Direct Primary Election, which included several races in Placer County. Our Elections Office will provide updates on Tuesdays and Fridays.
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Library services

Popular library program is back for summer fun

Colfax library

Readers of all ages are invited to participate in Placer County Library’s Summer “Camp” at Your Library program. This year’s theme, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” celebrates adventure, the great outdoors and all things camping. Learn more

Health and safety

Be prepared for this week’s excessive heat


With high temperatures projected over the next few days, Placer County will open two cooling centers on Friday evening to help residents battle the heat. Avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and seek out air-conditioned spaces.
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Infant formula shortage impacts Placer families

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Parents and caregivers who face a formula shortage should call their healthcare providers first to help them navigate formula options. Placer’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is providing information for clients. Learn more

This week in Placer County history

armes family

On Saturday evening, June 5, 1909, Alma Bell went to the house where Joe Armes was getting ready for bed with his brothers. The Armes family owned and managed a fruit ranch just outside of Auburn on the way to Newcastle. Alma had grown close to Joe and on this night wanted him to commit to marrying her. 

But Joe didn’t want to marry Alma and the two had a brief argument before Alma asked if he would escort her to Joe’s mother’s house where she lived and worked. Joe refused but agreed to walk her part way. Once they were out of sight of the house, Alma stopped and drew a gun.

Alma shot and killed Joe. He collapsed to the ground. Alma fired another shot into the air and then walked toward Mrs. Armes’s house and hid in nearby bushes. The Armes brothers, alerted by the shots, ran from the house and found his body.

Alma was found the next morning, still hiding in the bushes, and arrested. Alma claimed that Joe had once agreed to marry her when she thought she was pregnant but rescinded once he discovered she was not. 

The sensational crime and subsequent trial were covered in newspapers across the county and even in some newspapers abroad. Ultimately, Alma Bell was acquitted for the murder of Joe Armes by reason of temporary insanity.

But, we have yet to discover any evidence that Alma and Joe ever had a relationship, let alone that he had once agreed to marry her. 

To learn more about the Alma Bell trial, join us at 10 a.m. any Saturday for a Walking Tour of Old Town Auburn. You can also meet Alma Bell during the Heritage Trail at the Placer County Museum on July 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photo: The grieving Armes family, c. 1909

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Fun things to do this week

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

South Placer: Placer Wine and Ale Trail “Sips and Suds” Summer Passport

Roseville: Food Truck Mania, Downtown Roseville Tuesday Nights

Rocklin: Shakespeare in the Park

Lincoln & Wheatland: Heritage Trail Museums Tour

Loomis: Loomis Summer Concerts, Music Around Town

Auburn: Canyon Keepers Guided Hikes in ASRA, Auburn Cruise Night, Summer Concert Series

North Lake Tahoe: Sunset Live Music Series at Palisades Tahoe, Concert at Commons Beach, Bluesdays at Palisades Tahoe

...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
Placer Wine Trail

Find current state COVID-19 guidance, along with local data and resources, here.


Upcoming public meetings and events

town hall meeting

Board of Supervisors meeting, June 14, 9 a.m. Information
CANCELED - West Placer Municipal Advisory Council meeting, June 15

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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