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Sheriff Devon Bell retires, new Placer Fire website and more in this week’s Placer County newsletter

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This #PlacerLife photo of a cloudy sunrise in Weimar was captured by @rodolfotografo on Instagram.

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Sheriff Devon Bell retires after 30 years of service

Sheriff Devon Bell retired July 6 after 30 years of dedicated, exceptional service to Placer County. The Sheriff's Office put together this fantastic video of his last day in service. Watch video

Tahoe housing

Down payment assistance for more Tahoe workers

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Local workers at all income levels looking to buy a home in North Lake Tahoe are now eligible for down payment assistance through Placer County’s Workforce Housing Preservation Program, after approval of new program guidelines. 
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New and improved Placer County Fire Department website

New Placer County Fire Department Website

The Placer County Fire Department recently updated its website. The critical information you need is now more organized and easier to find. They've even included an interactive map of all the PCFD fire stations. Visit site


9th Annual Placer County Employee Art Show

Placer Creates: Employee Art Show

Placer County’s annual show of art by our employees is back! This month we're showcasing the art at the County Administrative Center, located at 175 Fulweiler Ave. in Auburn. We’ll showcase more in the coming weeks. 
Take the virtual tour


Passengers give on-demand transit service 4.92 stars!

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After one year in service, TART Connect receives high marks for increasing transit ridership and reducing traffic congestion. And now, the Town of Truckee is adding the  app-based service for the summer. Learn more

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This week in Placer County history

Old Joe Tombstone

The July 6, 1901 issue of the Placer Herald told the story of a daring stage robbery that took place on Wednesday, June 3, 1901.

According to the Herald, as the Foresthill stage coach made its way to Foresthill, a man wearing a mask and carrying a double-barreled shotgun stepped out in the road and called for the driver to stop. The driver refused, at which point the man wearing the mask shot the lead horse. The wagon came to a stop. The robber demanded that the Wells Fargo strongbox be thrown down and then ordered everyone to get out of the stage and line up. He told everyone to throw their money on the ground and walk up the grade. The robber made off with about $100, half of which was from the Wells Fargo strongbox.

Once news of the robbery reached the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, deputies Dependener and Coan went to the crime scene and pursued the robber. Wells Fargo detective Thacker joined the pursuit the following day, but the thief was never caught.

The lead horse shot by the robber was named Old Joe and after the robbery people mourned his loss. A memorial to Old Joe was erected at the site of the robbery along what is now the Foresthill Road. Over the years, the look of the memorial has changed and it is currently maintained by the Native Sons of the Golden West, Parlor #59.

To learn more about this event, visit our Forest Hill Divide Museum in Foresthill.

Fun things to do this week

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

Roseville: Downtown Roseville Tuesday Nights, Food Truck Mania
Loomis: Loomis Summer Concerts
Auburn: Canyon Keepers Guided Hikes in ASRA, Auburn Cruise Nite, 13th Annual Heritage Trail Museums Tour, Music Around Town, AAC Presents Summer 2022 Summer Concert Series
North Lake Tahoe: Music On The Beach at Kings Beach

...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

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Foresthill Forum meeting, July 11, 7 p.m. Information
Board of Supervisors meeting, July 12, 9 a.m. Information
North Auburn Municipal Advisory Council meeting, July 12, 6 p.m. Information
Sheridan Municipal Advisory Council meeting, July 13, 7 p.m. Information
Planning Commission meeting, July 14, 10 a.m. Information

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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