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This family bonding #PlacerLife photo, taken by @josephdondelinger on Instagram, was captured at Foresthill.

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This heartbreaking story is so important to hear

If it can happen to a kid like Zach Didier, it can happen to anyone. In the first episode of our "One Pill Can Kill" podcast, Zach's parents, Laura and Chris, talk about losing their precious son to fentanyl poisoning and the conversation we all need to have with our kids to help keep them safe. CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains frank discussion of death that may be difficult for some listeners. Discretion is advised. Listen now


Invasive mosquito detection: Fight the bite!

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An invasive species of mosquito has been detected in Placer County. The Aedes aegypti, also known as the yellow fever mosquito, can carry viruses including yellow fever and Zika, though no local transmission has been identified.
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Supporting small businesses

The Micro Biz Grant program is now open for applications!

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Small businesses in Placer County that missed the first and second rounds should not hesitate to submit an application to receive $2,500. Please visit our website to review all requirements prior to submitting an application.
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Arts and culture

Placer Creates presents employee virtual art tour!

9th annual employee art show

Check out one of this year’s six Placer Creates employee art show locations virtually or in person, including at the Finance Administration Building located at 2986 Richardson Drive in Auburn - this week’s featured location.
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Suicide prevention

988 is the new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number

988 is new suicide prevention hotline number

988 has debuted as the new, easy-to-remember National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number. Now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, it can be more easily reached by calling or texting 988, or chatting on 988lifeline.org.
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Summit Tunnel Conservation Association Hike FREE July 23

This week in Placer County history

1924 mugshot

On Saturday, July 26, 1924, cashier I. Leroy Burns of the Railroad National Bank in Roseville sorted currency. It was 12:45 p.m. and the morning rush was over. It was then, according to the July 30, 1924, Roseville Tribune and Register, that a man entered the bank and calmly passed through a doorway that led to the backside of the counter where Burns worked. He drew a revolver with his right hand and threw down five coin bags with his left. “Fill ‘em up,” he reportedly said.

The robber made off with nearly $7,500. A short car chase ensued, but the thief got away. Placer County Sheriff Elmer Gum hunted the thief for months. At one point he believed the man was in Oregon, then tracked him to Fresno, California. He informed the bank personnel in late October that the man was headed north again and would be in custody soon.

William P. Richards was arrested in front of the Biltmore Hotel in Sacramento on Oct. 31, 1924. Though later charged with robbing the Railroad National Bank in Roseville and the Bank of Western Placer in Lincoln, he was ultimately tried in Woodland at the Yolo County Courthouse for the theft of $12,142 from the National Bank of Italy in Woodland. 

Richards owned and operated a successful hotel in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and had owned a large ranch near Yuba City. It is unclear if he simply loved the thrill of robbing banks or if he was prone to temporary fits of insanity. 

He was sentenced to five years to life, but after two unsuccessful escape attempts, the first from the Woodland Jail and the second from Folsom Prison, his sentence was fixed at 25 years. He was initially sent to San Quentin State Prison but was transferred to Folsom State Prison five days later.

Photo: The San Quentin mugshot of William P. Richards.

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Fun things to do this week

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

Roseville: RIFTS IN TIME: Interactive Adventure Theater, Downtown Roseville Tuesday Nights

Lincoln: Concerts in the Plaza

Auburn: Canyon Keepers Guided Hikes in ASRA, Music Around Town, STAC Old Time Radio Show

North Lake Tahoe: Music on the Beach at Kings Beach, Concerts at Commons Beach, Heritage Trail Hike

...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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CANCELED – Newcastle-Ophir Municipal Advisory Council meeting, July 21 Information
Donner Summit Municipal Advisory Council meeting, July 21, 6 p.m. Information
Board of Supervisors meeting, July 26, 9 a.m. Information
Horseshoe Bar-Penryn Municipal Advisory Council meeting, July 26, 6 p.m. Information
Planning Commission meeting, July 28, 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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