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Public Health reports county’s first cases of monkeypox

Yesterday, July 27, Public Health reported a confirmed case of monkeypox, and today is reporting an additional case. Cases are currently isolated and working with Public Health to identify people who may have been exposed. Learn more

Wildfire safety 

Be prepared, Placer: If you hear the hi-lo siren, it’s time to evacuate

Wildfire raging behind range of pine trees - Placer County Sheriff's Office SUV parked in front of threatened house

The hi-lo siren was installed in Placer County Sheriff’s Office patrol units in 2019 to be used during emergency evacuations. The sound is different from the traditional police siren — it will ONLY be used in areas facing danger.
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Lease to Locals program in North Lake Tahoe launches Aug. 1

Drone footage of Kings Beach North Lake Tahoe - clear blue water next to row of trees and downtown corridor

North Lake Tahoe homeowners can soon earn up to $24,000 by offering their property as a long-term rental to local workers. Launching Aug. 1, the program is intended to create more housing opportunities for the local workforce. Learn more

Law enforcement

Supervisors appoint Wayne Woo as sheriff of Placer County

Placer County Sheriff Wayne Woo standing with Placer County Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors this week appointed Wayne Woo as the new Placer County Sheriff after Devon Bell retired earlier this month. Woo was elected in the June primary but his elective term does not begin until January 2023.
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Bringing Families Home program helps reunite homeless families

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The Bringing Families Home program gave Tara another chance at a life with her daughter. The program supports families who are involved in the child welfare system, and who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
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This week in Placer County history

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On July 25, 1930, the Colfax-Forest Hill Bridge collapsed into the North Fork of the American River. The Aug. 2, 1930, Placer Herald noted that Placer County Supervisor Matt Langstaff was one of the last to safely pass over the bridge before the collapse. 

Fortunately, no one was crossing the bridge when it fell. Estimates for replacing the bridge ranged from $15,000 to $20,000. The county opened the project for bids on Aug. 9, 1930, and specified the new bridge was to be a steel suspension bridge. It was announced in the Dec. 20, 1930, Placer Herald that the new bridge was completed and open to the public. The bridge still stands today and is known as the Yankee Jims Bridge.

Plans are underway to preserve it as a pedestrian bridge and to build a new bridge for vehicles nearby. To learn more about the Yankee Jims area, please visit the Forest Hill Divide Museum in Foresthill.

Fun things to do this week

Man jumping between rocks with Donner Lake in the background

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

Auburn: Music Around Town
North Lake Tahoe: Music on the Beach at Kings Beach, Kings Beach Art Tour, Concerts at Commons 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, Aug. 1, 7 p.m. Information
Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Aug. 3, 6 p.m. Information
Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Aug. 4, 6 p.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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