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This #PlacerLife photo of a California quail in Auburn was taken by @Jordy_Moo_Art on Instagram.

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What does it take to be a Placer County probation officer?

Placer County probation officers are out in our communities every day working to help probationers turn their lives around - because when they succeed, we all succeed. See how our Probation Department keeps our communities safe in this new video. Watch video

Mental Health

New mental health crisis urgent care center opening in Roseville

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This week, Placer County celebrated the addition of the Lotus Behavioral Health Crisis Center—a new, voluntary urgent care center for residents experiencing a mental health crisis. The Roseville facility will open in September. Learn more

Wildfire Preparedness

Save the date: Wildfire town hall discussion

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Heads up, residents of Sheridan and Newcastle. Join us for our wildfire town hall meetings Sept. 14 (Sheridan) and Sept. 19 (Newcastle) to learn about fire risk, protecting your home, emergency preparedness and more. Learn more

Fentanyl Crisis

D.A. reports deadly rainbow-colored fentanyl in Placer County

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Our District Attorney’s Office’s major narcotics unit is reporting rainbow-colored batches of fentanyl are making their way into Placer County. The illegal substance is deadly and being marketed to adolescents. Learn more


Trek between Truckee and Martis Valley with new trail

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The Martis Valley Trail opened this week in North Lake Tahoe. The 4.6-mile trail connects Truckee through the Martis Valley to Northstar Drive, enabling pedestrians and bicyclists to trek between these two destinations. Watch video 

Oak Fire incident update

heritage trail museums tour: dewitt history museum free august 20

This week in Placer County history

Auburn Courthouse lit up in the 1950s

On Aug. 17, 1953, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal from Pacific Gas and Electric to illuminate the Placer County Courthouse at night. According to the minutes of the Board of Supervisors meeting, the estimated cost for installation was $650 with a monthly electric bill of $23.75. Technically, this was a re-lighting of the courthouse.

In July of 1928, PG&E temporarily set up arc lights to illuminate the courthouse at night. The beautiful and dramatic view proved popular, and the Board of Supervisors approved the funds to install and operate the lights permanently. But the courthouse went dark, as did most public buildings around the country, after the United States entered World War II in 1941. 

The new lights were installed in 1953 and in the June 3, 1954, Auburn Journal it was noted that one out-of-towner thought he was in Sacramento after seeing the courthouse dome illuminated at night. “I saw the Capitol Dome coming down the highway,” he was quoted in the article.

Today, thanks to modern technology, the Placer County Courthouse isn’t just illuminated, it can be painted with colored light to match a special event or bring cheer during the holidays.Learn more about the courthouse’s rich history with an online visual experience here.

Photo: The Placer County Courthouse illuminated with temporary lights, c. 1928

Fun things to do this week

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

Roseville: Friday Night Flicks, 3rd Saturday Art Walk, Summer Concerts in the Square

Auburn: Music Around Town, 13th Annual Heritage Trail Museums Tour, A-Town Classic Vintage and Skate Event

North Lake Tahoe: Tahoe City Art by the Lake, Music on the Beach at Kings Beach, 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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Board of Supervisors meeting, Aug. 23, 9 a.m. Information
CANCELED – Planning Commission meeting, Aug. 25

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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