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Harvest season has arrived in Placer County. Visit our friends at @LivePlacerGrown on Instagram for the latest offerings and events from PlacerGROWN farms, ranches, wineries and breweries.

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Fall into PlacerGROWN month with fresh local eats, drinks and products

Celebrate PlacerGROWN month in Placer County this October with fresh local produce, meat, cheese, wine, craft beer and more. Our friends at PlacerGROWN are your connection to local farmers’ markets, pumpkin farms, ranches, wineries, breweries, and recipes this harvest season. Be sure to check out our Agriculture Commissioner’s visually stunning and interactive agriculture tour of Placer County, hereVisit PlacerGROWN’s website

Criminal justice

“One Pill Can Kill”: Justice for Rocklin's Zach Didier

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Join us for the latest installment of the “One Pill Can Kill” podcast as we hear from the Didier family and Placer County District Attorney Morgan Gire following the sentencing for the fentanyl-related death of Zach Didier. Listen

Emergency response

County leaders share insights into the Mosquito Fire evacuation

Placer County District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson Sheriff Wayne Woo and CAL FIRE/PCFD Chief Brian Estes

Sheriff Wayne Woo and CAL FIRE/PCFD Chief Brian Estes recount the events of the Mosquito Fire with Supervisor Cindy Gustafson in this special video production designed to take an in-depth look at the evacuation process.
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Economic development

Hear from celebrity keynote Daymond John at Placer Valley 2022

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Join us at the region’s largest business summit, bringing together South Placer’s economic leaders to connect, collaborate and share in the vision and prosperity of the county. Bring your team and get inspired! Learn more Get tickets

Public health

Officials encourage mosquito bite prevention in wake of West Nile cases


Placer County public health officer, along with the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District, are reminding residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, after two recent human cases of neuroinvasive West Nile virus.
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This week in Placer County history

Colin B. Hislop standing in front of his hearst

On the morning of Oct. 4, 1934, readers of the Auburn Journal were informed that Colin B. Hislop was going to build a brand new, state-of-the-art mortuary on Lincoln Way. Hislop’s mortuary and undertaking business was on the corner of Court and Commercial streets and he planned to move into the new building once it was complete.

In the early 1900s, Colin Hislop lived in Rocklin. He worked as a quarryman and in 1909 became an undertaker. In 1914 he ran for and was elected Placer County coroner and public administrator. He moved to Auburn in 1915 and bought a percentage of the Walsh-Keena undertaking business. By the late 1920s, he acquired the rest of the business, and it became Hislop’s Mortuary. He also continued serving as coroner, being re-elected four times before losing to Elliott Broyer of Roseville in 1934.

In 1935, the new mortuary was complete, and he welcomed the public in a two-day grand open house event on June 30 and July 1. It was called Hislop’s Little Chapel of the Hills. He sold the business in 1944 and he passed away nine years later in 1953. The Chapel of the Hills still operates today from the same building Hislop built in 1935.

In 2017, the Chapel of the Hills donated a large collection of vintage mortuary tools to the Placer County Museum that date from the 19th century to the 1930s. Some of these tools may have been used by Hislop himself. You can see some of them this month if you visit our museum in the historic courthouse where we have a new exhibit, “A Grave Affair,” that interprets the rituals, tools and business of death in the 19th and early 20th centuries. You can even take a selfie in one of our coffins! Plan your visit, here.

Photo: Colin B. Hislop and his hearse, c. 1935

Fun things to do this week

Man mountain biking on Ellis Peak Mountain trail

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

Roseville: Roseville BikeFest, Food Truck Mania

Rocklin: Park Pulse in Rocklin

Lincoln: Lincoln’s Kick The Dust Up

...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

People seated at a town hall meeting in a log-paneled community meeting hall

CANCELED - Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Oct. 6. Information
Placer County offices closed for the Columbus Day holiday, Oct. 10
Board of Supervisors meeting, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. Information
Planning Commission meeting, Oct. 13, 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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