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General Election: What you need to know, real property fraud prevention and more in this week’s Placer County newsletter

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This #PlacerLife photo, taken by @apertureapplications on Instagram, was captured at the Lake Clementine Trailhead in Auburn.

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Placer County gears up for Nov. 8 general election

The Placer County Elections Office is reminding residents about important dates and information regarding the Nov. 8 general election. Voter information guides and vote-by-mail ballots have been issued and the Elections Office has added weekend hours prior to the election to assist county residents. Visit our Elections Office website to learn about voter registration, volunteering as a poll worker and much more!  Read more


Mosquito Fire is largest in county history

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CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire Chief Brian Estes and Placer County Sheriff Wayne Woo recounted the details of the two-week long Mosquito Fire fight and massive evacuation effort during the Oct. 11 Board of Supervisors meeting.

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Ritual of death on display at Placer County Museums

Exhibit for A Grave Affair with skeletons of a dog  and a human holding a photo

Check out our Museums Division’s newest exhibit, “A Grave Affair”, now open at our Placer County Museum inside the Historic Courthouse in Old Auburn. The exhibit explores the fascinating and sometimes macabre ritual of death.

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Celebrate PlacerGROWN month

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Our Board of Supervisors this week declared October as PlacerGROWN month, highlighting all of our local farms and ranches! Visit www.placergrown.org for a list of fall activities, farmers’ markets, wineries, farm breweries and more.

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Fraud prevention

Placer County launches property fraud prevention program

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Our Clerk-Recorder’s Office has launched a new program to help protect property owners from unauthorized transfers of real property by notifying them when new information regarding their property is recorded with the office.

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This week in Placer County history

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Do the Placer County Museums have a connection to classic horror films? Yes, we do – in a Kevin Bacon sort of way.

In the Oct. 11, 1951 edition of the Auburn Journal, Placer County Museum Curator, May Perry, discussed recent donations to the museum. George Chaney of Applegate donated a wooden wringer and an old medicine bottle from F.S. Steven’s Pharmacy in Auburn. 

From 1939 to 1951, George and his wife lived on their ranch in Applegate, and they operated Chaney’s Antique Shop. In 1951, they sold their ranch, closed their business and moved to Vancouver. Apropos for the season, of course, are George’s relatives: his brother, Lon Chaney, and his nephew, Lon Chaney, Jr. Although both actors had incredible careers in which they acted in a variety of film genres, both are most well-known for their forays into horror.

Lon Chaney’s most famous horror film was “The Phantom of the Opera”, which opened on Sept. 6, 1925.  Later that month, on Sept. 29 and 30, the film was shown at the Auburn Theatre. In all, he has 162 film credits. He died on August 26, 1930 at the age of 47 from bronchial lung cancer.

Lon Chaney Jr.’s most famous horror film was “The Wolf Man”, which opened on Dec. 12, 1941. The film played at the Moore Theatre in Lincoln on April 16 and 17 in 1942. Lon Chaney, Jr. starred in several horror movies from the early 1940s through the 1960s, the most notable of which are: “Ghost of Frankenstein”, which played at the Auburn State Theater on June 18, 1942, and “Son of Dracula”, which played at the Roseville Theatre July 13 and 14 in 1945. Lon Chaney, Jr. has 195 film and TV credits. He bought a ranch in nearby Cool in the early 1940s and was a frequent visitor to Auburn. He even stopped by the Placer County Museum in 1954 looking for television movie ideas. Lon Chaney, Jr. died on July 12, 1973, at the age of 67 from heart disease.

Photos: Clothes Wringer, c. 1880 Donated by George Chaney

Lon Chaney, Jr. as “The Wolf Man”, c. 1942

Fun things to do this week

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

Roseville:  Food Truck Mania, Celebrating California Show
Rocklin:  Movies in the Park
Auburn: Auburn Community Harvest Festival, Auburn Big Time-Pow Wow

...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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North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council meeting, Oct. 13, 6 p.m. Information
West Placer Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. Information
CANCELED - Donner Summit Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Oct. 20 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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