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This #PlacerLife photo of adorable, shaggy-coated donkeys was taken by @bennetthomestead on Instagram.

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Beacon Economics presentation at Placer Valley 2022

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Are we heading into a recession? One well-known economist says NO!

Nationally recognized economist Dr. Chris Thornberg, founder of Beacon Economics, highlighted a variety of economic trends in his keynote address during Placer Valley 2022 and shared insight into Placer’s economic strengths and weaknesses.
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VIDEO: Dowd Road bridge replacement complete, helps prevent flooding

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Work is now complete on the Dowd Road bridge replacement project in rural Lincoln, a project designed to include a second lane to accommodate increased traffic and to greatly reduce the risk of seasonal flooding over the roadway. Watch video

Public health

Get rid of unwanted prescriptions and drugs this Saturday

Free Medication Takeback on October 29

Description: Don't let unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs fall into the wrong hands or the environment. Get rid of them for free at medication take-back events around the county, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Learn more

Wildfire preparedness

Low-cost chipper program available to help with defensible space needs

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Defensible space is only a call away with our low-cost chipper program. Run by the Placer Resource Conservation District and supported by our Probation Department, this program can help you with your land management needs. Learn more

Education opportunities

Placer One ground-breaking paves way for new Sac State campus

Officials digging into the ground at the Placer One construction site

Taylor Builders joined leaders from Sac. State, Sierra College and Placer County to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new master-planned community that will lead to a new university campus and transfer center in Placer County. Watch video

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This week in Placer County history

Newspaper clipping for 1900's accused murderer, Alma Bell

The week of Oct. 25, 1909, Alma Bell prepared with her attorneys, L.L. Chamberlain and W.J. Prewett, for her upcoming trial for the homicide of Joe Armes. Originally, the trial was to begin in late October, but it was pushed back to Nov. 10.

Alma, the daughter of locally famous pocket gold miner Pike Bell, was in love with Joe. According to Alma, Joe agreed to marry her after she told him she thought she was pregnant, but he wanted nothing to do with her when he discovered she was not with child.

On the evening of June 5, 1909, Alma fatally shot Joe Armes through the heart. The crime was sensational and was reported in newspapers across the county. Through it all, Alma was steadfast. In her mind, she was justified because Joe rejected her, but she still loved him.

Throughout the trial, Alma was in mourning and at times wore a black dress with a wide-brimmed black hat. On Nov. 24, 1909, the jury of 12 men found Alma innocent by reason of insanity. Alma eventually settled in San Francisco where she ran a boarding house. She died in 1952 and is buried near her father in the Old Auburn Cemetery in an unmarked grave.

But, as we approach Halloween, we should note that some people do not believe Alma is at rest. In the 1970s, a night custodian in the Historic Courthouse in Auburn once saw a woman in an old fashioned long black dress and wearing a wide-brimmed black hat glide across the floor and go through a closed locked door. Recently, a court clerk and one of the bailiffs in the courthouse thought they saw part of a long black skirt dart around a corner when no one was there.

Who is the mysterious woman in black? We don’t know for sure, but some point to the style of dress and surmise it could be Alma. Happy Halloween!

Photo: Clipping from the Nov. 25, 1909, San Francisco Call

Fun things to do this week

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

Roseville: Family Fun Night

Rocklin: Park Pulse, Quarry Park Adventures – Trunk or Treat

Auburn: Old Town Auburn Safe Trick-or-Treating, Downtown Auburn Safe Trick-or-Treating

Colfax: Trunk or Treat

North Lake Tahoe: Downtown Trick or Treat – Tahoe City

...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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Horseshoe Bar-Penryn Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Nov. 1, 6 p.m. Information
Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Nov. 2, 6 p.m. Information
Newcastle-Ophir Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Nov. 3, 6 p.m. Information
CANCELED - Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Nov. 3. 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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