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Light it up! The  Historic Auburn Courthouse dome is illuminated with orange from Nov. 1 to Nov. 23 in support of the Mountain Mandarin Festival, which takes place at the Gold Country Fairgrounds from Nov. 18-20.

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Be prepared for winter weather

Placer County experienced one of its first winter storms of the season this week with more weather on the way next week to the valley, foothills and Sierra. Don’t underestimate the power of winter storms. Here’s a rundown of winter-weather related tips:

❄️ The California Highway Patrol patrol offers winter driving tips to know before you head out to snow country.

❄️ Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time. Sign up for local weather forecasts 

❄️ Winter parking restrictions in eastern Placer County are now in effect. Learn more

❄️ Flood insurance isn’t part of most home insurance policies and takes 30 days to go into effect after purchase. Placer County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, giving our residents discounts on flood insurance policies. Learn more

❄️ Visit our Ready Placer website for winter season tips and information, including road conditions, preparing for snow, home and vehicle preparedness and more. Learn more

Wildfire preparedness

Burn suspension lifted in Placer County

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Those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. The burn suspension was formally lifted by CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Unit Chief Brian Estes.
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Weekend hours and early voting at the Placer County Elections Office

Placer County Elections Office

Open this weekend, Nov. 5 and 6 from
10 a.m. – 3 p.m., the Placer County Elections Office is ready to help county residents cast their votes in the Nov. 8 general election. Visit our Elections Office online to learn how you can vote early! Learn more


Speak up for mental health services

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Placer County community members are invited to participate in a short online survey to help strengthen county mental health services. We’re collecting input to help shape the county’s 3-year Mental Health Services Act plan.
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Put ALL of your trash, including recyclables, into our Tahoe trash bins

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Did you know that in North Lake Tahoe you can toss your trash, including recyclables, into the same trash bin ? You sure can! You toss, we sort - it’s that easy! Look for our newly branded public trash bins during your next visit.
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This week in Placer County history

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On Nov. 2, 1965, Gallant Bess, an old mare that belonged to Arthur Parker whose ranch was in the Mt. Vernon area near Auburn, was taken to UC Davis to be humanely put down. Her advanced age and an incurable brain tumor made the trip necessary. Were this any other horse, it might not have garnered the front page of the Auburn Journal. But Gallant Bess was a war hero and a movie star.

In 1942, U.S. forces invaded Tulagi, one of the Solomon Islands in the Pacific, as part of the larger Guadalcanal Campaign of World War II. After an intense battle, a horse was found wounded and next to the horse was a young filly. 

The mother was put down by her Australian owner, but the American forces did what they could to keep the young filly safe. The Australian had named her Gallant Bess. Arthur Parker was a chief warrant officer in the Navy and a horseman, and he instantly took a liking to the filly. 

Parker did all he could to transport the horse from Tulagi to his next assignment in the Pacific and then finally to Long Beach. 

She was a favorite of the servicemen and often slept next to their bunks. She was one of them. She had been in battle, tasted blood and was an inspiration to all she served with. She learned to untie knots, perform tricks and, according to Parker, acted more like a dog than a horse. 

By the time Parker and Bess reached Long Beach, Bess was famous and Hollywood came knocking. In 1944, filming began on a movie that was loosely based on her story and Bess, of course, played herself. “Gallant Bess” was released in 1946. 

While on the MGM lot, she made friends with Gregory Peck and a young child actress named Elizabeth Taylor, who often shared her lunch with the famous horse. Soon after the film, Parker and Bess made their way to a quiet, peaceful ranch near Auburn. In 1955, she made an appearance at the Auburn State Theater when the film was shown as part of a special Easter matinee for children.

“I always thought she’d outlive me,” Parker said in 1965. He was a veteran of both World War I and II. He died in 1982 and is buried in the Old Auburn Cemetery.

Fun things to do this week

Man rock hopping along Twin Peaks in Lake Tahoe

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

Roseville: Holiday Craft Fair, All Nations Native Craft Fair, Food Truck Mania

Loomis: Celebration of the Arts

Auburn: Silver Screen Classic Movies: State of the Union, Beautiful Mind Presents: An Evening of Song and Story

...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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CANCELED - Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Nov. 3, Information
Newcastle-Ophir Municipal Advisory Council special meeting, Nov. 3, 6 p.m. Information
Foresthill Forum meeting, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Information
Board of Supervisors meeting, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. Information
North Auburn Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Nov. 8, 6 p.m. Information
North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council special meeting, Nov. 9, 6 p.m. Information
Sheridan Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. Information
Planning Commission meeting, Nov. 10, 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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