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Reward offered for animal cruelty suspect, first pediatric flu-related death and more in this week's Placer County newsletter

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This #PlacerLife photo of a magical rainbow in Auburn was taken by @outnaboutallie on Instagram.

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Featured story

Reward now offered in suspicious deaths of 14 animals

Placer County Animal Services is seeking information that could help identify a suspect in the suspicious deaths of 13 cats and one hawk. The Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these crimes. Read more


Health and safety

If you listen to only one fentanyl warning listen to this


We conclude our “One Pill Can Kill” story series with a final bonus episode focusing on the most important things we all need to know about the dangers of fentanyl. If you listen to only one episode, make it this one. Learn more

Health and safety

First pediatric flu death of this season

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Placer County Public Health has been notified of the first pediatric flu death in the county this season. Influenza activity has subsided in Placer County since peaking in December, yet flu activity can continue into May. Read more

Waste and recycling

Now accepting unwanted mattresses and box springs from public

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The Western Placer Waste Management Authority has joined a growing list of the Bye Bye Mattress program collection site participants. This week the WPWMA will accept old mattresses and box springs every day, for free. Read more

Community development

Survey: Want shorter commutes and clean air?

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Interested in shorter commutes and better air quality in North Auburn, Penryn, Granite Bay and Newcastle? Placer County planners want your input for the future of mobility and infill projects. Take our short survey. Read more




This week in Placer County history

gold-run-depot_crop.jpgOn Feb. 2, 1884, readers of the Placer Herald were informed of an unusual display near the Gold Run Train Depot. The Placer Herald noted that “passengers of the Central Pacific are considerably puzzled by a little railroad set up on the trestles at the Gold Run station.”

The railroad set was a toy made by the agent of the station, Captain Davison, for his children. The tracks were about one foot apart in an oval and the engine and tender were about two feet high. The engine was powered by steam generated by a coal oil lamp. 

This was not the first model train, but it is a very early example of one – especially one that was propelled by steam. The popularity of model trains began in 1891 when the Marklin Company in Germany began mass producing wind-up train sets. 

In 1896, Carlisle and Finch, a company in Ohio, produced the first electric train sets that ran on metal tracks. The Lionel Manufacturing Company followed in 1901 with their own electric train set and the popularity of model trains swelled, especially with children.

Currently, there are more than half a million model train collectors in the U.S., though most who enjoy the hobby today are young at heart.

Photo: Gold Run Depot, c. 1900


Fun things to do this week

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No events scheduled this week but visit our website for ongoing 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, Feb. 2, 6 p.m. Information
Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Feb. 2, 6 p.m. Information
Foresthill Forum meeting, Feb. 6, 7 p.m. Information
SPECIAL MEETING - Sheridan Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Information
Joint North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council and Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Feb. 9, 6 p.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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