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Placer family brings fentanyl message to Washington and Animal Control asking for blanket donations for pups in this week's Placer County newsletter

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This #PlacerLife photo of a double rainbow over Auburn was taken by @davidhcollier on Instagram

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Laura Didier and representatives at the State of the Union


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Placer family takes fentanyl awareness message to Washington

Rocklin’s Chris and Laura Didier were the guests of U.S. Rep. Kevin Kiley at this week’s State of the Union address, highlighting the growing crisis of fentanyl-related deaths across the nation. The Didiers lost their 17-year-old son Zach to fentanyl poisoning in 2020, after he took a pill he thought was a prescription pain pill that was really a fake pill made with fentanyl.

Our 1 Pill Can Kill campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of fentanyl, sharing crucial information and resources to help keep your family safe. Learn more

LIsten to the Didiers tell their story in the “One Pill Can Kill” series, now available wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more



“Booming” to save crops in western Placer County

Booming to protect crops from geese

Squawk. Boom. Squawk. Ever wonder what those loud booming noises are in western Placer County? Learn about the harmless (but loud) tool farmers use to save thousands of dollars in crop damage from hungry geese. Learn more

Tax prep

Free tax prep program to host pop-up drop-off events locally

Placer County free tax prep

Families and individuals who are eligible for our free tax prep program can take advantage of pop-up drop-off events in Colfax, Foresthill, Sheridan and Roseville in February and March. View online or call 211 to schedule your date. More info

Information and referral

Have you called or (texted) 211 yet?

Happy 211 Day, Placer

Feb. 11 (2/11) is National 211 Day! If you need help, call, text or visit online 24/7! You can also text GETHELPPLACER or AYUDACOMUNITARIA (for Spanish) to 898211 to receive texts about local services, events and more. Learn more

Animal welfare

As much as we like pup kisses… We need your help securing donations

Officer Dan gets a kiss from a pooch

We’re in need of cozy, comforter-type or thick blankets for our Animal Control trucks, so the animals can have a soft bed to travel on and Officer Dan can have his lap back! We are also in need of canned and dry cat food. How to help




This week in Placer County history

kinney_crop.jpgOn Feb. 7, 1933, James Stewart, Auburn Mining engineer, was found not guilty of a charge of disturbing the peace.

He was initially charged and arrested by Placer County probation officer L.J. Kinney on Dec. 13, 1932, after Stewart verbally upbraided Kinney for his handling of a destitute case in Placer County.

At issue was a family in dire straits living in an abandoned house in Dutch Flat without adequate clothing or food. The couple had seven children. James and his wife discovered the family while distributing Red Cross supplies to needy families.

Mrs. Stewart immediately brought it to the attention of Officer Kinney and requested he bring the children to Auburn for proper care and have the mother admitted to the hospital, but Kinney said he had no funds to assist the family.

After her request was turned down a second time, Mr. Stewart confronted Kinney in his office, resulting in the charge.

This was during the Great Depression and scenes like this played out all over the country. Of particular note is that for the 1939 Auburn Gold Show, people voted for the “Number 1 Citizen” and James Stewart won, beating out notable Auburn resident Guy Lukens by garnering more than double the votes.

Photo: Placer County Probation Officer L.J. Kinney, c. 1932. This is a detail of a photograph of Placer County officials.

Fun things to do this week

Fun things to do this week

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

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

Joint North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council and Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Feb. 9, 6 p.m. Information
Board of Supervisors meeting, Feb. 14, 9 a.m. Information
CANCELED - West Placer Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Feb. 15 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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