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Winter storm warning, how we keep the roads clear and more in this week's Placer County newsletter

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This #PlacerLife photo of North Lake Tahoe was taken by @treelovingfreebird on Instagram.

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Placer County under a winter storm warning. What to know

  • Stay informed about incidents and emergencies in your area. Sign up for the Placer Alert notification system.
  • Visit our ReadyPlacer Dashboard for up-to-date road conditions, reported downed trees, what to do during a power outage and other winter preparedness tips.


Waste services

Prep your bear box for winter service


Keep your bear box accessible during the winter months. Shovel out the area in front of your bear box after all of the snowplows come through, so sanitation workers have clear and safe access from the road to dispose of your trash.
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Workforce housing

Workforce housing in Tahoe gets funding boost


Our board approved more than half-a-million dollars in additional funding for homebuyers in eastern Placer County to address the shortage of local worker housing. Applicants can receive up to $160K of the purchase price.
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North Lake Tahoe

Traveling to Tahoe? Pack your patience

gridlock traffic in the snow

Snowy conditions and an increased number of visitors throughout the North Lake Tahoe region this weekend will likely result in significant delays, specifically along state Route 89. Visitors should consider taking public transit.
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Snow removal

Wait, it’s snowing now in … Auburn?


With snow levels forecast to drop this week to as low as Penryn, our snowplow drivers have their work cut out for them. See what it takes, working around the clock, to keep county roads clear for everyone’s safety.
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This week in Placer County history

dependener_crop.jpgOn the evening of Feb. 20, 1928, Placer County Sheriff Elmer Gum, Deputy Frank Dependener (Big Dip), Constable A.A. Pilliard and Operative Wallace Polson were returning from a liquor raid with a suspect, Joe Poeta, when the car, driven by Gum, side-swiped a car driven by Frank Manes on the Lincoln Highway near the Wise Power Plant about 1 mile west of Auburn.

Deputy Dependener was thrown from the vehicle and was killed instantly. Sheriff Gum suffered broken ribs, Joe Poeta a broken arm, and Pilliard and Wallace suffered minor injuries. Frank Manes escaped injury, but his wife suffered lacerations.

Deputy Dependener was one of the most renowned, respected lawmen in the county. He was hired as a Placer County Sheriff’s deputy by Sheriff Conroy in the early 1890s and served every subsequent sheriff until his untimely death.

He was famously wounded in a shootout at the courthouse in 1916 with the Cox brothers.

He played a significant role in the investigation of Adolph Weber, who murdered his entire family in 1904, and in the pursuit of Tanko and Hall, who had escaped from San Quentin Prison in 1918. 

He was also known for his size, standing at around 6’7”, hence the nickname “Big Dip.” Dependener was an old school deputy who preferred riding on horses or in wagons and purposely never learned how to drive a car. 

“You never can tell what’s going to happen on one of these automobile trips,” he once said.

Dependener was buried in the Old Auburn Cemetery on Feb. 23 and is featured in the Old Auburn Cemetery Tour and the Old Auburn Ghost Tours.

Photo: Deputy Frank “Big Dip” Dependener, c. 1925

Fun things to do this week

Man jumping between rocks with Donner Lake in the background

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

Roseville: Black Excellence: A Day of Celebration

Auburn: Sacred Earth and Healing Arts of Tibet Tour

...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 - Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council meeting, Feb. 23 Information
Board of Supervisors meeting, Feb. 28, 9 a.m. Information
Placer Conservation Authority Advisory Committee meeting, March 1, 11 a.m. Information
Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council meeting, March 2, 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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