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Prepare now for incoming winter storm

Another winter storm will bring heavy snow to our mountain and foothill communities this weekend through early next week. Residents of these communities are urged to take advantage of the clear weather to stock up and prepare as travel conditions are expected to be difficult. Visit the Ready Placer Dashboard for news, traffic, hazard information and more. Learn more

Residents and business owners: 
Placer County public safety agencies are advising residents and businesses in the Sierra Nevada and foothill communities to monitor buildings, propane tanks and natural gas lines for signs of excessive loading due to heavy snow. Learn more

North Lake Tahoe visitors:
The National Weather Service is highly discouraging mountain travel this weekend. If you make the choice to visit the North Tahoe region, please be patient. The region has been cut off from supply shipments for several days, which means fuel is low and grocery supplies are limited. We are advising visitors to bring their own emergency supplies and additional fuel to ensure they are prepared for a worst-case scenario. Learn more



You toss, we sort: State organic waste regulation now in effect

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Food scraps, yard waste, paper and cardboard recycling is required by the state. We already separate recyclables like plastics and metals from your garbage. The same goes for organic waste, too. As always, you toss, we sort. Learn more


VIDEO: Progress of new Health and Human Services Center


Placer County’s new Health and Human Services Center is making great progress! Check out our video with a birds-eye view of wall panel installation and learn how multiple HHS divisions in one place benefits our community!
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Wildfire preparedness

NEW! Fire Safe Councils of Placer County newsletter


Stay informed about fire prevention and safety. Read the new Fire Safe Councils of Placer County newsletter - and be sure to subscribe for future editions. The newsletter contains important information about workshops, events and more. Read more and subscribe


New tent shelter stands in stark contrast to now-closed encampment

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The Placer County Mobile Temporary Shelter opened in North Auburn just days before the harsh winter weather arrived. Many anticipate the pilot program will stand as an example to other counties on how best to manage homelessness. Watch video




This week in Placer County history

chapman-hiker-photo-omaha-world-herald-4On March 1, 1932, a man in his 80s named William H. Chapman entered Roseville on foot. He told the Roseville Press Tribune that he began his hiking adventure with two much younger men in Milwaukee in July of 1923. According to Chapman, a publication put forth the theory that an elderly man could not outlast younger men on a long, cross-country hike. Apparently, they offered $5,000 to an “aged” person who could perform the feat. The younger men gave up after a few hundred miles. Once Chapman crossed the country, he decided to keep going. By the time he trudged into Roseville, he had been hiking for nearly nine years.

We couldn’t find any evidence of a $5,000 offer for a walking/hiking contest, but there are countless articles between 1923 and 1934 on Chapman and his cross-country adventure. We found articles from 21 different states, including California, and five Canadian provinces – from Florida to British Columbia and California to Maine.  Some newspapers claimed Chapman was a Civil War veteran and others that he served under General Custer and in others he was hired by Buffalo Bill as a scout and a few claimed all three. Two of these claims could not be confirmed and are likely just exaggerations meant to drum up support and interest, but a William H. Chapman did serve in the Seventh Calvary under General Custer and was not part of the Battle of Little Bighorn because he was delivering dispatches, which is exactly what Chapman told a few newspapers. Was this the same man who served under General Custer? We don’t know.

Unfortunately, his cross-country adventure ended when he died during a heat wave in Louisville, Kentucky on July 21, 1934. According to news reports, he had logged more than 23,000 miles during his journey.

Photograph of William H. Chapman published in the April 18, 1926, Omaha World-Herald

Fun things to do this week

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Don’t miss the fun coming this next week in...
Auburn: 4th Annual Blooming Art Show, Grand Opening of For the Love of Art Gallery
North Lake Tahoe: North Lake Tahoe Snow Fest Fireworks, Parade

...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: Foresthill Forum, March 6 Information
CANCELED: Sheridan Municipal Advisory Council meeting, March 8 Information
Tahoe Basin Area Plan proposed amendments workshop, March 9, 4 p.m. Information
Placer County Planning Commission Meeting, March 9, 10 a.m. Information
CANCELED: North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council meeting, March 9 Information
Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting, March 14, 9 a.m. Information
North Auburn Municipal Advisory Council meeting, March 14, 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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