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Be ready for dangerous, epic snowmelt and Historic Auburn courthouse lit in blue and green to recognize donate life month in this week's Placer County newsletter

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This #PlacerLife photo of a fluttering hummingbird was snapped on Olmstead Loop at the Auburn State Recreation Area by @instagaea on Instagram

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Stay alive and stay out of the river - this year is different

This winter is officially the second-snowiest ever recorded by the UC Berkeley Sierra Snow Lab in the past 77 years, which means high water levels, fast currents and cold water temperatures have created deadly conditions in our waterways. It is crucial that people stay out of rivers, creeks and streams as we go into the hot summer months ahead.

Prepare for flooding

The U.S. National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for greater North Lake Tahoe this weekend. Warming temperatures will bring renewed snowmelt and streamflow rises, especially for snow covered terrain below about 7,000 feet. Learn more

This year’s record snowpack is headed downhill as it melts with potential to cause damaging flooding even if you don’t live near creeks and streams. Most home insurance policies don’t cover flood losses, and new flood insurance policies usually take 30 days to go into effect. Now’s the time to confirm whether you have the right insurance coverage for your property for flood hazards and more ahead of the coming wildfire season. Residents of unincorporated Placer County are eligible for discounted flood insurance through Placer’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. Learn more


Donate Life month

April is Donate Life Month to raise awareness for organ donation

Drone shot of courthouse lit blue and green

The Board of Supervisors has proclaimed April as Donate Life Month in Placer County to celebrate life-saving organ donations. The colonnade of the historic courthouse will again be lit in the Donate Life colors of blue and green. Learn more

Public utilities

Save your pipes, keep ‘flushable’ wipes out of the toilet

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Did you know that ‘flushable’ wipes aren’t flushable? Not only do they not dissolve, they clog public sewer lines, which is expensive to fix - not to mention totally gross. Save your pipes and toss your wipes in the trash. Learn more

Wildfire prevention 

Help defend your property from hazards with our Chipper Program

Crews clear area with chipper machine

Our Chipper Program provides a low-cost, chipping service to help landowners meet defensible space goals. Cost-share fees may be waived for homeowners who either: are disabled or have a low household income. Learn more

Drug safety

Free countywide medication take-back on April 22

Collection of pills and pill bottles

A free medication take-back event will take place at locations across Placer County on Saturday April 22. With your help, Placer County collected 4,746 pounds of medication at our drug take-back event last fall. Learn more




This week in Placer County history

waldo-sac-bee-10-24-1933_crop.jpgIn the April 12, 1934, issue of the Auburn Journal and the April 14, 1934, issue of the Placer Herald, it was reported that local author, Harold Waldo, was recovering from an operation to amputate his right leg above the knee after badly breaking his femur the week prior.

As painful as the injury sounds, the 44-year-old had been a paraplegic since a spinal injury at the age of 14 and had no feeling in his legs.

Waldo, who was confined to a wheelchair, became a well-known and acclaimed writer. Two of his novels, “Stash of the Marsh Country” and “The Magic Midland,” are classics. He also published numerous short stories.

Waldo’s work was especially appreciated by then Kentucky Governor Ruby Laffoon, who, in 1933, commissioned Harold Waldo as the 1331st Kentucky Colonel. In the same ceremony, Laffoon commissioned Mae West and Will Rogers as Kentucky Colonels as well.

Harold Waldo died in 1951 and is buried in the Old Auburn Cemetery and will likely be featured in a future Old Auburn Cemetery Tour.

Photo: Harold Waldo in the Oct. 24, 1933, edition of The Sacramento Bee


Fun things to do this week

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

Roseville: Food Truck Mania, Placer Valley Business Summit, Earth Night

Auburn: Bear River Community Celebration Day, Kids’ Nature Discovery Day

Virtual: Tri-county Virtual Job Fair

...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 Tahoe Community Alliance
Tahoe City Downtown 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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Donner Summit Municipal Advisory Council meeting, April 13, 6 p.m. Information
Placer Conservation Authority Board special meeting, April 17, 10 a.m. Information
Board of Supervisors meeting, April 18, 8:30 a.m. Information
West Placer Municipal Advisory Council meeting, April 19, 6:30 p.m. Information
North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council meeting, April 20, 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. 

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