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Placer's rural areas to receive a broadband boost, Supervisors approve the Creekview Ranch subdivision and more in this week's Placer County newsletter

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Broadband coming to rural placer


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Rural Placer County residents to receive broadband access

Exciting news for Placer County residents! The Board of Supervisors has approved funding to bring more broadband services to areas where access has been limited due to geography and infrastructure. See where


Community development

Board of Supervisors approves Creekview Ranch development

Creekview ranch subdivision development

The Placer County Board of Supervisors took action Tuesday to approve a suite of entitlements for the development of Creekview Ranch, a 597 single-family residential development on 185.6 acres in west Placer. Read more

Honoring veterans 

World War II-era Japanese Americans to be honored at plaque ceremony

Rescue of the Lost Battalion Monument

The Placer Chapter of the Japanese Americans Citizens League and Grand Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West invites you to attend the dedication of two new plaques honoring WWII-era Japanese Americans at 1 p.m. on April 29. Learn more

Children and families

Giveaways & more at Child and Family Resource Fair on April 27

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Join us in Roseville on Thursday, April 27, for a day of resources, giveaways, fun and education for families in Placer County. Connect with local programs, get freebies like toothbrushes and diapers, and much more! Join us


New tennis and pickleball courts coming to North Tahoe Regional Park

North Tahoe Regional Park

Construction of new tennis and pickleball courts at the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista will begin later this year after a critical funding component was approved by our Board of Supervisors this week.
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This week in Placer County history

sergeant-donald-cameron_original.pngDuring the week of April 17, 1944, Mrs. Stanley Cutforth of Applegate received a letter from her son, Sgt. Donald Cameron, from a prisoner of war camp somewhere in Germany. Sgt. Cameron was a gunner, one of 10- crew members, on a B-17 ‘flying fortress’ that was shot down during a bombing mission over Germany in late November of 1943. He was one of only two who survived by jumping from the plane with a parachute. This was his first mission.

In the highly censored letter, published in the April 21, 1944, Colfax Record, Sgt. Cameron wrote:

 “Dear Mammy,

“Well finally procured a prison number, which is nothing to be proud of, I guess, but it does enable me to write to you, for which I am very grateful…I don’t know if the boys in my barracks in England will send home my personal belongings or not, but if they do I hope you will write and tell me what all came.

“P.S. Please send all the candy you can, plus a couple of toothbrushes.”

On June 19, 1945, Sgt. Cameron stepped off a bus in Applegate and returned home for the first time since he left for the war in the fall of 1943. 

He spent nearly 19 months in the prisoner of war camp in Germany. Soon after his return, Cameron was hired by PG&E, a company he stayed with until his retirement in 1981. The 1953 film “Stalag 17,” which starred William Holden, was based on a story by one of Donald Cameron’s fellow prisoners. Cameron was cast, along with 13 other former prisoners of war, as an extra in the film.

Donald Cameron died in 2001 and is buried in the Colfax Cemetery.

Photo: Sgt. Donald Cameron in the September 10, 1943, issue of The Colfax Record



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...

Countywide: Prescription drug take-back event

Foothills: Wine and Ale Trail

Roseville: UC Master Gardeners Garden Faire

Auburn: American River Earth Day Cleanup, Hip Hop Congress Earth Day Festival

...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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North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council meeting, April 20, 6 p.m. Information
Tahoe Basin Design Review Committee meeting, April 25, 4 p.m. Information
Planning Commission meeting, April 27, 10 a.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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