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Be River Wise: Public safety officials issue warning on dangerous river conditions and a grant-funded upgrade is approved for the Auburn Library in this week’s Placer County newsletter

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This #PlacerLife photo, taken by @warren_g_asher on Instagram, was captured in North Lake Tahoe. Find bear safety tips on the Placer County website.

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Be river wise this warm spring weekend

Hot temps begin this weekend, and public safety officials are making another plea to stay out of the rivers in Placer County. With the record-setting winter, snow melting from the Sierra down to our rivers is going to make for faster and stronger water. Flows across the American River are expected to exceed 8,000 cubic feet per second this weekend – that’s about 64,000 pounds of force constantly flowing down the river! If you get swept in, there’s a great chance you won’t come out.

The snowmelt is also going to keep river water colder (40-45 degrees) for much of the summer. Spending as little as 15 minutes in river water is long enough to make your body hypothermic and seize your muscles, making you unable to stay afloat. Be river wise. This year is different.

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Library services

$4.9 million grant, matching funds approved for Auburn Library

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The Auburn Library will undergo $9.8 million in improvements including: new heating and air conditioning units, public restroom renovations and the installation of an elevator among electrical and safety feature upgrades. Read more


Placer awarded $658,457 to reduce wildfire risk, promote forest health

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Our Department of Parks and Open Space has received a $658,457 grant from the California Tahoe Conservancy to fund fuel load reduction on county-owned properties in the Lake Tahoe Basin - helping protect neighbors from wildfire. Learn more

Health and safety

Placer committed to fighting the fentanyl crisis through collaboration

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This week, on National Fentanyl Awareness Day, our Board of Supervisors approved a proclamation reaffirming the county’s commitment to fighting the fentanyl crisis. Learn more about what’s being done. Read more


Where should new electric vehicle charging stations be in Placer County?

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Do you own or lease an electric vehicle or have thought about driving one in the future? Placer County’s Community Resource Development Agency is asking you to take 10 minutes to help shape the county’s future for electric vehicle readiness. Read more

This week in Placer County history


On May 10, 1950, 14-year-old Imogene Wittsche and her Roseville family settled their lawsuit against Phil Davis, a wealthy auto dealer from Oakland, in the amount of $160,000. Davis was convicted the preceding October of negligence and was found responsible for the boating accident that resulted in the loss of both of Imogene’s legs below the knee. He was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and serve six months in jail.

Imogene was swimming in Lake Tahoe with a friend when the speedboat piloted by Davis drove over her, the propellers mangling her legs. The tragedy was reported in newspapers across the country. Imogene, fitted with prosthetic legs, led an active life at Roseville High School and graduated in 1953. But what made Imogene special was the gift she continued to pay forward.

When Imogene learned she lost her legs, she fell into a deep depression, but her spirits lifted when 14-year-old Norma Carothers from Kansas walked into Imogene’s hospital room on two prosthetic legs. Norma had also lost her legs in an accident. “It makes a lot of difference when someone tells you the things you can do and can prove it,” she told the Roseville Press Tribune (June 5, 1953).

For many years afterward, Imogene traveled to hospitals throughout the region to visit young amputees, show them they were not alone and demonstrate they could do things that seemed impossible. Imogene married a Korean War veteran, William Haynes, in 1954 and they had two children. William died in 2010, Imogene followed in 2018 and both are buried in the Roseville Cemetery.

Photo: The Sacramento Bee clipping, May 11, 1950.

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Fun things to do this week


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

Roseville: Food Truck Mania
Lincoln: Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest
Auburn: Auburn Cruise Night, “Stop the Embers” Community Wildfire Preparedness Festival
Foothills: Placer Wine Trail: Mother’s Day Weekend

...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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Newcastle/Ophir Municipal Advisory Council meeting, May 15, 6 p.m. Information 
Rural Lincoln Municipal Advisory Council meeting, May 15, 7 p.m. Information
Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council special meeting, May 16, 6 p.m. Information
Weimar/Applegate/Colfax Municipal Advisory Council meeting, May 17, 6 p.m. Information
West Placer Municipal Advisory Council meeting, May 17, 6:30 p.m. Information
Zoning Administrator/Parcel Review Committee meeting, May 18, 9 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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