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Work set to begin at future west Placer university site and extreme heat warnings throughout the region in this week's Placer County newsletter

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This #PlacerLife photo at the Auburn State Recreation Area was taken by @jlwxthomas on Instagram.

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Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Fourth of July

Happy Independence Day! We hope you have a blast this Fourth of July, but the holiday often comes with some avoidable hazards to watch out for. Read on for tips on celebrating America safely. 

See our Events section below for family-friendly community events near you

🎆 Due to our community’s vulnerability to damaging wildfires, all fireworks are illegal in unincorporated Placer County for everyone’s safety. Watch video message

🐶 Fourth of July can be a scary time for pets. Learn how to keep them safe. Fourth of July pet safety tips

☀️ The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning with temps over the next few days forecast to climb above 100. Here’s how you can beat the heat

🏞️ Out of an abundance of caution, Hidden Falls Regional Park will be closed June 30 through July 2 due to an excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service. The closure is part of our efforts to reduce the risk of wildfire. Visit our Parks website to find other parks throughout the county

❄️ Despite 100+ degree weather, river temperatures will remain in the frigid 45-55 degree range through the holiday. Please continue to be extremely cautious around the river. Hear from first responders how to Be River Wise

🚫 Officials are also warning visitors that alcohol is banned on the Truckee River from July 1-6, an annual safety ban originally passed by the Board of Supervisors in 2012. Know the rules before you go

Elder abuse

Home Safe program surpasses 150 elderly, at-risk clients served

Home Safe program, Shirley H

“I had gotten an eviction notice, they were gonna put me out on the street.” Shirley is one of 150+ local seniors, all victims of elder abuse or neglect, who have avoided homelessness with the help of the Home Safe program. Watch video

Community development

Infrastructure work at Placer One set to begin this summer

Community development

Important infrastructure improvements are set to begin at Placer One, a master-planned community in unincorporated west Placer County that includes a Sac State satellite campus, commercial employment, shopping, dining and housing. Read more


Placer budget for 2023-2024 increases services for growing population

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Our fiscal year 2023-2024 budget, adopted by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, funds increased public safety and health and human services for our growing community - with an eye toward “getting growth right.” Learn more

Library services

Placer County Library continues mobile service stops in Penryn

Placer mobile library service

The Placer County Library continues mobile library services in Penryn this summer at Griffith Quarry Park. Browse the collection, sign up for a library card, get recommendations from staff on what to read or watch next and more.
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Placer digital pet licenses

This week in Placer County history

Jack Shannon dressed up for the Gold Rush Revival

On June 26, 1928, 16 immigrants were officially naturalized as United States citizens at a ceremony in the Placer County Courthouse in Auburn.

One of them was Richard William Hemmje from Germany. What made Hemmje’s naturalization special was, according to the June 29, 1928, Lincoln News Messenger, Jack Shannon, a constable from Newcastle, testified to Hemmje’s good character.

Just 10 years prior, Shannon and Hemmje faced each other in the waning days of the Great War from their trenches on the same battlefield in Belgium. Shannon remarked to the Lincoln News Messenger that his regiment “got them and put them out.” But he also added that after he immigrated to the U.S., Hemmje “sometimes meets with the American Legion boys and they like him very much.”

Hemmje arrived at Ellis Island, New York, on Sept. 14, 1922. After being released, he first moved to El Dorado County before settling near Auburn. He was a rancher in the Auburn area until the 1950s when he moved to Lodi. He died in 1963 and is entombed in a mausoleum at the Lodi Memorial Park and Cemetery.

Richard Hemmje’s certificate

Photo: Jack Shannon dressed up for the Gold Rush Revival, c. 1937

Richard Hemmje’s certificate of arrival for naturalization purposes

Fun things to do this week

Fireworks display

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

Roseville: Fourth of July @the Grounds, Big Trucks Summer, Fountain Fridays Summer Concert
Rocklin: Celebrate America
Lincoln: 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks, Fourth of July Community Breakfast
Auburn: Auburn Chamber Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks
Colfax: July 3rd Celebration
North Lake Tahoe: Music on the Beach, Concerts at Commons Beach, Tahoe City Fourth of July Celebration

...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

People seated at a town hall meeting in a log-paneled community meeting hall

County offices CLOSED for Fourth of July holiday, July 4
Canceled - Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting, July 6
Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council meeting, July 6, 6 p.m. Information
Virtual North Tahoe Summer Construction and Transportation Town Hall meeting, July 6, 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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