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French Meadows Reservoir

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This #PlacerLife photo of French Meadows Reservoir was taken by @shmeegins_adventures on Instagram

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ESUC training

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United in Tahoe, to keep our community safe during emergencies

Members of law enforcement and fire are instinctively adept at handling critical incidents  and continuous training is vital to ensure efficiency when seconds count. On Wednesday, we hosted Unified Command Training with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire and the Placer County Office of Emergency Services at Palisades Tahoe. Law enforcement and fire agencies from across the Tahoe-Nevada region participated in the training, which was intended to familiarize first responders with the unified command structure and how to best handle critical incidents when multiple agencies are involved. Watch video

And tune in for a special presentation to the Board of Supervisors on how Placer County public safety agencies are preparing for future emergencies Tuesday, July 25 at 9:45 a.m. Placer County Sheriff Wayne Woo and CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire Department Chief Brian Estes will be among the presenters. Meeting details 

North Lake Tahoe

SNOW Museum and Community Cultural Center draft EIR released

SNOW Museum and Community Cultural Center

Placer County has released for public review a draft environmental impact report for the SNOW Museum and Community Cultural Center, which would celebrate the 1960 Winter Olympics and winter sports history in the Sierra Nevada. Learn more

Community outreach

Do you have one minute a month to make Placer County better?

Flash vote sign up

Join your friends and neighbors and make your voice heard on important local issues by signing up for FlashVote. You’ll get a short, one-minute survey no more than once a month and see full survey results within 48 hours! Sign up

Library services

Library’s summer reading challenge approaching million-minute milestone

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Placer County readers are inching closer and closer to a summer reading milestone – and the outrageous reward that comes with it. Our library’s summer reading challenge of logging a million minutes has surpassed the 860,000 mark. Read more

Animal services

Puppy party at our place - adopt your new furever friend!

Playful puppy party at Placer

Placer County Animal Services has never seen such an abundance of puppies at our shelter and we are so excited to help them find their amazing new homes! Check out some of the puppies available for adoption or fostering. Learn more

Film Placer Tahoe - submit a location

This week in Placer County history

Baldy and two red cross nurses

On July 21, 1917, the Placer Herald reported that Esther Birdsall Darling had received the Croix de Guerre from the French government on behalf of her dogs and their heroic service in World War I. 

Esther Birdsall Darling, daughter of Frederick Birdsall and sister of California state Senator E.S. Birdsall, spent her summers in Auburn where her father owned the Bear River Ditch Company and Aeolia Olive Oil Company.

In August 1907, Esther married Charles Edward "Ned" Darling, an Alaskan merchant, and the couple settled in Nome, Alaska. It was there that Esther became enthralled with sled dog teams and partnered with Scotty Allan to form the Allan and Darling Kennel.

The dogs from their kennel won the All Alaska Sweepstakes, a 408-mile race, in 1911 and 1912.In 1913, Esther wrote “Baldy of Nome,” the story of Baldy, a racing dog of the Allan and Darling Kennels who leads his sled team to victory and saves the life of his driver, Scotty Allan. It was an instant hit.

When the United States entered World War I, Esther and Scotty Allan were commissioned to provide dogs from their kennel for the war effort.

In total, 430 dogs were sent to France to assist in various tasks, including carrying ammunition and aiding in the rescue of the wounded.

The Allan and Darling dogs proved to be invaluable in these dangerous and challenging circumstances, and in 1917 were awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government for their courageous efforts in transporting 90 tons of shells to an isolated post under relentless fire during a four-day blizzard.

After the war Esther continued writing and found herself in demand as a speaker.

Esther returned to Auburn to live with family in 1954 and passed away in 1965 at the age of 96.

New Placer County Museum exhibit - Historic courthouse

Fun things to do this week

dog on kayak

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

Roseville: Roseville’s Downtown Tuesday Night Concerts
Lincoln: Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest
Newcastle: The Farmacy
Auburn: Juntos Afuera! - An Open Preserve Day, The Exchange Artisan Market
North Lake Tahoe: Music on the Beach, Concerts at Commons Beach, Blues Day in the Village, Tahoe City Lakeside Movie Series, Free Street Yoga

...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

BOS meeting

Donner Summit Municipal Advisory Council meeting, July 24, 6 p.m. Information
Board of Supervisors meeting in Tahoe, July 25, 9 a.m. Information
CANCELED - Horseshoe Bar/Penryn Municipal Advisory Council meeting, July 25, 6 p.m.
Planning Commission meeting, July 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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