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Residents urged to protest release of sexually violent predator and Baseline Road closure will affect traffic in this week’s Placer County newsletter

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Sheriff Wayne Woo with a crowd of officials and residents speak at state hearing in protest.

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Residents urged to oppose transient release of sexual violent predator

A crowd of upset residents turned out for a state hearing Monday morning to oppose the transient release of sexually violent predator William Stephenson into Placer County. Liberty Healthcare, a contractor for the California Department of State Hospitals, is recommending Stephenson be released into an RV or motel due to its inability to find more permanent housing. Placer County’s sheriff, district attorney and the Board of Supervisors are urging residents to submit comments online at the SVP transient release case portal to oppose the transient release, which is considered more difficult to monitor with a higher rate of recidivism. 

The deadline to submit comments is tomorrow (Aug. 25) at midnight for the Placer County Superior Court hearing in Roseville on Sept. 1 at 8:30 a.m. District Attorney Morgan Gire released the following video message. Watch Video

Library services

Placer County Youth Commission art piece on display at Auburn Library

Colorfully patterned, wooden letters spell out "Celebrate Diversity" on library wall

A piece of artwork created by the Placer County Youth Commission will be on display at the Auburn Library now through September. The collage artwork is a collaboration between the youth commission and local organizations. Read more


Baseline Road closure will affect nighttime traffic Aug. 27-31

Road Closed Detour sign on street

Road work will close Baseline Road between Fiddyment Road and Watt Avenue during the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Aug. 27-31 (watch our video on the future of Baseline Road). Please allow for extra time on your commute. Read more

West Nile virus

West Nile virus transmission risk remains high in Placer County

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Sacramento County reported the region’s first West Nile virus death this year. Placer continues to detect record levels of West Nile in mosquito samples and dead birds. It’s more important than ever to protect yourself. Learn more


Register today for our insurance affordability and availability webinar

Foothills home in a clearing surrounded by trees

The California Department of Insurance will join us Aug. 28 to discuss the latest news about homeowners insurance, updates on the FAIR Plan and tips if you have been non-renewed or have claims that have not been paid. Register today

At 7:45 the morning of Aug. 23, 1931, Myrtle Huddleston entered the cool water of Lake Tahoe on the Nevada side of the lake near Glenbrook in an attempt to become the first person to swim across the lake.

Though a strong swimmer, powerful cross currents and a gusty wind pushed her off course, which added time and distance to her endeavor. She struggled throughout the day to keep a good pace, but the water, which was much colder further out, began to drain her energy.

Buoyed by the shouts of encouragement from her 15-year-old son, who was in one of the support boats nearby, Myrtle found the strength to keep going.

Eager observers at Tahoe Tavern in Tahoe City watched Myrtle’s progress through binoculars until the sun sank below the mountains.

In darkness, and exhausted to the point of hallucinating, Myrtle kept swimming.

As dawn broke, the area around Tahoe Tavern erupted with sound: alarms from local police cars, whistles from steamships, and the roar and rumble of an excited crowd.

Myrtle was close, and everyone knew she would make it.

At 6:54 the morning of Aug. 24, Myrtle reached the pier at Tahoe Tavern. She was the first person to swim across Lake Tahoe. She completed the trip in a grueling 23 hours and nine minutes.

Four years earlier, in 1927, Myrtle became the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel, despite being attacked by a barracuda.

Her swimming feats ended with her untimely death in 1937 at the age of 40 due to high blood pressure.

Photos: Myrtle Huddleston, c. 1928 and Tahoe Tavern, c. 1930

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...

Lincoln: Lincoln Airport Open House
Auburn: The Exchange Artisan Markets
North Lake Tahoe: Music on the Beach, Concerts at Commons Beach, Blues Days in the Village

...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.

Advisory committees and commissions

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Whether it’s representing your community or sharing your expertise on topics like agriculture or parks, there are always opportunities for you to help advise county leaders on the issues that matter to you most. Recruitment is open now to fill seats on the following committees or commissions, among others. Learn more and apply

Current recruitments include:

Upcoming public meetings and events

BOS meeting

Placer Conservation Authority special meeting, Aug. 28, 11 a.m. Information
Insurance affordability and availability webinar, Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m. Information
Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting, Aug. 29, 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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