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New invasive species found in Lake Tahoe, take the pledge against fentanyl and more in this week’s Placer County newsletter

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Cluster of green-red jujube fruit

Photo of the week

This #PlacerLife photo of the jujube fruit was taken by @placerfarmrsmkt on Instagram. Pick up a bag on Tuesdays at the PlacerGROWN farmers’ market at the Fountains at Roseville. Open 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find a farmers’ market near you at GetPlacerGrown.com.

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A renewed community commitment to fighting fentanyl

This week we observed National Opioid and Substance Awareness Day, a time to join neighbors across Placer County to continue our community conversation around the fentanyl crisis, which claimed the lives of 38 residents last year. Recently, the 1 Pill Can Kill Placer campaign announced a critical collaboration with Song for Charlie, the national family-run nonprofit charity dedicated to raising awareness about fake pills made from fentanyl, to distribute a new educational resource portal throughout Placer County.

The 1 Pill Can Kill Placer campaign is asking community members to take the Fighting Fentanyl Pledge to commit to using this new resource portal in their homes, schools and communities. By signing on to the pledge, participants will also be committing to continue the conversations with Placer County’s youth on the dangers of fentanyl.

➡️ Take the pledge

➡️ Learn about the portal

➡️ Make your own profile photo

➡️ Struggling with substance use? Attend a walk-in screening clinic (Narcan available)

➡️ Celebrate recovery in our community at Recovery Happens Sept. 30


Have you checked your flood insurance policy?

Yellow flood warning sign in front of flooded road

Winter is on the way and with many areas prone to flooding now is a good time to make sure your flood insurance policy is in check. Remember: New flood insurance policies usually take 30 days to go into effect, so plan ahead. Learn more

Lake Tahoe

Invasive New Zealand mudsnails discovered in Lake Tahoe

New Zealand mudsnails scattered on a dark surface

The aquatic invasive species was discovered by divers off the south shore, according to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Tahoe Resource Conservation District. This is the first time they have been detected in the Tahoe Basin. Learn more

Brain health

Experience what it feels like to live with dementia

woman standing on counter putting on a glove while another older woman sits

As we recognize World Alzheimer's Day, Placer County Public Health is celebrating the addition of a unique new workshop – the Virtual Dementia Tour, designed for caregivers and others working with dementia patients. Learn more and watch video


Taking a strategic approach to emergency evacuations

Placer County's Lieutenant Conners stands before charts showing county evacuation zones

Our Sheriff’s Office has received several inquiries about why Placer County does not do pre-zoning in the event of a wildfire or other significant incident. Watch to learn why they take a more strategic approach towards safety. Watch video

September is National Preparedness Month. Are you ready?

In other news

Take this survey to help the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency assess the region’s transit needs

Placer Fish and Game Commission Grant application period now open

Learn more about our pre-reviewed ADU plans at the Auburn Home Show

This week in Placer County history

Auburn-Forest Hill stagecoach with vibrant red body and yellow wheels

On Sept. 22, 1880, a man wearing a hood and holding a gun stepped in front of the Auburn-Forest Hill stage. The driver, Charley Watkins, pulled the reins and stopped the wagon. Sitting next to him was James Nickerson of Forest Hill.

The robber demanded Nickerson’s money and he complied. The robber took about $5 and handed the rest back. Then he ordered the five passengers inside the wagon to get out. Three women and two Chinese men stepped out and the highwayman said the women would not be harmed, but he took about $20 from the men.

At this point, the robber ordered everyone into the brush while he tried to blow open the strongbox.

After three failed attempts, he gave up, but the sound of an approaching buggy caught his attention. He stepped in front of the buggy and demanded the two men in the buggy to “shell out.”

One of the men turned out to be Congressman Page, who represented the 2nd District of California, which included Placer County. The congressman handed over $300, but the robber returned $20 so he could pay his expenses home.

The robber was never caught, at least for this crime. But don’t feel sorry our congressman being robbed of what was almost $9,000 today, because he was the one who introduced the Chinese Exclusion Act onto the floor of the House of Representatives in 1882, which suspended immigration of Chinese laborers (skilled or unskilled) for a period of 10 years but was renewed in 1892 and made permanent in 1902. It was repealed in 1943.

Photo: The Auburn-Forest Hill stagecoach on display in the Placer County Museum – the very same wagon.

Fun things to do this week

Woman wading in water fly fishes in Lake Tahoe

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

Granite Bay: Gold Star Families Day event
Roseville: Cutting Edge - A Contemporary Glass Exhibition
Lincoln: Dora Dain Farm’s Pumpkin Patch, The Great Auburn Ravine Clean-Up
Auburn: Old Town Co-Op Septemberfest
North Lake Tahoe: Tahoe City Oktoberfest

...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

Board of Supervisors meeting, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. Information
Tahoe Basin Design Review Committee meeting, Sept. 26, 4 p.m. Information
North Auburn Ophir Fire Safe Council meeting, Sept. 26, 4 p.m. Information
CANCELED - Horseshoe Bar/Penryn Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Sept. 26 Information
Planning Commission meeting, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. Information
Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council meeting, Sept. 28, 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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