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New miniseries explores WWII’s impact on our county and your toolkit for winter preparation in this week’s Placer County newsletter.

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The American River and the Auburn State Recreational Area on a rainy day

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The Placer life during WWII podcast featuring Placer County Museums Administrator Ralph Gibson. WWII soldier and artifacts in background

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The war at home: Placer County's WWII experience

Today marks the 82nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - the event that hurled the United States into World War II.

As we reflect on the significance of that day and the lives lost, we are honored to share the first episode of our new four-part miniseries on the experience of World War II in Placer County. Listen as Placer Museums Administrator Ralph Gibson explains what life looked like before and during the war, and the enduring consequences of the war we still experience here today.

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Outdoor recreation

Bear River Campground renamed to 'Bear River Fishing Access’

Father and daughter go fly fishing on the Bear River

Our Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved renaming the Bear River Campground located in Colfax to “Bear River Fishing Access.” The property is owned by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and no longer offers camping. Learn more

Public art

Board approves proposal for murals along the Truckee River Trail

Aerial of Truckee River Bridge where murals will be placed

Our Board of Supervisors last week approved a project proposal to place two murals along a section of the Truckee River Trail passing under the Truckee River Bridge. The murals are a project of the nonprofit Fox Cultural Hall. Learn more

Winter preparedness

Are you ready? Don’t let winter weather catch you unprepared

Are you ready for rain, wind or snow? Ready Placer

Be winter ready in Placer County. ReadyPlacer.org has all the tips and resources for notification alerts, winter emergency kits, snow removal, home preparedness and more you need to stay safe and warm this season.
Learn more

Rescue training

Always ready, always serving: Placer's technical rescue teams in action

Placer County rescue teams practice carrying a fallen hiker for a training simulation

The Placer County Technical Rescue Team and Placer County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Rescue Team recently simulated scenarios for rescuing injured hikers in remote areas and moving them safely to an area for medical attention. Watch video

In crisis? Get mental health urgent care. placer.ca.gov/Lotus

In other news

Open burning resumes in Placer County starting Dec. 8

Watch as Placer County celebrates the completion of the Lower Secline Water Quality Improvement Project in North Lake Tahoe

North Tahoe Community Alliance announces their annual grant cycle is now open for applications

Mountaineer celebrates five year anniversary and influence on Lake Tahoe’s transportation solutions

Affordable housing for sale Hopkins Village in North Lake Tahoe. Price $615,000. Tap for more info

This week in Placer County history

1957 Roseville rocket breaks and Vanguard TV-3 explodes

On Dec. 8, 1957, the Roseville High School Science Club joined the Space Race by attempting to launch a rocket they had built. The rocket only climbed 3 feet above the launchpad before the nose cone separated from the rocket and the craft spiraled out of control and crashed to the ground.

The Space Race began Oct. 4 when the Soviet Union successfully launched their artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, into orbit around the Earth. The event both thrilled and terrified the world and kicked off the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union that later culminated with the Moon Race and the successful Apollo Program.

In 1957, the Roseville High School Science Club fared a little better than the United States Navy, which unsuccessfully tried to launch Vanguard TV-3 just two days earlier on Dec. 6. Vanguard also only reached an altitude of around 3 feet, but it exploded in a fireball. Both the U.S. and the Roseville High School Science Club went back to the drawing board. On Feb. 1, 1958, the U.S. successfully launched the Explorer 1 satellite into orbit, and later that same month, the Roseville High School Science Club successfully launched several rockets.

Photo: Roseville rocket before and after separated nose cone and Vanguard explosion, c. 1957

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Fun things to do this week

Family going Christmas tree hunting in Placer County

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

Roseville: Roseville’s Downtown Holiday Celebration, Neighborhood Santa, Sensory Santa, Grinchmas Stroll
Rocklin: Santa Story Time at the Station, Breakfast with Santa
Lincoln: Downtown Lincoln 2nd Saturday’s
Loomis: Holiday Miracle Program, Curbside Concerts with Justin Marson, On Stage with Pine Country, High Hand’s Art in the Garden
Auburn: Old Town Christmas, S’mores & Stories at the Bernhard Museum, Nicholson van Altena Glass Holiday Open Studio
Colfax: Colfax Winterfest 2023
North Lake Tahoe: 14th Annual Winter Welcome Party, Fall Harvest Market, Holly Arts Reception, Kids Ornament Workshop

...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

CANCELED - Meadow Vista Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Dec. 11 Info
Board of Supervisors meeting, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. Info
Planning Commission meeting, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. Info
North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council meeting, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. Info

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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