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Red Sand event raises awareness of human trafficking and a new anti-retail-theft initiative in this week’s Placer County newsletter

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New Year's Eve fireworks over water in Granite Bay

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This #PlacerLife photo of a New Year's Eve fireworks show (monitored by South Placer Fire) in Granite Bay was taken by @stevebhansen on Instagram.

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Placer County District Attorney, Morgan Gire, presents retail theft initiative at meeting

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Placer law enforcement agencies, chambers of commerce partner to promote anti-retail-theft initiative

The Placer County District Attorney’s Office this week announced a countywide campaign with local law enforcement and chambers of commerce to promote their new retail theft prosecution program and ongoing law enforcement efforts countywide. Learn more


Serve your community as an Election Aide in the March primary election!

Election Aides assisting residents with voting

The Elections Office is urgently recruiting Election Aides for all voting locations during the upcoming presidential primary. Earn an hourly rate and work for as many as 11 days during the election period! Paid training provided. Learn more


Free Christmas tree recycling is easy and environmentally friendly

Truck unloading Christmas trees in recycling facility

Give your tree a green encore. No matter where you live in Placer County, Christmas trees are recycled for use as nutrient-rich mulch or added to compost. This helps reduce methane production at the landfill. Learn more

Mobile crisis services

24/7 help for people experiencing mental health or substance use crises

Mobile Crisis Team member speaking to a distressed woman on the sidewalk

Starting Jan. 1, Placer County’s Mobile Crisis Team transitioned to round-the-clock service, seven days a week, to meet people in crisis where they are – whether at a park, a school, a shelter, a home or beyond. Learn more and watch video

Human trafficking

‘Red Sand’ event to raise awareness of human trafficking

Red sand placed in a sidewalk crack

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and as part of the Red Sand Project, county partners will pour red sand into sidewalk cracks to represent victims who “fall through the cracks” every day. Learn more

Submit your best Placer County photos. Your photo could be featured in Location California.

In other news

Discuss Parking Management in Kings Beach at our Jan. 10 and 11 community meetings 

Applications are now open for District Attorney’s 2024 Spring Citizen’s Academy

Placer Land Trust acquires 595 acres in west Placer

Winter Book Bingo challenges Placer readers to expand horizons

Placer County Sheriff’s Office welcomes first bomb-sniffing dog

Prescribed burns and fuel-reduction projects continue in North Lake Tahoe

Watch Placer County's 2023 Year in Review

This week in Placer County history

Black and white drawing of the Ahart Farm from 1882

Around 7 a.m. on Jan. 3, 1922, Ursula Ahart, one of Lincoln’s most prominent long-time residents, stoked the fire in her fireplace. The sleeve of her gown dipped into the flames and instantly caught fire. Within seconds, her entire gown was ablaze. Hearing the screams of her mother, Sarah Hogan rushed to her aid and desperately tried to extinguish the flames, but her clothing, too, caught fire.

Neighbors arrived and the fire alarm was sounded, but Ahart passed away before anyone else could help. Hogan, who was severely burned, died the next day.

Ursula Prudence Ragsdale married Peter Ahart on May 9, 1861, in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Lincoln. Peter emigrated from Germany with his parents in 1845 and they settled in Missouri. In 1852, he came to California to mine for gold. By 1857, he had amassed enough wealth to buy a large farm in Lincoln where he became a successful farmer and rancher. Peter Ahart and Ursula Ahart had 11 children, 10 of whom lived into adulthood. Peter Ahart died in 1900, and Ursula Ahart continued to successfully manage the ranch.

From the mid-19th century into the early 20th century, many women suffered the same fate as Ursula Ahart and Sarah Hogan. Open weave fabrics such as bobbinet, cotton muslin, gauze and tarlatan were common fabrics in women’s clothing, including nightgowns, and were very flammable. In a world where women were often near candle flames, gaslights, fireplaces and wood cookstoves, this combination sometimes proved deadly.

Peter Ahart and Ursula Ahart are buried in the Manzanita Cemetery in Lincoln. Sarah Hogan and five of her siblings are also buried there.

Photo: Drawing of the Ahart Farm, published in “History of Placer County” (1882)

Winter is here. Stay informed and ready, Placer. Bookmark the Ready Placer Dashboard

Fun things to do this week

Snowy view of Lake Tahoe

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

Roseville: Step into the New Year
North Lake Tahoe: Alpenglow Winter Speaker Series

...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

Newcastle/Ophir Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Jan. 8, 6 p.m. Info
Board of Supervisors meeting, Jan. 9, 9 a.m. Info
North Auburn Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Jan. 9, 6 p.m. Info
Sheridan Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Jan. 10, 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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