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View overlooking Lake Tahoe and mountains along Eagle Rock Trail

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This #PlacerLife photo captured from along Eagle Rock Trail was posted by @visittahoecity on Instagram.

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Close up of exploding boulders on Old Foresthill Road

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The anatomy of a rockslide cleanup: Watch how our Roads Division crews removed boulders from Old Foresthill Road

Last week, our Roads Division received a report of a weather-related rockslide on Old Foresthill Road near Mammoth Bar. A number of large boulders blocked the road, too big for county equipment to handle. Thank you to our Roads Division team for quickly hiring a contractor to blast the rocks into smaller pieces, which allowed them to clear and repair the road for a safe reopening in just a few days time.

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Check out our Instagram Reel of the blast that went viral over the weekend

Free tax help

Get free help with your taxes and maximize your refund!

VITA free tax prep

Placer County Human Services is now providing free tax assistance to eligible individuals and families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Anyone earning income up to $65,000 in 2023 is eligible. Make an appointment


Winter storm incoming. Stay informed, stay ready

Ready Placer. Stay Informed. Stay ready

Take advantage of this weekend’s nice weather to prepare for an incoming winter storm. Get winter season preparedness tips, here. Bookmark our ReadyPlacer Dashboard for current incidents, road and weather conditions, and more, here.  

Community workshop

Housing Element Rezone workshop moved up to Feb. 13

A row of multi-family housing

The Placer County Board of Supervisors will host a community workshop on the proposed Housing Element Sites Rezone project at 2 p.m. on Feb. 13 in the Planning Commission Chambers, 3091 County Center Drive in Auburn. Learn more

North Lake Tahoe

Placer County expands parking management to Northstar resort

Northstar parking lot

Our Board of Supervisors this week approved an agreement with Northstar California Resort to provide backup enforcement of parking restrictions this winter - aiming to alleviate traffic congestion along state Route 267. Learn More

Tap for a tour of local worker housing for Hopkins Village in North Lake Tahoe

In other news

A window into their world: Caregivers, family can sign up for free Virtual Dementia Tour 

There’s still time to sign up for the District Attorney’s Citizens Academy

Placer County Elections Office to hold voter education workshops

Enhance your property’s defensible space with the Placer County Chipper Program

George Alves appointed to Placer County Planning Commission

Thank you, volunteers! We and our shelter pets appreciate you more than you know! Interested in volunteering? Click to learn more

This week in Placer County history

Bert Cassidy awarding Jack Sanders a trophy for skiing in 1932

On Jan. 20, 1950, longtime owner and editor of the Auburn Journal, Bert Cassidy, passed away.

He was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in 1889, but moved with his family to Pullman, Washington, where he graduated high school. After high school, he attended Washington State College and, in 1909, moved to northwest Washington, where he got his first newspaper experience at Metaline Falls. 

In 1912, he moved to Truckee, where he purchased the Truckee Republican newspaper. In 1914, he married Jane McIver, and they started a family, eventually having six children.

In 1919, Cassidy purchased the Auburn Journal and moved his family to Auburn. He ran both newspapers for a while but later sold the Truckee Republican to focus solely on the Auburn Journal. He often worked into the early morning hours, and his devotion to the newspaper helped increase the subscription list from 500 to over 4,000.

He was active in a variety of fraternity organizations, served on several boards and, during World War I, served as a first lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps of the Military Intelligence Section.

In 1928, the ever-busy Cassidy was elected to the California State Senate, where he served one term. He did not run for re-election. He returned to working full time at his newspaper where the motto, “if you did it, and we publish it, blame yourself, not us,” was his guiding force.

Cassidy was a staunch supporter of winter sports and helped organize several winter events, including sled dog races, in Truckee. In the Jan. 26, 1950, Auburn Journal, it was reported that “he died as he lived – active to the end.”

Cassidy is buried in the Old Auburn Cemetery.

 Photo: Cassidy awarding Jack Sanders a trophy for skiing, c. 1932.

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Fun things to do this week

Person snowshoes at Anderson Peak

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

Roseville: Be Well Roseville - Yin Yoga Meditation
Lincoln: Valentines on the Placer Wine Trail

...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

Board of Supervisors sit at dais during meeting

CANCELED - Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting, Feb. 1 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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