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Placer County presents Climb to Glory. How the 10th Mountain Division changed Tahoe forever

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What’s the story behind the “10th Mountain Division Memorial Highway” signs on Highway 89?

Maybe you've driven by the "10th Mountain Division Memorial Highway" signs on your way to the mountain resorts along state Route 89. And maybe you've wondered, why here? 

There's no official connection to the 10th at all here, really. But in fact, the Tahoe we know and love today - and America's experience of mountain sports in general - would look a lot different if it weren't for the 10th.

In our latest episode of "The Placer Life," the second of our four-part miniseries about the ways World War II changed life in Placer County, we share the incredible story of the 10th's heroic efforts during World War II - and how veterans of the 10th changed the way we look at the mountains forever. Listen


Law enforcement

World-class security for a world-class ski event: Placer leads the way

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In collaboration with Placer County Emergency Management, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office is ready to oversee security operations at this week’s Stifel Palisades World Cup in Olympic Valley - ensuring a safe, secure experience. Read more

Wildfire prevention

Boosting French Meadows restoration for a greener future

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Placer awarded a contract to spearhead fuel reduction services across various land units surrounding the French Meadows Reservoir. The move advances critical forest health initiatives in the Middle Fork American River watershed. Learn more 


Board allocates first $25,000 of library legacy donation

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Our Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the first $25,000 installment of a $300,000 legacy donation to the Placer County Library. The donation, from the estate of Marjorie Kaff, will enhance the library's nonfiction collection. Read more

Film Placer Tahoe

From the foothills to Lake Tahoe: Watch our Placer Fam Tour

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Tour Placer County with our film office as we take you through stunning locations from the rich farmlands and industrial sites of the valley, to the rivers and forests of the foothills, to the sparkling blue waters of Lake Tahoe. Watch video

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In other news

Placer County Superior Court seeks volunteers for Grand Jury service

Placer Registrar of Voters shares important details about March 5 primary on CapRadio’s “Insight”

Placer County staff advances Tahoe biomass project, seeking public-private partnership

Bye Bye Mattress program. Now accepting unwanted mattresses and box springs in Auburn and Lincoln

This week in Placer County history

Wedding Dress worn by Mabel Carrie Culver during her marriage to Jacob Bergtholdt in 1905

On Feb. 18, 1937, the Bergtholdt Nursery in Newcastle shipped 10 Boysenberry plants to Berchtesgaden, Germany, site of Hitler’s retreat. The plants were ordered by the office of the Führer. A little over a year later, Hitler began a series of moves that eventually led to the outbreak of World War II.

The Bergtholdt Nursery was initially owned and operated by Jacob Bergtholdt. His son, Henry, enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served in the Pacific Theater.

The Boysenberry was a new variety that only became commercially available in 1935. During the Great Depression, Rudolph Boysen, a Swedish immigrant, developed the hybrid berry on his Napa County farm by crossing loganberry, raspberry and blackberry. The fruit produced are large and succulent. 

Boysen sold his ranch and moved to Anaheim, California. Eventually, a sample of his hybrid plant was acquired by George Darrow, a berry fruit specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Darrow introduced the variety to a small fruit grower in Southern California named Walter Knott. Knott loved the berry and worked with the USDA to have the plant named after its progenitor. Knott and his wife made preserves and pies with the berries that became so popular that he had to build attractions for people to enjoy while they waited in line for their products. Thus, Knott’s Berry Farm was born.

Photo: Wedding dress worn by Mabel Carrie Culver at her wedding to Jacob Bergtholdt in 1905. From the Placer County Museums’ collection.

Fun things to do this week

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

Roseville: Be Well Roseville: Leap Into Fitness Workout Circuit, Movie Club @ The Downtown Library
Lincoln: Fowler Ranch Certified Farmer’s Market

...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

Board of Supervisors meeting, Feb. 26, 9 a.m. Info
Board of Supervisors meeting, Feb. 27, 9 a.m. Info
Tahoe Basin Design Review Committee meeting, Feb. 27, 4 p.m. Info
North Auburn Ophir Fire Safe Council meeting, Feb. 27, 4 p.m. Info
Human Services offices closed, Feb. 28. 8-10:30 a.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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