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Burn permits required starting May 1 and more in this week’s Placer County newsletter

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This #PlacerLife photo of the umbrella display at Central Square Art Park in Auburn was taken by @danielberlant on Instagram.

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This May, discover new ways to boost your mental health

This week our Board of Supervisors proclaimed May as Mental Health Matters Month in Placer County, reinforcing the county's commitment to raising awareness, breaking down stigma and promoting access to mental health resources.

Placer County, in partnership with the local Campaign for Community Wellness, will host the first Placer4MentalHealth Wellness Fair on Thursday, May 2, in Roseville featuring:

🥪 Free food from Panera and healthy snacks throughout the day (while supplies last)

🎤 Live entertainment from musicians and comedians, including “The Voice” alumna Katie Rae

🖍️ Family friendly activities to promote wellness, like adult and children’s coloring books, making bath salts and more

👨🏿‍🏫 Wellness workshops on topics such as mental health for caregivers, youth mental health, mindful meditation and more

🧠 Many other community resources on hand: Get help finding a mental health provider regardless of your insurance!

Throughout May, residents are also encouraged to take a pledge to end mental health stigma. Placer County will also be promoting new resources for people experiencing a mental health crisis, including 24/7 mobile crisis services that meet people at home, at school, in parks or wherever needed. Watch this video to learn more

Public safety

Victims of crime deserve our community’s support and protection

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This week was National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Our District Attorney’s Office and partners held events to promote legislation, policies and programs that help victims of crime and raise awareness of victimization. Show your support


Be bear aware, Placer County!

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Bears have woken up from hibernation and they are hungry. Don’t leave food or trash out and don’t feed them. Secure garbage in a bear bin and install an electric “hot” wire across windows to prevent break-ins.

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Supporting our veterans

Veterans Services Office hits new records as service demands soar

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Our Veterans Services Office helped file more than 5,000 claims leading to more than $11 million in awards for local veterans in one year. The increase is in part due to expanded benefits for veterans exposed to toxic substances. Learn more

Wildfire safety

Burn permits required starting May 1

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Burn permits will be required for all hazard-reduction burning in Placer County starting May 1, according to CAL FIRE / Placer Fire County Department. Permits must be obtained online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

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In other news

Placer County Superior Court continues to seek volunteers for Grand Jury service

Board of Supervisors proclaims April is Arts, Culture and Creativity Month in recognition of service from Arts Council of Placer County

Five units left: Local workers can still apply to buy a home at Hopkins Village in North Lake Tahoe

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This week in Placer County history

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On April 20, 1932, a United Airlines flight took off from the Oakland airport enroute to Reno, Nevada. Onboard the triblade propeller airplane were three crew members, including pilot Harry Huking, and eight passengers. Once they reached the skies above the Sierra foothills, they encountered a storm. As they continued east, the storm grew more powerful until they were buffeted by strong winds and blinding snow.

The plane could not remain airborne, and they lost altitude. While scanning the white, heavily forested ground below for a safe place to land, Huking desperately fought the storm for control of his aircraft. He spotted a long, dark strip void of trees: the South Yuba River. He maneuvered the airplane toward the river and battled the weather to control their descent. The co-pilot told everyone they had to make a forced landing and to fasten their seatbelts.

The plane landed hard on the river. A wing was sheared off and most of the exterior shell was demolished, but all onboard were able to walk away. Huking received a cut on his forehead, the only injury recorded after the crash. The landing took place near Cisco, California. Some survivors were given rooms at Cisco Grove Resort while others were transported to Truckee where they were given hotel rooms. Many of the passengers credited their survival to the pilot’s skill.

Though the landing was not as graceful and it did not take place in a major metropolitan area, Huking’s miracle on the South Yuba River was just as skillful and daring as Captain Chesley Sullenberger’s forced landing on the Hudson River in New York City 77 years later.

Photo: South Yuba River and U.S. Route 40 near Cisco, c. 1935

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Fun things to do this week

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

Roseville: Fire Station Open House, Roseville BikeFest, Yeoman– A Celebration of SpringSolaire Park Dedication

Rocklin: Rocklin Civic Celebration, Free Farmers Market
Lincoln: Sunset Market Series
Auburn: Sunday Markets on Commercial Street

...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

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Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council meeting, April 25, 6 p.m. Info
Olympic Valley Municipal Advisory Council meeting, May 2, 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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