Placer County

Supervisors support rollback of septic-system inspections

Placer County supervisors have added their support to a bill by Assemblyman Ted Gaines to stave off mandatory septic-system inspections. Supervisors voted at Tuesday’s meeting t ...

Penny Watson logs mileage driving her contemporaries

Newcastle’s Penny Watson is the driving force in many people’s lives. Watson volunteers with the Seniors First program’s door-to-door rides service. She provides transportati ...

Spotlight shines on venerable pitstop

Not your everyday, average gas station and mini-mart, Olivers in Clipper Gap is getting recognition this month by a statewide organization for its historical significance. Members ...

Flu bug hits local schools

A particularly nasty round of flu is striking Placer and Del Oro high schools. The strain has been described as like getting run over by a Mack truck and is keeping students at ho ...

Similarities between two deadly crimes proves gut-wrenching

There have been many stories that have touched my heart and had an impact on my life. But, after more than seven years in the journalism business I was not prepared for the emotion ...

Development has come to screeching halt

One thing becomes clear if you own a map that’s just 15 years old — it’s obsolete in western Placer County. One development plan after another has blossomed in Roseville. L ...

With McClintock in D.C., why hire lobbyists?

Like many California counties facing huge budget shortfalls this year, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors recently decided, by a 3-2 vote, to spend $25,000 retaining the Fergus ...

Pulled toward homelessness

After a life living, working and thriving on the fringes of a California economy that nurtured his creativity and free spirit, David Putnam has now dropped off the edge. A carpent ...

Placer County home values plummet

Placer County hasn’t seen a median home price in the $270,000 range since 2002, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Due to high activity and a crush of buyers — many fi ...

Union sounds alarm about possibility of county layoffs

Saying members have been put on notice that layoffs are in the offing for Community Development Resource Agency staff, Placer County’s employee union wants more consideration of ...

Placer County shuts doors until Tuesday

Placer County offices at its North Auburn administrative center were shut Thursday for the Lincoln’s birthday holiday and its parking lots emptied during the first of a five-day ...

County spent $4.8 million on overtime

Placer County spent more than $4.8 million on paid overtime to employees in 2008 during a year of budget cutbacks and layoffs. The Sheriff’s Department spent more than $3.1 milli ...

Conservation Corps’ Placer facility faces budget ax

“Job uncertainty” is being added to the oft-repeated “Hard work, low pay, miserable conditions” credo the California Conservation Corps is known for. The uncertainty is ov ...

Burglary suspects allegedly linked to at least 10 thefts in Placer County

A Nevada County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested two burglary suspects believed to be tied to at least 10 Placer County thefts during a midnight stop. Jason Bianchi, 24, and Ch ...

Judge tentatively rules county counsel open for defense questioning in Ollar-Burris case

A retired judge tentatively ruled that the special counsel representing Placer County in a long-standing case against one of its former planning commissioners will have to give a d ...