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By Chris Neklason
Published May 13, 2024

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May is Mental Health Month

This week, we note that May is Mental Health Month.  If you live in one of the 10 counties in our coverage area, we include links to groups focusing on supporting your health and well-being below. If not, know that your community has resources available to assist you with information a web search away.

Most importantly, if you or someone in your family is in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, call the California Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Also, as always: Peruse your cureated local News Feed; learn about a local nonprofit doing good work; and check out our Recipe of the Week.

California's Mental Health History

A harrowing number of young people report living in despair, while we witness thousands of our neighbors suffering in the streets. Jon Vankin on the unintended consequenses of a misguided health-care reform effort.

UPDATE: California’s Mental Health Crisis: How We Got Here

The California mental health crisis is tied to both homelessness and rising crime.
How the California mental health crisis emerged out of the state’s history of deinstitutionalization and laws designed to protect the mentally ill, as well as the communities around them.

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Placer County's Homepage

Direct your browser to to catch up on the latest news in California and Placer County. Bookmark the link and visit often, there's a lot happening in your community!

A Visitation from the Northern Lights

A mega-storm on the sun and earth's magenetic field collabroated on a show over the weekend.

Aurora Borealis in the Santa Cruz Mountains

The Northern Lights appeared in Northern and Central California Saturday night.

Placer County Mental Health Resources

Life is the hardest job there is. Luckily, nobody's in it on their own.

Every community is home to a network of helpers to assist when things become more than one can handle alone.

We’ve gathered a list of Placer County nonprofit community groups with a mission to help people through times of crisis ill health and the challenges of aging or past service in the military.

If things are feeling too heavy or out of control, reach out.

And if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the California suicide prevention and mental health lifeline now at 988.

Recipe of the Week

Our friends at Sacramento Digs Gardening publish a recipe from their gardens every Sunday, which we feature here so you can start your week with some yum.

See more recipes in their Taste Spring! cookbook.

Chilled asparagus soup an elegantly cool dish

Serve the soup chilled but not ice-cold for best flavor. Top with crème fraîche, chopped chives and a blanched asparagus top.
New! Spring asparagus blends well with green garlic

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Big Brother Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported mentorship. The chapter serves Sacramento and Yolo counties, as well as southern Placer County.

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Auburn Journal logo Auburn Hammond House Placed on Placer Historic Register

One of the historic Hammond houses was placed on Placer County’s Register of Cultural and Historic Resources during the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo TahoeAlerts: Stay Informed About Emergencies Throughout the Lake Tahoe Region

In collaboration with surrounding cities and counties, Placer County announced the launch of TahoeAlerts, an emergency notification system locator.

Lincoln News Messenger logo RUSD Sued by the State Over Parent Notification Policy

Rocklin Unified School District (RUSD) was sued by the state over its LGBTQ-related parent notification policy.

Sierra Sun logo Nearly 2.7 Million in Tourism-Generated Funding Approved for Four Projects in North Lake Tahoe

Four investment projects in eastern Placer County amounting to nearly 2.7 million were approved Tuesday by the Placer County Board of Supervisors to advance regional goals including improved transportation and recreation.

Sierra Sun logo Placer County CEO Retires

After more than three decades of service with a number of local government agencies spanning the West Coast, Jane Christenson announced her retirement from Placer County effective May 4, 2024.

Sierra Sun logo Truckee Donner PUD Approves Electric Bill Credit for Customers

At Truckee Donner Public Utility District's May board of directors meeting, the board approved an electric bill credit, approved a crucial water infrastructure maintenance project in Tahoe Donner, and held a workshop to review TDPUD's new Emergency Operations Plan.

Auburn Journal logo All American Speedway Now Looks to June 1 for Opener

The scheduled 70th season opener for NASCAR weekly racing at All American Speedway in Roseville was postponed due to wet weather.

Auburn Journal logo Auburn Business Associations Hold Joint Meeting

Squashing ancient rumors and sharing successes and struggles, three of Auburn’s business associations came together last week.

Auburn Journal logo Colfax Council Approves Committee for Caboose Relocation

The Colfax City Council on April 24 assigned two of its members to serve on the Caboose Relocation Ad-Hoc Committee.

Sierra Sun logo 1 Pill Can Kill Placer Campaign Reports Continued Commitment to Combating the Fentanyl Crisis

Today, May 7, on National Fentanyl Awareness Day, the Placer County 1 Pill Can Kill Placer campaign released its annual update reaffirming the county's collective commitment to fighting the fentanyl crisis.  

Hilltromper Silicon Valley logo Tips on Ticks for Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Partly due to global warming and the proliferation of ticks, Lyme disease is the fastest growing infectious disease in the US. Here’s how to protect yourself.

Sierra Sun logo Placer County Launches New Campaign to Promote Perinatal Substance Use Services

This year, Mother's Day (May 12) happens to also be the first day of National Prevention Week, which promotes substance misuse prevention and positive mental health.

Sierra Sun logo Objections to Olympic Valley Rate Hikes Taken Until May 28 Hearing

Olympic Valley Public Service District board of directors formally introduced an ordinance to adopt water, sewer, and garbage rate hikes, and revised district codes.

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Prop 218 Notice of Public Hearing

Proposition 218 Public Hearing Notice: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 6 p.m Colfax City Hall, 33 S. Main Street The post Prop 218 Notice of Public Hearing appeared first on City of Colfax.
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Healthwest Minerals Inc. DBA Mt Capra Products Recalls Goat Milk Formula Recipe Kit and Warns Consumers Against the Use of Product as Infant Formula

Healthwest Minerals, Inc. d/b/a Mt. Capra Products of Chehalis, Washington, is recalling 1,506 boxes of Goat Milk Formula Recipe Kit on the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and advises consumers to immediately discontinue use of the product as infant formula. The FDA is conc
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Western Mixers Produce & Nuts, Inc. Recalls Yogurt Covered Pretzels Because of Possible Health Risk

Western Mixers Produce & Nuts, Inc. of Ontario, CA is recalling Yogurt Covered Pretzels, because the yogurt coating has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with wea
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Voluntary Recall of Select Great Value Organic Black Chia Seeds Due to The Possible Presence of Salmonella

Natural Sourcing International is initiating a voluntary recall of one lot of Great Value Organic Black Chia Seeds 32 oz. due to the potential presence of Salmonella that may be in some of the finished products. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or
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Amazing Grazing: Placer County 2024 Ag Tour

Earlier this month, our Agriculture Department and the Placer Resouce Conservation District hosted its annual Placer County Ag Tour, "Amazing Grazing: Enhancing Natural Resources and Agriculture in Placer County."
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Be River Wise and stay safe at the American River

Nobody plans on losing their life when they head out for a day of fun at the American River. Yet it happens to someone every year - usually because they made a mistake they didnt need to. To stay safe, you have to Be River Wise. Learn how
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TahoeAlerts: Stay informed about emergencies throughout the Lake Tahoe region

In collaboration with surrounding cities and counties, Placer County is pleased to announce the launch of TahoeAlerts an emergency notification system locator and quick signup tool.
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Roger Carroll Bike Station Memorial & Community Bike Ride

The post Roger Carroll Bike Station Memorial & Community Bike Ride appeared first on Loomis, CA.
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Texas Pecan Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Tree Nuts (Not Named Individually), Soy, Dairy(Milk), Sesame and Wheat Not Named in Product

Texas Pecan of Dallas TX is recalling 1 Lb and 8 oz products because it may contain an undeclared allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to (tree nuts, peanuts, almonds, brazils, cashews, filberts, macadamias, pistachios, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, soy, dairy (milk), sesame and
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CEO Retires from Placer County

After more than three decades of service with several government agencies, Placer County CEO Jane Christenson has announced her retirement.