Placer County Local News: History


All Local History News articles contributed by our local media allies and other local newsrooms.

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02/16/2024
Members of the board gathered to put forward a resolution that takes responsibility for the history of discrimination against Black San Franciscans.

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02/05/2024
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Beneath the snow-capped mountains, visitors are invited to electronically open the front door to the temporary SNOW Sports Museum at the Boatworks and immerse themselves in ski history.

California Local Pin Marker From Los Angeles Times...

02/05/2024
She toured the world wowing audiences, and she captured the public’s imagination for decades. No, not Taylor Swift; Ellen Beach Yaw, also known as Lark Ellen.

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02/01/2024
James Dean’s last stop before he died in a car crash was at Blackwell’s Corner, a gas station in rural Kern County. His memory isn’t the draw it once was.

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02/01/2024
An extinct species of walrus was unearthed in Santa Cruz County, evoking a time when California was teeming with odd creatures that feel closer to fantasy than reality, researchers said.

California Local Pin Marker From YubaNet...

02/01/2024
The Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe has a time-limited opportunity to purchase 232 acres on a Nisenan Village site called Yulića—the tribe’s best opportunity to re-establish a homeland in more than half a century.

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01/31/2024
The California Legislative Black Caucus released a list of 14 bills as a first set of reparations for the descendants of African Americans who were enslaved.

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01/31/2024
Lawmakers introduced a package of bills designed to tackle some forms of reparations. The measures may face budget constraints and opposition.

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01/26/2024
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Almost Free to All has been hard at work breathing life into the old Carnegie Library in Auburn, working with the city and enthusiastic locals to establish “Branches at the Carnegie.”

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01/13/2024
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The railroad tunnels high above Truckee hold historic stories. Deep in the granite, the lives of immigrant workers were made and lost over 150 years ago.

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01/10/2024
Pea Soup Andersen’s, a Buellton, Calif., restaurant just shy of its 100th birthday, closed suddenly. The restaurant's other location, near Interstate 5 in Santa Nella, remains open.

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12/28/2023
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Smokey Bear’s actual birthday is Aug. 9, but the Forest Service will launch a yearlong celebration starting off with Smokey appearing in the Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1.

California Local Pin Marker From CalMatters...

12/27/2023
Under new state laws, five cities will test cameras to catch speeding drivers and cruising bans will be lifted statewide. The first is supposed to improve road safety, but critics of the second say it will endanger the public.

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12/25/2023
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The 1930s was the breakout decade for alpine skiing in the United States, fueled by stiff leather boots, skis with metal edges, and, most importantly, mechanical rope tows.

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12/25/2023
State audits of the University of California and the California State University found both systems have failed to comply with decades-old state and federal laws mandating the return of Native ancestral remains and cultural artifacts. Only UCLA and Cal State Long Beach have returned a majority of their collections.

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12/21/2023
The Hoopa Valley Tribe announced it is acquiring about 10,000 acres of land in Northern California for $14.1 million. As part of this, the tribe will remove dams along the Klamath River and restore salmon runs.

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12/14/2023
Water fights have shaped California since its infancy as a state, when its abundance seemed limitless. Now, Californians are being forced to confront limitations, and the state that prides itself on creating the future is now reckoning with its past.

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12/12/2023
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The fifth annual Placer County History Award went to Phil Sexton, who has worked for the California State Railroad Museum and studied the history of Chinese workers who worked on the transcontinental railroad.

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12/11/2023
Image for display with article titled Historic Ski Clubs of Donner Pass, Part I: Hutchinson, Clair Tappan Lodges Built

At Donner Pass, the era of modern skiing started in the 1920s when two brothers, Lincoln and James Hutchinson of Berkeley, introduced their friends to the sport.

California Local Pin Marker From SFGate...

12/06/2023
The Fort Independence Indian Community is getting the Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at no cost in 2024. Native Americans had lived on this land for centuries before the hatchery’s construction.
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