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Sutter County News for 2013
 
Holiday Closure
December 17, 2013
Holiday Closure

On Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24th and 25th, most county offices will be closed in observance of the Christmas Holiday.

On Wednesday, January 1st, most county offices will be closed in observance of the New Year's Holiday.

 
Children’s Program at Museum
December 10, 2013
Children’s Program at Museum

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County welcomes all members of the community to enjoy the annual Children’s Program and Open House at the Museum on Sunday, December 15th beginning at 1:00 p.m. Holiday stories will be followed by children’s musician John Carter with festive music of the season. Cookies, punch, and hot spiced cider will be served.

Visitors may also play a Christmas carol on the 1911-vintage player piano and do last-minute shopping in the Museum Store. The afternoon event is open to children of all ages and all generations. Admission is free.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. It is also open on Sundays through December 22nd from noon to 4:00 p.m.

 
Museum Store Open Sundays for Holiday Season
December 04, 2013
Museum Store Open Sundays for Holiday Season

The Museum Store at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County will be open on Sunday afternoons, in addition to its normal hours, that are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Sunday hours are also noon to 4:00 p.m. and will continue through December 22nd.

The Museum Store offers, in addition to a wide variety of local and California history books, a bountiful selection of small, unique gifts.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

 
Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, November 27
November 25, 2013

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors will meet in special session at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, in the Board Conference Room, 1160 Civic Center Boulevard, Suite A. The Board will consider a Memorandum of Understanding with the Law Enforcement Unit, establishing terms and conditions of employment, as well as a recommendation to appoint an interim Director of Child Support Services. A closed door session regarding labor negotiations is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

 
Trees & Traditions Gala at Museum
November 25, 2013
Trees & Traditions Gala at Museum

The Community Memorial Museum is planning its annual Trees & Traditions fundraising gala on Saturday, December 7th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Museum will be decorated in wreaths and garlands of fresh greenery with the centerpiece a 16-foot decorated Christmas tree. Lavish hors d’oeuvres, champagne and wine will be served. MARKS Ensemble will provide seasonal music. Small decorated trees and great gifts will be awarded in the evening’s drawing and silent auction.

Tickets for the event are available for $45 per person at the Museum, which is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

 
Holiday Closure
November 25, 2013
Holiday ClosureOn Thursday and Friday, November 28th and 29th, most county offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
Holiday Closure
November 04, 2013
Holiday ClosureOn Monday, November 11th, most County offices will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day.
 
Sutter-Yuba Flood Retrospective Focuses On Threat, Emergency Preparation, And Flood Control
November 01, 2013
Sutter-Yuba Flood Retrospective Focuses On Threat, Emergency Preparation, And Flood ControlThe Sacramento Valley is more prone to violent flooding than any river valley in the United States, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Throughout history, the valley has repeatedly flooded. Although massive feats of engineering and expensive flood control infrastructure have diminished the threat, we continue to live with the possibility of flooding every winter.

On Thursday, November 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sutter County Veterans Memorial Building, residents are invited to drop in at a free, open house-style “Flood Retrospective” that features storylines and images from floods throughout the recorded history of Yuba and Sutter counties, including still images dating back to 1853 and video images from 1955.

Hosted jointly by Sutter County and Yuba County, participating organizations include the American Red Cross, the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency, Levee District One, Yuba-Sutter Domestic Animal Disaster Assistance, and the California Department of Water Resources. Information about past floods, and past, current and future attempts to control flooding will be provided, along with tips on preparing your family and your pets for an emergency. An interactive model will illustrate what happens to a floodplain when you add water.

Information about the National Flood Insurance Program will also be available.

The event is part of California Flood Preparation Week, which is coordinated by the Department of Water Resources.

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Sutter County Economic Development Strategic Planning Workshop Invites Stakeholders
October 31, 2013
Sutter County Economic Development Strategic Planning Workshop Invites StakeholdersThe Sutter County Board of Supervisors has established a general direction for economic development. Now it seeks stakeholders to help identify specific strategies to move the plan forward.

Business owners, developers, civic leaders, employers, concerned citizens, and representatives of community organizations are invited to attend a Strategic Planning Workshop for Sutter County Economic Development from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Sutter County Veteran's Hall, 1425 Veteran's Memorial Loop, Yuba City.

In 2012, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors adopted a countywide General Plan that calls for maintaining and enhancing the County's long term fiscal health, maintaining a business friendly environment for both existing and new companies, enhancing the desirability of the County for new business and business expansion by supporting investment in the professional skills of the workforce, and diversifying the local economic base to encourage consistent, sustainable long-term growth that positively impacts businesses, residents, and public agencies.

Supervisors want to work with the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation to update the Yuba-Sutter Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The strategy should include developing a brand for the region and create new economic development opportunities; promote the County's assets and strengths to attract new and retain/expand existing targeted businesses; promote new products, services and businesses that provide wealth and job opportunities for all residents; and promote the advantages of buying products and using services from locally owned businesses.

An Ad Hoc committee comprised of Supervisors Larry Munger and Ron Sullenger, County Administrative Officer Jim Arkens, and Economic Development Director Brynda Stranix was formed to work with stakeholders to develop specific strategies for implementing the general direction. Participants in the workshop will be asked to provide recommended strategies for economic development.

"Sutter County has the desire to become a destination for business and jobs for the local residents," said Board Chairman Jim Whiteaker. "The County has streamlined regulations and processes to encourage business and industry to locate here. But now we want to take the next step."

"The strategies discussed at this workshop, and by the Ad Hoc Committee, will be considered for adoption by the Board of Supervisors," said Board Chairman Jim Whiteaker. "That's why participation is important. The workshop is the first step in a process to help shape mid-term and long-term economic prospects for Sutter County. We want, and need as much participation as possible."

"Sutter County has developed a General Plan to address economic development," said Ms. Stranix. "Now we want to develop a specific plan to back the general plan and move forward with a coordinated approach. This is an important step in the overall process and we welcome stakeholder participation from every sector."

 
Daylight Standard Time This Weekend
October 28, 2013
Daylight Standard Time This Weekend

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 a.m.

In the U.S., clocks change at 2:00 a.m. local time. In spring, clocks spring forward from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. In fall, clocks fall back from 1:59 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. The phrase "Spring Forward, Fall Back" is used to help people remember how to reset their clocks.

Move your clocks back one hour at the resumption of Standard Time.

Contrary to popular belief, no federal rule mandates the observance of daylight saving time. Daylight Saving time and Time zones are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

 
Sutter County Tax Defaulted Properties Auction
October 09, 2013

Sutter County has scheduled a public auction beginning on November 9, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. (PT), of Tax Defaulted property for delinquent taxes. The public auction will be conducted on the INTERNET at www.bid4assets.com/Sutter. During this public auction, property will be sold to the highest bidder for not less than the minimum bid as shown on the website. Due diligence research is incumbent upon the bidder. The winning bidder is legally obligated to purchase the item.

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2013-14 Flu Vaccinations
October 01, 2013
2013-14 Flu VaccinationsFlu vaccine remains the single most effective way to prevent the flu and it is very important to get your flu vaccine in addition to washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you are sick.

Flu vaccinations will be offered at the Immunization Clinic after the Drive-Through Clinic is held on October 26, 2013.

Follow the "more" link below for futher information regarding flu vaccinations and the Sutter County Public Health Immunization Clinic.

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New Insect Pest Detected in Sutter County
September 30, 2013
New Insect Pest Detected in Sutter County

The Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner has detected a new pest in several Yuba City commercial buildings. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys, a species native to Asia was introduced into the eastern United States in the mid-1990s. Within the last 15-years this stink bug has established and spread itself throughout the Mid-Atlantic States and is now found in portions of the Western U.S., including California. An adult is about the size of a dime.

BMSB can be a serious pest in fruit and vegetable crops in its immature and adult life stages. Physical damage includes pitting and scarring, making the fruit unmarketable as a fresh product. Some damage to fruit can even render the crop unusable for processed products. Parasitic wasps have been collected from BMSB’s native habitat, but it may be some time before they are ready to be released and used as a control measure.

In addition to plant damage, BMSB are a nuisance to people. When the weather turns cool, BMSB may seek shelter inside homes and other buildings causing irritation to persons sensitive to insect allergens. They do not bite people or pets, nor do they damage buildings. Management for homeowners is to restrict entry into houses during the winter months.

Ag Commissioner Mark Quisenberry stated that for homeowners and businesses, exclusion is the best defense. Patching small opening in outside walls will prevent the pest from entering indoor habitats. If an infestation is detected, using a professional pest exterminator is the best option. The pesticide vapors from so called bug-bombs do not penetrate the crevices stink bugs occupy and they are highly flammable when used or stored near open flame. As for any pesticide, safety first; always read and follow label directions!

Further information can be found at the Ag Commissioners website.

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Holiday Safe Driving Tips
September 27, 2013
Holiday Safe Driving TipsOctober is not only a month for tricks and treats, it is also a time to talk to young drivers about behind-the-wheel safety. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Approximately 2,700 teens in the United States aged 16 to 19 were killed and nearly 282,000 were treated and released from emergency departments for injuries sustained in motor-vehicle crashes in 2010. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) strongly encourages parents and other trusted adults, in conjunction with their young drivers, to participate in National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 20-26.

Following on the heels of that week is Halloween, the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians. All drivers, not just teens, are encouraged to remain alert and drive cautiously when driving in areas where children may be present on Halloween. Parents who are taking their kids trick-or-treating this Halloween are highly encouraged to place reflective tape on their children's costumes and bags, talk to their children about walking (not running) on sidewalks whenever possible, and to carry a flashlight to help everyone see and be seen.

To teach teenagers safe driving behaviors, adults are encouraged to spend time driving with their teens and discuss good driving habits during National Teen Driver Safety Week, which provides the perfect opportunity to broach the subject. The following tips can go a long way toward making sure your teen develops and practices safe driving behavior:

  • Use positivity, not scare tactics — Positively engaging your teen is an effective way of bringing their attention to these issues without creating an atmosphere in which they feel attacked. Focusing on the deadly impacts of unsafe driving is a popular approach to reach teens, but a long-term foundation can be created by affirming good driving habits. Instead of telling them what not to do, try focusing on what good driving behavior is—wearing a seatbelt, driving focused and undistracted, and driving alert—both substance-free and well-rested.
  • Use real-world situations to create an environment for teaching and learning — Letting your teen drive more often while you're in the car gives you an opportunity to encourage good driving behaviors, such as adequate speed and following distance, as they are happening. It is also important to set a positive example by wearing a seatbelt at all times, driving at a safe speed and eliminating distractions as you drive, whether or not your teen is in the car with you.
  • Remember, unsafe driving doesn't stop at graduation — A lot of the focus on teen drivers falls on high school-aged teens, but out of sight should not mean out of mind. Teens starting college often experience more freedom, less supervision, and easier access to drugs and alcohol. A strong foundation can go a long way, but it is important to continue to educate young drivers by reminding them of responsible driving practices and ensuring that they understand the responsibility that comes with more freedom.
  • Use resources, including other kids – Encourage your teen to get involved in-school and peer-to-peer programs such as Start Smart, Right Turn, Teen Smart, Every 15 Minutes, Friday Night Live, Sober Graduation, and Teens in the Driver's Seat.
For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week and other tips on keeping your teen safe behind the wheel, visit the California Office of Traffic Safety at www.ots.ca.gov and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at www.nhtsa.gov.
 
Total of Seven Confirmed WNV Cases in Sutter County
September 17, 2013
Total of Seven Confirmed WNV Cases in Sutter County

Prevent Mosquito Bites to Prevent West Nile Virus Infection

Seven persons have now been confirmed with West Nile virus illness in Sutter County, with one with West Nile Fever and six with the more serious neuroinvasive type of West Nile virus (WNV) illness. The persons live all around the county, reflecting the wide-spread distribution of West Nile virus activity found by the Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District during this season.

The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District (SYMVCD) continues to monitor for West Nile virus activity, but has not detected any positive mosquito samples during the past two weeks. However, new cases of WNV illness may be diagnosed in the next few weeks due to the lag time from time of becoming infected with WNV and the development of illness. Current SYMVCD surveillance and treatment maps are posted online at the SYMVCD website.

The key to prevention of infection in humans with WNV is prevention of mosquito bites. It is very important to be vigilant and to take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites. The 6 “D”s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:

  • D – DEET – use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites; be sure to follow package instructions for age of person and how to apply
  • D – Dress to cover arms and legs
  • D – Dawn and Dusk – avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active
  • D – Doors and windows – make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn
  • D – Drain all standing water around the outside of your house to reduce numbers of mosquitoes around you – some common places are gutters, jar lids, tires, flower pot trays
  • D – District – let the Mosquito Control District know about any standing water, such as neglected swimming pools.

Most people who become infected with WNV will not develop any symptoms, but approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms, such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Symptoms typically develop from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Less than one percent of infected people will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues) and it can be fatal.

The State of California West Nile virus webpage has information about WNV activity around the state by county, how to report dead birds, and how to protect against WNV.

For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, go to www.sutter-yubamvcd.org.

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Victorian Dress Exhibit at Museum
September 09, 2013

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is featuring a new exhibit called Remembrance of Gowns Past to display a portion of the Museum’s collection of Victorian era dresses. The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday evening September 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Accompanying the dresses are photographs of women from the Yuba-Sutter area wearing typical apparel from the second half of the 19th century, with long full skirts and elaborate hats. Admission to the opening event is free. The exhibit will remain through November 16th.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

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Join Sutter County Public Health for a Bike Rodeo at the 2013 Live Oak Fall Festival!
September 03, 2013
Join Sutter County Public Health for a Bike Rodeo at the 2013 Live Oak Fall Festival!

Children of all ages are invited to attend the Bicycle Rodeo on Saturday, September 21, from 10 am to 1 pm at Memorial Park in Live Oak. Bicycle rodeos provide children an opportunity to learn the rules of the road, have their helmet properly checked and practice riding their bike in a supervised bicycle course. Children are encouraged to bring their bikes to the event, although some bikes will be available for the course. Free bike helmets will be given to all children who need them.

The Health Education staff and Sutter County Sheriff’s Cadets will teach bicycle safety. Healthy refreshments provided by the SNAP-Ed program for children participating in the Bicycle Rodeo.

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Floating Boat Docks Installed at Tisdale Weir Boat Ramp in Sutter County
August 30, 2013
Floating Boat Docks Installed at Tisdale Weir Boat Ramp in Sutter County

Floating boat docks have been installed at the Tisdale Boat Ramp at Tisdale Weir along the Sacramento River in western Sutter County.

California Custom Docks installed the $60,000 floating docks at the boat ramp this week.

There are three metal frame and cement tile deck docks. Each is eight feet wide by 20 feet long, so the complete assembly is 60 feet long. There are handrails to assist people in getting into and out of boats.

Tisdale Boat Ramp and floating docks were funded entirely by the California Parks and Recreation Department’s Division of Boating and Waterways, which provides grants to local government agencies from income generated through the licensing of boats.

The Tisdale Weir is a feature of the flood control system, and Sacramento River flows cross the weir during high water episodes. The docks will be removed November 1 and reinstalled May 1, because of intermittent closing of the boat ramp due to rising river levels.

 
Holiday Closure
August 26, 2013
Holiday ClosureOn Monday, September 2nd, most county offices will be closed for Labor Day.
 
Wildfire Smoke is a Health Hazard - Protect People at Risk
August 16, 2013

Smoke from wildfires is a frequent experience in Northern California that presents a known health hazard. Wildfire smoke contains irritants and “particulate matter” (PM). Very small PM and irritants can enter deep into the lungs and cause health problems, even in small amounts. It is important to know what to do when wildfire smoke is in the air to reduce the exposure to wildfire smoke and the risk of adverse effects on health.

Healthy people can be affected by wildfire smoke, but some groups are especially vulnerable to the irritants and PM in smoke, such as people with heart or lung disease, older adults, pregnant women and children. Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, headaches, stinging eyes or a runny nose. People with cardiovascular diseases, like coronary heart disease, high blood pressure or other vascular disease, are more likely to have a heart attack or other illness in smoky conditions. People with lung problems, like asthma or emphysema, are more likely to have their condition aggravated. Children’s developing lungs are more vulnerable to the bad effects of smoke and very small PM.

Here are some specific strategies to reduce risk when there is visible smoke in the air:

  • Stay indoors; set indoor and car air conditioning to re-circulate; avoid using a whole-house fan or a swamp cooler.
  • Reduce activity, especially outdoor physical activity, during times when air quality is reduced.
  • Avoid adding other sources of indoor air pollution, such as tobacco smoke, heating with wood stoves, frying or broiling foods, vacuuming, and using paints, solvents, or adhesives.
  • Children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with respiratory or heart conditions should be particularly careful to avoid unnecessary exposure to smoke.
  • People with asthma, heart or other lung conditions should follow their healthcare plans carefully; if your symptoms start getting worse, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
  • Pay attention to air quality reports and the recommended protective measures for the day’s air quality level for your health status.

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Pig Roast Fundraiser at Museum
August 14, 2013

The Community Memorial Museum Commission is sponsoring a pig roast on Saturday, August 24 at the new Ettl Hall behind the Museum. The event is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Barbecued pork with all the fixings is the featured menu. The band Blue Moon will provide bluegrass music. Tickets are available for $25 per person at the Museum or from any Museum Commissioner. Tickets for children under 12 years of age are $10. The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

 
West Nile Virus
August 13, 2013
Two women who live in Sutter County have been diagnosed with the neuroinvasive type of West Nile virus (WNV) illness. These are the first reported cases of human West Nile virus in Sutter County for 2013. One is recovering at home and the other is hospitalized.

The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District has been testing collections of mosquitoes for West Nile virus and has been finding positive tests in mosquitoes from around the county since June 10th. Twelve WNV positive dead birds in Sutter County have been reported to the California Department of Public Health so far this year. The District is increasing mosquito control as the level of WNV activity in the County increases. An important way that the public can help track WNV activity is by reporting dead birds to the California West Nile Virus hotline at 1-877-968-2473 or online at http://www.westnile.ca.gov/report_wnv.php.

As the summer progresses into late fall, the risk for infection for humans, horses and other mammals increases. The key to prevention of infection in humans with WNV is prevention of mosquito bites. It is very important to make sure to take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites. The 6 "D"s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:

  • D – DEET – use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites; be sure to follow package instructions for age of person and how to apply
  • D – Dress to cover arms and legs
  • D – Dawn and Dusk – avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active
  • D – Doors and windows – make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn
  • D – Drain all standing water around the outside of your house to reduce numbers of mosquitoes around you – some common places are gutters, jar lids, tires, flower pot trays
  • D – District – let the Mosquito Control District know about any standing water, such as neglected swimming pools or ditches.
Most people who become infected with WNV will not develop any symptoms, but approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms, such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Symptoms typically develop from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Less than one percent of infected people will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues) and it can be fatal.

The State of California West Nile virus webpage has information about WNV activity around the state by county, how to report dead birds, and how to protect against WNV. See http://www.westnile.ca.gov/

For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, go to http://www.sutter-yubamvcd.org/.

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Know the Signs Suicide Prevention and Awareness Campaign Publication Available
August 13, 2013
Know the Signs Suicide Prevention and Awareness Campaign Publication AvailableA special 12-page publication on suicide and suicide prevention, created by Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services in partnership with the California Mental Health Services Authority, was published in The Appeal-Democrat newspaper on Friday, Aug. 9.

Copies of the publication are available at Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services. A pdf version is available online using the link below.

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Please Take a Moment for an Online Survey About Hazards in Sutter County
August 12, 2013
Please Take a Moment for an Online Survey About Hazards in Sutter CountyAs part of the development of an update to Sutter County's Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, the County has developed a survey for county residents.

The survey is available and can be taken online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SutterCountyHazardMitigation

Sutter County is the lead agency for updating a multi-jurisdictional plan to mitigate damage from a variety of potential disasters, including floods, earthquakes, wildfires, dam failures, drought and severe weather. Partnering with the County in this plan update are the cities of Yuba City and Live Oak, in addition to other jurisdictions.

Local jurisdictions are required to have official Hazard Mitigation Plans to better position resources in advance of a disaster and to qualify for mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Receiving input from residents is part of the planning update process.

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Receive Sutter County Emergency Alerts by Text, E-mail
August 02, 2013
Receive Sutter County Emergency Alerts by Text, E-mail

The Sutter County Office of Emergency Management is launching a new information service allowing residents to receive advisories and emergency alerts via text and email.

This service, created by Nixle, LLC delivers trustworthy and important neighborhood-level public safety and community event notifications by web, e-mail, and cell phone.

Nixle is completely simple, trusted and available at no cost to Sutter County and its residents.

Nixle is a community information service that alerts you to public safety threats and community events via web, e-mail, and cell phone. Sign up at www.nixle.com to register, or go to the Sutter County Office of Emergency Management web page to sign up:

Residents may also sign up for SMS text alerts generated by the Sutter County Office of Emergency Management only by texting their zip code, or the word, “Sutter,” to 888777.

Register now and learn more at www.nixle.com. Then share this new service with friends and neighbors to spread the word!

Nixle’s authenticated service connects municipal agencies and community organizations to residents in real time, delivering information to geographically targeted consumers over their cell phones (via text messages), through e-mails and through Web access.

Nixle has secured a partnership with Nlets (the International Justice and Public Safety Network), allowing local police departments nationwide to send immediate alerts and advisories. For more information, visit www.nixle.com.

 
Hop Riots Program at Museum
July 31, 2013

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County will host a program about the Wheatland Hop Riots titled Strife in the Fields. Retired history professor David Rubiales will speak about this signal event in national labor history of 100 years ago. The event at the Museum will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7th.

Unrest among workers in the hops fields asking for decent working conditions and agitation by union representatives of the International Workers of the World led to an explosive riot in which the Yuba County District Attorney, a sheriff’s deputy, and several protesters were killed and others injured. Martial law was declared in Wheatland, and four units of state militia occupied the town. Although little known a century after that fateful day of August 3, 1913, this event was a landmark in labor relations in the U.S.

The public is welcomed to attend the program, and there is no admission charge. The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

 
Sutter County 2012 Crop Report
July 31, 2013
Sutter County 2012 Crop Report

Sutter County's gross agricultural production value exceeded $527 million in 2012.

 
Live Oak Park Annual Pass Available
July 23, 2013
Live Oak Park Annual Pass AvailableRegular users of Live Oak Park might benefit from an annual permit allowing day use and parking from sunrise to sunset for non-boaters.

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors approved the new annual permit in response to concerns about frequent users of the park having to pay $5 for each visit.

The annual pass, which is $35, is good for 12 months. It is available for purchase at the Sutter County General Services Department, 146 Garden Highway, Yuba City. Individuals can also download the application from the Live Oak Park and Recreation page on the Sutter County website and receive a permit by mail.

In addition to day use permits at Live Oak Park, annual passes are available for parking of a boat trailer and use of the four boat ramps maintained by Sutter County. There are three boat ramps on the Feather River and one on the Sacramento River, and annual permits are $50 for Sutter County residents and $100 for out of county residents.

Boat launch passes are not available by mail, but can be acquired at the General Services Department, 146 Garden Highway, Yuba City.

The General Services Department is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Department cannot process debit or credit cards and accepts cash and checks only.

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“Close to the End” Reception for Sutter Buttes Art
July 12, 2013

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County invites everyone to attend a festive reception for the exhibit of Sutter Buttes art currently showing at the Museum. The “Close to the End” reception is scheduled for Thursday, July 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will allow visitors the opportunity to view the exhibit that has been changing and evolving since its opening in May. As pieces of art were purchased, they have been replaced by new pieces that lend the show a different look as it nears the end of its run on August 3rd.

The exhibit features over 100 works of art in a variety of media ranging from painting to metal sculpture to fused glass. Thirteen artists from Yuba-Sutter, Sacramento, Chico and Colusa present their interpretations of the many aspects of the Sutter Buttes in Other Views. The art is available for purchase, and a percentage of sales benefit the Museum.

Enjoy the evening at the Museum with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and art depicting our locally beloved Sutter Buttes. The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

 
Job Opening
July 11, 2013

Job Opening: The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency seeks an Administrative Manager who will be responsible for professional administrative and analytical support to the Executive Director, Director of Engineering and SBFCA Board.

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Children’s Summer Program at Museum
July 02, 2013
Children’s Summer Program at Museum

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting its annual summer program for children on Thursday, July 11th beginning at 10:00 a.m. under the big trees in the park at the museum. Art Bugs!! is the theme of the program, and children will learn about bugs and make their own bug art project to take home.

The program is suitable for children of all ages, and there is no admission fee. Bringing an old tee shirt to the program to wear over clothing during the art session is advised. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

 
Sutter County’s Broussard Earns Outstanding Leadership
July 02, 2013
Sutter County’s Broussard Earns Outstanding Leadership

Sutter County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Jennifer Broussard received an Outstanding Leadership Award from the California Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Ms. Broussard is one of the first persons in local public health in the state to earn an Emergency Management Specialist Certificate from the California Emergency Management Agency, and is the first local public health person to serve on the Board of Directors of the California Emergency Services Association (CESA), an organization comprised of representatives of both public and private agencies. She serves as Vice-President of CESA’s Inland Chapter.

In her role with the Sutter County Public Health Department, she develops public health emergency response plans, plans and facilitates emergency plan exercises, and facilitates necessary training for preparedness in public health. She works closely with the County Office of Emergency Management to ensure public health considerations are included in emergency management preparation and supports Public Health emergency operations during an emergency.

“We are happy for Ms. Broussard and to see this recognition given to her for her work in public health emergency preparedness,” stated Lou Anne Cummings, MD, MPH, Health Officer of Sutter County.

 
Leticia Paras-Topete Becomes Interim Chief Probation Officer June 15
June 14, 2013

Leticia Paras-Topete takes over the reins of the Sutter County Probation Department on Saturday, June 15.

Ms. Paras-Topete was appointed Interim Chief Probation Officer by Sutter County Superior Court Presiding Judge Susan Green, with the concurrence of the Sutter County Board of Supervisors.

She replaces longtime Chief Probation Officer Chris Odom, who officially retired in December but has been serving as the interim Chief Probation Officer.

Ms. Paras-Topete, a lifelong resident of Live Oak and a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, first began working at the Probation Department on a part-time basis in 1992. She was hired as a fulltime Probation Officer in 1997, and was appointed Deputy Chief Probation Officer in 2006.

The appointment is until Sutter County completes an open recruitment process for a permanent Chief Probation Officer.

 
New Book Signing and Program at Museum
June 13, 2013

The Community Memorial Museum is hosting a book signing and program with Lawrence Tom, who with his brother Brian Tom has just written a new book called "Locke and Sacramento Delta Chinatowns" for Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series. Natives of Marysville, the brothers have also written about Sacramento and Marysville Chinatowns.

Chinese pioneers made significant contributions to California agriculture and established Chinatowns in the Sacramento Delta from Freeport on the north to Rio Vista in the south. The historic town of Locke is the last remaining legacy of Chinese settlers in the Delta.

The event will take place at the museum on Thursday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular museum hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

 
Prescription Drug Disposal Program
June 06, 2013
Prescription Drug Disposal ProgramThe Sutter County Sheriff's Office has established a collection and disposal program for prescription drugs. This program was established to prevent overdoses and errors by encouraging the removal of unwanted medications from homes and to provide an environmentally safe disposal method. Prescription drugs SHOULD NEVER be disposed of down drains or in the toilet because they can pass through the treatment plant and contaminate rivers, lakes and streams. Disposal in the garbage is also discouraged because children and pets may find and consume them.

The United States Geological Survey sampled the water quality of 139 streams across 30 states and found that 80 percent had measurable concentrations of prescription and nonprescription drugs, steroids, and reproductive hormones. Exposure, even to low levels of drugs, has been shown to have negative effects on fish and other aquatic species and may have negative effects on human health. According to the California Poison Action Line, two million children under the age of five swallow a poison every year.

To reduce improper disposal of prescription drugs, a confidential drop-off bin is located inside the Sutter County Sheriff's Office at 1077 Civic Center Blvd. in Yuba City for Yuba and Sutter County residents to dispose of unwanted medications. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Medicines should be left in their original container and it is recommended that prescription labels be removed to ensure privacy. This program is only available for Yuba and Sutter County households (no businesses). It is also important to note that pharmaceutical wastes are no longer accepted at the Yuba-Sutter Household Hazardous Waste Facility. For more information about the Prescription Drug Disposal Program, call Recology Yuba-Sutter at (530) 743-6933.

 
Looking at the Sutter Buttes in Many Views
June 03, 2013

Almost everyone in Northern California feels some kind of connection with the Sutter Buttes, the unique small mountains that rise out of the vast flat Sacramento Valley just west of Yuba City. Perhaps they are lucky enough to view them out of their window, or maybe they drive past them on Interstate 5 or Highway 99. Maybe they hiked in the Buttes as children, or they enjoyed an interpretative hike with The Middle Mountain Foundation recently. Maybe their cattle or sheep graze on the gently rolling hills in spring, or they raise almonds at the foot of the Buttes. Perhaps they know that a unique and fragile ecosystem exists in that “world’s smallest mountain range” that exists nowhere else, not in the valley nor in either mountain range that frames the central valley. Or they have learned that the Sutter Buttes are really a long-dormant volcano, almost perfectly circular in shape. Maybe they are among the many nearby residents who, upon seeing the Buttes come into view, know that they are home.

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is featuring, now through August 3rd, 2013 an exhibit of art work portraying the many aspects of the Sutter Buttes titled Other Views: the Physical and Cultural Diversity of the Sutter Buttes Interpreted through Art. Thirteen professional artists from the North Valley have worked together to present their unique visions of the Buttes, through many different mediums. Artists from Yuba City and Marysville are joined by others from Chico, Sacramento, and Colusa to display their talents in painting in oils, acrylics, and watercolors, in ceramics, photography, metal sculpture, and fused glass.

Over 100 works of art are on display, representing many different ways to see the Sutter Buttes. The art is available for purchase, with a portion benefiting the Community Memorial Museum. The exhibit constantly changes as new works are added. There is no charge to view the exhibit. Visitors are invited to share their personal connection with the Sutter Buttes in a log book in the exhibit.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

 
Hepatitis A Outbreak
June 03, 2013
An outbreak of approximately 30 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in five states including California and is potentially associated with a frozen berry blend food product. Investigation by the California Department of Public Health, the FDA and the Center for Disease Control is ongoing.

If you develop symptoms of hepatitis A that include yellow eyes or skin, abdominal pain, pale stools and dark urine, contact your healthcare provider right away. Hepatitis A vaccine is very effective for preventing hepatitis A infection and no boosters are needed.

Further information on the outbreak and hepatitis A can be obtained at http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/index.html.

 
Prevent Animal Bites! Report Animal Bites!
May 23, 2013
In Sutter County, more than 400 animal bites are reported every year. Animal bites can cause very serious injuries and may require costly treatment to prevent rabies. Half of the animal bites in the United States are to children. Most bites are preventable. It is important to know how to prevent animal bites and to teach children how to be safe around animals.

California law requires that all animal bites be reported. Report bites in Sutter County to: (530) 822-7375

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2013-2014 Recommended Budget Public Hearing Scheduled To Begin June 25
May 15, 2013
2013-2014 Recommended Budget Public Hearing Scheduled To Begin June 25The Sutter County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a Public Hearing to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, for consideration of the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Recommended Budget. The Board has the authority to recess the public hearing and conduct it over multiple days, if necessary.

The Public Hearing will be conducted at the Sutter County Veterans Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

The FY 2013-2014 Recommended Budget is scheduled to be presented to the Board of Supervisors at its June 11 regular Board meeting at 3 p.m. at the Hall of Records, 446 Second Street, Yuba City. The recommended budget will be available online at www.suttercounty.org.

At its May 14 meeting, the Board of Supervisors canceled a June 4 meeting date, and set two regular meeting dates of June 11 and June 18, each meeting beginning at 3 p.m.

 
West Butte School Committee Seeks Volunteers
May 09, 2013

The committee working to preserve the West Butte Schoolhouse is planning to meet and invites all volunteers who would like to help in saving this century-old remnant of Sutter County history. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 15th at 2:00 p.m. at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County. The Middle Mountain Foundation and the Museum are co-sponsoring the meeting.

Anyone with memories of attending school at West Butte School is encouraged to contact the committee that is also collecting history about the school. The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

 
Sutter Buttes Art at Sutter County Museum
May 09, 2013
Sutter Buttes Art at Sutter County Museum

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting an exhibit of art work that interprets the Sutter Buttes, the small volcanic peaks rising in the middle of the Sacramento Valley floor. Opening with an evening reception on May 10th, Other Views: the Physical and Cultural Diversity of the Sutter Buttes Interpreted Through Art will feature the works of thirteen noted artists working in the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics and glass. Many of them live within view of the “smallest mountain range in the world” in Chico, Yuba City, Marysville, Sutter, Colusa and Sacramento.

The artists will share their unique views of many different aspects of the Sutter Buttes, from its natural and geologic features to its storied cultural history. The exhibit will remain at the Museum from May 10th through August 3rd, 2013. The art is available for sale during the show.

Meet the artists at the opening event for Other Views on Friday, May 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Participating artists include Paul Boehmke, James Dejeu, Gary Dinnen, Zbignieu Richard Kozikowski, J. Pat Livingston, Dolores Mitchell, Anthony Montanino, Laura Mullen, Patris, Don Payne, Inger Price, Gayle Rappaport-Weiland, and Hal Tacker.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

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State Says Sutter County Birth Records Part of Possible Security Breach
May 07, 2013
State Says Sutter County Birth Records Part of Possible Security BreachParents of individuals born in Sutter County from May through September of 1974 are advised to monitor their credit reports as the result of a possible security breach involving birth records, according to the California Department of Public Health.

State officials notified Sutter County yesterday that a reel of microfiche containing names, addresses, Social Security numbers and some medical information was found in an unsecure location. The records—2,000 in all, according to the Department of Public Health—were for people born from May through September of 1974 in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter and Tehama counties.

Social Security numbers of parents were included on birth records in California from 1973 through 1977, according to Sutter County Clerk-Recorder Donna Johnston.

Not every birth record from Sutter County from May through September of 1974 was on the reel. A spokesman for the California Department of Public Health said that the reel contained the records of just 124 Sutter County births.

Johnston noted most births to parents living in Yuba and Sutter counties since the 1950s have occurred at Fremont Hospital in Yuba City, in Sutter County.

Because the matter involves a state agency, the California Highway Patrol is investigating the security breach. Specific information about how and where the reel was found was not released.

People whose records may have been on the reel and who have questions can call 855-737-1796 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or email 1974birth@cdph.ca.gov.

The health department recommends those who believe their information could have been compromised place a fraud alert on their accounts with the three major credit reporting agencies, get copies of their credit reports and take other steps to monitor for identity theft.

To obtain a free credit report, customers may go to www.annualcreditreport.com to complete a request form and mail to Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. The toll free number for this service is (877) 322-8228.

 
IT Director John Forberg Leaving Sutter County Service
May 02, 2013
John Forberg, Sutter County’s Director of the Department of Information Technology for seven years, is leaving County service in pursuit of other opportunities, County Administrative Officer James Arkens announced.

Mr. Forberg, who was appointed IT Director in September of 2005, has had a distinguished career in government service. As a computer systems specialist for the federal government, he worked eight years with a team that researched and developed remote sensing radar systems now used by the National Weather Service and other federal agencies.

Mr. Forberg began his career in County government in 1986. Before joining Sutter County as its Deputy Director of IT in 2003, he worked as a senior manager in San Joaquin County, as Deputy Chief Information Officer of Contra Costa County, and IT Director of Sonoma County.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and has been a part-time instructor for California State University, Chico, the University of Phoenix, and the Heald Institute of Technology.

The Department will be reporting directly to the County Administrative Office until a formal recommendation can be presented to the Board of Supervisors. The department has six central functions: data processing, maintenance of the county’s networking system, PC support, programming support, external and internal website development and maintenance, and administration.

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Sutter County’s Broussard Earns Emergency Manager Specialist Certificate, a Rarity for Public Health Officials
April 30, 2013
Sutter County’s Broussard Earns Emergency Manager Specialist Certificate, a Rarity for Public Health Officials

Sutter County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Jennifer Broussard is among the first public health officials in the state to earn an Emergency Manager Specialist Certificate from the California Emergency Management Agency.

Of the other 114 Californians who have completed the necessary training at the California Specialized Training Institute to receive the certificate, there are few, if any, public health officials, said John DeBeaux Jr., Emergency Operations Manager for Sutter County.

“Most who have completed the Emergency Manager Specialist Certificate course work are in fire, law, and administration,” Mr. DeBeaux said. “As someone who understands the California Emergency Services Act, the standardized State Emergency Management System, and the Public Health field, Jennifer is not just an important asset to Sutter County but she can assist other counties or the state in mutual aid situations if needed.”

Ms. Broussard is the first Public Health official to serve on the State Board of Directors of the California Emergency Services Association (CESA), an organization comprised of representatives of both public and private agencies. She serves as Vice-President of CESA’s Inland Chapter.

Ms. Broussard’s certificate was signed by Cal EMA Agency Secretary Mark S. Ghilarducci.

 
Sutter Buttes Art at Sutter County Museum
April 24, 2013
Sutter Buttes Art at Sutter County Museum

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting an exhibit of art work that interprets the Sutter Buttes, the small volcanic peaks rising in the middle of the Sacramento Valley floor. Opening with an evening reception on May 10th, Other Views: the Physical and Cultural Diversity of the Sutter Buttes Interpreted Through Art will feature the works of thirteen noted artists working in the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics and glass. Many of them live within view of the “smallest mountain range in the world” in Chico, Yuba City, Marysville, Sutter, Colusa and Sacramento.

The artists will share their unique views of many different aspects of the Sutter Buttes, from its natural and geologic features to its storied cultural history. The exhibit will remain at the Museum from May 10th through August 3rd, 2013. The art is available for sale during the show.

Meet the artists at the opening event for Other Views on Friday, May 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Participating artists include Paul Boehmke, James Dejeu, Gary Dinnen, Zbignieu Richard Kozikowski, J. Pat Livingston, Dolores Mitchell, Anthony Montanino, Laura Mullen, Patris, Don Payne, Inger Price, Gayle Rappaport-Weiland, and Hal Tacker.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

 
West Butte School Preservation Meeting
April 09, 2013

All interested volunteers are invited to attend the next meeting of the group working to preserve West Butte School, a century-old schoolhouse in the Sutter Buttes. The group will meet at the Community Memorial Museum on Wednesday, April 17th at 2:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the preservation, which is a joint effort of the Museum and The Middle Mountain Foundation. West Butte School is one of only three old schoolhouses remaining in Sutter County from the 1800s and early 1900s.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

 
Community Forum
March 27, 2013

In celebration of National Public Health Week, Sutter County Public Health will host “Taking Action for a Healthier Community”. This important community forum is open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, from 4 to 6 pm at the Fremont Conference Center located at 989 Plumas Street.

The forum will focus on the impact chronic disease and addiction is having on our community and strategies other communities have implemented to begin to address the same problems. This will be a unique chance for community members to share with youth and hear their perspective as youth members from the local Substance Abuse Steering Coalition will help facilitate the conversations.

For more information or to register for this free event call 822-7215 ext. 250.

 
Bike Rodeo
March 27, 2013

Sutter County Public Health is holding a no cost bicycle rodeo Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Sam Brannan Park, 806 Gray Avenue, Yuba City. All Sutter County children under 18 are invited to attend.

The bicycle rodeo will teach children various bicycle safety skills by using simulated real life situations. Children will ride through a riding skills course to learn bicycle safety techniques. FREE bicycle helmets will be properly fitted and provided to all participants. Quantities, sizes, colors & styles of helmets are limited.

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Run Drugs Out of Town 5k Run/Walk
March 27, 2013
Run Drugs Out of Town 5k Run/WalkPlease join us for the annual "Run Drugs Out of Town" 5k run/walk and 1/4 mile children's run/walk on Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at River Valley High School.

Same day registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and races start at 9:00 a.m. There will be prizes, a mascot race, music, 1/4 mile kids runs, free breakfast, children's play area, synergy race timing, community resources and more.

To register or volunteer, email or call the Event Coordinator Dulia Aguilar at 674-1885 ext. 109.

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Children’s Program at Museum
March 27, 2013
Children’s Program at Museum

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting a program for all elementary age children on Wednesday, April 3rd at 11:00 a.m. in Ettl Hall behind the Museum. Storyteller Marsha Amaro will present the program about California Native Americans, with a Native American craft after the story that participants may take home. Cookies and punch will follow the program. Admission is free.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141. Open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m.

 
Mirth at the Museum
March 25, 2013
Mirth at the Museum

The Community Memorial Museum is hosting “A Hysterical History Hour – Mirth at the Museum” on Saturday, April 6th. The event features local comedians Randy Lavender, Ceann “Momma C” Lithun, Caleb Mains, David Mariscal, and Dan Salamone. Angel Diaz will serve as Emcee Extraordinaire. Admission to the event includes a tri-tip sandwich, beans, pasta salad and beverage. The comedy hour takes place in the Museum’s new Ettl Hall, directly behind the Museum, open at 6:30 with the program beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Museum or from any Museum Commissioner or at the door for $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141. Open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m.

 
Japanese-American Program at Museum
March 18, 2013

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County and the Japanese American Citizens League invite the public to attend a program at the Museum on Saturday, March 23rd from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. There will be a reception to honor the new Japanese-American permanent exhibit in the Multi-Cultural wing and an observance of the Day of Remembrance to remember the internment experience of Japanese-Americans during World War II. The keynote speakers will be Mori and Jim Tanimoto.

The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Admission is free. Museum open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

 
Sutter County Invites You to Attend a Housing Roundtable
March 11, 2013
Sutter County Invites You to Attend a Housing Roundtable

California law requires every county in the State to prepare, adopt, and update on a regular cycle the general plan housing element, which describes how the County can best meet the community’s housing needs through the development of local housing programs. Sutter County is currently under an update cycle and is preparing the draft element.

One of the first steps in the update process is gathering input from the community. You are invited to attend a Housing Roundtable on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sutter County Health Department Auditorium, 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, to discuss the County’s 2013-2021 General Plan Housing Element Update. A presentation will be provided at the Roundtable, giving participants an overview of the update process, requirements, and the County’s Draft Housing Element.

Please join us and provide your input on housing needs, issues, and opportunities in Sutter County.

RSVP attendance to: Lisa Wilson, Planning Manager, Sutter County Community Services Department (530) 822-7400 or email Lisa Purvis-Wilson.

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CalMHSA: Associated Press Stylebook to Drop Use of Term Mentally Ill
March 11, 2013

Please see below for a message from CalMHSA Board President, Dr. Wayne Clark:

Dear Mental Health Partners,

Our collective effort to change public attitudes around mental illness took a giant step forward today: The Associated Press, an international news organization, will include guidelines for reporting on mental illness in its influential AP Stylebook. Known as the "The Journalists' Bible" for its influence on the media industry, the publication is widely used by print, broadcast and online newsrooms and taught in journalism classes, so the new guidelines present an opportunity to significantly improve the way the news industry reports on mental illness.

The new entry in The Associated Press Stylebook directs news media to avoid describing people as mentally ill unless someone’s mental health is clearly pertinent to a story and the person’s diagnosis is properly sourced. The new entry addresses the assumption that mental illness is a factor in violent crime and identifies that people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of crime rather than perpetrators. It also suggests a more precise use of language, such as avoiding derogatory terms in health and non-health stories.

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Daylight Saving Time Begins on March 10
March 08, 2013
Daylight Saving Time Begins on March 10Don't forget to move your clocks forward this weekend! Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 a.m.

In the U.S., clocks change at 2:00 a.m. local time. In spring, clocks spring forward from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.; in fall, clocks fall back from 1:59 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. The phrase "Spring Forward, Fall Back" is used to help people remember how to reset their clocks.

 
Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for New Museum Patio
March 06, 2013

The Sutter Buttes Garden Club and the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County are co-hosting a ribbon cutting and celebration for the opening of the Schnabel and Dean Patio on Friday, March 15th at 2:00 p.m. The new patio is located adjacent to Ettl Hall just behind the Museum.

The expansive patio and fence were gifts to the Community Memorial Museum from the Schnabel family to honor their parents Randolph A. and Shirley Dean Schnabel, who were longtime Museum supporters and descendants of early Sutter County pioneers.

The patio landscaping and beautification was a project and donation of the Sutter Buttes Garden Club, whose members have labored over a year to bring the project to completion. It includes a fountain in front of a large vine-entwined arch, benches, and artful plantings, bringing an expanded area for use with the newly built Ettl Hall. The hall and patio are available for rental to the community for events.

The public is welcome to attend the ribbon cutting event. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

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River Valley High School Art Exhibit
March 05, 2013
River Valley High School Art Exhibit Our latest exhibit comprises the work of the River Valley High School Art Department. All of the artwork is by the students. The exhibit runs through March 16 during normal open hours.

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West Butte School Preservation Project Seeks Volunteers
March 05, 2013

There will be a meeting of all those interested in the preservation of the West Butte School on Wednesday, March 13th at 2:00 p.m. at the Community Memorial Museum. The meeting is co-hosted by The Middle Mountain Foundation and the Museum. Volunteers interested in preserving the century-old schoolhouse in the Sutter Buttes are encouraged to attend the meeting. The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

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Sutter Animal Shelter Hours Change
February 28, 2013
Sutter Animal Shelter Hours ChangeHours of operation of the Sutter County Animal Shelter will change effective Monday, March 4, with an end to public access to the shelter on Mondays, and a reduction in hours on Wednesdays.

The schedule change is being implemented due to a shortage of staff, which is creating a safety concern by stretching existing employees too thin, according to a memo sent this morning by Assistant Sutter County Administrative Officer Shawne Corley to members of the Sutter Animal Services Authority Board of Directors.

Under the new schedule, no public access to the shelter will be available on Sunday or Monday. The shelter will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Public office hours are also changing. The office will be closed to the public on Sunday and Monday. The office will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

 
Jim Arkens New County of Sutter CAO
February 11, 2013
Jim Arkens New County of Sutter CAO

Jim Arkens, who has an extensive administration and management background in both the public and private sectors, has been appointed by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors as the new County Administrative Officer.

Supervisors approved the hiring of Mr. Arkens on January 8. Mr. Arkens’ first day on the job in Sutter County was February 4.

Supervisors conducted an extensive recruitment and interview process following the retirement of former CAO Stephanie J. Larsen in mid-2012. Assistant CAO Shawne Corley served as the interim CAO during the hiring process.

“Jim has great qualifications, a solid understanding of the issues facing rural counties, and good organization skills,” said Sutter County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Whiteaker. “The board feels he is a good fit for Sutter County and we look forward to working with him.”

Mr. Arkens was hired as the Human Resources Director of Mono County in May of 2010. At the time of his appointment as CAO in June 2011, he maintained the title and responsibilities of Human Resources Director.

Mr. Arkens has more than 30 years of experience in administrative positions in both the public and private sector. He was the Human Resources Director for the Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico, and served as both the CAO and Human Resources Director for Shawano County, Wisconsin.

In a 21-year career with Scott Paper/Kimberly Clark, he worked as a Safety and Fire Protection Technician, and served six years as president of the union representing the company’s 1,250 employees.

He also worked for the Northwest Regional Planning Commission in Wisconsin, one of the first multi-county planning commissions in the nation, comprised of 10 counties, 230 local government agencies, and five tribal units of government. During his tenure there, he was subcontracted to Taylor County to manage their Human Resources, Maintenance, and Information Technology departments.

He served 24 years as a member of the Menominee, Mich., City Council, including six years as the Council President.

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Holiday Closure
February 11, 2013
Holiday ClosureOn Monday, February 18th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Washington's Birthday.
 
Sutter County Invites Participation in Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
February 08, 2013
Sutter County Invites Participation in Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Sutter County is the lead agency for updating a multi-jurisdictional plan to mitigate damage from a variety of potential disasters, including floods, earthquakes, wildfires, dam failures, drought and severe weather. Partnering with the County in this plan update are the cities of Yuba City and Live Oak, in addition to other jurisdictions.

Local jurisdictions are required to have official Hazard Mitigation Plans to better position resources in advance of a disaster and to qualify for mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Sutter County Office of Emergency Management will be hosting two meetings to kick off the process to update the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan first adopted in 2008. Officials from Sutter County, Yuba City, Live Oak, state and local agencies, members of the public and other interested stakeholders are invited to participate in the planning effort.

Separate meetings are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20 at the Sutter County Veteran’s Hall, 1425 Veteran’s Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

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Library Opens One Hour Later on Wednesday, February 6
February 05, 2013

The main branch of the Sutter County Library in Yuba City will open one hour later than normal on Wednesday, February 6, due to work on the library’s water system.

The Sutter County Public works Department will be installing back-flow prevention devices in the library’s water line on Wednesday morning.

The library, which normally opens at 10 a.m., is scheduled to open at 11 a.m.

 
2013 Dental Health Fair
January 30, 2013
2013 Dental Health Fair
Sutter County Smiles Mobile Dental Clinic Presents: "Give Kids a Smile" Dental Health Fair Day

Sutter County Smiles and Peach Tree Healthcare would like to invite you to join us on February 15th for a Children's Dental Health Fair.

Where: Sutter County Health Department (Parking Lot) 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City

When: February, 15th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 
  • Free Dental Screenings
  • Pictures with the Tooth Fairy
  • Exciting Games
  • Fun for Kids & Family
  • Visit the Dental Van
  • Meet the Staff

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Meeting to Save West Butte School
January 30, 2013

The Middle Mountain Foundation is hosting a meeting to welcome anyone interested in helping to preserve the historic West Butte School in the Sutter Buttes. The schoolhouse dates from 1907, but the first school on that site was built in 1860. One of only several existing schools in Sutter County from over a century ago, West Butte School served the children of the small community of West Butte until 1944. Now it is the only remnant of the once-thriving little town that was nestled in the Buttes.

Middle Mountain Foundation hopes to preserve the schoolhouse, but community help is desperately needed for the project. They are looking for people with enthusiasm for saving history, no matter what their knowledge or skills. The meeting will take place at Community Memorial Museum on February 6th at 2:00 p.m. The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

 
Holiday Closure
January 14, 2013
On Monday, January 21st, most county offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
 
India’s Imaginary Menagerie
January 10, 2013
India’s Imaginary Menagerie

“India’s Imaginary Menagerie” features Aondreaa the Storytailor and Marilyn the Muse presenting five ancient fables from India. The endangered status of India’s signature wildlife (rhino, elephant, tiger, crocodile) is highlighted through dramatic telling of traditional tales. Music, costume and staging enhance the performance.

One show only: Friday January 18, in Ettl Hall behind the Community Memorial Museum, 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City, CA 95993 (530) 822-7141

6:30 p.m. Free admission. Suitable for children and adults of all ages. Jointly sponsored by the Community Memorial Museum and the Punjabi American Heritage Society.

 
Ron Sullenger Takes Oath As New District 1 Supervisor
January 07, 2013
Ron Sullenger Takes Oath As New District 1 SupervisorRon Sullenger, elected to the Board of Supervisors District 1 seat in November, took the formal oath of office Monday to begin a four-year term.

Mr. Sullenger replaces Larry Montna, who served 12 years on the Board of Supervisors before electing not to run for re-election.

At his first Board meeting on Tuesday night, January 8, at 6 p.m., Mr. Sullenger will participate in a ceremonial oath of office with Fourth District Supervisor Jim Whiteaker and Fifth District Supervisor James Gallagher, both who begin new four-year terms.

District 1 encompasses much of North Yuba City and all of the greater Live Oak area.

A lifelong Sutter County resident, Mr. Sullenger attended local schools and Chico State. He and his wife, Susan Rusk Sullenger, married in Yuba City in 1960, have four adult children and nine grandchildren.

Active in the family farm all his life, Mr. Sullenger has been a local merchant in the community for more than 30 years. He founded Circle R Irrigation and Four Seasons Travel. After selling both businesses to former employees, he semi-retired to the family’s 70-acre peach orchard where he and his wife reside.

Mr. Sullenger served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. He is an active member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Yuba City, Past Master of the Yuba City Masonic Lodge, a 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason and is Past Club President of the Central Sacramento Valley Shrine Club.

 
Meeting Schedule First Quarter of 2013
January 03, 2013

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors’ regular meeting schedule for the first quarter of 2013 is as follows: Tuesdays January 8, January 22, February 12, February 26, March 12, and March 26. All regular meetings begin at 6 p.m. and are conducted at the Hall of Records, 466 Second Street.

The Board of Supervisors’ Agriculture, Public Protection and General Government Committee will meet on the following Mondays at 3:30 p.m. in the Board’s conference room at 1160 Civic Center Blvd., Suite A, Yuba City: January 8, January 22, February 12, February 26, March 12, and March 26.

The Board of Supervisors’ Health and Welfare Committee will meet on the following Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. in the Board’s conference room at 1160 Civic Center Blvd., Suite A, Yuba City: January 8, January 15, February 5, February 19, March 5, and March 19.

The board of Supervisors’ Public Works and Support Services Committee will meet on the following Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. in the Board’s conference room, 1160 Civic Center Blvd., Suite A, Yuba City: January 10, January 24, February 14, February 28, March 14, and March 28.

 
 
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