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Notice of Public Review
September 10, 2015

A Risk Management Plan (RMP) has been submitted by Greenleaf unit Two, 875 North Walton Avenue, Yuba City, CA 95993. The RMP describes programs and controls designed to prevent accidental releases of regulated substances. This RMP will be available for public review and comment for the next 45 days at the Sutter County Development Services Department, 1130 Civic Center Boulevard, Suite A, Yuba City, CA, 95993.

Such a plan is required under the California Accidental Release Prevention Program, implemented in January of 1997. The purpose of the program is to prevent accidental releases of substances that can cause serious harm to the public and the environment, to minimize the damage if releases do occur, and to ensure information about the potential hazard is available to the public.

Businesses in Sutter County that produce, handle, process, distribute, or store certain chemicals over a threshold quantity are required to develop a Risk Management Program, prepare a Risk Management Plan and submit the plan to the Environmental Health Division of the Development Services Department.

The plans are to be updated every five years, and are available for public review during regular business hours of the Environmental Health Division.

Sutter County Removes 60 Maturing Marijuana Plants Near Butte County Line
September 08, 2015
Sutter County Removes 60 Maturing Marijuana Plants Near Butte County Line

A Sutter County couple who failed to register their medical marijuana garden and did not meet the requirements for an outdoor grow lost 60 plants nearing maturity when sheriff’s deputies used chain saws to cut the plants, which were hauled off to the landfill.

Eight Sutter County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the location of the garden in a young walnut orchard off Robinson Road, north of Live Oak near the Butte County line Thursday afternoon, to serve an inspection warrant and Sutter County Superior Court order for the abatement, seizure, removal, transport and destruction of any marijuana on the premises. .

Sixty wide and tall plants, arranged in rows like a Christmas tree farm, were cut and hauled into two flatbed trucks.

The removal was a civil code enforcement action in accordance with the Sutter County Medical Marijuana Ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors in October of 2013. Among other things, the ordinance requires medical marijuana gardens to be registered with the County’s Development Services Department. The ordinance also requires medical marijuana gardens to be 2,000 feet from schools, bus stops, churches, parks, day care centers, and youth oriented facilities, and to be located minimum distances away from property lines.

In this case, the garden, on four acres owned by Alejandro and Rosalba Leyva, was not registered with the county and was located too close to a neighboring property line to be an outdoor grow.

The Leyvas were notified to abate the garden, but did not do so and did not file a timely appeal of the order.

New Flooded Art Exhibit at Museum
August 24, 2015
New Flooded Art Exhibit at Museum

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is welcoming a new group exhibition of art created especially for Flooded: Nature & the Human Spirit, opening on Friday, September 11th at the Museum. Exploring the relationship between the historical flooding of our valley and cycles of the human condition, the vibrant works of 18 artists come together to create an inspiring collection.

Since recorded time, we know the Sacramento Valley has been a vast flood plain, with rivers spreading out over the valley as they overflowed their banks. These floods helped make our valley soil rich for farming. Settlers arrived and began tilling the land and building levees to protect their crops. Although the land has been greatly altered with levees and dams, there is still a chance that nature can bring too much water. Major floods in the Yuba-Sutter area have occurred in 1805, 1825-26, 1846-47, 1852-53, 1861, 1862, 1867-68, 1875, 1907, 1937, 1940, 1944, 1950, 1955, 1986, and 1997.

In times of drought like we are now experiencing, our relationship with water is equally intense. Nature is cyclical, and, as living beings of the earth, we are also moving and changing, experiencing our own disasters and enduring and recovering. This exhibit celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over the ebbs and flows of life.

Guest exhibit curator and artist Inger Price of Olivehurst says, “As in nature, life is complicated. I believe there is much to learn about ourselves by observing how nature solves problems. The resilience and strength of the human spirit is evident – how we help each other and manage to survive is very inspiring to me. Somehow, we make it through the toughest times and emerge stronger, better people. Interestingly enough, after a flood, the soil becomes more fertile. It changes for the better.”

Eighteen artists from California, Wisconsin, New York, and Europe bring their own unique flavors of creativity together for an unusual exhibit. Mediums include paintings, sculpture, ceramic, steel, copper, photography, action figures, fiber art, glass, light, sound and spoken word poetry.

The public is invited to the Flooded exhibit opening on Friday, September 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Museum. The exhibit will remain through November 14th. Works of art are available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Community Memorial Museum.

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