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Sutter County Government Getting A Little More Green
June 27, 2008
Since 2001, Sutter County has had a voluntary waste recycling program in many of its largest departments. In the last five years alone, Sutter County has recycled 564,000 pounds of material—that’s the equivalent weight of 2,971.5 average American men.

Sutter County is now expanding the recycling program to include all offices. Another 115,000 pounds of paper, plastic and other recyclable materials is expected to be recycled by Sutter County offices in calendar year 2008.

These numbers do not take into account the large amounts of documents that are shredded and recycled through a commercial vendor each year.

Currently, all divisions of the Human Services Department, the Sherrif’s Department/Jail, the Treasurer’s Office, and the Road and General Services divisions of the Public Works Department participate in a recycling program. But Building Services Supervisor F.W. “Frosty” Southard wants to expand Sutter County’s recycling program to all departments and locations in the county.

Sutter County to Lower Flag in Honor of Former Supervisor Joan Bechtel
June 27, 2008
Sutter County officials are greatly saddened to learn of the passing of former Sutter County Supervisor and County Clerk-Recorder Joan Bechtel. "The County has lost a wonderful person, one who contributed greatly to the success of Sutter County" said Larry Montna, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

County Administrator Larry Combs complimented Ms. Bechtel on her outstanding leadership on the Board and dedication to the County, noting the great courage Ms. Bechtel displayed in her tenure with Sutter County and through her passing.

The County will keep all flogs lowered in honor of Ms. Bechtel through the day of her services, next week.

Air Quality Control Advisory
June 27, 2008
UPDATE 06/27/2008:

This advisory update is now valid through Sunday, June 29th.

The Feather River Air Quality Management District along with Dr. Kinnison, Sutter County Health Officer, and Dr. Cassady, Yuba County Health Officer, are advising residents to take precautions and avoid voluntary outdoor activities as smoke from wildfires continues to remain at ground level in the region.

Schools, recreation districts and other organizations that operate outdoor sports programs are advised to voluntarily cancel or postpone practices, games and recreational activities anytime particle air pollution reaches unhealthy levels.

Today’s air quality levels are currently Unhealthy for all groups.

View air quality levels for the Yuba-Sutter region.

The Feather River Air Quality Management District (FRAQMD) has advised continued and worsening unhealthy air quality in Sutter County due to the surrounding wild fires and particulate matter in the air.

FRAQMD’s Air Quality Advisory recommends actions to be taken by those with health related illness as well as healthy individuals.

View the current visible satellite image of the smoke impact in Northern California.

For further information, contact the Feather River Air Quality Management District at (530) 634-7659.

Children's Program Meets Mountain Men
June 24, 2008
We are pleased and enthused to report that the Mountain Men are returning for the Summer Children’s Program at the Museum this summer! The Sierra Muzzleloaders of Brownsville have plans to set up camp in Howard Harter Park behind the Sutter County Memorial Museum on Wednesday, July 16. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the shade of the park’s big trees.

Last summer, this group drew in children and adults alike with demonstrations of firemaking, flintknapping (making arrowheads), and other early day skills. Dressed in authentic costumes, and with the trappings of typical mountain life, the mountain men show us what life was like for the intrepid few who ventured into the wilderness in the early 19th century.

Some of the activities are hands-on experiences for the children, and all of them are fascinating and educational. The program is free, and no reservations are needed. It is suitable for elementary school age students, but the whole family is invited. Refreshments will be served following the program. The Sierra Muzzleloaders volunteer to present this wonderful program to our community, and we appreciate the work they do to promote learning about history.

For more information, call (530) 822-7141.

Sutter County to Widen Butte House Road
June 18, 2008
Sutter County Public Works engineers wrote a grant application resulting in $800,000 for improvements to Butte House Road. Earlier, Public Works added large signage, increased reflectors, and a speed indicator in an attempt to slow traffic down in the 55 mph area.

Yuba Disc Plow
June 17, 2008
The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County plans to celebrate a gift of the Yuba Disc Plow from the Yuba-Sutter Fair Board to the Museum with a dedication on Wednesday evening, June 18 at 7:30 at the Museum.

The Yuba Disc Plow was manufactured in the 1920s by the Yuba Manufacturing Company. The large manufacturing plant had formerly been located at 12th and F Streets in Marysville, but about 1920 it relocated to Benicia. The company manufactured mainly dredging equipment, such as the big dredges used in the goldfields in the Yuba River. However, it got into the business of making agricultural equipment when it created the Yuba Ball Tread Tractor to haul the dredging equipment to the mining sites.

The Community Memorial Museum has on exhibit a restored 1915 Yuba Ball Tread Tractor manufactured in Marysville. The Yuba-Sutter Fair Board generously donated the Yuba Disc Plow to be exhibited with the tractor. Few examples of the plow are known to exist.

The public is invited to attend the event on June 18 when the plow will be officially dedicated, and the Fair Board will be thanked for their very special gift to the Museum and our community. There is no charge to attend. The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call 822-7141.

Sutter County 2007 Crop Report
June 04, 2008

Sutter County's gross agricultural production value totaled $377,950,800 with Rice, Walnuts, Peaches, (processing) Tomatoes, Dried Plums and Almonds as the leading agricultural commodities.

Strong demand helped increase market prices, especially for walnuts, field corn, hay, safflower, wheat, processing tomatoes, and seed crops. In contrast, record freezing temperatures in January affected several frost-sensitive crops throughout California, but it was the reoccurring high temperatures during the dried-plum crop bloom in March that once again drastically affected yields. Honey production continues to be plagued by a malady of honeybee disorders, including the newfound Colony Collapse Disorder.

As summarized in this report, agriculture continues to be an integral part of Sutter County's economic base. Industries such as banking, labor, marketing, transportation, and other services directly or indirectly tied to agriculture benefited appreciably as the agricultural industry returned over $1.32 Billion to our local economy in 2007.