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Holiday Closure
August 30, 2011
On Monday, September 5th, most county offices will be closed for Labor Day.
Board Of Supervisors Schedules Public Hearing on Caltrans Plan to Raise Speed Limit on Highway 99
August 25, 2011

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 to receive comments about the proposal by the California Department of Transportation to raise the speed limit to 65 mph on a 12.3 mile stretch of Highway 99 from north of Sacramento Avenue to south of Bogue Road.

In a letter notifying the County of its intent, Caltrans said the speed limit would be raised as a result of an Engineering and Traffic survey.

The existing speed limit is 55 miles per hour between Bogue Road and Oswald Road, and 60 miles per hour between Oswald Road and Sacramento Avenue.

Prior to the completion of the four-lane Tudor Bypass project, the speed limit along this section of roadway was reduced at the request of the County after a series of fatal accidents on the former one-lane stretch of roadway.

The Board of Supervisors will receive comments during its regular meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Hall of Records Building, 433 Second Street, Yuba City. The comments will be forwarded to Caltrans.

Sutter Supervisors Designate $110,000 for Local Match to Fix Levee at Verona
August 24, 2011

Sutter County Supervisors on Tuesday allocated $110,000 to help Reclamation District 1001 meet a local match obligation to fix a damaged levee that protects the Nicolaus Basin from flooding.

On a unanimous vote, the Board of Supervisors approved a budget amendment authorizing the expenditure of up to $110,000 to make repairs to a section of the northern Natomas Cross Canal levee.

A crack and slumping developed in the Natomas Cross Canal levee in March, in the midst of a series of wind and rain storms that battered Northern California. Although Reclamation District 1001, and Sutter County, declared a state of local emergency, no state or federal emergency funds have been forthcoming to fix the levee.

Community Corrections Partnership Special Meeting
August 24, 2011
Sutter County Community Corrections Partnership will hold a Special Meeting at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 at the Sutter-Yuba Association of Realtors Conference Room, 1558 Starr Drive, Yuba City. Please contact Emmy Yandall for further questions.
Sutter County Smokers to get Free Nicotine Patches
August 19, 2011
Sutter County Smokers to get Free Nicotine Patches Callers to 1-800-NO-BUTTS Can Receive a Free 2-Week Starter Kit Quitting smoking just got a little easier.

For a limited time, the California Smokers' Helpline is sending callers from Sutter County free nicotine patches. Eligible tobacco users who call 1-800-NO-BUTTS and enroll in the free telephone-based quitting program will receive a free two-week starter kit of patches, while supplies last.

"The Helpline has already served over half a million smokers," said Christopher Anderson, the Helpline's Program Director. "We hope this new opportunity will motivate even more people to give quitting a try."

The patches are an FDA-approved treatment proven to help smokers kick the habit. They release nicotine into the bloodstream through the skin, reducing withdrawal symptoms and slowly weaning smokers off nicotine.

Sutter County was one of 34 counties in California selected to participate in this program. All 34 counties have an adult smoking prevalence rate of 14 percent or higher, according to the 2008 California Tobacco Survey; the rate is 16% percent in Sutter County. In comparison, the 2010 statewide adult smoking rate is 11.9 percent.

"While much progress has been made in lowering the rate of smoking throughout California and the associated toll on public health, more remains to be done" stated Michele Blake, Sutter County Project Director.

This new program is part of a nationwide effort called Communities Putting Prevention to Work, which aims to improve health and lower medical costs by preventing disease, such as those caused by tobacco use.

"Helpline counseling doubles smokers' chance of success in quitting," said Anderson. "People who use both counseling and a quitting aid, such as the patch, have the best chance of quitting for good. So now is a perfect time to make that call and get started."

The free patches will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to those who call 1-800-NO-BUTTS.

About the Smokers' Helpline

Callers to the Smokers' Helpline may receive free one-on-one support from a trained cessation counselor, a self-help booklet and referral to local quit-smoking programs. It is open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Helpline has specialized services for pregnant smokers, tobacco chewers and teens. All services are available in multiple languages:

1-800-NO-BUTTS (English)
1-800-45-NO-FUME (Spanish)
1-800-838-8917 (Mandarin and Cantonese)
1-800-556-5564 (Korean)
1-800-778-8440 (Vietnamese)

For more information, visit www.NoButts.org.

Clara Sheldon Smith Photography at Sutter County Museum
August 17, 2011

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is featuring a new exhibit spotlighting the work of early art photographer Clara Sheldon Smith. An important woman photographer working in the Sacramento Valley at the turn of the 20th century, Mrs. Smith owned a portrait studio in Marysville and also took commercial assignments in the area. Her portraits combined sensitivity with informality to reflect her very unique style, bringing out the essence of her subjects through the glass plate negative. Her artfully composed landscapes and commercial photographs are also important now from an historical perspective. Her work spans the years 1896 to 1908.

Visitors to the exhibit may see a photograph of D Street in Marysville or Bridge Street in Yuba City and recognize buildings that still exist, but the unpaved streets with trolley tracks running down them will be a jarring reminder of 100 year’s interim. Many views reveal buildings or features long gone from our daily landscape

Sutter County Public Works Wins Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association
August 16, 2011
A Sutter County Public Works Department project to replace two bridges on Pleasant Grove Road across Curry Creek is the second Sutter County project in two years to win a Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association (APWA).

Attending the awards ceremony Friday in Sacramento were, from left: Sutter County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Gallagher; Lori Burne of Dokken Engineering; Sutter County Public Works Project Manager Scott Riddle; Sutter County Engineer Neal Hay; Sutter County Administrative Officer Stephanie J. Larsen; Matt Griggs and Megan Carter of Dokken Engineering; and Sutter County Public Works Assistant Director Al Sawyer.

The award goes to agencies for projects which demonstrate excellence in management, administration, design, construction, and community relations, as well as the alliance among the managing agency and the consultant/engineer/contractor who worked to complete the public works project.

The Curry Creek Bridge Replacement project won in the Transportation Category, Construction Division for small government agencies and projects between $500,000 and $2 million.

In 2009, the Public Works Department won a similar award in the Environmental-Flood Control Category for the Cranmore/Garmire Road bridge replacement project across the Tisdale Weir in West Sutter County.

The Curry Creek bridges on Pleaseant Grove Road were constructed in 1922 to span the north and south forks of Curry Creek, which drains western Placer County and carries the runoff into Natomas Cross Canal, which transports the runoff into the Sacramento River at Verona.

Due to their narrow width and weathered and corroded decks, the bridges were replaced in the $817,000 project with one new bridge across the north fork, and dual 48-inch reinforced culverts to accommodate flows of the south fork.

The Federal Highway Bridge program was the source of 88 percent of the funding for the project, and Sutter County’s Road Fund provided 12 percent of the funding.

Sutter County Public Works Engineer Scott Riddle was the Project Manager on design and construction. Dokken Engineering, Inc., of Sacramento, provided the design and Syblon Reid Construction Company of Folsom, won a competitive bid contract from Sutter County to construct the project.

Bright Futures Summer Health Fair
August 12, 2011
The Bright Futures Summer Health Fair takes place on Saturday, August 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building at 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

FREE health and development screenings will be available for all children under the age of five.

Walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (530) 822-7505.

Karen A. Ropp Appointed Sutter County Human Resources Director
August 11, 2011
The Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed Karen A. Ropp the County’s Human Resources Director.

Ms. Ropp has a 12-year background in public and private human resources management, working most recently for the Sierra Pacific Power Company in Reno, Nevada.

She began her career as the manager of the County of Merced’s Animal Control Department, and spent four years with a private company in Alaska administering contracts with local, state and federal agencies.

She was a benefits manager for the Anchorage School District, and was Personnel Manager and Deputy Director of Employee Relations for the city of Anchorage, Alaska from 2000 to 2006.

In 2006 and 2007, she was the Employee Relations Manager for the City of Reno.

Sutter County puts Property Value Information Online, Extends Deadline for Appeals
August 10, 2011
In an effort to save money, the Sutter County Assessor's Office has placed all property value information online. At the same time, the Assessor has extended the deadline for appealing property valuations from September 15th to November 30th.

By eliminating the mailing of property Valuation Notices to individual property owners, the Assessor's Office is saving taxpayers approximately $26,000 annually and valuation information can be accessed any time of day, said Assessor Todd Retzloff.

Property valuation information is available on the internet by searching www.suttercounty.org. Click on "Property Assessments" under featured links.

Property owners who do not have access to the internet may call the office, 822-7160, to receive a property Valuation Notice.

As a result of the decline in property value in Sutter County, the Assessor's Office has reduced the valuation of over 9,000 parcels in the 2011/2012 valuation cycle, Retzloff said.

Property value assessments are the basis for property tax bills, which are mailed out by Steve Harrah, the Sutter County Treasurer/Tax Collector by the end of October.

Program at Museum for Ishi’s 100th Anniversary
August 05, 2011
The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County will observe the 100th anniversary of the first contact with Ishi with a special program at the Museum on Wednesday, August 17th at 7:00 p.m. History professor emeritus from Yuba Community College David Rubiales will talk about Ishi, the last member of the Yahi tribe. On August 28, 1911, Ishi wandered into a slaughter house near Oroville, half-starved and ragged. He was a remnant of a civilization then past, who at that moment walked into the modern world. Dr. Alfred Kroeber, an anthropology professor from the University of California at Berkeley worked with Ishi and studied his culture until Ishi’s death of tuberculosis in 1916. Ishi’s contribution to our understanding of California Native American life is immeasurable.