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Tisdale Weir Boat Launch Facility to Close Friday Due to High Sacramento River Flows
November 28, 2012
The Sutter County Public Works Department will close the Tisdale Weir Boat ramp and parking lot on Friday in advance of a surge of water in the Sacramento River that is expected to send water over the weir and into the Tisdale Bypass and the lower end of the Sutter Bypass.

The Tisdale Weir Boat Launch Facility will remain closed indefinitely.

Based on National Weather Service forecasts for as much as 14 inches of rainfall in basins downstream from Shasta Dam from Wednesday through Sunday, and California Department of Water Resource river runoff modeling programs, the Sacramento River is expected to flow over the weir sometime Saturday.

Paid for with a grant from the California Division of Boats and Waterways, the Tisdale Boat Launch Facility is maintained by the County of Sutter.

The Feather River is not expected to rise substantially due to runoff from this series of storms. However, the Public Works Department will monitor river levels to determine whether three Sutter County boat ramps on the Feather River will remain open.

Museum Store Open Sundays During Holiday Season
November 21, 2012

The Community Memorial Museum Store has added Sunday afternoons to its open schedule during the holiday season to accommodate busy shoppers. The store is open from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. The Museum Store will remain open on Sundays through December 23rd.

The Museum Store offers a wide variety of books on local and California history, as well as educational and unusual gifts for children and adults. The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call 822-7141.

Holiday Closure
November 15, 2012
On Thursday and Friday, November 22nd and 23rd, most county offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Landowners with Williamson Act Conservation Agreements Facing Deadline to Opt Out or Stay in Under New Terms
November 14, 2012
Property owners who receive tax breaks in exchange for not developing their property for at least 10 years are facing a deadline to opt out of the program if they don't like new terms established by state law and implemented by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors.

On October 11, the Sutter County Community Services Department mailed notices to 144 landowners participating in the Williamson Act conservation program advising them they have 60 days to opt out of the program if they do not want to participate under the new terms, which include a 10 percent reduction in the annual tax break they receive.

Property owners who do not opt out will automatically be enrolled in the program for nine years, which is the other change in terms. Those who opt out must continue to keep their property undeveloped and will receive tax breaks until the original 10-year contract term has expired.

In response to the rapid development of farmland in California following World War II, the Williamson Act was passed by the Legislature in 1965 as a way of rewarding property owners for voluntarily keeping their land open space. The program robbed local governments of property tax revenues, however, and, in 1972, the state enacted the California Open Space Subvention Act, which provided for the partial replacement of local property tax revenue lost when property owners participated in the Williamson Act.

According to the California Department of Conservation, the average property tax savings for a participating landowner is 83 percent.

In Sutter County, which has been a Williamson Act county since 2001, 51,256 acres of prime agricultural land and 13,165 acres of non-prime agricultural land are enrolled in the program.

In recent years, due to economic and budgetary constraints, California has underfunded the Williamson Act subventions. In 2009, the last year the Williamson Act subventions were fully funded, Sutter County received reimbursements of $269,444. In 2010, however, the state budgeted a total of $1,000 for all counties participating, resulting in a payment of $7.67 to Sutter County.

In 2011, no subvention payments were received by Sutter County.

In July 2011, as an increasing number of counties considered exiting the program altogether, Gov. Gerald Brown Jr. signed into law AB 1265, which changes the terms of Williamson Act contracts and allows the counties to recoup a portion of the foregone property tax revenue. On Oct. 9, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution implementing AB 1265 and directed that notices be sent to property owners informing them of the changes in terms and their ability to opt out or remain in the program.

Trees & Traditions Gala at Museum
November 14, 2012

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is presenting its annual Trees & Traditions fundraising gala on Saturday, December 1st from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Museum. Lavish hors d’oeuvres, champagne and wine are followed by coffee and dessert. The Museum will be decorated in fresh greenery with a tall tree decorated in a Sutter Buttes theme. Featured will be many small decorated trees donated by area businesses and individuals that will be given away during a drawing at the end of the evening. Wonderful gifts are available in a silent auction, and new this year is a live auction featuring very special prizes. The MARKS Ensemble will provide festive musical accompaniment.

Tickets for Trees & Traditions are available at the Museum or from any Museum Commissioner for $45 per person. 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. Through December 23rd, the Museum Store will be open from noon to 4:00. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

Celebrating the 37th Great American Smokeout
November 13, 2012

Sutter County Public Health is celebrating the 37th Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 15 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 45 million Americans still use tobacco.

Stop by Sutter County Public Health-Health Education office at 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle in Yuba City between 8am and 5pm from Tuesday November 13th through Thursday November 15th and pick up a free “quit kit”. Kick this unhealthy habit for just for a day and receive a pedometer to start a new healthy habit.

For additional help quitting call 1-800-NO-BUTTS today!

Reception for Hmong Exhibit at Museum
November 06, 2012

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting an opening reception for the new permanent exhibit about the history of the Hmong people who live in our community. The exhibit is the Eagle Scout project of Phillip Alvarado, who relied on his strong interest in history to work with the Hmong community and create an exhibit that will remain in the Museum’s new multi-cultural wing.

Visitors to the exhibit will learn that the Hmong people came to the military aid of the United States during the Vietnam War in the “Secret War” in Laos. At war’s end, the survivors were forced to flee their homeland for their lives and spent long periods of time in refugee camps in Thailand. Many Hmong people sought refuge in countries around the world, and some came to the U.S. A large number began new lives in the Yuba-Sutter area, and this is their story. A number of unique items from their colorful culture are included in the exhibit.

The reception will take place at the Museum on Friday, November 16th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The public is welcome, and there is no admission charge. The 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 822-7141.

Holiday Closure
November 06, 2012
On Monday, November 12th, most County offices will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day.