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Video: Looking at Chronic Disease in Sutter County
August 31, 2012
Sutter County Public Health Division works to improve the health and safety of its residents and the neighborhoods they live in.

Unfortunately, Sutter County residents are not as healthy as we could be. More and more, we find ourselves dealing with chronic diseases, like diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. This 18 minute video, Looking at Chronic Disease in Sutter County, was developed to give viewers up-to-date information on the challenges we face in 2012. You will see not only that Sutter County is not doing as well as California as a whole, but also that there are many factors contributing to poor health. Please watch this presentation and ask yourself, what you can do to help Create a Healthier Sutter.

 
Fact Sheets
West Nile Virus
August 30, 2012
A man living in Sutter County is improving after he was diagnosed with the serious, neuroinvasive form of West Nile virus illness. This is another reminder that West Nile virus is present and active in Sutter County and of the importance of protecting yourself and your family from mosquito bites.

This is the second reported human case in Sutter County this year. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to be very active with monitoring mosquito activity and mosquito control. As of last week, five WNV positive birds, 18 mosquito collections, and 16 WNV positive chickens have been reported to the California Department of Public health this year.

As the summer progresses into late fall, the risk for infection for humans, horses, and other mammals increases. It is very important to make sure to take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites and becoming infected with West Nile virus. The 4 "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 – 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 – gutters, jar lids, tires, flower pot trays are some common places
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).

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/.

State Honors Dulia Aguilar, Local Prevention Specialist
August 29, 2012
The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) awarded Dulia Aguilar, prevention specialist with Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services, the 2012 Director's Award for Innovative and Effective Approaches to Prevention. The ADP Director's Awards, presented at ADP's statewide training conference on Aug. 21, recognize valuable contributions by individuals and organizations to the substance abuse prevention, treatment, research and recovery fields.

"Dulia's proactive efforts to prevent and reduce substance abuse, particularly among youth, have impacted the lives of countless young people and their families in Sutter and Yuba counties and beyond," said ADP Acting Director Michael Cunningham.

Aguilar was recognized for the innovative programs she spearheaded to address the alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention needs in the community. She coordinated park clean-ups to count cigarette waste and drug paraphernalia to help determine the extent of substance abuse. She sponsored a local baseball game and surveyed participants about AOD issues. She organized an annual 5K run/walk event—"Run Drugs Out of Town"—that has grown from 75 participants seven years ago to 850 today. As a trainer in the evidence-based "Strengthening Families" and "Second Step" programs, Aguilar trained local agency staff to implement the programs and added a peer mentoring component that added value and empathy for participants.

In addition to numerous community events, Aguilar formed the Substance Abuse Steering Coalition—a visible and progressive group that includes adult and youth from schools, youth-oriented Friday Night Live program, local Children's Council, county mental health and law enforcement.

Holiday Closure
August 27, 2012
On Monday, September 3rd, most county offices will be closed for Labor Day.
Then & Now Exhibit at Sutter Museum
August 23, 2012

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is featuring a new exhibit of local historic photographs, paired with contemporary views of the same site. The exhibit Then & Now includes photographs of Sutter and Yuba Counties from over 100 years ago of buildings, bridges, and other area features. It compares contemporary color photos of the same site or feature with the original black and white photo. In some cases, the buildings still stand much as they were over a century ago. In other cases, the structure has disappeared and a new one appears in its place or perhaps nothing remains at all.

The exhibit opens Friday evening, August 24th, 2012 with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will remain through November 24th. Admission is free. The public is invited to step back in time and see what our local area looked like a century ago, when roads were unpaved and Victorian-era buildings lined the streets. Some of these architectural treasures remain in our landscape, a legacy that we can shepherd for local residents a century from now.

Back to Basics: Safety Tips for Back to School
August 20, 2012
As the long, hot summer days come to an end, vacations are behind us and the new school year draws closer, the California Office of Traffic Safety wants to encourage Californians to prepare for the increased back-to-school and back-to-work traffic with the following tips to help make every trip, every day, a safe one.

Follow the 25 MPH Neighborhood Speed Limit

During the hustle and bustle of the morning commute, drivers should be aware of their speed and surroundings, and adhere to the 25 mph speed limit when driving through residential neighborhoods. Some school zones may even post speed limits as low as 15 mph. Children can quickly dart into the street, and if drivers are going too fast to make a quick stop, it could lead to serious injury or worse. It is also important to come to a complete stop when at a red light or stop sign. Nearly 600 pedestrians were killed and over 10,000 injured in California 2010, with children making up a too large portion of the victims involved.

Always Wear a Helmet When Riding a Bicycle

Riding a bicycle is a fun and ideal form of exercise for children and a great method of transportation for everyone. As with any form of recreation, it is important to practice proper safety techniques when riding a bicycle. Installing lights and reflectors on bicycles and teaching the importance of safe bicycle riding, including the use of a helmet, can significantly reduce incidents.

Driving in Heavy Traffic

Drive slower in heavy traffic, so you can easily stop quickly and within the available stopping distance.

As a general rule, drive slower:

  • In shopping centers, parking lots, and downtown areas
  • On roads with heavy traffic
  • When you see the brake lights of several vehicles ahead of you
  • Over narrow bridges and through tunnels
  • Through toll plazas
  • Near schools, playgrounds, and in residential areas
Always Wear a Seat Belt

Adults and children should always be properly restrained when riding in a vehicle. California is currently at a 96.6 percent compliance rate, thanks to campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, however it is still more important than ever to practice proper seat belt safety during high traffic times. It's also important to note that according to California law, children must be secured in the back seat in an appropriate car seat or booster seat if they are under the age of eight.

Share the Road with Motorcycles

As a driver, it is important to watch out for motorcycle riders and follow these tips to ensure their safety as well as yours:

  • Perform a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic
  • Don't be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed
  • Allow increased following distance – three or four seconds – when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency
  • Never tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars
  • Never drive while distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
As you put your summer vacations behind and return to the faster pace of school and work life, OTS encourages you to keep these tips top of mind when traveling to and from destinations. For more information and tips, please visit the OTS Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS.
Sutter County Resident Diagnosed with West Nile Virus
August 17, 2012
A woman living in Sutter County has been diagnosed with probable West Nile virus and she is recovering at home. West Nile virus is present and active in Sutter County.

This is the first reported human case in Sutter County since 2007. The Sutter County 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 25th. Three WNV positive dead birds in Sutter County have been reported to the California Department of Public Health so far this year.

As the summer progresses into late fall, the risk for infection for humans, horses, and other mammals increases. It is very important to make sure to take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites and becoming infected with West Nile virus. The 4 "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 – 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 – gutters, jar lids, tires, flower pot trays are some common places
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).

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/

Learn About Sikhs at the Museum
August 14, 2012

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County invites visitors to see the recently created East Indian exhibit in the new Multi-Cultural Wing to learn about Sikhs in our community. The new permanent exhibit describes all immigrants to our area from India, but it focuses on the majority, who came from the Punjab and follow Sikhism. Along with remarkable artifacts, the exhibit reveals what pulled the immigrants to this area, their difficulties in immigrating from the turn of the 20th century on, what work they did when they arrived, their customs and culture, and the role they play in our modern society. The exhibit also describes the religious beliefs of Sikhs and how those are reflected in their dress and appearance. The exhibit includes a picture tutorial on how to wrap a turban and why. Video displays include photographs and information about the Punjabi community in Sutter and Yuba Counties.

County of Sutter Improves Recycling Numbers by 58 Percent Since 2007
August 10, 2012
The County of Sutter's General Services Division of the Public Works Department has operated a county office recycling program for 10 years, preventing hundreds of tons of recyclable materials from entering the landfill.

Last week, the County learned that its office recycling program has improved 58 percent over its efforts in 2007.

According to Recology Public Education Coordinator Jackie Sillman, the County recycled 48 tons of material in a six-month period in 2007. In the first six months of 2012, however, the County recycled 73 tons of material, including 18 tons of cardboard.

Mrs. Sillman noted that the County has added 14 recycling locations since 2007.

The Yuba-Sutter Community combined had a 67 percent recycling rate in 2007, and has climbed to 73 percent in 2012, Mrs. Sillman reported.

Sutter County Elections Department Hosts FPPC Workshop for Regional Political Candidates and Campaign Treasurers
August 08, 2012
The Sutter County Elections Department is hosting a Fair Political Practices Commission workshop on what political candidates and campaigns need to do to comply with California election financial disclosure laws.

The workshop, designed for candidates and treasurers of campaign committees, will be conducted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Sutter County Veteran's Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

Representatives from the California FPPC will put on the workshop, which will cover all required FPPC paperwork for the upcoming November election, according to Sutter County Clerk/Recorder and Registrar of Voters Donna Johnston. The event is open to any candidate or campaign, regardless of county.

For more information or to R.S.V.P. to the event, contact the Elections Department at 530-822-7122, or email Paula Smart.

Air Quality Advisory: August 2, 2012 - August 3, 2012
August 03, 2012
The Yuba City-Marysville area is experiencing elevated levels of particle pollution due to smoke from the Chips wildfire in Plumas County. The smoke may impact air quality in both Yuba and Sutter Counties. Meteorological conditions indicate light winds and models predict that the smoke plume will move to the east later this afternoon. Currently, the particulate levels in Yuba City are moderate; however some locations may experience higher levels of smoke impact.

Furthermore, models predict that similar conditions will exist tomorrow. Therefore, the Advisory extends to Friday, August 3, 2012.

Residents are advised that conditions may change rapidly, and to take precautions if they see or smell smoke. Particulate and ozone concentrations from the monitor in Yuba City can be viewed online at: www.fraqmd.org.

Individuals who see or smell smoke should take the following actions to protect their health:

  • Healthy people should delay strenuous exercise.
  • Keep airways moist by drinking water.
  • Children, the elderly and people with respiratory conditions such as asthma, respiratory problems, or cardiovascular conditions such as heart disease should avoid prolonged exposure to smoke.
  • Asthmatics should follow their asthma management plan.
  • Contact your doctor if you have symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms you believe to be caused by smoke.
  • Pets should be brought indoors if air quality conditions are poor.
Disposable particulate respirators found at hardware stores can be effective at reducing exposure to smoke particles as long as they seal closely to the wearer's face. Look for respirators that have two straps and have the words "NIOSH" and either "P100" or "N95" printed on the filter material.

For additional information on air quality health effects, please visit www.fraqmd.org or call the District office at (530) 634-7659.

Buttes Calendar Photographers’ Reception
August 02, 2012

The Middle Mountain Foundation and the Community Memorial Museum are hosting an exhibit and reception for the public to meet the winning photographers for the 2013 Sutter Buttes Calendar created annually by The Middle Mountain Foundation. Each photographer is exhibiting the Buttes photo that was selected for the new calendar plus an additional Buttes view they have photographed. The brand new calendar will make its debut at this event and will be available for sale.

The reception will take place on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County. The exhibit of photos celebrating the Sutter Buttes will remain at the Museum through Saturday, August 18th. Admission is free.