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Leticia Paras-Topete Becomes Interim Chief Probation Officer June 15
June 14, 2013

Leticia Paras-Topete takes over the reins of the Sutter County Probation Department on Saturday, June 15.

Ms. Paras-Topete was appointed Interim Chief Probation Officer by Sutter County Superior Court Presiding Judge Susan Green, with the concurrence of the Sutter County Board of Supervisors.

She replaces longtime Chief Probation Officer Chris Odom, who officially retired in December but has been serving as the interim Chief Probation Officer.

Ms. Paras-Topete, a lifelong resident of Live Oak and a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, first began working at the Probation Department on a part-time basis in 1992. She was hired as a fulltime Probation Officer in 1997, and was appointed Deputy Chief Probation Officer in 2006.

The appointment is until Sutter County completes an open recruitment process for a permanent Chief Probation Officer.

New Book Signing and Program at Museum
June 13, 2013

The Community Memorial Museum is hosting a book signing and program with Lawrence Tom, who with his brother Brian Tom has just written a new book called "Locke and Sacramento Delta Chinatowns" for Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series. Natives of Marysville, the brothers have also written about Sacramento and Marysville Chinatowns.

Chinese pioneers made significant contributions to California agriculture and established Chinatowns in the Sacramento Delta from Freeport on the north to Rio Vista in the south. The historic town of Locke is the last remaining legacy of Chinese settlers in the Delta.

The event will take place at the museum on Thursday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular museum 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.

Prescription Drug Disposal Program
June 06, 2013
The Sutter County Sheriff's Office has established a collection and disposal program for prescription drugs. This program was established to prevent overdoses and errors by encouraging the removal of unwanted medications from homes and to provide an environmentally safe disposal method. Prescription drugs SHOULD NEVER be disposed of down drains or in the toilet because they can pass through the treatment plant and contaminate rivers, lakes and streams. Disposal in the garbage is also discouraged because children and pets may find and consume them.

The United States Geological Survey sampled the water quality of 139 streams across 30 states and found that 80 percent had measurable concentrations of prescription and nonprescription drugs, steroids, and reproductive hormones. Exposure, even to low levels of drugs, has been shown to have negative effects on fish and other aquatic species and may have negative effects on human health. According to the California Poison Action Line, two million children under the age of five swallow a poison every year.

To reduce improper disposal of prescription drugs, a confidential drop-off bin is located inside the Sutter County Sheriff's Office at 1077 Civic Center Blvd. in Yuba City for Yuba and Sutter County residents to dispose of unwanted medications. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Medicines should be left in their original container and it is recommended that prescription labels be removed to ensure privacy. This program is only available for Yuba and Sutter County households (no businesses). It is also important to note that pharmaceutical wastes are no longer accepted at the Yuba-Sutter Household Hazardous Waste Facility. For more information about the Prescription Drug Disposal Program, call Recology Yuba-Sutter at (530) 743-6933.

Looking at the Sutter Buttes in Many Views
June 03, 2013

Almost everyone in Northern California feels some kind of connection with the Sutter Buttes, the unique small mountains that rise out of the vast flat Sacramento Valley just west of Yuba City. Perhaps they are lucky enough to view them out of their window, or maybe they drive past them on Interstate 5 or Highway 99. Maybe they hiked in the Buttes as children, or they enjoyed an interpretative hike with The Middle Mountain Foundation recently. Maybe their cattle or sheep graze on the gently rolling hills in spring, or they raise almonds at the foot of the Buttes. Perhaps they know that a unique and fragile ecosystem exists in that “world’s smallest mountain range” that exists nowhere else, not in the valley nor in either mountain range that frames the central valley. Or they have learned that the Sutter Buttes are really a long-dormant volcano, almost perfectly circular in shape. Maybe they are among the many nearby residents who, upon seeing the Buttes come into view, know that they are home.

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is featuring, now through August 3rd, 2013 an exhibit of art work portraying the many aspects of the Sutter Buttes titled Other Views: the Physical and Cultural Diversity of the Sutter Buttes Interpreted through Art. Thirteen professional artists from the North Valley have worked together to present their unique visions of the Buttes, through many different mediums. Artists from Yuba City and Marysville are joined by others from Chico, Sacramento, and Colusa to display their talents in painting in oils, acrylics, and watercolors, in ceramics, photography, metal sculpture, and fused glass.

Over 100 works of art are on display, representing many different ways to see the Sutter Buttes. The art is available for purchase, with a portion benefiting the Community Memorial Museum. The exhibit constantly changes as new works are added. There is no charge to view the exhibit. Visitors are invited to share their personal connection with the Sutter Buttes in a log book in the exhibit.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. 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 (530) 822-7141.

Hepatitis A Outbreak
June 03, 2013
An outbreak of approximately 30 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in five states including California and is potentially associated with a frozen berry blend food product. Investigation by the California Department of Public Health, the FDA and the Center for Disease Control is ongoing.

If you develop symptoms of hepatitis A that include yellow eyes or skin, abdominal pain, pale stools and dark urine, contact your healthcare provider right away. Hepatitis A vaccine is very effective for preventing hepatitis A infection and no boosters are needed.

Further information on the outbreak and hepatitis A can be obtained at http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/index.html.