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Holiday Closure
December 17, 2015
Most county offices will be closed in observance of the holidays listed in the schedule below.
  • Christmas Day: December 24 and 25, 2015
  • New Year's Day: January 1, 2016
Sutter County Public Health is Offering Flu Vaccines
November 24, 2015

Sutter County Public Health is offering flu vaccines for all residents at the regularly scheduled drop-in immunization clinic. Flu vaccine is available in intranasal spray for healthy 2 to 49 year olds and injectable flu vaccine for those 6 months and older. A $5.00 donation is accepted for the flu vaccine.

Drop-in immunization clinics are Monday and Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm and Friday from 8am to 11am at Sutter County Public Health, 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

For more information call 822-7215.

Yuba-Sutter Obesity Rates Alarming
November 20, 2015

Residents of Yuba County and Sutter County will be encouraged to compete against each other in a 2016 healthy weight loss challenge that will play on 165 years of rivalry between the two counties. Health care organizations, health club, media, and business partners are being sought to make the challenge a success.

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night directed county staff to craft a competition in cooperation with Yuba County that is expected to roll out at the end of January, 2016, and last for three months. Earlier on Tuesday, Yuba County supervisors heard an informational presentation about the proposed challenge and expressed interest in having a cross-river competition.

The concept is to encourage residents to recognize a growing obesity problem in our region, and to voluntarily take healthy steps to reduce their weight and educate themselves about healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

It is believed a competition between residents of the two counties—creating an atmosphere reminiscent of the decades-long rivalry between Marysville and Yuba City high schools that brought thousands of residents out for the Big-Little Game—will increase participation. The rivalry between the residents and businesses on the east and west banks of the Feather River dates back to the founding of the cities of Yuba City and Marysville in 1849 and 1850, respectively.

Sutter County Clerk-Recorder Project Retrieves 2,150 Veterans Discharge Documents for National Archive
November 20, 2015

The service discharge forms of more than 2,000 military veterans have been retrieved from the Sutter County’s Clerk’s Office and provided to the National Archives and Records Administration, which lost millions of the important forms in a disastrous fire more than four decades ago.

These documents—known as DD Form 214s—are necessary for veterans to receive a variety of disability, pension, housing, medical, and burial benefits. Without them, they must wait for their earned benefits, sometimes several months, as they identify alternative records which may or may not be in their possession which also document their time in military service.

After explaining to the Sutter County Board of Supervisors the dilemma faced by some 16 million to 18 million veterans nationwide, Clerk-Recorder Donna Johnston on November 3 handed a digital copy of the index of discharge papers of 2,150 veterans to Yuba-Sutter Veterans Affairs Officer Marvin King on Tuesday night.

A copy of the records is also being sent to the National Personnel Records Center, where the disastrous fire occurred in 1973. None of the records had been copied in any format.

It was estimated that the U.S. regular Army lost 80% of their records which consisted of personnel discharge records from November 1, 1912, to January 1, 1960. The Air Force lost 75% of their records of personnel discharged from September 25, 1947, to January 1, 1964, with names alphabetically after James E. Hubbard.

“As of 2012, it was reported that 53 veterans die every day waiting for verification of their benefits,” Johnston told the Board. “It is a project we are honored to be part of which will allow veterans to document their service to our country and to finally receive the benefits they have sacrificed so much to earn.”

Johnston said she was inspired by a recovery project in Ventura County to do the same for veterans whose records had been filed in the Sutter County archives.

The project took several months to accomplish, as time allowed. Clerk-Recorder staff trained a limited-term Sutter County One Stop student in the skills necessary to do most of work needed for the project, adding to her skill set, and minimizing county resources.

Johnston reminded veterans that the Clerk-Recorder’s office issues free certified copies of Separation papers filed in the office to Veterans or their families upon request.

Not all veterans request their DD-214 forms be filed with their local county clerk, but military personnel in past decades were encouraged to do so, Johnston said.

Trees & Traditions at Museum on December 5th
November 20, 2015

Here’s a timely reminder to purchase your tickets to the area’s best holiday party - Trees & Traditions - on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Community Memorial Museum, 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City.

Champagne and wine accompany elegant hors d’oeuvres, with festive music provided by MARKS Ensemble amid lavish fresh greenery and a 16-foot Christmas tree imaginatively decorated by Museum volunteers. The evening concludes with a drawing to award small decorated trees and gifts to the lucky winners as well as a silent auction. Proceeds from the evening support the museum’s activities and educational programs throughout the year.

Get your tickets now from any Museum Commissioner or at the Community Memorial Museum. Tickets are $45 each. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141

Holiday Closure
November 19, 2015
On Thursday and Friday, November 26th and 27th, most county offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Notice of Public Review - 11/18/2015
November 18, 2015

A Risk Management Plan (RMP) has been submitted by Growers Ag Service, 2100 Everglade Road, Yuba City, CA 95993. The RMP describes programs and controls designed to prevent accidental releases of regulated substances. This RMP will be available for public review and comment for the next 45 days at the Sutter County Development Services Department, 1130 Civic Center Boulevard, Suite A, Yuba City, CA, 95993.

Such a plan is required under the California Accidental Release Prevention Program, implemented in January of 1997. The purpose of the program is to prevent accidental releases of substances that can cause serious harm to the public and the environment, to minimize the damage if releases do occur, and to ensure information about the potential hazard is available to the public.

Businesses in Sutter County that produce, handle, process, distribute, or store certain chemicals over a threshold quantity are required to develop a Risk Management Program, prepare a Risk Management Plan and submit the plan to the Environmental Health Division of the Development Services Department.

The plans are to be updated every five years, and are available for public review during regular business hours of the Environmental Health Division.

If you need any further information regarding this legal notice, please contact Sukh Sahota at (530) 822-7400.

Flooded: Nature & the Human Spirit Closing Reception
November 12, 2015

Closing Reception
Friday, November 13 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Take this last chance to view the art, converse with the artists and enjoy an evening in the Community Memorial Museum. Art is available for purchase with some of the proceeds going to the museum to help us continue our educational and community oriented services.

The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Admission is free. 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. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

The Storytailors Aondreaa and Sue Present The Ugly Duckling
November 05, 2015

“The Ugly Duckling” is an interactive adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale. With violin melodies from the era and assisted by masked children from the audience, The Storytailors celebrate the arrival of the migratory swans which frequent our area as a winter feeding ground. Following the story, children can enjoy making a mask to wear during the Swan Festival the following weekend.

The Storytailors, Andrea Ickes-Dunbar and Sue Cejner-Moyers create storytelling presentations which incorporate their diverse skills and interests. Longtime area storytellers, Andrea is a retired middle school teacher and Sue is a retired pre-school teacher and local history researcher. The Storytailors share an extensive repertoire of fables, myths, ethnic tales, seasonal stories, and adaptations of children’s literature. The Storytailors use voice, music, masks, puppets, artifacts, improvised staging, costuming, and audience participation to engage listeners of all ages.

When: Saturday, November 7 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Community Memorial Museum
Admission is Free

One Performance only

Sponsored by the California Swan Festival & Yuba-Sutter Visitors Center

Holiday Closure
November 04, 2015
On Tuesday, November 11th, most County offices will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day.
Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 a.m.
October 27, 2015

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 a.m.

In the U.S., clocks change at 2:00 a.m. local time. In spring, clocks spring forward from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. In fall, clocks fall back from 1:59 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. The phrase "Spring Forward, Fall Back" is used to help people remember how to reset their clocks.

Move your clocks back one hour at the resumption of Standard Time.

Contrary to popular belief, no federal rule mandates the observance of daylight saving time. Daylight Saving time and Time zones are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Sutter County Haunted Health Fair
October 26, 2015

YUBA CITY (October 23, 2015) – Sutter County Public Health is hosting their 6th annual Haunted Health Fair Friday, October 30, 2015 from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Sutter County Public Health, 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

This is a free community event for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Family fun will include healthy and interactive games, face paintings, photo booth and much more. Children and family members are encouraged to dress in their best costumes. Participants will be entered into a raffle to win a new bike.

For more information, please call (530) 822-7215.

Notice of Public Review
October 26, 2015

A Risk Management Plan (RMP) has been submitted by Growers Ag Service - Pleasant Grove, 4036 Pleasant Grove Road, Pleasant Grove, CA 95668.

The RMP describes programs and controls designed to prevent accidental releases of regulated substances. This RMP will be available for public review and comment for the next 45 days at the Sutter County Development Services Department, 1130 Civic Center Boulevard, Suite A, Yuba City, CA, 95993.

Such a plan is required under the California Accidental Release Prevention Program, implemented in January of 1997. The purpose of the program is to prevent accidental releases of substances that can cause serious harm to the public and the environment, to minimize the damage if releases do occur, and to ensure information about the potential hazard is available to the public.

Businesses in Sutter County that produce, handle, process, distribute, or store certain chemicals over a threshold quantity are required to prepare a Risk Management Plan and submit the plan to the Environmental Health Division of the Development Services Department.

The plans are to be updated every five years, and are available for public review during regular business hours of the Environmental Health Division.

If you need any further information regarding this legal notice, please contact Sukh Sahota at (530) 822-7400.

‘Walnut Buying Period’ Announced in Sutter County
October 23, 2015

Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner Mark Quisenberry announced today the walnut buying period will begin Sunday, November 1, 2015, beginning a window period that will end April 30, 2016, pursuant to the County’s Walnut Theft Prevention ordinance. The walnut buying period is the declared conclusion of harvest of the Chandler variety of walnuts by the Agricultural Commissioner, after consultation with walnut growers, during which non-processing walnut buying operations within Sutter County may lawfully purchase and receive walnuts that have not been dried or processed.

The ordinance was established to deter thefts from commercial walnut growers by creating a time frame for walnut purchases and the use of documentation to identify the growers of walnuts.

City of Yuba City Amends Tobacco-Free Ordinance to Include the Prohibition of Electronic-Cigarettes
October 22, 2015

SUTTER COUNTY (October 25, 2015): Sutter County Public Health officials applaud the City of Yuba City for unanimously agreeing to amend the tobacco-free ordinance to include the prohibition of electronic-cigarettes at all City Parks and within 50 feet of any public entrance into any City owned or leased facility. The City of Yuba City will join 74 other municipalities within the State of California amending laws related to the prohibition of e-cigarettes from entryways and/or city owned/operated facilities. This action promotes the health and well-being of City of Yuba City employees and the communities they serve by decreasing risk of secondhand aerosol inhalation.

The California Department of Public Health recognizes that e-cigarettes are battery-operated devices, often designed to resemble cigarettes, which deliver a nicotine containing aerosol, not just water vapor. E-cigarettes heat e-liquid that generally contains nicotine, flavorings, additives, and propylene glycol. The aerosol has been found to contain toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, lead, nickel, and acetaldehyde all of which are found on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm. Overall, research confirms that e- cigarettes are not emission-free and their pollutants could be of health concern for both users and those exposed to the secondhand aerosol.

Sutter County Health Officer Lou Anne Cummings, M.D. stated, “The City Council of Yuba City has taken an important step that demonstrates their commitment to supporting a healthy community for Yuba City“. For more information on adopting a voluntary policy for a tobacco and e-cigarette free property call Sutter County Public Health Tobacco Control staff at (530) 822-7215. Join Sutter County Public Health in congratulating City of Yuba City in their commitment to “Create a Healthier Sutter.”

Sutter County Ahead of Schedule in Linking to Statewide Voter Database
October 19, 2015

Sutter County’s Election Department today linked live to a new statewide voter registration database that will make it more efficient to register voters and manage the voter rolls.

Sutter County Clerk-Recorder Donna Johnston announced the Elections Department went live this morning with a direct link to the California Secretary of State’s Office, one month ahead of schedule. Sutter County is among seven counties that went live today, and is one of just 19 linked to the statewide database.

“We’ve been working hard,” she said. “That’s what made early implementation possible.” All 58 counties are expected to go live prior to June of 2016, when the database, known as VoteCal, becomes the system of record.

VoteCal is a single, uniform, centralized voter registration database connecting all 58 counties together with the Secretary of State.

Under this new system, new registration applications and changes will be processed in real time. Checks for duplicate registrations, whether the applicant is a felon or deceased, will be conducted immediately.

The existence and efficiency of the database will ultimately allow people to register to vote on the day of the election.

Each county elections office will have access to the database for entering and retrieving information.

The system is the result of the Help America Vote Act, passed by Congress and signed into law in 2002, as the result of concerns expressed after the Presidential election in 2000.

The Secretary of State’s Office will perform list maintenance on a regular basis. It will also coordinate the computerized list with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation regarding felony status, and the California Department of Public Health regarding death records.

An application for voter registration must include the applicant's current and valid driver license number or the last four digits of the applicant's social security number. If the applicant has not been issued a current and valid driver license number or social security number, the State will assign the applicant a unique identifying number for voter registration purposes.

Sutter County Drive-Through Flu Vaccine Clinic
October 05, 2015

Sutter County Public Health is holding a drive-through influenza (flu) vaccine clinic for Sutter County residents ages 2 and up. Flu vaccine remains the single most effective way to prevent the flu and it is very important to get your flu vaccine in addition to washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you are sick.

The drive-through flu vaccine clinic is a public health emergency preparedness exercise that helps Sutter County Public Health to test its emergency plans and train its staff. It also offers residents an opportunity to participate and learn about one of the ways that public health prepares to protect the people of our community in the event of an epidemic or other health emergency.

Saturday, October 24, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Riverbend Elementary School
301 Stewart Road, Yuba City

The community drive-through vaccination clinic is for ALL Sutter County residents 2 years of age and up. No appointments necessary. Protect yourself from influenza without leaving your car.

Air Quality Advisory for 9/14 and 9/15
September 14, 2015

The Feather River Air Quality Management District Air Pollution Control Officer is issuing this Air Quality Advisory to notify the public of poor air quality conditions in Yuba Sutter Region due to smoke impacts from Wildfires. Current readings in both on the Valley Floor and in foothills are in the range classified by US EPA as "unhealthy." These levels are expected to continue until wind conditions change or smoke generation is reduced by fire suppression activities.

The major air pollutant of concern is PM2.5 however ozone may also be present. While all persons may experience varying degrees of symptoms, the more sensitive individuals, such as the young, aged and those with respiratory conditions are of greatest risk at experiencing more aggravated symptoms. At the unhealthy level everyone may begin to experience adverse health effects, which may include, but are not limited to coughing, watery and itchy eyes, and difficulty in breathing.

Particulate and ozone concentrations from the monitor in Yuba City can be viewed online at: www.fraqmd.org. Current air quality across California can be viewed at www.airnow.gov.

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

  • Avoid voluntary outdoor activities if you can see or smell smoke, even if you’re healthy
  • Children, the elderly and people with respiratory or heart conditions should be particularly careful to avoid exposure
  • Stay indoors with doors and windows closed as much as possible
  • 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
  • Those with heart disease should especially limit their smoke exposure since PM can cause heart attacks

The very small particles in smoke can irritate the lungs of even healthy people, but are especially dangerous for seniors, children and those with lung and heart disease. For more information on health effects of smoke please visit: http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=smoke.index

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 please visit www.fraqmd.org or call the District office at (530) 634-7659.

Notice of Public Review
September 10, 2015

A Risk Management Plan (RMP) has been submitted by Greenleaf unit Two, 875 North Walton Avenue, Yuba City, CA 95993. The RMP describes programs and controls designed to prevent accidental releases of regulated substances. This RMP will be available for public review and comment for the next 45 days at the Sutter County Development Services Department, 1130 Civic Center Boulevard, Suite A, Yuba City, CA, 95993.

Such a plan is required under the California Accidental Release Prevention Program, implemented in January of 1997. The purpose of the program is to prevent accidental releases of substances that can cause serious harm to the public and the environment, to minimize the damage if releases do occur, and to ensure information about the potential hazard is available to the public.

Businesses in Sutter County that produce, handle, process, distribute, or store certain chemicals over a threshold quantity are required to develop a Risk Management Program, prepare a Risk Management Plan and submit the plan to the Environmental Health Division of the Development Services Department.

The plans are to be updated every five years, and are available for public review during regular business hours of the Environmental Health Division.

Sutter County Removes 60 Maturing Marijuana Plants Near Butte County Line
September 08, 2015

A Sutter County couple who failed to register their medical marijuana garden and did not meet the requirements for an outdoor grow lost 60 plants nearing maturity when sheriff’s deputies used chain saws to cut the plants, which were hauled off to the landfill.

Eight Sutter County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the location of the garden in a young walnut orchard off Robinson Road, north of Live Oak near the Butte County line Thursday afternoon, to serve an inspection warrant and Sutter County Superior Court order for the abatement, seizure, removal, transport and destruction of any marijuana on the premises. .

Sixty wide and tall plants, arranged in rows like a Christmas tree farm, were cut and hauled into two flatbed trucks.

The removal was a civil code enforcement action in accordance with the Sutter County Medical Marijuana Ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors in October of 2013. Among other things, the ordinance requires medical marijuana gardens to be registered with the County’s Development Services Department. The ordinance also requires medical marijuana gardens to be 2,000 feet from schools, bus stops, churches, parks, day care centers, and youth oriented facilities, and to be located minimum distances away from property lines.

In this case, the garden, on four acres owned by Alejandro and Rosalba Leyva, was not registered with the county and was located too close to a neighboring property line to be an outdoor grow.

The Leyvas were notified to abate the garden, but did not do so and did not file a timely appeal of the order.

Holiday Closure
September 03, 2015
On Monday, September 7, most county offices will be closed for Labor Day.
Yuba City Creates Four-Way Stop on Civic Center Boulevard at Poole Boulevard/Veteran’s Memorial Circle
August 28, 2015

Work crews under contract with the City of Yuba City installed stop signs on Civic Center Boulevard to create a four-way stop at its intersection with Poole Boulevard/Veteran’s Memorial Circle. The stop signs were added to require traffic to stop from each direction at the intersection, which is in front of the new State of California courthouse on the east side of Civic Center Boulevard, scheduled to open in October.

The busy intersection is in the vicinity of several Sutter County offices, the Sutter County Jail, Yuba City Hall, the Sutter County Veterans Hall, and the Peach Tree Health Clinic.

You May Qualify for WIC
August 25, 2015

Yuba City, CA - Having trouble making ends meet in this economy? Are you pregnant, a mother with a new baby, or a parent with a child under five years old? You may qualify for the WIC supplemental food program.

WIC is the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program that provides checks for healthy foods, nutrition and breastfeeding education, and referrals for other free or low cost services in our community.

Sutter County WIC program is located in Yuba City at the Public Health Department. WIC services are also provided at Richland Housing and in Live Oak.

Families with low to moderate incomes may qualify. For more information and to see if you qualify call WIC today at 530- 822-7224 or visit suttercounty.org/wic. Military and working families, migrants, and recently pregnant women are encouraged to apply. WIC is an equal opportunity provider.

New Flooded Art Exhibit at Museum
August 24, 2015

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is welcoming a new group exhibition of art created especially for Flooded: Nature & the Human Spirit, opening on Friday, September 11th at the Museum. Exploring the relationship between the historical flooding of our valley and cycles of the human condition, the vibrant works of 18 artists come together to create an inspiring collection.

Since recorded time, we know the Sacramento Valley has been a vast floodplain, with rivers spreading out over the valley as they overflowed their banks. These floods helped make our valley soil rich for farming. Settlers arrived and began tilling the land and building levees to protect their crops. Although the land has been greatly altered with levees and dams, there is still a chance that nature can bring too much water. Major floods in the Yuba-Sutter area have occurred in 1805, 1825-26, 1846-47, 1852-53, 1861, 1862, 1867-68, 1875, 1907, 1937, 1940, 1944, 1950, 1955, 1986, and 1997.

In times of drought like we are now experiencing, our relationship with water is equally intense. Nature is cyclical, and, as living beings of the earth, we are also moving and changing, experiencing our own disasters and enduring and recovering. This exhibit celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over the ebbs and flows of life.

Guest exhibit curator and artist Inger Price of Olivehurst says, “As in nature, life is complicated. I believe there is much to learn about ourselves by observing how nature solves problems. The resilience and strength of the human spirit is evident – how we help each other and manage to survive is very inspiring to me. Somehow, we make it through the toughest times and emerge stronger, better people. Interestingly enough, after a flood, the soil becomes more fertile. It changes for the better.”

Eighteen artists from California, Wisconsin, New York, and Europe bring their own unique flavors of creativity together for an unusual exhibit. Mediums include paintings, sculpture, ceramic, steel, copper, photography, action figures, fiber art, glass, light, sound and spoken word poetry.

The public is invited to the Flooded exhibit opening on Friday, September 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Museum. The exhibit will remain through November 14th. Works of art are available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Community Memorial Museum.

The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Admission is free. 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. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

First WNV Cases Reported in Sutter County in 2015
August 21, 2015

Two Sutter County adults have been reported confirmed cases with West Nile Virus (WNV) fever. Both had the non-invasive form of WNV illness and are recovering at home.

These are the first reports of cases of WNV illness in Sutter County for 2015. In 2014, a total of 8 cases were reported with three deaths from WNV. One previous WNV-related death had been reported in Sutter County in 2012. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to be active with mosquito control and monitoring mosquito activity and will continue until cold weather.

Risk for WNV infection from mosquito bites continues into late fall for humans, horses, and other mammals. 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

Most persons who become infected with WNV do not become ill, but develop immunity to WNV. 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 the neuroinvasive WNV infection which is 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 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 www.sutter-yubamvcd.org

Pig Roast Benefit for Museum
August 14, 2015

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County will host a Pig Roast on Saturday, August 29th to benefit the operation and programs of the Museum. The event will feature a full dinner and lively music. It will take place starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Museum’s Ettl Hall.

Tickets for the Pig Roast are available at the Museum or from any Museum Commissioner. The event has sold out in the past so get your tickets early. The cost is $30 for adults and $12 for children under 12.

The Community Memorial Museum and Ettl Hall are located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

Dick Marquette to Share History Memories at Museum
August 11, 2015

Dick Marquette, local history buff and retired Marysville postman, will share his memories of Marysville and the local area in a talk on Saturday, August 22nd at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County. Mr. Marquette, who spent much of his youth in the Tierra Buena area of Sutter County and many years as a mailman in the historic and downtown areas of Marysville has long been interested in history and has collected many stories and memories that he will share during his talk at the Museum. The free event will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the public is welcome.

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. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

90 Marijuana Plants Removed by Sutter County Deputies
August 06, 2015

Approximately 90 marijuana plants were cut down and transported to the landfill this morning when Sutter County Sheriff’s Deputies carried out a court order to abate a medical marijuana garden growing in violation of Sutter County’s Medical Marijuana ordinance.

The marijuana garden was located in a large clearing cut in the middle of a eucalyptus grove on a 20-acre parcel of land on the north side of the 3600 block of Franklin Road, just west of Lyndsey Lane and east of Franklin Elementary School, which is located nearby at the corner of Franklin and Township roads, in unincorporated Sutter County.

According to court documents, the well-tended garden belonged to Brandon Minton, of Yuba City, who leases the property from Douglas and Paula Ohland, who live in the 4000 block of Franklin Road.

The marijuana garden was abated in accordance with Sutter County’s Medical Marijuana Ordinance, which, among other restrictions, declares medical marijuana gardens a public nuisance if they are located within 2,000 feet of schools, bus stops, day care centers, churches, parks, or other locations where children may gather.

Following a complaint about the existence of the marijuana garden in early June, Sutter County sent a notice to the property owners to abate the nuisance. That notice was appealed under the provisions of the County Ordinance, and a hearing was conducted on July 13.

The hearing officer determined the medical marijuana garden had not been registered with the County, and that it was within 2,000 feet of five school bus stops, a church, and two child care centers. Mr. Ohland and Mr. Minton were notified their appeal was denied and again notified they must remove the marijuana plants.

90 Marijuana Plants Removed by Sutter County Deputies When it became apparent the garden was not going to be abated by the property owner or the garden owner, Sutter County Counsel acquired a warrant from Superior Court allowing an inspection of the property and an order to abate the garden and remove the plants to Recology’s Ostrom Road landfill if the garden remained. This morning, several deputies entered the property, systematically removed each of the plants, loaded them into a trailer and drove them to the landfill.

Under the ordinance, the County is entitled to seek recovery for all costs of abatement from the responsible parties.

Finding Buried Treasure
July 01, 2015

The next Children’s Program at the Community Memorial Museum is on Wednesday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. Children are invited to learn about the role of metal detecting to locate objects buried underground. Metal detecting often is used to help locate artifacts at archaeological sites which helps us all learn more about our past. A team of experts will share their knowledge and emphasize the respectful guidelines they follow when metal detecting. Children will have the opportunity to try out a metal detector on the museum grounds. There is no charge for the program and it is suitable for elementary school age and older. Have fun learning about an interesting hobby. Refreshments will follow.

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. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

I Want the Wide American Earth Exhibit and Program at Community Memorial Museum
June 30, 2015

In the first exhibit of its kind, the Smithsonian Institute celebrates Asian Pacific American history across a multitude of diverse cultures and explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history. This exhibit illuminates the immigration history of many of the cultures that make up our very diverse community including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islanders, Filipinos and East Indian immigrants. Rich with compelling stories and images, the exhibition takes a sweeping look at this history, from the very first Asian immigrants centuries ago to the complex challenges facing Asian Pacific American communities today. The Community Memorial Museum is delighted to bring this unique exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American Center to the Yuba-Sutter area.

I Want the Wide American Earth opens with a reception Friday, July 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m and continues through August 22nd. A short program and book signing by Molly Miyako Kimura and Karen Wilson, subject and author of An Immigrant’s Daughter, a Biography of Molly Miyako Kimura will start at 6:30 p.m. A Marysville native, Molly’s enthusiasm for life is infectious – take the opportunity to meet this wonderful woman and her biographer, Karen Wilson.

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. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

Sutter County earns national achievement award for Community Awareness Campaign
June 11, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sutter County’s chronic disease awareness campaign has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.

NACo recognized Sutter County’s Creating a Healthier Sutter- Community Awareness Campaign which was designed to increase public awareness of underlying causes of chronic disease and to promote policy, systems and environmental changes which could have an effect on chronic disease rates. The low-cost, comprehensive campaign included developing innovative communication tools including fact sheets and DVDs, engagement of youth advocates, hosting community forums for local leaders and residents, and providing self-management classes for community members currently living with chronic disease.

Amerjit Bhattal, Sutter County Public Health Director, said, “The acknowledgement of the great work of our Public Health staff especially in the area of encouraging and educating our residents to adopt healthier lifestyles is very rewarding. Every day our staff work to maintain disease prevention and health promotion efforts within the context of constrained budgets. Investments in prevention and wellness have proven to have positive long term effects for communities. A critical component of creating and sustaining resilient counties is making the healthy choice the easy choice. Creating a Healthier Sutter- Community Awareness Campaign is one step towards creating a healthier Sutter County.”

NACo President Riki Hokama, council member, Maui County, Hawaii, said, “The National Association of Counties applauds county governments that are embracing innovative and more effective ways to serve their constituents. The Achievement Awards recognize counties’ outstanding efforts to strengthen services and deliver results for residents across the country.”

Nationally, awards are given in 21 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, environmental protection, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

The awards will be presented at NACo’s 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition July 10–13 in Mecklenburg County, N.C.

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Award Program is designed to recognize innovative county government programs. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.

Sutter County Open Budget Site Goes Live
June 10, 2015
It just got a lot easier to figure out how much money Sutter County is budgeting for mental health services, or what percentage of the General Fund budget is for public safety.

New software that opens a big window into the Sutter County budget went live this morning, and now you can find out the worker’s compensation insurance or salary costs of an individual department from your smart phone or desktop computer.

Sutter County is the first local government agency in Yuba and Sutter counties to use such an application.

"Sutter County is committed to making it easier for residents to understand what we do, why we do it, and just how much it costs," said Board Chairman Ron Sullenger. "This application will make it much easier for people to get real-time budget information in a useful format, and it should make it easier for them to participate in our budgeting process. Not everyone is going to want to know that the anticipated cost this year of Foster Care in Sutter County is $5.6 million, or 2 percent of the overall budget, but if they wanted to know those numbers they can now go online and, with just a few clicks, get the information they desire.

"In this day and age, people want access to information very quickly. This software immediately provides access to anyone with a computer to the same real-time budget information County staff has. Everyone is looking at the same numbers."

The application, Socrata Open Budget, is designed for quick deployment and citizen empowerment. The software is integrated with the County’s information, financing and accounting software, where budget information is stored.

Currently, only the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Recommended Budget, which was sent to the Board of Supervisors yesterday, is available in Socrata Open Budget. The County’s Information Technology Division is currently working on importing the historical data into the system, and is expected to be available in a few weeks. In the fall, when the Auditor-Controller presents the adopted 2015-2016 budget, the Socrata Open Budget software will provide access to five full years of budget information for research and comparison.

Visit the Sutter County Open Budget website at: http://budget.co.sutter.ca.us.

Sutter County Recommended 2015-2016 Budget Shows Signs Of Stability
June 08, 2015
After five straight years of consolidations and staff reductions, and despite the slow recovery from the dramatic downturn in the economy, the County Administrative Officer Friday submitted a recommended Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget to the Sutter County Board of Supervisors that includes no layoffs.

“Many of the difficult decisions the Board of Supervisors has made over the past years, in terms of consolidation of services and departments, is making a difference in this year,” CAO Jim Arkens said in his budget message to the Board of Supervisors. “Expenses that were reduced in prior years are expenses that the County does not need to find revenues to cover in this year.”

Although the total recommended budget of $258 million is an increase of 6.8 percent ($16.4 million) increase over 2014-2015, it includes a General Fund budget of $57.86 million that is a reduction of one tenth of one percent from last year’s General Fund budget. Accounting for the increase in the overall budget are increases in state and federally funded programs, such as Bi-County Mental Health (8.8 percent), Mental Health Services Act prevention programs (7.9 percent), Health Services (4.3 percent), and Welfare/Social Services (4.2 percent).

The CAO’s office is estimating a 4.6 percent increase in all combined property tax revenue sources for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. Here’s the link:

2015-16 Recommended Budget

Notice of Public Review
May 20, 2015

A Risk Management Plan (RMP) has been submitted by California Cold Logistics, 700 Jones Street, Yuba City, CA 95991.

The RMP describes programs and controls designed to prevent accidental releases of regulated substances. This RMP will be available for public review for the next 45 days at the Sutter County Development Services Department, 1130 Civic Center Boulevard, Suite A, Yuba City, CA, 95993.

If you need any further information regarding this legal notice, please contact Sukh Sahota at (530) 822-7400.

Holiday Closure
May 18, 2015
On Monday, May 25th, most County offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.
Probation Officer Recognized For Saving Man’s Life
May 13, 2015

Sutter County Deputy Probation Officer Kelly Bisby received recognition from the Sutter County Board of Supervisors at their May 12 meeting for his successful efforts to talk a suicidal man down from the railing of a bridge over the Yuba River.

Chief Probation Officer Donna Garcia called Bisby a “phenomenal probation officer” while explaining he was called to the scene on the E Street Bridge by Marysville police on April 16 after trained negotiators were unsuccessful in getting the man to safety after two hours.

When they realized the man was on probation in Sutter County, they called for Bisby, his probation officer, in the hopes he could help.

Bisby talked to the man for 20 minutes before the man climbed from the outside of the railing and into Bisby’s waiting hug.

“Officer Bisby saved a man’s life,” she said.

Board Chairman Ron Sullenger presented Bisby with a Certificate of Recognition. Several members of his family and the Sutter County Probation Department were in attendance to witness the presentation.

Scheduled Maintenance
May 13, 2015

The following websites will be unavailable on Tuesday, May 19th between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. for scheduled maintenance:

  • SutterCounty.org
  • SutterSheriff.org
  • SutterLAFCO.org
  • SutterHelps.org
  • FitFoundation.org

We appreciate your patience during this necessary downtime.

Smithsonian’s Journey Stories at Museum
April 28, 2015

The new Journey Stories exhibit will open at the Community Memorial Museum on Friday, May 8th with an opening reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibit is brought to Yuba City through the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution, the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and Exhibit Envoy. The Journey Stories exhibit examines America’s mobility and innate love of adventure and travel, extending from stories of coming to America, to how transportation and migration helped build our nation, how it changed our country and how our mobile world looked to travelers along the way. Throughout our history, Americans have claimed their freedom by asserting their mobility.

Americans are all about going places, and that mobility spurred the development of ever faster modes of travel: trains, cars, boats and airplanes. Because everyone has their own travel stories, the Community Memorial Museum is asking everyone to share their favorite journey story with the Museum. Maybe you recall a family vacation, a first trip on an airplane, or a family story of how your ancestors came to America. From Native Americans to recent immigrants, regardless of our ethnic and racial backgrounds, we all bring something to the history of travel, immigration, and transportation in America. The Museum is accepting your journey story in any format - written by hand, on computer, recorded, or videotaped. The Museum wants to learn about your journey story to help create our community’s Journey Story archive that will remain in the Museum as part of our collective history. Call the Museum at (530) 822-7141 for more information about this project or bring or mail your story to the Museum.

The Journey Stories exhibit will remain at the Museum through June 17th. Admission to the Museum is free. 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. The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City.

Local Aviation Book Signing at Museum
April 17, 2015

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County will host a book signing with local author and pilot Allen Herr on Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. His new book Golden Wings Over the Feather River describes early aviation in Yuba, Sutter, and Butte Counties from 1910 to 1939. This pioneering study of local aviation history details lively stories of fearless risk takers in Northern California: early aviators, barn stormers, commercial flyers, airplane builders, and local airfield development.

Mr. Herr will talk about the book and will be available to sign copies. Golden Wings Over the Feather River is available for purchase in the Museum Store and at the time of the book signing event. The event is free and open to the public.

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. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

Prisoner of War Art at Museum
April 13, 2015

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County will host an exhibit of photographs of art and graffiti created by German Prisoners of War being held at Camp Beale, now Beale Air Force Base, during World War II. The exhibit will open with a reception on Thursday, April 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge.

In 1944 a Prisoner of War camp opened at Camp Beale, and about 1,000 German prisoners were held there. A tall barbed-wire fence enclosed 17 barracks, four mess halls, a canteen, six storehouses, and a chapel. Two guard towers watched over the compound.

The prisoners provided much needed agricultural labor to local farmers and ranchers. They also helped to provide their own care and feeding, and they filled various service positions around the post. In accord with the Geneva Convention, the U.S. government paid POWs 80 cents a day for their work. The POW labor saved Camp Beale an estimated $3 million in employee wages.

Today only a solitary confinement cell block remains from the POW compound. Prisoners drew beautiful murals on the cellblock walls. Some wrote poetry or expressed their longings to go home. Time, weather, and vandals have destroyed most of the drawings and writings. The photographs in this exhibit document the remaining images in this remnant of a war far past.

The exhibit, which will remain at the Museum through Saturday, April 25th, is courtesy of area photographer Terry Single. 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. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

Barbara LeVake Appointed Fifth District Supervisor
April 09, 2015

Barbara Levake, who served as Supervisor from 1989 through 1992, was appointed Thursday, April 9, by Governor Jerry Brown to replace James Gallagher as Fifth District Supervisor. Mr. Gallagher is now a member of the California Assembly.

LeVake, pictured here with then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Starr Bend Setback Levee dedication in 2009, is a member of the Levee District One Board of Directors.

Here’s the Governor’s official release: Barbara LeVake, 68, of Yuba City, has been appointed to represent the fifth district on the Sutter County Board of Supervisors. LeVake has been principal at Brazil-LeVake Government Relations since 1995. She served as a member of the Sutter County Board of Supervisors from 1989 to 1992. LeVake was a legal assistant at the Law Offices of Shipsey and Seitz from 1970 to 1974 and at Miller, Evatt, Henry and Jennings from 1968 to 1970 and the Law Office of Aguilar and Louis from 1965 to 1968. She is a member of the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency, Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau, Western Growers Association and California Women for Agriculture. LeVake was a member of the State Reclamation Board from 1994 to 2001. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $34,736. LeVake is a Republican.

Children’s Spring Vacation Program at Museum
April 02, 2015

The Community Memorial Museum is hosting its annual Spring Vacation Children’s Program on Thursday, April 9th beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Museum. The program features a storytelling performance and crafts activities and is suitable for children of all ages. The event is free of charge, and no reservations are needed.

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

Where Does the Word Sheriff Come from, and What do Counties do?
April 02, 2015

April Is National County Government Month

Do you know where the term sheriff comes from? Do you know who inspects restaurants and ensures gas pumps are accurate? Why do we call a political subdivision of the state a county?

These are things residents can learn during National County Government Month, which began today. The County of Sutter is participating in this national celebration of all things county in a variety of ways, including posting a story a day about county history and services on its website and Facebook page, and hosting a high school speech contest where students have three minutes to make a presentation to County Supervisors on a topic of their choice.

"Programs and services provided at the local level are some of the most essential services necessary, especially for public safety," said Board Chairman Ron Sullenger. "Our hope is that residents learn more about what counties do, and why, and how to engage their local government."

According to the National Association of Counties, county resources are the core building blocks for healthy, vibrant and safe communities. Nationwide, counties invest more than $100 billion each year in transportation, broadband services, water systems and public facilities. Counties run most of our nation’s local jails and court houses, own the largest share of America’s road miles and operate more than 900 public hospitals and countless parks, libraries, firehouses and 911 call centers. County transportation and infrastructure are vital to boosting economic competitiveness, moving our food efficiently and maintaining a strong national defense.

The initial Sutter County Facebook posting for National County Government Month on April 1 discussed the history of the word county. In old England, the country was divided into regions called shires (the term sheriff is derived from the word shire-reeve, or shire official), but after France invaded England in the 11th century, the French term county replaced the English word shire. The first county in America was at James City, Virginia in 1634. Sutter County was one of the original 27 California counties, founded on February 18, 1850.

Future postings will explain programs and services provided by various departments, including who is responsible for inspecting hundreds of food facilities and gasoline pumps.

Sutter County plans some events in April, culminating with the high school speech contest on Wednesday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at the Hall of Records, 466 Second Street, Yuba City. The speech contest is modeled on the three minutes members of the public are allowed to address the Board of Supervisors on matters not on the regular agenda. All high schools in Sutter County have been invited to participate.

Other events include:

  • April 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Kids Health and Activity Fair sponsored by Sutter County Public Health at the Sutter County Library, 750 Forbes Ave., Yuba City.
  • April 9, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., a Bicycle Rodeo sponsored by Sutter County Public Health where children learn the rules of the road and bicycle safety skills, Richland Housing Center, Garden Highway, Yuba City.
  • Sutter County Public Health will participate in a forum on vaping, or e-cigarettes, at 6 p.m. on April 15, at the Veteran’s Center, 1425 Veteran’s Memorial Circle, Yuba City. Also participating will be Yuba City police, the California Highway Patrol, the Yuba City Fire Department, and Yuba City Unified School District.
  • April 21, 11 a.m., the Sutter County District Attorney’s Office is conducting a luncheon for the Victim Witness Program at Ettl Hall behind the Community Memorial Museum on Butte House Road.

Text of first Facebook posting for National County Government Month

April is National County Government Month, a time to learn about counties and what they do. In England, counties used to be called shires, a mechanism for maintaining royal power in places distant from the throne. (The term sheriff is derived from “shire-reeve,” a local official). Following the invasion of England by France in the 11th century, the term shire was changed to county, after a French term meaning ruled by a “count” or “viscount.” The county custom crossed the Atlantic with the colonists, who formed the first county in America at James City, Virginia, in 1634. Sutter County was one of the original 27 counties in California, founded on February 18, 1850. Today, there are 3,007 counties, 64 parishes, 19 organized boroughs, 11 census areas, 41 independent cities, and the District of Columbia for a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents in the United States

Holiday Closure
March 24, 2015
On Tuesday, March 31st, most county offices will be closed in observance of César Chávez Day.
This is March for Meals Month
March 19, 2015

Sutter County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Sullenger this week presented a proclamation to Jane Stan, the nutrition services and program manager for the Area 4 Agency on Aging, declaring the month of March the March for Meals Month.

Meals on Wheels America established the National March for Meals Campaign in 2002, to recognize the anniversary month in 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed into law a measure that established a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years or older.

In Yuba and Sutter counties, the Home Delivery Meals Program serves 100 people 60 years of age or older. The meals allow seniors to live longer in their homes, which is the preference of 90 percent of seniors, according to surveys. The program targets those older adults who are frail, lack a sufficient support network to meet their basic needs, no longer drive, are homebound due to chronic disease and are living at or below the Federal Poverty level.

There are an estimated 23,000 people age 62 or older in Yuba and Sutter counties. The number will double by year 2035.

For more information, visit the Area 4 Agency on Aging website, www.a4aa.com

New County Counsel Jean Jordan Sworn In
March 02, 2015

Jean Jordan, appointed last month to replace Ron Erickson as Sutter County Counsel, was sworn in on her first day on the job this morning by County Clerk Donna Johnston.

Mr. Erickson retired late last year after more than 30 years with the County Counsel’s Office.

Ms. Jordan has worked as a public defender, deputy district attorney, and director of a sexual assault and domestic violence center, and as an adjunct professor at an Orange County law school. She was working as the Director of Operations for the California State Association of Counties when she accepted the position with Sutter County.

Daylight Saving Time Begins on March 8
March 02, 2015
Don't forget to move your clocks forward this weekend! Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 a.m.

In the U.S., clocks change at 2:00 a.m. local time. In spring, clocks spring forward from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.; in fall, clocks fall back from 1:59 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. The phrase "Spring Forward, Fall Back" is used to help people remember how to reset their clocks.

Sutter County Appoints Jean Jordan as its New County Counsel
February 11, 2015

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed an attorney with management experience as its new County Counsel.

Jean Jordan, the Director of Operations and Member Services with the California State Association of Counties, was appointed to a four-year term by unanimous vote of the Board of Supervisors.

“Jean was an exceptional candidate with extensive knowledge of the law, experience with counties, and a strong management background,” said Board Chairman Ron Sullenger. “I think our job as Board members is to hire the people with the best possible management skills to lead the organization, and I am confident we have made the right choice with this appointment.”

For Ms. Jordan, who has worked as a public defender, deputy district attorney, and director of a sexual assault and domestic violence center, and as an adjunct professor at an Orange County law school, accepting the position in Sutter County is like coming home.

“My roots are in Sutter County,” she said. “My grandparents were farmers and settled in the Yuba City area many years ago. I spent much of my life in Sutter County visiting and staying with my family.

“I have enjoyed working at CSAC but this move allows me to get back to my first love—the law. The most important thing that my time at CSAC confirmed for me is that counties affect people’s lives on so many different levels, from public safety and law enforcement, to health and human services and public works. So while I am sad to be leaving CSAC, I am happy to remain in the county family and I am looking forward to working closely with the Board of Supervisors and the rest of the staff in Sutter County.”

Ms. Jordan has an extensive background in county government. Prior to coming to work at CSAC she served at Executive Director of Administrative Services for the California District Attorneys Association. She has also worked for Yolo County as both a Public Defender and a Deputy District Attorney, and she also worked as a Deputy District Attorney in the District Attorney’s Family Protection Units for Santa Cruz and San Diego Counties.

Ms. Jordan will finish her work at CSAC on February 28 and begin her service with Sutter County on March 2, 2015.

She steps into a position previously held by Ron Erickson, who retired after 32 years in the County Counsel’s Office, including the last 11 as the department head.

Book Signing for First People Book
February 11, 2015

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County presents a book signing and program for the groundbreaking new book First People with local author David Rubiales. He has written an ethnological overview of the local native peoples who inhabited villages along the lower Feather and Sacramento Rivers. The Valley Nisenan and the Patwin people lived a vibrant life, centered on the rivers and sloughs, acorns, and salmon, in the Central Valley for millennia before European settler contact. The reader will learn about the very villages that stood where our cities and towns are now situated. Along the Feather River were the villages of Honkut, Yupu (Yuba), Taisida, Molokum, Mimal, Sisum, Hok, and Yukulme.

Retired history Professor Rubiales offers The First People as an introduction to local native culture for the interested lay reader. A brief program will precede the book signing on Friday evening, February 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Memorial Museum. The book sells for $8.50 plus tax and is available for purchase at the book signing event or in the Museum Store.

The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

Holiday Closure
February 09, 2015
On Monday, February 16th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Washington's Birthday.
State-purchased MMR Vaccine Available to Adults and Children During the Measles Outbreak
February 04, 2015

Feb 4, 2015

The California Department of Public Health has made available state-purchased MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine to help prevent spread of measles during the current measles outbreak. State-purchased vaccine usually is restricted to persons who meet eligibility criteria. To help stop the measles outbreak in California, this state-purchased MMR vaccine will be available to adults and children regardless of insurance status, but only during this measles outbreak.

Sutter County Public Health will be receiving the state MMR vaccine and will offer it in the SCPH regularly scheduled immunization clinics at 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City:

  • Mon 1-4
  • Wed 1-4
  • Fri 8-11

The MMR vaccine will be available to all persons over the age of 12 months who need an MMR, regardless of health insurance status.

Seeking Memorabilia of Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Exposition Game
January 29, 2015

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County currently is serving as a collection point for memorabilia and information about the October 25th, 1927 exposition baseball game in Marysville that featured Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig along with local baseball players. The project is in preparation for a book about that exposition tour by a Washington, D.C. author whose work is focusing on the entire 1927 tour, on which Marysville was a stop.

Items may be brought to the Museum where they can be scanned or photographed by museum staff and returned to the owners promptly. Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Open hours for this collection of information are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

A meeting at the Museum’s Ettl Hall will take place on Friday, February 13th to meet the author and discuss information and memorabilia that will help tell the story of the Ruth – Gehrig exposition game and tour. Contact the Museum for details.

The Sage of Smartsville Book Signing at Museum
January 23, 2015

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting a book signing with editor Kathleen Smith of the new book The Sage of Smartsville – The Collected Stories of George Rigby. George Rigby was a storyteller, a miner, a World War II veteran, and saddlemaker who grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Born in the Sucker Flat and Smartsville area, he grew up hearing family stories of the early days of mining. He had an ear for listening to everyone’s stories and a talent as a storyteller.

The new book includes not only the collected stories that appeared in his 1984 book He Made a Saddle and Wrote a Book, but many additional stories that have not appeared previously and were uncovered by the co-editors Lane Parker and Kathleen Smith. Kathy Smith will present the Sage of Smartsville volume at a book signing on Thursday, January 29th at the Community Memorial Museum. The event begins at 7:00 p.m.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City, and regular open hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

Vintage Postcards Exhibit at Museum
January 12, 2015

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County will present a new exhibit, Vintage Postcards: Old-Time Texts & Tweets, opening on Friday, January 16th with an opening reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. It features postcard images from the Museum’s collection and includes both the illustrations and some of the messages written on the century-old “postals”.

Old postcards have come into focus as an innovative and creative mode of quick communication in the late 1800s through much of the 20th century. They served the same purpose that texts and tweets do in today’s digitized world. The messages reflect life in our community, peoples’ concerns, rural life, social events, family news, right down to who might be at the dance on Saturday night. Postcards could usually be delivered within a few days and, in some locations, within the same day they were sent.

The wonderful illustrations may reflect social or political trends of the time, scenic landmarks, homespun humor, new technology, interest in romance or any number of other contemporary influences. Much can be learned about our world of 100 to 125 years ago from looking at the old postcards.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. The opening reception and admission to the Museum are free. The exhibit will remain through February 28, 2015. 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. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

Holiday Closure
January 12, 2015
On Monday, January 19th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Sutter County Clerk Will Open For Saturday Valentine’s Day Weddings—By Appointment Only!
January 08, 2015

Valentine's Day is a popular day to get married, and it falls on a Saturday this year. For those who favor a civil wedding in the small "chapel" of the Sutter County Clerk's Office, Sutter County Clerk-Recorder Donna Johnston has announced the office will open for marriage ceremonies, for part of the day and by appointment only.

"We will be open at least part of the day to perform civil marriage ceremonies for those couples who make advance arrangements by calling or coming in to the office to schedule a time," Johnston said. "We will not be able to accommodate walk-ins that day."

A civil service in the area set aside by the Clerk-Recorder's Office for wedding ceremonies costs $26, which does not include a marriage license (they range from $62 to $64 depending on whether they are confidential).You can bring your own witness, or the County will provide a witness for $15.75.

Johnston said she has already received inquiries about weddings on that Saturday. "It just doesn't seem right that we would not be able to provide an opportunity for a civil marriage on Valentine's Day. We'll accommodate as many as we can."

For information about marriage licenses and to reserve a time for a civil ceremony, call 530-822-7134, or visit the website: http://www.suttercounty.org/doc/government/depts/cr/cr_marriage_license