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Sutter County News for 2008
 
Holiday Closure
December 26, 2008
On Thursday, January 1, most County offices will be closed in observance of the New Year Holiday.
 
Holiday Closure
December 17, 2008
On Wednesday and Thursday, December 24th & 25th, most county offices will be closed in observance of the Christmas Holiday. On Thursday, January 1st, most county offices will be closed in observance of the New Years Holiday.
 
Safe Driving Tips for the Christmas Holiday Season.
December 11, 2008
Safe Driving Tips for the Christmas Holiday Season.

The Christmas holiday period is a particularly dangerous time on the roads. Not preparing for your trip or ensuring that your vehicle is ready could increase the risk of an accident or roadside emergency.

Car accidents remain the leading cause of death for children under 14, with riding unrestrained the single greatest risk factor for fatal injury. Some one in four children under 5 are not buckled in, a survey shows.

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Sutter County’s Emergency Services Manager Named President Of California Emergency Services Association
December 10, 2008
Sutter County’s Emergency Services Manager Named President Of California Emergency Services AssociationSutter County Emergency Services Manager John E. DeBeaux Jr. was recently appointed president of the Board of Directors of the California Emergency Services Association (CESA), an organization of more than 600 emergency service professionals from government, private industry and non-government agencies.

CESA acts as a clearing house for emergency management best practices, and promotes mutual support and cooperation in the public, private and non-profit sectors during emergencies.

Mr. DeBeaux, who was hired as Sutter County Emergency Services Manager in 2004, will serve as president of the CESA board until October of 2009.

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Sutter County By The Numbers: Getting Ready For The 2010 Census
December 09, 2008
Sutter County By The Numbers: Getting Ready For The 2010 CensusSutter County men and women are married at higher rates than the rest of the U.S. population. Both household and family incomes in Sutter County are larger than the U.S. average, but so are the households and families, which is why per capita income in Sutter County is below the national average.

This is all according to the American Community Survey project of the U.S. Census Bureau, an ongoing survey that is conducted between the official Census counts every 10 years.

In March of 2010, the Census Bureau will be sending out questionnaires for the 2010 official census of all residents of the United States. Because the county’s population is tied to federal and state funding allocations to the county, Sutter County officials will be assisting the federal government in getting a complete count of all county residents.

Individuals interested in serving on a Sutter County Census Committee are encouraged to contact Chuck Smith, Sutter County Public Information Officer, at 530-822-7100. Those interested in working as a census taker are encouraged to contact the Census Bureau at 866-861-2010.

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Trees & Traditions Benefit at Museum
November 21, 2008
Trees & Traditions Benefit at Museum Community Memorial Museum’s annual fundraising gala, Trees & Traditions, will take place on Saturday, December 6, 2008, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Museum. Elegant and lavish hors d’oeuvres will be accompanied by sparkling champagne and wine. The MARKS Ensemble will provide a festive background of holiday music. A 16-foot tree will serve as the centerpiece of the party, decorated with ornaments handcrafted by museum volunteers. Wreaths and garlands of fresh evergreens deck the galleries of the museum.

Small decorated trees and gifts donated by area businesses and individuals will be awarded in a drawing and silent auction at the end of the evening. Also to be given away during the evening is a special door prize, an original watercolor by noted area artist Leslie Greenetz. Proceeds from the gala benefit the Museum by helping to fund operating costs for 2009. Tickets are available at the Museum or from any Museum Commissioner at $30 per person. The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is located at 1333 Butte House Road,Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

 
Holiday Closure
November 19, 2008
On Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28, most county offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
Adopt a Family Christmas List
November 19, 2008
Adopt a Family Christmas List The Adopt a Family Christmas List is a great opportunity to do something that will really give you the Christmas spirit. Your involvement in this program will make sure that a family in need from our community will have Christmas.

There are so many ways you or your group can help a Family and the children in our community this Christmas: Hold a canned/non perishable food collection; Purchase Christmas dinner gift certificates; Purchase Wal-Mart/Target or Kmart gift cards; Adopt a Family; Hold a toy collection (new toys only please), or Purchase blankets, gloves, personal care items, towels.

All of the items listed above are needed donations and would be greatly appreciated. If you can help please contact Bev Dal Porto at (530) 713-8514.

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Holiday Closure
November 04, 2008
On Tuesday, November 11th, most County offices will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day.
 
Be Safe, Be Alert After The Clocks Roll Back
October 29, 2008
Be Safe, Be Alert After The Clocks Roll BackRemember to set your clocks back 1 hour this weekend as daylight standard time begins on Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 AM. Also, please be aware of the need to adjust to the earlier darkness in the evening and to be alert, especially when driving or walking about.

A study conducted by Professors Fishbeck and Gerard of Carnegie Mellon University reported in 2007 that after clocks are turned back 1 hour in the fall, pedestrians, from the dusk to dark period, face a three times increased risk of being struck and killed by a vehicle. Apparently, the days immediately following a return to daylight standard time in November show the highest increase in pedestrian fatalities. The risk then declines each month through May. According the the researchers, it's the adjustment to the earlier darkness rather than the darkness itself that is the killer.

Both drivers and pedestrians should be more alert and aware during the dusk to dark transition but especially during the days immediately following the change back to daylight standard time on November 2nd.

 
New Sutter County Boating Ramp
October 29, 2008
New Sutter County Boating Ramp
New Sutter County boating ramp opens in time for restricted season on only stretch of river open for salmon fishing in the Sacramento Valley
A public works project to restore critical access to the Sacramento River from the Sutter County side is nearing completion and will be operational just in time for use on one of the only rivers in California where salmon can be fished this year.

The Tisdale Boat Launch Facility on the Sacramento River south of the Sutter County community of Meridian will be open to the public on Nov. 1, the first day of salmon season, according to the Sutter County Public Works Department. It will be the only boat access point to the Sacramento River from the Sutter County side of the river

The new launch facility is located at the Tisdale Weir, at the Sacramento River at the end of Tisdale Road, in western Sutter County.

The two-lane launch ramp is 32 feet wide and 152 feet long and the parking area slab is 88 feet wide and 750 feet long with 43 vehicle/trailer parking spaces. It cost $1.4 million and was funded through a grant from the California Department of Boating and Waterways, utilizing funds generated by taxes on boats.

The boat launching facility replaces the facility closed eight years ago due to repeated episodes of excessive silting in. In 2001, Sutter County prepared a grant application and received funding for the boat ramp portion in 2003, when the Public Works Department began engineering for a facility. In 2008, Sutter County received additional funding for the parking pad portion of the project and both the ramp and the parking pad were built this year.

This section of the Sacramento River is part of the only stretch of river in the Sacramento Valley where fall salmon fishing will be allowed. Under Department of Fish and Game rules, no Chinook are allowed to be kept anywhere on the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers or any of their tributaries, including the American and Feather rivers. The only exception is from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 in the Sacramento River between the Red Bluff Diversion Dam and Knights Landing for a one-salmon bag and possession limit.

This boat launching facility is north of Knights Landing on a stretch of the river that is also excellent for steelhead, striped bass and sturgeon.

 
2008 Flu Shot Schedule
October 28, 2008
2008 Flu Shot Schedule Sutter County Public Health is hosting flu shot clinics starting in October. Tetanus and pneumonia shots will be offered during the clinics as well.
  • A donation of $5.00 is accepted for flu vaccine administration.
  • A fee of $30.00 is required for Pneumonia shots.
  • A fee of $15.00 is required for Tetanus (Td) and Tdap shots
Note:

The Pneumonia shot is available to people 65 and older.

Tetanus shots are available for adults 18 years and older. Tdap shots are available for adults 11-64 years. Tdap protects against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (whooping cough).

Please call Sutter County Public Health at 822-7215 for more information.

2008 Flu Shot Schedule 

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Sutter County Health Division - Public Meeting
October 24, 2008
Sutter County Health Division - Public Meeting Assistant Director Human Services – Health Division, Amerjit Bhattal has announced a series of public meetings to discuss proposed changes in management of the Sutter County Outpatient Medical Clinic to strengthen medical services provided to our community members, while expanding Public Health prevention services.

The proposal involves turning management of the clinic over to either Del Norte Clinics, Inc. or Peachtree Clinics, Inc. Sutter County Human Services – Health Division encourage comments and suggestions that will assist in developing additional public health services that will be helpful to you and your family.

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Sutter County Library Book Sale
October 20, 2008
Sutter County Library Book Sale Friends of the Sutter County Library are currently holding a fall book sale through October 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sale items include books, games and videos at bargain prices! All proceeds from the book sale go to support library activities. The Sutter Library is located at 750 Forbes Avenue, Yuba City. For more information, please call (530) 674-8605.

 
Printer's Error On Vote-By-Mail Ballots
October 17, 2008
A printer's error has resulted in the printing and mailing of incomplete vote-by-mail ballots to approximately 14,000 Sutter County voters. Voters who received incorrect ballots are being asked to wait to vote until they receive new ballots in the mail.

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October is Flood Awareness Month
September 29, 2008
October is Flood Awareness Month We may be in a drought, but there is a chance of flooding in any winter or spring in the Sacramento Valley. That’s why October is Flood Awareness Month in Sutter County.

Flood Awareness Month was created by Sutter County and the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency to help residents understand the threat posed by the Sacramento, Feather, Yuba and Bear rivers; new federal flood insurance requirements on 1/3 of Sutter County; and the efforts of the new Sutter Buttes Flood Control Agency to develop and fund flood control projects.

A special publication, "Flood Aware, Flood Prepare", about Flood Safety in the Sacramento Valley has been prepared by Sutter County and the Sutter-Butte Flood Control Agency in cooperation with the City of Yuba City and the County Of Yuba.

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Sutter County Job Fair
September 18, 2008
Sutter County Job FairSutter County Employment Services will be presenting their annual Job Fair from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday October 4, 2008. It is being held at Andros Karperos Middle School, 1666 Camino de Flores, Yuba City. Our job fairs are always very popular, well attended and represent a wide variety of professions. Some of this year’s employers are Comcast, Fremont-Rideout, Feather Falls Casino and many others. If you are a job seeker, come smiling and dressed and be ready to complete applications. For more information call 822-7133.

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Movin' & Learnin' Physical Activity for Young Learners
September 16, 2008
Movin' & Learnin' Physical Activity for Young Learners This dynamic, hands-on session will present fun and easy activities that integrate physical activity with school readiness skills, music, and nutritional messages. Practical homemade items will illustrate how easy it is to get children moving with a purpose. You will leave with materials you can use immediately! Come prepared to play. Wear comfy clothes and shoes!

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2008

Time: 5:30-8:00pm

Location:
Boyd Hall
Sutter County Superintendent of Schools Office
970 Klamath Lane, Yuba City 95993

Audience limited to 50 participants. Register early!

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New Native American Exhibit at Museum
September 15, 2008
New Native American Exhibit at MuseumThe Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is presenting a new traveling exhibit featuring contemporary California Native American art and poetry. Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home opens with a reception on Friday, September 26, 2008 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The opening program features The Feather River Singers, a Native American women’s drum group performing traditional songs with a large drum. It is a rare opportunity to see this talented local group perform, and it is their first performance at the museum.

Picture credit: Portrait of artist Lyn Risling by Hulleah Tsinnahjinnie, UC Davis. Copyright 2004.

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Make-It Take-It Workshops
September 08, 2008
Make-It Take-It WorkshopsThe Sutter County Children and Families Commission is sponsoring 6 exhilarating Make-It and Take-It Workshops, on Music and Movement, Math/Science and Literacy.

When: Tuesday, April 21st.

Where: See flyer

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

If you are a Teacher, Parent or Caregiver of children under age 6 in Sutter County, you won't want to miss any of these awesome Make-it Take-It Workshops.

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Free Immunizations for Sutter County Children
September 05, 2008
Free Immunizations for Sutter County ChildrenFree immunizations are now being offered to the children of Sutter County, under age six. No appointment is necessary. This service is funded by a grant from the Children & Families Commission in collaboration with the Sutter County Public Health Department. If you have any questions, please call 822-7215 or 822-7240

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Holiday Closure
August 26, 2008
On Monday, September 1st, most County offices will be closed for Labor Day.
 
Sutter County Wins Gold at 2008 State Fair
August 20, 2008
Sutter County Wins Gold at 2008 State Fair Sutter County continued its winning tradition in the County Exhibit competition at the California State Fair with a Gold Ribbon this week for its Hollywood-themed, health-oriented, local produce-starring "Legendary Café."

It was the eighth Gold Ribbon in the last eight years of competition, a run which also includes a "Best of Show" in 2001.

Sutter County's 2008 Fair Exhibit depicts a Sutter County "juice bar" where locals go to enjoy "Legendary Smoothies and Snacks" prepared from locally grown fruits, nuts and vegetables.

In keeping with a general State Fair Hollywood theme, the Legendary Café features such fare as the Humphrey Bogart "African Queen" smoothie, made with an exotic juice blend with fresh strawberries and the James Cagney "Yankee Doodle Dandy" fruit and vegetable platter.

At the tranquil Legendary Café, you can sit outside and reminisce with old friends or pony up to the juice bar to watch classic, black and white movies.

Remarkable mechanical characters greet the patrons, including "Employee Of The Month" John Sutter, and a pair of informative—if somewhat cantankerous—Sutter County residents bemoaning the high cost of gas while revealing, and reveling in, Sutter County's unique history.

"It's like Disneyland in here," said one visitor last Saturday. "Are these real?" a girl asked as she rubbed a fresh ear of corn and eyed the bright-red, vine-ripened tomatoes.

Some two dozen fruit, vegetable and nut crops were on display, helping State Fair visitors understand that just about anything grows in Sutter County, where John Sutter created the first large scale agricultural concern in the 1840s.

Fairgoers can see the Sutter County 2008 Fair Exhibit in Building A of the Counties Building at Cal-Expo during the State Fair, which runs everyday through September 1.

Laura Poma, one of the organizers of the Sutter County Fair Exhibit, attributes a string of successes to the volunteers who design, build and staff the booth. More than 90 people are involved in all, and Poma said anyone wanting to be part of this annual creative opportunity to represent Sutter County is invited to call her at 822-7500.


 

 
Website Ranked in Top 10 for 6th Consecutive Year
August 13, 2008
Digital Counties Survey Winner 2008 Sutter County was awarded tenth place in the 2008 Digital Counties Surveys for governments with less than 150,000 population. The award recognizes counties across the U.S. that are using information technology (IT) to deliver high quality service to its customers and citizens, typically in the form of superior website development and the conversion of government processes into electronically enabled formats. Sutter County has ranked in the top ten consistently for the past six years.

The annual study recognizes hard work and innovation by measuring over 100 data points about online service delivery, infrastructure, architecture, and governance models.

This award reflects the important collaboration between County Departments and Information Technology in providing Internet services to County Citizens.

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New Yuba City Centennial Book at Museum
August 05, 2008
New Yuba City Centennial Book at MuseumThe Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is proud to announce the publication of a new book about the history of Yuba City to observe the centennial year of the city’s incorporation. Yuba City, Our Home Town will be released on September 4, 2008 at a kickoff celebration at the Museum. This is the first history book of Yuba City to be published. The hardbound, coffee table quality book weaves the stories of Yuba City from a Native American village on the banks of the Feather River, through its settlement in July 1849, its incorporation as a city in 1908, up to the present. Historic photographs, vintage newspaper articles, and memories of its first citizens bring the stories alive. The book will sell for $29.95 plus sales tax.

The kickoff event on Thursday, September 4 will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Museum. A Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting will celebrate the book’s debut. The first copy will be presented to the Centennial Mayor of Yuba City, Rory Ramirez. The authors, Julie Stark, Sharyl Simmons, David Rubiales and Carol Withington, will be available to sign books. All this activity is combined with an old-fashioned ice cream social to make a memorable celebration.

Yuba City, Our Home Town will be available at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County beginning at the kickoff event on September 4 and thereafter. The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Open hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (530) 822-7141.

 
Vintage Motorcycles - July through August
July 17, 2008
Vintage Motorcycles - July through August

Vintage Motorcycles Roar In!

Well, maybe they won’t roar into the Museum, but you can imagine a time when they could. Back by popular demand, and with additions, this collection of early motorcycles from a generous local collector will delight Museum visitors this Summer.

During the months of July and August, this distinguished group of very early 20th century motorcycles will park in the main gallery, so we can get a closer look and learn all about their history.

These progenitors of today’s Harleys won’t be able to stay too long, as another traveling exhibit arrives in September, so be sure to see them while they’re here, July 8 through September 5.

We appreciate the gracious loan of the motorcycles, and for being able to share them with the community.

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Air Quality Advisory
July 11, 2008
Air Quality Advisory
Valid for July 11 through 13, 2008

–Air quality levels this weekend may fluctuate between moderate and unhealthy as they have for the past few weeks. Throughout the Sacramento Valley, pockets of ground level smoke and poor air quality remain. Residents are advised to take precautions and avoid voluntary outdoor activities if they see or smell smoke.

View the particulate and ozone concentrations from the sensor in Yuba City. Follow the online instructions to calculate air quality levels as well as receive any precautionary actions applicable to that level.

Air quality will continue to be impacted as fires continue to burn throughout Northern and Central California. Meteorological conditions are keeping the smoke from wildfires at ground level in many areas of our region. Southerly winds may bring relief from high particulate concentrations this weekend, however smoky conditions are also possible.

FRAQMD’s Air Quality Advisory recommends actions to be taken by those who see or smell smoke. For more information, check the FRAQMD website.

View the current visible satellite image of the smoke impact in Northern California.

For further information, contact the Feather River Air Quality Management District at (530) 634-7659.

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Air Quality is Very Unhealthy to Hazardous
July 09, 2008
Air Quality is Very Unhealthy to Hazardous
UPDATE 07/09/2008:

The Feather River Air Quality Management District along with Dr. Kinnison, Sutter County Health Officer, and Dr. Cassady, Yuba County Health Officer, are issuing another health advisory today due to high particulate levels from wildfire smoke.

NOON UPDATE: Air quality levels have reached VERY UNHEALTHY TO HAZARDOUS LEVELS. The District recommends that all non-essential outdoor activities should be suspended.

Fires continue to burn throughout Northern and Central California. Meteorological conditions are keeping the smoke from wildfires at ground level in many areas of our region. In addition, very high temperatures are forecasted today and through the rest of the week which may likely increase ozone levels, further degrading air quality While it is not advised to use whole house fans, evaporative coolers (swamp cooler), or leave windows open due to high particulate levels, it is important to stay cool in these high temperatures. The State of California Office of Emergency Services has information on ways to stay cool as well as fire updates available on their website.

Air quality conditions can change rapidly. View the particulate and ozone concentrations from the sensor in Yuba City. The sensor data is usually delayed by a couple hours, so residents take precautions and avoid voluntary outdoor activities if they see or smell smoke. Air quality will continue to be impacted as fires continue to burn throughout Northern and Central California. Meteorological conditions are keeping the smoke from wildfires at ground level in many areas of our region.

FRAQMD’s Air Quality Advisory recommends actions to be taken by those who see or smell smoke.

View the current visible satellite image of the smoke impact in Northern California.

For further information, contact the Feather River Air Quality Management District at (530) 634-7659.

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Holiday Closure
July 04, 2008
On Friday, July 4th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day.
 
FEMA's Flood Insurance Study
July 03, 2008
FEMAThe Flood Insurance Study that accompanies the new federal Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) has been received from FEMA, and posted on Sutter County's internet site. The on-line document describes the purpose of the study and the process by which flood basins in Sutter County are being evaluated. New FIRMs will place a large portion of southern Sutter County, south of Stewart Road, in Special Flood Hazard areas once the FIRMs go into effect (December 2, 2008).

FEMA utilized both previous and new hydrologic and hydraulic analyses conducted by various agencies in its study. As the result of the California Department of Water Resources decertifying Sutter County's levees, FEMA also conducted analyses of what would happen should levees fail. It is advisable to get flood insurance if you live anywhere in the Sacramento Valley. However, FEMA requires federal flood insurance in Special Flood Hazard Areas. In Sutter County, getting federal flood insurance before Dec. 2, 2008 will save property owners hundreds of dollars per year. Because of "grandfathering" rules, those who wait until after the maps are final on Dec. 2, 2008, may have to pay more for federal flood insurance.

The study also uses new terminology. Instead of referring to 100-year and 500-year flooding risks, the study refers to 1-Percent-Annual-Chance and 0.2-Percent Annual-Chance. The new terminology is a response to complaints that the previous terminology used by the federal government confused property owners into believing that disastrous flooding can occur only once in a 100 or 500 year period.

The new flood maps are expected to be posted on the Sutter County internet site by mid-July. The maps are being converted by County staff to a format that has more detail.

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Sutter County Government Getting A Little More Green
June 27, 2008
Sutter County Government Getting A  Little More GreenSince 2001, Sutter County has had a voluntary waste recycling program in many of its largest departments. In the last five years alone, Sutter County has recycled 564,000 pounds of material—that’s the equivalent weight of 2,971.5 average American men.

Sutter County is now expanding the recycling program to include all offices. Another 115,000 pounds of paper, plastic and other recyclable materials is expected to be recycled by Sutter County offices in calendar year 2008.

These numbers do not take into account the large amounts of documents that are shredded and recycled through a commercial vendor each year.

Currently, all divisions of the Human Services Department, the Sherrif’s Department/Jail, the Treasurer’s Office, and the Road and General Services divisions of the Public Works Department participate in a recycling program. But Building Services Supervisor F.W. “Frosty” Southard wants to expand Sutter County’s recycling program to all departments and locations in the county.

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Sutter County to Lower Flag in Honor of Former Supervisor Joan Bechtel
June 27, 2008
Sutter County to Lower Flag in Honor of Former Supervisor Joan BechtelSutter County officials are greatly saddened to learn of the passing of former Sutter County Supervisor and County Clerk-Recorder Joan Bechtel. "The County has lost a wonderful person, one who contributed greatly to the success of Sutter County" said Larry Montna, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

County Administrator Larry Combs complimented Ms. Bechtel on her outstanding leadership on the Board and dedication to the County, noting the great courage Ms. Bechtel displayed in her tenure with Sutter County and through her passing.

The County will keep all flogs lowered in honor of Ms. Bechtel through the day of her services, next week.

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Air Quality Control Advisory
June 27, 2008
Air Quality Control Advisory
UPDATE 06/27/2008:

This advisory update is now valid through Sunday, June 29th.

The Feather River Air Quality Management District along with Dr. Kinnison, Sutter County Health Officer, and Dr. Cassady, Yuba County Health Officer, are advising residents to take precautions and avoid voluntary outdoor activities as smoke from wildfires continues to remain at ground level in the region.

Schools, recreation districts and other organizations that operate outdoor sports programs are advised to voluntarily cancel or postpone practices, games and recreational activities anytime particle air pollution reaches unhealthy levels.

Today’s air quality levels are currently Unhealthy for all groups.

View air quality levels for the Yuba-Sutter region.

The Feather River Air Quality Management District (FRAQMD) has advised continued and worsening unhealthy air quality in Sutter County due to the surrounding wild fires and particulate matter in the air.

FRAQMD’s Air Quality Advisory recommends actions to be taken by those with health related illness as well as healthy individuals.

View the current visible satellite image of the smoke impact in Northern California.

For further information, contact the Feather River Air Quality Management District at (530) 634-7659.

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Children's Program Meets Mountain Men
June 24, 2008
Children's Program Meets Mountain MenWe are pleased and enthused to report that the Mountain Men are returning for the Summer Children’s Program at the Museum this summer! The Sierra Muzzleloaders of Brownsville have plans to set up camp in Howard Harter Park behind the Sutter County Memorial Museum on Wednesday, July 16. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the shade of the park’s big trees.

Last summer, this group drew in children and adults alike with demonstrations of firemaking, flintknapping (making arrowheads), and other early day skills. Dressed in authentic costumes, and with the trappings of typical mountain life, the mountain men show us what life was like for the intrepid few who ventured into the wilderness in the early 19th century.

Some of the activities are hands-on experiences for the children, and all of them are fascinating and educational. The program is free, and no reservations are needed. It is suitable for elementary school age students, but the whole family is invited. Refreshments will be served following the program. The Sierra Muzzleloaders volunteer to present this wonderful program to our community, and we appreciate the work they do to promote learning about history.

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

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Sutter County to Widen Butte House Road
June 18, 2008
Sutter County to Widen Butte House RoadSutter County Public Works engineers wrote a grant application resulting in $800,000 for improvements to Butte House Road. Earlier, Public Works added large signage, increased reflectors, and a speed indicator in an attempt to slow traffic down in the 55 mph area.

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Yuba Disc Plow
June 17, 2008
Yuba Disc Plow The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County plans to celebrate a gift of the Yuba Disc Plow from the Yuba-Sutter Fair Board to the Museum with a dedication on Wednesday evening, June 18 at 7:30 at the Museum.

The Yuba Disc Plow was manufactured in the 1920s by the Yuba Manufacturing Company. The large manufacturing plant had formerly been located at 12th and F Streets in Marysville, but about 1920 it relocated to Benicia. The company manufactured mainly dredging equipment, such as the big dredges used in the goldfields in the Yuba River. However, it got into the business of making agricultural equipment when it created the Yuba Ball Tread Tractor to haul the dredging equipment to the mining sites.

The Community Memorial Museum has on exhibit a restored 1915 Yuba Ball Tread Tractor manufactured in Marysville. The Yuba-Sutter Fair Board generously donated the Yuba Disc Plow to be exhibited with the tractor. Few examples of the plow are known to exist.

The public is invited to attend the event on June 18 when the plow will be officially dedicated, and the Fair Board will be thanked for their very special gift to the Museum and our community. There is no charge to attend. The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call 822-7141.

 
Sutter County 2007 Crop Report
June 04, 2008
Sutter County 2007 Crop Report

Sutter County's gross agricultural production value totaled $377,950,800 with Rice, Walnuts, Peaches, (processing) Tomatoes, Dried Plums and Almonds as the leading agricultural commodities.

Strong demand helped increase market prices, especially for walnuts, field corn, hay, safflower, wheat, processing tomatoes, and seed crops. In contrast, record freezing temperatures in January affected several frost-sensitive crops throughout California, but it was the reoccurring high temperatures during the dried-plum crop bloom in March that once again drastically affected yields. Honey production continues to be plagued by a malady of honeybee disorders, including the newfound Colony Collapse Disorder.

As summarized in this report, agriculture continues to be an integral part of Sutter County's economic base. Industries such as banking, labor, marketing, transportation, and other services directly or indirectly tied to agriculture benefited appreciably as the agricultural industry returned over $1.32 Billion to our local economy in 2007.

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2008 Summer Reading Program
May 28, 2008
2008 Summer Reading ProgramThis summer the Sutter County Library will be swarming with spiders, butterflies, ants, grasshoppers and insects of every kind as the summer reading program theme is “Catch the Reading Bug”. It has been so much fun planning this particular program. The bug theme is great because it appeals to both boys and girls of all ages. Insects, such as spiders, can be scary while insects such as butterflies are thought of as cute.

Sign-ups will begin on June 9th this year and the program will end on August 16th. The goal of the summer reading program is to keep the children in our community reading through out the summer. We offer incentives such as small toys, books and coupons donated by local businesses to encourage continued reading.

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Sutter County Weed Abatement Program
May 27, 2008
Sutter County Weed Abatement ProgramSutter County’s roadside weed management program, complicated by the presence of orchard and other cultivated lands, was featured in a national herbicide publication.

County employees Paul Schwall and Nick Oliver were featured in the article, which discusses how the county deals with right-of-way weed abatement in sensitive surroundings of the county’s large agricultural industry.

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Sutter County Strategic National Stockpile
May 27, 2008
Sutter County Strategic National Stockpile

On May 15, 2008, the Sutter County Department of Human Services participated in the joint emergency exercise known as Operation Lightning Bolt with various emergency response agencies from Yuba and Sutter counties and Beale Air Force Base.

In response to the emergency scenario, the department opened and operated a Point Of Distribution, or POD, in accordance with the county’s Strategic National Stockpile Plan. This document is intended to provide background information about the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Program and the Sutter County plan to implement the SNS in the event of medical necessity.

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Sutter County Supervisor Recognized as Top Leader
May 27, 2008
Sutter County Supervisor Recognized as Top LeaderSutter County Supervisor Dan Silva received a prestigious award for his regional leadership on issues of flood control, agriculture and transportation.

“It was from a very crowded field that he has been elected,” said Valley Vision Executive Director Bill Mueller. “So often in our region we have issues that can’t be contained by political boundaries, traffic congestion, air quality, flood protection, and it takes people to work across boundaries to reach out to other leaders in the region to effect change. Dan Silva is that type of leader.”

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Holiday Closure
May 19, 2008
On Monday, May 26, most County offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.
 
Historic Photographs at Museum
May 12, 2008
Historic Photographs at Museum

For more than 30 years, an intrepid photographer named Aurelius O. Carpenter, father of artist Grace Hudson, lugged his camera equipment across the Mendocino frontier. He documented the lives of Pomo Indians and white settlers, the coming of the railroad, logging operations, various scattered towns and the natural beauty of Mendocino County.

This is the first comprehensive exhibition of his work, with an accompanying catalog.

The first comprehensive exhibit to introduce the photographic work of Aurelius O. Carpenter, who documented the development of Northern California in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is on display at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County.

Carpenter's large panoramic views chronicle the coastal logging, tanbark, and shipping industries, as well as the inland region's bounty of natural attractions and agricultural products.

The exhibit 'Aurelius O. Carpenter: Photographer of the Mendocino Frontier' is open now and will remain at the museum through June 29, 2008. Click here for more information.

 
Bike to Work Week - May 12-16
May 08, 2008
Bike to Work Week - May 12-16

Tired of sitting in traffic? Wishing you had more time to get fit? High price of gas getting you down? We’ve got the solution – Join thousands of people who will commute by bicycle on Bike to Work Day, Friday May 16th.

Many people who tried bike commuting for the first time last year are STILL RIDING!

Here’s your chance to learn what they already know:

  • It’s Healthy! Bicycling to work can keep you in shape without having to set aside additional time to exercise. Bicycle commuters tend to enjoy healthier lifestyles, get sick less often and feel less stress.
  • It’s Smart! Bicycle commuting is one of the least expensive ways to get to work. There’s no gas, parking fees or insurance to pay for, and maintenance is minimal.
  • It’s Fast! In many areas, trips by bicycle, door to door, are faster than by car, especially where the one-way commute distance is less than five miles.
  • It’s Clean! Bicycles don’t pollute the air or require lots of land for roads or parking lots. Eight to twelve bicycles can park in a space required for one car.
  • It’s Fun! A bicycle ride at the end of the day is a great way to relieve stress. Discovering routes on back roads through residential neighborhoods can be scenic and fun. It sure beats sitting in stalled traffic on the streets!
If you can’t bike to work for some reason, think about using an alternative way to commute to work… carpool, take public transportation or even walk to work!

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Children's FREE Health & Developmental Screening
April 28, 2008
ChildrenBright Futures is coming to Gauche Aquatic Park on Saturday, May 17 and July 19 at 10:00 a.m. (the last appointment is at noon).

Bright Futures is a FREE Health & Developmental Screening program for children under the age of 6 in Sutter County. The screenings are a fun way to check on your child’s health and developmental progress and to access parenting information and local resources.

The event is FREE and there are no income or insurance requirements. Screenings include the following stations—Hearing, Speech, Health, Nutrition, Developmental Assessments-behavioral, cognitive, motor skills, Literacy, Dental and Vision.

Bright Futures is a program of the Sutter County Children & Families Commission. For more information, call: 822-7505.

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National Infant Immunization Week
April 21, 2008
National Infant Immunization WeekNational Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance highlighting the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. Since 1994, NIIW has served as a call to action for parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to ensure that infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases. This year NIIW will be held April 19-26, 2008.

Vaccination plays a critical role in safeguarding public health globally. During NIIW 2008, hundreds of communities across the United States will join those in the Western Hemisphere and Europe to celebrate Vaccination Week in the Americas and European Immunization Week. Over sixty countries around the world will participate.

 
Damage - Unseasonable Low Temperatures
April 21, 2008
Damage - Unseasonable Low Temperatures Unseasonable low temperatures over the weekend had the potential to cause damage to crops grown in Sutter County. The Agricultural Commissioner is responsible for determining and reporting this damage when it has affected a significant number of growers. The Agricultural Commissioner is requesting growers report their damage by phone at (530) 822-7500 or by submitting a damage report online.

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Community Baby Shower
April 17, 2008
Community Baby ShowerCommunity Baby Shower for Sutter County pregnant moms and moms with babies who are less than 6 months. May 7th, Wednesday, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Veterans Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

The event will include activities and games with a focus on healthy pregnancies and infants. Presenters include: Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, Immunizations, CHDP, Sutter County Families and Childrens Commission, Children’s Home Society, Infant Massage, Breastfeeding and Pumping information. Refreshments and raffles as well.

Contact Tina Lavy, 822-7215 for more information.

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National Public Health Week 2008
March 26, 2008
National Public Health Week 2008 Sutter County Public Health Department encourages Sutter County residents to take steps toward creating a healthy community during National Public Health Week 2008.

The Public Health Department will provide a wide variety of preventative health services to Sutter County residents during National Public Health Week, April 7-13, 2008.

Among the activities planned will be a 'Family Fun Night at the Park' on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Regency Park (corner of Stabler and Regency), Yuba City.

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Kill The Bug Recycle The Jug
March 19, 2008
Kill The Bug Recycle The JugThe Sutter County Agricultural Commissioners Office Presents: Kill The Bug Recycle The Jug

This program will allow agricultural producers an opportunity to recycle their properly prepared pesticide containers free of charge. There will be five Recycling Days throughout March, April, June, July, and September. Bring your properly prepared and sized containers to one of the listed destinations on the next Recycling Day.

When:

  • March 31, 2008: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Grower's Ag Service
  • April 22, 2008: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - John Taylor Fertilizer (Yuba City)
  • June 24, 2008: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Big Valley Ag Services (Gridley)
  • July 29, 2008: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Bear River Supply (Rio Oso)
  • Sept 9, 2008: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Helena Chemical (Yuba City)

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Daylight Saving Time Begins on March 9
March 04, 2008
Daylight Saving Time Begins on March 9Don't forget to move your clocks forward this weekend! Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 9 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.

On August 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Beginning in 2007, DST now begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

 
Weights and Measures Week: March 1-7, 2008
February 29, 2008
Weights and Measures Week: March 1-7, 2008"Whether detergent, fruit or gasoline, I can trust I am getting what I pay for."

Every day, Americans make purchase decisions-at the grocery store and the gas pump, to pay a taxi fare, feed a parking meter, or order a delivery of home heating oil. These diverse "daily necessities" have one common ingredient: the trust you can have that everything you weigh, pump or measure is accurate because of a national weights and measures program.

It is the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) and your state and local weights and measures inspectors that ensure a reliable system-providing confidence that you will get what you pay for.

NCWM
Weights and Measures:
Balancing the Marketplace

Weights & Measures Week
March 1-7, 2008
www.ncwm.net

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New Mini Grants Available
February 20, 2008
New Mini Grants Available The Sutter County Children & Families Commission is pleased to announce the release of three new Mini Grant opportunities ,available for Day Care Providers, Day Care Centers and Community Organizations

Original mini grant applications are due in the Commission office Friday April 4, 2008 no later than 5:00pm. Postmarks, faxed or email applications will not be accepted.

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Holiday Closure
February 11, 2008
On Monday, February 18th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Washington's Birthday.
 
National Flood Insurance Program
February 06, 2008
On February 5, 2008, The Division of Water Resources met with a representative from FEMA's Insurance Services Office to begin the application process of lowering the flood insurance premiums for Sutter County's residents located within the special flood hazard regions. The Community benefits by providing documentation of ordinances, engineering studies, standard operating procedures, mapping and public outreach efforts that verify adherence to the National Flood Insurance Programs guidelines.

The application process is expected to be completed next month with automatically-adjusted premium discounts effective after October 1, 2008. Staff is expecting to provide enough information during the first round of certification to improve the communities rating from "Class 10" to "Class 8", benefiting residents with a 10% discount on their yearly premiums. Additional effort in the near future may reduce Sutter County's flood insurance premiums as much as 30%.

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Thank You for Supporting the Adopt a Family Christmas
January 24, 2008
Thank You for Supporting the Adopt a Family ChristmasThank you to all of the Christmas Angels that helped with the Fit Foundation Adopt a Family Christmas list. Your generosity is truly inspiring and helped over 290 children in our community.

And of course thank you to all the anonymous "Angels" who are there to help every year!

Special thanks to:

The Cookie Tree, Raintree Carwash, Butte Community Bank, Larry Combs, Appeal Democrat, George & Jeannine Carey, Carey & Associates Intl., Prestigious Paint and Auto Body, Yuba City Police Department, Yuba City Early Risers Kiwanis, Yuba City Noon Kiwanis, Wal-Mart of Marysville, Stephen and Jennifer Avery, Chief Doscher and the Yuba City Police Department, Elaine Filter, Bonnie Marshall, Barbara Clover, Gisela Hamilton, Alice Rooney

 
Bill and Lisa Ollar
Zane and Bonnie Marshall
The "Brit Pack"
Children's System of Care Staff
Chuck & Carol Esparza
Dale Follas
Dan and Margaret Bill
David and Susie Armstrong
Della Brown
Bill and Dianne Daugherty
Dr. Sandjiv Midha office and patients
Ed and Barbara Smith
Garland Garrisi
Gray Avenue Middle School Cafeteria Staff
Janelle Saigeon
Janet and Vernon Burrows
Jeffrey and Kerri Julian
John and Heidi Limas
Julie Stevenson and Family
LD and Marilyn Hake
Marc and Karyn Boomgaarden
Pacific Supply and Anderson Walls
Peter Daley III
Jennifer Harlan
Robert and Dianne Wright
Ruth and Bernard Koch
St Andrew Presbyterian Church
Stephen and Janice Marshall
Steve Kroeger Family
Sutter Buttes Imaging Staff
Sutter Co. CPS Staff
Sutter Co. DA's Office staff
Sutter Co. Employment Services Staff
Sutter Co. Health Dept Business Ofc Staff
Sutter Co. Probation Staff
Sutter Co. Purchasing Dept Staff
Sutter Co. Sheriff's Reserve Deputies
SYMH Administrative Staff
SYMH Adult Outpatient Staff
SYMH Business Office Staff
SYMH Youth Services Out Patient Staff
Yuba City Engineering Dept Staff
Marni Potter
Diane Langley
Stephanie Maky
Dulce Ward
Gary Marler
Stacey Larick
Yuba City Human Resources Dept Staff
Yuba City Police Dept Day 12 Shift
Yuba City Police Dept Dispatchers
Yuba City Public Works
Yuba City Waste Water Tx Facility
The Dave Marshall Family
Laura Hern
Paula Kearns
Louise Graham
Mary Hill
John Buckland
Jeff & Susan Hancock
Scott Daugherty & Lynne Ferda
Kate & Brian Lenz
Dr. Danny Munger
The Brown Family
Debbie Greathouse
Mike Healy, Jason Healy and Kat Horner
Jerry & Charlotte Staton and Family
Milton & Lonna Applehof
John and Connie Bustos
Landon Malone
The Brian Baker Family
Kevin and Lori Bradford
The Eric England Family
The Lundberg Family
Three Rivers PT Cruisers Club
Tim and Linda Evans
William and Karen Fuller
YCUSD Personnel Dept Staff
Yuba City Fire Dept Administration Staff
Lola Schroeder
Linda Mulhall
Steve Elias
Michelle Harrington
Maria Crocker

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Give Kids a Smile Day
January 14, 2008
Give Kids a Smile DayThe Sutter County Health Department will celebrate "Give Kids A Smile Day" on February 1st, Friday, from 1-4 pm at 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

This free, local celebration includes fun activities for children ages 1-5, photos with the Tooth Fairy, dental screenings (which meet the kindergarten entry requirement) and prizes. The event kicks off Dental Health Month and supports efforts that focus on providing oral health education to all children despite their economic status.

"Give Kids A Smile Day" was designed to provide dental education, preventative and restorative care to low-income children who do not have access to these services and is an annual centerpiece to National Children's Dental Health Month. While dentistry is only 5 percent of the health care dollar, dental care is critical.

Research shows that tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, affecting 50 percent of U.S. first graders. Nationally, more than one-half of children ages 6 to 8 have tooth decay, and one-third of it goes untreated.

For more information contact the Health Education Department Dental Program at (530 822-7215

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Holiday Closure
January 14, 2008
On Monday, January 21st, most county offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
 
After A Disaster Do Not Get Scammed
January 10, 2008
After A Disaster Do Not Get ScammedThe California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) protects consumers by licensing and regulating California's construction industry. It is an unfortunate fact that unscrupulous individuals will try and make a profit on another's misfortune. Don't let these individuals take advantage of you during this vulnerable time.

Before you hire a contractor or sign any documents for repairs, the California Contractors State License Board offers the following basic advice:

  • Don't rush into repairs, no matter how badly they are needed
  • Get at least three bids. Don't hire the first contractor who comes along
  • Watch out for door-to-door offers of repair services and flyers or business cards that are left on your doorstep
  • Ask friends, family, and associates for recommendations about contractors they have hired
  • Never hand over a cash deposit
  • Even for the smallest job, get proof that the person you are dealing with has a contractor'license for the type of work that needs to be done
  • Get a written contract that details every aspect of the work to be done

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Report January 2008 Storm Damage
January 08, 2008
The Sutter County Office of Emergency Services will be collecting initial January 4, 2008 storm damage estimates in an effort to determine the overall economic impact the storm has had on the county. If residents or businesses within Sutter County would like to report damage to be included in this estimate they are encouraged to do so. While the submission of damage information is not an offer or guarantee of individual assistance, it will be valuable in determining if State or Federal aid may be available at a later date.

Assessment of damages as a result of the recent wind storms throughout Sutter County reveals many instances of damaged and down fencing that surround private swimming pools. Sutter County encourages those homeowners affected to begin prompt repair or install temporary fencing that would prevent unwanted access to swimming pool areas and prevent a possible tragedy from occurring.

Residents or businesses submitting information will need to provide the following:

  • Name
  • Phone number and email address
  • Address of location at which damage is being reported
  • Insurance status
  • A brief description of the damage that occurred and estimated cost to repair or replace the damaged property.
To facilitate the collection of this information, Emergency Services has posted an online Storm Damage Report Form. The County of Sutter appreciates your cooperation and will ensure that notifications be made if individual assistance does become available.

For more information or for residents of unincorporated Sutter County please call us at (530) 822-7400 ext. 201 and leave us a voice mail with your name, address, and the damage sustained. If you would prefer to provide this information electronically, please fill out our Storm Damage Report Form.

If there are health concerns due to the power outages, please call (530) 822-7215 for assistance.

For Agricultural damage concerns please submit a Weather Related Agricultural Damage Report, contact the Agricultural Department, visit the Agricultural Department webpage, or call (530) 822-7500.

For road concerns such as potholes, road surface damage, obstructions, and sign damage please submit a Public Works Service Request.

Reporting Forms

Donations can be made of non-perishable food, including baby formula and diapers to Christian Assistance Network (CAN) located at 232 Teegarden, Yuba City between 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm, Telephone (530) 671-7455 or Sutter County Welfare & Social Services Administration office located at 539 Garden Hwy. Suite C, Yuba City, between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Telephone (530) 822-3212.

Residents of the City of Live Oak can find more information about reporting storm damage at the City of Live Oak website

Residents of the Yuba City can find more information about reporting storm damage at the Yuba City website

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Sand and Sand Bags
January 03, 2008
A Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service in Sacramento indicates "Dangerous winter storms headed for Northern California" from Thursday 1/3/08 until Sunday 1/5/08.

Information on the National Weather Service's winter storm bulletins can be found on all Sutter County web pages in the upper right hand corner.

All residents are encouraged to listen/watch local weather reports on the radio and television.

Hazardous travel conditions may exist this weekend, take appropriate precautions if travel is necessary.

Additional information for road closures, storm information and preparedness/awareness information can be found at the Severe weather page.

To report a power line down or outages contact Pacific Gas and Electric at 1-800-743-5000

For downed trees, flooded roads, contact:

  • Yuba City - 822-4626 during business hours, 822-4661 (after hours)
  • Live Oak - 695-2112 during business hours, 695-3522 (after hours)
  • Sutter County (unincorporated areas) - 822-7450 during business hours, 822-7307 (after hours)
  • Emergencies: 911

Sutter County has a supply of sand and sand bags available for County residents who feel the need to protect their property from localized flooding. Sand bags will be available at the following locations:

  • Sutter: Sutter County Public Works, Acacia and Lemenager
  • Live Oak: Live Oak Public Works, 9633 N St.
  • South of Yuba City: Oswald Tudor Fire Station, 1280 Barry Rd.
  • East Nicolaus: East Nicolaus Fire Department 1988 Nicolaus Ave.
  • Pleasant Grove: Pleasant Grove Fire Department, 3100 Howsley Road
  • Meridian: Meridian Fire Department 1100 3Rd St.

Yuba City residents can find information on getting sand bags at the Yuba City website

 
 
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