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The Cost of Smoking in California
October 15, 2014
The Cost of Smoking in California

Every ten years, the Cost of Smoking in California report analyzes the economic burden of smoking, illustrating the costs associated with smoking-related illnesses and premature death. The study found the overall cost of smoking for California in 2009 was $18.1 billion. Included in figure are the direct healthcare costs and indirect costs from lost productivity due to illness and premature death. According to the report, in Sutter County alone, smoking costs our community more than $56 million every year.

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Ebola Virus
October 13, 2014

The Ebola virus outbreak in Africa is on the watch list in the United States. While the possibility of infected persons entering the U.S. remains low, federal, state and local health departments and healthcare professionals and hospitals across the country are informed about Ebola and what to do if there is a suspected case. Healthcare and public health are on alert for any potential cases in the United States brought in by travel.

For more information about Ebola virus and the preparations to protect against Ebola, go to the CDC Ebola webpage.

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Tundra Swan Exhibit at Museum
October 08, 2014
Tundra Swan Exhibit at Museum

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting an exhibit about Tundra Swans now for a brief run in anticipation of the local Swan Festival that will take place on November 8th and 9th, 2014.

These large swans with a wingspan of 5 feet spend Spring and Summer in the Artic, where they nest and breed. After a migration of 3,000 miles, they follow the Pacific Flyway to winter in the wetlands and flooded rice fields of the Sacramento Valley. The exhibit, through photographs and text, follows the cycle of the Tundra Swans and includes a beautiful swan specimen.

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.

 
Bat Tests Positive for Rabies in Sutter County
October 08, 2014

A bat found inside a home in Sutter County tested positive for rabies last week. The family has received medical evaluation and treatment to prevent rabies.

Bats are common everywhere in California and rabies infection is endemic in bats – meaning that there is always a percentage of bats that are infected with rabies. It is important to remember to take specific simple precautions to prevent the rabies to come in contact with humans, pets and domestic animals.

Rabies vaccine is an important protective barrier for pets and humans. All dogs, cats and pet ferrets need to have up-to-date rabies vaccines, even strictly indoor pets. Indoor pets have become infected when a sick bat gets into the house or garage and then exposed the people around them. Rabies vaccine is very effective in preventing rabies and eliminated dog and cat rabies in the United States in the last 50 years.

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Notice of Public Auction Beginning November 15, 2014 of Tax Defaulted Property for Delinquent Taxes
October 07, 2014

Made pursuant to Section 3692, Revenue and Taxation Code

On September 9, 2014, I, STEVEN L. HARRAH, Sutter County Treasurer-Tax Collector, was directed to conduct a Public Auction sale by the Board of Supervisors of Sutter County, California. The tax-defaulted properties listed below are subject to the Tax Collector’s power of sale.

The sale will be conducted online at www.bid4assets.com, beginning on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. (PT) and ending on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by 1:00 p.m. (PT). At the discretion of the Treasurer/Tax Collector parcels remaining unsold at the end of the scheduled auction may be re-offered at a new sale scheduled to be held online at www.bid4assets.com beginning at 8:00 a.m. PT (11:00 a.m. ET) on Saturday, January 24, 2015, and ending January 27, 2015. During this public auction, property will be sold to the highest bidder for not less than the minimum bid as shown on this notice. Due diligence research is incumbent upon the bidder. The winning bidder is legally obligated to purchase the item.

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An October Driving Safety Guide for Teens and Parents
September 30, 2014
An October Driving Safety Guide for Teens and Parents While October is most frequently recognized for the costumes, candy, and pumpkin carving activities that surround Halloween, it is equally important to recognize the driving dangers that are often associated with this month. For example, on Halloween night in 2012, almost half of all crash fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of at least .08 -- the legal limit in California. Halloween isn’t the only time to be wary on the roads. National Teen Driver Safety Week takes place October 19-25 and, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the United States.

In an effort to educate the public on the dangers of this time of year, parents, along with their young drivers, are encouraged by the California Office of Traffic Safety to share and practice the following tips to ensure that everyone stays safe during the month of October:

  • Positive thoughts breed positive results -- While using scare tactics may be a common approach to informing teens about the dangers of unsafe driving, both on Halloween and year-round, affirming good driving habits can often be even more impactful. Try reminding your teen driver of good behind-the-wheel behaviors they should display, such as driving alert and always wearing a seat belt, and provide them with positive recognition for doing so. National Teen Driver Safety Week is the perfect opportunity to discuss these behaviors.
  • Have a plan, and stick to it -- Whether planning a night of spooky fun for the adults or inquiring about your teen’s Halloween festivities, ensure that safe driving arrangements are made ahead of time. Waiting until you’ve been drinking to make these arrangements is much more likely to lead to a poor -- and costly -- decision. Be sure to inform your teens of the importance of making appropriate driving arrangements ahead of time, and remind them to never get in a car with a driver who is impaired.
  • Be on the lookout, and remain proactive -- Just because you’ve made wise decisions regarding your Halloween safety, doesn’t mean those around you have chosen to do the same. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, and contact local law enforcement immediately if you see a drunk driver on the road. One minute of your time could easily save a life.
  • Proceed with extra caution, pedestrians are near -- Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired. Pay extra attention to pedestrians, as they may be unaware of their surroundings. Trick-or-treaters -- especially small children -- can appear in the road ahead in a split second; drive cautiously.
For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week and other tips on keeping your teen safe behind the wheel, visit the California Office of Traffic Safety at www.ots.ca.gov and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at www.nhtsa.gov.
 
 
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