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Website Ranked in Top 10 for 5th Consecutive Year
August 30, 2007
Based on a national survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government, the Sutter County website was ranked 4th in the nation in the under 150,000 population category.

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

The staff of the County's Web Technologies Group is honored and gratified to have received this recognition for their efforts in developing the website. However, all the employees of the County truly receive this award as a vast portion of the information and services provided on the website are contributed by the various County departments. Sutter County continues to endeavor in delivering easier and better online access to information and services for its citizens and the surrounding communities in the region.

View the full details issued by the Center For Digital Government.

Sutter County Wins Gold at 2007 State Fair
August 22, 2007
Sutter County continues its winning tradition at the State Fair Counties Exhibits Competition, by taking home a Gold Ribbon and an additional Blue Ribbon for “Best Experience.”

The 2007 State Fair Exhibit represented a “General Store” a popular place in Sutter County where one could purchase the family’s essentials from fresh fruit and vegetables to a yard of cotton calico. It was a place where the children could buy penny candy and play stickball outside while their parents sit around the potbelly stove catching up on the latest gossip. Goods were on display inside, outside and hanging from the rafters. You might find the proprietor helping folks with their purchases, postmarking letters, or recommending a home remedy-all at the “General Store.”

Food Facility Inspection Reports
August 15, 2007
Environmental Health Services will make future retail food facility Inspection Reports available as an Online Service to the local community.

Facilities that have a permit to operate in Sutter County are routinely inspected for criteria that meets health and safety codes. The goal of providing inspection reports online is to allow potential patrons to review conditions that may exist at a food facility prior to visiting the establishment.

Currently food facilities are required to keep a copy of their last inspection report at the facility and make it available to customers upon request. As the community continues to grow we are seeing more health conscious individuals who are interested in knowing a little more about where they eat.

West Nile Virus Case Confirmed
August 10, 2007
Sutter County – A Sutter County resident has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) infection, Dr. Michael Kinnison, Sutter County Public Health Officer announced [Press Release]. The Sutter County resident developed symptoms of West Nile fever. The resident was not hospitalized.

“This first positive WNV case reminds us to take extra precaution when spending time outside during dawn and dusk or peak mosquito activity,” Kinnison said. “The most important preventative step to take to protect yourself and your family from WNV is to apply an insect repellent that contains DEET when you plan to spend time outside, especially in the evening.”

Check out our West Nile Virus Fight the Bite page.

Photographic Exhibit by Local Photographers - Circa 1900
August 09, 2007
A new exhibit has opened at the County Memorial Museum and will run to the end of August. Admission is free. It highlights the work of local photographers and their subjects. The photographs are circa 1900 and they are from the museum's own collection. Please check the Museum website for opening hours or call 822-7141 for more information.

While some of these photographers stayed in business at the same site for years, others were more transient, moving from town to town and sometimes from state to state. Marysville hosted a long line of photographers who established a business there and then moved on as well as several who stayed for decades. With this exhibit, we hope to open a tiny window into the past when having your picture made was truly an experience.

Bi-County Elder Services Team or (BEST)
August 08, 2007
Through recent legislation, Proposition 63 passed and is now known as the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). This act has allowed us to expand services to the mental health community. BEST serves those individuals who are older adults (60 years plus) with psychiatric disabilities who may be physically or geographically isolated, and determined to be unserved or inappropriately served in the Sutter and Yuba county area.

BEST is located in a variety of settings throughout Sutter and Yuba counties. We are working in collaboration with individuals and families, social service agencies, public health departments, the medical community, senior centers, law enforcement and senior housing entities.

Breastfeeding Awareness Month
August 08, 2007
In a recent proclamation, Governor Schwarzenegger proclaimed August 2007 as “Breastfeeding Awareness Month”. In the United States, “Breastfeeding Awareness Month celebrations include events and activities to raise breastfeeding awareness and to support breastfeeding mothers. These celebrations highlight the mission of La Leche League in our communities.

In 1995, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a Breastfeeding Policy Statement: "Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk" which states: "Human milk is the preferred feeding for all infants, including premature and sick newborns. It is recommended that breastfeeding continue for at least the first 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mutually desired."

For more information about breastfeeding support and assistance in our community, contact the Sutter County Health Department or WIC at 822-7224 and ask for a breastfeeding specialist. If you know of a local business that has been supportive of you or other breastfeeding mothers who have returned to work and continued to breastfeed, please send an email to Tina Lavy or call Tina at Health Education, 822-7215 (ext 276). The Health Department would like to recognize those businesses that have provided exceptional support to mothers who are working and breastfeeding.

California State Fair - August 17 to September 3
August 08, 2007
The County of Sutter is preparing for one of the most anticipated contests at the California State Fair, the Counties Exhibit. The Fair, which is California’s largest cultural celebration, begins on Friday, August 17th, and ends on Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day). It is being held at the Cal Expo fairgrounds.

The theme for this year's Sutter County exhibit is "A General Store". Two special characters, Fred and Arthur, will be appearing and their dialogue has been personalized so that it includes a bit of Sutter County history.

We are looking forward to a terrific State Fair – there are a wide range of attractions and events for everyone including traditional competitive exhibits, agriculture, home art and technological competitions, thrill rides, big name entertainment, and specialty foods. Please refer to the State Fair’s website for more information. We hope to see you at our County’s exhibit!

Multi-Jurisdiction Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
August 03, 2007
After months of data collection, public meetings, discussions, and recommendations, a plan was sent to the State Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for approval. On Wednesday, July 25, 2007, approximately 15 months after the start of the process, we received notice that OES and FEMA had conditionally approved our plan.

The final step to having an approved Multi-Jurisdiction Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJMHMP) is for the governing bodies to approve the plan. Once approved, each participant can move forward with projects identified in the plan and request hazard mitigation project funds to assist in completing these projects.

By having an approved MJMHMP in place we can move toward an improved Community Rating System for Sutter County which will provide a reduction in flood insurance rates.

Approval Letter:

Draft Plan As A Single Document: Draft Plan Split Into Multiple Documents: