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National “Give Kids A Smile Day” Celebration
January 28, 2009
The Sutter County Health Department will celebrate “Give Kids A Smile Day” on February 6, Friday, from 1-3 pm at 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City. The local celebration includes fun activities for children ages 1-5, photos with the Tooth Fairy, dental screenings (which meet the kindergarten entry screening 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.

New Planning Commissioner from the Fifth Supervisorial District
January 26, 2009
Sutter County Supervisor James Gallagher has appointed Nicolaus resident Thomas Engler as the Planning Commissioner from the Fifth Supervisorial District.

Mr. Engler is a project manager with MBK Engineers in the field of water resources projects, including levee rehabilitation and improvement projects. He is an affiliate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has taken continuing education courses through the UC Davis extension program in a variety of land use topics, including the California Environmental Quality Act, flood management in California, and the Subdivision Map Act.

Mr. Engler attended his first Planning Commission meeting Jan. 21. The Planning Commission meets again Feb. 5 in a joint meeting with the Sutter County Board of Supervisors for public hearing on land use alternatives addressed in the County’s General Plan update process. That meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Sutter County Health Department Auditorium, 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City, CA 95993.

Sutter County Stimulus Package Project List
January 26, 2009
Sutter County has assembled a master list of $60 million in “shovel ready” projects for consideration if Congress approves President Barack Obama’s proposal for a public works stimulus package to revive the American economy.

The list, compiled by Public Works Director Douglas R. Gault, was forwarded to Congressman Wally Herger, Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, State Senator Sam Aanestad and Assemblyman Jim Nielsen.

The Sutter County list contains $30.2 million in road projects, $27 million in building projects, and $2.9 million in water projects. All projects could start within three to six months of funding approvals and be completed within one year.

The road projects list includes approximately $23 million for road rehabilitation projects throughout Sutter County. The building projects include $12.5 million for a new Human Services Building and $3.5 million for a new animal shelter. A majority of the water projects involve improvements to the water system for the community of Robbins, including the elimination of arsenic.

With Counties, It’s Not One Size Fits All
January 26, 2009
SACRAMENTO—Larry Munger, Sutter County’s longest-serving supervisor, will be sworn in January 28 as Chairman of the Regional Council of Rural Counties (RCRC), a coalition of less populated counties that has been promoting a “rural understanding among” urban-focused policy makers for 35 years.

RCRC represents 30 of the least populated counties in California that make up almost half of California’s landmass, seven percent of the state’s population, and the origin of 80 percent of its water.

“Most of these counties face similar issues,” Mr. Munger said. “By coming together in RCRC we have some clout. And by working together, we become aware of each other’s problems—such as timber tax revenues for schools in the mountain counties and flood control in the valley, for instance—and we can support each other on those issues.”

Holiday Closure
January 16, 2009
On Monday, January 19th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Museum News
January 12, 2009
The Sutter County Historical Society will be holding a meeting at the Museum on January 17th. The main speaker will be Andrea Galvin of Galvin Preservation Associates and she will be talking about the historical site survey done in Sutter County. Mike Hubbart will be on hand to talk about a book he is doing for Arcadia Press on the Sutter Buttes. Mike is a long time member and hike guide for Middle Mountain Foundation. Dessert will be provided.

Also, the Sutter County Historical Society beautifully reprinted Thompson & West's History of Sutter County and it is available for sale at the Community Memorial Museum. First printed in 1879, it is an early look at Sutter County history and an invaluable resource for anyone interested in local history. It sells for $45 (plus tax). The reprint of 1974 can sell for hundreds of dollars if you can find one, so this is a real bargain.

Measure M (Sutter Pointe Specific Plan) Environmental Impact Report
January 09, 2009
On December 19, 2008, Sutter County issued a Notice of Availability  of a draft environmental impact report for the Sutter Pointe Specific Plan.

Copies of the Plan, EIR and associated documents can be downloaded here: