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Public Health Week Events 2012
March 27, 2012

Join Sutter County Public Health in celebrating National Public Health Week. Help create a healthier Sutter by moving more and eating healthier in 2012.

Monday, April 2 - Community Mall Walk
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Yuba Sutter Mall. Get your heart pumping and muscles moving at this morning walk. Free blood pressure screening available.

Tuesday, April 3 - Personal Wellness Assessment
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Sutter County Health Education Wellness Room. Screenings will include one on one time with a health professional who will assess blood pressure, BMI, and diet. To register for this free 30 minute wellness assessment, call 822-7215, ext 250.

Wednesday, April 4 - Family Fun Day
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Gauche Aquatic Park. Join us for an afternoon of interactive family fun! Wear comfy clothes, and be ready to move!

Thursday, April 5 - Personal Wellness Assessment
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Sutter County Health Education Wellness Room. Screenings will include one on one time with a health professional who will assess blood pressure, BMI, and diet. To register for this free 30 minute wellness assessment, call 822-7215, ext 250.

Saturday, April 7 - Community Walk / Ride
8:00 a.m. - Sutter Bike Path starting at Royo Rachero Road. Walk or just bike along this hidden wonder of Sutter County (8 miles round trip).

To register for a Personal Wellness Assessment, please call Health Education at (530) 822-7215, ext 250.

All events are free to the community and are tobacco-free.

Seminar on Personal and Community Transformation
March 22, 2012
A free seminar focusing on personal and community transformation is scheduled for Thursday March 29 at The Bonanza Inn Convention Hall in Yuba City.

Speaker Bill Grace, author of "Sharing The Rock: Shaping Our Future Through Leadership For The Common Good," will conduct four sessions of one hour each at: 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The seminar is sponsored by Sutter North Medical Foundation, the Friends of Yuba City Parks and Recreation, and Ignite Yuba City (formerly ACHIEVE, of which the Sutter County Public Health Department and the Sutter County Children and Families Commission are members).

The goal of the seminar is to help you discover your core values and get inspired to improve yourself and make a difference in your organization and community.

Please RSVP, preferably by Friday, March 23, to Rachel at 822-7215, ext. 250, or Maria at 822-7215, ext. 257, or by emailing Rachel Licea, or Maria Rodriguez.

7th Annual 5K Run/Walk
March 22, 2012

Please join us for the 7th Annual "Run Drugs Out of Town" 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at River Valley High School.

Same day registration begins 7:00 a.m. and races begin at 9:00 a.m. There will be prizes, a mascot race, music, ¼ mile kids runs, free breakfast, children's play area, synergy race timing, community resources and more.

To register or volunteer, email or call the Event Coordinator Dulia Aguilar at 674-1885 x333.

Recology Yuba-Sutter Launches Catchy Campaign to Encourage Residents to Recycle
March 20, 2012
Recology Yuba-Sutter has launched a new advertising campaign to help residents clean up their recycling! This aggressive and catchy effort will help Yuba-Sutter residents differentiate between recyclable and non-recyclable items.

"What Goes Where" and "What Blue Bin Doesn't Do" are just a few of the key phrases that you'll be seeing and hearing around town very soon. Probably not the best grammar from a writer's perspective but you'll get the point real quick. is a new online resource designed to answer any questions people may have about a particular item so that it is placed in the correct bin. This online tool can be found at Recology Yuba- Sutter's website or it can be accessed directly at The Whatbin tool asks a series of questions about the particular item to be disposed of and tells the user exactly which bin to place the item. With a few simple questions people are able to easily identify which bin their item belongs.

Additionally, local restaurants are participating in the campaign by providing kids with activity sheet placemats that include recycling education games. They are also providing drink coasters that have recycling trivia questions to encourage and educate people about proper recycling.

"Over 30% of the recycling items picked up by Recology's recycling trucks are contaminated with materials that do not belong in them. That's a large percentage of recyclable items that end up in the gray bins simply because people do not know if it's recyclable," stated Jackie Sillman, recycling coordinator at Recology. "For over 11 years, Recology Yuba-Sutter has been encouraging residents to reduce, reuse and recycle. This new campaign is fun, fresh and catchy and our goal is to continue to educate residents about the importance of properly disposing items. Our efforts will have a tremendous impact on what ends up in the blue carts. Our waste is a resource for new product and energy generation as well as creation of mulch and compost," she added.

Recology Yuba-Sutter serves more than 43,000 residential customers and 3,500 commercial customers and collects more than 100,000 tons of materials annually. They provide service to the communities of Beale Air Force Base, Live Oak, Marysville, Wheatland, Yuba City and the counties of Yuba and Sutter.

Sutter Supervisors To Consider Range Of Options On Fees Involving Live Oak Park And Launching Of Boats At County Ramps
March 19, 2012
Two public hearings are scheduled before the Sutter County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, March 20, regarding whether to adopt a new fee schedule for Live Oak Park, and establishing fees for using Sutter County boat ramps.

The Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Hall of Records, 466 Second St. The public hearings are scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Public Works Department is recommending any of three alternatives, which would raise between $7,500 to $20,000 annually to go toward park and boat ramp maintenance. Neither of the three alternatives would generate enough money to cover the full cost of maintaining the park and the Live Oak, Yuba City, Boyd’s Pump and Tisdale boat launching facilities, according to Public Works Director Douglas R. Gault.

The Sutter County Fish and Game Commission is recommending that the Board not change the existing fee schedule at Live Oak Park and not establish fees for using the boat ramps for at least a year while the matter is further studied.

For more information, see the agenda and backup materials online at

Board Adopts Twice-Monthly Meeting Schedule
March 15, 2012
On March 13, 2012, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Resolution establishing a new schedule for meetings. Effective April, 2012, the board will meet twice monthly rather than weekly, and all future Board meetings, including those of March 20 and March 27, will begin at 6 p.m.

Meeting dates for April through December 2012 are as follows: April 10, April 24, May 8, May 22, June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 14, August 28, September 11, September 25, October 9, October 23, November 6, November 20, December 4, and December 18.

All regular meetings occur at the Sutter County Hall of Records, 466 Second Street, Yuba City, CA, unless the meeting is canceled or the location is changed by Board action. Board meetings are open to the public. Occasionally, the Board of Supervisors will schedule study sessions for dates on which they do not have a regular meeting.

Board of Supervisors meetings are recorded on video and streamed live on the internet at, and they are aired on Comcast Cable Channel 18 at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night following the Tuesday night meetings. A DVD of Board meetings is available at the Sutter County Library, 750 Forbes Avenue, Yuba City.

American Academy of Pediatrics Lectureship Conference
March 14, 2012
Eliminating Pediatric Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

Protect children from second hand smoke! Area physicians and their staff, nurses, alcohol and drug addiction counselors, and community-based service providers have the unique opportunity to train with Tom Peterson, M.D., a nationally recognized expert with over 20 years of experience in tobacco control issues. The training conference will focus on effectively integrating discussions about tobacco control into health encounters with clients. You will walk away with:

  • Increased understanding of smoke-free policies; and
  • Evidence and practice-based strategies.
There will be four opportunities over a two day span from May 2nd to May 3rd to attend the lecture given by Dr. Peterson. For further details regarding dates, location, and conference registration, please visit the tobacco control program page ( and select the American Academy of Pediatrics Lectureship Conference link.

Study Session Gives Board of Supervisors Chance to Consider Response to FEMA Over Floodplain Violations
March 12, 2012
Sutter County must correct areas of its Floodplain Management Program and property owners must get building permits before making improvements. That’s the upshot of a report prepared in advance of a Board of Supervisors study session on how to fix problems identified during a visit by the Federal Emergency Management Agency last year.

The study session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 13th in the Hall of Records, 466 Second Street, Yuba City.

Sutter County has participated in the National Flood Insurance Program since 1975. The program, managed by FEMA, allows property owners in Sutter County to obtain flood insurance and emergency aid in the event of a flood. In exchange, Sutter County is required to enforce building regulations which mitigate flood damage.

FEMA conducts periodic visits to communities which participate in the NFIP for the dual purpose of providing technical assistance to the community and assuring that the community is adequately enforcing its floodplain management regulations. Last summer’s Community Assistance Visit to Sutter County was the first since the southern one-third of the county was re-mapped in 2008 into a Special Flood Hazard Area, or floodplain. Buildings in the floodplain are required to be constructed above certain elevations, or must be flood-proofed.

After the visit, FEMA notified the County of 14 non-compliant structures built in the floodplain, and is requiring the County to take four actions to remain in the NFIP:

  1. Develop and adopt a Corrective Action Plan that will address the construction violations for the structures identified by FEMA;
  2. Revise documented procedures related to permitting structures in the Special Flood Hazard Areas with the intent to improve communication between the Department of Community Services and the Water Resources Division. Revisions might include updating policies, changing the County’s floodplain ordinance, conducting training, and/or increasing field inspections to identify non-compliant structures.
  3. The County must improve front line staff’s working knowledge of substantial improvement and substantial damage applications and elevation certificates; and
  4. The County must obtain necessary documentation about the Natomas Central Mutual Water Company’s Sacramento River - Water Diversion project.

Four of the 14 structures were constructed without a building permit, according to a report prepared by County Administrative Officer Stephanie J. Larsen. In other instances, construction work performed exceeded the scope of the building permits or required documentation was found lacking.

Staff is working with property owners to bring the structures into compliance. Staff believes seven of the 14 structures have been brought into compliance, and work continues on the others.

The Board of Supervisors will hear presentations by FEMA representatives and County staff, and will have an opportunity to ask questions and give direction to staff. A formal response to FEMA will be voted on at a future Board meeting.

Fall Prevention Class
March 12, 2012

Sutter County Public Health will be offering a fall prevention class for senior citizens on March 15th from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at the Yuba City Senior Center. There will be a short video, some informative handouts, and a time for questions. Falls are a leading cause of injury among seniors, and in many cases these falls can be avoided. Come and learn a few simple steps you can take to help prevent falls. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Special Event: Stop Bullying
March 09, 2012
Join in this special night designed for parents and their children. Learn more about this increasing problem in our schools and its negative life-long consequences for our children, and the affects on you and your child.

Thursday, April 19th
5:30 - 8 p.m.

Fremont-Rideout Conference Room
989 Plumas Street, Yuba City


  • 5:30 - 6 p.m.: Free Hot Dogs, Chips and Drink (first 100 people)
  • 6 - 8 p.m.: Presentations
"Bullying Prevention in Junior High and High School"
Virginia Burns and Kao Lee Vang, Sutter County Schools, Intervention Specialists

"PLUS Program"
John Floe, S-Y Mental Health Services, Prevention Services Coordinator

"GREAT Program"
Christina Arriaga, Sutter County Probation Officer and Officer Charles Ernst, Yuba City Police Department

The Cookie Tree Benefits Community Memorial Museum
March 08, 2012
Eat delicious cookies and help the Community Memorial Museum.

On Thursday evening, March 15th, The Cookie Tree will donate a portion of its profits to the Museum when customers make a purchase and mention the Museum. The benefit event is from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Cookie Tree at 441 Bridge Street in Yuba City.

Orders for a future date can also be placed during that time and will benefit the Museum. Proceeds will support museum operations.

Help your community museum and enjoy a delectable treat. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

River Valley High School Art Exhibit
March 06, 2012

Our latest exhibit comprises the work of the River Valley High School Art Department. All of the artwork is by the students. The exhibit runs through March 16 during normal open hours.

As You Spring Forward, Step Back to See if You are Ready for an Emergency
March 06, 2012

Sutter County Public Health, the Office of Emergency Management, and the American Public Health Association (APHA) encourage you to make sure your family is prepared for emergencies.

When it’s time to change your clocks because of daylight saving time, use it as a reminder to check your preparedness kit to make sure your emergency stockpile isn’t missing any items and that the food hasn’t expired. APHA’s Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign is reminding people to refresh their emergency supplies before a disaster occurs.

If you haven’t created a stockpile yet, now is the time to create one! (And as always, don’t forget to check the batteries in your smoke alarms.)

This information is good year-round: You don't have to wait for the clock change to update your stockpile. So think about having these materials at your next health fair or community meeting!

More information, visit the American Public Health Association Get Ready website.

Change of Hours for Sutter County Animal Shelter
March 06, 2012

The Sutter County Animal Shelter hours for viewing of animals will be changing on March 12, the Community Services Department has announced. Viewing time will be increased by two hours on Monday and decreased by one hour each day Tuesday through Saturday.

The changes are needed to comply with a new state law regarding a minimum of four hours of viewing time to constitute a “business day,” and to implement veterinarian recommended shelter cleaning procedures which are difficult to accomplish while the shelter is open to the public.

The new hours will be: Monday, noon to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shelter is closed on Sundays.

Hours the Shelter Office is open to the public have changed on Mondays only, and will now be noon to 4 p.m. The hours the office is open the remainder of the week are unchanged: Tuesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shelter office is closed on Sundays.

Daylight Saving Time Begins on March 11
March 06, 2012
Don't forget to move your clocks forward this weekend! Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 11 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.

Book Signing for New Browns Valley Book
March 05, 2012

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting local author Roberta Sperbeck D’Arcy for a book signing of her brand new book, Images of America: Browns Valley on Thursday, March 15th at 2:00 p.m. Just released on March 12 by Arcadia Publishing, the book is packed with vintage photographs and the colorful history of Browns Valley. It sells for $21.99 and will be available at the book signing and in the Museum Store.

The book signing event is open to the public with no admission fee. The Community Memorial 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. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

Map Depicts Areas Where Shooting on Top of Levees Prohibited by Sutter County Ordinance
March 02, 2012
An ordinance adopted by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, February 28, outlaws the discharge of firearms from the tops of the levees adjacent the properties protected by Levee District 1, in the southern section of the Yuba City basin.

This map  highlights both the area where new restrictions are in place, as well as areas in Reclamation District 1000 and Reclamation District 1001 where shooting from the tops of levees has been outlawed since 1976.

There are two ways in which the new ordinance actually loosens restrictions on shooting: (1) shooting used to be prohibited on both the tops and the slopes of the levees within RDs 1000 and 1001. Now, shooting is allowed on the slopes of the levees. This is part of a compromise reached in discussions with representatives of the National Rifle Association and the California Department of Fish and Game. (2) The old ordinance prohibited the use of a wide variety of weapons, including rifles, shotguns, pistols, bows, and air guns. The new ordinance now permits the use of bows and air guns on levees.

Discharging a firearm on the levees in Yuba City is prohibited both by City Ordinance and the California Penal Code.

Although Sutter County has no ordinance regulating shooting from levees in or adjacent to the Sutter Wildlife Refuge, the Department of Fish and Game may have some restrictions.