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Sutter County Plans Emergency Preparedness Town Hall Meeting
September 26, 2012
Rare home movies and radio interviews from the 1955 Sutter County flood will be part of an Emergency Preparedness Town Hall meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Veteran's Hall in Yuba City.

The images include footage shot from boats that coursed through flooded Yuba City streets and the farmlands south of the city. Radio interviews of flood survivors and emergency workers were conducted by KUBA's Dutch Klemp in the weeks following the disaster.

The purpose of the event is to make residents aware of the potential for flooding disasters so that they can be prepared. It is part of the County's Flood Aware, Flood Prepare program that coincides with September's Emergency Preparedness Month and the onset of the rainy season in October.

A meteorologist from the National Weather Service will discuss weather conditions in 1955 that contributed to the flood, which killed 38 people, injured 3,227, damaged or destroyed nearly 6,000 homes, inundated 156 square miles, and forced the evacuation of 40,000 people.

The meteorologist will also provide a long-range weather forecast for the upcoming winter in the Yuba-Sutter region.

The Sutter County Office of Emergency Management will provide important information on the various flood basins in Sutter County, how to stay informed about emergency situations, and advice on what to include in an emergency "go kit."

The Sutter County Division of Water Resources will make a presentation on flood insurance.

Chinese Exhibit to Open in Yuba City
September 20, 2012

The new permanent exhibit in Community Memorial Museum’s Multi-Cultural Wing will open with a reception on Friday, September 28th, titled Chinese Pioneers in Sutter County. Because the Chinese men who lived in Sutter County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were typically involved in agriculture, the exhibit represents a small kitchen where a Chinese bachelor farmhand would cook and take his meals. He might have a wife and children back home in China, but because they were not allowed to immigrate to this country, he lived a bachelor life. He might have come to California hoping to find gold to improve his desperate economic situation in China. Chinese farmers are credited with salvaging much of the once fertile farmland along the rivers that was severely damaged by hydraulic mining debris.

Many of the artifacts in the exhibit were used by Chinese farmers or ranch cooks here in Sutter County. They will take visitors back in time over 100 years ago for a look inside a little known world. The public is invited to the opening reception on September 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

What Are We Drinking?
September 19, 2012
In 2010, 64% of Sutter County adults were overweight or obese (the definition of obese is VERY overweight). Two-thirds of adults weigh too much! Just look around, we have a major problem and it hasn’t gotten any better now that we are mid-way through 2012! Even one-third of our children are overweight or obese! The current generation may be the first in U.S. history to have a shorter life span than those that come before them due to chronic illnesses associated with being overweight or obese. As a society, we have become disconnected from where our food comes from and what is in it. The topics are limitless when it comes to food and the role it plays in our health whether detrimental or beneficial. Many factors such as heredity, environment and lifestyle have to be taken into consideration when thinking about the reasons why weight has become such an issue. No matter what factors are causing our problem the fact is chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease are directly linked to weighing too much. Even so, let's start simple. The information here focuses on only one topic: sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs).
Sutter County Receives Critical Payments For South County Riego Road Interchange Project
September 14, 2012
County officials celebrated as South Sutter LLC and Reigo 1700 LLC delivered a payment of $1,058,625 to the County of Sutter on Friday, meeting a critical deadline in the Riego Road Interchange Project.

A second payment of $1,092,741, expected by Monday, September 24, would avoid termination of construction funding agreements between Sutter County and Caltrans.

Sutter County has entered into two cooperative agreements with Caltrans to cover the local share of costs associated with a $21 million interchange project at Highway 99 and Riego Road. Under the terms of voter approved Measure M, the Sutter Pointe Group/Measure M Group is obligated to pay the county's local share of costs for the interchange, which is critical not only to public safety but to the ability of the Sutter Pointe development to proceed to construction.

At its Sept. 11 Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board received a staff report indicating the developer group has historically met its obligations. However, one member of the development group had ceased to participate, and the remaining members sought some measure of relief from the Measure M requirements.

All told, Caltrans reduced the amount of the local share of the project by $1.6 million, lowering the overall payment required of the developer. The Board of Supervisors, however, said it could not pick up any of the developers' obligation and voted to terminate the two cooperative agreements with Caltrans if the first of two payments was not received by 1 p.m. today, Sept. 14.

Drive Through Flu Clinic 2012
September 14, 2012
Sutter County Public Health is holding a drive-through influenza (flu) vaccine clinic for Sutter County residents ages 2 and up. Flu vaccine remains the single most effective way to prevent the flu and it is very important to get your flu vaccine in addition to washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you are sick.

The drive-through flu vaccine clinic is a public health emergency preparedness exercise that helps Sutter County Public Health to test its emergency plans and train its staff. It also offers residents an opportunity to participate and learn about one of the ways that public health prepares to protect the people of our community in the event of an epidemic or other health emergency.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Riverbend Elementary School
301 Stewart Road, Yuba City

The community drive-through vaccination clinic is for ALL Sutter County residents 2 years of age and up. No appointments necessary. Protect yourself from influenza without leaving your car!

Sutter County Public Health asks the community to be prepared for the drive-through flu clinic by understanding the following information about the clinic:

  • Injectable flu vaccine is available for adults 18 years and older;
  • Intranasal FluMist spray is available for all healthy people 2-49 years of age;
  • Wear clothing that quickly bares the upper arm near the shoulder in case an injection is needed;
  • Vaccine information and the screening and consent forms are available below and may be completed beforehand and brought with you to the drive-through clinic.
  • $5.00 donation accepted

Vaccine Information:

Screening and Consent Forms:

Sutter County has Continued Confidence in Animal Services Employees
September 14, 2012
Sutter County is not at liberty to discuss confidential personnel matters, even the unfounded remarks contained in the memorandum from the City of Yuba City on September 13. Sutter County has continued confidence in our Animal Services employees’ abilities to perform their complex and sensitive jobs under difficult circumstances. Sutter County is implementing the direction outlined in the Sutter Animal Services Authority Joint Powers Agreement with the City of Yuba City and Live Oak, and is hopeful that Yuba City will also abide by the agreement. It has been a long and bumpy road to a resolution of the animal services issues, but Sutter County believes nothing has changed from what has been approved by the three member jurisdictions of the JPA.
Three More Sutter County Residents Diagnosed with West Nile Virus
September 13, 2012

Three more cases of West Nile virus have been reported to Sutter County Public Health for a total of five cases this year. A woman and two men have each been hospitalized with the neuroinvasive form of West Nile virus illness. Two of the patients are stable, but one of the men is quite ill. This is another reminder that West Nile virus is present and active in Sutter County and of the importance of protecting yourself and your family from mosquito bites.

This makes a total of five reported human cases in Sutter County this year. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to be very active with mosquito control and monitoring mosquito activity. As of last week in Sutter County, sixteen WNV positive birds, 18 WNV positive mosquito samples, and 29 WNV positive chickens have been reported to the California Department of Public health for this year.

Tisdale Boat Launching Facility – Cutoff Wall Construction Project September 10th to October 22nd
September 07, 2012
The Tisdale BLF Cutoff Wall Project will construct a reinforced concrete wall below the west side of the existing parking slab to prevent water from undermining the parking slab. The cutoff wall will be a total of 510 feet. The contract was awarded to PBM Construction, Inc. who will begin excavation work on September 10th. Please note that a 20 foot portion along the entire western length of the parking slab will be fenced off for construction and for the safety of all users of the facility. The boat launch will remain open during construction of the cutoff wall. If you have any questions or concerns, please call James Walton at Sutter County Public Works at (530) 822-7450.
Candidate Filing is Open for the 4th State Senate District Vacancy
September 07, 2012
On Wednesday, Governor Brown issued a proclamation calling for a Special Election in the 4th State Senate District which encompasses Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yuba and parts of Nevada and Placer Counties. The Primary Election will be consolidated on the ballot with the November 6, 2012 General Election.

Due to the resignation of Senator, Doug LaMalfa, it has left a vacancy that needs to be filled in the 4th State Senate District says Donna Johnston, Sutter County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters. The term of office for this vacancy is 2 years.

The candidate filing period is currently open and nomination documents are available at the Sutter County Elections Office, 1435 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City, California.

The Sutter County Elections Office is open from 8am to 5pm weekdays. The deadline to file the nomination documents is by 5pm on September 12, 2012.

For more information, call 530-822-7122.

Book Signing at Museum with Yuba City Native
September 07, 2012

Nick Weber grew up in Yuba City in the 1940s. As a boy, he taught himself circus tricks in a corner of his grandfather’s wholesale beer and wine distributorship yard. As a student at Notre Dame Elementary School in Marysville and at San Jose’s Bellarmine Prep School, he became attracted to the priesthood. After a traditional 13-year training course, he was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1970.

His years of study led to a degree in philosophy and two master’s degrees, one in theology and another in drama. He began to wonder if his fascinations with circus, magic, theater and the sanctuary could merge. With his superiors’ approval, his ministry became a full blown, miniature authentic circus, as he became the founder, director, ringmaster and head clown. In the rich California atmosphere of the Sixties street theater, he explored a reinvention of the medieval morality play for the marketplace audience. The “Royal Lichenstein Circus, the World’s Smallest Complete Circus” toured the country for two decades performing at school assemblies, shopping malls, college campuses, prisons, and farm workers’ camps. Time Magazine described it as “an amiable blend of circus tricks and low-key parables”.

Nick Weber, now a retired layman living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will return to Yuba City to present a program about his astounding life and ministry and a book signing at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County on Thursday, September 20th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The book The Circus That Ran Away with a Jesuit Priest is available for purchase that evening and will be available in the Museum Store. Admission to the event is free.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. 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 (530) 822-7141.

Mental Health First Aid Could Save A Life
September 07, 2012
One in four Americans lives with a mental health problem each year. And while treatment for depression and other mental health problems is effective in most instances, far too many people – up to two-thirds – don't seek help.

The week of September 9-15 is Suicide Prevention Week, and Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services encourages everyone to become a mental health first responder, to know the warning signs of suicide and how to respond to those signs. Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services provides three specific intervention programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act, in addition to 24 hour crisis services.

According to the American Association of Suicidology, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the United States in 2009, claiming 36,909 lives. For those between the ages of 15-24, however, it is the third leading cause of death.

According to the California Department of Mental Health Office of Suicide Prevention, there were 19 suicides reported in Yuba and Sutter counties combined in 2007, and 28 reported in 2008, the last year for complete figures.

Four times more men kill themselves, but three times more women than men attempt suicide. About seven out of every 100 men and one out of every 100 women who have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime will go on to complete suicide.

A suicidal person may: talk about suicide, death and/or having no reason to live; be preoccupied with death and dying; withdraw from friends and/or social activities; have a recent severe loss (especially a relationship) or threat of a significant loss; experience drastic changes in behavior; lose interest in hobbies, work, or school; prepare for death by unexpectedly making out a will and final arrangements; and give away prized possessions.

They may have also attempted suicide before; take unnecessary risks; lose interest in their personal appearance; increase their use of alcohol or drugs; express a sense of hopelessness; be faced with a situation of humiliation or failure; have a history of violence or hostility; and be unwilling to "connect" with potential helpers.

Nearly everyone at some time in his or her life thinks about suicide, but most decide to live because they conclude the crisis is temporary. On the other hand, people in the midst of a crisis often perceive their dilemma to be inescapable and feel an utter loss of control. They can't: stop the pain; think clearly; make decisions; see any way out; sleep, eat or work; get out of the depression; make the sadness go away; see the possibility of change; see themselves as worthwhile; get someone's attention; seem to get in control.

Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services recommends if you experience any of these feelings to seek help. If you know someone who exhibits these feelings, offer help.

Approximately 500 people each month call the Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services 24-hour crisis line at 673-8255. Of these, 12 percent are children.

Other sources of assistance are a school counselor or psychologist, a private therapist, a family physician, or a religious/spiritual leader.

Over the past five years, Sutter –Yuba Mental Health Services has treated an average of 6,099 people per year. Adults make up 83 percent of the caseload, and children 17 percent.

In addition to treatment, Sutter-Yuba Mental Health services conducts outreach. Funded through the Mental Health Services Act, Sutter-Yuba Mental Health's Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) program has reached out to area high schools through the Yellow Ribbon suicide awareness program. One in five teenagers in the U.S. seriously considers suicide annually.

Through the Yellow Ribbon program, more than 3,300 students have been trained in recognizing warning signs of suicide in their peers.

Yellow Ribbon also gives the message that it is always ok to ask for help. This strategy seeks to encourage young people to talk to someone when they are having thoughts of harming themselves. It also encourages them to seek help for their friends if they talk about suicide.

Also funded through the Mental Health Services Act, the PEI team offers training to the Yuba-Sutter community in Mental Health First Aid and also in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. The goal is to increase the community's capacity to help each other and increase the awareness of what help is available.

For additional information, contact: Jackie Stanfill at 822-7478 or John Floe at 674-1885.

Looking for Volunteers at Sutter County Museum
September 05, 2012

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is seeking volunteers with a few hours to give each month. Volunteers greet visitors at the front desk in a morning or afternoon shift and participate in various activities at the Museum. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141. Join a great group of volunteers now and make a meaningful contribution to your community.