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Prevent Animal Bites! Report Animal Bites!
May 23, 2013
In Sutter County, more than 400 animal bites are reported every year. Animal bites can cause very serious injuries and may require costly treatment to prevent rabies. Half of the animal bites in the United States are to children. Most bites are preventable. It is important to know how to prevent animal bites and to teach children how to be safe around animals.

California law requires that all animal bites be reported. Report bites in Sutter County to: (530) 822-7375

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2013-2014 Recommended Budget Public Hearing Scheduled To Begin June 25
May 15, 2013
The Sutter County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a Public Hearing to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, for consideration of the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Recommended Budget. The Board has the authority to recess the public hearing and conduct it over multiple days, if necessary.

The Public Hearing will be conducted at the Sutter County Veterans Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

The FY 2013-2014 Recommended Budget is scheduled to be presented to the Board of Supervisors at its June 11 regular Board meeting at 3 p.m. at the Hall of Records, 446 Second Street, Yuba City. The recommended budget will be available online at

At its May 14 meeting, the Board of Supervisors canceled a June 4 meeting date, and set two regular meeting dates of June 11 and June 18, each meeting beginning at 3 p.m.

West Butte School Committee Seeks Volunteers
May 09, 2013

The committee working to preserve the West Butte Schoolhouse is planning to meet and invites all volunteers who would like to help in saving this century-old remnant of Sutter County history. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 15th at 2:00 p.m. at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County. The Middle Mountain Foundation and the Museum are co-sponsoring the meeting.

Anyone with memories of attending school at West Butte School is encouraged to contact the committee that is also collecting history about the school. The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

Sutter Buttes Art at Sutter County Museum
May 09, 2013

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting an exhibit of art work that interprets the Sutter Buttes, the small volcanic peaks rising in the middle of the Sacramento Valley floor. Opening with an evening reception on May 10th, Other Views: the Physical and Cultural Diversity of the Sutter Buttes Interpreted Through Art will feature the works of thirteen noted artists working in the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics and glass. Many of them live within view of the “smallest mountain range in the world” in Chico, Yuba City, Marysville, Sutter, Colusa and Sacramento.

The artists will share their unique views of many different aspects of the Sutter Buttes, from its natural and geologic features to its storied cultural history. The exhibit will remain at the Museum from May 10th through August 3rd, 2013. The art is available for sale during the show.

Meet the artists at the opening event for Other Views on Friday, May 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Participating artists include Paul Boehmke, James Dejeu, Gary Dinnen, Zbignieu Richard Kozikowski, J. Pat Livingston, Dolores Mitchell, Anthony Montanino, Laura Mullen, Patris, Don Payne, Inger Price, Gayle Rappaport-Weiland, and Hal Tacker.

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 (530) 822-7141.

State Says Sutter County Birth Records Part of Possible Security Breach
May 07, 2013
Parents of individuals born in Sutter County from May through September of 1974 are advised to monitor their credit reports as the result of a possible security breach involving birth records, according to the California Department of Public Health.

State officials notified Sutter County yesterday that a reel of microfiche containing names, addresses, Social Security numbers and some medical information was found in an unsecure location. The records—2,000 in all, according to the Department of Public Health—were for people born from May through September of 1974 in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter and Tehama counties.

Social Security numbers of parents were included on birth records in California from 1973 through 1977, according to Sutter County Clerk-Recorder Donna Johnston.

Not every birth record from Sutter County from May through September of 1974 was on the reel. A spokesman for the California Department of Public Health said that the reel contained the records of just 124 Sutter County births.

Johnston noted most births to parents living in Yuba and Sutter counties since the 1950s have occurred at Fremont Hospital in Yuba City, in Sutter County.

Because the matter involves a state agency, the California Highway Patrol is investigating the security breach. Specific information about how and where the reel was found was not released.

People whose records may have been on the reel and who have questions can call 855-737-1796 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or email [email protected]

The health department recommends those who believe their information could have been compromised place a fraud alert on their accounts with the three major credit reporting agencies, get copies of their credit reports and take other steps to monitor for identity theft.

To obtain a free credit report, customers may go to to complete a request form and mail to Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. The toll free number for this service is (877) 322-8228.

IT Director John Forberg Leaving Sutter County Service
May 02, 2013
John Forberg, Sutter County’s Director of the Department of Information Technology for seven years, is leaving County service in pursuit of other opportunities, County Administrative Officer James Arkens announced.

Mr. Forberg, who was appointed IT Director in September of 2005, has had a distinguished career in government service. As a computer systems specialist for the federal government, he worked eight years with a team that researched and developed remote sensing radar systems now used by the National Weather Service and other federal agencies.

Mr. Forberg began his career in County government in 1986. Before joining Sutter County as its Deputy Director of IT in 2003, he worked as a senior manager in San Joaquin County, as Deputy Chief Information Officer of Contra Costa County, and IT Director of Sonoma County.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and has been a part-time instructor for California State University, Chico, the University of Phoenix, and the Heald Institute of Technology.

The Department will be reporting directly to the County Administrative Office until a formal recommendation can be presented to the Board of Supervisors. The department has six central functions: data processing, maintenance of the county’s networking system, PC support, programming support, external and internal website development and maintenance, and administration.