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Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Yuba-Sutter Regional Conservation Plan and Notice of a Scoping Meeting
December 22, 2014

Public Comment Period: December 12, 2014 through January 26, 2015

Two scoping meetings will be held for the public and the agencies to provide input on the scope and content of the Yuba-Sutter Regional Conservation Plan (YSRCP) EIS/EIR. The scoping meetings will be held on January 6, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Yuba County Government Center, Wheatland Room, 915 8th Street, Marysville, California, 95901. Comments and suggestions regarding the scope of the EIS/EIR analysis are invited from all interested parties. Please submit your comments in writing (emails are acceptable) to the contact provided below by 5:00 p.m. on January 26, 2015. This full notice and other items related to the YSRCP can be found on the program website: http://www.yubasutterrcp.com. Please send your comments in response to this notice to Danelle Stylos at 1130 Civic Center Boulevard, Suite A, Yuba City CA 95993

Holiday Closure
December 18, 2014
Most county offices will be closed in observance of the holidays listed in the schedule below.
  • Christmas Day: December 24 and 25, 2014
  • Split Holiday: December 26, 2014
  • Holiday Closure: December 29, 30, 31, 2014
  • New Year's Day: January 1, 2015
Notice of Public Review
December 15, 2014

A Risk Management Plan (RMP) has been submitted by Wilbur-Ellis-Yuba City Facility, 900 North George Washington Blvd., Yuba City, CA 95993.

The RMP describes programs and controls designed to prevent accidental releases of regulated substances. This RMP will be available for public review for the next 45 days at the Sutter County Development Services Department, 1130 Civic Center Boulevard, Suite A, Yuba City, CA, 95993.

If you need any further information regarding this legal notice, please contact Sukh Sahota at (530) 822-7400.

Toys for Tots County Building Locations
December 09, 2014

The United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is looking for your help in providing Christmas presents for more than 1,500 youth ages newborn through 14 in Yuba and Sutter counties this holiday season! Toys for Tots has placed 74 boxes at businesses, government offices and schools in both counties.

Seven of the locations are in Sutter County buildings: they are located at: Sutter County Library Barber Branch, 10321 Live Oak Boulevard, Live Oak.

 

The Oswald-Tudor Fire Department at Barry Road and Highway 99 is also a drop off location. For a full list, visit the Toys for Tots website.

Toys, games, sporting goods and books are sought. Here are the main rules. They must be NEW, UNWRAPPED and valued at MORE THAN $10.00. We're collecting gifts now through Christmas Eve...BUT we need your donations as soon as possible as we have lined up lots of kids waiting to have a Merry Christmas!

Children’s Program and Open House at Museum
December 09, 2014

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County will host its annual Christmas Children’s Program and Open House on Sunday, December 14th, 2014. The free event features a program with Aondreaa the Storytailor performing a special Christmas story and John Carter, beloved local children’s musician, will present his special holiday repertoire. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. and is suitable for children of all ages.

Hot spiced cider, punch, and cookies will be served at the conclusion of the program. Visitors can hear carols on the 1911 player piano, and the Museum Store will be open for last-minute shopping. The Museum is decorated with wreaths and garlands of fresh evergreens, and a 16-foot Christmas tree bedecked with images of century-old Christmas postcards is the centerpiece. The Open House welcomes all visitors until 3:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141. 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.

After 32 Years, County Counsel Ronald Erickson Retiring from Sutter County
November 26, 2014

Ronald S. Erickson, who has worked for 32 years for the County of Sutter, the last 11 as its County Counsel, is retiring effective December 6, 2014.

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors will be presenting Mr. Erickson with a Gold Resolution at its meeting on Tuesday.

After serving as a Captain in the Unites States Army, Military Intelligence Branch in Munich, Germany, Mr. Erickson earned his law degree and post-doctoral degree in taxation and business from McGeorge School of Law.

He began his career with Sutter County as an extra-help attorney, hired in 1982. He was hired as a fulltime Deputy County Counsel in 1983, promoted to Assistant County Counsel in 1987, and was appointed County Counsel in September of 2003.

In addition to leading the staff of the County Counsel’s Office and advising the Board of Supervisors on matters that came before them, Mr. Erickson represented the County in complex land use and California Environmental Quality Act litigation, as well as representing both Sutter County and Yuba County in complicated cable television property tax cases.

Both Sutter and Yuba Counties Now Meeting the Fine Particulate Matter Health Standard
November 21, 2014

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) is redesignating the Yuba City – Marysville area from nonattainment to attainment for the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard. The “Yuba City – Marysville area” includes all of Sutter County and the valley and foothills of Yuba County, the mountain areas of Yuba County already attain the standard. This decision by US EPA signifies that local air quality is improving and is now meeting the health based PM2.5 standard

Fine particulate matter reductions are essential because the tiny particles can penetrate the lungs and cause respiratory and cardiovascular problems, damage to lung tissue, cancer and premature death. Sources of PM2.5 include combustion sources like cars, trucks and engines, and smoke from residential wood stoves and fireplaces, agricultural burning, and wildfires.

“Hard work by local residents and businesses to reduce emissions has resulted in cleaner air for all of us” said Christopher D. Brown AICP Air Pollution Control Officer of the Feather River Air Quality Management District.

Yuba and Sutter county residents can receive email or text air quality forecasts by signing up at www.fraqmd.org. For more information please visit the Air District’s website or call (530) 634-7659.

Trees & Traditions at Museum on December 6th
November 19, 2014

The Trees & Traditions gala fundraiser is now in its 33rd year of helping to support the Community Memorial Museum in Yuba City. Scheduled for Saturday, December 6th, the event takes place in the Museum that has been decorated all around with 6-foot wreaths and long garlands made from fresh greenery. A large Christmas tree is the centerpiece, decorated with ornaments handmade by volunteers, and throughout the Museum are many small decorated trees that are awarded to drawing winners during the event.

Lavish hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and wine create a generous feast, while music from the MARKS Ensemble drifts through the galleries. Many donated gifts will be taken home by drawing winners, and a silent auction features special items.

The event is from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Museum, located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Tickets are available at the Museum or from any Museum Commissioner for $45 per person. Call the Museum at (530) 822-7141 for more information.

Live Oak Walk-In Flu Clinic
November 10, 2014

Yuba City (November 3, 2014) - Sutter County Public Health is holding a walk-in influenza (flu) vaccine clinic in Live Oak on Thursday November 13 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the Live Oak Community Center at 10200 O Street Live Oak, California. The walk-in flu clinic is for ALL Sutter County residents 2 years of age and up. No appointment is necessary.

Flu vaccine remains the single most effective way to prevent 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.

Sutter County Public Health asks the community to be prepared for the walk-in flu vaccine 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 on our website at www.suttercounty.org/publichealth and may be completed beforehand and brought with you to the walk-in clinic
  • $5.00 donation accepted
Holiday Closure
November 10, 2014

On Tuesday, November 11th, most County offices will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day.

Holiday Closure
November 07, 2014

On Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th, most county offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Closing Reception for Agriculture & Art Exhibit
November 04, 2014

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting a closing reception for the exhibit Our Good Earth: Ag and Art in the Valley on Thursday evening, November 13th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibit consists of nearly 80 works of art interpreting agriculture in its many facets in the Sacramento Valley and is the work of 13 contemporary artists residing in the midst of our fertile farm land, including many from our local community.

The exhibit will remain through Saturday, November 15th. All art pieces are available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Community Memorial Museum. The reception is free to the public.

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 Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

Holiday Board Meeting Schedule
November 04, 2014

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors’ second meeting in November will be on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, November 25.

The meeting previously was scheduled for November 18, but was changed by Board action due to a conflict with the California State Association of Counties annual conference.

In December, regular Board of Supervisors’ meetings are scheduled for December 2, and December 16.

The first Board meeting of 2015 will be January 6.

Unless otherwise posted, Board meetings are conducted at 6 p.m. at the Hall of Records, 466 Second Street, Yuba City.

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 2 at 2:00 a.m.
October 30, 2014

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 2 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.

Move your clocks back one hour at the resumption of Standard Time.

Contrary to popular belief, no federal rule mandates the observance of daylight saving time. Daylight Saving time and Time zones are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

‘Walnut Buying Period’ Announced in Sutter County
October 29, 2014

In accordance with Sutter County’s new ordinance to deter theft of commercial walnuts during the harvest period, Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner Mark Quisenberry has announced the official “Walnut Buying Period” starts Saturday, November 1, beginning a window period that will end April 30, 2015.

The Walnut Theft Prevention ordinance adopted this year by the Board of Supervisors prohibits the sale or possession of walnuts by non-processing walnut buying operations within the boundaries of Sutter County until the Agricultural Commissioner, in consultation with local growers, determines the harvest of the Chandler variety of walnuts has been concluded.

The ordinance was established to deter thefts from commercial walnut growers by creating a time frame for walnut purchases and the use of documentation to identify the growers of walnuts.

“For walnut buyers and sellers during this period, proof of ownership is a mandatory requirement of the ordinance, specifically a proof of ownership form approved by this office,” said Mr. Quisenberry. The form is available at the Agricultural Commissioner’s website.

There are more than 34,000 acres of walnuts planted in Sutter County, with a value in excess of $143 million. As the price of walnuts has increased, so have the thefts.

There are similar ordinances in place in Butte, Tehama, Glenn, and Yuba counties, and in several counties to the south.

Sutter County Haunted Health Fair
October 28, 2014

YUBA CITY (October 27, 2014) – Sutter County Public Health is hosting the 5th annual Haunted Health Fair Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Sutter County Public Department, 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

This is a free community event for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Family fun will include healthy and interactive games, prizes, face paintings, photo booth and much more. We encourage children and family members to dress in their best costumes. Hope to see you all there!

For more information, please call (530) 822-7215

Don’t Wear Decorative Contact Lenses
October 22, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Ron Chapman, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) director and state health officer, today warned consumers about the risks associated with wearing decorative contact lenses without proper consultation with an eye care professional.

Decorative contact lenses are non-corrective lenses that do not correct vision and are intended to temporarily change the appearance of the eye. Use of these lenses can carry serious risks, including permanent eye injury that may lead to blindness.

The Cost of Smoking in California
October 15, 2014

Every ten years, the Cost of Smoking in California report analyzes the economic burden of smoking, illustrating the costs associated with smoking-related illnesses and premature death. The study found the overall cost of smoking for California in 2009 was $18.1 billion. Included in figure are the direct healthcare costs and indirect costs from lost productivity due to illness and premature death. According to the report, in Sutter County alone, smoking costs our community more than $56 million every year.

Ebola Virus
October 13, 2014

The Ebola virus outbreak in Africa is on the watch list in the United States. While the possibility of infected persons entering the U.S. remains low, federal, state and local health departments and healthcare professionals and hospitals across the country are informed about Ebola and what to do if there is a suspected case. Healthcare and public health are on alert for any potential cases in the United States brought in by travel.

For more information about Ebola virus and the preparations to protect against Ebola, go to the CDC Ebola webpage.

Tundra Swan Exhibit at Museum
October 08, 2014

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting an exhibit about Tundra Swans now for a brief run in anticipation of the local Swan Festival that will take place on November 8th and 9th, 2014.

These large swans with a wingspan of 5 feet spend Spring and Summer in the Artic, where they nest and breed. After a migration of 3,000 miles, they follow the Pacific Flyway to winter in the wetlands and flooded rice fields of the Sacramento Valley. The exhibit, through photographs and text, follows the cycle of the Tundra Swans and includes a beautiful swan specimen.

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 822-7141.

Bat Tests Positive for Rabies in Sutter County
October 08, 2014

A bat found inside a home in Sutter County tested positive for rabies last week. The family has received medical evaluation and treatment to prevent rabies.

Bats are common everywhere in California and rabies infection is endemic in bats – meaning that there is always a percentage of bats that are infected with rabies. It is important to remember to take specific simple precautions to prevent the rabies to come in contact with humans, pets and domestic animals.

Rabies vaccine is an important protective barrier for pets and humans. All dogs, cats and pet ferrets need to have up-to-date rabies vaccines, even strictly indoor pets. Indoor pets have become infected when a sick bat gets into the house or garage and then exposed the people around them. Rabies vaccine is very effective in preventing rabies and eliminated dog and cat rabies in the United States in the last 50 years.

Notice of Public Auction Beginning November 15, 2014 of Tax Defaulted Property for Delinquent Taxes
October 07, 2014

Made pursuant to Section 3692, Revenue and Taxation Code

On September 9, 2014, I, STEVEN L. HARRAH, Sutter County Treasurer-Tax Collector, was directed to conduct a Public Auction sale by the Board of Supervisors of Sutter County, California. The tax-defaulted properties listed below are subject to the Tax Collector’s power of sale.

The sale will be conducted online at www.bid4assets.com, beginning on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. (PT) and ending on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by 1:00 p.m. (PT). At the discretion of the Treasurer/Tax Collector parcels remaining unsold at the end of the scheduled auction may be re-offered at a new sale scheduled to be held online at www.bid4assets.com beginning at 8:00 a.m. PT (11:00 a.m. ET) on Saturday, January 24, 2015, and ending January 27, 2015. During this public auction, property will be sold to the highest bidder for not less than the minimum bid as shown on this notice. Due diligence research is incumbent upon the bidder. The winning bidder is legally obligated to purchase the item.

An October Driving Safety Guide for Teens and Parents
September 30, 2014
While October is most frequently recognized for the costumes, candy, and pumpkin carving activities that surround Halloween, it is equally important to recognize the driving dangers that are often associated with this month. For example, on Halloween night in 2012, almost half of all crash fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of at least .08 -- the legal limit in California. Halloween isn’t the only time to be wary on the roads. National Teen Driver Safety Week takes place October 19-25 and, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the United States.

In an effort to educate the public on the dangers of this time of year, parents, along with their young drivers, are encouraged by the California Office of Traffic Safety to share and practice the following tips to ensure that everyone stays safe during the month of October:

  • Positive thoughts breed positive results -- While using scare tactics may be a common approach to informing teens about the dangers of unsafe driving, both on Halloween and year-round, affirming good driving habits can often be even more impactful. Try reminding your teen driver of good behind-the-wheel behaviors they should display, such as driving alert and always wearing a seat belt, and provide them with positive recognition for doing so. National Teen Driver Safety Week is the perfect opportunity to discuss these behaviors.
  • Have a plan, and stick to it -- Whether planning a night of spooky fun for the adults or inquiring about your teen’s Halloween festivities, ensure that safe driving arrangements are made ahead of time. Waiting until you’ve been drinking to make these arrangements is much more likely to lead to a poor -- and costly -- decision. Be sure to inform your teens of the importance of making appropriate driving arrangements ahead of time, and remind them to never get in a car with a driver who is impaired.
  • Be on the lookout, and remain proactive -- Just because you’ve made wise decisions regarding your Halloween safety, doesn’t mean those around you have chosen to do the same. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, and contact local law enforcement immediately if you see a drunk driver on the road. One minute of your time could easily save a life.
  • Proceed with extra caution, pedestrians are near -- Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired. Pay extra attention to pedestrians, as they may be unaware of their surroundings. Trick-or-treaters -- especially small children -- can appear in the road ahead in a split second; drive cautiously.
For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week and other tips on keeping your teen safe behind the wheel, visit the California Office of Traffic Safety at www.ots.ca.gov and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at www.nhtsa.gov.
English Cream Tea Fundraiser at Museum
September 23, 2014

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting a benefit Cream Tea on Sunday, September 28th, 2014. The menu will include tea sandwiches, scones, swan-shaped creampuffs, and delectable desserts along with special teas and champagne.

The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will take place in Ettl Hall, immediately behind the Museum at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. A limited number of tickets are available for $25 per person at the Museum and must be purchased prior to or by September 26th. All proceeds benefit Museum operations and programs.

Regular Museum 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 to the Museum is free. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

Drive-Through Flu Vaccine Clinic
September 18, 2014
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 27, 2014
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 vaccine 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 on our website at www.suttercounty.org/publichealth and may be completed beforehand and brought with you to the drive-through clinic.
  • $5.00 donation accepted
Sutter County Public Health Bicycle Rodeo
September 16, 2014
Sutter County Public Health is holding a no cost bicycle rodeo Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Park in Live Oak. All Sutter County children under 18 are invited to attend. Children must be accompanied by their parents.

The bicycle rodeo will teach children various bicycle safety skills by using simulated real life situations. Children will ride through a riding skills course to learn bicycle safety techniques. FREE bicycle helmets will be properly fitted and provided to all participants. Quantities, sizes, colors & styles of helmets are limited.

For more information, please call (530) 822-7215

Poll: Where do you go for local news
September 16, 2014
An online poll by Sutter County, Yuba County and Yuba City asks area residents where they go in search of local news and what the best method of communication would be in the event of an emergency. This knowledge will help local governments better understand how to communicate with you.

Please participate in the poll and share it: either copy the link for distribution in an email or on a social media site, or invite someone who is not online to use your computer to take the survey.

Take the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YSNEWS

Sutter County Sponsors Prescription Discount Card that Saves Money for Patients and Raises Money for the General Fund
September 11, 2014

Sutter County and Coast2CoastRx are partnering to provide residents with an ability to save up to 75 percent on prescription costs while raising money for critical services in the community. The card includes discount benefits for dental, vision, veterinary and hearing services, lab and imaging tests and diabetes supplies and equipment.

You can find the card at participating pharmacies, at some county offices, or you can download a card.

The card, which has no expiration date and can be used as often as needed, covers the entire family. More than 60,000 drugs are included in the formulary, with savings up to 75 percent on brand name and generics. While the card is most helpful to people without medical insurance, sometimes the card provides more savings than high-deductible insurance plans, so be sure to investigate.

In some instances, the card can be used to help bridge the Medicare Part D “donut hole.”

There are no health, age or income restrictions; everyone qualifies. And there is no paperwork to fill out—the card is ready to use.

The card is provided by Financial Marketing Concepts Inc. of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Their network of more than 59,000 pharmacies includes all chains and most independents. The company negotiates discounts with the pharmacies in exchange for driving sales traffic. The patient saves money, Financial Marketing Concepts gets a percentage and, unlike other prescription discount card programs, the Coast2Coast card pays a royalty of $1.25 to Sutter County for every filled prescription resulting in a paid claim.

In 2014, the average discount per transaction was 60 percent.

Sutter County is the 30th California county to join the program. A similar program exists in Yuba County.

In a three year period in San Joaquin County, residents saved almost $3 million in prescription costs.

WNV Cases Continue to be Reported in Sutter County
September 05, 2014

A total of four cases of confirmed or probable WNV illness have been reported to date in 2014 in Sutter County. Of these, one was the more serious neuroinvasive form and two were WNV-related deaths. A fifth possible case is awaiting confirmation.

WNV activity is high in California, including in Sutter County. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to be active with mosquito control and monitoring mosquito activity and will continue until mosquito numbers and WNV activity drop.

Our Good Earth: Art and Ag in the Valley
September 02, 2014

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting a new exhibit, Our Good Earth: Art and Ag in the Valley, debuting on Friday, September 12, 2014 with an opening reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thirteen Sacramento Valley artists come together to share their visions of the richness of our land and the agriculture that sustains us all.

Meet the artists at the opening event: Paul Boehmke, Sue Chapman, Gerald Hufeld, Carol Keesling, Zbigniew Richard Kozikowski, Dolores Mitchell, Anthony Montanino, Mary Ann Nation, Frank Ordaz, Don Payne, Patris, Inger Price, and Marilyn Warmee. A variety of mediums are represented in portraying the spectrum of agricultural and natural images of our fertile valley. There is no admission to the event, and the public is invited.

Our Good Earth will remain at the Museum from September 12th through November 15th. The art is available for purchase during the exhibit.

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.

Proof of Walnut Ownership Forms Now Online
August 26, 2014

The Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office has released an online form that can be used to satisfy the proof of ownership requirement in the new Walnut Theft Prevention Ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors on August 5, 2014.

The ordinance was adopted in response the rising frequency of thefts from walnut growers in the County. Record high prices for walnuts, driven by worldwide demand, have resulted in brazen thefts of one of Sutter County’s top agricultural products, according to Agricultural Commissioner Mark Quisenberry.

Walnuts are the second most valuable crop in Sutter County, after rice. More than 34,000 acres of walnuts were harvested in 2013, with a value of more than $163 million. They have proven easy to steal, however, and the ordinance is designed prevent thieves from selling the walnuts to walnut buying operations that do not have permanent processing equipment on-site.

The ordinance forbids the sale of walnuts to non-processing walnut buying operations outside a Walnut Buying Period, which will be established each season by the Agricultural Commissioner. It also prohibits possession of walnuts by non-growers without proof of ownership.

Violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor.

The proof of ownership form is available online or in person at the Agricultural Commissioner’s office or the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau. A copy of the ordinance is also available online.

Holiday Closure
August 25, 2014
On Monday, September 1st, most county offices will be closed for Labor Day.
Notice of Public Review
August 19, 2014

Risk Management Plans (RMPs) have been submitted by the following facilities:

  1. Yuba City Waste Water Treatment Facility, 302 Burns Drive, Yuba City, CA, 95991
  2. Helena Chemical Company, 6788 Colusa Highway, Yuba City, CA, 95993
The RMP describes programs and controls designed to prevent accidental releases of regulated substances. These RMPs will be available for public review for the next 45 days at the Sutter County Development Services Department, 1130 Civic Center Boulevard, Suite A, Yuba City, CA, 95993.

If you need any further information regarding this legal notice, please contact Sukh Sahota at (530) 822-7400.

Sutter County Ag Values Double In 10 Years, Set New Record Near $600 Million
August 18, 2014
Improved acreage and value for several key crops boosted Sutter County's 2013 agricultural production value to $599.3 million in 2013, returning more than $2.4 billion to the local and regional economy, according to Agricultural Commissioner Mark Quisenberry.

The crop value is a record. It represents an increase of more than 13 percent over 2012 values, and it is almost double the $307 million value reported 10 years ago in 2003.

Sutter County's annual Agriculture Crop & Livestock Report, released Aug. 18, noted that a dry spring in 2013 allowed farmers to plant early, and a dry fall made for an excellent harvest. Drought conditions, however, required farmers to irrigate orchard and field crops during the winter months.

Rice ($181 million) and walnuts ($144 million) led the production values. Dried plums, peaches, nursery products and tomatoes also were among the top crops.

"Agriculture continues to be an integral part of Sutter County's economic base," Quisenberry said. "Industries such as banking, labor, marketing, transportation, and other services directly or indirectly ties to agriculture benefitted appreciably as the agricultural industry returned more than $2.44 billion to our economy in 2013."

Sutter County agricultural products travel to every continent on the globe. The Sutter County Agriculture Department issued 1,815 certificates verifying shipments were made in accordance with the laws of 86 different countries, from Algeria to Yemen, in 2013.

The full report is available in person at the Sutter County Agriculture Department, 142 Garden Highway, Yuba City, or online at: http://www.suttercounty.org/pdf/ag/CropReports/2013_Crop_Report.pdf

First WNV Deaths Reported in Sutter County in 2014
August 14, 2014
Two Sutter County women have died earlier this month with West Nile Virus (WNV)-related causes, one with the neuroinvasive form of WNV and the other with non-neuroinvasive WNV. Our sympathy goes to the families. No other cases have been reported at this time.

These are the first cases of WNV illness that have been reported in Sutter County for 2014. One previous WNV-related death was reported in Sutter County in 2012. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to be active with mosquito control and monitoring mosquito activity and will continue until cold weather.

Risk for WNV infection from mosquito bites continues into late fall for humans, horses, and other mammals. It is very important to make sure to take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites and becoming infected with West Nile virus. The 4 "D"s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:

  • D - DEET- use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites; be sure to follow package instructions for age of person and how to apply
  • D - Dawn and Dusk - avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active
  • D - Doors and windows - make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn
  • D - Drain all standing water around the outside of your house -gutters, jar lids, tires, flower pot trays are some common places
Approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms, such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Symptoms typically develop from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Less than one percent of infected people will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues).

The State of California West Nile virus webpage has information about WNV activity around the state by county, how to report dead birds, and how to protect against WNV. See http://www.westnile.ca.gov/

For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, go to http://www.sutter-yubamvcd.org/.

Pig Roast Benefit for Museum
August 12, 2014

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting a Pig Roast on Saturday, August 23rd to benefit the operation and programs of the Museum. The event will feature a delicious full dinner menu, lively music by String Theory, and a silent auction. It will take place, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Museum’s new Ettl Hall.

Tickets for the Pig Roast are available at the Museum or from any Museum Commissioner. The cost is $30 for adults and $12 for children under 12.

The Community Memorial Museum and Ettl Hall are located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

GAO Report: FEMA Floodplain Policy Should Change to Lessen Impact on Agricultural Communities
August 04, 2014

A report from the Government Accounting Office recommending policy changes to lessen the impact of federal floodplain regulations on farming operations and rural communities is the result of advocacy by the Agricultural Floodplain Management Alliance, an organization with its genesis in Sutter County.

AFMA has been working with representatives of rural communities across the United States, with the elected representatives from those communities, and with staff from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) to change existing policies which threaten rural areas where farming is the chief segment of the local economy.

AFMA is a coalition of local governments, flood control districts, farmers and ranchers, and community groups from across the nation which is working to reform floodplain rules they say are threatening the economic viability of agriculture. AFMA came into being at the suggestion of Sutter County supervisors Stanley Cleveland Jr. and James Gallagher, after it became apparent a new FEMA floodplain designation in the southern third of Sutter County was creating economic difficulty for agricultural producers.

Sutter County Secures FEMA Grant for Lifesaving Firefighter Equipment
July 23, 2014

Firefighters in Sutter County will get updated, lifesaving breathing apparatus as the result of a federal grant award of $486,853.

Sutter County Fire Department Fire Services Manager Dan Yager said the grant will fund the purchase of firefighter Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) to replace equipment that, in most cases, is 20 years old and out of compliance with federal fire protection standards. Rapid Intervention Team packs that contain additional air and other equipment for rescuing those trapped in a fire, will also be purchased.

The equipment will go to four fire departments; Sutter County Fire Department, East Nicolaus Fire Department, Meridian Fire Protection District, and Pleasant Grove Fire Department.

The County sought a total grant award of $685,900 to replace all 109 breathing apparatus currently in use; the reduced award will still allow for the replacement of the oldest of the equipment. The fire departments must come up with a 10 percent match of funds, $48,685, as their share of cost.

The grant application was prepared by the Sutter County Fire Department and approved by the Board of Supervisors in May of 2013. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the Federal Assistance to Firefighters grant Friday.

Children’s Summer Program at Museum
July 03, 2014

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County welcomes children of all ages to a free children’s program on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014. Children and parents are invited for a morning of stories, crafts, and refreshments. The fun begins at 10:00 a.m.

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.

Holiday Closure
July 03, 2014
On Friday, July 4th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day.
Notice of Public Review
June 13, 2014
Risk Management Plans (RMPs) have been submitted by the following facilities:
  1. Lomo Cold Storage, 6005 Highway 99, Live Oak, CA 95953
  2. Bear River Supply, Inc., 218 Pleasant Grove Road, Rio Oso, CA 95674

The RMP describes programs and controls designed to prevent accidental releases of regulated substances. These RMPs will be available for public review for the next 45 days at the Sutter County Development Services Department, 1130 Civic Center Boulevard, Suite A, Yuba City, CA, 95993. If you need any further information regarding this legal notice, please contact Sukh Sahota at (530) 822-7400.

The Remarkable Photography Collection of Clyde Taylor
June 10, 2014

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County will debut a new exhibit, The Remarkable Photo Collection of Clyde Taylor, at an opening reception on Friday evening, June 20, 2014. Described as “an expert amateur photographer” at a time when the general public was just beginning to have access to cameras, he arrived in Marysville in 1901 and proceeded to document extraordinary events and ordinary life in our local area until his death in 1945.

The exhibit includes nearly one hundred images that were chosen from among 600 photos belonging to the Museum’s Clyde Taylor photograph collection. The photos in the collection were taken or collected by Taylor and include a number taken of him and his family. They present a picture of the rhythm of life in our town in the first half of the 20th century, a time that went from horse and buggy days to airplanes and automobiles. Clyde Taylor was an enterprising young man who drove the first auto into the Sacramento Valley. He ran a motion picture theater when movies were brand new. He was a Marysville fireman, worked in a bicycle shop, a laundry, an electrical shop, and a jewelry store. He established a number of businesses, always on the cutting edge of new technology, including his Electric Hospital, and finally settled on a gunsmith and locksmith business which he operated for many years on Third Street in Marysville. He served in a National Guard unit that was sent to San Francisco in 1906 to fight the terrible fires that followed the devastating earthquake. He married a beautiful local girl in 1911 and settled down to relish life in his adopted hometown. He was active in community events and always present to record them for posterity.

The opening reception is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 20th. This wonderful glimpse into our early 20th century world will remain through August 16, 2014. Admission to the reception and to the Museum is free.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Food Program
May 22, 2014
Having trouble making ends meet in this economy?

Are you pregnant, a mother with a new baby, or a parent with a child under five years old? You may qualify for the WIC supplemental food program.

WIC is the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program that provides checks for healthy foods, nutrition and breastfeeding education, and referrals for other free or low cost services in our community.

Sutter County WIC program is located in Yuba City at the Public Health Department. WIC services are also provided at Richland Housing Migrant Center and in Live Oak. Families with low to moderate incomes may qualify. For more information and to see if you qualify call WIC today at 530- 822-7224 or visit suttercounty.org/wic. Military and working families, migrants, and recently pregnant women are encouraged to apply.

WIC is an equal opportunity provider.

Sutter County Drought Information
May 19, 2014

Sutter County, like the rest of California, is in the third year of extreme drought. The Board of Supervisors has declared a state of local emergency and is asking residents and business to voluntarily cut back on water use by 20 percent. A Sutter County Drought Task Force has been formed to monitor the situation, advocate conservation, and prepare for response to developments.

Despite some rain late in the season, we would need another 52 inches between now and October 1 to make up for the lack of rainfall in the past three years. North state reservoirs are less than two-thirds of their historic average, and there is virtually no snow pack in the Sierra Nevada.

Water deliveries to some farms have decreased and the cost of food is expected to rise. Homeowners and businesses on wells may be at risk in some areas. The state’s electrical supply may be sorely tested this summer. There is increased risk of fire in the mountains from tinder dry conditions.

Stigma of Mental Health
May 12, 2014
The Sutter Yuba Mental Health Department has created a new publication with information about mental health issues and confronting the stigma of mental health issues.
WIC Celebrating 40 Years of Strengthening Families
May 02, 2014

Sutter County Women, Children and Infants (WIC) program will join with WIC programs throughout the nation to celebrate 40 years helping families. WIC is a federally funded program that helps families by providing nutrition education and checks to purchase healthy supplemental foods. Participants must meet income guidelines and be pregnant, new mothers, infants or children under age five.

The Sutter County WIC program began in 1976 and currently serves a caseload of 3,700 participants in both Yuba City and Live Oak. The public is invited to the "WIC 40th Anniversary" celebration on Wednesday May 7th at 11:30 am at the Veterans Hall 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

The public is also invited to attend a Bright Futures Baby Fair on the same day at the same location. The event, sponsored by Sutter County Children and Families Commission, will begin at 9:30 am. and will offer resources and information for pregnant women and parents with infants 6 months and younger.

Unmentionable Exhibit and BRAVO! Event at Museum
May 02, 2014

The opening reception for The Unmentionable Exhibit at the Community Memorial Museum pairs with the Pink October BRAVO! event in Ettl Hall behind the Museum on Friday, May 9th, 2014. The Unmentionable Exhibit features feminine underwear from 1850 to 1950, all part of the Museum’s collection and reflecting donations from local families to the Museum over the years. Corsets, bustles, and petticoats remind us of the massive and heavy underpinnings that were part of women’s fashions of yesteryear.

The BRAVO! event features artistically decorated brassieres that are donated by local artists and auctioned during the evening to benefit local women with breast cancer. Models, a no-host bar, light refreshments, and music add to the festivities. Tickets to BRAVO! are available prior to the event at the Museum, Geweke Ford/Kia, or The Candy Box for $25 or $30 at the door.

The reception for The Unmentionable Exhibit is free to attend, and the exhibit will remain at the Museum through May 31st. Both events take place on Friday, May 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and the public is invited to attend both events.

The Community Memorial Museum and Ettl Hall are located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141. Regular Museum open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

May is National Bike Safety Month
April 28, 2014
With the May flowers blooming and beautiful California weather getting warmer, people are taking to the streets with bikes of all kinds. Whether you’re on the Tour de California with your specialized road bike or Highway 101 with your new motorcycle, safety should be the first thing on your list to check off before you get on the road. The California Office of Traffic Safety would like to remind everyone on pedal or motor bikes to remain alert and to always put safety first when on the road.

All motorists should be checking blind spots, sharing the road and leaving a safe following distance. These are all important road safety rules for preventing crashes and injuries among bicyclists and motorcycle riders.

To help motorcyclists stay safe in any traffic situation, OTS has compiled the following roadway safety tips:

 
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Current weather and changes in light conditions may affect the ability to ride safely
  • Follow all posted speed limits
  • Remain visible. When navigating through traffic, motorcyclists are at risk of not being seen by other drivers. Wearing brightly colored and reflective safety gear is recommended, along with the use of high beams during daytime hours
  • Practice defensive driving techniques. Always be aware of what surrounding vehicles are doing and be prepared to react accordingly. Leave plenty of following distance, don’t linger in blind spots, account for distracted or inattentive drivers and do not swerve in and out of lanes of traffic or ride on top of the line
  • And most importantly, always wear a Department of Transportation approved helmet
Bicyclists can stay safe on our roadways by taking the following tips into consideration next time they head out for a ride:
  • Follow all traffic laws and use proper hand signals
  • Always wear a helmet and never ride with headphones on
  • If riding at night, wear reflective or brightly colored clothing and use bike safety lights to ensure visibility
  • Stay alert and never ride against traffic
  • Make eye contact with drivers to ensure that they see you
  • Keep your bike in good repair and check both your brakes and tires regularly
Together, attentive motorists, motorcycle riders and bicyclists can help to make our roadways safer. For information on bike safety tips and other OTS efforts please visit www.ots.ca.gov.
National Infant Immunization Week
April 25, 2014

April 26-May 3 is National Infant Immunization Week. This campaign highlights the importance of fully protecting children from vaccine-preventable diseases. All parents should be aware that:

  • All babies need a series of immunizations between birth and 18 months of age. Additional vaccines are needed later in childhood and certain shots are even recommended for adults.
  • This week is a good opportunity to make sure your child is up to date on their immunizations. Ask your child's healthcare provider to make sure they are on schedule!
  • Questions regarding recommended vaccines for your child should be directed first to your child's primary healthcare provider. More information for parents on recommended childhood vaccines can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Website.

Sutter County Public Health offers vaccines to certain qualified children at low to no cost. Please visit the Sutter County Public Health Immunization Page, or call 530-822-7215 for more information.

National Infant Immunization Week Banner
Children’s Spring Vacation Program at Museum
April 03, 2014

The Community Memorial Museum is hosting its annual Spring Vacation Children’s Program at the Museum on Wednesday, April 16th beginning at 10:00 a.m. Children will learn about Native American creation stories of the Sutter Buttes, hear a story about Sunflower Girl, and participate in crafts. Refreshments will follow.

All children are invited, and admission is free. 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. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

Distracted Driving Month
March 28, 2014

Driving distractions come in all shapes and sizes. Distractions can be as small as the food you’re eating on your way to work, as sweet as your baby crying in the backseat and even as innocent as the radio playing a song you love to rock out to. According to a study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured in distraction-affected crashes in 2012. All of these distraction-related deaths and injuries were 100 percent preventable.

In an effort to bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, the California Office of Traffic Safety launches a new campaign every April in conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The focus of the campaign is to stress the importance of staying attentive while driving and decreasing all behind the wheel distractions.

To help you avoid distractions behind the wheel, The Office of Traffic Safety offers the following suggestions:

 
  • Never: talk, text, email or use apps on a cell phone while driving. Remember: It’s Not Worth It. In 2013, approximately 70 percent of Californians who responded to a California traffic safety survey believed that using hands-free cell phone is safer than a hand-held phone while driving, although research shows the risk is nearly the same
  • Turn off your phone and put it out of reach as soon as you get in the car
  • If you must make a phone call or send a text message, pull over when it is safe to do so and use your phone from your stopped car
  • Record a new outgoing message on your cell phone that says you can’t come to the phone or you may be driving. This gives you a great excuse and sends a point to your caller
  • Never call or text anyone else when you think they may be driving, especially parents calling kids
  • Eat before you leave the house, or stop along the way to grab a bite
  • Adjust all of your radio controls and set your song playlist before you hit the road

To avoid the traffic fines, car crashes and life-altering consequences that are associated with driving while distracted, set aside your distractions when behind the wheel. For more information regarding distracted driving facts, visit www.ots.ca.gov. More safe driving tips and information about other OTS efforts can be found at facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS.

National Public Health Week Events
March 26, 2014

Join the movement - We’re all in this together!

In celebration of National Public Health Week, Sutter County Public Health will host a variety of free community events that encourage families to get active and healthy in 2014. These free community events will take place during the week of April 7th -13th.

For more information about these events call (530) 822-7215.

Run Drugs Out of Town 5k Run/Walk
March 12, 2014
Please join us for the annual "Run Drugs Out of Town" 5k run/walk and 1/4 mile children's run/walk on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at River Valley High School.

Same day registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and races start at 9:00 a.m. There will be prizes, a mascot race, music, 1/4 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 ext. 333.

 
Daylight Saving Time Begins on March 9
March 03, 2014
Don't forget to move your clocks forward this weekend! Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 9 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.

Filing Deadline March 7 for June Primary
February 26, 2014

The filing deadline to appear as a candidate on the June 3, 2014 primary ballot is fast approaching.

On Monday, February 24, incumbent Third District Congressman John Garamendi filed nomination documents at the Sutter County Elections Office. Sutter County Elections Official Donna Johnston said the deadline to file to be placed on the ballot is March 7, unless an eligible incumbent does not file, in which case the period extends to March 12.

Candidates who have returned papers and have qualified for the June 3 ballot (as of Tuesday, February 25) are Steve Harrah, incumbent Treasurer-Tax Collector; Todd Retzloff, incumbent Assessor; Donna Johnston, incumbent Clerk-Recorder; J. Paul Parker, incumbent Sheriff; Perry Parker, incumbent Superior Court Judge; Chris Chandler, incumbent Superior Court Judge; and James Sharpe, who is running for Auditor-Controller.

Several individuals are circulating nomination documents.

PICTURED: Congressman John Garamendi and Clerk-Recorder Donna Johnston.

Water Conservation Tips
February 10, 2014
This weekend storms were a godsend but California is still in the worst drought on record. Imagine a 5-gallon bucket that needs to be filled for a normal water year – we only added about 10-ounces to that deficient bucket. Let’s all work to conserve our most precious resource.

How to decrease your consumption of 192 gallons of water per person per day (California average):

  • Waiting for hot water at the tap, including the shower? Collect that cold water in a pitcher or bucket and use it to water your houseplants, fill the dogs bowl, cook with it, or even fill the washing machine tub.
  • Are your showers taking longer than 5 minutes? A low-flow shower head discharges 15 gallons in 5 minutes, so for every minute you’re not scrubbing down 3 gallons are being wasted. A bath requires 35 gallons of water
  • On average, a top-loading washing machine uses 40 gallons per load, so fill the washer up with clothes not precious water.
  • Washing dishes by hand can use up to 30 gallons, a dishwasher (full of course) only 10.
  • Fix that leaking faucet and save 5 gallons per day (at one drip per second).
  • Converting to low-flow fixtures conserves water by over 400-percent, and in addition, 43-percent of your hot water costs.
  • Cut your lawn at 3 inches or higher. It will conserve water by allowing the roots to grow deep to reach the wetter subsoil and prevent sunburnt patches.
  • Summertime deep (3/4 – 1 inch) and infrequent (every 3rd – 4th day) watering during the pre-dawn hours promotes lawn health.
  • That front lawn may need water but not the sidewalk or street. Adjust your sprinklers so they water the lawn only. Did you know one leaking sprinkler wastes 500 gallons per month?
  • Mulch the garden and landscape plants to cut evapotranspiration and thereby watering.
  • Washing the car using a hose wastes 100 gallons of water; a bucket and sponge only 10.
  • Do not wash that driveway down otherwise you’ll waste 150 gallons!
For More Water Saving Tips:
http://www.saveourh2o.org - Calculate Your Water Use
http://wateruseitwisely.com - Plenty of suggestions
Holiday Closure
February 10, 2014
On Monday, February 17th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Washington's Birthday.
Third Reported Sutter County Serious Flu Case
January 31, 2014
Sutter County Public Health has received a report of a third case of serious influenza in an adult Sutter County resident under age 65 years of age that required intensive care unit (ICU) healthcare. Of the three total reported cases this season, two remain hospitalized and the other was released from hospital. No deaths associated with influenza in persons under 65 years have been reported in Sutter county residents this season.

This Influenza season is a severe one as indicated by the 147 influenza-related deaths reported state-wide so far, compared to last year’s number of 106. Influenza remains at widespread levels in California. It is important that individuals continue to take measures to reduce their risk for influenza.

Persons at highest risk for serious illness with flu include the elderly, pregnant women, infants, or those with other health conditions, but healthy persons at any age can also develop serious influenza or die. Any person with increased risk for serious flu who develops flu symptoms should contact their physician immediately in order to get the most effective treatment. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.

The single most effective way to prevent influenza is getting flu vaccine. If you haven’t received your flu vaccine yet this season, it is not too late. The flu season can last into April.

After receiving vaccine, it takes up to two weeks for the vaccine to build up effective protection against the flu. Even if you have already had the flu, the vaccine covers three or four different strains of flu, so it helps protect you against the strains of flu that you haven’t yet had. Call your healthcare provider and ask about flu vaccine or to find where flu vaccine is available near you, go to Healthmap Vaccine Finder at http://flushot.healthmap.org/.

You can do these other simple, but effective measures to help prevent getting the flu or giving the flu to others:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve and throw used tissues directly into the wastebasket.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
For more information about how to prevent influenza or what to do if you become ill, see the CDC Influenza webpage at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/
Two Sutter County Serious Flu Cases
January 24, 2014
Sutter County Public Health has received reports of serious influenza in two adult Sutter County residents under age 65 years of age that required intensive care unit (ICU) healthcare. One remains hospitalized and the other has been released. These are the first reports of serious influenza in Sutter County residents under 65 years this 2013-14 influenza season. No deaths associated with influenza in persons under 65 years have been reported in Sutter county residents.
Holiday Closure
January 13, 2014
On Monday, January 20th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Get your 2014 Sutter County Annual Boat Launch and Parking permit
January 02, 2014

2014 Annual permits are available for purchase at the Sutter County General Services Department, 146 Garden Highway in Yuba City and at Johnson’s Bait and Tackle at 298 Garden Highway. The permit is good for use at all four Sutter County boat launch facilities – Tisdale, Boyd’s Pump, Yuba City and Live Oak Park and Recreation area. The permit allows for parking and boat launch use from now until December 31, 2014. For more information call the General Services department (530)822-7473 or visit our website.