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Yuba City Creates Four-Way Stop on Civic Center Boulevard at Poole Boulevard/Veteran’s Memorial Circle
August 28, 2015

Work crews under contract with the City of Yuba City installed stop signs on Civic Center Boulevard to create a four-way stop at its intersection with Poole Boulevard/Veteran’s Memorial Circle. The stop signs were added to require traffic to stop from each direction at the intersection, which is in front of the new State of California courthouse on the east side of Civic Center Boulevard, scheduled to open in October.

The busy intersection is in the vicinity of several Sutter County offices, the Sutter County Jail, Yuba City Hall, the Sutter County Veterans Hall, and the Peach Tree Health Clinic.

You May Qualify for WIC
August 25, 2015

Yuba City, CA - 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 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 Military and working families, migrants, and recently pregnant women are encouraged to apply. WIC is an equal opportunity provider.

New Flooded Art Exhibit at Museum
August 24, 2015

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is welcoming a new group exhibition of art created especially for Flooded: Nature & the Human Spirit, opening on Friday, September 11th at the Museum. Exploring the relationship between the historical flooding of our valley and cycles of the human condition, the vibrant works of 18 artists come together to create an inspiring collection.

Since recorded time, we know the Sacramento Valley has been a vast floodplain, with rivers spreading out over the valley as they overflowed their banks. These floods helped make our valley soil rich for farming. Settlers arrived and began tilling the land and building levees to protect their crops. Although the land has been greatly altered with levees and dams, there is still a chance that nature can bring too much water. Major floods in the Yuba-Sutter area have occurred in 1805, 1825-26, 1846-47, 1852-53, 1861, 1862, 1867-68, 1875, 1907, 1937, 1940, 1944, 1950, 1955, 1986, and 1997.

In times of drought like we are now experiencing, our relationship with water is equally intense. Nature is cyclical, and, as living beings of the earth, we are also moving and changing, experiencing our own disasters and enduring and recovering. This exhibit celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over the ebbs and flows of life.

Guest exhibit curator and artist Inger Price of Olivehurst says, “As in nature, life is complicated. I believe there is much to learn about ourselves by observing how nature solves problems. The resilience and strength of the human spirit is evident – how we help each other and manage to survive is very inspiring to me. Somehow, we make it through the toughest times and emerge stronger, better people. Interestingly enough, after a flood, the soil becomes more fertile. It changes for the better.”

Eighteen artists from California, Wisconsin, New York, and Europe bring their own unique flavors of creativity together for an unusual exhibit. Mediums include paintings, sculpture, ceramic, steel, copper, photography, action figures, fiber art, glass, light, sound and spoken word poetry.

The public is invited to the Flooded exhibit opening on Friday, September 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Museum. The exhibit will remain through November 14th. Works of art are available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Community Memorial Museum.

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

First WNV Cases Reported in Sutter County in 2015
August 21, 2015

Two Sutter County adults have been reported confirmed cases with West Nile Virus (WNV) fever. Both had the non-invasive form of WNV illness and are recovering at home.

These are the first reports of cases of WNV illness in Sutter County for 2015. In 2014, a total of 8 cases were reported with three deaths from WNV. One previous WNV-related death had been 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

Most persons who become infected with WNV do not become ill, but develop immunity to WNV. 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 the neuroinvasive WNV infection which is 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 .For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, go to

Pig Roast Benefit for Museum
August 14, 2015

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County will host a Pig Roast on Saturday, August 29th to benefit the operation and programs of the Museum. The event will feature a full dinner and lively music. It will take place starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Museum’s Ettl Hall.

Tickets for the Pig Roast are available at the Museum or from any Museum Commissioner. The event has sold out in the past so get your tickets early. 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.

Dick Marquette to Share History Memories at Museum
August 11, 2015

Dick Marquette, local history buff and retired Marysville postman, will share his memories of Marysville and the local area in a talk on Saturday, August 22nd at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County. Mr. Marquette, who spent much of his youth in the Tierra Buena area of Sutter County and many years as a mailman in the historic and downtown areas of Marysville has long been interested in history and has collected many stories and memories that he will share during his talk at the Museum. The free event will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the public is welcome.

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.

90 Marijuana Plants Removed by Sutter County Deputies
August 06, 2015

Approximately 90 marijuana plants were cut down and transported to the landfill this morning when Sutter County Sheriff’s Deputies carried out a court order to abate a medical marijuana garden growing in violation of Sutter County’s Medical Marijuana ordinance.

The marijuana garden was located in a large clearing cut in the middle of a eucalyptus grove on a 20-acre parcel of land on the north side of the 3600 block of Franklin Road, just west of Lyndsey Lane and east of Franklin Elementary School, which is located nearby at the corner of Franklin and Township roads, in unincorporated Sutter County.

According to court documents, the well-tended garden belonged to Brandon Minton, of Yuba City, who leases the property from Douglas and Paula Ohland, who live in the 4000 block of Franklin Road.

The marijuana garden was abated in accordance with Sutter County’s Medical Marijuana Ordinance, which, among other restrictions, declares medical marijuana gardens a public nuisance if they are located within 2,000 feet of schools, bus stops, day care centers, churches, parks, or other locations where children may gather.

Following a complaint about the existence of the marijuana garden in early June, Sutter County sent a notice to the property owners to abate the nuisance. That notice was appealed under the provisions of the County Ordinance, and a hearing was conducted on July 13.

The hearing officer determined the medical marijuana garden had not been registered with the County, and that it was within 2,000 feet of five school bus stops, a church, and two child care centers. Mr. Ohland and Mr. Minton were notified their appeal was denied and again notified they must remove the marijuana plants.

90 Marijuana Plants Removed by Sutter County Deputies When it became apparent the garden was not going to be abated by the property owner or the garden owner, Sutter County Counsel acquired a warrant from Superior Court allowing an inspection of the property and an order to abate the garden and remove the plants to Recology’s Ostrom Road landfill if the garden remained. This morning, several deputies entered the property, systematically removed each of the plants, loaded them into a trailer and drove them to the landfill.

Under the ordinance, the County is entitled to seek recovery for all costs of abatement from the responsible parties.