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Sutter North Foundation Sponsors $500 First Place Prize For Sutter County Team In Healthy Weight Loss Challenge
January 29, 2016
Sutter North Foundation is sponsoring the $500 first place team prize for the Sutter County team that loses the largest percentage of weight in the Big2Little Weight Loss Challenge conducted by Yuba and Sutter counties and several health care, fitness, media and business partners.

Weigh-ins begin tomorrow at the locations listed below. Challengers have until March 12 to enter. Additional weigh-in times and locations will be listed later today.

View the pdf file for a list of weigh-in locations, prize categories, and sponsors, or visit

View the pdf file for a copy of the entry form and rules.

Prize Amounts for Big2Little Yuba vs. Sutter Healthy Weight Loss Challenge Announced
January 22, 2016

More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to individuals and teams in the Big2Little Yuba vs. Sutter Health Weight Loss Challenge that begins January 30 and runs through April 30.

The Boards of Supervisors of Yuba and Sutter counties, playing on the historic rivalry between opposite banks of the Feather River, have each adopted resolutions challenging residents to lose weight to see which county can shed more pounds.

Sutter County has a 30 percent obesity rate and Yuba County has a 32 percent obesity rate, which is greater than the statewide average of 24.5 percent. Obesity is linked to many diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. The weight loss challenge is designed to motivate residents to lose weight and to understand the connection between obesity and disease.

The weight loss challenge will be based on percentage of weight lost, and not number of pounds lost, so individuals of differing weights may compete on a more equal footing.

The location and hours of several weigh in locations throughout Yuba and Sutter counties will be announced Monday. Saturday, January 30, will be the first weigh-in day, but weigh ins will continue at some locations for several weeks into the challenge.

Challenge participants must be 18 years old by the day they weigh in to be eligible.

Individual and team categories will be established. A team may consist of as few as 3, but no more than 5, members.

The Challenge is being conducted by Yuba and Sutter counties in cooperation with many community partners. Each of the prizes will be sponsored by a community partner and not by the general fund of either county.

Prize amounts and sponsors (thus far) are:
  • First place Yuba County, $250, Harmony Health Medical Clinic.
  • First place Sutter County, $250, Rideout Health.
  • Second place Yuba County, $175, Ampla Health Center.
  • Second place Sutter County, $175, Ampla Health Center.
  • Third place Yuba County, $100, Maggie Capitano Farmer’s Insurance.
  • Third place Sutter County, $100, Pure Joy Yoga.
  • First place team Yuba County (3, 4, or 5 on a team), $500, still unsponsored.
  • First place team Sutter County (3, 4, or 5 on a team), $500, still unsponsored.

Businesses or organizations who wish to sponsor one of the prize levels are asked to contact Chuck Smith at 530-822-7100.

The Art of Survival - Enduring the Turmoil of Tule
January 19, 2016

Art of Survival is a traveling exhibition probing the complexity of the Japanese American confinement site in Newell, CA. It became the only officially designated segregation center during WWII and was ruled under martial law. Called Tule Lake, this location was the largest of the 10 confinement sites and, because anyone deemed a troublemaker by the federal government was relocated to Tule Lake, it ultimately housed people from all sites. Many of the people who were brought in under segregation were people who knew their rights had been egregiously undermined and were willing to stand up to the injustice. Accused of being disloyal, in their dissent, they were ironically acting in the most American way. The incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, most citizens of this nation, was a travesty; Tule Lake was exponentially disturbing.

Through haunting images of artifacts by fine art photographer Hiroshi Watanabe we glimpse into the lives of those who were held at Tule Lake and are encouraged to consider both the orchestration of life behind barbed wire and what it might have been like to live with constant turmoil and uncertainty. Oral histories allow us to hear varying views on some of the complex issues of Tule Lake in the voices of those held captive.


Segregants Arrive at Tule Lake.  Densho Encyclopedia. 20 January 2014 1:06 PST. Courtesy of Densho and the National Archives. On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed and issued Executive Order 9066. This order, which was a direct reaction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, gave the Secretary of War the authority to prescribe military zones “…from which any or all persons may be excluded”. The entirety of the West Coast was deemed a military zone, and those persons excluded were all those of Japanese descent, as well as some of Italian and German descent.

On February 19, 2016 at 6 p.m. Jim Tanimoto, who grew up in Gridley, will speak at the Museum regarding his experience of internment at Tule Lake. This is a rare opportunity to hear the experiences of someone interned at the camp. This event is free.

Art of Survival is being supported in part by a Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. Further support provided by The Oregon Community Foundation, Fred W. Fields Fund; Klamath Tourism Grant; Klamath Arts Council Grant; and generous donations by Densho Digital Archives and Hiroshi Watanabe. This traveling exhibition was made in cooperation with The Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Beds National Monument, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Holiday Closure
January 11, 2016
On Monday, January 18th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
E-Cigarette Ads Reach Nearly 7 in 10 Middle and High School Students
January 06, 2016

About 7 in 10 middle and high school students – more than 18 million young people – see e-cigarette advertising in stores, online, in newspapers and magazines, or on television and in movies, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.

E-Cigarette Ads

E-cigarette ads use many of the same themes – independence, rebellion, and sex – used to sell cigarettes and other conventional tobacco products. Advertising of tobacco products has been shown to cause youth to start using those products. The unrestricted marketing of e-cigarettes and dramatic increases in their use by youth could reverse decades of progress in preventing tobacco use among youth.

“The same advertising tactics the tobacco industry used years ago to get kids addicted to nicotine are now being used to entice a new generation of young people to use e-cigarettes,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “I hope all can agree that kids should not use e-cigarettes.”

Data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) show 68.9 percent of middle and high school students see e-cigarettes ads from one or more media sources. More youth see e-cigarette ads in retail stores (54.8 percent) than online (39.8 percent), in TV/movies (36.5 percent), or in newspapers and magazines (30.4 percent).