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By John Mistler

Note: The Wind Complex means 1.) The term complex means two or more individual incidents located in the same general area which are assigned to a single incident commander or unified command. 2.) Wind is the name of the complex that is La Porte, Cascade, Lobo and McCourtney fires. Pictures are from the Loma Rica area.

The Cascade Fire affected Loma Rica, Browns Valley and Rackerby in Yuba County and Bangor to the Butte County line. The fire began north of Collins Lake at approx. 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 8th with unprecedented wiDSCN1086nds, 50 -70 miles per hr. forcing the fire south through Loma Rica and eventually north to the Butte County line. At the Butte County line the Cascade Fire joined the smaller La Porte Fire. As of October 16th the Cascade Fire has burned 9,989 acres and is 94% contained. Approximately 200 structures have been destroyed and four deaths have been confirmed. All missing persons have been accounted for.

Browns Valley was evacuated along with Loma Rica and Bangor however; Browns Valley received little damage as the winds subsided.

A meeting was held Friday the 13th of October at the Browns Valley Elementary School. More than 100 people packed the school room and were told that the evacuation order had been lifted. The two hour meeting was a first chance for the people that had lost their homes to hear how the recovery will be handled. The county officials talked about the process to begin clean-up and that the permit fees would be waived. For the most part the people were positive, appreciative and understanding of the effort to save their homes and property. The largest complaint all week long was the lack of information provided by officials; County and Calfire. They responded with apologies and acknowledgement they needed to do better.

The only part of the fire that jumped over Marysville Road to the east was 600 acres burned below Collins Lake.

Sheriff Durfur is quoted as saying that the Wind Complex Fires are "unprecedented in scale" and the worst incident in his career.

Debra Burns of Loma Rica said she and her husband were awakened at 11:20 when the power went off and with the sound of the wind blowing pebbles and hitting their house and windows. She then smelled smoke and even though she did not see the fire she began hooking up the horse trailer. In less than an hour she could see the actual flames of the fire and said, ”We’re Leaving now.”

DSCN1100We gathered up all the essentials from inside the home – Dad’s prescription medications, the cat in her carrier, the dog and his leash. And then I woke up my Dad, had him put in his hearing aids and put on his shoes and tried to get him into the car. He wanted to change out of his pajamas. He also had other things he wanted to do. I told him he could change later and grabbed his clothes.

About that time - at 1:00 a.m. - we got the reverse 911 call.DSCN1097

We went outside and loaded the goats in the tack room of the trailer.

The last thing we had to do was load the horses. I had an evacuation plan in place for years, so I knew that tough choices had to be made because I have three horses but only a two-horse trailer. I was putting the halters on when the Sheriffs’ Deputy came by advising us to get out.

We were pulling out at 2:30 a.m., 3 hours after we first smelled the smoke and one and a half hours after the reverse 911 call. We had the luxury of time that many of our neighbors didn’t have. We know many of our neighbors had minutes, not hours.

We took our animals to friends in Wheatland with whom we have a reciprocal arrangement. They would come to our house if they have a flood, and we were going to their house because of the fire.

Oh, and the horse we left behind – as I was driving down the hill I called my Farrier (at 2:30 in the morning). It was a miracle that he answered the phone – but as soon as I told him what I needed, he went and got that other horse!

La Porte Fire (Wind Complex) Butte County

The La Porte Fire, joined the Cascade Fire, and burned 6,151 acres and is 90% contained.

Lobo Fire (Wind Complex) Nevada County

The Lobo Fire near Rough and Ready burned 821 acres and is 97% contained.

McCourtney Fire (Wind Complex) Nevada County

The McCourtney Fire near the Grass Valley Fairgrounds burned 76 acres and is 100% contained

Totals for the Complex Fires: 203 residences and 1 commercial building.

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Marysville, Ca.

Multiple raids on illegal Marijuana Grows in the foothills of Yuba County, Marysville and Sacramento occurred on Tuesday October 3, 2017.

The raids yielded a grand total of 18 arrests, 1,500 marijuana plants eradicated, over 5 lbs of processed marijuana, approximately $21,000 cash and 8 guns seized. Included in the arrests was high profile subject Reverend Heidi Lepp aka Grossman age 46 of Sacramento, charged with 182PC, 11358 H&S and 11359 H&S. She was booked into Sac county jail. Last week she served the Yuba County Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff with a "Notice of Liability Regarding The War on Drugs, Violations of Religious Freedoms and "Cannabis" Ordinance Technology."

Beginning at approximately 7am Tuesday, multiple locations throughout Yuba County and two related locations in Sacramento were the subject of search warrants served on illegal marijuana grows by lead agency Yuba County Sheriff’s Office along with assistance from various law enforcement teams including the Yuba City Police Department, Yuba Sutter Net 5 Task Force, Butte County, Nevada County, Colusa County, Sacramento HIDTA, California Fish and Wildlife, and California State Water Board. The 12 targeted sites, believed to have common ties which remain under further investigation, were: • 9000 Block of Marysville Rd in Oregon House, Ca. • 10400 Block of Township Rd in Browns Valley, Ca. • 15000 Block of Winther Way in Dobbins, Ca. • 15000 Block of Burch Lane in Brownsville, Ca. • 6000 Block of Potts Trail in Browns Valley, Ca. • 6000 Block of Dantoni Rd in Marysville, Ca. • 12000 Block of Regent Way in Oregon House, Ca. • 9000 Block of Mason Way in Dobbins, Ca. • 13000 Block of Rice’s Crossing Way in Oregon House, Ca. • 3000 Block of Jewett Rd in Marysville, Ca. • 2000 Block of H St in Sacramento, Ca. • 30TH St in Sacramento, Ca. Law Enforcement teams will remain in the areas above while the scenes are processed and any illegal marijuana located is eradicated and destroyed.

resulting arrests were charged with 182PC/Conspiracy, 11358 H&S/Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana,

and 11359H&S/Possession of Marijuana for Sale. There were also additional environmental and

water violations for the Burch Ln and Township Rd addresses in Browns Valley.


Michael J. Cesario 63 M 6000 Block Potts Trail Browns Valley

Marrcus Mollenarro 66 M 12000 Block Regent Way Oregon House

Francis Duclos 67 F 12000 Block Regent Way Oregon House

Santiago Ochoa 69 M 6400 Block Dantoni Rd Marysville

Suzanne R. Brown 58 F 13000 Block Rices Crossing Rd Oregon House

Tania O'Denia Richards 37 F 9000 Block Marysville Rd Oregon House

Sheldon O. Dushing 25 M 9000 Block Marysville Rd Oregon House

Jevaughn K. Bennett 25 M 9000 Block Marysville Rd Oregon House

Dante Jones 34 M 9000 Block Marysville Rd Oregon House

Omar J. Bradshaw 37 M 9000 Block Marysville Rd Oregon House

Delroy F. Rhoden 32 M 9000 Block Marysville Rd Oregon House

William B. Stonecipher III 30 M 15000 Block Burch Ln Brownsville

Mark J. Valentine 53 M 15000 Block Burch Ln Brownsville

Samuel J. St Clair 29 M 9000 Block Mason Wy Oregon House

Daniel J. Ward 23 M 9000 Block Mason Wy Oregon House

Richard Pearson West Shelton 24 M 9000 Block Mason Wy Oregon House

Brandon Lee Muniz 44 M 10400 Block Township Rd Browns Valley

Heidi C. Lepp 46 F 2000 Block H St Sacramento

Rideout Health is the largest medical provider serving Yuba and Sutter counties, with more than 100,000 inpatient and outpatient visits a year to Rideout Regional Medical Center, Rideout Clinics, Rideout Cancer Center and Rideout Senior Living facilities.

Today, Rideout Health announces the next big step to ensure modern, efficient, compassionate, and affordable health care remains available to everyone in our community.

The Board of Directors of Rideout Health is pleased to announce it has formally approved an affiliation agreement with Adventist Health, one of the leading health systems in California, serving more than 75 communities in our state, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.

This affiliation, which is subject to the approval of the government regulators, will be good for our community’s health and well-being. It will provide the organizational depth and experience necessary to meet patient needs and improve health outcomes here at home as America’s health care landscape rapidly changes around us.

This affiliation will benefit our patients, because, like Rideout Health, Adventist Health’s core principles are to provide health care for all, regardless of a person’s backgrounds or beliefs. In addition, Adventist Health’s long history of promoting whole person health and wellness will help our patients live longer and healthier lives.

The Rideout Health Board of Directors, comprised of men and women who live and work in this community, were determined that Rideout Health thrive and evolve. In the past five years alone, Rideout has invested millions of dollars on the new Rideout Regional Medical Center, invested heavily in

information technology that improves patient care, improved quality control systems, and actively sought an affiliation with a valued and trusted health care system.

These steps have been deliberate. Our Board is confident these are the right decisions for the future of access to quality health care for all in our community. We welcome the value added to our community by this affiliation with Adventist Health.

DSCN1076  10 4 17Buck Weckmanby John Mistler

Marysville, Ca.

At the September 26th meeting of the Yuba County Board of Supervisors, under the “Public Communications “ portion of the Agenda, Buck Weckman, long time opponent of the marijuana industry, took the opportunity to update the Board of Supervisors on recent illegal activities related to the growing of marijuana in the foothills.

He stated that he really had no problem with the marijuana plant itself; it is the criminal human element that is associated with the growing and distribution of this illegal drug.

He first pointed out that on September 12 there was a daylight shooting and burglary in Browns Valley. The two suspects were arrested on the same day and a search of their home in Olivehurst revealed an illegal marijuana grow and a Butane Honey Oil Lab.

Weckman also related a disturbing Email he had recently received through his Yuba County FACT (Families Against Cannabis Trafficking) Web Site. He said he could not give the man’s name because it would endanger his life. The unidentified man and his wife live in a Yuba County area where even Law Enforcement will not go alone. According to the email, four trucks had recently pulled up to a ten foot gate just past his home and several men got out with many guns waiting to gain entrance. This man knew several marijuana grows were behind this gate. The man also stated: “I fear for my kids lives”.

Finally Weckman recounted a recent CHP Code Three pursuit through Brownsville and Challenge, resulting in a felony arrest in front of 10013 La Porte Road in Challenge. The person claimed to be a Sureno Gang Member and associated with the house at that location. At the arrest site and within view from La Porte Road was a marijuana grow. One of the plants was over ten feet tall. Weckman provided the Board of Supervisors with a photograph of this grow site. A Google satellite photograph of the site was also given to the Supervisors which showed a Yuba County Road Department Building and Road Equipment storage area right next door. Weckman pointed out that this situation could result into another shooting similar to the shooting of our Sheriff’s Deputies in Oregon House. He further stated he liked the work the Road Crews were doing on New York House Road and it would be a shame if some of the work crew got shot as innocent bystanders during a marijuana theft.

DSCN1077Reverend Heidi LeppFollowing Mr. Weckman at the podium was Heidi Lepp, the reverend, founder and CEO of the the Rastafarian Church in the 9000 block of Marysville Rd., Oregon House, The Reverend Lepp said they use cannabis as a sacrament in their religion. She stated to the Board that she was willing to work with them and share her knowledge at no cost to the county. Reverend Lepp said that she was at the last board meeting and had taken the boards Oath of Office. Since they were not honoring the oath in violation of the First, Fourth and Sixth amendment she was now filing a "Notice of Liability regarding The War on Drugs, Violations of Religious Freedoms with "Cannabis Ordinance Technology". Each Supervisor was served as well as the Sheriff.

IMG 2820  10 4 17The Marysville Police Department teamed up with Twin Cities Martial Arts over the weekend to provide three women’s self-defense classes. The free training was held at 407 D Street in Marysville and there were over 100 women who attended. Women were taught to get away from a potentially bad situation, but they were also taught techniques which could be used to defend themselves. Self-defense instructors from Marysville PD and from Twin Cities Martial Arts were on hand to make sure each student was learning the moves.

These classes represented the core principals of community oriented policing. Community oriented policing only works if we all come together and help each other. The idea to set up a class for women’s self-defense was just that, an idea. It took the collaboration of Police and local business to make the idea a reality. Once we had the classes setup, then the important part was to fill the classes up, which we did. The women who attended were high school students, business owners, and teachers, just to list a few.

On behalf of the Marysville Police Department we would like to thank everyone who helped make this happen, and we look forward to future events.

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The beautiful Draft Horses, "The Gentle Giants", are at the 2017 Draft Horse Classic. Majestic Draft Horse performances, breath-taking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up-close” – it’s all part of the Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Featuring six different performances by the Draft Horses, this event has become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States. The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, and performances; featuring everything from farm wagons, carriages, and driving competitions to dancing horses and racing mules. The stars of the show are the horses, and with more than 120 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe them in a multitude of settings.

The Classic has grown to become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States, and features six majestic performances, along with non-stop entertainment in between classes.

Happening all four days at the Fairgrounds during the Draft Horse Classic, September 21 – 24, is the Harvest Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

The Harvest Fair features everything from an art show to special exhibits, musical entertainment, a Western Trade Show with vendors selling wares, delicious food, horseshoeing demonstrations, and tours of the barns to meet the draft horses. Although there is a charge for the draft horse performances in the arena, admission to the Harvest Fair is free so all can enjoy the many activities at the Fairgrounds.

During the Harvest Fair, you can also enjoy the Western Music Fest with ongoing musical entertainment beginning at 11 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Friday evening from 4:30 - 6 pm, don't miss James Garner's Tribute to Johnny Cash; and on Saturday from 4 - 6 pm, Left of Centre and the Country Artists Tribute to Jason Aldean takes the stage. All music at the Western Music Fest is free, so stop by the Fairgrounds, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the music at the Pine Tree Stage. You can even catch a draft horse performance after each concert. For a Western Music Fest schedule, visit

Tickets to the Draft Horse performances are on sale now. You can choose from six different performances or purchase a season ticket for all six.

This year’s Draft Horse Classic is September 21 – 24 at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. For draft horse tickets or more information regarding the free Harvest Fair, call (530) 273-6217 or visit


Marysville’s second annual Civil War reenactment will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, 2017 at civil war 9 20 17River Front Park. Cannon and musket fire will echo from two daily battles (12 noon and 3 PM on Saturday and 11 AM and 2 PM on Sunday). The site is open to the public from 9AM to 5 PM Saturday and 9AM to 4 PM Sunday, with a $10 admission charge at the gate (school children 18 and under are free). In addition to witnessing the 19th century clash of arms, guests will visit Confederate, Union and Civilian camps, to talk with the soldiers and civilians and learn about life during America’s greatest conflict. They may even encounter blue- or grey-coated pickets along the trails or behind the trees between the camps and the battlefield. They will watch battles which feature special effects and reconstruct the sights and sounds of Civil War fighting, with authentic Civil War tactics and weapons.

Soon to be a Marysville tradition, the event is hosted by the Reenactors of the American Civil War, Focus on Marysville and the Mary Aaron Historical Museum. The RACW, a Northern California non-profit organization, is comprised of several Union and Confederate infantry, artillery and cavalry units, as well as a large civilian contingent. RACW members are dedicated living historians recreating the daily experiences of both soldiers and civilians during the Civil War.

by Roberta D'Arcy (Compiled by Vicki Contente from

How did a decorated Civil War veteran make his way to Browns Valley and Long Bar to live out the rest of his life after the war? Born in Inchigeelagh, Ireland in 1840 William Regan immigrated to America with his parents around the age of 9 along with older sister Hannah and three younger siblings. Apparently , the family lived somewhere in the Midwest. Listing his occupation as a teamster, he enlisted at age 21 into Company D Massachusetts 28th Infantry as a Private on December 13, 1861. The 28th was the second Irish regiment organized in Massachusetts and was mustered in for three years at Camp Cameron, Cambridge and mustered out at Boston, December 19, 1864. Those three years were described by one Civil War researcher as “horrendous” for this company. They left the state in January, 1862 and for two months were stationed at Fort Columbus, New York Harbor. They then embarked to Hilton Head, South Carolina where they were assigned to General Sherman’s expeditionary corps and performed” various services” until June 1 when their real action began with an attack on Fort Johnson near Secessionville. Battles of the second Bull Run , Chantilly, South Mountain, and Antietam followed in rapid succession. At the battle of Fredericksburg in December during a “gallant advance” the regiment was nearly cut in two by enemy fire. On January 1, 1863 William was promoted to Corporal. Heavy losses were incurred at the battle of Gettysburg where he was taken prisoner July 2, 1863. It is unknown when he was released from Gettysburg but fighting was nearly constant from July through December. They rested in winter quarters until May and then fought battles through August 14, 1864 where William was wounded at Charles City Cross Roads, Virginia. Battles continued into December when William mustered out. Statistics for this regiment indicate for the 4 years of the war 235 enlisted men were killed and an additional 136 died of disease or accident. 15 officers were killed.

Older sister, Hannah at some point had made her way to California, possibly with family members and in 1871 at the age of 29 she married Thomas Gorman. It is unknown when William came to California, whether it was before or after his sister’s marriage but we know by age 40 he was living in Browns Valley. We know through family lore that he was plagued by a limp for the rest of his life, a result of his war injury. From ages 40 to 60 he worked as a farmer in Long Bar raising olive trees. It probably became difficult to continue doing the hard farming work so sometime around 1900 he retained “pension attorneys” Longshaw and Pollard to help him secure a pension. Pensions were determined by rank and severity of injury so it is probable he received around $30 dollars monthly.

Though he worked hard the rest of his life and did not become rich, surely his life was more peaceful than the tumult of the horrific war years. He remained single and died on February 15, 1917. He is buried in the Gorman/Sperbeck family plot next to sister Hannah. William Regan was the oldest remaining Civil War veteran in Browns Valley when he died.

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The Marysville Stampede will bring top notch professional rodeo to the Cotton Rosser Arena in Marysville, California on September 16 and 17, 2017. The arena is located in Riverfront Park, 600 Biz Johnson Dr.

The Rodeo will also include the American Flag being delivered prior to the National Anthem by parachute, Kent Lane, who will parachute into the arena with the American Flag floating behind him.

The rodeo will open each day at 3:30 p.m. gates open at 1:30 p.m. On Saturday the public is challenged to "Are you tough enough to wear Pink?" Wear pink to the rodeo to show your support of breast cancer awareness and research. A portion of the days ticket sales will go to the Geweke Caring for Women Foundation and the Rideout Cancer Center. Wear pink to the rodeo and get a free raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize

On Sunday The Stampede organizers would like to show their appreciation to the men and women in our military. All enlisted and retired personnel can show their military ID at the gate and get in FREE as our thanks for your service.

The Stampede also features activities for kids such as mutton bustin' and having the chance to dig for silver coins in the arena. There will also be a kids corral area with pony rides and face painting.

Tickets for the 2017 Marysville Stampede are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 4 to 12 years old. Children 3 years and under are no charge. All tickets are general admission, are good for either day and seating is festival seating on the lawn.

Before and After Party's

Thursday, September 14th Friends of the Marysville Stampede will have a cattle drive beginning at Geweke Ford in Yuba City , approximately 5:30 and ending at the Riverfront Park at approximately 7:30 p.m. (see route on page­­ ­­__)

Friday, September 15th the Rotary Club of Marysville will hold their Seventh Annual Sodbusters at the Riverfront Park/Cotton Rosser Pavillion with all proceeds benefiting local community service projects. Sodbusters includes a New York steak dinner, auction and then dance the night away under the stars by the Feather River to a live band. 6:00 p.m. until midnight.

Saturday, September 16th the official Marysville Stampede after party will take place once again at the Silver Dollar Saloon on 1st Street. Gates will open at 8:30PM . The band this year is the James Aaron Band and they will play from 9:00PM until 1:00AM. There is a $5.00 cover charge. For more information contact the Silver Dollar Saloon at (530) 743-1558

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The festival begins on Saturday, September 16, 2017 in the Historical Commercial District with a parade down Broadway that starts at 10:00 a.m. The streets will be lined with families watching the parade and hoping to see friends, neighbors and local dignitaries.

Following the parade down Broadway we will end up at the Live Oak Memorial Park. The Festival will begin at 11:00 a.m., there you will be treated to a carnival atmosphere with dozens of vendor booths of all kinds including a large variety of food. Families should bring their own chairs and find a place in the shade to listen to the background music. Memories of the old days.

There is a special children's area along with activities included in the festival. One attraction that was enjoyed by young and old last year was the "Bell Ringer", a test of strength.

Car shows have become a big part of festivals today. The Live Oak Festival is no exception. The car show is comprised of old restored cars and pick-ups, Hot Rods, and brightly painted custom cars. They had a very good turnout last year.

The Live Oak Festival is a celebration of the role the agricultural industry plays in the community. The Chamber of Commerce says that the community serves as an anchor of the diverse agricultural products grown in the area.

Admission is free.

Yuba City, CA

Singing Johnny’s Tri Tip Drive Thru

Sunday, September 24 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Fotine’s Catering & Event Services , 769 Plumas Street, Suite C, Yuba City, California 95991

This event will be for a prepaid Tri tip dinner, from Cool Hand Luke’s. You need to purchase your ticket for each dinner you wish to pick up! Tickets are available online at or in person at Fotine’s by calling 530-415-1351.The following people will have tickets for sale, David Holycross, Machalea Holycross and Josh Brumley.

Singing Johnny’s Spaghetti Feed

Thursday, September 28 at 5:30 pm – 9 pm

442 Franklin Ave, Yuba City, California 95991, SPAGHETTI FEED provided by YS Recology!

Prepaid tickets $15 per person online at Tickets day of or at the Door $20 per person. Join us for an evening of music, food, dessert auction, raffle and more all to help support Johnny. Tickets available in person at Fotine’s by calling 530-415-1351.The following people will have tickets for sale, David Holycross, Machalea Holycross and Josh Brumley.

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The Yuba City JCPenney department store held a two week backpack drive to support the students at Ella Elementary school in Olivehurst CA. The drive concluded after a two week period and customers purchased and donated 225 backpacks. The stores associates donated varies school supplies for the Kindergarten class of Marysville Councilwomen Stephanie McKenzie and the 25 Students in her classroom. The management team at the JCpenney department store lead by Store Manager Jillian Leeth,” felt this was a great way to give back to the children of our community as a store. It was a total community effort and we are so grateful to all the customers who chose to donate to this cause to support the needs of our local students. The gratitude expressed by the school validated the need for our community to support these children and we are happy we got to be a part of it. The store associates were so excited to participate in this drive that it became a point of personal pride to call out every time they got a customer to donate a backpack. It was an amazing feeling of pride and caring on the part of our store associates and our customers.” Sales Associate Lucy Calderon expressed her excitement with the community effort by saying “It was a great inspiration to know that helping the students at Ella Elementary School was going to put a big smile on their faces!” Councilwomen McKenzie was quoted as saying, “what a blessing this was for the students of her classroom and Ella School “and was on hand with school staff to receive the donation of backpacks and school supplies on August 30th 2017. This is another great example of public-private partnerships between elected leaders and the business world that cross over city limits and jurisdictions to benefit our students.

Photo: by Chris Pedigo

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Yuba City, Ca.

Donna Johnston, Sutter County Clerk Recorder has achieved the designation of Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) the highest professional achievement in her field.

CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study conducted by The Election Center’s Professional Education Program and completion of twelve core courses taught by the Master's in Public Administration faculty of Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama) ranging from ethics, to voter registration and elections law, planning, communications, and voter participation, among others. The intent of the program is to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process.

“This is the highest designation available to elections and voter registration officials,” said Tim Mattice, director of the Center. “This is an outstanding accomplishment.”

“Sutter County is indeed fortunate to have Donna as one of the top designated professionals in America. Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that she has committed to a career long process of continuing education to improve the electoral process in California and the nation,” he stated.

The Professional Education Program is sponsored by The Election Center, a non-profit association of voter registrars and elections administrators throughout America. Its membership is comprised of township, city, county and state elections officials and other election related corporations. The Center’s primary purpose is education for local and state voter registrars and elections officials to promote and improve the democratic process. Professional Education Program participants receive continuing education credit from Auburn University as well as professional training credits from The Election Center.

Singing Johnny  8 30 17Sutter, Ca.

On the morning of August 23, 2017 at 7:06 John Egbert Dowden AKA as "Singing Johnny" was traveling east on Pass Road approaching Acacia Avenue on his Honda. A pig was found deceased at this location which occurred sometime prior to this collision on the north side of Pass Road. Two turkey vultures were also in the same location as the pig. As John approached the pig/vultures the first vulture flew away, the second vulture took off and collided with John while riding his Honda. This caused John to lose control of and travel east on Pass Road and leave the roadway on the north side, traversing the ditch and ultimately colliding with a fence. John was ejected from the Honda and sustained major injuries. He was life flighted by Reach Air Ambulance to Sutter Roseville E/R. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected in this collision. John was wearing a helmet at the time of this collision.

Many in the Yuba Sutter area consider Johnny a celebrity and main fixture seen daily in Marysville. Johnny rides his motorcycle with ladder and five gallon bucket attached as he makes his rounds washing windows for downtown businesses and the homes of seniors. He is never too busy to stop you on the street with a joke or he might break into a song.

Almost a week later Johnny is still in ICU. According to his Facebook family, friends and followers he will be there for at least a few more days. He still has no vision in his right eye. Our community is praying for Johnny.

Emergency repairs 8 30 17Brownsville, Ca.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) notified the North Yuba Water District (NYWD) that their request for reimbursement for storm-related damage was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.) Two checks have been issued from Cal OES to NYWD, totaling over $132,000. The funds reimburse the repair cost for two storm-related blowouts on the Forbestown Ditch that occurred earlier this year.

The first blowout occurred on January 11 when a portion of the mountain side supporting the Forbestown Ditch washed out a 160-foot section of the Ditch, north of the treatment plant. The repair cost $47,595.07, of which 93.75%, or $44,620.38, was reimbursed (75% from FEMA and 18.75% from Cal OES.)

The second blowout occurred on February 7, destroying a 200-foot section of the Ditch, approximately 230 feet downstream of the first breach. The repair cost $93,779.02, of which 93.75%, or $87,917.84, was also reimbursed (75% from FEMA and 18.75% from Cal OES.)

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Kindlelon "Kobie" Respicio received the Honorary ESPY Award at the Yuba City City Council meeting August 15, 2017. The award was presented on behalf of the city council by Vice Mayor Preet Didbal. After the presentation by the Vice Mayor, Kobie thanked the council, the staff at Gauche Aquatic Park, who helped him become a great swimmer and many more that had contributed to his success.

Kobie is one of two special Olympic athletes in California to receive an honorary ESPY award for excelling in swimming and academics. A short story of him has been shown on ABC 10 news covered by David Anthony Adams. The U.S. Special Olympics and Northern California Special Olympics (head quartered in Contra Costa County) featured him on their webpage as well. He has a learning disability and is mildly autistic. He recently graduated from Yuba City high school with a 3.81 GPA and wore 2 honor stoles (CSF, California Scholarship Federation, and AVID, Advancement via Individual Determination), Received the Principal's medallion for Leadership, Scholastics, and Service. He also received two honor cords for attaining Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout rank and for completing A-G college prepatory courses. He has been accepted to 17 universities offering him scholarships up to $114,000.00 for 4 years. This fall he will be attending Saint Mary's college in Moraga. He has been accepted into their 4+1 (BA-MA) accelerated master’s program in justice, community, and leadership studies. He is one of a very few Special Olympic athletes to be accepted into a 4 year College/University and possibly the first Special Olympic athlete to be accepted into an accelerated Master program right after high school.

ESPY is an Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award. Special Olympics Athletes are also honored. These honorees are being recognized by the ESPYS organizers and their programs as “amazing, inspirational athletes.”

by Courtney Ferguson2017 04 28 04.26.05 8 23 17Forte Miners, 4 men in ore care wearing colorful bandanas, photo by Courtney Ferguson “Ore” together now, award-winning barbershop quartet, the Forte Miners, will perform by the mine shaft – just before the thrilling mine-rescue reenactment at high noon.

“If only our early gold-mine moguls could see the Miners Picnic today, don’t you wonder what they’d say?” Event Chair Steve Sanchez mused. “I think they’d be amazed – and proud that what started back in 1895, the year of the very first Miners Picnic, remains a day our entire community still celebrates.”

While early picnics raised funds to help miners’ widows and orphans, today it’s a glorious way to make Nevada County’s history live again. Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and lunches, and picnic on the shady grounds, in the heart of our history. Food, drinks and plenty of Lazy Dog ice cream will be for sale, as well as traditional Cornish pasties, and exclusive “24-Karrat Cakes,” only available at Park events. From 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., visitors can enjoy non-stop action and entertainment, starting with a dramatic mine-rescue reenactment at high noon in the Mineyard. Will the old fire truck get there in time to rescue the injured miners? The more cheering visitors, the better their chances! With barber shop music by the Forte Miners and Dixieland jazz by the Stamp Mill Stompers, there will be plenty of old-time music. One-man band, Gary Hinze and Fire in the Kitchen are other popular Mineyard attractions.

2017 06 03 01.45.13  8 23 17Izzi Tooinsky, with juggling props, photo by Courtney Ferguson A man of talents (and surprises), Izzi Tooinsky will make his debut on the stage near the Clubhouse at 1:15 pm as he performs "A Toymakers Journey Through the Goldrush."

At 1:15 p.m. Izzi Tooinsky will perform his action-packed show, “A Toy Makers Journey through the Gold Rush” on the special Clubhouse stage. “Here’s the perfect way to enjoy lunch – and see an outstanding show,” Sanchez added, “as Izzi makes his Miners Picnic debut.” Later in the afternoon, Past Due and Playable will perform a lively variety of music on the stage, while singer/guitarist Kelly Fleming will perform outside Empire Cottage. “There will be magic by Peter Franchino, lots of vintage cars on display, charming mini-donkeys in their prospecting gear, balloon sculptures, the Park’s docent musicians, Celtic Joy, plus gold panning and other engaging activities for children. Every Miners Picnic seems to offer more memory-making fun,” Sanchez said.

Miners Picnic will be held on Saturday, August 26th at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Parking is free, and children under six are admitted free. Everyone’s invited, including well-behaved dogs on leashes. Hosted by Empire Mine Park Association (EMPA), visitors are encouraged to spend the entire day, and treasure every moment. For further information, phone the Visitor Center on (530) 273-8522 or visit

IMG 1705  8 23 17Two mini-donkeys, one pony & two women handlers, photo by Richard Bannister All set to go prospecting, these mini-donkeys and their pony friend, are a popular attraction, as they discover gold and steal hearts.





By John Mistler

Marysville, Ca.foothill 8 16 17 Buck Weckman addressing the Board

Hill residents turned out at the August 8th meeting of the Yuba County Board of Supervisors. Approximately 10 individuals spoke to the Board requesting protection and enforcement of the Marijuana Laws. "Outdoor grows are illegal!" Approximately 50 people mostly from the foothills seemed to feel that it took the shooting of two Yuba County Deputies to shine the light on what is going on in the Foothills. Speakers expressed fear, and intimidation of their grower neighbors. One participant said there would have been more people complaining if this had been a night meeting and yet many are fearful of speaking out.

Buck Weckman founder of FACT (Families Against Cannabis Trafficking) presented the board with a resolution demanding the Supervisors adopt a "State of Emergency" because of illegal Marijuana activities. The speakers let the board know that they wanted them to take action and to support the resolution. The other sentiment that came through clearly was that the residents did not blame the Sheriff but that the Board of Supervisors needed to give the Sheriff what he needs to solve the problem. Marcia Cecil of Browns Valley suggested the board needed to cut the budget 1% across the board and give it to law enforcement for deputies and equipment.

Randy Fletcher the Foothill Supervisor acknowledged there was a problem and said they will be working on it.

Editors Note: The Yuba County Marijuana Ordinance is not a law enforcement ordinance it is a code enforcement ordinance. This must change; we have three new Supervisors and a new County Council. Government’s number one responsibility is to keep its citizens safe, even though we live in California.


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The Yuba-Sutter Veterans Stand Down is coming to the Cotton Rosser Pavillion at Riverfront Park, 1010 Bizz Johnson Drive, in Marysville.

What is the Veteran’s Stand Down?

The original Stand Down for the homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being. Stand Down is an intervention that was conceived from the ground up specifically for veterans. It is designed to transform the despair and immobility of homelessness into the momentum necessary to get into recovery, to resolve legal issues, to seek employment, to access health and benefits, to reconnect with the community and to get off the streets...A very tall order for a three-day event. Stand Down is a belief in the triumph of the human spirit over extraordinary odds. It grows out of a conviction that the overwhelming number of homeless veterans on the streets of America is unacceptable and that the veteran community itself must respond. Each year the Yuba-Sutter Veterans Stand Down has grown, been refined to meet the needs of our veterans, homeless or not, all active duty personnel and their dependents. There are organizations / agencies and more than 2,800 and growing volunteers from all walks of life that make Stand Down happen. Some never set foot on the Stand Down field; others are there from the first day of set up until the site is returned to its original form. Perhaps the hallmark of success is that each year more and more of our volunteers were once participants who have made the courageous move to change their lives.

See more on the Stand Down on pages 6 and 7


Deputies Condition Upgraded to Good

Marysville, Ca.

On the morning of August 1, 2017 the Yuba County Sheriff's Department received a call about the Rastafarian Church in the 9000 block of Marysville Rd., Oregon House. The complainant Sugarleaf Rastafarian Church leader Heidi Lepp said she received a call from church members who live on the marijuana farm saying a newly arrived worker had become erratic, was ripping up plants and holding a gun. Lepp said she called the sheriff's office and told the men on the farm to leave immediately

. Upon arrival the two deputies responding pursued a suspect matching the description they were given into a mobile home. As they were clearing the home they were met with gunfire, both were hit twice, and returned gunfire. While unknown at the time it was believed that they hit the suspect. The two deputies, Phillip Bronson, 14 years with Yuba County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) and Andrew Everhart, 10 years with (YCSO), were dragged to safety by a third deputy, Daniel Harris, 22 years with (YCSO), who had been watching the back of the home. Harris called for officer down and backup. The two deputies were flown to Sutter Roseville where they underwent extensive surgery.

Multiple Yuba County Deputies, SWAT team members, Detectives, and Hostage Negotiators responded to the scene, along with many neighboring law enforcement officers and other first responders. Nearby residences were evacuated, a perimeter was established, and attempts to communicate with the barricaded suspect were initiated. Just before 2pm, SWAT personnel deployed diversionary devices into the home followed by tear-gas deployment, and then entered into the residence. Once inside, SWAT members located the suspect and determined the suspect was deceased and had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

The suspect was later identified as Mark Anthony Sanchez, 33, originally of Gilroy, Ca. It is believed that Sanchez was living and working as a caretaker at the marijuana garden. Sanchez was a previously convicted felon that had served time in California State Prison for multiple violent felonies including carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as burglary and possession of stolen property. It was also discovered that Sanchez had two active warrants out of Gilroy for Robbery and Disturbing the Peace at the time of his death.

An autopsy was completed the morning of August 3 and the official cause of death was listed as “multiple gunshot wounds”. Official manner of death is pending conclusion of the shooting investigation, however it was determined that the suspect was struck multiple times by return gunfire from the two injured deputies. It is not conclusive at this time whether the fatal shot was self inflicted or the return fire from the deputies.

The two wounded deputies are still recovering and their condition has been upgraded from Fair to Good