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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 http://www.empiremine.org

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



Shakespeare Mine 8 2 17As the peak days of summer settle over northern California, the historic gold rush town of Forbestown comes alive with its annual community celebration of Forbestown Daze on Saturday, August 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located in the foothills above Oroville, Forbestown is proud of its heritage as the destination for many immigrants from the eastern United States and from foreign lands who came seeking their fortunes among the quartz seams and tall forests of the Sierras in the 1800s.

The day begins with the traditional patriotic raising of our nation’s flag at the Yuba Feather Museum and Gold Trader Flat. The hoisting of the Stars and Stripes and playing of the Star Spangled Banner will be conducted by Boy Scout Troop 6400 and local Veterans of Foreign Wars George Steiner Post 10135. Then, throughout this day of “living history,” visitors mingle with costumed docents, lawmen and gun fighters in Gold Trader Flat, an interpretive village lovingly constructed by descendants of the early pioneers as well as by more recent transplants. Inside the Museum, curated exhibits display the way people lived and worked during the gold rush era from the expert basketry of the first peoples to the “green gold” of the lumber industry. On the boardwalks and along the streets of Gold Trader Flat, visitors can tour the establishments of a typical gold rush town from chapel to saloon and homestead to hotel while listening to the strains of old time music, sipping ice cold sarsaparilla and filling up with hearty chow.

Our blacksmith Jeb Swart will be turning out his marvels at the forge, Donna Hankins will be peddling her toys and souvenirs at the mercantile, and local author Heidi Sheehan Marsh will be signing her new book about the sugar pine shake industry at the lumber exhibit. Beware of outlaws roaming the streets. It’s still the wild west and gun fights can break out. But not to worry; Sherriff Andy Hill will be on duty. In the afternoon when the votes are counted, the new town sheriff will be sworn in. At a dollar a vote, our campaign slogan is “Vote Early, Vote Often.”

Admission to the Museum and Gold Trader Flat is always free. Donations and proceeds go towards upkeep and improvement of the Museum and interpretive village both of which are supported entirely through private memberships and donations and maintained by volunteers for the benefit of the community.

Next door in the Forbestown Community Park, the Forbestown Advisory Council (FAC) has a full day of activities planned for children of all ages. At noon the annual parade will commence across from the Forbestown General Store and head down New York Flat Road. Put on by the Forbestown Parade and Picnic Committee, the parade always draws a large crowd. This year’s Grand Marshall is Pat Dork, an early resident who raised five children in the foothills and was a founding member of the Yuba Feather Historical Association and the Hilltop Gang. This year the FAC is happy to announce that the Masonic picnic area on Forbestown Road just north of the Forbestown Store will provide designated parking for the event. Shuttle service will be available from the local taxi service.

Approximately 30 vendors will have set up their booths in the Park with local crafts and lots of sumptuous mountain food to keep you going throughout the day. Musical entertainment will include performances by the duo of Dougan and Bernie and by the Mike Corliss Band. Excitement builds towards the end of the day when great prizes are raffled off. Proceeds from the raffle and the other activities at the Park go to support the Forbestown Mountain Library and other community programs of the FAC.Blacksmith at Work in the Forge 8 2 17

Brad and Alana Fowler have been named the 2017 Family of the Year by the Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors. The Fowler Family Family of the Year    2017 8 2 17Fowler Family – Alana, Brad, Macey (14), Molly (12), Morgan (10), Wendy (7), and Wyatt (7)Board chose the Fowler Family for their ongoing commitment, participation and volunteer efforts in the livestock program at the Nevada County Fair.

Brad and Alana, who were both born and raised in Nevada County, have been attending the Fair since they were children. Alana started showing animals in 4-H at nine years old and continued through high school in FFA; and Brad showed throughout high school in FFA. Since that time, they’ve continued to help in the show arenas, volunteer on Treat Street, work in educational booths, assist at the Junior Livestock Auction, set up various displays, and clean barns after the Fair. Today, they spend countless hours in the livestock barns, helping their own children, as well as other youth exhibitors, prepare their animals for the Fair.

The Fowlers, who will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary this year, have five daughters – Macey, 14; Molly, 12; Morgan, 10; Wendy, 7; and Wyatt, 7. All their children have been involved with livestock since birth, and have been showing and exhibiting at the Fair since they were young. The older girls started with pygmy goats and rabbits and moved to beef and dairy. Their oldest three daughters raise steers for the Junior Livestock Auction, and their youngest daughters entered Mutton Bustin’ last year. The girls have each started their own herds of various species, so in addition to bringing steers to the Fair this year, the oldest three girls will also bring some of their own breeding animals, both beef and dairy cattle, to show. The youngest girls help their sisters and have their own animals that will be the foundation for the future livestock they exhibit at the Fair. Additionally, Macey works with several horses during the week, trading for lessons; Molly plays volleyball; and Morgan competes in track.

Not surprisingly, when asked about their favorite memories at the Fair, both share fond memories of their time with the livestock community. “My favorite part of the Fair is watching the Junior Livestock Exhibitors show their animals,” says Brad. “Fair is also important to me because I get to see people in the community.” Alana echoes his comments. “Fair is like a family vacation with friends and family,” she says. “I love to see the livestock exhibitors sharing their knowledge of these animals with families that visit.”

When not busy at the Fair, Alana reports that “life outside of Fair is much like Fair.” They are self-employed, and for the past 10 years they have sold pasture-raised hogs, turkeys and chickens, as well as grass fed beef, lamb and goat directly to consumers in Nevada County. They also use goats and sheep for fire prevention grazing throughout Nevada, Placer and Yuba counties. Outside of work, the Fowlers are involved with the Nevada County Farm Bureau, the Nevada County Food and Farm Conference, Nevada County 4-H, Nevada County Food Policy Council, and Nevada County Livestock Producers.

“The Fowler’s involvement in the livestock community, and their countless hours of volunteering at the Nevada County Fair, embody the community spirit that makes up the Nevada County Fair,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Fairgrounds. “We are thrilled to be able to recognize them as the 2017 Fair Family of the Year.”

The Fowler Family will be honored at the Fair’s opening ceremony. They will receive a Fair package, as well as a family portrait by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley. The 2017 Nevada County Fair is August 9 – 13.

Photo credit: Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley

pedalYuba City, Ca.

The 159th Yuba Sutter Fair is scheduled for Thursday August 3rd through Sunday August 6.

This year’s Fair will be highlighting local agriculture including peaches, local fruits/nuts and a local food court supported by locally manufactured products in our community. There will be demonstrations on making jams and jellies, food pairings and much more!

On August 3rd the Miss Yuba-Sutter and Miss Teen Competition, 2017/2018 will start at 7 pm. The 2016/2017 Yuba-Sutter Royalty are, Miss Yuba-Sutter: Bitsy West, Miss Teen: Kyra Aldridge and Mini Miss: Josie Parker

The Mini Miss Competition is Friday, August 4th starting at 7 pm.

Back again to the 2017 Yuba-Sutter Fair is the KIDS PEDAL TRACTOR PULLS!!! The kids become the stars of the show while they compete in a fast paced, action packed pedal powered tractor pull. Kids four to twelve years old are welcome to join in the show for FREE and try their skill. The tractors and pulling sleds are built for fun and designed to produce smiles and laughter!

Yuba Sutter Arts Mounts Major Art Installation

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So what are those 100 umbrellas doing floating over the central courtyard at Yuba Sutter Arts? In a practical sense, they provide shade from the intense summer sun, but there’s a lot more to the presence of the umbrellas than a simple utilitarian function. Most importantly, when you see them they will make you smile!

The original Umbrella Sky Project began in 2011 as a part of an annual art festival in Águeda, Portugal. Each year, during the hot summer months, a handful of the city’s narrow streets gain colorful umbrella canopies that provide shade for the pedestrians passing through. The numerous parasols help cool the roadways in a creative and cost-effective way, and the sea of umbrellas forms a unique pattern overhead as well as changing shadows on the roadway below.

“We first heard about the Umbrella Sky concept in an article in a recent issue of Sactown magazine titled, ‘Why Not Here’,” said David Read, Yuba Sutter Arts Executive Director. “We said, ‘why not?’ and started planning our installation which came together in about three weeks,” he added.

There is an aesthetic to the colors and the shapes of the umbrellas and the geometric shadows they cast on the ground. Even the slightest breeze causes the umbrellas to shift and realign themselves turning them into “dancing umbrellas.” Five different color umbrellas were used, each about 40” in diameter. They are suspended on a wire grid system about ten feet off the ground.

In Águeda, these pop-up shade structures have become an annual summertime installation and they have developed a cult following around the world. Creators of the Umbrella Sky Project have also launched offshoots of this work in other cities including a few in the United States, where they have added to the streetscape by stringing multicolored balloons over urban alleyways. The polka-dot shadows that shine down onto the street below add more color to people’s lives in everyday settings.

Umbrella Sky will be on display through at least September. There is no admission to view the installation or any of the Yuba Sutter Arts exhibits. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11-4 or at other times by appointment. Yuba Sutter Arts is located at 624 E Street in Marysville. Plenty of free parking is available on the streets adjacent to the theatre and at the Umpqua Bank and Bank of America parking lots directly across the street. Come support art in the community and enjoy this unique project.

You are invited to the Downieville Mountain Brewfest, Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 2-6 PM, in beautiful historic 016 6 19 17downtown Downieville on Highway 49 where the Downie and the North Yuba Rivers meet. No better place to be on a hot, August day!

This is the third year that Downieville Improvement Group is hosting the Brewfest and we are excited to present several new brewing companies! Come to taste some of the best craft beer from Northern California and beyond. Featuring 25 brewing companies that will be pouring some of their finest brews. Enjoy the Chicago-style blues music of Bob Mora & The Third Degree Blues Band from Rough & Ready, California. Savor the delicious food choices that will be available to purchase from local establishments and well-known food trucks in the Gold Country. Amazing offerings of beer, food and music!

Go to: www.downievillebrewfest.com for more information and a complete list of participating brewing companies. Also visit the Facebook event page: Downieville Mountain Brewfest 2017 for all the latest updates. Tickets are $30 in advance and available through: www.brownpapertickets.com or in Downieville at several business locations. Tickets at the door will cost $50. You must have a photo ID to taste, and there is no charge for non-tasters or designated drivers. Shuttle service will be available from the nearby campgrounds for $5 each direction. Please no dogs at the Brewfest.

Tickets are selling quickly-don’t miss out! See you in Downieville!

Yuba Sutter County Fair August 3rd thru 6th

Nevada County Fair August 9th thru 13th

Butte County Fair August 24th thru 27th

When you want more than just another rodeorodeo Cotton 6 19 17Cotton Rosser

The Flying U Rodeo company is a family operated business that has been the heart and soul of Cotton Rosser and his family for over 60 years. Cotton has mastered the art of putting on a successful show and has created generations of rodeo fans that continue coming back for more. A Flying U Rodeo is more than just timed events or roughstock events, it is entertainment at its best. Cotton has made it his legacy to bring top-notch entertainers and specialty acts to his shows.

Flying U Rodeo takes pride in presenting a comprehensive entertainment package. Our enthusiasm to entertain is equaled by only by top rodeo stock, courtesy of our own Born to Buck breeding program, and the best contract acts in the rodeo business. The sport of rodeo is rapidly evolving, different venues have different needs and purposes for their rodeo entertainment. With this in mind Flying U Rodeo is proud to offer a variety of rodeo productions. Events ranging from traditional PRCA rodeos, Extreme Rodeos, and the Fiesta Del Charro, have entertained millions of rodeo fans for decades!! http://www.flyingurodeo.com

Sacramento, Ca.

On July 10, 2017, Governor Brown signed the Protect Our Communities Act (AB 255), authored by Assemblyman James Gallagher (R- Yuba City). The measure would require a court to consider residential, familial, or employment connections when they are determining counties for conditional release of sexually violent predators (SVPs).

“These repeat sexual offenders pose a serious threat, and rural counties shouldn’t be a default dumping ground for them,” said Gallagher. “Today we took an important step forward in ending this flawed practice that threatens our North State communities,” Gallagher continued.

SVPs are frequently placed in areas where they have no community connections. These offenders are being disproportionately placed in rural counties, even though rural areas face unique public safety issues and do not have the capacity to monitor offenders from other counties. Earlier this year, the Department of State Hospitals placed a sexually violent predator from Monterey County in a home located in rural Marysville, where he has absolutely no family or historical connection.

These offenders should be placed in the counties they are from, but current state law allows the court to look at other placement counties if placement in the county of domicile is not possible. These alternative placements are often made in rural counties. AB 255 will require the court to look at community ties, such as whether they have family or employment connections to the area, when considering placement counties that are not the county of domicile.

Marysville, Ca.

The City of Marysville will once again welcome more than 25,000 locals and visitors as the historic town hosts the 18th Annual Marysville Peach Festival, July 14 and 15 this summer.

Admission -- and parking -- for this blocks-long street fair is free.

Marysville, once the third largest city in California when it was the gateway to the gold fields, enjoyed a second Gold Rush a century later when it produced half of all the canned peaches in the world. The golden fruit is still grown in its many varieties, by local family farms and larger companies alike.

What began as a small street event in 1999, is now a two-day festival known around and beyond

California, featuring ever more inventive ways for visitors to savor the flavor of the luscious fruit. Fresh peaches, peach ice cream, cobblers and pies, shakes and smoothies, candies, sodas, peach-basted barbecue are just a few of the foods that will be offered. Other vendors will be displaying non-edible peach products, and there will be a variety of peachy games, rides and children’s amusements.

Live entertainment on the Festival Stage at 6th and D Streets will include performances by Guilty Again, The Ray Allen Band, and Tijuana Taxi. The seventh annual Tasty Treat Challenge at St. John’s, 8th and D Streets, will showcase pies, pastries and preserves with entry fees for competitors going to benefit the local community food and clothing program Loaves & Britches.

Returning to the festival this year, the Miss Peach Festival All Natural “inner beauty” pageant. Also scheduled: a peaches and pancake breakfast and 5K Run/Walk, on Saturday morning.

This year’s festival is scheduled for Friday, July 14 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday,

July 15 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

More information about the 2017 Marysville Peach Festival may be found on the official website, www.marysvillepeachfest.com. Those interested in being a sponsor or vendor are invited to contact the City’s event coordinator, Shannon Carroll, at (530) 749-3954 or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Marysville, Ca.calnon profits 7 12 17David Read, Executive Director Y/S Arts, Senator Jim Neilsen and Abbie Cesena Managing Director

On Wednesday, June 28, Yuba Sutter Arts was honored as a Nonprofit of the Year at a celebration of California Nonprofits Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

Yuba Sutter Arts was selected by Senator Jim Nielsen as an exceptional nonprofit organization in his District #4 district community. Yuba Sutter Arts joined nearly one hundred other nonprofit leaders from across the state that were honored at the annual California Nonprofits Day event, formally recognized by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 54, authored by the chair of the new Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector, Assemblywoman Monique Limon (D-Santa Barbara).

Yuba Sutter Arts, established in 1981, exists to expand artistic awareness of and engagement in the arts throughout the community. It works to ensure the highest quality and widest variety of arts and cultural activities so that the region can experience art every day and to recognize the arts in the everyday.

“While never expected, recognition of this sort is very much appreciated. We are extremely pleased to have been honored by Senator Nielsen as his designated Nonprofit of the Year,” said David Read, Yuba Sutter Arts’ Executive Director.

The award recipients were honored at a luncheon at Sacramento’s Convention Center with welcomes from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Assembly member Limon, and Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits. California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, also spoke to the gathered honorees and their legislators.

“Nonprofit organizations are vitally important to the economy and well-being of California. But too often nonprofits are ‘hidden in plain sight.’ We are thrilled that the State Assembly has passed a resolution for the second year in a row that puts the spotlight on nonprofits as an economic power that uses that power for the common good. We congratulate all of the award recipients on being honored for the great work they do every day to make California a better place,” said Jan Masaoka, CEO of California Association of Nonprofits, a statewide alliance of over 10,000 organizations, representing and promoting California’s growing nonprofit sector and working to bring the full power of nonprofits to strengthening communities.


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Yuba City, Ca.

At their June 19, 2017, meeting at the Church of Glad Tidings in Live Oak, the Sutter Buttes Tea Party Patriots awarded their First Annual Patriot Scholarship to Greyson Reynolds, a junior attending Oroville High School, for getting the Pledge of Allegiance reinstated at Oroville High School, a school that had not recited the pledge since the 1970s.

Greyson first spoke to the Oroville High School principal and then wrote a letter to the school board proposing the Pledge of Allegiance be recited every morning. With no results, he circulated a petition. The only opposition to restoring the Pledge of Allegiance came from a few teachers, not from any student. Other students and some teachers helped circulate the petition. Enough signatures were gathered. The Pledge has been recited every day since February.

Before introducing Greyson and presenting the award to him, Tammie Rikard, a member of the Sutter Buttes Tea Party Executive Board and teacher of their biannual Institute on the Constitution’s U.S. Constitution Course, addressed from where controversy to the Pledge comes:

I pledge Allegiance to the Flag... What could be wrong with pledging allegiance to your own nation? The answer is globalism, and Common Core in our public schools is seeking to transform our youngest citizens into global citizens. It targets vulnerable children that are not yet convicted to our founding principles of individual liberty and unalienable God-given rights. Our Declaration of Independence states the absolute truth, that all men are created equal, and that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. Contrastively, our children are being taught to deny any individual liberty in favor of the collective through this idea of globalism. So the term global citizen is being ingrained into the minds of our youth. This term refers to a godless government state citizen that places the collective above individual liberty, not an individual created by God and God-given inalienable rights.

...and to the Republic for which it stands... There are many people who grew up saying the Pledge of Allegiance over and over and yet still believe we live under a democracy. They don’t even know the form of our government is a republic.

...one nation under God... We have recognized from the original formation of this great nation that we are living under the greatest jurisdiction there is. That is God’s jurisdiction. He reigns supreme over this land, and He is the ultimate ruler and king of kings.

...indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Justice for all. Liberty and justice for all, not just the social justice warriors and snowflakes and intolerant left. It means justice and liberty for all. That means I can say the Pledge of Allegiance, and I can fly my flag of the United States proudly...”

It was Greyson’s patriotism which inspired the Sutter Buttes Tea Party to create what will be an annual $500 Sutter Buttes Tea Party Patriot Scholarship. His goal is to attend the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.

Videos of Mrs. Rikard’s introduction and Greyson’s tale and award presentation are available on Sutter Buttes Tea Party’s website: www.sbtpp.org


CourtneyAbril2 7 5 17Marysville, Ca.

Courtney Abril is Yuba County’s new County Counsel, receiving full support of the Board of Supervisors during its June 27 meeting.

Abril served as Yuba County’s Chief Deputy County Counsel for the past year, before being appointed as interim County Counsel following the departure of Angil Morris-Jones at the end of April.

In June, following an evaluation of Abril’s performance, the Board decided to begin the necessary steps to appoint her to the position, with a starting date of July 1.

“Over the last year, Mrs. Abril has developed a very good relationship with county departments and elected officials,” said Yuba County Administrator Robert Bendorf. “Her hard work and effective management of the County Counsel’s office is evident to all who work with her.”

Prior to joining Yuba County, Abril worked in the Nevada County Public Defender’s Office since 2006. She received her law degree from Gonzaga Law School in 2005 and was admitted to the California State Bar later the same year.

Beyond her professional work, Abril has been a volunteer attorney at Veteran’s Stand Down for many years.

Marysville, Ca.picture 2 6 21 17Board Members of MPSCA Inc., Pres. Judy Mann VP Chris Billeci, Secretary Salina Chan, Treasurer Minoo Prllwitz, Other Board Members; Richard Ow, Bill Honsinger and our Scholarship winner for 2017 Brandon Beech.

On May 30 2017 at the Marysville High School Gymnasium the Winner of the First Annual Marysville-Peikang Sister City Association Scholarship Award went to Jordan Beech, a senior attending Marysville High School and who is planning on attending Yuba College or a four-year college, which meets the requirement of the scholarship, also included as a requirement an essay had to be written on how the Asian Culture is influenced in the Yuba-Sutter Communities. It didn’t take the board long to decide with a 4.5+ average, accomplishments all through high school and finally his interest in becoming an engineer, we awarded a small scholarship to go towards helping with the many expenses he would accrue for college.

We are proud of Jordan’s accomplishments and wish him success in the future. Before the end of the Awards Ceremony Jordan walked away with 11 other awards. We are proud of all the winners of such awards in fact we were told it was the first time in history picture 1 6 21 17 Proud Family of Jordan BeechMHS had so many students receiving awards. The Marysville-Peikang Sister City Group looks forward in doing this again next year.



Marysville, Ca.

The seven-member Marysville Planning Commission serves as an advisory board to the Mayor and Marysville City Council. The Special Meeting of the Marysville Planning Commission on June 14, 2017 was scheduled to change the zoning requirements for the proposed Marijuana Dispensary's since they violated the city's existing zoning ordinance. The change would eliminate any compliance with state or federal law. Item: 6. Consider modification or elimination of statements in the Marysville Municipal Code Title 18, Zoning, regarding upholding the laws of the State of California and the United States, specifically Sections 18.08.070, 18.67.060, and 18.67.120 and possibly other code sections, and consider recommendation to the City Council.

This was an attempt to make changes to the ordinance that would nullify the rescheduled future appeal of the City Council's decision, presented by Buck Weckman of FACT (Families Against Cannabis Trafficking)

The vote by the Planning Commission was 4 to 1 against eliminating the ordinance, thereby upholding the state and federal law. 2 commissioners were absent and the lone vote to eliminate was Michael Paine.

After the meeting Buck Weckman made the following statement," The decision by the Marysville Planning Commission was a reminder to me that there are people of integrity and honor within City Hall. I need to thank and mention the good employees and staff more often. But this is just one round of the continuing battle against the corruption that comes with commercial marijuana."

fruit jar pickers 6 14 17The end of a musical era in Rough and Ready

by Courtney Ferguson

"Seventeen years is a heck of an inning," said one of the Fruit Jar Pickers' founding members, Red Sagraves, "but all good things come to an end." Sagraves was referring to the 17 years the Fruit Jar Pickers have been entertaining Nevada County with their bluegrass style of sing-along music. "Originally, a few of us got together on the front porch of the Rough and Ready Market," he recalled. "Soon more local musicians joined in, including DoBro player and anchor, Everette Burkard. His skill, patience and generosity helped us become something of a local fixture. We moved to an abandoned car-repair garage across the street - where both the band and the audience grew in numbers. It wasn't unusual to have retired Lake Wildwood residents singing songs like "Motorcycle Mamma" with bike club members." The band sometimes had as many as 28 musicians of varying expertise, and the audience was often over 200; many from all over America and all over the world. Eventually, the garage became the site of what is now the Rough and Ready Fire Station, and the band moved to the nearby Grange Hall. "We will miss each other - as well as our many loyal friends who'd sing along with us each Sunday," Sagraves reflected.

The band experienced its fair share of slice-of-life challenges, changes, romance and passings. In addition to playing each Sunday morning, the Fruit Jar Pickers played again in the afternoons at one of Nevada County's retirement homes or convalescent hospitals. "Over the years, we got to know many of the residents and patients," Everette Burkard explained. "Their willingness to sing along and connect was inspirational, and something we will always remember fondly. Many said we helped them get through a tough patch in their lives."

The last performance will take place on Sunday, June 18th from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Rough and Ready Grange Hall. "As always," Sagraves added, "it will be free of charge - and fun."

"We can make a party out of nothing," is a line from one of the songs they sing - and probably sums up the spirit behind their earthy music. The Fruit Jar Pickers are likely to be remembered more for their big hearts than their musical expertise. However, that's probably exactly what they want.

Photo by banjo player Janet Burton

(caption) Founding member Red Sagraves (left) and anchor Everette Burkard tune up for one of the Fruit Pickers’ last performances – while they recall 17 years of fun.