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.

In 1989, Allen Jaynes and Ned Lemenager established the Sutter Rifle Team with the 4H group of 15 kids. They practiced once a month with most of the equipment handmade other than the guns, which were not target guns, just old field guns. The team started competing in the 4H championship competition once a year. In about 2000, the high school team was founded. At that time we realized that the team had evolved into a very competitive team with a lot of talent. In 2000 we had 2 members qualify for junior Olympics. The students were Megan Sandiage and Lee Lemenager. Megan came home in 3rd place overall in the Junior Olympics that year. Megan Sandiage was also the first one to receive a division I scholarship to Ole Miss. Over the last 15 years, the SUHS Rifle team has had 18 more high school kids go onto division 1 scholarships, 2 that have PHDs, 3 all Americans, and 14 academic all Americans.

In 2012, the team became the first high school team in the history of the air gun national championship to come home with first place. Over the years we have had at least 25 junior Olympians coming home with at least 7 medals.

The team will be in Ohio on June 20th for the Jr. Air Rifle National Championship.rifle team 6 7 17

colusa fair 6 7 17Carnival Fun for Everyone

Colusa, Ca.

The 78th Annual Colusa County Fair is a 4 day event being held from June 8th to June 11, 2017 at the Colusa County Fairgrounds, 1303 10th Street, Colusa Ca.

Colusa County Fair is a traditional country-style fair complete with livestock exhibitions, pageants, and music along with other events. The event also features delicious midway fare and a variety of merchandise vendors. People of all ages can enjoy family-oriented entertainment and activities as farmers show off their animals and products. The hours for Thursday and Friday are 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Saturday 3:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

The Miss Colusa County Pageant will be on Thursday, June 8th, at 8:00 p.m. and the Mini Miss Colusa County pageant is Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. Equal time is given to the guys with the Mr. Cinderfella Pageant Friday, June 9th at 8:30 p.m., all will be at the Grandstands. Following the Mr. Cinderfella Pageant there will be an exciting Fireworks show.

It's Fair Time

Colusa County Fair June 8th thru 11th

Yuba Sutter County Fair August 3rd thru 6th

Nevada County Fair August 9th thru 13th

Butte County Fair August 24th thru 27th

by John MistlerJanet Nguye  5 31 17

Marysville, Ca.

Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) will attend a special reception in support of the Yuba County Republican Party. The reception will take place on Wednesday, June 7th at the Peach Tree Country Club. Senator Jim Nielsen and Assemblyman James Gallagher will be in attendance. For more information and RSVP call 530-812-0467 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Senator Nguyen first came to the attention of Northern Californian's in an article in (2-27-2017) by Lou Binninger. Mr. Binninger said, " Republican State Senator Janet Nguyen of Garden Grove found she was the wrong minority (Vietnamese), the wrong party (Republican) and had the wrong position on the Vietnam War to address the Senate on Thursday 2/23/17. If she were Black, Mexican, homosexual, from a Muslim country, or a democrat and opposed to the war she was good to go. She wasn’t, so she was silenced."

Senator Nguyen stood, on the floor of the Senate of the State of California, to inform the Senate of the Vietnamese view of the late Senator Tom Hayden. “Today I recognize in memory the millions of Vietnamese and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees who died in seeking freedom and democracy. On Tuesday, you had an opportunity to honor Senator Tom Hayden. With all due respect, I would like to offer this historical perspective.....” At that point Nguyen was interrupted and her microphone silenced by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), presiding over the Senate, who then gave the floor to Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel). Monning repeatedly exhorted Nguyen that she was out of order.

Senator Nguyen was then escorted from the Senate floor by the sergeants-at-arms.

Yuba Sutter Pow Wow  5 31 17Yuba City, Ca.

The 36th Annual Yuba-Sutter POW WOW will be held June 3 and 4 at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds, 442 Franklin Ave. Yuba City. The event is sponsored by the American Indian Education Program of Marysville Joint Unified School District and Yuba-Sutter POW WOW. The public is welcome and there is no admission fee.

The POW WOW does not support the recreational use of Tobacco.

"Each year the Yuba-Sutter Pow Wow is held to honor the academic achievement of American Indian students in Yuba and Sutter counties. Those students who achieve "A" or "B" Honor Roll status are recognized for their academic success. All American Indian K-12 students in Yuba and Sutter County are eligible; this includes traditional public schools as well as: Charter School students, County School students, Home School students, Alternative School students, Private School students and Public School students. The average number of American Indian students to be honored is 250.

The Master of Ceremonies is Val Shadowhawk who will oversee the POW WOW contests including, hand drum, flute, and dancing. All ages and styles are welcome. The opening on Saturday will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the Open Gourd and close at 9:00 p.m. Sunday festivities will run from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The POW WOW is full of colourful Indian Dress with lots of fun dances and drum and team dance contests. Most of the day's events are centered around the dance circle. There will be Craft and Food Vendors. If you want to take pictures you must get permission from the person whose picture you want to take.

The Pow Wow began thirty-five years ago in the room of the Title IV Program of Marysville Joint Unified School District. There were a few youth dancers and the music was played on a tape recorder. A few years later the Pow Wow moved outside and a few more dancers came and we had our first live drum. Over the years the Pow Wow has grown. Eighteen years ago collaboration began with Yuba Collage to help produce the Pow Wow. This connection completed a long-held dream to connect with an institution of continuing education beyond the 12th grade. Four years ago the Pow Wow moved its venue to Marysville Joint Unified School District's complex. This year the POW Wow is held at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds in Yuba City.

IMG 1505  5 24 17by Carole Taylor

Forbestown, Ca.

“Over 150 years ago in a remote part of the mountains of Northern California, a complete society grew up. In Plumas and Sierra counties alone were numerous communities, La Porte, St. Louis, Howland Flat, Pine Grove, Poker Flat, Onion Valley, Thistle Shaft, Poverty Hill, Scales, just to name a few. .... History tells us the reason for the rise of these communities: the Discovery of Gold! However, there is less known about the communities and especially the buildings themselves.“

So begins Heidi Sheehan-Marsh’s new book about the Sugar Pine Shake industry of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Dedicated to the memory of her father, Forest Sheehan, the last of the historic shake-makers, and written with the help of her brother Ormonde Sheehan, this richly illustrated volume tells the story of the three-foot, handmade shakes that formed the roofs and sidings of the homes and buildings of the early mining communities.

We are thrilled to host Ms. Marsh on our Opening Day. She will be available to autograph her books and answer questions in the Museum along with a working model of a Shake Tree adjacent to the lumber exhibit. In addition exhibits related to mining, ranching, native Americans, and daily life of Gold Rush Era including a vast collection of 19th-century photos and documents from the local towns are on display. A genealogy area is available for those interested in researching their own ancestry or the families that settled here.

Just outside the Museum proper, visitors can relive the life of the old-timers in Gold Trader Flat, a replica village of an 1800s gold mining town. Stroll along the boardwalk from chapel to saloon with our costumed docents. At the blacksmith shop, smithy Jeb Swart will be demonstrating his remarkable craftsmanship while, in the mining area, kids will have the chance to pan for gold themselves. At the Mercantile, an assortment of old-time toys and novelties and homemade baked goods will make for fun shopping refreshed by ice cold bottles of sarsaparilla.

A highlight of the day is the Chili Cook-off held between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Five dollars buys a complete tasting kit for this intensely competitive event where local chefs and amateur cooks vie for Judges’ and People’s Choice Awards. Want something to go with the chili? Our Pantry has hot dogs, great burgers, and snacks to fill every tummy.

A warning to visitors: You are entering the Old West, and outlaws may be lurking. Gun fights have been known to break out between the miscreants. Fortunately, Sheriff Andy Hill can be relied on to settle any disputes and the jail is always waiting to accommodate law-breakers.

Despite the rough and tumble atmosphere of the gold rush, the Liberty Hotel maintains high standards for the comfort of its guests. Check into the lobby and tiptoe upstairs to imagine yourself spending a night in one of the guest rooms.

You won’t want to leave without touring the amazing display of early gas engines in Forbestown Park adjoining the Museum. Preserved and cherished by members of the Foothill Fly wheelers, century-old technology was put to good use by our forebears in settling the west and building the early communities. Come and join us in celebrating the gold rush history of our beautiful Sierra foothills.

Admission to the Museum and Gold Trader Flat is always free. Donations and proceeds go towards 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. Membership and volunteer information will be available for those interested.

SATURDAY, June 3, 2017

9:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

19096 New York Flat Road, Forbestown, California

DSCN0920   5 17 17Browns Valley, Ca.

After seven long years the Browns Valley School Garden was dedicated on May 12, 2017. The theme is "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" - Audrey Hepburn

Tawny Belza and Michelle Parsons were co-Chairs of the Garden Committee. The dream of this garden and outdoor learning space began with thousands of volunteer hours, including the students, and countless donations from the community. Cody Shaver participated in the project as an Eagle Scout project and reminisced that it was once a haven for rattlesnakes. He is very proud of his participation.

Sara Sangren, Browns Valley PTA President, said, " In the near future we hope to build a greenhouse for winter use. This outdoor garden gives the students hands-on experience, a wonderful outdoor classroom.

DSCN0917  5 17 17The ribbon cutting was done by Mr. Skeffington immediately followed by lady bug release in tribute to the students, staff, community and loved ones.

Yuba City, Ca.

During the month of April, motorists caught violating California’s distracted-driving law received a clear message from law enforcement during the high-visibility enforcement campaign.

“Using a hand-held phone for calls, texting or apps while driving is something we all know is dangerous and wrong, but too many drivers are doing it anyway. So when we see it, we show zero tolerance,” said Lt. James Runyen, Yuba City Police Department.

The Yuba City Police Department issued 71 citations to violators of California’s distracted-driving law during the recent enforcement period. The law provides that it is illegal to hold and use a cell phone while texting, calling or using the apps while driving. It must be affixed to the vehicle, may be operated in hands free mode using voice activation, or used with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger.

“Distracted driving kills too many people for us to ignore the facts and pretend it’s okay—it is never acceptable to text and drive,” said Lt. Runyen. According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people were killed nationwide, and another 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.

Offenders caught texting and driving will face tickets totaling at least $162, and higher for a second violation. Though the high-visibility enforcement effort is over, law enforcement officers will continue watching for distracted drivers to make sure all motorists keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

This campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

boy scouts   5 17 17Yuba City Unified School District Honors Eagle Scouts.

At the regular Board Meeting, six graduating seniors who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout were honored. District Superintendent Doreen Osumi awarded each boy with a Certificate of Recognition, and then asked each to share about their Eagle Project. From Left to Right, Brett Spiess (100+ birdhouses in Yuba-Sutter, Oroville wilderness areas), Jason Pruitt (suicide prevention video for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), Jordan Graham (city park modification for 10 local parks for doggie bags), Rhys Graham (installed local “Little Free Library” boxes), Kindlelon “Kobie” Respicio (8 Inspirational-Informational-Activity Bulletin Boards for intellectually disabled students), and John Dewey (250’ of redwood fence around a local community garden) all shared how they had led others in the completion of their projects. The Eagle rank, the highest rank a boy can earn, is earned by approximately five percent of all boys who join Boy Scouts.

the penn valley rodeo pic  5 10 17The sport of Rodeo began in the old west to give local ranchers and cowboys a way to show off their skills and to create a community get together. It evolved into a popular sport with professional and amateur cowboys and cowgirls competing for points and money in an often dangerous and grueling match against 2000-pound bucking bulls, bucking horses, a race of speed and skill in roping as well as jumping off a galloping horse onto a racing steer to wrestle it to the ground, plus barrel racing.

These events overall metaphorized from skills needed by ranchers to render medical care and branding to their herds, the breaking of wild horses into to riding horses and etc. As Women joined the competition sports such as barrel racing and break away roping were added to make this a sport for all.

Penn Valley, being situated in a rural ranching area of the county became a natural place to hold such a competition back in 1956, and continuing with a few gaps and changes to the organization structure over the years. Originally the Penn Valley Fire Department hosted this event before turning it over to a group of citizens who began the non-profit organization now known as Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association. PVCRA took this event to new heights and invited other non-profits, the local Chamber of Commerce, schools and etc to participate and earn money for their organizations as well making the Penn Valley Rodeo an even greater community event.

The current rodeo is a CCPRA (California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association) sanctioned event which draws high quality contestants who are competing for points towards statewide awards as well as the local rodeo purse. The rodeo is announced by Professional Rodeo Announcer Don Jesser and this year will also feature special entertainment by Nationally recognized, award winning Dusty Barrett.

Kids enjoy the bounce house, face painting, pony riding, climbing wall and mechanical bull as well as participating in Muttin Bustin and the Calf Scramble.

As always there will be a rodeo dance each night, this year featuring local favorite Reggie Hall, a delicious Barbeque cooked by Buffalo Boys Barbeque, other yummy local food and vendors. On Saturday at 3 pm the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Rodeo Parade starting at Western Gateway Park and wrapping up at the Rodeo Grounds.

The Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association is an all-volunteer organization that also hosts an Annual Mule and Donkey show as well as Gymkhanas and Barrel Racing. See

Announcement Sets Rideout on Path to Bring Integrated Health Care Delivery System to Local Residents

Marysville, Ca.

Rideout Health has announced it will pursue an affiliation partnership with Adventist Health. Rideout will draw on Adventist Health’s deep roots in the state, as well as its vast network and resources, to strengthen its mission and deliver more integrated care to its patients.

Rideout considered several potential partners as part of its long-term affiliation strategy. After careful review, Rideout’s Board of Directors selected Adventist Health because its commitment to patients and its approach to providing care best aligned with Rideout’s mission, vision and values. Becoming part of Adventist Health’s clinically integrated health care delivery system will allow Rideout to deliver better, more coordinated care to the community.

Following the Board’s selection of Adventist Health, both Rideout and Adventist Health will now undertake a period of due diligence and legal review. The process is expected to culminate into a formal affiliation agreement by this fall and an expected close date in early 2018.

“The Board of Directors established a specific set of guidelines last year that outlined our objectives for the type of partner that would best fit our organization,” said Janice Soohoo Nall, Chair of of Rideout’s Board of Directors. “Adventist Health was a natural fit for us across all of our strategic objectives and guidelines, and with them as our partner, we are excited about the future and the endless possibilities ahead for Rideout.”

“We are pleased and humbled to be selected by the Rideout Health Board of Directors as their affiliation partner. We look forward to joining them in improving health care outcomes and expanding access to quality care in Yuba City, Marysville and the surrounding communities,” said Scott Reiner, CEO, Adventist Health.

“A partnership has long been part of the strategy for strengthening our ability to serve our mission,” said Gino Patrizio, Rideout’s Chief Executive Officer. “Joining forces with Adventist Health will allow us to better meet the needs of the patients within our community.”

tractor days  5 3 17Oregon House, Ca.

Do you enjoy the smell of fresh country air? Don't miss the 13th Annual Vintage Farm and Tractor Days May 6 and 7 at the Alcouffe Community Center, Oregon House. Vintage restored tractors will be on display for viewing and photos. Learn how to spin wool, raise bees or pick up a hot tip on canning at one of the 12 scheduled Farm Life Demonstrations. Take a Free Hay Ride after enjoying a stroll through the oak shaded vendor area that will provide a variety of unique arts and crafts, food and cold beverages. The Yuba County Sheriff’s K-9 unit will provide a demonstration that you don’t want to miss. Plenty of activities for the kids with an obstacle course, bounce houses, pedal tractors, a kiddie train ride and pony rides. All activities are free with the exception of pony rides for which there is a $5 charge by the vendor.

Both days bring the excitement and thrills of the ever popular Tractor Games enjoyed by the whole family. See drivers compete in barrel racing, tractor totter, taco time, toilet seat slingin’, egg race, tractor tetherball and corn plantin’. The Tractor Games are unique to this event and provide for a wonderful family experience.

And to top it off there will be exciting raffle drawings at the conclusion of the event at 2 pm on Sunday for a beautiful tractor quilt, a red flyer all terrain wagon and the big prize, a 19 hp automatic riding lawn tractor! You do not have to be present to win. Raffle tickets will be available at the Alcouffe Center booth at the event vendor area. Also, raffle tickets for the lawn tractor can be purchased at any time on line at the Alcouffe Center website. The lawn tractor will be delivered locally at no cost to the lucky winner.

In addition to the Tractor Days activities there will be a BBQ Buffet dinner at the Community Center building Saturday at 6 pm with a no host bar open at 5:30. The real stuff; slow smoked brisket, potato salad, beans, coleslaw, that wonderful North Yuba Bakery bread and dessert! And, of course, all the homemade BBQ sauce that you want. A real bargain at $15 for adults and half price for kids. Seating is limited, dinner tickets can be purchased on line or at the door. Dinner is open to the public but beware you might learn a bit of vintage tractor trivia!

There is no admission charge for the Tractor Days event; suggested $5 parking donation. For further event information, including a full schedule of activities, please visit our website at or visit us on Facebook at the Alcouffe Center or call 692-9162. This event benefits the Alcouffe Community Center, 9185 Marysville Road in Oregon House.

IMG 6663 3    4 26 17IMG 6663 3 4 26 17Attending the Flag presentation and raising were: (left to right) Frank Cecil-Navy, Vern Johnson-USMC, Jerry Lee-Navy, Jesse Opalenik-USMC, John Newton-USMC, Greg Furlong-USMC, Max Rhinehart-Navy submarines and John Davey-USMC.  Photographs, provided by Blue Star Mom, Marcia Cecil:Submitted by: Buck Weckman USMC Veteran

Not too long ago, Frank Cecil of Browns Valley noticed that his neighbor’s United States Marine Corps Flag was getting a little worn and he decided to do something about the situation. Frank is a US Navy, Sea Bee Veteran and his neighbor, Vern Johnson (age 85), is a USMC Veteran. Vern was assigned to the 1st Marine Division during the Korean War. Vern and his wife Dora have Johnson’s Canvas and Upholstery on Spring Valley Road. They have been in business there for 22 years and Vern proudly displays the United States and USMC Flags outside of his shop.

Frank IMG 6697   4 26 17IMG 6697 4 26 17PFC Jesse Opalenik presents USMC Veteran Vern Johnson with a new Marine Corps Flag . Photographs, provided by Blue Star Mom, Marcia Cecil:managed to enlist PFC Jesse Opalenik in obtaining a flag from the USMC Recruit Depot in San Diego. PFC Opalenik recently graduated from boot camp there on April 14, 2017 and when his parents Tim and Carolyn Opalenik, of Oroville were attending the graduation, they purchased a USMC Flag and brought it back for Frank. Jesse is a High School graduate from the California Conservation Corps in Chico and will soon return for Infantry Training and assignment to an Infantry Division somewhere in the world.

PFC Opalenik wanted to present the flag personally to Vern as a new recruit to an old experienced Marine, so Frank enlisted several veteran friends for an informal ceremony in front of Vern’s upholstery shop. Vern and his wife were not expecting this many guests, they were busy sewing and installing a new canvas top for a tent trailer, but the raising of the new flag took priority. On the day after Easter, Veterans from the Navy and the United States Marine Corps and including one new active Marine presented a new flag and raised it over Vern’s business.

The ceremony was concluded with a prayer asking for the blessings and protection of the Commander- in- Chief, Donald Trump, active members of the military and their families and all service branches. The Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard were not forgotten, but special attention was given to the United States Marine Corps, “Semper Fi”.





agnes deen color  4 19 17Oregon House, California has a rich history. Just outside Marysville, in the Gold Country, families have resided in the small rural town of Oregon House and nearby Dobbins for many generations. The land for the first Oregon House School, built in 1854, was donated by Bill and Roma Johnson, which later became the Agnes Deen.

The old Agnes Deen Community Center sits in the center of Oregon House and acts as a historical landmark. Built in the 1870’s during the gold rush the Agnes Deen was once a schoolhouse, named to memorialize one of its local schoolteachers. The small school of less than fifty students remained in operation until the late 1960’s.

The original structure, in the rear of the building, is a basic post and beam construction. The updated front half features a solid foundation, extending out several feet to include a generous wrap-around porch. There is ample space around the building for outdoor activities.

agnes deen  4 19 17The kitchen is spacious, and has the capacity to serve large groups. The Agnes Deen also offers a perfect location, as it is easily accessible from Rice’s Crossing Road. Many of the locals pass this structure several times a day, and it is sad to see it go neglected. North Yuba Grown would like that to change. A revitalized Agnes Deen would be a place for people of Oregon House to celebrate the history and successes of our community.

North Yuba Grown is a local non-profit dedicated to supporting community and agriculture, and wishes to offer this Community Center a new chapter. Oregon House is a growing foothill community currently offering attractions such as Cafe Collage, our own local gourmet restaurant, the Oregon House Farm Store, and the recently relocated Annie Ruth's at Lake Francis.

The Agnes Deen, could provide another attraction. North Yuba Grown would like to offer it as a place to collect artifacts of local history through an ongoing museum display. A concessionaire with regular hours could keep the place open between events, allowing for continued community collaboration. The site could provide a venue for:

• Farmers Market

• Cottage food production

• Food distribution center for a local food co-op

• Farm to fork dinners

• A community outdoor garden

• Workshop and classes

• Museum and library

• Community gathering place

These activities would bring new life to the building. Ultimately, this effort would invigorate and encourage local sustainability, and stimulate community involvement and exchange.

In order to make all this possible the help of the community is needed. A lease would need to be negotiated with the Marysville Joint Unified School District, the building owners. Various permits would have to be secured with Yuba County. It is anticipated that $30,000 to $50,000 would be needed for repairs and improvements to get this restoration effort underway.

If you would like more information or wish to become more directly involved, please contact Sheila at 530 418-8015.

Bill and Roma Johnson

Photo courtesy of Jim Morgan with the kind assistance of Rosemarie Mossinger, author of Images of America Yuba Feather Hills

Browns Valley battery storageThis battery storage system in Brown’s Valley is PG&E’s first lithium-ion energy storage facility and features Tesla Powerpack technology.Building on the success of its Vaca-Dixon and Yerba Buena (east San Jose) battery storage systems, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently deployed its third energy storage facility in Yuba County.

Co-located with PG&E’s Browns Valley substation roughly 50 miles north of Sacramento, the new, 500 kilowatt/2000 kilowatthour battery storage system is PG&E’s first lithium-ion energy storage facility and features Tesla Powerpack technology.

The facility features 22 Tesla Powerpacks, each about the size of a refrigerator, and will provide important services for balancing energy supply and demand, as well as for improving power quality and reliability for customers. The batteries’ modular design is adapted from the technology used in Tesla’s electric cars.

PG&E worked with Cupertino Electric, an electrical engineering and construction company headquartered in San Jose, on the design and installation of the facility.

“Browns Valley is a great example of PG&E’s commitment to integrating new technologies and collaborating with leading companies to drive a clean energy future,” said Roy Kuga, vice president, Grid Integration and Innovation, PG&E.

PG&E believes that battery storage can help customers save money and energy, address integration challenges associated with increasing penetration of renewables and distributed energy resources, and enhance the overall reliability of an ever-changing energy supply.

The Yuba County facility is PG&E’s first energy storage system to reduce peak demand during the hot summer months.

Browns Valley is PG&E’s first energy storage system installed to reduce peak demand during the hot summer months through a technique known as “peak shaving.”

It also represents the first time a Tesla energy storage system will be fully integrated into PG&E’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. While the storage system will operate autonomously to shave peaks, PG&E’s grid operators will also be able to take control of the system as needed to respond to system emergencies.

The Powerpack system will charge when demand is low and then send reserved power to the grid when demand grows, providing up to 500kW of power to address potential overloading on the substation’s transformers. PG&E has integrated the Browns Valley system with existing distribution operations protocols, roles and responsibilities.

“Projects like Browns Valley offer a tremendous opportunity to better understand how we can fully realize the value of energy storage in different applications, including enhancing the overall reliability of our distribution grid and integrating renewable resources to maintain system reliability at lower overall costs to customers,” Kuga added.

pic 1 4 12 17Nevada Co at Covered bridge

When spring arrives in the Nevada County foothills there is no better way to welcome its arrival than with a walk among the beautiful wildflowers at South Yuba River State Park. Docents provide guided wildflower walks beginning on March 11, and will continue every Saturday and Sunday through May 14 at 11:00 a.m. The walks and blooms are at the whim of Mother Nature. Rain may cancel.

The Buttermilk Bend Trail, which winds above the wild and scenic South Yuba River, is highly regarded for the many species that bloom on its hills and slopes. Each season observers are delighted with an ever-changing tableau of spring color. Early season walkers will find Western Buttercups, Zigzag Larkspur, and Shooting Stars. By mid-season, the hills turn gold and purple with Tufted Poppies and a variety of lupine. Mid to late season floral treats include Fairy Lanterns, Chinese Houses, and Birds-eye Gilia. Docents will share facts, legends and the many uses of the flowers and plants along the trail.

pic 2 4 12 17Docent led hikes last about two hours. The Buttermilk Bend trail is an easy 2 mile hike out and back. Meet at the trailhead in the South Yuba River State Park north parking lot. Follow Pleasant Valley Road north past the Visitor Center over the South Yuba River. Parking is $5.00. Sturdy walking shoes, hat and water are recommended. A $3.00 donation is requested and appreciated. (Dogs are not permitted on the guided walks as the trail is narrow and the groups can be large.)

Other guided hikes are also available such as four docent-led wildflower hikes on Pt. Defiance trail in April. They are on Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 at 9:30am. Midweek private group hikes can be

pic 3 4 12 17arranged by contacting the Visitor Center.

To make your visit complete, bring picnic lunch and allow time to take in the park Visitor Center, check out the covered bridge (while is it under renovation) and barn (both built in 1862), and the restored 1920’s gas station.

The Visitor Center is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday through Sunday until Memorial Day and every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Memorial Day weekend. Here you can find a collection of wildflower books educational and souvenir items. (And perhaps that bottle of water you forgot to bring for the hike)

For more information, call the park at (530) 432-2546, or go to

Cut number of Board Meetings No Night Meetings

by John Mistler

Marysville, Ca.

The February 28th 2017 agenda of the Yuba County Board of Supervisors (BOS) presented an ordinance to cut the public meetings from four times a month to two times a month. This was the first reading of the ordinance with the second reading coming on March 7th.

The March 7th night meeting was attended by approximately 20 people including county staff. Chairman Randy Fletcher was absent.

Three people spoke against the meeting change, stating their concerns of lack of accessibility for the public and especially concerns of no night time meetings being scheduled. The question of the increased work load from the Yuba County Water Agency (YCWA) was also raised. Supervisor Leahy said there was no increase in the work load (despite what was said at the February 28th meeting), this change is about more efficiency and less impact to the staff.

After more discussion, the board voted to amend the proposed ordinance to one morning meeting, the fourth Tuesday of each month and one evening meeting the second Tuesday of the month. The second reading of the amended ordinance will take place on March 21, 2017.

The March 21st. meeting agenda said. Hold public hearing, waive second reading and adopt ordinance amending. Section 2.25 of the Yuba County Ordinance Code changing the regular board meeting schedule to the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. respectively.

Following the board discussion regarding meeting schedule and ability to have items placed on the agenda for specified times throughout the day and the evening, Supervisor Vasquez recommended both meetings be at 9:00 a.m.(the way it was before the public objected). The only two things that had changed, from the previous meeting was Chairman Fletcher was present and there was no one there to object.

Chairman Fletcher opened the public hearing. No one came forward. (no one opposed what was on the agenda for this item, it had been decided in the previous meeting).

At this time the amended ordinance is back to where it was (February 28th) before the public objected. The new second reading was held on April the 4th.

The April 4th meeting was a night meeting with 25 people including staff attending, Chairman Fletcher was absent. No one spoke for or against the meeting changing to 9:00 a.m. for both meetings. The change discarding night meetings passed 4-0.

Editors note: Watching government we often see bureaucrats getting raises greater than the average income of the people they are supposed to serve. We see them getting their work reduced or lessening the "impact" to the staff. What we don't see is a reduction in pay or lessening of government impact to the tax payer. The consideration should not be the impact to the staff but the impact to the taxpayer, apparently that concept is gone.

DSCN0893by John Mistler

Marysville, Ca.

The Maryville Joint Unified School District Board (MJUSD) has a very difficult issue on their hands. The

Auditorium/Theater was being considered for seismic upgrades, when major water damage was discovered. The historic building was built in 1927. A large portion of the ceiling collapsed making it unsafe for any use.

The Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts (MCAA) turned out in numbers for the March 28th MJUSD Board meeting. Twelve speakers, students and adults, spoke to the Board of Directors in hope of getting their support financially and also hoping to partner with the board in resolving the issue. The group from MCAA have ideas for a temporary and a permanent resolution to the problem and hope that the board will meet with them and listen before making a final decision.

The Auditorium/Theater is essential to MCAA as a part of the performing arts education. The Auditorium is also used for the graduation ceremony that is coming soon.

A show is planned for May, even if it is in a temporary venue, "the show must go on."

Picture: Leah Pestana addressing the board