The Gold Medal of Valor

DSCN1197Pictured w/Flag Left to right: Phillip Bronson,14 years with (YCSO), Andrew Everhart, 10 years with (YCSO) and Daniel Harris, 22 years with (YCSO)


John Mistler

Marysville, Ca.

DSCN1184Sheriff Durfor presenting Sgt. Brandon Spears, Deputy Nathan Byrom and Deputy Andrew Thomas with the Sheriff’s CommendationsOn Wednesday December 6, 2017 the Yuba County Steve Durfor, Sheriff had a special awards ceremony. Three deputies, Sgt. Brandon Spears, Deputy Nathan Byrom and Deputy Andrew Thomas were presented with special commendations for exemplary performance in their efforts related to the illegal cultivation of Marijuana.

Three deputies, Phillip Bronson, Andrew Everhart, and Daniel Harris were presented with the Gold Medal of Valor.

The Gold Medal of Valor is the highest decoration for bravery exhibited by public safety officers in the United States, comparable to the military's Medal of Honor. Previously there were only two recipients of the Gold Medal of Valor in Yuba County, Yuba County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian E. Meilbeck was awarded posthumously and Sergeant Kenny Smith. Smith still works with search and rescue.

The incident happened on August 1, 2017. Two deputies, Phillip Bronson and Andrew Everhart responded to a Marijuana related disturbance call in Oregon House. 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. Both deputies were laying wounded in the mobile home. A third officer, Daniel Harris, had been watching the back of the home. He entered the home twice and pulled the two deputies to safety.

The two deputies were flown to Sutter Roseville where they underwent extensive surgery.

The “Thin Blue Line” flag was presented to the Deputies that received the Gold Medal of Valor and was a gift from the NYPD “Honor Legion”. It came about after a retired NYPD Officer who was traveling through Northern Ca. on vacation during the time of the incident, heard of the officers shooting and responded to the hospital, where he introduced himself to Sheriff Durfor. They later signed the flag and asked Sheriff Durfor to present it to the three involved in the shooting. The Sheriff is sending a photo of the deputies and the flag to NYPD Honor Legion at their request. The NYPD Honor Legion will post the picture in their Honor Legion Display as well as publishing an article about the incident.


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“The Thin Blue Line Flag is a symbol used by law enforcement symbolize the relationship of law enforcement in the community as the protectors of fellow civilians from criminal elements. ....Each stripe on the emblem represents certain respective figures: the blue centre line represents law enforcement, the top black stripe represents the public whilst the bottom represents the criminals. The idea behind the graphic is that law enforcement (the blue line) is what stands between the violence and victimization by criminals of the would-be victims of crime.
Proponents of the symbol assert that the identifier is intended to show support for police. In the wake of controversies over police shootings, the Thin Blue Line Flag has become popular among law enforcement personnel, their families and supporters.”



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The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, which intentionally resembles the military's Medal of Honor, is a gilt, blue-enameled, five-pointed, upside-down star (i.e. one arm points downwards), with each arm formed by a letter "V" (for Valor), surrounded by a wreath of laurel. The central disc bears the obverse of the Great Seal of the United States. The reverse bears the legend "FOR EXTRAORDINARY VALOR ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY", with the name of the recipient engraved at the center. The medal is suspended on a gilt disc bearing a letter "V" surrounded by a wreath of laurels, which is in turn suspended on a neck ribbon, blue with white and red edge stripes (the national colors of the USA) and a gold center stripe (symbolizing honor).

When the ribbon alone is worn, it carries a miniature gold gilt disc bearing a letter "V" surrounded by a wreath of laurels. There is also a lapel pin, which is the miniature of the medal without suspension.

new mayor 12 13 17First Sikh Woman Mayor Calls It an Honor to Lead Her Community, and Serve as Role Model for Young Womenturning over the gavel 12 13 17Former Mayor Cleveland turning over the gavel to Mayor Didbal

Yuba City, Ca.

The Yuba City City Council swore in Vice Mayor Preet Didbal as Mayor on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

Didbal was elected to her first term as a City Councilwoman 2014 after eight years serving on the Yuba City Planning Commission and two years on Sutter County Planning Commission. Beating the odds, breaking both cultural, and gender barriers, she is the first Sikh American woman to become Mayor in the United States.

“I’m incredibly humbled by and grateful for the responsibility our community has invested in me,” she said. “This is such an honor and incredibly exciting, for me and even more so for my family. It is truly the manifestation of the American dream.”

Mayor Didbal was born and raised in this community, after her parents immigrated from India to Yuba City in 1968. The daughter of farm laborers, Preet worked alongside her parents in the peach and prune orchards and on the graveyard shift at a cannery during the summer. She became the first in her family to attend college, pursue a master’s degree, and follow a path to leadership in local government, culminating in her election to the Yuba City City Council.

“I lost my dad several years ago, but this was something we had talked about before he passed away,” Didbal said. “It was part of his dream for me, because he knew I had a passion for our community and a heart for service.”

“Councilmember Didbal has been a tremendous asset to our City for more than a decade, helping shape the way we live, work, and play for the betterment of our entire community,” said City Manager Steve Kroeger. “Her professionalism and passion have been paramount, and I look forward to her leadership in serving Yuba City and our surrounding region.”

Mayor Didbal attended Franklin and Lincoln elementary schools, Gray Avenue School, and Yuba City High School. She graduated from Yuba College and went on to University of California, Davis, and Sacramento State, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Physical Therapy. She went on to earn an MPA with a concentration in health administration from University of San Francisco. She has many awards and recognitions as a public servant in this community.

City Hall was packed with standing room only and chairs were placed outside the glass doors. The very festive event culminated with a reception immediately following the meeting.

pearl harbor 12 6 17USS Arizona MemorialMarysville VFW Post 948 Remembers the 76th Anniversary

Marysville, Ca.

Pearl Harbor is a U.S. naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii, and was the scene of a devastating surprise attack by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan. The single vote against Congress's declaration of war against Japan came from Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana. Rankin was a pacifist who had also voted against the American entrance into World War I. "As a woman," she said, "I can’t go to war, and I refuse to send anyone else."

Because American military leaders were not expecting an attack so close to home, the naval facilities at Pearl Harbor were relatively undefended. Almost the entire Pacific Fleet was moored around Ford Island in the harbor, and hundreds of airplanes were squeezed onto adjacent airfields. To the Japanese, Pearl Harbor was an irresistibly easy target.

By the time the attack was over, every battleship in Pearl Harbor—USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma, USS California, USS West Virginia, USS Utah, USS Maryland, USS Pennsylvania, USS Tennessee and USS Nevada—had sustained significant damage. (All but USS Arizona and USS Utah were eventually salvaged and repaired.)

The USS Arizona is the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor. The Arizona was the most heavily damaged of all the vessels in Battleship Row. Contrary to popular belief, the USS Arizona is no longer in commission. As a special tribute to the ship and her lost crew, the United States flag flies from the flagpole, which is attached to the severed mainmast of the sunken battleship. The USS Arizona Memorial has come to commemorate all military personnel killed in the Pearl Harbor attack.

The oldest living crew member of the battleship USS Arizona to have survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Langdell of Yuba City. He died in 2006 at the age of 100. Langdell's remains were interred beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor, in the sunken wreckage of the USS Arizona.

President Roosevelt stated that the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 is a "Day That Will Live In Infamy". The Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, is the day that the United States became involved in World War II.

The Marysville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 948 will be paying tribute to the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, on Thursday, December 7th. This year's Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day will pay tribute to our military forces that underwent this horrific attack on Pearl Harbor. The Remembrance will be held at the Marysville Memorial Veterans Center, 211 17th Street Marysville at 7:00 p.m..

Last year was the first year Marysville VFW Post 948 held the Pearl Harbor Remembrance. Traditionally the Remembrance would be held at 7:00 a.m., the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. VFW Post 948 has chosen to hold it in the evening at 7:00 p. m. to allow the community to come and remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. Refreshments will be served after the Remembrance. The community is invited to attend the Pearl Harbor Remembrance at the Marysville VFW Post 948.

Marysville, Ca

The existence of hair line cracks in the Oroville Dam Spillway created a news frenzy last week as a letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Division of Dam Safety and Inspections, was released to the public.

Erin Mellon of the Department of Water Resources said," The integrity of the newly reconstructed Oroville spillway is not in question. The assessment of our experts is the concrete has cured as expected and is certified to handle flows of 100,000 cubic-feet per second or more this winter.

This is backed up in a letter from the Federal Division of Dam Safety and Inspections to DWR The letter dated November 21, 2017 says "We have reviewed the letter and technical memorandum. We concur with your assessment that the current condition of the hairline cracking does not warrant repair at this time. We understand that you will continue to monitor and evaluate the hairline cracks throughout the 2017 flood season and the 2018 construction season. We also understand that you will be evaluating a number of construction measures this winter that might be implemented next construction season that might reduce the likelihood of hairline cracking. " signed Frank L. Blackett, P.E. Regional Engineer.

According to the Appeal-Democrat the Mayor of Oroville, Linda Dahlmeier, is unhappy with DWR for not communicating with her town, just below the Dam, that the cracks were expected. Instead a "firestorm" was created for the people of Oroville.

queens  11 29 17Cornish RoyaltyGrass Valley, Ca.

Recapture the spirit of Christmas past amid the charming surroundings of historic downtown Grass Valley California during the annual Cornish Christmas Celebration. 2017 is its 50th anniversary, and this wonderful tradition takes place on five Fridays, from November 24-December 22, from 6-9 p.m.

Started in 1967 as a way to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas remains one of the town’s most popular events. Mill and West Main Streets are closed to motorized traffic and filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas; carolers, jugglers, musicians, fire pits, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, food and craft vendors, the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir, Tommyknocker Cloggers and of course, Santa Claus photos at Three Lilies Photography. Santa’s elves are gathering to build a workshop for kids’ crafts at the Artists Workshop. Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro will have a Letters to Santa mailbox for all ages with stationary and guaranteed reply from Santa.

Cornish Connection includes free gift wrapping, Cornish Trivia, and Cornish King and Queen photo opportunities at M3Mall on Neal St. Classic cars from Roamin’ Angels Car Club will pepper the surrounding streets with lots of photo opportunities. Live trees from Weiss Brothers Nursery and photo stands designed by Howard Levine add to the ambiance. Delicious food and drink can be purchased from a number of Grass Valley restaurants and specialty food vendors.

c 11 29 17Christmas is a family friendly opportunity to celebrate the holidays while enjoying a taste of small town life and days long gone by. Event is held rain or shine, and admission is free. Period/holiday attire is encouraged for attendees, as well.

For more information on Cornish Christmas: 530.272-8315 or visit

Marysville, Ca.

The Yuba County Water Agency Board of Directors approved an agreement with Cordua Irrigation District, resolving several disagreements, including two lawsuits.

The pending lawsuits and disputes between YCWA and Cordua that this agreement will pardon include:

1. A lawsuit against YCWA seeking approximately $4.5 million in damages for a dispute dating back to 2015, in which YCWA did not approve a Cordua proposed groundwater substitution-based water transfer and sale.

2. A lawsuit against Cordua claiming California Environmental Quality Act and Brown Act violations relating to Cordua’s 2016 approval of a CEQA addendum for its groundwater substitution transfers to State Water Project contractors for 2016 through 2024.

3. A YCWA and Cordua dispute over the price owed by Cordua to YCWA for Yuba River Development Project water delivered in 2016.

Under the approved agreement, YCWA has agreed to pay $675,000 to Cordua to resolve the 2015 transfer request lawsuit. Cordua has agreed to pay $60,000 to YCWA to resolve the 2016 project base supply billing dispute, and YCWA and Cordua both agree to dismiss each of its lawsuits.

“This agreement paves the way for a much brighter and more productive working relationship with Cordua Irrigation District,” said YCWA General Manager Curt Aikens. “The important thing in all of this is that now we can put the past disputes behind us and begin to work together better and more collaboratively in the future.”

The Cordua Board of Directors approved the agreement during its Nov. 16 meeting. Prior to the agreement taking effect, the Sacramento Superior Court must provide its approval as well.

Two major Yuba County road revitalization projects are nearing completion, and address internal drainage issues that could have potentially resulted in the closure of important evacuation routes.

Yuba County Water Agency and Yuba County have partnered to provide funding for two separate, complete street projects – North Beale Road and Olivehurst Avenue – that will benefit area-residents in the case of a major flood event, while improving the aesthetics and functionality of the roads overall.

Improvements for both of the street projects include storm drains, street widening, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bike lanes and transit stops. The Olivehurst Avenue project also included the undergrounding of utilities, as well as the addition of a new traffic signal at the McGowan Parkway intersection. The North Beale Road project will further enhance street lighting, in addition to center median landscaping.

The total cost for both revitalization projects is approximately $8 million. YCWA granted $985,665 for the Olivehurst Avenue project and upwards of $1.8 million for the North Beale Road project to address internal drainage flooding.

YCWA was established to provide flood protection and flood management for the people who work and live in Yuba County. Because each of these roads is located along major evacuation routes, the Agency and Yuba County realized the necessity to perform improvements for the safety of people residing in the area.

“YCWA funds projects like these to help keep Yuba County residents safe,” said YCWA Board Director Andy Vasquez. “These road improvements will enable safe, reliable and necessary evacuation routes for the people in the community.”

karin RosserMarysville, Ca.

Karin Allred Rosser, Miss Rodeo Utah from the Ogden, Utah, will be honored this week during the National Heritage Museum's annual Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend in Oklahoma City for her western heritage work. The Tad Lucas Heritage Award is named for Tad Lucas, who was known as 'Rodeo's First Lady'.
Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce commented, "We can be extremely proud to have Cotton and Karin Rosser as part of our community family and congratulate Karin on this well deserved honor. She is certainly 'Rodeo's First Lady' in our hearts.

Cotton Rosser and Karin, are the owners of Cotton’s Cowboy Corral in Marysville, California, as well as, “one of the most successful stock contracting firms in professional rodeo,” the Flying U Rodeo Company, which is the oldest rodeo company in the world and the major supplier of rodeo stock in the United States.

In 1995, Cotton Rosser was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2007, the Flying U Rodeo Company published a book called Million Dollar Memories: Fifty Years with Cotton Rosser and the Flying U in commemoration of Rosser’s career. And in 2009, he was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Rodeo Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

As a roper, he competed alongside the likes of Gene Autry and rode with Casey Tibbs and Jim Shoulders–Cotton received the Jim Shoulders Lifetime Achievement Award at the Heroes & Legends ceremony in Las Vegas.


Marysville, Ca.

Early morning November 17th, Yuba County Sheriff Detectives arrested 78 year old Ronald Allen Dainauskus of Marysville for Homicide and Arson following an investigation overnight into the death of a Marysville woman. The deceased victim was located in a burned RV at a mobile home park located in the 3700 block of Highway 20 northeast of Marysville just after 8pm Thursday night 11/16/17. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending the notification of next-of-kin.
The Yuba County Dispatch Center received a 911 hang-up call from the mobile home park in the 3700 block of Hwy 20 outside of Marysville at approximately 8pm and while dispatching deputies to respond, CHP dispatch also received a 911 call from the same phone number advising of a deceased female located in a motorhome at that location. Upon deputies’ arrival to the mobile home park, the RV was found on fire. Once the fire was extinguished, the body of a deceased female was located inside.
It was determined during preliminary examination of the burned motorhome and the body located within it, that the female was likely deceased or gravely injured prior to the fire. The investigation further revealed that the initial 911 calls were believed to have been made by Ronald Dainauskus who was no longer at the scene.
Shortly after the discovery of the fire and body, Deputies searching the area located suspect Dainauskus walking near Browns Valley. He was detained and later interviewed by detectives, then subsequently arrested for 187 PC/Homicide and 451PC/Arson and booked into the Yuba County Jail. During the investigation detectives learned that Dainauskus and the victim were neighbors in the small mobile home park where the suspect was a longtime resident. It is believed that the two were associated with one another and at this time we are not aware of any history of problems or hostility between the two. Yuba County Sheriff’s Office has no prior arrest history with Dainauskus. Official cause of death for the victim is pending autopsy at this time.

by John Mistler

Marysville, Ca.

Yuba County has banned all Commercial Cannabis grows in the unincorporated areas of the county. The ban will become effective in 30 days.

Yuba County Board of Supervisors adopted the ordinance relating to commercial cannabis activities. Supervisors Vasquez, Fletcher and Bradford voted to adopt the ordinance. Supervisor Lofton was absent and Supervisor Leahy abstained. Supervisor Leahy said his concern was that it is not clear whether the ban will stop the transportation of cannabis from outside of the county. Since the City of Marysville has OK'd Medical Marijuana Dispensary's this could be an issue. Supervisor Bradford asked County Counsel to clarify the transportation issue. She replied that she would review the law and get back to him.

Yuba County residents, Buck Weckman and Karen Liggett thanked the board for adopting the ordinance but; Lee Boutt was very concerned that the board was taking away his right to Medical Marijuana. At the end of the discussion Community Development and Services Director Kevin Mallen said that the ordinance did not affect the Medical Marijuana rights under California Proposition 64.

It is likely that the board may make adjustments to the ordinance after the State of California comes out with regulations on January 1, 2018.

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Marysville, Ca.

In early November Marysville PD began an investigation into alleged elder abuse of a former Marysville City Council member and his wife. Thomas Hickman and his mother, Heather Deuel were being paid by the victims to provide in home house care. Through preliminary investigation it was revealed that Thomas Hickman and Heather Deuel were embezzling several thousands of dollars from the victims, and not providing proper care.

On Wednesday, November 15th at approximately 4:46 p.m., Marysville Police Officers went to the victim’s residence on the 1100 block of Swezy Street in Marysville to conduct a welfare check. Thomas Hickman and Heather Deuel were both at the residence and were interviewed regarding this case. Based on the investigation, Thomas Hickman and Heather Deuel were arrested for elder abuse, embezzlement, criminal threats, and for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

IMG 0016  11 15 17Yuletide music from times past, will be performed by Celtic Joy on the old Clubhouse porch. (Celtic Joy band members are also docents at Empire Mine State Historic Park.) Photo by Michael McCarteaA visit with Santa, roasting chestnuts, carols and more

by Courtney Ferguson

Over the years, this event has become a popular tradition, and last year over 2,000 visitors came to celebrate. “For many, it’s a chance to introduce visiting family and friends to our magnificent Park,” said Event Chair Troy Hammer. “Thanksgiving’s over – and many of us wonder how to keep everyone entertained. While we introduce new activities and surprises each year, Santa and Mrs. Claus remain a major attraction. My personal theory is that the sooner Santa hears what we want for Christmas, the better our chances are, and Holidays at Empire Mine is the perfect way to share those wishes early. Of course, I’m not offering guarantees, but I can promise a truly festive, magical experience for the whole family to share.”

Each year introduces extra activities. For example, this year, while Santa and Mrs. Claus take their break from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., engaging juggler/storyteller Izzi Tooinsky will present his show, A Toymaker’s Journey through the Gold Rush. Izzi’s performed all over the world, and his show combines vaudeville with gold-mine history. Tooinsky is scheduled for Friday on the Clubhouse porch. On Saturday, wearing their festive finest, local band Celtic Joy will perform traditional music from Ireland, the British Isles, and Europe. Nearby, local food-and-drinks vendors will be on hand with hot dogs, sandwiches, pastries, and hot-and-cold drinks – as well as face painting for the children. Colorful Ray-Ray the Clown will also be on hand with balloons and smiles. Local magician Peter Franchino will amaze the crowds as well, while he shares a few magicians’ secrets. For traditional caroling, visitors can enjoy the Lambs Children’s Choir on Friday and Sierra Gold Chorus on Saturday.

There are many other highlights, including appearances by one-man-band, Gary Hinze both days in the Mineyard. Harpist Kurtis Bershaw will fill Empire Cottage with seasonal music on Friday; and singer/guitarist Heather MacAdam on Saturday. Complimentary Christmas cookies will be served. “Both the Clubhouse and Empire Cottage will be lavishly decorated,” Hammer added, “and many say it’s like stepping into an old-fashioned, early 1900s’ Christmas card.” Chestnuts will be roasting in the Mineyard, and Living History docents will be all dressed up as they portray the characters who shaped our glittering gold-mine past. It’s a unique combination of history, entertainment and fun for all ages. Highly recommended is a visit to the busy Blacksmith Shop. With forges blazing, here’s where visitors can learn what life was like when Empire was in its heydays – and ranked as one of the largest, oldest and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines in North America. Another “must” is the Gift IMG 1843  11 15 17Holiday cookies are served with history and live music in Empire Cottage.Photo by Richard BannisterShop, where hand-crafted items from the Blacksmith Shop are sold – as well as jewelry, geological artifacts, books and mementoes for all ages and budgets.

Holidays at Empire Mine is hosted by Empire Mine Park Association, the organization dedicated to supporting Empire Mine State Historic Park. “It’s a wonderful way to start the Holidays and help keep our Park an international attraction,” Hammer emphasized. “Each year we welcome around 100,000 visitors from all over America and all over the world, including children on school tours.“ Everyone’s invited to this event on Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th at Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley – with special activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. Phone the Visitor Center at (530) 273-8522 or visit for further details.IMG 1879  11 15 17Santa and Mrs. Claus take gift wishes very seriously in the beautifully decorated old Clubhouse, and children are advised to bring their lists so nothing gets missed. Photo by Richard Bannister







23468106 10155821931538320 1000304482 o  11 15 17by Irene Mason, Jiggybits Custom Sewing

Living in the Yuba Sutter Foothills means we are all one community and help where ever we can. As the fire broke out in Loma Rica, I was out of state trying to get home as fast as I could.

I was trying to think of all the important items for my husband to pack in the car if he had to leave. Being a business owner, I told him to get my computer out of my Sewing Studio as this had all my business information I needed if I lost my Studio.

Soon after the fire moved from our area and all were let back in, it was a mad collection from everyone to get clothing, toiletries and other everyday items to get to the ones who lost their homes.

I soon came to the realization that I could have lost all my machines and supplies. It was a very gut wrenching feeling. . Not that my business would be lost or the $15,000 dollars worth of machines that I use to run my business but the feeling I get by the simple act of sewing.

Sewing for me is place I can feel many feelings Creative, Calm, Challenged, capable, focused, immersed, content, fulfilled and productive. All from a simple machine and fabric.

It hit me then that this is the worst time in these people’s lives and I can't even imagine the feeling they are going through. When you lose your house and everything you own, a Sewing machine is not high on your list. But as a sewer, I know how much it would help me mentally through this.

I had a few machines extra of my own, supplies and fabric to give. So I posted online to offer to any of the Fire victims that lost their sewing machines and supplies. I also offered space in my Studio for them to come work if they did not have a place ready to do so.

Sad stories of each losing everything they collected over the years were very heart wrenching and I soon realized I needed more help and donations. I then posted again online in our community for any donations of unused sewing machines, supplies and fabric to set up each person who lost their sewing things in the fire.

23469431 10155821931558320 1852103543 o  11 15 17I was not shocked by the overwhelming generosity of offers from our community.

With the help of others we were able to set up each sewer with a machine, machine tools, sewing supplies, quilting supplies fabric and craft supplies. I wanted to make sure we had everything they needed to just start sewing.

We sent out the first 6 machine sets and have more machines being donated all by the community. More request for machines are coming in. I plan to keep collecting and setting up my fellow sewers and also to keep supplying extra fabric and supplies to help build their supplies back up. Sewing is a dying art. We need to keep it going... If you know someone that lost their sewing things in the fire please Let me know.

Donation Angels: Laurie Pringle, Dorothy Hatcher, Dolores Rivera, Debbie Woodward , Adenna Zimmerman, Leotta Martin, Tammie Edwards, Judy Huff, Jackie Cecil, Vickie De Vaughn, Judy Jones

And more to this list every day.

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Marysville, Ca.

"Veterans Day is the day for all Americans to honor the contributions of service men and women throughout our Nation's history. Veterans Day also commemorates the time and day at which the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended: the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. So on Saturday, November 11th at 11:00 am, come out for the 15th Annual Yuba-Sutter Veteran’s Day Parade. The parade route follows “D” Street in Historic Downtown Marysville. The Theme for the Parade is “Supporting Our Troops; Past, Present, and Future”. Parade pictures are from 2016.

The Parade is sponsored by the Yuba-Sutter Veterans Day Parade Committee and the City of Marysville.

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Veteran of the Year

This year's Veteran of the Year is Don Schrader. Don has been a supporter of Veterans issues for decades. He is a board member of the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors.








flagDSCN0643  11 8 17Marysville VFW Post 948

Marysville Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 948, invites you and your family to join us to celebrate the Annual Veterans Day Parade, Saturday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. along D Street in downtown Marysville.

The VFW Post 948 invites all Veterans to march with us in this year’s Veterans Day Parade.

The Veterans Day Parade is to pay tribute to all Veterans; the fallen, the deployed, the retired, the drafted and the Veterans who volunteered.

Please come to this patriotic event. The entire community can enjoy the parade and share the celebration with your family, friends and neighbors. It is a time to honor the sacrifices our Veterans have made to make our Country the greatest place on earth to live, which came with a price. Our military past and present made our freedoms possible.

The United States Flag will be the Honored, as the Flag passes you during the parade, reflect on what the Flag means to you.


Honoring Veterans at the Browns Valley Cemetery

Members of the Browns Valley Cemetery District will honor all veterans at a free event on November 11 from 1:00-4:00p.m. at the cemetery 9403 Browns Valley School Road. US flags and color coded flags denoting the war in which the veteran served will be on each grave. Area historian and researcher Vicki Contente will be on hand to highlight her new research on the 47 World War ll veterans in the cemetery. She can help family and friends discover what motivated veterans to enter a war and to what life they returned.

Self guided tours are available and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Roberta at 743-8742 or Ruth at 743-9404.



Wreaths Across Amercia

We hope you will join the Military Officers Association of America and Yuba City Early Risers Kiwanis in paying tribute to and laying Christmas wreaths on every veteran’s grave in Yuba and Sutter counties again this year. We need donations for wreaths and volunteers to help lay them at 9 a.m., Dec 16. Wreaths are $15 each. To donate, drop off or send a check to Yuba Sutter Veterans Stand Down, 604 D St, Marysville, CA 95901. Please make the check out to Wreaths across America or you can also go on-line to Wreaths across and order them. Be sure to order for the cemetery you desire. They are: Sutter, Meridian, Noyesburg, Yuba City, Live Oak, Sierra View, Lofton and Wheatland. Please also attend one of the ceremonies at 9 am, Sat, Dec 16. For more information call Cindy Languell at 301-3074 or Tom Walther at 218-3847.

DSCN1105  11 1 17FINAL PIANO TUNES AT SENOR CENTER..Ame’ Lea Middleton of Marysville is shown playing one of her favorites on the piano at the Yuba County Senior Center in Olivehurst. Ame’ turns 99 years of age on Nov 3rd and will miss entertaining seniors at the center when they have to leave the site in late November due to the sale of the building.Seeking A Permanent Home

By Charlie McNiff

On Tuesday, October 3rd, the Yuba County Senior Center was given a 60-day eviction notice from a building in Olivehurst where the seniors have been holding activities for the last nine years. Over those years, home-cooked meals served five days a week at noon developed a kinship between the seniors that attended. Bingo evolved into a main fund-raising activity, a library ballooned into over 2,000 books and magazines, holidays were celebrated as welcome revelry for the seniors in their otherwise somewhat dismal autumnal and wintry years.

A continuing rummage sale in the tradition of “one’s throwaway is another’s garment to wear” is in progress at the going price of 50 cents to a dollar.

All of that will soon be gone and slowly wither into a distant memory.

This is the sixth time the Yuba County Seniors have had to move since 1989... the most recent was from the hallowed halls of the old hospital at the west end of 14th street in Marysville.

Let’s find a home.. a stable home..for the seniors in Yuba County. The seniors have $25,000 in their building fund developed through rummage sales, drawings, bingo, etc. An anonymous donor has pledged to match the seniors building fund with $25,000 of his own for a healthy $50,000 total to start off with. That’s a running start for an approximate goal of $200,000 or more. We can do this with some corporate sponsors behind the project. And a lot of ingenuity and sweat thrown in.

There is a “” page under “Yuba-Sutter Senior Center” for money donations.

Meanwhile, there is an ongoing rummage/yard sale between 9:30am ‘till 1:30pm Tuesday through Friday at the senior center on Olivehurst Avenue across from the Olivehurst Post Office.

We can do this. Let’s get to work and get it done.

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First step toward banning Commercial Grows

by John Mistler

Marysville, Ca.

Based on past public votes on Marijuana, the Yuba County Board of Supervisors (BOS) have passed the first reading of an ordinance that would ban all commercial Marijuana Grows in the unincorporated areas of Yuba County. This does not pertain to Marysville or Wheatland. Three people from Yuba County spoke in favor of the ordinance. There was no opposition voiced.

The vote of the BOS was unanimous.

The ordinance will take place 30 days after its passage.

In passing this ordinance Yuba County will have staked out its position on Commercial Marijuana Grows ahead of the State of California's regulations. California regulations on Commercial Grows will be introduced by January 1, 2018. After the new state regulations are announced it is likely that the board will have to tweak the ordinance again.

Editors Note: A question proposed to the board after the meeting: This ordinance will drive some to do their growing on other’s property. Is it reasonable for law abiding citizens with large land holdings or those who live out of the area to be held to fines that have been unreasonable? Even with all their resources Yuba County has not been able to keep grows off their own property.

Before this ordinance passes there needs to be safe guards for law abiding landowners. The ordinance is not complete until that is added.

The next Public Hearing, second reading, will be on November 14, 2017.

Building Blocks for Economic Success

Marysville, Ca.

The Marysville City Council will be holding a "Downtown Summit: Building Blocks for Economic Success" on Monday, November 6, 2017.

In partnership with Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), the Community Development and Services Department is planning the first in a series of economic development informational and strategy sessions with merchants, to be called "Downtown Summit: Building Blocks for Economic Success." This planned day-long event is meant to reach both property and business owners to discuss and learn about the stages commercial districts go through as they improve economically, based on real-world case experiences of places similar to Marysville.

The Department has arranged to bring Michele Reeves to Marysville to lead a discussion on building blocks for economic success. The Summit will be partially funded through SACOGs Community Design Grant. Costs for Ms. Reeve's time and administration of the workshop totals $5,200.00. The City would pay the $5,200.00 after the workshop and be reimbursed by SACOG for ninety percent of the amount, as the grant requires the City to pay ten percent (or $520).

longtime Loma Rica Resident, among Cascade Fire Victims


img10202017 088  10 25 17Stanley A. Coolidge, Jr., (78) a former attorney for 40 years in the Yuba-Sutter area, was listed among the victims who died in the Cascade Fire in Loma Rica. Coolidge’s home was located on the 11800 block of Loma Rica Road near Pizza Round Up. Also caught in the blaze with him, was his fiancée, Roseann Marie Hannah (53), of Grass Valley. Of the four deaths which occurred during the fire in Yuba County, all of them were within a ½ of a mile of this area.
Born in San Francisco, Coolidge had been a resident of Loma Rica for 50 years. He was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with both his Bachelor Degree and Law Degree. He was a former Yuba County Sheriff’s Reserve Officer in the Foothills during the early 1970’s and his partner, Don Brown, was killed in the line of duty in the foothills while answering a call on November 21, 1974.
Coolidge also served on the Beckwourth Frontier Days committee and played Steven J. Field in reenactment events which took place during the celebration. He was a member of the Yuba-Sutter Bar Association, the Yuba City Noon Rotary Club, served as Judge Pro Tem and was a former national officer in The Americans Motorcycle Club which is active throughout the United States and raises funds for Children’s Cancer. Coolidge enjoyed staging puppet shows through the club for young children and sometimes did so for sick children as well.
Among his most noted litigation as an attorney was representing Yuba City High School Bus Crash Victims when a charter bus carrying members of the Yuba City High School Choir were killed during a tragic crash on May 21, 1976. He, along with his former law partner, Lyle Gisi, also represented victims of the 1987 Linda Flood which years later resulted in a positive result for hundreds of families.
Coolidge was the father of Stephen Coolidge, who preceded him in death; Karen Lockhart, of Yuba City; and Andrew Coolidge, of Chico; and was the grandfather of ten grandchildren. He was married to Constance Coolidge for over 40 years before the couple separated in 1997.img10202017 089  10 25 17

His fiancée, Roseann Marie Hannah, leaves behind two adult twin boys, Jeffrey and Jordan Hannah of Grass Valley.

More than anything in the world Coolidge loved to ride his Harley Davidson Motorcycle. He was very active in The Americans Motorcycle Club, (TAMC), for 30 years and owned a Harley up until his death.

TAMC member Frenchy remembers Stan as,

"My BROTHER, my MENTOR, my FRIEND. I knew Stan Coolidge for over 30 years. He was one of the finest, caring and compassionate men I have known. From his extensive knowledge as a lawyer, Reserve Deputy in Yuba County, Superior Court Judge, make believe Chinese language expert. He was a man liked by most he met. A serious and yet funny man who I will miss forever along with his fiancée Roseann, may they both rest forever in God’s loving arms."

Coolidge’s house sat halfway up Johnson’s Peak (a small mountain) next to Paynes Peak mountain, across Loma Rica Road by Pizza Round Up. The entirety of Johnson’s Peak suffered extreme fire damage barely leaving behind any trees or brush which was not completely burned.
While last details of the couple are unknown, it was evident through limited family conversations with the couple prior to their deaths, that the fire came upon the home almost instantly and engulfed the entire residence while they were still inside. The remains of Coolidge and Hannah were recovered onsite by the Chico State Anthropology Department Team and Yuba County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department listed the couple as confirmed fire fatalities on October 18, 2017, nine days after the event and the date of death is October 9, 2017.


Memory's and Thoughts from TAMC Brother's :

"I will always Remember Stan for his wisdom in our last conversation he said something to me that I won’t repeat, but I will never forget I learned a lot from Stan while the club was watching him after the home invasion. What a smart & kind brother he was & he will never be forgotten. Ride on Stan we love you RIP". Strollin

“Mentor to many, friend to all". Big John

"Stan would call club bothers and other people on certain nights at set times mine was Tuesday and Thursday nights around 7 pm and ne thing he would almost always say ‘Just wanted to talk to someone I like’ and my response was they are getting fewer all the time. Stan was one of my dearest friends I will miss him until the end of my days". Dave Beasley

"Stan was a great man who always had a joke to tell. I'm glad I had the privilege of knowing him. He touched many lives and will be missed very much." Drew Abernathy

"My wife and I have had the privilege of knowing Stan for around thirty years; on a personal and professional level. We were certainly the "odd couple" of friends, but grew to respect and love each other deeply. Stan was always willing to lend and bend an ear. He was a great story teller and would sometimes even use sock puppets to tell his stories. He was a respected community member and longtime member of The Americans Motorcycle Club. He is sorely missed". Lee & Barbara Clabaugh

"Stan Coolidge lived an amazing life. He was a seminarian, an attorney, a father, judge, a political appointee by Governor Reagan and what he loved most, a thirty year member of The American Motorcycle Club. He was my Brother and Friend. Gone but never forgotten".  Fran Wagner

A joint service for the couple will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 2 pm at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Yuba City. Donations, in lieu of flowers, are asked to be given to The Americans Motorcycle Club and can be mailed to PO Box 1834, Yuba City, CA 95992.


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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.

DSCN1083  10 11  17Including Grow where Deputies were Shot

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