19 84a Highway 20 Project location mapYuba County, Ca.

 Caltrans is replacing nearly nine lane miles of pavement on State Route 20 from Loma Rica Road to Spring Valley Road east of Marysville due to funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

 “State Route 20 experiences a lot of wear and tear because it is the principal east-west route for motorists traveling between the Yuba-Sutter area and Nevada County,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “This project allows crews to make long-term repairs, providing a smoother, safer ride for motorists and the region’s commercial operators.”

More than 10,000 and approximately 420 truckers per day use this segment of SR-20.

“Without funding from SB 1, the pavement would continue to deteriorate, which would have a direct impact on travelers and result in costly maintenance repairs in the future,” said Caltrans District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal. “Having a smooth roadway is important for the local recreational and agricultural industry in the Yuba-Sutter and Nevada County regions.”

 

Lamon Construction of Yuba City is the contractor on this $16.8 million project, which will rehabilitate the pavement, widen shoulders, create a 20-foot clear recovery zone, flatten a rise in the roadway to increase sight distance, improve drainage systems and replace centerline rumble strips.

Motorists should allow additional travel time through the area because of intermittent daytime and nighttime work. The work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues. Motorists are encouraged to “Be Work Zone Alert.

SB 1 provides an ongoing funding increase of approximately $1.8 billion annually for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the state highway system. SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027.

More information and updates on projects can be found at http://www.dot.ca.gov/d3/projects/ or on Twitter via @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3.

Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/

AnitaAllanMarysville, Ca.

 A man convicted of the 1988 murder of a 62 year old mother of six and grandmother of ten died in prison earlier this month, ending years of failed parole hearings that kept him locked up.

Henry Roy Carls was arrested and subsequently convicted of the first degree murder of Anita Allan, following the July 12, 1988 incident. Carls was sentenced to 25 years-to-life. He died in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on March 2 of this year.

“Mr. Carls filed for parole multiple times over the past several years, and each time our office was there along with members of Ms. Allan’s family to make sure the Board of Parole Hearings had a clear understanding of the heinous nature of his crime,” said Yuba County Deputy District Attorney Melanie Bendorf. “The fact that he never experienced life outside of prison after his conviction is an important final victory for Anita.”

Bendorf said the Board consistently determined that Carls remained a danger to society and denied his release.

Allan worked in the Attendance Office at Yuba City High School and as a teacher’s aide at Yuba College. She was at her home in Marysville when Carls attacked and killed her.

cal transMarysville, Ca.

You might say Caltrans set the gold standard when it opened the doors to a state-of-the-art green office building in Yuba County a decade ago.

The 220,000-square-foot Leo J. Trombatore State Office Building, home to Caltrans District 3 in Marysville, uses nearly 40 percent less water and is more energy efficient than 95 percent of similar office buildings. Its water savings are almost enough to supply the annual water needs of two households.

Moreover, it boasts high-efficient air filters to remove airborne contaminants that can aggravate breathing problems such as allergies and asthma. The cleaning staff uses green cleaning products that are biodegradable and free of phosphates and ammonia. It features charging stations for zero-emission electric and hybrid plug-in vehicles. And last year, Caltrans added electricity-generating solar panels in the main parking lot at the six-acre complex – providing enough power to cover 25 percent of the building’s energy needs.

To mark these achievements , District 3 – one of the largest employers in Yuba County – will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the five-story office building, which replaced an adjacent aging, cramped 70-year-old structure. Former Caltrans employees, local elected officials and the building contractor, Turner Construction Co., have been invited to attend a short celebration.

“We are proud that our District Office has been at the forefront of Caltrans’ sustainability efforts,” said District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal. “This building embodies our goal to preserve and enhance the state’s environment and prosperity by meeting our current demands and improving the quality of life of Californians without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

The LEED Gold-certified building was some 40 years in the making. Its design incorporated suggestions from Marysville city leaders and community members.

The facility, home to more than 700 employees, provides for the operational needs of Caltrans District 3 and its North Region, which administers the design, construction and maintenance of the state’s highway systems in 22 Northern California counites.

Caltrans District 3 maintains more than 4,385 lane miles of state highway in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties: Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba. Caltrans provides the latest information and traffic updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3.

Jahmal DerrickAdditional details are available following a preliminary investigation into Monday’s ( 1/14/19) officer involved shooting in Linda that left a robbery suspect dead. The male suspect was identified as 45-year-old Jahmal Derrick Stewart of Marysville, Ca. On 1/14/19 at approximately 3:30 p.m., a Yuba County deputy responded to a 911 call of an assault in progress with an unknown weapon in the 1400 block of N Beale Road. The assault was later determined to also be a strong-arm robbery of an elderly man. The first arriving deputy made verbal contact with a man who matched the description of the assault suspect, later identified as Stewart, as he was walking westward from location of the assault in the 1400 block of N Beale Rd in Linda. Upon contact with Stewart, the deputy advised him to remove his hand from his coat pocket, and that for officer safety the deputy was going to pat Stewart down for weapons since he matched the description of the suspect that had committed an assault with an unknown weapon just minutes prior. As soon as the deputy began the pat down, Stewart started to pull away and attempted to flee. The deputy attempted to place a control hold on Stewart, when Stewart became violent and grabbed the deputy’s holstered duty weapon. The deputy took Stewart to the ground in an attempt to gain control; but the suspect, who was much bigger in physical stature than the Deputy, was continually trying to remove the deputy’s duty weapon from the holster while he physically resisted the deputy. While the deputy and suspect continued to struggle, a backup deputy arrived on scene. As the backup deputy approached the active fight to assist, the backup deputy heard the first deputy call out “he’s got my gun!”. Both deputies reported that they then heard one shot fired from the duty weapon that the suspect had been trying to un-holster. It was at that time the backup deputy, who was estimated to have been a few feet away, fired 3-5 shots, killing the suspect. Investigators have interviewed several independent witnesses that also reported seeing the struggle between the original deputy and suspect; and corroborated that the suspect was continuously trying to get the deputy’s duty weapon. Due to the type of holsters carried by our deputies, a duty weapon will not fire when fully holstered; leading us to believe that the suspect had successfully taken the weapon far enough out of the holster for the duty weapon to fire. As part of this investigation, it was discovered that Stewart had an active felony no bail warrant out of Sacramento and was on active PRCS probation for various weapons violations. Stewart has spent time in prison for multiple felony convictions and has a history of violence including child abuse, domestic violence, aggravated assault, and multiple arrests for resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer. The two deputies involved, one with 16 years as a peace officer and the other with 3 years of service, were placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the Officer Involved Shooting investigation per normal protocol. An autopsy for the decedent is scheduled for Thursday 1/17/19 to determine official cause and manner of death. Details as to how many times and where the suspect was struck with gunfire will not be available until the completion of the autopsy, which will also include toxicology results. The investigation remains active and ongoing at this time.

ywa Facility Diagram Map1 16Marysville, Ca.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement for relicensing the Yuba River Development Project, which is owned and operated by Yuba Water Agency. FERC has regulatory authority over most hydroelectric projects in the U.S.

This milestone represents FERC’s final independent environmental analysis of the impacts associated with issuing a new license to operate Yuba Water’s facilities for the next 40-50 years. Those facilities include Our House and Log Cabin diversion dams, New Colgate and Narrows 2 powerhouses, and New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir.

Through this environmental document, FERC staff largely supports Yuba Water Agency’s proposed conditions (from the amended final license application) for the projects’ future operation. For example, instream fisheries flows based on the Yuba Accord form the basis of the flow requirements proposed for the new license, with some small previously negotiated changes. Other key license conditions proposed include:

Construction of a new secondary spillway at New Bullards Bar Dam to enhance Yuba Water’s ability to manage large storm flows, significantly reducing flood risk for the communities of Yuba and Sutter counties and enhancing dam safetyConstruction of a new tailwater depression system at New Colgate Powerhouse, to enhance power generation capabilityEnhancement of existing recreational facilities around New Bullards Bar Reservoir and at Our House DamDevelopment of new plans to plant riparian vegetation and to place large woody material along the lower Yuba River to benefit fish and wildlife

This is a major milestone in the relicensing process for the agency. Next steps include working with the State Water Resources Control Board on compliance with the Clean Water Act, and FERC completing consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding the Yuba River’s fish species. Once these two major processes are finalized, FERC can issue a new operating license to Yuba Water Agency, which may differ from this document. This process may take several years to complete.

“This has been a time-consuming, highly-technical and expensive process,” said Curt Aikens, Yuba Water Agency general manager. “But now, it seems as if all the time, effort and money expended to fulfill the requirements of the relicensing process are paying off. We feel that this final environmental statement sets us on a successful relicensing path for the long-term operation of this incredible asset that provides so much benefit for the people of Yuba County.”

Yuba Waters’ facilities benefit the people of Yuba County. Collectively, these facilities generate over 400 MW of clean renewable hydropower for homes and businesses throughout California, supply water for nearly 80,000 acres of productive Yuba County farmland, reduce the risk of flooding for residents in Yuba and Sutter counties, and offer numerous recreational amenities including boating, fishing, camping and swimming.

The environmental impact statement is available for public review on FERC’s website, as well as the Yuba Water Agency website.

Sutter County, Ca.

Sutter County Tobacco Control Program will participate in the 4th Annual North State Youth Advocacy Summit on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Colusa County Tobacco Education Program, in partnership with Colusa County CAPC- Community Advocates for Parents & Children and Colusa County Office of Education, will host the event at The Education Village Multi-Purpose Room, 499 Marguerite Street Williams, CA, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. High School aged youth from the Northern California counties of Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Plumas, and Trinity will be present. The summit will feature a keynote address from motivational speaker and skate boarder Mike Smith as well as a day full of games and workshops on leadership, advocacy, and health equity. If you know a high school aged youth interested in attending, please contact Colusa County Tobacco Education Program at 530-458-0380.

local film Wonder Plant Woman31 9From Left to Right - Anthony Emmolo, Ezekiel Roa Baumler, Sofia Nelson, & Trinity Campbell star In Wonder Plant Woman vs The Invasive Plant Monster

 

A film created by Yuba Environmental Science (YES) Charter Academy staff and students will be featured at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Wonder Plant Woman vs the Invasive Plant Monster is an imaginative retelling of Yuba Environmental Science Charter Academy’s 3rd and 4th grade students' study of native plants. In the course of their class project, developing a native plant trail around their 10-acre campus, they studied the plants of the Oak Woodland habitat, added native plants to the trail, encountered invasive blackberry, and started the removal process. They aspire to bring awareness and appreciation of native plants to their audience through education and humor. They issue a call to action to remove invasive plants and to preserve and plant native plants.

The film was written and produced by Louise Miller, YES Charter Academy principal, and filmed and edited by Radu Sava, YES Charter Academy photography/videography teacher. Actors in the film are current and former YES Charter Academy students. “It’s an honor to have a film selected for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. It’s the largest one of its type,” said Radu Sava. “I’m proud of the work our staff and students have done,” said Louise Miller. “We empower students to become leaders through project based learning.”

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival partners with schools to screen high quality films for Kindergarten through High School age students. The festival offers engaging, age-appropriate film sessions alongside extension curriculum packets for teachers wanting to integrate festival content into their lesson plans before and after the program. Wonder Plant Woman vs the Invasive Plant Monster will be screened at the Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley in the K-4 program on Jan 16-17, 2019. Over 2,000 schoolchildren will view the film making it a tool to educate the next generation of environmental stewards. Advance reservations are required. For more information call (530) 265-5961 or go to www.WildandScenicFilmFestival.org

 

On January 5th at 9:39PM, Marysville Police Dispatch received several 911 calls regarding a male subject with a firearm in the 700 Block of 10th Street, Marysville CA. Once Marysville Police Officers arrived on scene the subject discharged a firearm and began advancing towards officers. An officer returned fire striking the suspect. Medical personnel arrived on scene and transported the male suspect to Adventist Rideout Hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition.

This is an ongoing investigation and further details will be released as the investigation continues.

Smartsville, Ca.

Damien Cooper1 9Just before midnight 12/27/18; a Yuba County Deputy on patrol on Timbuctoo Place in Smartsville attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Jeep Cherokee with obstructed plates, that matched the description of a vehicle suspected of involvement in recent mail thefts from the Yuba County foothills. The driver failed to yield and a pursuit ensued south-east on Timbuctoo Place at approximately 50 mph, then onto Hwy 20 eastbound toward Nevada County at speeds up to 80 mph. The suspect vehicle then made a U-turn and proceeded west bound Hwy 20, turning south onto Hammonton-Smartsville Rd toward Smartsville, where it continued onto southbound Chuck Yeager Rd before turning east onto Daughtery Rd then south onto Mosswood Ln, where it crashed near the intersection of Boulder Way and Mosswood Ln, Smartsville.

The single vehicle accident caused the suspect vehicle to flip, leaving a male driver and one female passenger trapped as smoke began to come from the overturned Cherokee. The pursuing Deputy was able to pull both subjects from the vehicle prior to it catching fire. The driver, identified as 29-year-old Damien Cooper appeared unconscious and the female passenger, identified as 25-year-old Kerstin Toutjian, was conscious but complained of knee and head pain.

Driver Cooper was transported by air to a Sacramento area hospital where he did not appear to have any injuries but was being evaluated; and Passenger Toutjian was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation. The pursuit was over a distance of six miles and lasted approximately 8 minutes.

The suspect vehicle was searched at the scene of the accident and contained over 50 pieces of suspected stolen mail from various addresses in Loma Rica, Browns Valley, and Smartsville. A bicycle also located in the suspect vehicle was reported stolen from Oakland, Ca. Suspect Damien Cooper, a parolee, was wanted for violating his parole.

The mail thefts remain under active investigation and have been referred to the US Postal Inspectors. Cooper is expected to be booked into the Yuba County Jail upon his release from the hospital, with initial charges of violation of parole, felony evading, and possession of stolen property.

Update:

Damien Cooper was life flighted from the accident in Smartsville, following the pursuit, to a Sacramento area hospital. He was discharged from the hospital without the knowledge of the Yuba County Sheriff or parole’s; and fled. He remains wanted at this time.

DSCN1434 12 26Marysville, Ca.

Yuba Water Agency voted to begin covering 50 percent of the Yuba County Board of Supervisors’ annual salaries, freeing up the county’s general fund for other priorities. This is not increasing the salaries in any way, just reallocating where the funding comes from.

Five of Yuba Water Agency’s seven board of directors make up the county’s Board of Supervisors, and have traditionally been paid for their services through their salary from Yuba County. In recent years, following Yuba Water Agency taking over hydropower operations from PG&E, a much larger portion of the supervisors’ time is now spent conducting business for the water agency.

“I was a director for the water agency back in the 90’s, and again today, and I can tell you, first-hand, what a difference it is in the workload,” said Brent Hastey, Yuba Water Agency chairman and one of two directors that does not serve as a county supervisor. “Since we took over hydropower operation, it’s been a pretty major commitment. We are investing a lot of time, energy and passion into making Yuba County a better place for all of us.”

Yuba County additionally provides facilities and services for the supervisors that also benefit Yuba Water Agency and its board of directors, including clerical and election-related services, office space, training, supervisor chambers, conference space and other support.

"Any funding the water agency gives has to be related to it’s missions of reducing flood risk, ensuring a sustainable water supply hydropower generation, fish habitat enhancement and recreation at New Bullards Bar,” said Gary Bradford, Yuba Water Agency director and county supervisor responsible for the area of Plumas Lake and Wheatland. “So, by having the agency cover more of the cost of supervisors’ salaries, that ensures that the county can use that funding on other critical items that the agency cannot legally fund. That could include road/infrastructure improvements, code enforcement, additional public safety, or any number of the things the county can invest in that the water agency cannot.”

The current salary for Yuba County supervisors is $4,496.00 per month. This funding change translates into approximately $135,000 per year that the county will have to spend on other priorities.

DSCN1429Loma Rica, Ca.

A garage and abandon house across from the Foothill Intermediate School in Loma Rica was the scene of an explosion presumed to be a Hash Oil Lab.

Net 5 took all of this over from the onset of the lab discovery. The vacant house was not on the task force radar because the plants were being grown out of county and transported to the lab. said a spokesperson for the Sheriff's department.

Two arrests were made, Dimitri Shokrikhanega

shokrikhanega                                 and Michael Syverton.syverton

Fish Habitat Restoration on YubaMarysville, Ca.

In a press release the Yuba Water Agency announced its support for the Brown administration’s comprehensive restoration strategy to improve fish and wildlife habitat conditions in the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary watershed. The administration’s strategy, which includes fisheries restoration measures on the lower Yuba River, will be considered by the State Water Resources Control Board during its meeting today.

“Our proposal for the lower Yuba River includes releasing more flow to the Delta, habitat restoration, and new funding to improve conditions for salmon and steelhead,” said Brent Hastey, Yuba Water Agency Board Chairman. “After working with state and federal agencies and local farmers on these agreements for several years, we believe these measures will achieve the coequal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem protection.”

The Brown administration strategy is based on 15-year voluntary agreements with water agencies to protect the Bay-Delta watershed, as an alternative to burdensome regulatory requirements. The Yuba Water Agency restoration proposal builds on the collaborative, science-based 2008 Yuba Accord, which is widely considered a model for integrated watershed management. The voluntary agreement would recognize that the Yuba Accord continues to improve conditions for salmon and steelhead, reduces the flood risk for the people of Yuba County, ensures water certainty for local farmers and ranchers, as well as for Yuba Water Agency’s hydropower generation needs, and provides critical water supplies for cities and farms throughout California.

Yuba Water Agency’s proposed commitments to the Brown plan are significant. These include releases of water from New Bullards Bar Dam of up to 50,000 acre-feet annually for fisheries, the restoration of up to 100 acres of habitat at a cost of up to $10 million, and an annual $520,000 contribution for a new Bay-Delta watershed science program. Under this innovative agreement, Yuba Water would receive compensation for water releases that contribute to Delta inflow and outflow, providing critical funding to reduce flood risk in Yuba County – an estimated $80 million over the term of the agreement.

The state water board is in the process of updating the Water Quality Control Plan for the Bay-Delta. The purpose of this plan is to establish water quality control measures that provide reasonable protection of beneficial uses in the greater Bay-Delta watershed, which includes all of the Sacramento Valley and portions of the San Joaquin Valley.

State water board staff previously proposed flow requirements for rivers that feed the Delta based on a percentage of “unimpaired flows,” which would require a large portion of each watershed’s total inflow to be dedicated to flow out of the Delta. This “unimpaired flow” approach would have significant impacts on farms, California communities and the environment. Scientists at the University of California, Davis, and researchers with the Public Policy Institute of California, cautioned publicly that the state board staff’s flow proposal would not address key factors critical to the Delta’s ecosystem health, such as food and habitat availability, or predation by other species.

The Brown administration and water suppliers throughout California noted that the proposed restoration strategy, based on voluntary settlement agreements, represents a more complete, comprehensive conservation initiative to improve fish and wildlife habitat. Negotiated voluntary agreements will allow for the integration of measures beyond just flow requirements, which will benefit both water supply and ecosystem management, and ensure restoration work begins sooner.

Yuba Water Agency is one of several agencies dedicated to implementing actions for struggling fish populations. Project examples include restoring gravel beds for salmon spawning, restoring side channel rearing habitat for juvenile salmon, closing deep pools left over from mining operations that harbor predators, and improving the timing of river pulse flows to better suit fish migration. Many of these actions are designed to address damage caused over a century ago by Gold rush-era hydraulic mining operations.

As Yuba Water Agency works to finalize a voluntary agreement with local, state and federal stakeholders, the agency is developing additional measures proven to facilitate a beneficial interaction between land and water that fish experience in natural flow conditions. These measures will be based on the science developed in part by the Yuba Accord’s science program, through which the Yuba Water Agency has funded $5 million in studies. The agency continues to fund $500,000 each year for further science studies.

Water agencies are hopeful the state water board will embrace the Brown administration’s restoration strategy. Over the next year, the board would then review and evaluate the proposed strategy, and eventually adopt it as a more complete approach for improving species habitat in the Bay-Delta ecosystem.

Image of the lower Yuba River, courtesy of the US Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District

Caption: The Lower Yuba River has been home to several habitat restoration projects in an effort to improve conditions for threatened and endangered fish. Yuba Water Agency’s proposal for habitat restoration as part of the voluntary agreements includes projects to create ideal water depth for fish, and provide additional habitat with riparian vegetation plantings, engineered log jams and anchored rootwads, among other efforts.

Banner IconicArlingtonInSnow12 12This image became viral in 2005, inspiring increased national interest in the annual tribute and prompting the formation of Wreaths Across America

 

Thanks to the Yuba-Sutter Veterans Stand Down we are celebrating our 3rd year of participation in the national program "Wreaths Across America". The official time and date for the laying of the wreaths at our local cemeteries is December 15 at 9:00 a.m.

Yuba Sutter Veterans Stand Down will be helping our local Yuba Sutter participating cemeteries to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes; as we REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom.

The goal locally and nationally is to place a wreath on each hero’s grave. We have Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day; but our service men and women sacrifice 365 days a year for our freedoms. There is no better time than the holiday season to show our appreciation.

We understand we have Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, but our service members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year to preserve our freedoms.

In many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. There is no better time to express our appreciation than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We hope you will join us at any of our more than 1,400 participating locations to show our veterans and their families that we will not forget. We willforget.

 

james12 12In 61 years as a Farm Bureau member, Sutter County farmer James Marler has served in numerous leadership roles in county and statewide organizations. His dedication to volunteer efforts on behalf of agriculture led to his receipt of the California Farm Bureau Federation Distinguished Service Award, presented December 5, 2018 during the 100th CFBF Annual Meeting in San Diego.

A walnut grower and former rice farmer from Meridian who has been a member of the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Board of Directors for 43 years, Marler has served as county Farm Bureau president and represented Butte, Nevada, Sutter and Yuba counties on the CFBF Board of Directors from 1997 until 2003.

“Jim Marler personifies the dedication to service that makes Farm Bureau successful,” CFBF President Jamie Johansson said. “Along with his service on county and state boards of directors, Jim has served on numerous committees reviewing Farm Bureau policies, to assure our organization continues to represent the best interests of our members.”

The Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau, which nominated Marler for the award, described him as “the first to volunteer himself for a job; he’s not afraid to join a new committee to understand what’s going on, and is the first one to represent Yuba-Sutter agriculture at local events.”

The Distinguished Service Award has been presented annually since 1953 to dedicated Farm Bureau volunteers from California. In addition to the award to Marler, CFBF presented the Distinguished Service Award to former California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger.

Photo credit to California Farm Bureau Federation.

uss arizona memorial pearl harborMarysville, Ca.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 948 of Marysville is holding its 3rd annual Pearl Harbor Celebration on December 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Marysville Veterans Memorial Center, 211 17th Street in Marysville.

This year they will have the honor to have Rear Admiral Bonnie Potter as the guest speaker.

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Rear admiral Potter was born and raised near Oakland California graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Animal Science, and received her MD degree from ST. Louis University School of Medicine. She completed medical school on a Navy scholarship, and came on active duty as a Lieutenant in 1975. She spent the first 20 years as a clinician and teacher of internal medicine, advancing to the rank of Captain. Following a tour as Chief Medicine/Residency Program Director at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, and Director of Medicinal Services, USNS Comfort during Operations Desert Shield/Storm, she transitioned into Executive Medicine. In 1997, she was promoted to Rear Admiral (lower half), becoming the first female physician in the military to be selected for “Flag” rank (Admiral or General). She served as Commander, National Naval Medical center, Bethesda, MD, lead Agent for Tricare Region 1, and Chief of the Navy Medical Corps. In 1999, she received her second star, and subsequent duties included Fleet Surgeon , US Joint Forces Command and Medical Advisor to Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic. She retired from active duty in 2003.

Rear Admiral Potter is board certified in Internal Medicine, with additional qualifications in Geriatrics, and she is a fellow if the American College of Physicians. She is the President of the Placer County Council of the Navy League, spent nine years as a member of the Northern California Retired Officers Community Boards of Directors, and six years as President of the Alpaca Owners Association Board of Directors. In 2012 she was awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Ellen Hardin Walworth Medal for Patriotism and the President’s Volunteer Service Award for service on the Sacramento medical Reserve Corps. She is married to August Anema, and the live in Auburn, California where they raise Alpacas.

For additional information call Brock Bowen 530-713-1946

judge12 5 18Yuba City, Ca.

Laura J. Davis, 44, has been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to a judgeship in the Sutter County Superior Court. Davis will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Brian A. Aronson on December 31, 2018.

Davis has served as the Sutter County Court’s sole research attorney since 2005. In this position, she has provided legal research, analysis, writing, and assistance across all case types to the court’s five sitting judges, as well as retired judges Robert Damron, H. Ted Hansen, and Christopher R. Chandler. Since 2007, as a Judge Pro Tem, she has regularly presided over Traffic Infraction cases, and Civil matters as requested. Davis is responsible for drafting and publishing the court’s local rules, maintaining the court’s legal research materials, and providing legal counsel to the Court Executive Officer. She served on the new courthouse committee, was instrumental in implementing the court’s paperless case management system and electronic filing processes, and works closely with the Judicial Council on labor issues. Prior to joining the court, Davis was a litigation associate at Seyfarth Shaw LLP from 2003-2005, and at Folger Levin & Kahn LLP from 2001-2003. She also taught Advanced Legal Research and Writing at Cal Northern School of Law in 2015 and 2016.

Davis grew up in Oroville, California, where she performed in community theatre, competed in gymnastics and speech contests, and sang in the choir at St. Thomas Catholic Church. She worked at her parents’ small party rental business while attending Oroville High School, and put herself through college at University of California, San Diego, by working as a nanny, in food service, and as a children’s theatre program leader. After graduating with degrees in Communication and Theatre, she worked as the program manager at the Fox television affiliate in Chico for two years. In 2001, she received her law degree from Stanford Law School.

Davis has volunteered at the Butte Humane Society, the Bidwell Park and Chico Creek Clean Up event, the Almond Bowl Run benefitting student athletes, and Chico High School Sober Grad Night. She has been involved with youth sports in Chico, and helped chair the Chico High Baseball Dinner and Dance fundraiser for four years. Davis is a single mother of two boys. Evan, 16, is a junior at Chico High School, and Houston, 18, attends Butte College.

Davis’s start date has not been determined.

railbus11 28Nevada City, Ca.

Whether you’re young or old, or some place in the middle, you will enjoy your time at the Railroad Museum’s Annual Christmas Party! Santa Claus is looking forward to visiting with everyone and has already promised us that he is having his elves pack a big sack of surprises for him to give to all the children who come see him! He also told us that he is bringing Mrs. Claus, and the two of them will be at the RR Museum the whole day!

Mrs. Claus enlisted the volunteers of the NCNG RR Museum to bake cookies and make treats for everyone. She says you will be astonished at the huge assortment of goodies, drinks and more, just for you!

This is the perfect opportunity to take a holiday picture of your loved ones in the well-decorated RR Museum and with Santa. You will enjoy the festive atmosphere, along with surprise entertainers and more!

The NCNG RR Museum Gift Store is chock-full of moderately priced gifts for your Christmas shopping ease. Many unique and specialty items can be found, as well as a good collection of local books and items made right here in Nevada County with the NCNG RR Museum logo.

Docents will be on hand to tell you more about Nevada County’s Railroad service and answer any of your questions. A short Rail bus ride will be offered during the event, weather permitting. You’ll get to see a Steam Engine that was used in many Universal Studio’s feature films and take a walk out into the rail yard to see how the train cars and engines are repaired and maintained.

We look forward to seeing you December 8, 2018 between 10 AM - 3 PM. Please call the NCNG RR Museum at (530) 470-0902 for further information and with any questions during Museum winter hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM - 4 PM. When you visit the RR Museum, you can enjoy a guided tour, see the Rail-yard and shop the Gift Store. Rail bus rides are offered on some Saturdays and weather permitting, please call ahead to reserve your seat.

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is all-volunteer run and operates solely by donation. The NCNG RR is a division of the Nevada County Historical Society.

Please visit our website: http://www.ncngrrmuseum.org/home.html

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum’s Annual Christmas Party

December 8, 2018

10 AM to 3 PM

NCNG RR Museum

5 Kidder Court, Nevada City, California

Marysville, Ca.

Yuba Water Agency will move forward with plans to further consider a transfer of property tax revenue to Yuba County, which is approximately $500,000 per year.

For decades, Yuba Water Agency has received a small portion of the county’s property tax revenue to help with the cost of business outside of power and reservoir operations, which were paid by Pacific Gas & Electric. The property tax funding covered the cost of things like recreation facilities, general management, flood risk reduction projects, water supply, and more.

In 2016, the agency’s contract with PG&E expired and the water agency began receiving the revenue from power generation, as well as taking responsibility for the associated expenses. That property tax funding is now a small percentage of the agency’s annual revenue.

“Timing is everything. And for many years, that portion of the property tax revenue helped run the agency,” said Yuba Water Agency Vice-Chairman Randy Fletcher. “Today, with the revenue coming in from power generation, it is only appropriate that it go to the county, which can use it to substantially help the community in ways the water agency would not be able to do.”

Before Yuba Water Agency can proceed with the transfer of property tax revenue to Yuba County, the agency is required to hold a specific public hearing and adopt a resolution in support of the transfer. Yuba County will then need to hold a subsequent public hearing, adopt a resolution of its own and file it with the county auditor to appropriately adjust the tax revenue allocation.

The board directed agency staff to begin the process, with the caveat that the transfer would expire after ten years, at which time it would be reconsidered.

To be informed about the public hearing on this issue, anyone interested can subscribe to be notified when agendas are posted to the agency’s website at www.yubawater.org/AgendaCenter. Just click the “notify me” link.

hometown Christmas Donkeys11 21Forbestown, Ca.

Wondering if we’re going to be able to get into the holiday spirit with the warm, dry weather we have been having? Well, Hometown Christmas at the Yuba Feather Museum’s Gold Trader Flat will start you yearning for hot cocoa and mistletoe no matter what the weather brings. Whether we’re green or snowy, there will be plenty of twinkling lights and homespun delights at this year’s Hometown Christmas. Come and join in the festivities on Saturday, November 24, in the picturesque mountain village of Forbestown, the home of the Yuba Feather Historical Association’s gold rush interpretive village. 19096 New York Flat Road, Forbestown, California

Starting at 10:00 A.M. until 6"00 P.M., the streets of the town will magically turn into an old time street fair with vendors of handmade delights for all ages. The Mercantile will be filled with homespun toys of a mountain childhood and handmade ornaments to decorate your hearth and tree. Boy Scout Troop 6400 will be selling their beautiful Christmas greenery. Wander the streets of Gold Trader Flat along with folks in 19th century dress while you start your holiday shopping in a delightful, country atmosphere to the accompaniment of mountain music and carolers. Over a dozen vendors of unique goods, from the folksy homespun to expert artistry, will give you a good start on your holiday gift and entertainment list.

There is nothing like the mountain air on a brisk winter day to work up an appetite. Your hunger will be quenched by the hearty offerings of the Gold Trader Flat Pantry and delectable treats from our guest vendors. Culinary offerings will include our great-tasting hotdogs, hamburgers, chili, and nachos. YFHA will be selling homemade baked goods to eat right away or to take home to relieve your own holiday work load. Visit the manger with its live animals and watch for Father Christmas to visit with candy canes for the kids. Inside the lobby of the Liberty Hotel, the beautiful Victorian Tea Room will offer a genteel respite with hot wassail and cheery holiday tunes. As the sun goes down the streets of Gold Trader Flat will glow and twinkle with holiday lights – a truly magical sight – and the holiday spirit of peace and goodwill will touch everyone’s heart.

Check the weather reports and come dressed appropriately. Forbestown enjoys a mountain climate and the nights are chilly once the sun goes down. In consideration of the safety of visitors to the mountains, the event may be cancelled or ended early in event of severe weather. If there are any concerns, call the Museum at 530/675-1025.

Admission to the Yuba Feather Museum and Gold Trader Flat is always free. Donations and proceeds from our events go towards helping support the exhibits, archives and interpretive village. These are supported entirely through private memberships in the Yuba Feather Historical Association (YFHA) and donations and maintained by volunteers for the benefit of the community. Membership and volunteer information will be available at the entrance for those interested. YFHA is welcomes newcomers and all those interested in Gold Rush history. Ask any of our volunteers how to become involved.

camp fire11 21by John Fleming

Butte County, Ca

Five days after 50 mile-per-hour winds pushed a wildfire up the canyons into the ridgetop towns of Paradise and Magalia, the Territorial Dispatch toured the downtowns, home to nearly 40,000 residents just last week. On this day, tow trucks are moving the melted remnants of vehicles that are abandoned on sides of major boulevards and streets as some drivers pulled over and ran for their lives. Tree companies are cutting and removing debris from roadways, power lines and important access points throughout the community. Utility companies are assessing extensive damage that has destroyed transmission and communication lines, transformer substations, and the infrastructure that serves a community.

This was also the day that forensic teams with cadaver dogs and coroners began poring over the addresses where senior centers, apartment buildings, and mobile home parks are located. The death toll, currently at 48, will rise as special units evaluate the outstanding listing of missing individuals.

The streets are busy with Sheriff’s deputies, CHP patrols, and incoming National Guard units to help secure vacant neighborhoods and prevent looting. The canyons are busy with convict crews and dozens of firefighting companies from throughout California and neighboring states to help prevent additional destruction to what has already become the most damaging wildfire in California history based on a number of metrics, primarily the number of homes and businesses confirmed to have been destroyed or damaged. Although CalFire is estimating full containment by November 30, it will likely be much longer to repair the power and communication grid for large sections of this ridgetop community in Butte County.

The scope and extent of the damage is complete in some areas, and hit and miss in others. Property owners and insurance companies will be studying the reasons why one building was destroyed while another stands beside it unscathed based on defensible space, building materials, terrain, and other variables. The Intermediate School in Paradise is fine, the Elementary School leveled. Paradise High School’s internal core buildings are standing while surrounding structures are gone.

Based on reconstruction following the Cascade Fire in Yuba County in October 2017, replacement homes and commercial buildings probably will not be in place before 2020. In the meantime, a database has been set up on CalFire’s page to update the fire’s statistics daily, and to provide feedback to property owners who are still under mandatory evacuation at http://fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2277.