Marysville, Ca.


Yuba County residents can get a good feel for the new touchscreen voting system they will be using during next year’s March Presidential Primary, as the county’s Election Office offers three opportunities this summer to take an updated voting booth for a “test drive.”

The open house-style events will showcase the new Democracy Suite Voting System, which gives voters the opportunity to mark ballots either electronically using a touchscreen system or use a more traditional paper ballot. Election staff will be on hand to answer questions to give residents the opportunity to try out the new system.    

New Voting System


Open houses are scheduled at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, July 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wheatland Community Center, 101 C Street in Wheatland
  • Wednesday, July 31. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Board of Supervisors Chambers, 915 8th Street in Marysville.
  • Thursday, August 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Alcouffe Center, 9185 Marysville Road in Oregon House



 “We want to give our voters a glimpse of the technology that will greet them at the voting precincts next year,” said Yuba County Clerk-Recorder Terry Hansen. “The touchscreen system is very user-friendly and designed to safeguard the integrity of each vote.”

 The California Secretary of State recently decertified the widely-used Legacy Voting System that had been in place for several years, making it necessary for many county elections offices throughout the state to purchase new systems. Hansen said the required change gives her office the opportunity to make improvements to the voting booth experience.

 In each voting booth, a touchscreen tablet will be just one method available for completing a ballot. After voting using the touchscreen, a paper ballot prints out, which the voter will then place in the ballot box. The computer system is designed to keep no record of votes that were cast. The electronic system also allows voting by way of an audio ballot.

 Paper ballots will also be available for voters who prefer that method. The updated ballots will no longer use the connect-the-arrow approach. Instead, voters will only have to fill in a simple oblong hollow “bubble.”

More information about the new voting system and hands-on demos can be found online at  

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A classic car show, presented in a country fair atmosphere along with raffles,

food vendors and DJ, is scheduled for July 13, 2019 in the Historic Chestnut

Grove, 8979 La Porte Road, Brownsville, 95919, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

Public admission is free. Car owners are proud to show off their beautiful and

lovingly restored autos.

A Masterbuilt 30 inch Charcoal Smoker is just one of many raffle items

generously donated by local businesses.

Anyone needing additional information may contact Linda Wooldridge,

530-675-9060, or by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No Pre-registration. Fee to

show a car is $20.00. Registration is between 7:30 and 9:30 AM. All proceeds will

be donated to Autism Speaks.

The goal of Autism Speaks is to change the future for all who struggle with an

autism spectrum disorder. The non-profit group is dedicated to funding global

biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure

for autism. In addition, Autism Speaks strives to raise public awareness about

autism and its effects on individuals, families and society; and they work to bring

hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. For more information:

Marysville, Ca.


On June 24, 2019 Yuba County was served with a brief, from Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and two Yuba County residents, in the un-incorporated area of Yuba County, Charlie Mathews and John Mistler, to invalidate Measure K. (HJTA, et al. v. County of Yuba, et al. – Yuba Superior CASE NO. CVPT18-00021273)  The hearing will take place on August 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Department 4 with the Honorable Judge Stephen Berrier

Measure K  proposes a 1% sales tax. It is called the "Public Safety/Essential Services Protection Ordinance." The county believes the tax is a "General Tax" requiring a 50% +1 vote to pass. The opponents believe the county promoted the tax as a "Special Tax" which would require approval of  two thirds of the voters to pass. The tax passed in November with 53%.

Full documents of the brief can be seen on

Oregon House, Ca.


At approximately 8:00 a.m. on 6/25/19, the YCSO Marijuana Enforcement Team (METYU) with the assistance of Net-5 and Yuba County Code Enforcement officers executed a search warrant 8200 block of Marysville Rd in Oregon House. During the search, Deputies located approximately 2,400 marijuana plants among four residences converted to grow houses on two parcels that are believed to be connected.

During the execution of the search warrant, personnel on scene required the use of masks due to black mold inside the homes used for the illegal grows. Code Enforcement condemned the homes as unsafe to occupy due to the mold infestation.

Two illegal rifles were located and seized. One suspect, identified as 39-year-old You You Kuo of Sacramento, was arrested at the location and cited for 11358 H&S/ Illegal Cannabis Cultivation and 11359 H&S/Illegal Possession of Marijuana for Sale.drug bust

4th pic for eterritorialYuba and Sutter Counties

   The cities of Marysville and Yuba City, Yuba and Sutter Counties. Yuba County Water Agency and     Recology are sponsoring a 4th of July celebration.

The celebration will begin at 9:30 pm in the Marysville Soccer Fields between the 5th and 10th Street bridges. The show will be visible from both sides of the river for both counties to enjoy!

Riverfront Park and Soccer fields will be open for 4th of July picnics at 4pm. Parking will be limited on both sides of the river so plan accordingly, be SAFE and let's enjoy bringing back the Yuba/Sutter fireworks show produced by PYRO Spectacular North Inc. and funded by your local government & local sponsors.


imagesPlumas St. Flagpole Rededication

and 4th of July Parade

Yuba City, Ca.

On Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 9:30am, Corner of Plumas St. and Colusa Hwy the City of Yuba City will be celebrating a Flagpole rededication along with the annual 4th of July Parade.  The flagpole was originally dedicated on November 12, 1983, to all who honorably serve their country by military service; past, present, and future.  With the current flagpole being inoperable, two local sponsors have come forward to provide for the installation of a new flagpole.  The new flagpole will be dedicated to those who serve and have honorably served to protect their country and community including emergency services.  Mayor Shon Harris said, “We’d like to invite citizens, active duty military, veterans and emergency services personnel to attend the re-dedication”.

Parade; Ages 0 – 12 can join in on the parade!  After the parade, enjoy a hot dog lunch at the Town Center Fountain!  No registration is required.  The parade will begin at a different location this year, on the North end of Plumas Street with the unveiling of our new Flag Pole.  No animals, pets, or motorized vehicles will be permitted, although battery operated vehicles are permissible and safety helmets are required by those participants.



“Hats Off to Nevada County!”

Nevada Co.

Nevada County will be celebrating USA’s birthday this 4th of July, with the theme of the 2019 Parade & Fireworks Celebration, “Hats Off to Nevada County!”

Continuing a tradition that began 117 years ago, Grass Valley will be hosting this year’s July Fourth parade. The march through historic downtown Grass Valley will begin at 11 am with the traditional flyover by the Golden Empire Flying Association. The celebration continues at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley with a family-oriented celebration, the gates open at 3 pm. The fireworks won’t blast off until 9:30 pm, but there are plenty of fun festivities to keep you entertained all afternoon!

Tickets: Advance Purchase $10.00; At the Gate $15.00 per person. Veterans, active and retired are free, as are children 12 and under. Online tickets available at


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 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

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


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.


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