Sutter Co, Ca.

Accepting the recommendation of the Sutter County Citizens Advisory Committee on Homelessness, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved using a portion of the land occupied by Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health Services for a temporary emergency shelter.

Development Services Director Neal Hay said staff would return to the Board of Supervisors on October 23 with specific recommendations on how to establish the homeless shelter on the 11.7 acre property at 1965 Live Oak Boulevard, Yuba City, including the possible use of a combination of tents and pre-fabricated sheds. Development Services Staff will also present costs for the emergency shelter at that time.

The Board previously directed staff to work on a plan to house temporarily no more than 60 people at any one time. Mr. Hay said the shelter will likely open with room for fewer than 60 until it is known how many individuals will seek shelter there. Expected site improvements include fencing to screen the area from adjacent roadway users. Actual location on the property, the extent and nature of fencing, and who will manage the shelter are three additional issues to be addressed. Sutter County has been in positive initial talks with the Salvation Army.

The location of the emergency shelter was recommended by an 11-member Citizens Advisory Committee on Homelessness appointed by the Board of Supervisors in January after residents objected last year to a staff recommendation to provide emergency shelter at Whiteaker Hall, a County building near the existing homeless encampments. The Citizens Advisory Committee considered more than a dozen possible locations, including Whiteaker Hall, the former Butchie’s Pool on Garden Highway, the former Leo Chesney Correctional Facility in Live Oak, and the Glad Tidings Church off Pease Road north of Yuba City, before settling on the Behavioral Health campus.

Scott Thurmond, a consultant hired by Sutter County and the Sutter Yuba Homeless Consortium, told the Board of Supervisors that California has, for the first time, allocated significant funds for homeless services and that the two counties will be receiving about $3.4 million in funds specifically for homeless services.

The Board of Supervisors has adopted a long range plan for addressing the issue of homelessness. That plan included developing emergency shelter; working with other government agencies, and private and non-profit organizations on regional solutions; securing funding for housing for homeless individuals dealing with behavioral health issues; providing easy access to human services programs; and adopting and enforcing a strict no camping ordinance on Sutter County property along the Feather River.

In March, a federal judge issued a restraining order against the County prohibiting it from enforcing the no camping ordinance until emergency shelter is provided. Residents near the river campsites have complained about the proximity of the homeless, stating they make it uncomfortable to use the river, create security problems in their neighborhood, and cited the pollution of the river with human waste and garbage from encampments.

The Board of Supervisors also approved Tuesday a request by Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health Services to apply for up to $100,000 in one-time special state funding to augment existing outreach to homeless individuals with mental health issues.

Durfor089 12 18 Sheriff Wendell Anderson and retiring Sheriff Steve Durfor

Marysville, Ca.
Yuba County Sheriff-Coroner Steven L. Durfor took early retirement August 31, 2018. Sheriff Durfor is a lifelong Yuba-Sutter resident that has proudly served as a peace officer for nearly 32 years in Yuba County. First hired in 1986 by then Sheriff Gary Tindel and became under -sheriff under Sheriff Virgina Black. First elected as the Yuba County Sheriff-Coroner in June 2006, he assumed command January 2007 and just finished serving his third term.

Sheriff Durfor's desire for a smooth and successful transition for incoming Sheriff-Elect Wendell Anderson, and Durfor’s commitment to what is best for the department and the community, have lead him to the difficult decision to retire early. In the interest of maintaining a congruent leadership direction and avoid the sometimes difficult transition into a new command, Sheriff Durfor stepped down and recommend that the Yuba County Board of Supervisors appoint Sheriff-Elect Anderson as Sheriff for the remaining months of his term. Sheriff-Elect Anderson’s 4-year term will begin January 2019. Additionally, Sheriff Durfor recognizes his early departure affords an opportunity for budgetary savings and organizational restructuring that will be needed to address deficits and the risks they pose to staffing levels. Sheriff Durfor stated in a message to staff announcing his early departure “It has been a great honor to serve as your Sheriff and to serve the people of my hometown for close to 32 years. I could not be more proud and will always have great respect for the tremendous work all of you put forth each and every day to keep our county safe.”

On August 31st a public retirement ceremony was held outside at the Sheriff's Office on Yuba Street. Dignitaries included Congressman Garamendi, several past sheriff's and sheriff's from surrounding counties. Sheriff Durfor said, He isn't going anywhere and will continue to live in Marysville.



yuba water agency rendering9 12 18Marysville, Ca.

Yuba Water Agency approved the purchase of a property in Dobbins for approximately $220,000 to further support agency operations.

The 20-acre parcel is located between Lake Francis and New Colgate Powerhouse, and will be used to construct a new warehouse and an additional administration building for Yuba Water Agency employees. Escrow on the property is set to close on Sept. 12.

“This expansion is needed due to our growing workload and to ensure our reliability as a participant in the California wholesale electric market,” said Yuba Water Agency Power Systems Manager Mike Kline. “Additional warehouse space is needed to grow the inventory of spare parts that support that level of reliability.”

The next phase of the project, predicted to be complete by 2020, will include the design and construction of a 16,000-square-foot warehouse with yard facilities, including fire tanks, septic, water, power, vehicle fueling, and hazardous waste and materials storage.

Phase three of the project will include the design and construction of a 12,000 to 15,000-square-foot administration building, and will be complete by 2021.

The very preliminary renderings show a visual concept of what this facility might look like in the future.

Yuba Water Agency staff will hold public meetings to discuss the details and answer questions as the project develops. Meeting dates will be announced in the coming weeks and posted on

dual Smartsville 006Partying with Huell Howser 10 years agoBy Kit Burton

Smartsville is hosting a party on Saturday, September 8, from 10 am to 2 pm to celebrate two events that have definitely affected this unique historic town.

Ten years ago the late, great Huell Howser came to Smartsville to film the story of the town’s name, how it started, how it was changed, and how, after 99 years, the gold rush town’s persistent citizens got it back. Howser’s TV segment in his series called California’s Gold is still running on PBS stations, presumably to sizeable audiences.

And 20 years ago, Smartsville resident Bill Ross convinced the Sacramento Diocese to donate its historic Catholic Church building and grounds to a brand new non-profit corporation named Smartsville Church Restoration Fund, Inc., also known as SCRFI, or “scruffy.” Under the agreement, the building would no longer be utilized for religious purposes, and would be restored for use by the community.

Smartsville, and its neighboring gold-rush town Timbuctoo, are the only California Historic Landmarks in Yuba County. Although Timbuctoo has all but disappeared, Smartsville is still here and evidence of its gold-rush history abounds – if you know where to look. For the past 11 years SCRFI has sponsored Pioneer Day, an annual festival honoring the early pioneers that came to northern California for gold. SCRFI is restoring the historic former Catholic Church that once served the predominant Irish Catholic mine workers. This imposing building, built in 1871, is an icon of the Sierra foothills.

The story of how Smartsville regained its name is a triumphal tale of small town pride vs federal government bureaucracy. It began in the late 19th century when mail addressed to identically named cities, often in the same state, arrived at unintended destinations. With time this problem became more and more serious, and in 1890, sparked the formation of a commission to recommend remedies.

Re-naming cities with duplicate names within the same state was a sensible solution and should have been sufficient. But having gained a bit of momentum, the US Board of Geographic Names couldn’t stop, and continued changing names, often without good reason. Pittsburgh was changed to Pittsburg, Skaguay became Skagway, Rough and Ready was told it could be either Rough or Ready but not both, and Smartsville, in 1909, became Smartville. The town hated it. Finally, after several prior attempts, and with overwhelming local and county-wide support, the historic spelling was officially restored by the federal government in 2008.

So in September, on the grounds of the historic, former Catholic Church in Smartsville we will celebrate these two anniversaries with cake and candles, music, a few short speeches, food, fun and games for kids, and maybe a toast to the next 10 or 20 years. Admission is free. Bring your own chairs.

For more information visit or call Kathy Smith at (916) 838-2757 or Kit Burton at (530) 701-2639.

Photograph caption : Partying with Huell Howser 10 years ago

bridge  9 5 18Feather River at 5th Street Bridge

Yuba City/Marysville, California. Starting on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. the Feather River boating channel at the 5th Street Bridge will remain closed to all watercraft until September 6, 2018 at 11:00 p.m. This is a schedule change from previously announced dates of August 26, 2018 to August 30, 2018. The channel will remain open during these dates in August through the Labor Day weekend. This will allow the contractor mobilization of large drilling equipment to the west levee side of the project and will not affect traffic on the 5th Street Bridge.

The City of Yuba City is committed to providing the highest quality service; we thank all those recreationalists who use this navigational channel under the 5th Street Bridge for their cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the planned closure, please contact Paul Chang at 530-763-4789 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

constitution picNevada City, Ca.

Highlights of this Sept 8th & 9th weekend include a parade, Revolutionary War Living History at Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek, and a free outdoor big band concert in the downtown historic district.

Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade, starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, has been a local tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America.

The parade through the downtown historic district includes marching bands, floats, antique autos, equestrians, politicians and the perennial crowd favorites the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City, a humorous but reverent group that portrays each U.S. president.


The Delaware Regiment of the Brigade of the American Revolution will be offering living history demonstrations of Revolutionary War soldiers drilling and firing, drilling of kids with mock muskets, music by the California Consolidated Drum Band, and colonial life living history. Flag raising to music and reading of the Declaration of Independence will be at 10am each day, and activities conclude at 5pm on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday.


Saturday, Sept. 8

Revolutionary War Living History at Pioneer Park, 10am to 5pmOpen Air Free Outdoor Concert by the Nevada County Concert Band on Pine Street, Downtown Nevada City, 4:30-6:15pm

Sunday, Sept. 9

Revolutionary War Living History at Pioneer Park, 10am to noonReenactment of the Signing of the U.S. Constitution, Broad and Pine streets, 1:30pm52nd Annual Constitution Day Parade – Broad Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City, 2pmGrand Isle Fire Brigade Concert – In front of the National Hotel Immediately following the parade27th Annual 49er Rotary Club Gold Country Duck Race, Deer Creek, Downtown Nevada City. Carnival from 1pm, Racing begins at 2:30pm.

nywd board   8 29 18NYWD Board of Directors holding hearingby John Mistler

Brownsville, Ca.

On Friday, August 24th the North Yuba Water District held a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors, labeled Irrigation Service Termination Hearing. The Discussion and Consideration of Violations of Irrigation Policy by Jennette Cavaliere during the 2017 Irrigation Season that may result in termination of Irrigation Service to all of Ms. Cavaliere’s parcels.

After a lengthy meeting that packed the meeting room and had people standing outside listening through the windows the board decided not to proceed further and not impose any penalties for the alleged "crimes".

How the board voted in closed sessions was not available before going to press.

Ms. Cavaliere stated she is considering legal measures to be reimbursed for her legal fees.



empire mine  8 22 18The mini-donkeys and their friend the mini-horse are heart stealers – and they’ll be greeting visitors again this year. Photos by Richard BannisterBy Courtney Ferguson

The first Miners Picnic was held on June 5, 1895. Hosted by the Mine Workers Protective League, the event helped raise money for miners’ widows and orphans, as well as injured and out-of-work miners. It was such a significant event in those early years, local businesses and mines closed for the day so everyone could attend. Today the event is hosted by Empire Mine Park Association (EMPA) to celebrate local gold-mine history.

“Okay, maybe businesses don’t close today,” event chair Steve Sanchez said, “but for many local and out-of-town visitors, the Miners Picnic remains one of Nevada County’s annual highlights. Each year we try to keep its old-time character, while we find new ways to make it special, fresh and fun.”

New for 2018 will be a beer garden near the Clubhouse. “We’ve not had this for a number of years,” Sanchez added, “but on a warm August afternoon, what’s more refreshing than a cold beer in a shady garden?” Besides beer, visitors may purchase food, snacks and treats from local vendors, including Lazy Dog Ice Cream and Cornish pasties (a favorite miners’ lunch). Miners Picnic is one of the few times a year the public may also bring their own food, blankets and chairs, and picnic on the stately grounds inside the Park.

A nail-biting mine rescue reenactment is scheduled for noon in the Mine Yard, and everyone’s encouraged to cheer on the old-time rescue vehicles racing to save the injured miners. World-renowned Izzi Tooinsky is scheduled to perform his juggling-and-history show on the Clubhouse stage at 1:15 p.m., followed by local band Midnight Acoustic who will be making their debut appearance at the mine. “There’s an impressive array of entertainment,” Sanchez added, “including magic, Dixieland jazz, a barber shop quartet and more. We even have a group of donkeys and their mini-horse friend all dressed up to go prospecting. They’re a big hit with everyone, especially the children.” There’s also the traditional Cakewalk, plus raffle prizes and a silent auction with a tempting assortment of items that includes a ride to school on a fire truck.” To add to the history, Empire Cottage, the old Clubhouse, the Blacksmith Shop and Gift Shop are scheduled to be open. Visitors will also appreciate the vintage cars on display. “It’s an action-packed day,” Sanchez emphasized, “and it’s best to arrive early, as visitors won’t want to miss a thing.”

The 123rd Miners Picnic takes place at Empire Mine State Historic Park on Saturday, August 25th, with special activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parking’s free – and everyone’s invited. Phone (530) 273-8522 or visit for further details.

Courtney Ferguson is Empire Mine Park Association’s Outreach Coordinator, as well as a freelance writer.




On Thursday 8/16/18 at approximately 7am, Yuba County Marijuana Enforcement Team investigators, along with agents from Net-5, served a search warrant in the 15000 block of Mountain House Rd in Camptonville at the site of an illegal marijuana grow. Upon execution of the search warrant, 497 marijuana plants were located and two suspects located at the residence were arrested on various drug charges.

In addition to illegally cultivated marijuana, investigators located “Honey Oil”, 355 Xanax pills without a prescription and packaged for sale, scale and packaging materials, Methamphetamine, and suspected LSD, Psilocybin, and Ecstasy at the residence.

32-year-old William Austin Simpson of Danville was arrested for 11360(a)H&S/Transport of Marijuana to sell, 11359H&S/Possession with intent to sell, and violation of probation.

26-year-old Samantha Ragsdale of Santa Cruz was arrested for 11351H&S/Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale

Yuba Co. District 5

Yuba County, Ca.

There have been some inquiries by candidate's Wright and Mistler to organize candidates nights even if they had to pay for them. "Fletcher, as incumbent, has been hiding from the electorate for 8 months and has not made an agreement to participate in any candidate nights, in the 5th district, thus depending on his strength as an incumbent." Mistler said.

On July 9th Wright sent an e-mail to Fletcher proposing a series of candidate nights. Fletcher did not respond but: his campaign handler did, " Hi Alton, considering your primary election behavior, there isn’t much Randy can say in response to your request that you won’t spin in a negative way." After Mistler got in the race Alton tried once again to set up candidate nights and

asking that the cost be divided by all three. Mistler's response was "I'm in, my time is pretty flexible. Mistler sent an e-mail to Fletcher requesting," What can we do to get you in a candidate night?"I n the last two days I have received several calls pushing for candidate nights in the foothills. We should be able to accommodate these people with a couple of candidate nights in the foothills. Will you support that effort? The Absentee ballots will go out on Oct. 8th. Fletchers response," Interesting, I have also received several calls that feel it is a waste of time and energy. Considering it's only been a short time from the last debates. How about we have one large one and invite those who really want to be there.

A community group met with the Alcouff Center Board on August 14th to discuss the need for a candidate night by the end of September. Art Craigmill, Board Chair, Dobbins-Oregon House Improvement Foundation (DOHIF) sent this response The Board decided that it could not organize or conduct another forum in this time frame (we have two major fund raising events coming up before the end of September). However, we will, subject to Board approval, make the Alcouffe community center available at no charge for a forum organized and conducted by a non-partisan, non-profit organization (e.g. Women's League of Voters) if all the candidates agree to attend.

It appears that there are three groups trying to put together candidates nights. Nothing concrete yet. These candidates nights would include the race for the North Yuba Water District also. Maybe absentee voters should not get in a hurry to send in their ballots?

Gretchen  8 15 18 Gretchen Flohr addressing Yuba Board of SupervisorMarysville, Ca.

On Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. the Yuba County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to put a 1% sales tax increase on the November 6th ballot. There were approximately 40 people in attendance, mostly county staff and employees. Two residents from Yuba County were the only ones that spoke besides county officials. 5th District Supervisor Candidate Alton Wright spoke and Gretchen Flohr from Oregon House.

Candidate Wright said, “There have been too many missteps made by the County. Voters don’t know what to believe and are now pushed into an uncomfortable corner. The Safety Tax is an unacceptable bandaid." While Gretchen Flohr's concerns that not enough of the proposed tax was going to fire departments.

Robert Bendorf Yuba County Administrator commented on Friday,"“Thursday’s unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors means voters in the unincorporated parts of Yuba County will have the opportunity to have their voices heard in November on supporting public safety and essential services. Voters will have a chance to establish local control of funding for public safety and essential services; funding that would not be controlled by the state.”


Browns Valley, Ca.

John Mistler ran for Yuba County Supervisor 5th District and came in 14 votes short in the primary. He has begun the Write-In process to win in November.

Mistler said," I didn't even know that you could do a "Write-In" campaign until some residents of Brownsville contacted me. They were concerned that they did not care politically for either candidate and did not have a good choice in a candidate for November. While a write in means more work and is harder to win; the fact I was only 14 votes short and I still have three months to talk one-on-one with the voters I had a better than normal chance to win. I want to be very clear that I got into the race because the incumbent Fletcher broke the law when he, as a representative of the people, denied the people the right to vote. I think all citizens should take that seriously and I will do whatever I can to bring honest representation to Yuba County. Now if we can only agree to get candidates nights in the 5th district and get Fletcher to attend, to date he has not allowed the voters access to ask direct questions.

The Yuba County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution that will put a sales tax increase on the November ballot. While I do not agree with the tax increase, I do agree with putting it on the ballot. Randy Fletcher should have been consistent and allowed the people to vote on the initiative that he illegally stopped. He wants us to vote on a tax increase but not to vote on sharing profits from water sales."

A "Write-in" campaign is very similar to regular compaign except that instead of drawing a line to connect two dots you must write in the candidate's name, that is considered to be the hard part. In this case it would be Mistler.

foothill fire 8 15 18by Shelly White, Foothill Fire PIO

Brownsville, Ca,

Thursday Aug. 2, 2018 Mike Seyh with The Firefighters Burn Institute came to a meeting to present us with two plaques to thank us for our efforts to raise money by holding a boot drive. We raised $3,116.49 and that is thanks to our supportive community. Without you we could never make that happen. On behalf of Foothill Fire we want to say thank you to you the community, you are the real heroes !

We wanted to give you an idea of what you are supporting. The Firefighters Burn institute does many wonderful things with the funds we raise and We are so proud to be a part of it, You as a community should be too. They have retreats for survivors of burns. It is an opportunity for people who have suffered such a traumatic event to get together and meet other people who have been through the same thing. That way they know they are not alone in how they are feeling. They go to many different kinds of events that enrich their lives. The institute also has a children's camp for the same reason, they can get together to have a great time and connect with other children who are having the same life experience.

Another thing they do that really melted our hearts is they have a special camp for the families of young burn survivors. Often times children can feel left out when they have a sibling with special needs. This camp is designed to help bring all of the family together and make the siblings feel special and noticed. Also help the family reunite on a very fun level while learning to cope with the ups and downs of being part of a family with special needs. This is the only preschool burn camp for that age group in the entire nation.

It is a lot that they do at the Firefighters Burn Institute, and that isn't even all they do. This is where the word firefighter comes into play. When a firefighter gets burned the Firefighter Burn Institute sends over a representative to meet the firefighter as they are transported over to the burn unit at UC Davis. The representative meets with the family and helps to meet their needs during a really hard time. They help with a place to stay close to the hospital, any needs the patient may have.

What an amazing thing this organization does for victims of burns. If you would like to learn more about what they do you can visit their web page @ .Thank you Firefighters Burn Institute and thank you to our community for driving by just to put money in our boots! We are looking forward to seeing you out there next year.

Pictured left to right. Stacy Greene, Mike Linteo, Kelly McDaniels, Ryan Mckillop, Michaelle Foxx, Mike Daw, Shelly White, Kim little, Tristian Marcher ,Bill Shaw, Maria Castillo, John Young, Justin Lewis.

Monster Trucks   DragonSlayer  8 8 18“Bushels of Fun!”

Grass Valley, Ca.

With a theme of “Bushels of Fun,” this year’s Nevada County Fair is happening August 8 – 12 at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The Nevada County Fair features five days of fun for Fair-goers of all ages, and is the perfect opportunity to listen to ongoing musical entertainment, eat delicious food, enjoy carnival rides and games, visit barns full of animals, and see thousands of exhibits – all in a community-friendly environment.

New this year why not try Goat Yoga with pygmy goats in the Special Events Tent, experience travel to other planets or explore the depths of the ocean at the new Virtual Reality interactive exhibit in the Northern Mines Building, check out the Extreme Pogo Stunt Team on the Dance Pad, and visit the new Truck and Tractor Pulls in the Arena. Check out the livestock obstacle courses, the hay bucking contest, horse and stock dog demonstrations, and the small animal costume contests.

In the arena, it’s the Flying U Extreme Rodeo on Wednesday and Thursday night features the all new Truck and Tractor Pulls. Friday and Saturday nights showcase Monster Trucks and Tough Truck racing, and Sunday night wraps up the arena events with the Destruction Derby.

Enjoy ongoing, musical entertainment at one of the two outdoor stages featuring more than 25 musicians and bands during the Fair. Enjoy rock and roll, traditional country, reggae, classic rock, Chicago blues, and West Coast blues.

Enter one of the special contests for adults and kids held daily in the Special Events tent. There’s a Bubble Gum Blow Off, a Frozen Shirt Challenge, Jell-O Eating Contest, Duct Tape Art Challenge, Art Battle Showdown, “Minute to Win It” fun, squash mobile races, and nightly karaoke. No pre-registration required – just show up and have fun.

Crowd favorite Treat Street will be filled with delicious food made by volunteers of local organizations whose booths are used to generate funds for community services. Whether it’s a smoked turkey leg, corn on the cob, pasties, tacos, hamburgers and root beer floats, pulled pork sandwiches or one of many other delicious treats, it can be found on Treat Street.

Tickets are on sale now at The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For a list of daily activities, event details, tickets, or general information, visit or call (530) 273-6217.

thumbnail 8 8 18During the weeks of July 8th- July 21st, The Yuba County Sheriff’s Office along with the

California National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, Siskiyou County, Calaveras County, Trinity County, Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologists and Law enforcement, California State Water Board and Water Rights Division, Yuba Sutter Net-5, Yuba County Code Enforcement, and several other cooperating agencies began serving a series of criminal search warrants throughout the State in the above mentioned counties. The search warrants were part of a month’s long operation into the illegal cultivation of marijuana/cannabis and directly associated environmental crimes and water violations.

This operation demonstrates the cooperation between allied agencies working together in a concerted effort along with the California National Guard Counter Drug Task Force to investigate for prosecution those persons or organizations responsible for committing criminal acts and environmental damage in Yuba County with far reaching effects to the state’s most valuable resources such as land and water. As previously noted in other similar investigations, due to the nature of our watershed systems in Yuba County, the environmental damage that begins in the mountains and foothills of Yuba County has significant impacts into other portions of California. During this operation, a significant number of environmental crimes were discovered. Those environmental crimes

included damage to the watersheds and waterways, and use of banned and illegal chemical pesticides and rodenticides, among other violations.

The Yuba County portion of the Green Wave Operation resulted in 16 search warrants with 6,534 marijuana plants eradicated, nine arrests and one citation, 1,000 lbs. of processed marijuana, 40 lbs. of finished “BHO” Butane Honey Oil, 1 “BHO” Lab, and 2 grams of Heroin. There were 14 water quality violations, 88 Department of Fish and Wildlife violations, and 14 water rights violations. Asset seizures included $1,000.00, two vehicles, and one firearm. YCSO receives annual grant money from the DEA through DCESP (Domestic Cannabis Eradication / Suppression Program) which funds the majority of marijuana investigative efforts by the Sheriff’s Office. This money is utilized exclusively for METYU (Marijuana Eradication Team Yuba) and was the source of funding for the Yuba County Sheriff Department’s involvement in this multi-agency operation. The money from this grant funds overtime, equipment, aerial reconnaissance, and ancillary costs associated with the marijuana operations. The DEA has strict guidelines on how the money can be spent and YCSO works within those guidelines to maximize the benefits. YCSO also receives additional funding from the USFS for marijuana eradication in the National Forests located within Yuba County

forbestown daze 8 1 18

Forbestown, Ca.

Good, old-fashioned, family fun will be found at one of the best foothill community events of the year – The 24th Annual Forbestown Daze is on Saturday, August 4th, 9 AM - 4 PM.

As usual, the historic parade happens at high noon featuring local civic and youth groups, vintage cars and other vehicles, as well as our outstanding local emergency service teams.

Forbestown Daze, organized by Forbestown Advisory Council, is set in the lovely Forbestown Community Park under the tall trees. Here you’ll find artisan vendors, info booths, food, music and kid’s activities, like the bounce house sponsored by Elevation Church. There will be an exciting raffle featuring prizes donated by local businesses and farmers. There will be cases of wine, a generator, organic beef, a truckload of road gravel and many more great surprises.

The nearby Yuba Feather Museum and Gold Trader Flat, a living history museum, will be open for visitors to experience a replica Gold Rush town, learn about the area’s history or sit and enjoy a cool sarsaparilla.

There’s ample shade, seating and parking. Daze is held in the Forbestown Community Park, 19100 New York Flat Rd., Forbestown.

The Forbestown Parade has historic roots dating back to the Gold Rush.

forbestown daze 2 8 1 18All Forbestown Daze raffle proceeds fund local children’s events during the holidays and Easter.

Marysville, Ca.

At the Board of Supervisors meeting Monday July 23 at 7:00 in the evening, the Yuba County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place a one-cent sales tax on the November ballot. This was the first hearing of the ordinance. The second and final hearing will be August 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., that is a Thursday, at the Board of Supervisors Chamber.

After months of county officals gathering feedback from residents about their priorities for Yuba County, the Board of Supervisors on Monday evening voted unanimously to place a Public Safety and Essential Services Protection Measure on the November 6 ballot for voter consideration.

If enacted, the measure would help Yuba County overcome underfunded state mandates by generating locally-controlled funds for essential services. These include maintaining fire protection services and emergency response times, improving the ability to react and contain wildland fires, maintaining 24-hour sheriff's patrols, and attracting and retaining jobs and businesses to Yuba County. No funding could be taken by the State. The tax would be a general sales tax increase requiring a 50% + 1 vote to pass. There are no legal requirements that would guarantee that the tax would be used for the stated needs. Only a "Special Tax" requiring a 2/3rds vote can make that guarantee.

“Yuba County is handling over eight thousand 911 calls for fires and medical emergencies each year, sometimes with only two emergency dispatchers,” said County Administrator Robert Bendorf. “In other cases, some fire districts rely exclusively on volunteers and a patchwork of funding including relying on thrift store sales. Locally-controlled funding will help districts do more to ensure that every call gets a timely response.”

The measure, if approved by voters, would enact a one-cent sales tax for unincorporated Yuba County essential services. The measure contains strict accountability provisions, including independent citizens’ oversight and audits.

“With an average of only five sheriff’s deputies patrolling 664 square miles across Yuba County at any given time, and only one patrolling all of the foothills, it’s impossible to quickly respond to emergency calls,” said Sheriff Steve Durfor. “This measure would help maintain 24-hour sheriff’s patrol and address response times that can currently take up to 50 minutes.”

For more information about Yuba County’s Public Safety and Essential Services Protection Measure, visit

brewamy behlke photo  7 25 18They're back again for the 4th year hosting the Downieville Mountain Brewfest, Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 2-6 PM, in beautiful historic downtown Downieville on Highway 49 where the Downie and the North Yuba Rivers meet. No better place to be on a hot, August day!

If you’re hoppy and you know it, drink craft beer! Come to taste some of the finest craft beer from Northern California and beyond. Featuring 25 brewing companies that will be pouring some of their finest brews. Enjoy the Chicago-style blues music of Bob Mora & The Third Degree Blues Band from Rough & Ready, California. Savor the variety of delicious food choices that will also available to purchase.

Go to: for more information and a complete list of participating brewing companies. Also visit the Facebook event page: Downieville Mountain Brewfest 2018 for all the latest updates. Tickets are $30 and available through: or in Downieville at several business locations. Tickets at the door will cost $40. You must have a photo ID to taste, and there is no charge for non-tasters or designated drivers. Shuttle service will be available from the nearby campgrounds for $5 each direction. Please no dogs in the Brewfest area.

Sponsored by Downieville Improvement Group. All proceeds generated from the Brewfest will benefit local community projects. Tickets are selling quickly-don’t miss out! See you in Downieville!

kids pedal tractors 2 1024x681  7 25 18Celebrating "Timeless Traditions"

Yuba City, Ca.

The 160th Yuba Sutter Fair is scheduled for Thursday August 2nd through Sunday August 5.

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

Back again to the 2018 Yuba-Sutter Fair is the KIDS PEDAL TRACTOR PULLS!!! The kids become the stars of the show while they compete in a fast paced, action packed pedal powered tractor pull. Kids four to twelve years old are welcome to join in the show for FREE and try their skill. The tractors and pulling sleds are built for fun and designed to produce smiles and laughter!

The Great American Pig Races are the ultimate racing machines. The sawdust really flies when these fuzzy little critters flash out of the starting gates and pig2 300x202  7 25 18battle each other for first place. These guys know how to put it in four-squeal drive and go whole hog for the finish. The action is hog wild and exciting to watch! Seeing the pig races is free everyday and fun for the whole family! The show takes place near on the Flower House Lawn area on Thursday

raid  7 18 18Helicopter at Alcouffe Staging AreaSeveral Violations Stemming From MJ Cultivation

On July 12, 2018, Yuba County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) along with several other allied agencies executed warrants at 17 different locations in Yuba County. This focused operation involved environmental and water violations stemming from illegal marijuana cultivation. As a result of this investigation, 6,534 marijuana plants were eradicated, 1000 lbs of processed marijuana, 40 lbs of processed Butane Honey oil, 2 vehicles, 1000 in cash, a rifle and a Butane Honey Oil Lab was seized. Numerous water board and environmental violations were found at these different sites. This was a cooperative effort with the California National Guard Counterdrug task force, California Water board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Calaveras County Sheriff's Department, The Highway patrol, Narcotic Enforcement Team and Yuba County Probation.

Warrants were served at the following locations;

Alleghany Rd, 15000 block of Hwy 49, 10000 block Marysville Rd, 10000 block of Forsythe Rd., 14000 block Leafwood Wy, 15000 block of Pecan, 1800 block of Abernathy Rd,15000 block of Winther, 17000 block Pamlo Wy, 11000 block of Peoria, 14000 block of Willow Glen Rd, 4200 block Robinson Mill, 15000 block Burch

The following subjects were arrested:

William Stonecipher, 11358 (d)(3) H&S, 11379.6 H&S, Paul Swinbanks,, Thomas Dailey

Raul Capote, Connor Fountain, William Tuer, Rocky Nguyen, Son Cao and Trung Nguyen