Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Sutter, and Yuba Counties


Motorists Should Treat Non-Working Signals as All-Way Stops


Caltrans is preparing for widespread power outages beginning late afternoon Wednesday if PG&E cuts power to reduce the risk of wildfire.

Due to severe wind concerns in Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Sutter, and Yuba Counties, PG&E may potentially cut power beginning late afternoon Wednesday, October 23 through the afternoon Thursday, October 24.


Motorists are reminded that the California Department of Motor Vehicle Driver Handbook mandates that non-working (dark) and flashing red traffic signals be treated as all-way stops during power outages. Drivers should proceed with caution through intersections and observe right-of-way rules.

Throughout District 3, traffic signals contain battery backups, which typically last 3 to 4 hours before becoming non-operational. Additional measures may be implemented at signals during power outages including generators or stop signs. However, motorists should be prepared for all-way stops at non-lighted signals during power outages.


To illustrate the safest way to navigate an intersection during times with no power, Caltrans Public Affairs developed a Caltrans News Flash, which can be viewed here: bit.ly/CT_News_Flash_211.

PG&E customers are also encouraged to sign up for electrical outage alerts and review current outage maps via its website.


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Crews to Upright Overturned Tanker near Downtown Sacramento




Caltrans is alerting motorists that southbound Interstate 5 will be temporarily closed at the Interstate 80 junction around 8 p.m. today to allow crews to upright a tanker truck that overturned at the Richards Boulevard exit near downtown Sacramento earlier today.


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There is no estimated time how long southbound I-5 will be closed. During the shutdown, Caltrans will close the following freeway on-ramps and connectors to SB I-5:


  • Westbound Interstate 80 connector
  • Eastbound I-80 connector
  • El Camino on-ramp
  • The Richards Boulevard and Garden Highway on-ramps
  • The Richards Boulevard off-ramp

Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time through the area and to use alternate routes.


Meanwhile, Caltrans has closed the southbound #4 lane near Richards Boulevard as well as the Garden Highway on-ramp to SB I-5, and Richards Boulevard off- and on-ramps to SB I-5. Motorists can expect traffic congestion to continue into the afternoon commute.



The department will issue traffic updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play.



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Yuba City


Join culinary experts for an “Eat Well, Live Well” plant-based cooking class Sunday, October 27 at 3 p.m. at Yuba City Community Adventist Church’s fellowship hall. Come and learn how to make delicious, easy, and nutritious meals.   


Eat Well, Live Well cooking demonstrations will include food samples and a raffle for a free meal.  Sunday’s class will focus on Casseroles such as "cheesy potatoes."  There is no cost to attend; register by calling Heidi at 517-630-1765 to reserve a seat and to receive an extra entry into the raffle.


The Yuba City Community Adventist Church is located at 1460 Richland Road. Please call 530.673.3754 for more information.

Sacramento, Ca.


Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law Assembly Bill 430 authored by Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City). The Camp Fire Housing Assistance Act of 2019 will help expedite home construction in the North State region by streamlining environmental regulations that often delay or stop housing developments.


 Specifically, AB 430 allows housing projects that meet specified criteria to utilize an expedited ministerial review process, including an exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

 “I want to thank Governor Newsom for singing this important housing legislation into law. This action shows what we can do when we work together as a community, across party lines, working with all the stakeholders to provide much needed relief to those who have been devastated by the Camp Fire," said Gallagher.  “Many say that CEQA reform legislation in California is impossible; we showed that with the right focus all things are possible.”


 Gallagher concluded, “This legislation will give these cities an exemption from CEQA to fast track housing projects they had already planned for in their zoning and General Plans.  It will provide an excellent tool and shot in the arm to beef up the housing supply in the region post-Camp Fire.”


Cities that will benefit from AB 430 include: Biggs, Corning, Gridley, Live Oak, Orland, Oroville, Willows, and Yuba City. Each city benefiting from this bill is in full support of the new law. 


 Pete Carr, Orland City Manager, https://www.appeal-democrat.com/glenn_county_transcript/camp-fire-housing-assistance-act/article_44438890-d41d-11e9-90de-4f2b4a6e373b.html">said recently that CEQA can often add time and expense to housing projects.  “AB 430 helps us to be able to more quickly get new housing approved. Hopefully developers will use this as an opportunity to bring some more housing to Orland, where it’s needed and welcomed,” said Carr.


 Willows City Manager Wayne Peabody noted that AB 430 will help cut through the red tape, “The bill is going to help speed things up and that’s big,” said Peabody.


 Citing unwavering support for CEQA and growth concerns, the Chico City Council asked Gallagher to remove Chico from the bill. 


 Assembly Bill 430 enjoyed bi-partisan support in Sacramento since its introduction. Throughout the legislative process, only 2 of the 120 lawmakers in the California Legislature opposed the bill. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2020.

  Marysville, CA.


Veridian String Quartet(l-r) Rebekah Hood-Sava, Randy Fisher, Helen Graham, Kate Capra.The Veridian String Quartet has begun its 2019-2020 concert season and its tenth year of bringing high quality classical and classically inspired music to Yuba-Sutter.  The Veridian String Quartet is a professional ensemble created to bring together the high-level musicians that perform in the region with the aim of strengthening local cultural life.


The next concerts of the new season are titled “Popcorn Pops: Family Fun in Spirited Costumes” and costumes are encouraged.  These two identical concerts will be held on Saturday, October 26 at 10am at the Yuba County Library, 303 2nd Street in Marysville and again on Sunday, October 27 at 4pm at the Sutter County Library, 750 Forbes Avenue, Yuba City. These concerts are free to the public and are sponsored in part by the Yuba County Friends of the Packard Library and the Sutter County Friends of the Library.  A free will offering will be requested, but there is no obligation to pay.  


The program will include Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Black Magic Woman” by Santana and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.  Selections from “Frozen,” “Wicked,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Jaws” and “Hamilton” will also be featured.


The Veridian String Quartet is proud to be collaborating with other local arts and culture organizations in addition to Yuba Sutter Arts.  


“This season, we wanted to extend our reach into the community by offering concerts in non-traditional locations,” said David Read, Veridian Symphony Orchestra Board Member. “Following these library performances, we’ll have concerts later this season at the Sutter County Museum as well as the Burrows Theater at Yuba Sutter Arts and the Sutter Theater in Yuba City,” he added. 


On January 26th, Veridian will present its always popular “Rock this Way: Our Annual Rock Out on Covers” at Yuba Sutter Arts and then on March 1st, the Quartet will present “String Jam 63: Jazz for Harp and String Quartet” at the Sutter County Museum. The final concert of the season will be presented at the Sutter Theater on May 3rd - “Soar into Spring: With the Classics” - along with a performance of the winning entry from the annual composition competition.


The musicians for this season include Helen Graham on violin.  Helen is President of the Yuba Sutter Youth Symphony Board of Directors and serves on the Veridian Symphony Orchestra Board.   Rebekah Hood-Sava, cellist, has performed with orchestras throughout the country and currently teaches at Yuba College and Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts.  Randy Fisher, Violin, has played in symphonies and quartets across the county and internationally.  Kate Capra on viola is the newest member of the Veridian String Quartet and plays in a variety of ensembles as well as teaching young musicians. Tickets are available at Yuba Sutter Arts and Pete's Music Center as well as at http://veridiansymphony.org/tickets/. Incentives are available for season ticket purchasers.


Come support live music in the community and hear some great and very gifted local musicians.


Nevada County


Submit the winning slogan and win a prize package to the 2020 Nevada County Fair


The 2020 Fair theme is all about local traditions, and the Fairgrounds is holding a contest to find the winning slogan for the 2020 Fair. Nevada County is rich in history and cherished traditions and we’d like to feature those traditions at the Nevada County Fair.  Do you have a catchy or fun slogan for the Fair that features a local tradition? If so, submit it!


Visit the Fairgrounds website at NevadaCountyFair.com to submit a slogan. Be creative and have fun! If the slogan you submit is selected, you win. The winner will receive a 2020 Nevada County Fair package that includes two free admission tickets for each day of the Fair, a 5-day parking pass for the Fair, and ride coupons.  


Submissions must be five words or less and trademarked slogans will not be considered.  The contest is open to Nevada County residents only and runs through November 13, 2019. Entry forms are also available at the Nevada County Fairgrounds office. No phone entries will be accepted.  


Each year, the Fair slogan appears on advertisements, posters, banners and on social media; and is used to determine special contests, exhibit categories, and decorations for the annual Fair.


The 2020 Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 12 – 16. For a complete list of contest rules or information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

Marysville, Ca.


A long-standing holiday tradition, the 69th annual Marysville Christmas Parade will return to the streets of downtown Marysville on Saturday, December 7th at 5:00 p.m.  The theme for this year’s parade is “Nautical or Nice” a beachy boat parade of lights through historic Marysville.


The parade will begin at 6th & D Streets heading south to 2nd & D Streets, then turn eastbound on 2nd Street, then turn northbound onto C Street and ending at 5th & C Streets. 


Parade applications are available at the City of Marysville’s website: www.marysville.ca.us.  Entry fees are $25 for non-profit organizations and $50 for commercial businesses and organizations that aren’t non-profits.


Santa Claus will greet kids following the parade at 3rd & D Street where the tree lighting will take place immediately upon Santa’s arrival. Christmas carols will be performed by singing groups and vendors will be selling food, drinks and other items in the park.  Sponsorship opportunities to support this holiday tradition are currently available with a closing date of November 15th


For more information, call Sapphire Marketing Group at (530) 763-5402 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Loma Rica, CA


Presented by the Foothill Lions of Loma Rica. Bring your children on October 31st to the club for a safe and fun Trick or Treat experience. Open to ages 12 and under.


Decorate your car/pickup or pop up and join us at our Annual trick or Treat Street. Call Lion Jean Marie at 530-713-3162 for more info and/or to reserve your space. The fun goes from 6:30 to 7:30 or until the candy is gone, rain or shine. Free hot dogs for the kids.


If you wish to participate please be in place by 6 p.m. If you wish to bring your kids for Trick or Treating "Foothills Style", we'll see you there.

Yuba City, CA

The 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run will begin Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Gauche Aquatic Park

Wilbur & C Street, Yuba City, CA

The walk will traverse the Feather River levee, this year on the Yuba City side due to construction of the new 5th Street Bridge. The race will begin and end at Gauche Park on C Street in Yuba City.

New this year, the course will take you under the new 5th Street Bridge, entering onto the levee at the east end of B Street.

Last year's event drew 250 runners/walkers and netted over $11,000!

Add to the festivities by wearing a costume! Prizes awarded in three different age categories!

Awards ceremony for costume contest and running awards starts at 10:25 a.m.

Adults: $25, Military:  $15, Students (6-17): $15 , Children 5 and under free, Team (4 or more adults): $20 each. Fee increases by $5 per entrant after October 18.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. 10K Start Time: 9:00 a.m. 5K Start Time: 9:30 a.m.

he registration fees include chip timing and a t-shirt (guaranteed with registration by 10/18/19).

Chip-timed participants are eligible for medals in 10 divisional categories for first, second and third place. All children newborn through 5 will receive a custom trick or treat bag courtesy of the Sutter County Children and Families Commission.


Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded for best!


A nutritious continental breakfast will be provided after the run courtesy of Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley.


Funds received from the 2019 Live United-Run United, Spooktacular River Run benefit the Yuba-Sutter-Colusa United Way's 27 non-profit Partner Agencies as well as providing funds for our 2020 Community Impact Programs, which last year granted funds to address the needs of Healthier Children and the Homeless Population.


All told, you will be touching the lives of more than 15,500 people monthly.

Time to Get into Character for A Bit of Local Zombie Fun


Marysville, Ca.


Zombie Walk 2018 Kids Contest

Do you love Halloween and all the costumes and make-up but wish you could stretch the holiday out a bit?  If so, then please join Rockabetty’s Hair Parlor and Yuba Sutter Arts for the second annual local Zombie Walk on Saturday, October 26th from 11am to 6pm.  It will be a great warm up for Halloween just a few days later.




Once again, you will be able to enjoy this great addition to the Halloween season and this time the event is being held in Yuba City at Rockabetty’s.  The address is 561 Second Street. Admission is free and it is open to the public.


You can get a full zombie makeover, visit the zombie costume closet, get lost in the hay maze and play in the kids’ zone. Potato Potato will be on hand to provide you with their delicious loaded tater tots.  The Twin Cities Dancers will also be on hand in full zombie attire and makeup and will dance to “Thriller” throughout the day.


There will be a costume and make-up contest with prizes for best dressed zombie King, Queen, Prince and Princess so come ready to win! Winners will be announced at 3:00pm.  Then, the winners will lead the “zombie walk” through Yuba City along 2nd Street and finish up back at Rockabetty’s.


A zombie walk is simply an organized public gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes. Participants meet, fine tune their costumes and makeup and then make their way around the community in an orderly fashion.  Zombie walks can be organized simply for entertainment or with a purpose, such as setting a world record or promoting a charitable cause.  Originating in North America during the 2000s, zombie walks occur throughout the world.


Here are a few tips for making this a great event.  Ham it up!  You’re wearing fake blood and ripped up clothes and walking around moaning in public.  Doing that louder will not be any more embarrassing.


Walk like a zombie. This is not a speed-walking event.  Zombies lurch, crawl, limp, slither, etc.  Stay in character. Zombies don’t have conversations with their friends. They’re dead, they’re all messed up.  Have fun.  Come up with a theme and stay in character as much as possible.  It’s a celebration of a great time of year.  Moan like you mean it!


Come out for a fun, Fall, family event. For additional information, contact Kelsey 530-210-8379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Marysville, Ca.


Kids come dressed in your Halloween costumes for a safe and free trick or treat. On Sunday October 27th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marysville Elks Lodge parking lot 920 D. Street, Marysville.





Grass Valley


The Center for the Arts invites the public to the Fall Edition of Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 26th, 2019, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 998 Plaza Dr., Grass Valley, Ca. There will be Halloween-themed arts and crafts, face painting, and balloons, as well as music by essence, magic with Nick Fedoroff, and the storytelling of Susan J. Gilman.


Susan J. Gilman never set out to write books that made people laugh. Her main love has always been literary fiction. However, even with her most serious work, people would always tell her that parts of it were funny. Gilman taught writing and literature at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. Susan loves telling stories and has wanted to be an author since she was a child.  Susan will be telling stories at 11:00.


More than just tricks and illusions, Nick Fedoroff creates an atmosphere of wonder and astonishment in which entertainment, spectacle, and excitement conjoin. When Fedoroff is in the house, reality is suspended and expectations are exceeded. His unique approach to magic blends extraordinary illusions with an unforgettable presentation that continues to inspire long after the festivities end. Magic with Nick starts at 11:45.


In addition to writing folk/americana, pop, and rock songs, Essence expanded her repertoire by creating a collection of charming, catchy tunes inspired by her son that turned out to have a life of their own becoming favorites of families nationwide, loved equally by parents and children alike. Her children’s album, A Dog Named Moo is a multi-media project featuring a collection of 13 songs, a “T REXXXX” book, a smartphone app, and several music videos. essence is developing an educational curriculum based on the project. A Dog Named Moo was voted Top Kids Album of the Year by Daily Candy. Essence takes the stage at 12:30.


The whole family will enjoy the performances, as well as balloons, face painting, crafts, and more from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26th! No tickets are required; you may RSVP on the Facebook event page. It’s happening at The Plaza Gallery, 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley.

            At Books & More we will be getting some book sets together that could be given as Christmas gifts. What better gift than a full set of Louis L'Amour's Sackett series? We are putting several other sets together, too. When you start gift shopping, consider the various consignment items. Cathy Traynor has some beautiful mugs at the store. These Arctic mugs are guaranteed to keep liquids hot or cold for a long time. Cathy has inscribed each mug with an original design, so check them out. Tie dye makes a good gift, there are original art works and many other interesting items to choose from.


            Remember that Books & More will be closed for its annual vacation from Oct. 23 to Nov. 6. Yvonne will take a couple of weeks visiting with her long-time friend from Ohio. They will spend a few days in Ventura enjoying the beach and then see Mickie for a lunch date on the way home.


            On October 23 Yuba Feather Historical Association will have annual election of board members. There will be a potluck starting at 6 pm so come join the fun. Eat with friends and neighbors and get involved.


            Thanks to all who attended or helped out at our hot dog lunch on Oct. 5. Bookstore Boosters helped add to the monies at the store and Next Step sold brownies and ice cream. Weather cooperated, no power outage, all went well.


            Look Back in Time – In 1924 Chauncey Bean brought his cattle down from the mountains so they could feed on valley grasses (now we use trucks).


            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.    Christine and Yvonne

AnimalSave's annual “A Furry, Furry Night” fund raising event will be held at the Foothills Event Center on Saturday, October 26.  “A Furry, Furry Night” is dedicated to the dogs and cats we rescue and place in loving, forever homes.


Last year’s event was a howling success.  Based on last year’s attendance and how much folks enjoyed it, we expect the event to be sold out, so get your tickets early!   


Organized by the Friends of AnimalSave Committee, ”A Furry, Furry Night” will include a live and silent auction, a no-host bar and hors d’oeuvres, a delicious dinner by Bella Catered Events and dessert.


We are pleased to have  Gary Lorentzen as our Benefit Auctioneer and Master of Ceremonies again this year. Gary has been a professional auctioneer for over 30 years.  He has earned the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist designation (BAS), so we expect this to be a very successful and entertaining auction.


We’ll have a special treat as it is near Halloween.  Holly Traffas, of Wayfinder Tarot, will provide one-on-one readings for those interested in peering into the future.  Proceeds from free-will donations will be given to AnimalSave.


Gather a group of friends and plan for an evening of food and fun, go home with some great auction items and help AnimalSave help the animals.


Auction items include art by local artists, jewelry,  tree trimming by Tim the Tree Man, gift certificates to local restaurants, theaters and stores; garden art, wine and food baskets from local wineries and grocers, auto detailing by A Finer Detail, fly casting lessons,   Lake Tahoe and El Dorado Hotel packages,  golf packages from Alta Sierra Country Club and the Nevada County Country Club,  soil or gravel from The Soil Broker and many more items.


We are thankful to our top level  sponsors: AnimalSave’s Board of Directors, Diana Bailey, The Union, Brunswick Veterinary Clinic, Carolyn Niehaus, Judy & Jerry Wilson, KNCO, KVMR, Leo & Gayle Granucci, Peters Drilling & Pump Service, SPD Markets, Tom & Jan Swisher, and Tri Counties Bank.


Proceeds from “A Furry, Furry Night” will help fund AnimalSave's animal rescue and welfare programs.  AnimalSave's primary programs include the Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic that has altered over 20,000 dogs and cats in the past eleven years and its Foster/Adoption Program that rescues and finds homes for more than 250 dogs and cats each year.


Know and Go


What:                   A Furry, Furry Night

When:                   Saturday, October 26, 2019

Time:                               6:00pm – 10:00pm                  

Where:                  The Foothills Event Center

                                         400 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley


Ticket Price:   $55.00 - includes no host wine/beer bar, hors d’oeuvres, full dinner by Bella Catered Events, and dessert.  Tickets are available at the Book Nook, at the  AnimalSave Center, 520 East Main Street, Suite G, Grass Valley, through the website at www.animalsave.org or by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yuba City, Ca.


A little work by many hands is needed in order to accomplish the incredible task of bagging over 20,000 meals for the needy overseas during our Mobile Pack at our facility at 3101 Colusa Highway..  Interested participants for the mobile pack can pre-register through the link provided on www.fumcyubacity.com or register day of event starting at 12:15pm.  Do not miss this opportunity to touch lives overseas without the stress of travelling.


Over 40% of these meals are distributed to school feeding programs around the world. Those meals encourage school attendance and help put these children and their families on a path out of poverty.  Every participant will help make sure these children get the nutritious meals they need to grow and succeed.

Those 5 yrs and up may participate in the Mobile Pack. Those under 5 years old will have supervised activities (Legos, coloring, etc) to do in the same room as the packing. Those who cannot stand will be accommodated. Last year we had participants ranging in age from 5 to 95!


Donations can be given directly to Rise Against Hunger through the above a link found on our website, www.fumcyubacity.com: $17 funds over 50 meals and $34 funds over 100 meals.  If you have a heart to donate, please do so by October 1st which is the deadline to buy supplies to package during this event.


For more information about the above event, please call 673-5858 and ask for April.  Our office hours are Monday through Thursday, from 9am to 4pm; and Friday, 9am to 12pm.


Sunday, October 27th

Lunch (provided at no cost) and Mobile Pack Registration/Check in begins at 12:15pm

Mobile Pack – 1pm to 3pm

 Farmers, ranchers assess impact of power outages


Operations are returning to normal at California farms, ranches and agricultural businesses that endured public-safety power shutoffs. The widespread outages interrupted harvest schedules for winegrapes, rice and other crops, and caused scattered produce losses due to lack of refrigeration. The outages also disrupted water deliveries for irrigation and livestock, and caused logistical problems for wineries and food processors.


Crews complete delta habitat-restoration project


An intentional levee breach in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Tuesday completed a years-long habitat-restoration project. Known as the Tule Red Tidal Restoration Project, the work aimed to create wetland habitat for endangered and threatened fish. Customers of the State Water Project provided funding for the work, and said the project would also benefit flood protection. Land for the project had previously been used for duck hunting.


Volume of avocado harvest exceeds expectations


Despite a damaging heat wave as the fruit developed, California avocado farmers will produce a larger-than-expected crop. The avocado season officially ends at the end of October, and marketers say the California harvest could be as much as 30% higher than preseason estimates. Even so, the harvest was relatively small. The California Avocado Commission says the upcoming crop could be much larger, if weather remains favorable.


Campaign describes Beef Quality Assurance program


People who want to learn more about how beef is produced now have new resources. The Beef Quality Assurance program has launched a campaign to let people know about how it works with ranchers on cattle handling, health, nutrition and transportation. The campaign includes a video, website and social media components. Most beef produced in the U.S. is grown under the quality-assurance program, which requires ranchers to complete training courses every three years.