Blizzard Conditions Expected to Bring Feet of Snow to the Sierra




A Sierra snow storm will arrive late Wednesday night, bringing blizzard-like conditions and up to two feet of snow at pass levels, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Beginning late Wednesday and continuing through Friday morning, a significant Sierra storm is expected to deliver 18 to 24 inches of snow over Donner Summit on Interstate 80 and 12 to 18 inches of snow over Echo Summit on U.S. Highway 50. Major storm impacts are anticipated Wednesday night and throughout the day Thursday with potential blizzard and whiteout conditions making travel difficult. The snowfall elevation is predicted to drop down to 2,000 feet.


Chain controls are expected throughout the region and motorists are advised to be prepared for winter travel. Highway closures due to safety concerns may also be a possibility in the region on Interstate 80, U.S. Highway 50 and State Routes 20, 28, 49, 89 and 267.


Given the approaching Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, increased travel delays should be expected due to an influx of traffic to the Sierra. Caltrans advises motorists to review NWS weather reports before traveling.


In addition, heavy rain with thunderstorms in the valley on Thursday could cause flooding on roadways. Gusty winds late Wednesday night into Thursday could make driving difficult and motorists are advised to watch for downed tree branches. Drivers are reminded to turn headlights on during rainy periods.


Caltrans reminds drivers to winterize vehicles by ensuring tires are properly inflated and have good tread, and to stock vehicles with water, blankets, snacks, a flashlight and a full tank of gas before mountain travel. Further tips for safe winter driving and information about chain controls can be found at


Motorists are also reminded of highway speed limits during chain controls: 30 mph on Interstate 80 and 25 mph on U.S. Highway 50. Driving slowly for weather conditions is crucial to avoid collisions on snowy, icy roads.


Check out Caltrans' “QuickMap” for current road conditions and chain requirements at or download the free QuickMap app on the App Store or Google Play. Motorists also can call the California Highway Information Network automated phone service at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).



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The Friends of the Cemetery and the UC Master Gardeners prune a different section of the historic cemetery every winter. You are welcome to join us for the pruning workshop on Saturday January 18th at 10 am.  It's Free and we will be serving refreshments.  If you want to pitch in bring your gloves and clippers and join the fun and learn about the old cemetery. If you have any questions you can call our office at  530-822-7515.

Redbud Garden Club in the Sierra foothills annually offers a scholarship for students interested in pursuing a career in Environmental Horticulture, Ag Science, Conservation, Forestry, Floriculture or a related field.


To be eligible the student must be a high school senior planning to enroll or a college student currently enrolled in a 2 or 4 year program in one of the above listed fields. Student must be accepted at an accredited educational institution, have at least a 3.0 GPA (last year only) and be a Yuba or Butte County resident.  There is no income eligibility requirement. Application deadline is March 1, 2020.


Visit the club website at for more information and to download a copy of the scholarship application. For additional questions on the scholarship program, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yuba City, Ca.


yuba city Ben Moody



The City Manager of Yuba City, Michael Rock, announced the appointment today of Ben Moody as Development Services Director to oversee the City’s building, development and planning, and code enforcement divisions. Moody has 13 years of experience with the City of Yuba City, serving most recently as Interim Assistant Public Works Director. He has also played a key role in assisting the Development Services Department with significant projects, including the recently adopted Bogue-Stewart Master Plan.


The appointing authority for this position, City Manager Rock commented, “Ben Moody was the clear choice. His background and experience working with the City and the community make him an excellent fit to step into this new role, and I look forward to supporting Mr. Moody in this crucial leadership position”.


Mayor Shon Harris stated, “Ben’s experience and depth of knowledge about the Yuba City community, land-use planning, and development processes will ensure continuity as the City continues to grow.”


Mr. Moody grew up in the area, attended local schools, and graduated college with a degree in Civil Engineering. Ben joined the City in 2006 as an Engineer and has held Senior Engineer, City Surveyor, Deputy Public Works Director, and Interim Assistant Public Works Director positions. He has experience related to land development, public infrastructure, public administration, and coordination with developers to determine needs and development strategy.


Ben stated, “I look forward to serving the community in this new role and to continue to work to enhance our City with a business friendly, solutions-oriented mindset.”


Recruitment for the Development Services Director position was conducted by an outside firm, Bob Murray & Associates, which specializes in executive recruitment. An extensive process including panel interviews and background investigations for leading candidates resulted in Ben Moody as the top choice for Yuba City.

Marysville, Ca.



 Following the December retirement of Tim McCoy, Perminder Bains was selected to serve as the new Director of Administrative Services for Yuba County.  Bains has worked for the County for nearly 19 years, and was most recently Deputy Director of Public Works.   He graduated from Fresno State and went on to work for a local contractor. He then worked for Sacramento County conducting construction inspections before joining Yuba County. He has been trained in emergency management through the California Office of Emergency Services. Bains also oversaw 70 miles of roadway repairs completed in one construction season. Bains’ goal in his new position is bringing employees together. “It’s about building relationships,” Bains said. “The goal is to continue departments working together to be more efficient to serve our residents better.”  McCoy retired Dec. 13 after serving in the position for two years.   Administrative Services manages the Yuba County Airport, oversees buildings, maintenance and custodial staff for all facilities, and handles purchasing and contracts for County departments.  Bains will be overseeing three major Administrative Services projects, including the $20 million Yuba County Jail expansion project; the $20 million Tri-County Juvenile Rehabilitation Hall project; and the $1.8 million taxiway project at the Yuba County Airport. “Perminder is the right person to continue the excellent work of Administrative Services,” Yuba County Administrator Robert Bendorf said. “He has demonstrated great leadership skills in his previous role and we are excited to now have him lead an entire department.” Bains started in his new role Jan. 1. 

Wheatland, Ca.


The board of directors of the new Yuba River Endowment voted unanimously to present the Wheatland High School FFA program with $15,000 to cover all out-of-pocket expenses for FFA students to attend all Field Day and State competitions for the current school year.


 The Yuba River Endowment is a non-profit organization created by Yuba County farmers to benefit Yuba County residents. Last month the Endowment presented Marysville High School FFA with a similar award. The funds for Wheatland will cover all transportation costs, hotel and registration fees for 21 scheduled trips, helping approximately 230 students this year.


 “FFA at Wheatland High School is a vital part of our ag program, but we are not able to cover out-of-pocket expenses for students to attend competitions,” said Wheatland High School Principal, Nicole Newman. “The Yuba River Endowment funding will allow all of our students who qualify for FFA events to attend those events, and any funds raised can now go towards new projects and infrastructure to benefit the students.”


 The Yuba River Endowment was established by a select group of Yuba County farmers who have a right to water that flows on the Yuba River. In a truly win-win situation, the farmers’ water is used to provide the required flow levels to protect endangered fishes on the Yuba River, then once past this critical point, the water can be sold to drought-stricken areas of the state.


 Proceeds from these transfers provide the funding for the Yuba River Endowment, allow these farmers to expand their agricultural operations and create jobs in Yuba County. Through generations of conservation, cooperation, infrastructure investment and groundwater recharge, Yuba County is a model for water management in California.


The Endowment was created to give back to the community, and provide organizational and educational grants to improve the quality of life in Yuba County.


 “Our motto for the Endowment is ‘Local Farmers Giving Back’,” said local farmer and Yuba River Endowment President, Al Lassaga. “Our board is made up of representatives from seven different Yuba County regions, from Browns Valley to Wheatland. Investing our money back

into our community, and specifically into agricultural education and our future farmers, just makes sense. We want to make sure agriculture stays strong in Yuba County for generations to come.”


 Yuba River Endowment board members will award the funds during the upcoming Wheatland High School FFA lunch meeting on January 22nd.

Yuba County Sheriff Wendell Anderson announced a new program geared toward Yuba County citizens interested in learning more about the Sheriff’s Department.


The Citizens’ Academy will highlight different units and functions of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department, as well as provide an overview of law enforcement and the criminal justice system.  Topics to be covered include Patrol Operations, Corrections, Dispatch, K-9, Search and Rescue, SWAT, and Crime Scene Investigation.  The academy is for informational purposes only, and not an employment opportunity.


The program will start Wednesday, January 15, 2020, and be held every Wednesday night from 6 to 8:30 PM through April 1, 2020.  Interested applicants must be 18 years old and complete an application, including a mini-background check.  Please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 530-749-5103 for more information.

Marysville, Ca.


opera Justin France   Chef and Opera Singer photo by David Read


The Yuba-Sutter area has a long tradition of opera thanks in large part to the efforts of the dear, departed Joaquina Calvo Johnson who for years was the vocal arts teacher at Yuba College. She created the Borgamaria Lyric Opera Company and staged full operas locally. Salute Italian Ristorante (now Justin’s Kitchen), hosted regular opera events. It is in that spirit that Yuba Sutter Arts is pleased to announce the return of public opera performances to the community.


And what better place to present opera than at Justin’s Kitchen?  Owner and head chef, Justin France, started life as an opera singer. A student of Joaquina, Justin when on to San Jose State to further his vocal arts studies. The culinary arts bug hit Justin somewhere along the way, but he is anxious to return to his operatic roots and help enliven the local arts scene with an evening of Italian arias and duets.  Justin is likely to be joined in song by other legendary local singers including Kelly Barber Cunningham, Kathryn Donovan Campbell, Thor Campbell and perhaps another guest artist or two.


Italian Opera Night will be held on Saturday, January 25th from 5-9pm at Justin’s Kitchen, 628 Plumas Street in Yuba City. Tickets are $30 each or two for $50 in advance.  Tickets at the door, if available, will be $40 each.  Admission includes all you can eat pasta, salad and garlic bread.  Tickets can be purchased online at and in person at Yuba Sutter Arts’ offices in Marysville.  The event is limited to the first 100 guests so do not delay if you are planning to attend. The live music, wonderful food, atmosphere and great company are all included.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Yuba Sutter Arts and its many youth education and arts programs in Sutter and Yuba Counties.


Why should we care about opera? Is it important in today’s world?


When asked these questions, “Justin France responded, “Why is any art important?  Opera and other art forms offer us a reflection of who we are, how we relate to others, and what it means to be human. Opera performed live is a uniquely thrilling experience – at its best, it is hugely powerful and the most emotionally direct of all art forms.”


A recent article in The Guardian newspaper said, “Opera is important because it is totally unfeasible. In its lack of deference to economic realities, it signifies that at least not all art can be commodified or rationalized. In scale and cost it is the most excessive of all art forms, and in the totality of its artistic claims, is the most ambitious.”


Please call 742-ARTS for additional information about this and other upcoming arts and culture events.  We thank you for your continued efforts in helping educate the young people of our area in the arts.

Yuba City, Ca.


 Rodney A. Hammond, Supreme Governor of the Loyal Order of Moose, will speak at Yuba City Moose Lodge No. 1204, 205 So. Walton Ave, at 5 pm on January 17, 2020 as part of his travels across the state of California. For more information about the event contact the Moose Lodge office at 530-67101204.


Hammond rose from the post of Supreme Jr. Governor to become the Moose Fraternity’s Chief Presiding office on July 1, 2019, elected by vote of Supreme Lodge delegates to a one-year term as Supreme Governor at the organization’s 131st International Convention in Las Vegas, NY.


The Moose organization, headquartered at Mooseheart, IL, consists of nearly one million men and women in approximately 1,500 lodges and 1300 chapters throughout the U.S., Canada and Great Britain.


The organization owns and operates Mooseheart, a 1,000 acre community and school for youngsters in need, located 40 miles west of Chicago; and Moosehaven, a 75-acre retirement community near Jacksonville, FL. Additionally, Moose lodges and chapters conduct more than 460 million worth of community service annually (counting monetary donations, miles driven and volunteer hours worked).


Such community service can be tailored to local needs, but also takes the form of organization-wide programs. One of these programs includes Tommy Moose, where lodges and chapters have provided nearly 200,000 plush Moose figures since 2003, free of charge to emergency workers and hospitals to give to children in stressful situations.


All members of the Loyal Order of Moose are cordially invited to meet the Supreme Governor of the Loyal Order on Friday, January 17th. Dinner will be served and is free to the first 297 to sign up. Doors open at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm and program following.


Dinner will be salad, stuffed pork chops, potatoes, gravy and vegetable with dessert.

Marysville, Ca.


a show Osprey by Brian Shul


 Yuba Sutter Arts “Art Everywhere” program includes eight satellite galleries throughout Yuba-Sutter.   We are proud to announce that Brian Shul, bird photographer and retired SR-71 pilot, will display his photographs for the first three months of 2020 in our “Art Everywhere” Gallery at the Brick Coffee House Café in Marysville.


Brian’s “A Show of Wings” photographs display in stunning detail the beauty and the grandeur of the birds around us. He also prints his images in very large formats, life size and even larger, that intensify the encounter with his work.


Early in his career in the Air Force, Brian flew over 200 close air support missions during the Viet Nam conflict and was shot down near the Cambodian border.  Miraculously surviving, he was severely burned, but was rescued by a special Forces Team and evacuated to a military hospital in Okinawa.  Months of intensive care and fifteen major operations followed during which time he was told he was lucky to be alive and would never fly again.  Over a year later, Brian was released from the hospital at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.  Two days later, he was back flying Air Force fighter jet aircraft. As a final assignment in his career, Brian volunteered for and was selected to fly the super-secret spy plane, the SR-71. 


Brian’s phenomenal comeback story from laying near dead in the jungle of Southeast Asia, to flying the worlds’ fastest, highest flying jet, has been the subject of numerous magazine articles and an inspiration to many. After 20 years and 5,000 hours in fighter jets, Brian retired from the Air Force in 1900.  He went on to pursue his writing and photographic interests. In addition to own photo studio in Marysville, he has authored five books on flying for which he did all the writing and photography.


Meet Brian at a special opening reception on Friday, January 17 from 5-7pm at The Brick Coffee House and Café, 316 D Street in historic downtown Marysville.  The first display is titled “Winged Raptors” and will be on display through January 31.  “Water Birds” will be on display from February 1 through 29 and then “Feathered Flyers” will be on display from March 1 through 27.


Don’t miss a chance to see these incredible images and meet this remarkable artist.


For more information about these and other local arts and culture events, go to or call 742-ARTS.

Nevada County, Ca.




The Save our Bridge Campaign Committee and the Sierra Gold Parks Foundation are sponsoring this year’s Nevada County Schools’ Student art competition.


Nevada County Superintendent of Schools (NCSoS) is pleased to partner with the Bridgeport Restoration Celebration (BRC) Committee to help sponsor two student art competitions in celebration of the restoration and soon-to-be grand re-opening of the newly restored covered Bridgeport Bridge in Penn Valley. All students across the county are encouraged to participate in this exciting opportunity to celebrate this 158-year-old historical structure. Two challenges for students include an art, painting or collage for students in grades K-12 and the second is a short 1-3 minute YouTube video for students in grades 4-12. Students are challenged to creatively depict the history of the South Yuba River State Park and the Bridgeport Covered Bridge. One winner from every grade level will be presented with a cash award in April and all winners will be given the opportunity to be the first to walk across the bridge when it officially opens at the ribbon cutting ceremony in Fall 2020! All schools in the county have been sent the necessary information for teachers to help students submit their products by the deadline of 5:00 pm, February 28, 2020. The link provided below will take you to the site for more details on the competitions along with multiple classroom resources for teachers and students from how to make YouTube videos, the history of covered bridges to how to integrate bridge lessons across curriculum subject areas. For those interested, you may keep tabs on the progress of the restoration of the bridge by checking out the photo archive on the South Yuba River Park Association website ( and, under News, click on “Save Our Bridge Restoration”. If you have any questions about the bridge restoration project, contact the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For detailed information on the student competition, please visit our Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project Classroom Connection and indicate your intent to participate, or contact Teena Corker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • By Jon Coupal president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. (opinion)
    If you had just won the lottery, would that be a good time to go further into debt or
    would it be smarter to pay down the debt you already have?
    Most Californians would like very much to be debt-free, and the thought of being able
    to pay off their mortgage, car loan and student debt is surely attractive.
    In some respects, thanks to the forced generosity of California taxpayers, California
    has won the lottery.
    Our highest-in-the-nation tax burden has left our treasury full with billions in surplus
    One would think that with all that revenue, our elected leadership would be a little
    more circumspect in taking on new debt or at least manage the debt we have more
    effectively. But this is California.
    The Golden State is awash in debt consisting mostly of unfunded pension obligations.
    Unfortunately, our leadership continues to press on the accelerator in taking on new
    Just a few weeks ago, this column criticized a big $15 billion school bond that will
    appear on the upcoming March ballot, ironically designated as “Proposition 13.”
    As we pointed out, there are two big concerns with this proposition.
    First is that it would borrow $15 billion from Wall Street and then make taxpayers pay
    it back plus 80 percent in total interest costs. That’s an additional $12 billion we’ll be
    forced to pay.
    Second, and by far a more serious problem, a hidden provision of the bond proposal
    would increase the current caps on local school bonds. Lifting the caps puts
    homeowners directly at risk of much higher property taxes.
    But as bad as the “new” Prop. 13 is, it almost looks responsible compared to what is
    currently being floated in Sacramento.
    Senate Bill 45 is a “climate change” bond ostensibly for the purpose of addressing
    various climate and environmental dangers in California. The bill is a holdover from
    last year, when it failed to clear the state Senate.
  • Even a cursory review of SB45 suggests that it is little more than a grab-bag of
    proposals onto which the proponents have slapped the label “climate change” in the
    hopes getting support both within the Legislature and with the public.
    As currently drafted, the $4.2 billion in bond proceeds would be split among several
    purposes including $1.6 billion going to wildfire and drought prevention and $1.2
    billion funding safe drinking water initiatives.
    Granted, some of the purposes for which SB45 would provide funding are worthwhile.
    There is no doubt that water quality issues, especially in the Central Valley, are an
    immediate and pressing problem. But that problem can be resolved with existing
    revenues from the general fund without going further into debt.
    Finally, this bond violates all the criteria for responsible bond financing, which includes
    the constitutional requirement that a bond should be issued only for a “single object or
    That single object or work must have statewide significance if payment involves a
    general obligation bond that all taxpayers are responsible to repay. Moreover, the
    “single object or work” should have a useful life that extends beyond the term of the
    debt repayment.
    General obligation bonds should not be encouraged when ongoing state revenues are
    strong and proper fiscal restraint is not being exercised in the budget process.
    If voters approve this policy, there will be no incentive for necessary reforms and fiscal
    Like problem gamblers, Sacramento politicians seem addicted to debt no matter what
    the circumstances.
    But we should reject their gambling with California’s future financial security.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Oroville Blood Drive

Thursday, January 16

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Located in the Cultural Hall

2390 Monte Vista Avenue, Oroville

Quincy, Ca.


A temporary trail closure is in place on a 2 mile segment of the Mills Peak Trail (FS Trail. #12E45) to protect trail users until active mechanical thinning operations (fuels hazard reduction) can be completed. The closure includes a 150 foot buffer on each side of the trail segment. An alternate route is available; all National Forest System roads and other highways at the perimeter of Mills Peak Trail remain open. 


The closure will continue through Mar. 31, 2020 unless work is completed at an earlier date.


People exempt from Forest Order No. 05-11-01-19-19 include people with a permit from the Forest Service specifically authorizing them to be in the trail closure area, people with a contract from the Forest Service authorizing work within the closure area to the extent authorized by the contract and, any federal, state and local officers or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.


For alternate route information or information about fuels reduction activities, please call the Beckwourth Ranger District at (530) 836-2575. 


Please see the Forest Order, including a map, at local Forest Service offices or on the web at .                 

Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a), and to provide for public safety, the following acts are prohibited within the Beckwourth Ranger District in the Plumas National Forest. This Order is effective from January 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020.


  • Being on the Mills Peak Trail (Forest Trail 12E45) from Section 27 to Section 34, as shown on the attached map. 36 CFR 55(a).
  • Being within 150 feet of the closed section of the Mills Peak Trail (Forest Trail 12E45), as shown on the attached map. 36 CFR 53(e).

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:


  • Persons with a permit from the Forest Service specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
  • Persons with a contract from the Forest Service authorizing work within the Mills Peak Trail Closure Area and their employees, sub-contractors, or agents are exempt from the prohibitions listed above to the extent authorized by the Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.

This prohibition is in addition to the general prohibitions found in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A. A violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or

$10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. 16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559, 3571 and 3581.


Executed in Quincy, California this 31 day of December, 2019.


Christopher Carlton    

Forest Supervisor

Plumas National Forest


This Order supersedes Forest Order No. 05-11-01-19-18 signed on 12/30/2019.

Yuba City, Ca.


 On Saturday, January 18, at 11:30 a.m., the Marysville-Yuba City branch of the American Association of University Women will hold its monthly meeting at the Adventist/Rideout Conference Room, 989 Plumas Street, Yuba City.

Our speaker will be Jan Fishler, a motivational speaker, writing coach, and author, who will talk about writing and publishing a book. Lunch will be catered by Marcello’s and will include Chicken Giardino, Veggie Primavera, bread, salad, fresh fruit, and a brownie.


Visitors and potential members are always welcome at AAUW meetings. Space is limited and reservations for lunch are required, $18 payable in advance. Send check to AAUW, P.O. Box 3031, Yuba City, CA 95992, to arrive no later than Monday, January 13. For more information contact Kathryn Jankowski, 713-4467.


AAUW’s mission is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. Projects of the Marysville-Yuba City Branch of AAUW are the Math Science/STEM Conference for 8th grade Girls, scholarships for 7th grade girls to the Tech Trek Science Camp at UC Davis, and other scholarships for girls and women.


For additional information about AAUW see our branch website at or like us on Facebook.

Marysville, Ca.


Yuba County’s innovative emergency shelter project, 14Forward, has helped many homeless residents in their journey to permanent housing over the last three-and-a-half years. In a new agreement with Salvation Army, 14Forward is fully staffed 24/7, maximizing homelessness support. Since Nov. 1, Salvation Army has taken over the day-to-day operations of 14Forward on behalf of the County. While Yuba County staff will continue ongoing care of those staying at the shelter, Salvation Army staff offer 24/7 support for residents with security, compliance, intake, and other shelter support functions. There are seven staff members.  “My motto is just to learn,” Salvation Army Yuba-Sutter Corps. Maj. Julius Murphy said. “We’re still in the learning phase, focusing on the intake process.” Yuba County has successfully operated the transitional facility since July 2016, though staff were limited to 40 hours per week. This agreement with Salvation Army runs through June 30, in which the County is paying $186,896 from the Public Health budget.  This shift in oversight will allow Yuba County Health and Human Services employees to spend more one-on-one time with clients, providing intensive case management and assisting in obtaining and retaining permanent housing. 


Contracting operations of the shelter to a community-based organization has been the goal of the County since the inception of 14Forward. Full capacity is 40 beds. Salvation Army has operated the Depot Family Crisis Center (408 J Street, Marysville) since 1991.  “We’re really excited to get to full capacity and impact homelessness in the region—something we’ve been doing for 30 years at the depot, and we’re going to continue that legacy,” Murphy said.   In November, three individuals and eight families exited homelessness (in Sutter County, one individual and 17 families exited homelessness), according to the latest Regional Homeless Update. 241 people attended at least one of the 38 life skills classes Yuba County offered.  

San Francisco, Ca.


 Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced today that scholarship applications are now being accepted for college-bound high schoolers as well as current college and continuing education students living in Northern and Central California.


“Helping students in our communities attend college and achieve their goals is a big step toward improving lives. These individuals, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, will be the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. We’re proud to invest in these promising young people”


More than 150 awards totaling nearly $500,000 are being made available through PG&E scholarships, which includes the employee resource group (ERG), engineering network group (ENG) and Better Together STEM scholarship programs.


PG&E scholarships information, including criteria and applications, is available on PG&E’s website. To be considered for a scholarship, all applications must be submitted by Feb. 7, 2020.


“Helping students in our communities attend college and achieve their goals is a big step toward improving lives. These individuals, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, will be the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. We’re proud to invest in these promising young people,” said Mary King, PG&E vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer.


PG&E scholarships are awarded annually to help offset the cost of higher education. ERG scholarship winners will receive awards ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 for exemplary scholastic achievement and community leadership. Better Together STEM Scholarship recipients will receive a one-time scholarship of $1,000 to $10,000 to assist in their pursuit of higher education in engineering, computer science, cybersecurity or environmental sciences.

Since 1989, PG&E’s ERGs and ENGs have awarded more than $4.5 million in scholarships to thousands of recipients. The funds are raised totally through employee donations, employee fundraising events and Campaign for the Community, the company’s employee giving program.


Since 2012, PG&E’s Better Together STEM scholarship program has given nearly $3.6 million to accomplished students based on a combined demonstration of community leadership, personal triumph, financial need and academic achievement.


Funds for Better Together STEM scholarships come from the PG&E Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting charities that address critical social, educational and environmental challenges in the company’s service area. These scholarships are supported by PG&E shareholders.


More than 5,000 PG&E employees belong to the ERGs and ENGs. Each group helps further the company’s commitment to serving its communities and growing employee engagement.


PG&E’s ERG and ENG scholarships are available through these 12 groups:


  • Access Network (individuals with disabilities)
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Latino
  • Legacy (tenured employees)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (STEM career employees)
  • NuEnergy (new employees)
  • PrideNetwork (LGBT employees)
  • Samahan (Filipino)
  • Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (STEM career employees)
  • Veterans
  • Women’s Network

In addition to the PG&E scholarships, the Pacific Service Employees Association (PSEA), a non-profit mutual benefit organization serving PG&E employees and retirees, also provides scholarships for dependents of company employees.

Yuba City, Ca.





The purpose of SYRWF is to educate the members on the principles of the Republican Party and get Republicans elected to office. In an effort to do this we invite local Republican officials to speak at our meetings and offer a Q & A session to discuss duties, issues, and pending legislation which impacts our community. It also gives members a chance to interact personally with the officials. Our thanks to Bob Harlan who graciously moderate the candidate’s forum for the past two years which provided a platform for local Republican candidates to present themselves and their ideas to our group.


 Several leaders from California Republican Federation (CFRW) will be attending our January 16 meeting.  Mary Erwin - Regional Director, Carla Embertson (Div. Parliamentarian), along with our own Dottie Linden, President CFRW–N. They will be giving us an update on the California Republican Federation.


 Our search committee has recommended and nominated Past President, Pat Middleton as our nominee for President for 2020-2021. Pat has been a loyal member for many years and has agreed to serve as our President. I have known and worked with Pat several years ago as Chaplain for SYRWF.


 On our January 16, 2020 General Meeting we will hold elections for the following offices:


President: Pat Middleton, (accepted nomination)

Second Vice-President:


Recording Secretary: Chary Dunn, (accepted nomination)


*Please note: New Committees are appointed by the incoming President.


We need all of our members present for this most important election for further information or questions please call Cheryl Brandwood (530) 671-9128.


The General Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11:30 at Hillcrest Plaza Catering, 210 Julie Drive, Yuba City, CA. 95991,  Cost $17  for buffet lunch, reservations are necessary.

Armed church members stopped a developing mass shooting almost as quickly as it started in a Texas church on Sunday December 29th. Two congregants were shot before several men in attendance rose up and put the murderer down with at least one well-placed shot to his head.


Altogether, three were shot and all three died, including the would-be mass murderer.


Jeoff Williams, Texas DPS director, praised the rapid reactions of the armed church members at the service who saved countless lives. “The citizens who were inside that church undoubtedly saved 242 other parishioners, and that might get swept aside,” he said. “It was miraculous. The true heroes in all this are the people who were sitting in those pews today and responded, the immediate responders … it was truly heroic.”


Britt Farmer, senior minister at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, near Ft. Worth, told reporters he was thankful that his congregants had the wherewithal to defend themselves. “We lost two great men today, but it could have been a lot worse,” the pastor said. “I’m thankful our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves.”


The church service was being livestreamed. Video shows that shortly after communion wrapped up, the coat-wearing gunman rose up from his pew, turned toward the back of the church and pulled out what appears to be a shotgun from under the coat. He fired twice at two men and they went down.


Immediately, another man at the back of the church who has been identified as Jack Wilson, a former reserve deputy sheriff and longtime owner of a firearms training academy, calmly returned fire from a distance of approximately 30 feet, and with a single shot killed the gunman.


It was all over within seconds. Yet at that point, video imagery shows a total of four or five armed church members advancing on the shooter, ready to engage as necessary.


Those responding within the sanctuary were part of the church’s volunteer security team, according to the Daily Mail.


“There was a security team inside the church and they eliminated the threat,” said City Police Chief J.P. Bevering.

“The heroism today is unparalleled. This team responded quickly and within six seconds, the shooting was over’, said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who also credited the state’s gun laws.


Names of the victims and the shooter have not been released, but FBI agent Matthew DeSarno said that the gunman was “relatively transient” but had roots in the area, and that he has a record of multiple arrests. His motive for the church attack remains under investigation.


“Our hearts go out to the victims and families of those killed in the evil act of violence that occurred at the West Freeway Church of Christ,” said Gov. Greg Abbott in a statement. “Places of worship are meant to be sacred, and I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life.”


To no one’s surprise, gun grabbers came out of the woodwork in short order and made fools of themselves, including Beto O’Rourke who somehow saw the heroic actions by church members as a failure …