46 homeless  1 25 17Pilot Sutter County Homeless To Housing Project

 

A total of 46 homeless individuals and their animals have been provided temporary housing in area motels in a pilot program implemented while they were forced to evacuate encampments along the banks of the rising Feather River last week.

 

Sutter County Sheriff’s Department and Health and Human Services personnel assisted in transporting the individuals and their pets on Thursday morning, January 12, from public property south of Yuba City along the Feather River. The move came less than 24 hours after the Board of Supervisors approved a budget amendment to spend up to $100,000 on a pilot project proposed by Human Services Director Nancy O’Hara.

 

Health and Human Services staff obtained food from a local food bank and from other sources over the weekend. While the plan is to provide for a second week of motel rooms, the County is planning for a relocation strategy. Those who are making good progress and are closer to receiving permanent housing at the end of two weeks will continue to receive temporary shelter.

 

“We are looking at this project for those who have low barriers for transition to permanent housing and then we will look at a project for those who have higher barriers to permanent housing,” O’Hara told the Board of Supervisors on January 10. She said the pilot program is aimed at those who have been homeless for less than a year, have an income, or who have medical needs that might qualify them for additional government assistance.

Behavioral Health Services staff are assessing individuals to determine if some qualify for housing services for the seriously mentally ill. Two homeless veterans may qualify for housing services through the Veterans Services Office and the Veterans Stand Down. Clean and sober living facilities have also been contacted regarding capacity.

 

O’Hara said the idea is to provide temporary shelter while encouraging and guiding individuals to be responsible for their everyday living needs other than shelter. She said some individuals may not want the assistance of temporary housing, and where that is the case, the County can use Code Enforcement to enforce the ban on camping along the river.

 

“I do think we need to have this (pilot program) alternative in place in order to enact that code enforcement,” she said.

 

Board Chairman Jim Whiteaker noted that the County has been looking for successful models of how to assist the homeless from throughout the United States, and have found communities have tried many different programs with mixed results. “There’s no one set program we can look at,” he said. “This will be a start, but we have a lot of work ahead of us.”

 

General Services staff were able to assist homeless individuals to save and store belongings that they could not take to the hotels.

 

The recent storms have resulted in garbage and debris collecting in the river bottoms. Clean-up efforts have begun to remove debris and garbage in the area near the levee and the river.

 Health and Human Services staff accept food bank donations for pilot homeless to housing Project

Amanda Hopper AAUW2017 4172 pp  1 25 17 2Guest speaker Amanda Hopper Photo by Sue Graueby Artis Buerki

 

On January 12 more than 730 eighth grade girls from 27 schools attended the STEM Conference at Yuba College. The Marysville-Yuba City branch of the American Association of University Women has been putting on the STEM Conference (formerly called Math-Science Conference) once a year since the mid-1980s.

 

The keynote speaker was Amanda Hopper, Sutter County District Attorney. Superintendents from both Sutter County and Yuba County schools attended.

 

Twenty-five professional women led sessions talking about their careers in medical fields, veterinary science, and engineering (among others), and how the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) have been important to them. The objective of the STEM Conference is to inform girls of some career choices in the fields of Math and Science, and to encourage them to stay in school studying the STEM fields.

 

S Graue  IMG 4108  1 25 17The girls met together in the Yuba College gym for the orientation led by Pat Jones, and to hear the Keynote speaker, Amada Hopper. Following the keynote they broke into sessions with each girl attending 3 sessions led by local professional women who talked about their careers. The day ended midday with lunch and a tour of the Yuba College campus.

 

photos by Joann Nixon and Sue Graue

by Hillside Community worship - Pastor James

 

‘Blessed are those...’

 

As we have begun another New Year – it begs the question will it be better than last year?

 

That’s the question everybody wants to answer, yes!

 

Lord please... better financially, economically, spiritually and even maybe romantically and fundamentally less hunger in the world, with world peace, Amen!

 

In Mathew 5 Jesus had just formed His team, 12 disciples and He brought them to a popular spot on a hill, overlooking the Sea of Galilee, running down to the sandy beach. In view across the sea, the newly rebuilt city of Tiberius, to honor the Caesar in tribute. Built on a graveyard, with all the pomp of a Roman city... importing citizens – because no God-fearing Jew would set foot there.

 

That’s Jesus word picture, as crowds gathered, following Him... coming off another year of Roman dominance, taxing and Roman oppression... they’re looking for answers...

 

Jesus speaks to it – ‘blessed are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’

 

What? We need the Romans gone... they’re suppressing us! Crushing us with taxes... our only freedom is our worship of God... we need more... we want freedom! We want a strong king, a strong military, we want bigger houses and faster horses... we want, we need, we can’t be happy unless we get...? The people wanted a revolution!

 

But, true freedom, true peace resonates so deep that geographic oppression, financial poverty and the pain of hunger ceases, as it meets Jesus words, ‘look across the sea, don’t look, think or act like that pompous city and people...’ choose to be humble, ‘poor in spirit.’

 

‘Blessed’ comes from God...

 

The people wanted a revolution! Freedom! Jesus brought heaven to earth! ‘Behold, the Kingdom of God is at hand.’ Then the way you look, think and act... will be the kingdom of heaven...

 

Do you have health? 25% of the world is dying of diseases... do you have wealth 70% of the world’s population lives on less than $2.00 a week. Do you have Jesus? 100% of those without Him go to hell.

Jesus said, ‘blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.’

 

What do you hunger for? Food, clothing, shelter... love, peace, joy? Get your hunger set on His righteousness and you will be satisfied in all of life...

 

This was the world’s first introduction to Jesus publicly along with 6 other ‘blessed’ world changing truths...

 

February, is the month of ‘love’ with Valentine’s Day coming, John 3:16 says, ‘for God so loved the world that He gave...’ Jesus! Blessed, is not what you get, but what you hunger for... and there is only One that truly and permanently satisfies... Receive Jesus and you shall find the revolution you are looking for, a better year, maybe? A better life, most definitely! John 8:32

Yuba City, Ca.

Sutter County has declared a local state of emergency in an attempt to gain state or federal funds from possible damage to infrastructure and reimbursement for the cost of debris removal as a result of recent storm-related flooding.

 

County Administrative Officer Scott Mitnick on Wednesday signed the local state of emergency declaration, which is good for seven days unless it is approved by the Board of Supervisors, at which time the declaration will be good for 30 days. The declaration can be renewed by the board within 30 days.

 

Such a declaration is necessary for Sutter County to qualify for any state or federal relief for costs associated with damage to roads or other infrastructure as the result of flooding associated with a series of storms that began in the second week of January and are continuing this week.

 

During the storm, as many as 27 county roads were closed at any given time, including all four roads that cross the Sutter Bypass. In addition, Sutter County responded to flooding issues in the community of Robbins, threatened flooding in the Pleasant Grove area, and evacuated a trailer park on the Sacramento River above Meridian. It is unclear at this time what, if any, damage has occurred, but a local emergency declaration reserves the county’s right to seek reimbursement for costs when a damage assessment is complete.

 

Private property owners who may have experienced damage from the storm and who have questions about the local emergency process may contact Public Information Chuck Smith at 530-822-7100, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Yuba Sutter Counties Veterans Service Office has completed uploading all paper records into their electronic system.

 

If you received services, and/or submitted personal documents to the Yuba Sutter Counties Veterans Service Office, you may have documents available for pick-up at the office. Many of the documents on file are original documents and may be important to you in the future.

 

Contact the Yuba Sutter Counties Veterans Service office immediately to see if you have documents to pick up. You can reach the office by calling (530) 749-6710, or by visiting the office at 5730 Packard Ave. Suite 300, Marysville CA 95901

 

All records that are not picked up by April 30, 2017 will be destroyed.

4 h corner  1 25 17By Pandora Edwards

 

On January 9, 2017 Wheatland 4-H held a flag retirement ceremony at their monthly meeting. This meeting was held at the Wheatland Baptist Church. This ceremony is important because it shows respect for the American flag. To help us with this ceremony Commander Shane Griego from Post 807, and Smokey and Donna Davis from Post 789 of the American Legion came out and taught the Wheatland 4-H members the proper way to retire our country’s flag.

 

Before the ceremony was held, Shane Griego from the American Legion came up and explained what the American Legion did for a flag retirement ceremony. Then he went over what the stars and stripes mean on the flag followed by the pledge of allegiance.

 

As the flags were lowered into the fire ,with the stripes in first, Commander Shane Griego said,” It is my duty to my country to love it, respect its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies. Therefore, we retire flags with dignity and respect when they become worn, torn, faded, or badly spoiled.” Then 5 Wheatland 4-H members gave these speeches. Jade: “The seven red stripes and six white stripes; together they represent the original 13 colonies that gained us liberty.” Mikayla: “The red stripes remind us of the lifeblood of the brave men and women who were ready to die for their country.” Lilly: “The white stripes remind us of purity and cleanliness of purpose, thought, word, and deed.” Isabelle: “The blue is for truth and justice, like the eternal blue of the star-filled heavens.” Ellie: “The stars represent the fifty sovereign states of our union”. Then one member began to read a speech about the American Flag’s history.

 

Wheatland 4-H’s members and their parents learned things like the flag should never be displayed with the union down except as a signal of dire distress. It should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise. The flag should not be used as a drapery for covering a speaker’s desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top. The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard. The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations. The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind. The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

 

I like reporting on the events of the Wheatland 4-H club and hope to report on more events like these in the future.

Local 501 © 3 organizations are invited to apply for a Community Impact grant from Yuba-Sutter United Way for programs which enhance the health and welfare of children, pre-natal through age 17.

The focus of the “Healthier Children” grant is to fund new programs or to enhance the number of children served under an existing program.

 

Organizations seeking funding must use the funds for clients living in Yuba, Sutter and/or Colusa counties.

 

Four grants will be awarded, two for $5,000 and two for $25,000.

 

Grant applications may be requested from the Yuba-Sutter United Way by calling (530) 743-1847 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Applications must be picked up prior to your attendance at one of two mandatory grant workshops to be held on Tuesday, February 7 at 9:00 a.m. and Wednesday, February 8, at 5:30 p.m.

In February The Theater Gallery is delighted to feature new artist ROLI RAJVANSHI in her first exhibit. Bright and breathtaking, her acrylic and watercolor paintings of figures and landscapes will enchant and captivate viewers. Born in New Delhi, Roli is a self-taught artist whose talent earned her 3rd place in an art competition encompassing the whole of northern India when she was in 10th grade. Since then, she has become a dentist, completing her degree at USC in southern California. Currently, she is working at Ampla Health. Passionate by nature, Roli reflects, “When your mind is active, you never grow old.” Well said. Her art keeps her mind active while the creativity involved brings her joy. Admirably, Roli will donate her portion of all sales to national charities. How wonderful! She will be getting married in mid-February, and we all wish her well!

The art show and sale runs from February 1 through February 25.

 

Be sure to attend the Artist Reception at the gallery on Thursday, February 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event is free, offering complimentary refreshments. Located at 756 Plumas Street in downtown Yuba City next to the Sutter Theater, the gallery’s hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. during the exhibit. Visit www.suttertheater.org or follow The Theater Gallery on Facebook.

The Theater Gallery is happy to announce that in 2017 it will be collaborating with Yuba Sutter Arts to expand the promotion of local artists and their work. We are very excited about this partnership. While our gallery show fees will remain unchanged, Theater Gallery exhibits and events will be advertised through both organizations. Our new and easy to remember hours on Plumas Street are Wed - Sat from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Our gallery art receptions, with complimentary refreshments, continue every first Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at our location 756 Plumas Street in downtown Yuba City. Our new season opens February 1, with our usual artist reception on the first Thursday of the month. The reception for guest artist ROLI RAJVANSHI will be on February 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm after normal business hours. Visit www.suttertheater.org or follow The Theater Gallery on Facebook.

A Memorial to Bill Padgett will be expressed by a Moonlite Bowl on January 28, 2017, 3:00 p.m. at NU-Generations Lanes, 876 Onstott Rd. in Yuba City.

 

The entry fee will be $20.00 with all proceeds going to our veterans, outreach programs, veterans hospitals and more.

 

You need not be a bowler to enjoy the fun. There will be drawings for baskets, 50/50 and a table of crazy gifts.

 

For more information call 633-0413 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

North Yuba Water District (NYWD)

Brownsville, Ca.

 

Emergency repairs to the breached area of the Forbestown Ditch were completed Monday, ahead of schedule and below budget.

 

The NYWD Board of Directors had allocated up to $100,000 to the emergency repairs with an estimated timeline of 7 days for completion. Northstar Engineering of Chico, and Duke Sherwood Contracting Inc. of Oroville, performed the work, completing the repairs in 4 days.

 

The breach originally occurred January 11, when a portion of the mountain side supporting the Forbestown Ditch washed out approximately a 160-foot section of the Ditch, north of the treatment plant. The breach significantly lowered the amount of water reaching the treatment pond, the source for potable water production for the approximately 900 NYWD customers. With 10-14 days of raw water supply in the pond, NYWD customers were asked to conserve water until the breach was repaired. No disruption in service occurred.

 

“Our thanks go out to the top-notch contractors who worked around the clock this weekend to complete the repairs, and big thanks to our customers who showed great patience and support during this stressful time,” said Jeff Maupin, NYWD Manager.

 

An automated call went to NYWD customers today with news of the finished repair.

 

“We don’t anticipate any further issues with the Ditch from the storms this week,” said Maupin, “but it’s important to remember the Forbestown Ditch is an open ditch, exposed to the environment and subject to complications.”

In late December, the newly sworn-in NYWD Board of Directors voted to pursue a $500,000 State grant to begin planning and engineering to pipe the Forbestown Ditch. Moving to a piped Ditch would lower the possibility of a breach like the one experienced last week. A piped Ditch would also save a significant amount of water lost from seepage and evaporation, increase the amount of water available for irrigation customers and eliminate a vast majority of dirt, trash and contamination from entering the treatment pond.

The Foothill Lions Club offers a terrific service to any qualifying foothill resident in need of eye surgical care. As a member of the Lions Eye Foundation of California-Nevada, Inc. the Lions Club is able to preserve and restore the gift of sight by providing free ophthalmic examinations, operations, and medication to the less fortunate members of our community. The Eye Foundation also provides diagnosis, and treatment of visual defects in children, believing that eye care for children in need should not be deferred, but should be performed as needed.

 

Criteria to qualify are as follows:

One year of continuous residency in the foothill area

Income based on family size

No Health Insurance

Doctor referral stating patient’s diagnosis

 

The brand new state-of-the art Lions Eye Foundation Clinic is located on Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco and the Lions Club will provide a portion of the mileage costs for transportation to and from the clinic, after the appointment has occurred.

 

If you or anyone you know could benefit from this service contact the Foothill Lions Club @ 742-5466 for more information.

(Yuba City) – The Yuba City Police Department is focusing on speeding drivers in Yuba City neighborhoods through the Neighborhood Speed Awareness Program. The Neighborhood Speed Awareness (NSA) Program was designed to reduce speed in residential Yuba City neighborhoods through a combination of education and enforcement. The program offers an alternative to court fines for speed violations in residential areas.
Violators cited under this program attend a class presented by the Yuba City Police Department designed to inform the driving public of the need for speed compliance.


Attendance in the class requires active participation by the students in an informative/interactive two hour session. Information is given to the students on braking distances, vehicle load dynamics, vehicle versus bicycle/pedestrian injuries and collision prevention techniques.


Upon completion of the class the Yuba City Police Department nullifies the citation. The program assures better driving habits through education and students are encouraged to talk to their friends/family about the class.
Drivers may choose to attend court or handle the citation in the traditional manner; however this program seeks to provide an economical alternative for drivers and change behavior through education.
Speed continues to be the leading primary collision factor for collisions in Yuba City. In 2016, unsafe speed accounted for approximately 28% of injury collisions. Speeding in neighborhoods is also a leading concern for residents and deters from the quality of life in our city. The Yuba City Police Department takes speed offenses seriously. In 2016, approximately 1005 drivers were cited for speeding. Traffic Sergeant James Runyen wants drivers to know “If you’re speeding in our neighborhoods, officers will be looking to stop and cite you.”


The NSA program targets residential streets within the boundaries of the City of Yuba City with identified speeding problems and seeks to make our neighborhoods safer and increase the quality of life in our community.
For the month of February, 2017 officers will be focusing enforcement efforts on the following residential Yuba City streets:
Bogue Rd east of Garden Hwy
Plumas St north of Del Norte Ave
“This is our City and our neighborhoods, please slow down and be a responsible driver,” says Traffic Sergeant James Runyen.
For more information on the Neighborhood Speed Awareness Program, please call the Yuba City Police Department Traffic Education and Enforcement Office at 530-822-4795.

goldminers  1 25 17An ongoing rivalry throughout this season, the Goldminers and Novastars each had 1 loss and 1 win against each other. Goldminers took the 117-108 victory in Yuba City and the Novastars took the 83-80 victory at the Las Vegas Desert Shootout. Saturday night was a fight for the 1st place spot in the Far West Division. The Goldminers were down by 28 in the first half and fought to come back to a 4 point difference at the end of the game. With a final score of Novastars 138, Goldminers 134. Tyler Fry led the team in points with 31 points in Saturday nights game. With the season coming to a close and the playoffs around the corner, the Goldminers and Novastars will continue to push each other to face off once more in the playoffs. While the team took a loss, they never gave up and fought to the very end. True athletes that adapt to change and still push through.

Brownsville, CA – January 17, 2017 – Emergency repairs to the breached area of the Forbestown Ditch were completed Monday, ahead of schedule and below budget.

 

The NYWD Board of Directors had allocated up to $100,000 to the emergency repairs with an estimated timeline of 7 days for completion. Northstar Engineering of Chico, and Duke Sherwood Contracting Inc. of Oroville, performed the work, completing the repairs in 4 days.

 

The breach originally occurred January 11, when a portion of the mountain side supporting the Forbestown Ditch washed out approximately a 160-foot section of the Ditch, north of the treatment plant. The breach significantly lowered the amount of water reaching the treatment pond, the source for potable water production for the approximately 900 NYWD customers. With 10-14 days of raw water supply in the pond, NYWD customers were asked to conserve water until the breach was repaired. No disruption in service occurred.

 

“Our thanks go out to the top-notch contractors who worked around the clock this weekend to complete the repairs, and big thanks to our customers who showed great patience and support during this stressful time,” said Jeff Maupin, NYWD Manager.

 

An automated call went to NYWD customers today with news of the finished repair.

 

“We don’t anticipate any further issues with the Ditch from the storms this week,” said Maupin, “but it’s important to remember the Forbestown Ditch is an open ditch, exposed to the environment and subject to complications.”

In late December, the newly sworn-in NYWD Board of Directors voted to pursue a $500,000 State grant to begin planning and engineering to pipe the Forbestown Ditch. Moving to a piped Ditch would lower the possibility of a breach like the one experienced last week. A piped Ditch would also save a significant amount of water lost from seepage and evaporation, increase the amount of water available for irrigation customers and eliminate a vast majority of dirt, trash and contamination from entering the treatment pond.

 

CONTACT: Jeff Maupin, Manager, (530) 675-2567

The Yuba County Water Agency has reopened New Bullards Bar Reservoir to watercraft following a break in the security boom near the dam.


The security boom stretches across the reservoir near the dam to block logs and deter boaters from maneuvering too close to the dam and spillway.


As a result of the recent heavy storms, the log boom broke, leaving sections of it on either side of the reservoir, which created safety concerns because of the high water releases through the spill gates on the dam.


The repair required waiting until the spill was reduced, due to the close proximity of the spill gates. After the gates had been closed, YCWA was able to secure the log boom back in its rightful place and the reservoir is now open for boating.


For more information about New Bullards Bar, please call 530-741-5000.