Marysville, Ca.


St. Patty

Northern California’s ultimate Irish music ban, One Eyed Reilly, returns to Yuba-Sutter.  The party starts at 5pm on Sunday, March 15th at Justin’s Kitchen, 628 Plumas Street in Yuba City.  The evening includes a full “all you can eat” Irish buffet with corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, Irish stew and a special Irish dessert. Singer/songwriter, Tom Galvin, will get the musical festivities underway and then One Eyed Reilly will “strike up the band” at 6pm.  The cost for dinner and the show is only $30 in advance or $40 at the door.  Irish Coffee, Irish Whiskey, drink specials and all your other favorite beverages will be available for purchase.  Tickets are expected to sell out again so order in advance at


This year, the band will be located outside, weather permitting, with heaters if necessary. This will make them more easily accessible for guests. If you haven’t heard them before, One Eyed Reilly is a Celtic/Americana rock band that blends some original songs with modern Celtic rock, Americana, and energetic, innovative versions of traditional Irish and Scottish classics. Their original music draws upon musical influences from The Clancy Brothers, The Chieftains, and The Dubliners, to Flogging Molly and The Waterboys.  They infuse their live performances with occasional unexpected nuggets ranging from Bob Dylan to John Prine to Tom Waits, Wilco and the Old Crow Medicine Show. It’s a genre-bending free-for-all that sets the perfect foundation for a really good time.


One Eyed Reilly formed shortly after St. Patrick’s Day 2012, but the members have been honing their musician-ship for many years leading up to their fortunate convergence. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Rick Meagher comes from an Americana singer/songwriter background, but with a father who is 100% Irish and a grandmother born in County Cork, One Eyed Reilly is the natural culmination of his musical journey.  Classically-trained violinist St. John Fraser brings his considerable size and talent to bear with his ridiculously inventive and creative fiddle playing — mixing multiple styles and techniques in a red-bearded, frenzied attack. The band is rounded out by Aaron Hendel on bass and electric guitar and Tim Kurteff-Schatz on drums/percussion. Together it all adds up to a beer-drinking, foot-stomping, hand-clapping celebration that will have you hoisting a pint and bellowing “Sláinte” (pr.  SLAHN-chə) ! That’s Irish Gaelic for “Good Health!”


And just as a reminder, Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held on  March 17th, which marks the passing of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. According to tradition, Patrick converted the pagan Irish to Christianity. Patrick's efforts against the pagans were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove the "snakes" out of Ireland. In fact, Ireland never had any snakes.  St. Patrick's Day, while not a legal holiday in the United States, is nonetheless widely recognized and observed throughout the country as a celebration of Irish and Irish-American culture. Celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, religious observances and numerous parades. It has been celebrated in North America since the late 18th century.


Come out for what promises to be a fun evening and get a jump on the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

Pictured: (l-r) Tim Kurteff-Schatz, Rick Meagher, St. John Fraser, Aaron Hendel.jpg

(Northern California Sports Association)


            Originally raised and schooled in Oroville, Pat Gillick will be returning to this area to accept an award as the latest inductee into the Northern California Sports Association “Hall of Fame”.  The dinner will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial Community Building in Yuba City on Saturday, March 21st with a reception starting at 5:00pm.


 Pat Gillick   Pat Gillick is the only person from Northern California to ever be inducted into the real MLB Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame.  Originally Born in Chico, Pat was a good athlete and participated in baseball and football.  He graduated from Sherman Oaks High School in southern California.  He actually played college baseball, but his real claim to fame came as an administrator with Major League Baseball Teams.  As a General Manager for 2 different World Series Teams, he helped build and develop the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies into winners.  As acknowledgment for that success he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010 and then the Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame in 2018.  He still remains active with the Phillies and is familiar with Brock Stassi playing for the Phillies.  He will be traveling from Michigan to join family and friends to accept  his award.  He is thrilled since this is the Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary and his father, Larry Gillick was one of the first three athlete’s to be inducted into this Hall of Fame in 1971.


      Also being honored on March 21st will be three other ex-professional baseball players from Northern California.   Both graduating from Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, Pat Clements(’80) and Darryl Stephens(’77) had very impressive baseball careers.  Pat Clements spent 7 years in the major leagues as a pitcher and accumulated almost 300 innings on the mound with the Angels, Pirates, Yankees, and Padres.  As mainly a middle-reliever, he finished with a 17-11 record and an ERA of 3.77.  Darry Stephens played at Butte College and Fullerton College before signing with the California Angels in 1981.  As a first baseman he was the California League MVP as the league leader in hits.  He coached the Butte College baseball team from 1986 to 1996.


            Larry Prewitt, a Placer High grad(‘74), played college ball at UOP and was the MVP, Team Captain, and PCAA All-League.  Signed by the New York Mets in 1975, in his minor league career Larry threw a no-hitter with a AAA Team against the Tulsa Drillers and five 1-hitters.  He is currently the baseball coach at his alma-mater Placer High.


            Additionally, four legendary race car drivers will be honored that evening.  They include Scott Pruett(Indy, NASCAR, IMSA, TransAm), Bill McAnally(NASCAR), Jerry Bartlett and Mel Hall (Posthumously) both of dirt-track fame.  The lone NFL inductee will be Leon Donahue(posthumously) who played 9 years with the 49ers and Dallas Cowboys.


            Again, the Northern California Sports Association Hall of Fame/Scholarship Dinner will be held on March 21st at the Veteran’s Memorial Community Building.  Tickets are $40 for the dinner and festivities.  Please call either Joel Guthrie (530)329-5851 or John Rice(916)296-1501.  Donations for the scholarship fund can be send to NCSA, P.O. Box 447, Yuba City 95992



Knights of Columbus #2145 Blood Drive

Sunday, March 22

9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Located at the Old Parish Hall

335 Oak Street






Gridley High School Blood Drive

Tuesday, March 10

8 a.m. – Noon

Located on the bloodmobile

300 E. Spruce Street

Donate blood and receive a Vitalant T-shirt.


Gridley Community Blood Drive

Tuesday, March 31

2 – 7 p.m.

Located in the Cultural Hall

400 Spruce Street

Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints & Children’s Hope



Sierra Central Credit Union Blood Drive

Friday, March 20

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Located on the bloodmobile

1351 Harter Parkway, Yuba City

Donate blood and receive a $5 Starbucks card.


Calvary Christian Center Blood Drive

Saturday, March 21

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Located in the Fellowship Hall

2620 Colusa Highway, Yuba City

Donate blood and receive a Vitalant T-shirt.


Beale Air Force Base

Wednesday, March 25

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Located on the bloodmobile in the BX Parking Lot

17600 25th Street, Building 2434




Oroville Community Blood Drive

Thursday, March 5

1 – 5 p.m.

Oroville Sports Club

2600 Oro Dam Blvd, Oroville

Donate blood and get a special Vitalant St. Patrick’s Day T-shirt.


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

Thursday, March 19

3 – 7 p.m.

Cultural Hall

2390 Monte Vista Avenue




Willows High School and Community Blood Drive

Thursday, March 5

8 a.m. – Noon

Located in the Gym

203 N. Murdock

Donate blood and receive a Vitalant T-shirt and a coupon from Round Table Pizza!


Willows VFW Auxiliary Blood Drive

Thursday, March 19

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Willows Memorial Hall

525 W. Sycamore Street

On Wednesday 3/4/2020 at approximately 11:30 a.m. The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department
Marijuana Eradication Team (METYU) with the assistance of Yuba County Code Enforcement, and the
Yuba Sutter Net-5 Drug and Gang Task Force, served a search warrant at an illegal cannabis grow in the
2000 block of Hammonton Smartsville Rd in East Linda. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) was called to
the scene to address hazardous electrical hookups at the property.

The grow was not compliant with state or local laws for Cannabis cultivation. 2,076 marijuana
plants were located growing indoors and were eradicated. A utility trailer was located and seized that
contained planting soil believed to be a part of the grow.

The investigation remains active and ongoing into the offenses of 11358( C) H&S and 11359 H&S.

No suspects have been arrested at this time.




On Monday, March 2, 2020, the Marysville Police Department received a telephone call from the California Highway Patrol regarding a stolen vehicle exiting the Marysville City limits north on, Jack Slough Road.  Marysville Police Officers responded to the area and located the stolen vehicle, a white 2001 Chevy S10 utility truck, at the intersection of Woodruff Lane and Highway 20.  Maryville Police Officers attempted to stop the truck near the area of Iowa City and Loma Rica Road.  The driver of the vehicle, Nathan Salisbury, failed to yield and led Marysville Police Officers in a vehicle pursuit through the Yuba County Foothills.  The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit in the area of Texas Hill Crossing Road.  Salisbury continued to flee from the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol through the Foothills area until reaching a dead end at Merriam Road.  Salisbury was taken into custody by the California Highway Patrol without incident. 


Salisbury was booked into the Yuba County Jail for Felony reckless evading 2800.2 CVC, buying or receiving a stolen vehicle 496 (d) PC, any person who drives or takes a vehicle not his or her own 10851 (a) CVC, and unlicensed driver 12500 (a) CVC.  Salisbury is being held on $200,000 bail.   



by Rod Hisken


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I am so blessed to be born in the United States! Friends , family, fun, old tractors , beautiful weather, and a little country music. A special orchestra to me is that unique sound of a “ Johnny Popper” wafting over the hills of the Sutter Buttes and  bouncing off of the canyons. Several hundred people came running out of their houses to wave , smile, and take pictures . Some discovered us at our planned stop point. All of this happened on February 22nd under the very capable leadership of Doug Ahlers.


A number of Vintage Tractor Hobbyists from a wide area representing the major clubs of Northern California from Red Bluff  to Sacramento and some from Grass Valley and as far away as Pleasanton joined in for this great activity. We wanted to do a test run through the  Buttes while the Almonds were in full bloom to monitor and make adjustments for a more publicized effort next year. The Good Lord smiled on us!


We left the parking lot of Sutter High went south and then west. The route ventured north and our first stop was the old school house in West Butte , a town which no longer exists.


Dick Watson , from Gridley , shut down his Canadian made Cockshutt tractor , and told

about his family who settled in West Butte in 1853.His Grandmother was born there in 1868 and went to the original school. His Great Grandfather and Great Grand Uncle homesteaded in what was to become West Butte.  .Descendants later grew rice in Gray Lodge.. The original school burned about 1908 , rebuilt in 1909 ,and was in service until approximately 1929.


After the presentation, we fired up the wide assortment of tractors and headed south through the Buttes. The tour ended up at the high school parking lot. A number of people took pictures with the beautiful orchard as background and some went on for lunch at the pizza parlor.


We have made contact with a local community service organization to host a drive next year which would include breakfast, lunch , and possible reservation only hay ride guests. The feed back was very  positive and the date for 2021 is February 20th. The contact for exhibitors and ride reservations is - dougahlers The rain date will be the following weekend.


We can’t guarantee such great weather again, but we believe the event can become a positive thing for the delightful town of Sutter.


Many thanks to Julie Zumwalt , from Grass Valley , who risked dropping her phone -camera while under way to get some fabulous pictures of the activity. Several other people have included views on Facebook.


We are so blessed to live in a country where we can participate in such activities and enjoy such a wide variety of hobbies.


I got to drive a 1946 John Deere through the famous Sutter Buttes , the smallest mountain chain in the world , doing other duties as assigned!

In cooperation with Dobbins – Oregon House Improvement Foundation


On Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources will have a presentation on advice: What to Grow, Garden Questions, Pollinators, Insects and Diseases along with Composting, Tree care and planting, Fire Safety and Defensible Space and Building Calcium In Your Soil. This is the 40th Anniversary of the UC Master Gardeners Program.


The free presentation starts promptly at 1:30 p.m. at the Alcouffe Community Center 9185 Marysville Road, Oregon House


For more information: UCCE Sutter-Yuba, 142A Garden Highway, Yuba City, CA 95991

 1-530-822-7515 /

Yuba City, Ca.


The Sutter County Children & Families Commission is seeking proposals from organizations interested in providing direct services to children, prenatal to age five and their families living in Sutter County. These services will be funded by the Commission using Proposition 10 funds and must be consistent with the Strategic Framework outlined in the 2020- 2025 Strategic Plan. The Commission will fund programs targeting one or more of the three Strategic Goals and Result Area described in the Strategic Plan:


  • Improved Family Functioning 
  • Healthy Children and Families 
  • Improved Child Development 

The Focus Area under which all proposed programs must demonstrate efforts:


  • Improved Systems of Care

Applicants may apply for funding for a period of up to three years (2020-2023) for direct service in one or more of the three Strategic Goals and Result Area with the term to begin no earlier than July 1, 2020. There is no limitation on the number of different proposals that an organization may submit.


The total amount allocated to program grants in the following Result Area over the next three fiscal years is expected to be:


  • Improved Family Functioning: $120,000
  • Healthy Children and Families: $45,000
  • Improved Child Development: $750,000

The Mandatory Letter of Intent must be submitted by March 5, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. to Sutter County Children & Families Commission office, 1531-A Butte House Road, Yuba City, CA 95993.

Marysville, Ca.


Yuba County Community Services Commission (YCCSC) is accepting applications for membership to its commission. There are currently two seats available, one representing the low-income sector and one representing the private sector. All applicants must reside in Yuba County. Low-income representatives must either serve low-income residents or be low-income themselves. Terms of service are four years and would commence immediately. Interested applicants should submit their application as soon as possible.


YCCSC’s mission is to identify the needs of the low income population, assess the effectiveness of the agencies that strive to meet said needs, and to deploy resources to achieve our shared goal of reducing poverty. The board meets bi-monthly for approximately one hour and members can choose to sit on a variety of committees, if desired.


Applications can be obtained by calling (530) 751-8555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at

Grass Valley, Ca.


The annual Foothill Celebration is Saturday March 7th from 1-4pm in Downtown Grass Valley! This unique event places a variety of wine, beer, cider and hard kombucha alongside restaurant fare in various businesses located throughout Downtown. Presented by the Grass Valley Downtown Association in partnership with Sierra Vintners, a fundraiser for both organizations, the ticket price includes wine, beer, kombucha and cider tastings and a variety of food choices from sweet to savory. There is live music and art pop ups in many of the area businesses as well. Now in it’s 19th year, this popular,  event takes place rain or shine. Tickets are $50.00 in advance until March 2nd and $55.00 starting March 3rd. Designated Driver tickets are $10 (includes 5 food tastings).  Regular tickets include unlimited libation samples, and 5 food tastings. Additional food tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the cross of Mill and Main Streets day of the event.  Tickets available at Sierra Vintners member wineries and online at Tickets available for purchase in downtown Grass Valley tasting rooms: Lucchesi, Avanguardia and Sierra Starr and at The Book Seller. 


Your ticket includes:


  • *Unlimited Beer and Wine Tasting of over 20 local & regional wineries & breweries and new libations
  • *5 Food Tastings
  • *Commemorative Glass & Menu
  • *Rain or Shine event/ no refunds. When it rains we pour anyhow
  • Start at Gold Miners Inn to get your glass and program

Additional food tasting tickets may be purchased throughout the event: $10 for 5 food tastings/ or 2 for $5 at Gold Miners Inn, Tofanelli’s, LaTeDa, M3 Mall


For more information, call the Grass Valley Downtown Association at 530.272.8315 and at

            Heart disease is a top cause of death nationally as well as in the Yuba-Sutter region.


With Yuba County’s death rate above the state average—392.7 deaths per 100,000 people ages 35 and older, versus the statewide average of 324.3 per 100,000—heart health is key in maintaining quality of life.


            February is National Heart Month, and bi-county Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu wants residents to ask themselves what they have done for their heart health lately.


            Heart disease can manifest as a heart attack, heart failure and/or abnormal heart rhythm. The main risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and smoking—with 47 percent of Americans having at least one of those three. Other risk factors include being overweight or obese, having diabetes, excessive alcohol use, physical inactivity and an unhealthy diet.


            Heart disease also comes with misconceptions: that it is a “man’s disease” and only affects older adults. Heart disease is now the leading cause of death for women in the U.S.—in 2017, heart disease was responsible for about 1 in every 5 female deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


            Women may also have differing symptoms of heart disease than men: a dull and heavy or sharp chest pain or discomfort; neck, jaw or throat pain; pain in the upper abdomen or back; nausea, vomiting and fatigue. And heart disease is affecting younger adults more and more.


            Dr. Luu said there are ways to prevent heart disease.


            “First, strive for healthy habits including healthy foods and drinks, keep a healthy weight, get regular exercise, don’t smoke, and quit smoking if you do,” Dr. Luu said. “Also, be in charge of your health by making sure that you know your blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes screening status by getting regular medical care.”


            For more information on heart disease, visit

Yuba City, Ca.


Main Stage: Ah, Wilderness! 

Directed By: David Wheeler

It’s the summer of 1906 in New England. The middle son of the Miller family, 16 year-old Richard, just graduated as class valedictorian from high school and is heading to Yale in the fall. Idealistic Richard loves Muriel, the daughter of the Miller’s narrow minded next door neighbor. What happens at the July 4th celebration ultimately affects Richard’s view of the world and his life as he becomes a man.


Main Stage performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.


Tickets are $20 per person. Best to make reservations in advance. Opening Weekend Discounts: $18 for Seniors, Students, and Military Families. Scheduled groups of 6 or more, tickets are $18 per person. 


Box Office: Regular hours are Monday - Friday from Noon to 2:00 p.m., except holidays. During performances, Box Office is open 30 Minutes prior to show time.


Magic Theater: A Seussified Pride and Prejudice Performances: March 28th, April 4th, & 11th.

 Directed By: Jeff Graham


The greatest romance in all of English literature gets a wacky, rhyming makeover when the Bennet girls have a chance to meet well-to-do gents at the Ding-A-Ling Prance Dance. But there might be…


Magic Theatre performances are Saturdays Only at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.


Tickets are $5 per child, and $10 per adult. Best to make reservations in advance.


Box Office: Regular hours are Monday - Friday from Noon to 2:00 p.m., except holidays. During performances, Box Office is open 30 Minutes prior to show time.


 Theater and Box Office: 815 B Street, Yuba City, CA 95991, (530) 751-1100


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The Yuba County Office of Education is creating a brand new mentoring program. This Tri-County mentoring program will provide services for youth who are Juvenile Justice involved, and serves Yuba, Sutter and Colusa counties. Our aim for the first year is to reach 15 youth collectively throughout the tri-counties.


Mentoring is a developmental relationship that promotes growth and learning.  The goal of YCOE Mentoring Program is to encourage youth through genuine one on one relationships, empowering youth to make positive life choices and give them tools to maximize their potential.  Mentors support youth by serving as a positive role model, and striving for mutual respect.


 They are currently looking for adult volunteers who are committed to supporting, encouraging and connecting with one of our local youth for a period of at least six months.


Mentors will come along beside the mentees and help them achieve personal, academic and career goals through prosocial activities and weekly contact.


There is no experience needed to be a mentor.  We provide training and ongoing support for all our mentors. Our team will support you throughout the program as well as be available for any questions or concerns that may arise.


Minimum requirement for becoming a mentor:


  • *At least 21 years of age
  • *Have a valid California Driver’s license
  • *A vehicle and automobile insurance
  • *Pass a background check
  • *Reside in the Tri-county area
  • *Able and willing to commit to at least a 6-month commitment

For more information, please contact:

 Darlene Moon, Prevention Assistant YCOE   530-635-0133 or email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To get started with your application visit: 

Talks and Tours will  present two programs  in recognition of Black History Month. Local citizens Dennis Finely and Dr. James Allen will present unique insights into the lives of early Black Americans  on Saturday March 7th .

At 9:00 Dennis Finley will talk about his ancestors James and Mary Churchill , their descends, and his own collection of slavery artifacts . What started as a hobby  has turned into a decade’s long collection  of artifacts.  Dennis and his family have been working to get a gravestone made and placed at the Pioneer Cemetery in Marysville to memorialize another ancestors, black pioneer Thomas Edward Randolph. Rev. Randolph was a primary founder of the Mount Olivet Church. Come and hear the rest of the story.


Take a break, go to lunch and come back to see an original Underground Railroad Quilt


 At 1:00 pm . Dr. James Allen, a local retired dentist, will present the mystery of an antique quilt made by a family of ex slaves.  It  originates with Civil war times and presents a concise method to decipher coding used by  the Underground Railroad.  Deciphering the quilt  is the result of extensive research gathered from various sources across the continent over a seven year period. Also reviewed is an extensive continuous history of an African American family that is unique in a cultural odyssey extending from the early 1800’s to the present.  Come join us and hear this extraordinary story.  Meet Dr. Allen and see this remarkable piece of African American History.1:00 pm at the Historic Packard Library


Call for more information    742-6508


Talks and Tours are sponsored by FOCUS on Marysville and the Mary Aaron Museum...a $10.00 donation is requested, light refreshment will be available

Yuba-Sutter-Colusa United Way has launched this tax season’s site. United Way and H&R Block have partnered for 11 years to provide H&R Block Online tax filing software, accessible through, to help taxpayers easily and accurately file their taxes from their computer or smartphone. MyFreeTaxes is a free and easy way to file simple federal and up to three state tax returns for free.


“Tax season can be a source of confusion and stress for Americans, but it does not have to be,” said Bob Harlan, YSC United Way Executive Director. 


“Many filers are intimidated by the complexities of the tax law and afraid to make a mistake that will cost them money. With MyFreeTaxes, filers have both the support of a proven software provider in H&R Block as well as United Way, which is committed to helping people everywhere achieve financial stability,” Harlan said.

When it comes to software technology and ease-of-use, H&R Block is among the industry’s leaders. MyFreeTaxes users get access to H&R Block’s online tax filing product which helps filers navigate their return so they get every deduction they deserve. Key features of the online tool include:


-Screens for credit and deduction eligibility such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to ensure filers receive their maximum tax refund


-Refund Reveal ™ shows filers how and why their refund amount is changing in real time


-Ability to upload image of W-2, allowing MyFreeTaxes to automatically fill in information


-24/7 tax help within the software from a virtual assistant


More than 1.2 Million MyFreeTaxes® users have received over $1.7 billion in refunds since 2009.

Marysville, Ca.


 The Museum of the Forgotten Warriors will be honored on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 11:00am by AMVETS Post 18, and will be presented with the Patriotism Award. AMVETS bestows this recognition upon businesses in the community who fly the American Flag properly outside their establishments. As veterans of this great nation, AMVETS take pride in the American Flag as it represents freedom, honor, pride, and "love of  country” Roberta Spear stated: "The flag that I fly everyday is the American/Law Enforcement flag. One Son was an Army Captain deployed to Iraq, the other is a Sergeant in the Sheriff's Department. I want to honor my country and both my Sons.”


The brief awards ceremony will take place at the The Museum of the Forgotten Warriors located at: 5865 A Road Marysville, CA 95901.  Local press and dignitaries are encouraged to attend the ceremony.


The Marysville Police Department held its annual awards ceremony to honor employees for their dedication and commitment to the Community and the Police Department. Honorees included:

  • *Officer of the Year: Joseph Liebman
  • *Dispatcher of the Year: Brittany Perry
  • *Reserve Officer of the Year: Thomas Platina
  • *Reserve Dispatch/Records of the Year: Jo Vasconcellos
  • *Volunteer of the Year: Helen Perkins
  • *Employee of the Year: Nicole Sammons
  • *Cadet of the Year: Devina Perez
  • *Chief's Award: Lt. Adam Barber and Reserve Lt. Dan Quinonez received this year's Chief's Award for outstanding overall performance and as pillars of the Police Department.

The Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission announced the designation of two new landmarks: John Woolman School and Kentucky Flat School.


John Woolman School


The private Quaker boarding school which opened in 1963 is located on Woolman Lane in Nevada City. The sprawling 230 acre property was purchased in 1961 and housed the first Quaker boarding school in the western United States. The school is named after John Woolman, a staunch proponent of the abolition of slavery who urged other Quakers to free their slaves and boycott slave-made goods.


The high school boarding program at John Woolman School ended in 2001, and a semester program operated at the location from 2004-2016. Today, the campus hosts a range of programs such as Camp Woolman, the Sierra Streams Institute, The Outdoor School, Jorgensen School for Nonviolence, and various teen and family camps as well as retreats and private rentals.


Woolman students have made many contributions to our local community. Woolman has produced entrepreneurs and songwriters, and continues to support local artists with their original Oborigama Climbing Kiln that is one of the largest wood-fire kilns in the U.S.


Kentucky Flat School


Located on Newtown Road in Nevada City, the Kentucky Flat School building was originally located at the Kentucky Ridge and Kentucky Flat Mining Camp on Bridgeport Road. As the building became too small to house the area’s children, it was moved to the current site in 1855 and deeded over to the Grass Valley school district in 1877. Used as a school until 1963, it boasts a bell tower and bell that were used to alert the local residents to fires, special events, and the opening of school days.


Since 1964 the building has housed and been maintained by the Kentucky Flat Community Center hosting many events and organizations valuable to the community including 4-H and Farm Bureau functions, Head Start, community meetings, and a daycare center.


To read more about this and other historical landmarks in Nevada County use the Commission’s interactive map which can be found on its website, or its ebook, Exploring Nevada County, available from ibooks or Amazon or in paperback from Comstock Bonanza Press.

Yuba City, Ca.


                A special high school speech contest where Sutter County students make a three-minute argument in front of the Sutter County Board of Supervisors, with a chance to win cash prizes from the Active 20-30 Club of Yuba City-Marysville, is scheduled for Monday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at the Yuba City Hall.

The right to petition the local, state or federal government is contained in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which also protects free speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press. In California, local government agencies--including city councils, boards of county supervisors, boards of directors of fire and water districts, and boards of trustees of school districts--are required by the Ralph M. Brown Act to allow members of the public time at any regular meeting of the agency’s governing body to comment on any matter that may fall under the jurisdiction of the agency.


                Some jurisdictions refer to the time set aside for the exercising of these rights as the time for Citizen Comments, or Public Participation, or Public Business, or Public Business From The Floor. In Sutter County, it is referred to as the time for Public Comment. However named, the time set aside is an important part of the democratic process, moments when individuals have an opportunity to influence the direction of a community by appealing directly to those elected to represent the community.


                It is not, however, an easy thing to do. It is one thing to make a comment on Facebook or SnapChat from the safety of home, or to discuss things among friends. But it takes a great deal of courage to speak in public, especially in formal settings about matters important to a community, where the audience might contain reporters or video cameras, and where someone might disagree with your point of view and let you know.


                For the fifth year, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors invites high school students in the County to participate in the Public Business From The Floor Speech Contest, designed to acquaint them with the exercise of petitioning their local government. Participants will be given three minutes to speak on the topic of their choice--as long as it is in the jurisdiction of the County Board of Supervisors--at a lectern, with a microphone, with the Supervisors present, with the public and press invited, and the video camera rolling.


                It may be the only speech contest of its type. County Supervisors and representatives of the Active 20-30 Club of Yuba City-Marysville will act as judges.


                The contest is open to any high school aged resident of Sutter County, regardless of which high school they attend. There is no cost to participate. Local schools are encouraged to help spread the word about the contest, but students may contact the County directly by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express interest and ask questions.


For general information about Sutter County and the various services it provides, students are encouraged to visit the County website at, which can help in identifying topics that fall under the County’s jurisdiction.

Marysville, Ca.


Walk into a world Japanese mysticism as Yuba Sutter Arts premieres a selection of family friendly Japanese animated films at our first ever Yuba-Sutter Anime Film Festival. The in-depth story telling will pull at your heart strings as you embark on the narratives of strong and determined youth battling impossible scenarios.

The festival will be comprised mostly of Studio Ghibli films along with another film developed by one of the studio’s former directors. The films that will be shown are [in order of viewing] My Neighbor Totoro, The Cat Returns, Grave of the Fireflies, Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Spirited Away (winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature) and Ponyo with a ten-minute intermission between each film.


Studio Ghibli stands as one of the most recognizable Japanese animation art studios’ in the world due to the sophisticated, creative films they have produced over the decades. Most notably working with Disney Japan for the distribution of their works, the studio has brought anime films to the general public of North America and Europe, allowing individuals to experience dynamically adaptive art film style in a multitude of beautifully, well put together stories for all ages.


The “odd film out” of our set, Mary and the Witch’s Flower, is an anime developed by Studio Ponoc. The film has deep ties with Studio Ghibli with the producing studio’s founder, Yoshiaki Nishimura, who was formerly the Lead Film Producer for Ghibli and the film’s director, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the youngest successful Film Director for Ghibli on their film The Secret World of Arrietty. Both have brought their shared dreams from Studio Ghibli to life with a new perspective, making Mary and the Witch’s Flower a masterpiece in its own right.

Join YSA for the Yuba-Sutter Anime Film Festival at The Burrows Theater, 630 E Street in Marysville on Saturday March 14th at 10am. Tickets are $10 for General Admission which will include pizza and popcorn during the films.


Youth under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a paid adult for the duration of the festival.  Tickets are available in advance at, at Yuba Sutter Arts, 624 E Street in Marysville, and at the door.