Oregon House, Ca.

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department, as part of the Yuba Sutter SWAT Team, is actively investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred just before noon today in Oregon House. The incident began at approximately 8:12 a.m. with a 911 call from a victim reporting his neighbor had come to his house and made verbal threats to kill him, and then fired a gun at the victim’s residence in the 14000 block of Vavassuer Way in Oregon House before running into the woods nearby. A second 911 call at 8:19 am. from another citizen in the area also reported hearing gunfire and a man yelling from the woods. Initial officers arriving to the scene could also hear a man continuing to yell from the woods near the victim’s residence and heard another shot fired. Due to the nature of the threats by a suspect who was believed to be armed and in a heavily wooded environment, the Yuba Sutter SWAT team was activated to respond along with a CHP Helicopter to search from the air.

A perimeter was established in the area while Yuba County Deputies obtained a search

warrant for the suspect’s property and residence. Just before noon, SWAT officers began approaching the residence to serve the search warrant, when the suspect emerged from the residence and fired at SWAT team members. Several officers from the team returned gunfire. The suspect was declared dead at the scene. Official cause of death will be determined by autopsy. The Yuba Sutter Officer Involved Shooting Team comprised of investigators from the Sutter County and Yuba County District Attorney’s Offices is conducting an investigation into the shooting. California DOJ was called to the scene to assist. As a matter of standard procedure, officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of a parallel internal OIS investigation. The decedent’s name is being withheld pending official notification of next of kin.

The Yuba Sutter Regional Swat team includes officers from the Yuba County Sheriff’s

Department, the Yuba City Police Department, and the Marysville Police Department

 

Yuba City, CA – The Yuba City Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, December 14, 2018 at a location in the central part of Yuba City between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Yuba City Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years Yuba City Police Department officers have investigated 145 DUI collisions which have resulted in 65 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at

7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.

Describing Farm Bureau as an organization “that wants to go beyond making a statement by being determined to make a difference,” California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson outlined priorities for CFBF during its 100th Annual Meeting in San Diego today.

One area of ongoing emphasis will be in water policy, Johansson said, noting that Farm Bureau is prepared “to continue defending water rights and shaping water policy in 2019.”

“The strength of our water policy is the commitment to the idea that to meet California’s water needs, we do not need to sacrifice the water needs of one region over another farm community,” he said.

CFBF will remain actively engaged in policy discussions involving other natural resources, Johansson pledged, pointing out that California’s scourge of wildfires has demonstrated that “if we do not manage our resources, they quickly become liabilities.”

He said Farm Bureau would continue to fight back against expanding government regulation that hampers agriculture.

“That’s what ties us together at Farm Bureau,” Johansson said. “It’s the understanding that what’s bad for an almond farmer is bad for a rice farmer.”

Despite the difficulties, he said, “the opportunities have never been greater to farm and be in agriculture,” thanks to innovation and access to markets.

“What we have to do as Farm Bureau is to show this state that what we do best is create wealth” that benefits everyone involved in agriculture, including farm employees and people who work in transportation, marketing and other jobs, Johansson said, noting that “with water, sunlight, seed, good soil and some knowledge, you can grow something and you can sell it.”

Farm Bureau members today are much like their predecessors who founded the organization in 1919, he said, in their insistence “to make things better.”

“The success of Farm Bureau is as a volunteer gathering of individuals who understand that just like on our farms and ranches, actions speak louder than words,” Johansson said.

A $50,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will fund child passenger safety education and training programs aimed at helping parents and caretakers make sure their child is riding safely. The grant covers the 2019 federal fiscal year, which is Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019.

Funding from OTS will go toward a variety of activities to promote occupant safety and decrease injuries and deaths due to improper use of car seats, boosters or seat belts:

Child seat safety check-ups/inspectionsChild safety seat education classes and 1-on-1 appointmentsChild Passenger Safety (CPS) technician training and recertification trainingDistribute child safety seats to families in needConduct safety seat usage surveysPromote safety seat recycling and importance of discarding used and expired car seats

A nationwide survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety found that two out of three car seats are misused. Car crashes remain the leading cause of death for children, and car seats save lives by reducing the risk of injury or death.

“Children are our future and it is important that parents and caretakers keep children safe by using the right car seat, and installing it correctly,” OTS Director Rhonda Craft said. “Funding for child passenger safety education and training is critical to ensuring children are as safe as possible in vehicles.”

Funding for this child passenger safety program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Erle Road is collecting food and toy donations to support Christian Assistance Network & Toys For Tots. We are located at 5600 Lindhurst Ave. Marysville , CA 95901 Please bring by a new unwrapped toy to give to children less fortunate. Canned food and non-perishables donations will be donated to Christians Assistance Network to help the hungry.

All Church Worship services at the Marysville First United Church, 730 D Street will be a combined service at 10 AM from December 3, 2018 through Sunday, January 6, 2019. The January 6th service will recognize January Birthdays and Anniversaries with a potluck following service. We will resume 9 AM Contemporary Worship and 11 AM Traditional Worship Services on Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Our schedule for Christmas Eve is as follows, Monday, December 24th – 6:00 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.

by Rod Hisken

Valley Truck and Tractor celebrated their 70th anniversary of business at the Colusa Casino with a Christmas employee dinner on December 1st 2018.

I felt pleased and honored to be a guest and to show a couple of tractors from my collection that seemed appropriate for the occasion.

The business opened in 1948 in Marysville on1st and D in a large two story building which no longer exists. They started with about 8 to 10 employees. The original vision of Henry Miller Sr. of a family owned business that was involved with the community remains in place today. As the logos on John Deere publications point out as important, "The Dream Lives On".

osami tractor12 12One of the tractors I took was a 1948 Farmall AV that was owned by David Osumi. This tractor has cultivated miles of tomato rows in our Yuba Sutter Basin. It was probably one of the first tractors that Henry sold. It certainly was the first tractor David bought after he and his family returned from their internment experience during World War II. The tractor when acquired was missing parts, no useable tires, and covered with pigeon droppings arose to a thing of beauty today. Such was the spirit of the Osumi Family. The tractor was restored by a young man locally, Lucas Skinner. I met Lucas when he was going to Wheatland High School. He went on and is now working as a engineer for a local farm equipment company. It is fitting that the values of work ethic and innovation are high on the list for John Deere and Valley Truck and Tractor.

The second tractor was a 1946 John Deere Model A that was delivered to the Colusa agency on December 6th, 1946. This A is special to me because at about the 11 o'clock position on the steering wheel there is a thumb imprint from somebody who sat on it for many hours looking over his right shoulder monitoring a piece of equipment. The John Deere A and B entrenched the company as a leader in the tractor market and became classics. They are a great part on our heritage and drew people out of the Casino to hear it run and generated big grins. "Nothing runs like a Deere" is well known around the globe and exemplifies that value of a product is more lasting than price.

Valley Truck and Tractor started as an International Harvester Dealer and became a John Deere Dealer in 1985 by buying out the local dealer, Inland Tractor.

I loaded my tractors and headed home after the celebration and on the long drive home I was asking " Why is it that the only American owned tractor company is still in existence”? Why is it that a local company stays in business for 70 years and grows to about 170 employees and becomes one of the largest dealers in California.

The answers became evident as the miles rolled by. During a presentation by John Miller the CEO of Valley Truck and Tractor, he announced that Colusa Casino and Valley Truck and Tractor had made a joint agreement to make a significant donation for relief in Paradise fire to be managed by the Sierra Central Credit Union, TLK Foundation Campfire Relief where 100 percent of the money goes directly to the victims.

John Deere is in a process consolidating and chooses their dealers with great care. Henry Sr. was a Founder of Peach Tree Country Club, served on the Board of Rideout Hospital, and was active on the Marysville Rotary Club. Donations to local nonprofits are too numerous to mention. That heritage has been carried on by John, his son, who has also served on the Rideout Board, Marysville Rotary, Yuba City Mayor, City Council, and is the past president of the local chapter of the Farwest Equipment Dealers Association.

Henry Jr. still farms almonds on the North side of the Sutter Buttes, and relishes the smell of freshly turned earth and works in an active support role at Valley Truck and Tractor Co.

The little family owned business has grown from a limited space operation on 1st and D in Marysville to owning the agencies in Elk Grove, Robbins, Woodland, Gridley, Dixon, Willows, Chico, Colusa and Yuba City and serves the Sacramento Valley.

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One of the things that struck me during the ceremony was the degree that the employees were honored. Three had spent their entire professional lives with the company. Several had worked more than ten years and even the new employees were recognized. I served as an administrator for nearly 30 years and it took too long for me to really trust my co-workers and act in such a manner, however belief in the staff creates a power that goes beyond just work. A tour of their new facility demonstrates a well-equipped multi- media classroom, a current technology ability, the ability to monitor products in the field, a knowledgeable service staff and plans into the future.

Certainly the vision statements of the company of care in dealer selection, strong work ethic, quality, commitment to value, and an eye on innovation exist at Valley Truck and Tractor.

John Deere in the mid 1800’s took that extra step and polished the tines on pitch forks, innovated a steel plow from a saw blade that let the soil slide off, and looked to value in his products. Did he ever imagine his efforts would lead to a worldwide producer of farm and construction products?

The California Wellness Foundation awarded $150,600 to Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation for core operating support to improve health outcomes through small business development services, including loans, for low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs; regional planning in support of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy; and capacity building for local nonprofits in Yuba and Sutter counties.

Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation is dedicated in improving economic resilience, building capacity and sustainability of the Yuba-Sutter region through its programs. These programs include business attraction, retention and expansion; capacity building and technical assistance; financial readiness, loan assistance and access to capital and infrastructure improvements.

“We are truly grateful to the California Wellness Foundation for selecting Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation as a grant recipient of its Advancing Wellness grant-making program,” said Brynda Stranix, president of the corporation. “These funds will go a long way in our efforts to build a robust and vibrant community in the Yuba-Sutter region.”

Created in 1992 as a private independent foundation, The California Wellness Foundation’s mission is to protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California by increasing access to healthcare, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods.

COLUSA

Colusa High School Blood Drive

Tuesday, December 11th

8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Located on the bloodmobile near the Band Room

901 Colus Avenue, Colusa

As a thank you, receive a Vitalant T-shirt.

 

Sutter Co

Sierra Central Credit Union Blood Drive

Friday, December 14th

10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Located on the bloodmobile

1351 Harter Parkway, Yuba City

As a thank you, receive a $5 Starbucks Card and a promo code for a warm and cozy Vitalant beanie hat.

 

Yuba Co.

Wal-Mart Supercenter Blood Drive

Thursday, December 27th

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Located on the bloodmobile

1131 North Beale Rd., Marysville

As a thank you, receive a movie pass and a promo code for a warm and cozy Vitalant beanie hat.

Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), who is set to be Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee in the 116th Congress, is standing by his proposal to require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to fix its broadband mapping data. Senator Wicker announced last week he would push language in an upcoming spending bill that would require the FCC to consider the concerns of senators from rural states who argue the FCC’s mapping data misrepresents broadband coverage in rural America.

It is uncertain whether Congress will allow Senator Wicker’s language to pass, but the FCC is likely to heed the concerns of the incoming Chairman of the Committee with direct oversight of the Commission.

Microsoft President Brad Smith announced this week that Microsoft will lead a new effort to bring broadband to rural California. Smith announced in a press release that Microsoft is expanding its “Airband Initiative” into new states, including California. Through the Airband Initiative, Microsoft partners with internet service providers leveraging a mix of innovative broadband solutions, including TV white spaces, to deliver high-speed internet coverage for rural areas. Microsoft founded the program in 2017 with the goal to bring broadband to 2 million rural Americans without internet access.

 

Marysville, Ca.

The Yuba Sutter Youth Choir invites you to a special addition of their "A World of Holiday Music" event on December 12, 2018 from 6:30 - 8pm. Enjoy cookies and cocoa, listen to the beautiful voices of the Youth Choir and then meet Santa as an added special treat! Santa will give each child (12 & under) that visits him, a gift bag with fun art items inside. Don't miss out on this unique holiday celebration!

The concert will be held at the Burrows Theater at Yuba Sutter Arts, 630 E Street in Marysville. General admission is $10 and $5 for those 12 and under. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Yuba Sutter Arts office or at the door while they last. All proceeds benefit the Youth Choir and other Arts in Education programs.

The students have been exposed to a wide variety of music from several genres all around a central holiday music theme. In addition, the program will include selections representing holiday traditions from around the world.

This school year, the Youth Choir has been directed by Gay Galvin, Yuba Sutter Arts’ “Musician in Residence.” Gay has been singing and playing piano since she was six years old. Trained in classical and jazz styles, she has worked in big bands, musicals, jazz trios and various classical ensembles. She is an accomplished vocalist and has taught choir to all age levels.

Married to singer/songwriter, Tom Galvin, the couple has performed at the Burrows Theater in concert as a duo and as soloists. Gay has also performed in many other ensembles throughout the community including concerts at Yuba College and in productions at The Acting Company. Gay and Tom will also both be playing again for the Applause performances of “Home for the Holidays” December 20th, 21st and 22nd to help raise funds for the completion of the Sutter Theater.

Marysville, Ca.

GM Michael Mink announced today that the Yuba Sutter Gold Sox are postponing this Friday clubhouse sale to a later date.

“We are postponing this Friday Clubhouse Sale at the Gold Sox Team Clubhouse (1431 C Street Marysville) to a later date”, said Mink. “There are a lot of determining factors that we are waiting on and the biggest one is to save the team”, said Mink.

To help #savethesoxin2019,interested people should contact Gold Sox VP/GM Michael Mink at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 530-741-3600.

Yuba City, Ca.

With the holiday season fast approaching, the Yuba City Police Department wants to remind everyone to be responsible and not drive after drinking or take drugs that affect your ability to operate a vehicle.

To help keep our roadways safe, the Yuba City Police Department will be conducting saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints beginning Nov. 23. The DUI checkpoint will be conducted on Friday Dec. 14. The enforcement efforts coincide with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign, which runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 12.

“The holidays are a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, but also a time to be extra careful on the roads,” said Sgt. Kim Slade. “Sadly, the holiday season leads to an increase in drivers who shouldn’t be driving. It’s important for us to let people know that if you feel different, you drive different.”

During the 2017 Thanksgiving (Nov. 22-26) and Christmas (Dec. 22-25) holidays, 99 people were killed and nearly 4,500 people were injured on California roads. Of those deadly crashes, nearly 35 percent involved alcohol.

With holiday parties taking place, it’s important to plan ahead and make sure everyone has a sober ride home. Even if you’ve had only one drink, play it safe and designate a sober driver or use a ride-share service to get home. If you plan on drinking, don’t plan on driving.

The Yuba City Police Department also supports efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to inform drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

“Don’t spoil the holiday and put yourself and others at risk by driving impaired” said Sgt. Kim Slade. “People need to understand that the only time they should be driving is when they are sober.”

Funding for holiday season enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Yuba County Commission on Aging will meet for their regular monthly meeting on December 12, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at the Yuba County Government Center, 915 8th Street, Marysville, in the Administration Office conference room. The primary purpose of the Commission is to act in an advisory capacity to the Yuba County Board of Supervisors in matters relating to adults and seniors in Yuba County, by promoting and overseeing the development of coordinated and effective delivery of services and resources for seniors; advocating for human services programs, services and issues; and enhancing community awareness of the varying needs of the adult and aging population. The meeting is open to the public, and members of the community are welcome to attend and participate.

Quincy, Ca.

The Feather River Ranger District - Challenge Visitor Center, located in Challenge, CA, is closed for the season due to staffing shortages related to the Camp Fire.

Plumas National Forest Christmas tree cutting permits are available at other forest offices including the Feather River Ranger District at 875 Mitchell Ave, Oroville, CA 95965.

Walk-in permits are available through December 21. Permits are $10 and include a map of tree cutting areas, as well as safety information and helpful tips. Two permits are allowed per household; please read the instructions on your permit carefully; there are no refunds.

The Plumas National Forest is experiencing winter weather so it’s critical you plan ahead for contingences like flat tires, being stuck on a cold, muddy or snowy road and have limited or no cell phone coverage.

More program specifics may be found at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/plumas/passes-permits/forestproducts .

Loma Rica, Ca.

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley stood before the local Lions Club, proudly holding a plaque, which clearly had been hanging in his office for many years. His prized plaque was a certificate for a Lions’ sponsored student speaker contest which he had won when he was in high school. Cooley credited the beginning of his career in law to his participation and winning of the club’s student speaker competition. Lions clubs throughout California are still offering this opportunity to high school students.

The Student Speaker Contest, now in its 82nd year, is being sponsored by the Foothill Loma Rica Lions Club. With a grand prize of $21,000 this year’s challenging topic is "FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?"

Students interested in participating should contact Lion John Newlin by January 20, 2019 for detailed guidelines governing the competition at : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Student Speaker Contest is open to students, including foreign exchange students in grades 9–12. Students may attend any high school, middle school, charter school, private school, home school or independent study and must write their own speech on the subject.

Competition will be held initially at the club level on or before February 7, 2019 and one winner will progress through several levels of the contest--ending with the final round to be held in June of 2019.

Each level of competition includes monetary compensation starting with $25 for finalists and $75 for the winner of the Foothill Loma Rica Lions Club Student Speaker Contest.

In her thank you letter to the Student Speaker Foundation, a recent winner, Hannah Drain wrote, “This contest is a great way to gain confidence and experience in public speaking as well as prepare for the future. The competition taught me many lessons beyond research and speech writing. I made new friends and ... I cannot express the gratitude I owe to the Lions Student Speakers Foundation as well as the Lions Club as a whole for the scholarship opportunity and the outstanding experience.”

Additional information is available at:

http://md4lions.org/student-speakers-contest

http://md4lions.org/files/documents/2018-19HandbookPublic.pdf

http://www.toastmasters.org/Resources/Public-Speaking-Tips

http://www.ehow.com/how_3473_write-speech.html

http://md4lions.org

Marysville, Ca.

Do you sing in the shower? Do you sing in the car when your favorite songs come on the radio? How about James Corden’s carpool karaoke; unable to resist joining in? Join Tom and Gay Galvin for a Christmas sing-along and you’ll hear your favorites along with background on the writers and the backstory of the songs.

For example, where did Rudolph get that red nose? Where did all those elves come from? Why is mommy kissing Santa Claus? There will be some funny songs, some spiritual songs and some old-fashioned Christmas songs guaranteed to get you in the mood for the Holidays if you aren’t already.

The concert will be held on Saturday, December 8th at 7pm at the Burrows Theater, 630 E Street in Marysville. General admission is $5, and the musicians have generously waived their fees so that all proceeds benefit Yuba Sutter Arts and its many community arts programs. The concert will be funny, fun, and will even explore a little of the spiritual side of Christmas.

Tom and Gay are the “dynamic duo” of the local music scene. They have both appeared on the Lee Burrows Theater stage many times with various ensembles playing a variety of styles and genres of music. Tom is the leader of the Songwriter Slam and Gay leads the 3rd Sunday Jazz Jam, both monthly get togethers for musicians and wanna-be musicians, at Yuba Sutter Arts.

Gay and Tom are originally from Ohio. Tom has written songs for touring bands from the American Midwest to the American far west. He “troubadoured” around the country for several years while also training to become a psychotherapist. Gay has a master’s degree in piano performance in jazz. She teaches classical/Suzuki piano and jazz/improv in her studio in Marysville. She has played across most musical genres and in a variety of ensembles including some rock bands, but her heart belongs to jazz. Yuba Sutter Arts is proud to have Gay as their “Musician in Residence.”

Come out and support this fun community music event. Plenty of free parking is available on the streets adjacent to the theatre and at the Umpqua Bank and Bank of America parking lots directly across the street.

Marysville, Ca.

Join Yuba Sutter Arts for its annual Emerging Artists fine art exhibition. The work of non-professional, “emerging” artists, including students, will be on display during the month of December in The Gallery at Yuba Sutter Arts, 624 E Street, Marysville.

“The Emerging Artist show is designed to give new artists a real gallery exhibit experience,” said David Read, YSA Executive Director. “We professionally curate the show, help the artists write their artist statement, help set selling prices if they want to sell their work and hold an opening reception just like for any of our shows,” he added.

This gallery show is open to local adult artists as well as advanced local high school students. Each artist can submit three or four pieces to show. All art must be framed and/or matted. The only fee involved is a $25 Artist Membership Fee (scholarships available). Artists must drop off their artwork by November 30 and be willing to have their work displayed during the month of December. The “Meet the Artists Reception” will be held on Saturday, December 8 from 3-5pm for the participating artists, their guests and the general public.

Yuba Sutter Arts’ mission is to enrich the quality of life of our residents through participation and effective arts development. We encourage engagement in the arts with a myriad of programs, events and activities including exhibitions, workshops, musical programs, theater productions, literary events, lectures, arts education and the creation of public works of art on behalf of our residents and the artists and arts organizations we support. The Emerging Artists showcase is just one example of how Yuba Sutter Arts works to fulfill its mission.

Artists interested in participating should contact Abbie Cesena at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. Include .jpegs of the artwork you wish to display along with your contact information. Call (530) 742-ARTS with any questions.

This week, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest $449 million in a water storage project in the Sacramento Valley. A USDA press release said the Department’s Community Facilities direct loan program is investing in the Maxwell Water Intertie (MWI) to increase water management flexibility and improve water supply resiliency in rural California.

The project would connect the Tehama Colusa Canal (TC Canal) and the existing Glenn Colusa Irrigation District’s (GCID) main canal. This new pipeline would connect water from the Funks Reservoir to the GCID system. Once the waterway is completed, it will funnel water from the Sacramento River to the Sites Reservoir at Folsom Lake. The site was visited this week by Secretary Perdue along with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Representatives Jeff Denham (R-Stanislaus), David Valadao (R-Kings), Jim Costa (D-Madera), and John Garamendi (D-Yolo).

Congress has reached an agreement on the 2018 Farm Bill and Republicans are expected to release the text of the final legislation in the coming days. Leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, who led the negotiations, issued a joint statement on Thursday announcing a deal had been reached. After the final text is released, House and Senate negotiators will fight for limited time on the legislative calendar to force a floor vote on the 2018 Farm Bill before the 115th Congress concludes on December 13, 2018.

The final text of the 2018 Farm Bill has not been released as of yet, but Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) hinted the forestry title could be spun-off as a separate bill. The forestry title of the 2018 Farm Bill was among the last pieces of the bill to be finalized, and it is unclear if a final agreement was reached. In previous years, Congress has passed the forestry title separately from the Farm Bill when negotiations stalled over certain forestry provisions.

House Republicans are pushing forest management language that is similar to legislation that repeatedly passed the House but later failed in the Senate. Republicans argue forest management policies that expand categorical exclusions in addition to other reforms of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) would improve forest resiliency to wildfires. Democrats and environmental groups paint these arguments as excuses to expand private logging on federal forest land. Senate Democrats have opposed similar Republican forestry proposals in the past including most recently the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 (HR 2936).