In Sutter County, a drive-thru flu clinic and prescription drop-off at Live Oak High School Saturday

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Here’s an opportunity to get a flu shot and safely drop off outdated or no longer needed prescription medications. It’s another service of Sutter County Public Health.

The drive-thru influenza (flu) clinic and Prescription Drug Drop-off will occur Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at Live Oak High School. It is for all Sutter County residents.

Only injectable flu vaccine will be given at the drive-thru clinic for Sutter County residents ages 14 and up.

Flu vaccine remains the single most effective way to prevent the flu and it is very important to get your flu vaccine in addition to washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you are sick.

The drive-thru flu clinic is also a public health emergency preparedness exercise that helps Sutter County Public Health test its emergency plans and train staff. It also offers residents an opportunity to participate and learn about one of the ways public health prepares to protect the people of our community in the event of an epidemic or other health emergency.

In an effort to promote and preserve a safe community, the Sutter County Juvenile Justice Commission will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day during this joint event. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue and is an effort to prevent the increasing problems of prescription drug abuse and theft that continues to occur nationwide. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

This is a safe, free and anonymous opportunity to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

The community drive-thru flu clinic is for ALL Sutter County residents 14 years of age and up. No appointments necessary. Protect yourself from influenza without leaving your car.

Sutter County Public Health asks the community to be prepared for the drive-thru flu clinic by understanding the following information about the clinic:

  • Injectable flu vaccine is available for residents 14 years and older;
  • Wear clothing that quickly bares the upper arm near the shoulder for the injection
  • Vaccine information and the screening and consent forms are available on our website at www.suttercounty.org/publichealth and may be completed beforehand and brought with you to the drive-thru clinic.
  • $5.00 donation accepted.

In Sutter County, residents asked if they live in an age-friendly community.

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The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Agency on Aging Area 4 is teaming up on a survey of residents in this region, including all of Sutter County and neighboring Yuba County, about whether their communities are “age-friendly,” or livable for those of all ages and abilities.

On Sunday, the survey was distributed through the Appeal-Democrat newspaper. But you can also take the survey online.

According to the AARP, there are eight essential domains to livable communities which allow the full inclusion and participation of residents of all ages and abilities. These domains are:

  • Outdoor spaces and buildings than can be used and enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.
  • Public transportation.
  • Housing options that are affordable for varying life stages.
  • Affordable and accessible health care.
  • Opportunities for social participation.
  • Variable means of communicating important information.
  • Opportunities for employment and civic participation regardless of age or ability.
  • Intergenerational activities which promote respect and social inclusion.

The survey is quite extensive–42 questions–but everyone, regardless of age and ability, is encouraged to take the survey and share their perspectives on their community’s strengths and areas for improvement.

For additional information about getting a hard copy of the survey and where to return them, call 916-486-1846.

 

In Sutter County, recognition for member of library literacy program that has helped more than 740 apply for citizenship

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Sutter County employee Tejinder Kaur received a Woman of the Year award from Congressman John Garamendi, for her role in building a literacy program at the Sutter County library that has helped 740 people apply for citizenship, and for creating the Women’s Multicultural Dance. which draws women from all cultures in the Yuba-Sutter area.

Sutter County Library Literacy Coordinator Tejinder Kaur was recognized today as one of 10 women from Sutter and Yuba counties as Third Congressional District Women of the Year in a ceremony hosted by Congressman John Garamendi in Woodland.

Kaur was recognized both for the work she did helping to create the Sutter County Library’s Literacy Services Citizenship Preparation program, which has helped 6,386 individuals apply for naturalization and 740 file applications for citizenship, and for creating the Multicultural Women’s Dance, which draws women from all cultures in the Yuba-Sutter area.

Other women from Yuba and Sutter counties recognized today were Marysville’s Vera Correa, vice-president of the Alliance for Hispanic Advancement; Jackie Sillman, head of public relations for Recology Yuba-Sutter and a volunteer in many community programs; Elta Barber of Yuba City, founder of Youth Explosion and member of the board of directors of To Tanzania With Love, which raises money to aid an orphanage in Tanzania; 38-year Yuba College art instructor Sarah Sealander; Sally Serger of Yuba City, who teaches the deaf and hard of hearing, and is involved in 4H and a longtime advocate for flood risk reduction; sisters Heidi Shelton and Wendy Zepata, who co-own a business and volunteer for many events; Barbara Hankins of Meridian, a longtime school nurse in Colusa County; and Suzanne Laura Hall, who oversees the CalFresh nutrition program for five counties.

In Sutter County, 17,700 commute elsewhere for work, while 9,500 commute into the county

sutterinNo wonder traffic can get bad around here. Every day, more than 17,700 workers leave their home in Sutter County and travel to another county for work. And every day, approximately 9,500 people commute into Sutter County for their job.

According to the Employment Development Department, 46.9 percent of the Sutter County work force commuted out of county to work, and 32.2 percent of all Sutter County jobs are held by commuters, based on a report by the American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, in January of 2015. Their charts for every county are located on their EDD website.

commuteoutpercentnorthstateBoth Sutter and Yuba counties have among the highest rates in the state for commuting out of county, but some of that can be attributed to the proximity of the county seats. According to the EDD, 5,400 people commute into Sutter County from Yuba County for work, and 6,050 commute out of Sutter County into Yuba County for work. The other factor, of course, is Sacramento, which received 3,890 commuters from Sutter County and 3,100 commuters from Yuba County each day. Over 51 percent of all Yuba County workers commute out of county.

According to the EDD estimates, Sutter County residents also commute in the following numbers to other counties: Yolo, 2,300; Placer 1,620; Butte, 1,360; Colusa, 740; Nevada, 400; Solano, 300; El Dorado, 100; San Joaquin 90; Glenn, 60; Contra Costa, 30; Napa, 30; Amador, 25;  Sonoma, 20; and Mendocino, 20; and Plumas, 10.

It now takes the average worker 26 minutes to travel to work, according the the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s the longest it’s been since the Census began tracking this data in 1980. Back then the typical commute was only 21.7 minutes. Today it is 26 minutes.

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In Sutter County, crop report shows agricultural production at $584 million, and lauds a century of assistance from the UC Cooperative Extension program

2017_Crop_ReportSutter County’s agricultural production bounced back in 2017 after five years of drought, and despite complications caused by historic rains in late winter and early spring, according to the 2017 Crop and Livestock Report released today.

Agricultural Commissioner Lisa Herbert said the 2017 gross production value of approximately $584 million is evidence Sutter County agriculture continues to thrive despite the weather challenges. It was the third highest gross production value estimated since 2010.

Despite a drop in acreage planted due to late rains, rice remained the top-ranking crop in 2017 with a slight increase in yield and price to a total value of $152 million. Walnuts increased in value nearly 10 percent due to higher acreage and price, rising to $130 million. Prunes increased in value by 113 Percent to $52 million. For more detail, here’s the full report.

Agriculture remains a keystone industry in Sutter County, directly employing in excess of 8,000 people in any given year. It has been this way ever since John Sutter created the first large scale agricultural enterprise in Sutter County prior to the Gold Rush. Agriculture is also one of the state’s largest industries.

As the 2017 Sutter County Crop and Livestock Report points out, a lot of credit goes to the University of California Cooperative Extension, which this year is celebrating 100 years of assistance to farmers in Sutter and Yuba counties.

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County conducted a great deal of research into the 100-year history of the Agricultural Extension and discovered that the UC Cooperative Extension has been helping to solve agricultural industry problems from its beginnings. They’ve tested new crops–they abandoned cotton as a failure here in 1926–conducted demonstrations on proper tree pruning practices, advocated for the establishment of an adequate system of rural roads, and have played pivotal roles in pest management, best irrigation management practices, and orchard nutrition. In 1927 they placed bees in almond orchards and yields increased by 158 percent. Varieties developed by the UC Cooperative Extension make up 85 percent of California’s walnut industry. Seven years after introducing safflower in 1950, more safflower was grown in Sutter County than any other in the United States.

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Janine Hasey (right), the Director of the Yuba-Sutter Office of the University of California Cooperative Extension, posed with Community Memorial Museum Director Jessica Hougen at a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the UC Cooperative Extension in Sutter and Yuba counties. The museum has researched the history of the local UC Cooperative Extension on agricultural production and created an exhibit.

You may know the UC Cooperative Extension as the farm and 4-H advisors, or the Master Gardeners, or nutrition educators. In 1974, the UC Cooperative Extension offices in Yuba and Sutter counties were combined and they are located in the same building as our Agricultural Department on Garden Highway. Both organizations do very important work for agriculture and our economy.

 

 

 

 

In Sutter County, a community grateful for the fire fighters amid the rattlesnakes, wild hogs, and the smallest mountain range in the world

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Fire fighters from multiple agencies converged on the Sutter Buttes to help with the fire that threatened homes and a critical communications array.

Grass fires are usually simple to put out. Until they are not. When the grass is extremely dry and fuel for a fire across undulating hills and down deep canyons in the Sutter Buttes, things can get complicated in a hurry.

Fire fighters from surrounding communities joined the battle this week when a grass fire erupted Tuesday evening in the Sutter Buttes, leading to the evacuation of four homes, and creating a very real threat to a multi-million dollar communications array on top of South Butte.

The peak of South Butte is the highest point in Sutter County, 2,112 feet–and the highest point in the Sacramento Valley, which is why several law enforcement agencies and many private companies, including radio and television stations, have equipment on the peak that helps them communicate throughout Northern California. (One Sacramento TV station was broadcasting from a camera it has stationed on the peak as flames rose toward it).

As the fire spread up the south side of South Butte, aerial tankers dumped chemical retardant in a thick line in an attempt to stop the fire before it reached the peak. The strategy was a partial success, but a small amount of damage occurred at the communications array as fire crawled up the peak and around its left flank northwesterly toward the 1,000 foot tall West Butte.

The Sutter Fire Department, along with fire fighters from Meridian, Sutter, East Nicolaus, Pleasant Grove, Yuba City, Colusa County, Sacramento County, Sacramento Metro, CalFire, and Beale Air Force Base responded. CalFire and Sac Metro provided aerial resources that helped fire fighters on the ground contain the fire by Thursday morning.

Sutter Fire Chief John Shalowitz cautioned firemen to watch for shifting winds, rattlesnakes and wild hogs in the Sutter Buttes. “Head on a swivel, keep alert,” he said at a Wednesday morning briefing.

Sutter County’s Sheriff’s Office, Road Department, Community Development Department, Office of Emergency Management, County Administrator’s Office, General Services, and IT departments provided support to the fire fighting effort. County Supervisors were active in staying informed so they could share information with constituents.

With thousands of fire fighters already deployed to wildfires across California, Sutter County is very grateful to have received so much mutual aid support during the Sutter Buttes fire. Many of these fire fighters recently returned from deployment at the fire near Redding, including Yuba City Fire Chief Pete Daley, who led a strike team last week that included members of the Yuba City and Linda fire departments, which saved the historic, mostly wooden town of Old Shasta.

Sutter County got a good look at how California’s fire fighters respond during a time of need. Fortunately, the Sutter Buttes fire was small (1,200 acres) in comparison to what is happening in other parts of California. But we appreciate every fire fighter who turned out.

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The undulating hills and steep canyons of the Sutter Buttes makes fighting fires there a challenge. Then there’s the unpredictable weather patterns, rattlesnakes and wild hogs.

In Sutter County, community benefits from emphasis on Code Enforcement

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This building once occupied a location along the old Highway 99 alignment at Tudor, south of Yuba City. After the highway was re-routed, this building and several others on two adjoining properties was overtaken by squatters, who spread garbage and brought abandoned vehicles and trailers onto the property. After a Code Enforcement action to displace the squatters, a new owner has purchased the property and cleared both lots. Code enforcement officers have also led to $185,000 in fines and administrative costs for those violating the county’s local ordinance prohibiting outdoor grows of marijuana.

Whether it is abatement of outdoor marijuana grows that violate the County’s rules or enforcement of building standards that displace squatters, Sutter County’s Code Enforcement efforts in the past year are having a positive impact.

In the Tudor area, two parcels that attracted a half dozen or more squatters has been cleared by a new owner–at great expense. The property, which included an iconic wooden structure familiar to those traveling the old Highway 99 route south from Yuba
City to Sacramento, was the subject of more than 90 calls for service to the Sheriff’s Department and Code Enforcement in the space of seven months.

Squatters occupied several buildings on the two properties, but after code enforcement tagged the buildings as uninhabitable, the squatters were removed from the property by the Sheriff’s Department. The property has been sold to a new owner who invested a great deal of money in removing debris, which took 15 large truckloads.

Earlier this year, the Board of Supervisors imposed fines and administrative costs of more than $185,000 combined on the owners of eight different properties for violating Sutter County’s ordinance banning outdoor marijuana grows. The County Counsel’s Office is taking the necessary steps to place liens on the properties.

This year, there have been 18 complaints of violations of the outdoor marijuana grows to date. In each case, the marijuana gardens have been abated before fines and administrative costs accrued. However, there may be more instances of reporting of outdoor marijuana gardens. The harvest season (essentially September/October) generates the largest numbers of complaints as the smell of the gardens permeates neighborhoods.