In Sutter County, Camp Fire evacuees served well by the extraordinarily generous hearts of Yuba-Sutter

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A group of volunteers at New Earth Market on Tharp Road in Yuba City has been working hard in the smoky conditions collecting in-kind donations for victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County. The group was personally thanked Monday by Butte County Board of Supervisors member Doug Teeter, who narrowly escaped the fire himself, and who also visited with evacuees at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds. Because of the volume of in-kind donations, it is recommended that people donate gift cards instead (they’ll take them at the New Earth Market collection site), or donate through Habitat for Humanity in Marysville, or North Valley Community Foundation in Butte County.

With California’s deadliest, most destructive wildfire raging in neighboring Butte County, local governments and the residents of Sutter and Yuba counties are stepping up to do all they can to assist–from standing side by side with CalFire crews and others on the fire line, to comforting evacuees and organizing relief efforts for fire victims.

Fire fighters and law enforcement personnel–sheriff’s deputies, police officers, and probation officers–from Yuba and Sutter counties were dispatched mutual aid not long after the fire began last Thursday morning. Ambulances and crews from Bi-County ambulance were dispatched to assist in the evacuation of patients from the Adventist Health Feather River hospital and other medical facilities in Paradise. Yuba County sent emergency management officials to help out in the Butte County Emergency Operations Center. Sutter County Public Works road workers were dispatched to assist with traffic control.

At the request of Butte County, Health and Human Services staff from Yuba and Sutter counties overnight Friday jointly opened a shelter for evacuees at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds. Small animals are accommodated on site by Yuba Sutter Domestic Animal Assistance, and a large animal shelter has been established by the Sutter County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse at the Sheriff’s Posse Arena. The shelter population swelled to more than 380 over the weekend.

There have been many larger fires in California, but none as deadly, or destructive to homes and businesses. As of Tuesday morning, the California Department of Forestry reported more than 6,500 homes and businesses  have been destroyed, most of them in the Town of Paradise, Butte County’s second largest city. Incorporated in 1966 after its population swelled from 5,000 to 20,000 in the years following World War II, most of Paradise has burned down.

The official death toll as of Monday night was 42. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea described how 13 teams of law enforcement officials, including some from this area, are combing through the fire areas in search of fire victims. More than 200 people were still considered missing.

Some 52,000 people throughout Butte County have been subject to mandatory evacuations, and shelters have been opened in Butte and surrounding counties. Most evacuees are with family or friends or staying in motels.

No sooner had the fire started than individuals and organizations from this area began looking for ways to help. Some helped rescue animals. Habitat for Humanity agreed to act as a conduit for cash donations to assist evacuees. A call for diapers and towels for the shelter drew ample donations. A collection point for donations developed in the parking lot at New Earth Market in Yuba City.

Sutter North provided, at no cost, a doctor and medical assistants to conduct medical exams and provide prescriptions for evacuees at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds. The Salvation Army is coordinating feeding the evacuees–with the help of local service groups like Kiwanis–and already has meals planned out through Saturday.

There was a steady stream of donations of pet food and bedding for small animals at the Fairgrounds and larger animals at the Sheriff’s Posse Arena.

The response for donations is so overwhelming that, at this time, we’ve asked residents who want to make donations to either donate cash through Habitat for Humanity in Marysville, or drop off a gift card from any store at the New Earth Market collection center. Most donations of things–especially used things–wind up not getting distributed in a disaster. Donation management takes a great deal of effort. But gift cards provide flexibility and can help now and as fire victims rebuild in the months and years ahead.

Butte County officials are directing monetary donations to the North Valley Community Foundation website: https://www.nvcf.org/fund/camp-fire-evacuation-relief-fund/

You should also consider the American Red Cross. which has been providing disaster relief for more than a century, and which runs  the Safe and Well website that allows people to report they are safe in a time of disaster.

The list of organizations and individuals who have been helping out in this disaster will be extraordinarily long, and always incomplete. Their efforts are not going unnoticed. Gratitude for our community’s response to the disaster in Butte County was expressed personally on Monday by Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter and Butte County Administrator Shari McCracken. They toured the shelter with Sutter County Board Chairman Dan Flores and Sutter County Administrator Scott Mitnick, along with Yuba County Supervisors Andy Vasquez and Doug Lofton, and then went to the New Earth Market donation collection site and personally thanked the volunteers.

In Sutter County, you’ll be able to use your smartphone to know when the bus is coming

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Public transit services in our region are provided by Yuba-Sutter Transit, a joint local government authority originally formed by Sutter County, Yuba County, Marysville, and Yuba City in 1975. In 2017, Yuba-Sutter Transit’s fleet of 51 buses provided more than 1 million passenger trips on the local fixed route system, its downtown Sacramento fixed route system, Dial-A-Ride service, and the limited rural routes to Live Oak, Wheatland, and the Yuba County foothills.

This month, Yuba-Sutter Transit announced that the Yuba-Sutter Transit Board of Directors has approved a contract for a computerized dispatch and vehicle tracking system.  Funding for the system comes from a state Proposition 1B (1996) Transit Security Grant, and the system is expected to be fully operational sometime in the summer of 2019.

According to Yuba-Sutter Transit’s monthly newsletter, the  new system will enhance nearly every area of the operation. The most prominent feature for passengers will likely be the availability of real-time bus arrival information and service alerts from any internet connected device. No more calling the office or just staring down the street wondering when your bus will arrive – you will be able to check on it from any smart phone, tablet or computer!

To keep informed about Yuba-Sutter Transit, you can sign up for their newsletter or visit their web page.

 

 

In Sutter County, 100,000 expected at annual Sikh Parade at Yuba City–200,000 free meals to be served

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Festival goers line up outside of the Sikh Temple on Tierra Buena Road in preparation for the Nagar Kirtan, an annual procession in which Sikhs carry their holy scripture from the temple through the streets of Yuba City. An estimated 100,000 are expected to attend events beginning Friday night and culminating in Sunday’s parade. (Photo: UC Davis)

This is the weekend of the Yuba City Sikh festival, one of the biggest and most spectacular Sikhism annual events outside of India, drawing hundreds of thousands of devotees and spectators. The three day Guru Gadee (Gaddi) Diwas festivities celebrate the inaugural anniversary of Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhism’s holy scripture.

Weekend events  include worship services and climaxes with the Nagar Kirtan, an annual procession in which Sikhs carry their holy scripture from the gurdwara (literal translation: the door to the guru’s house of worship) on Tierra Buena Road through the streets of Yuba City singing devotional hymns.

Cramming the gurdwara grounds and spilling out to line the parade route are bazaars with wares catering to every whim and need associated with Sikhism interspersed with free food booths offering every sort of delectable langar, a tradition passed down from the very first Sikh guru.

People of all cultures, faiths, and beliefs are invited to participate in events at the Gurdwara and to the parade. It is estimated that volunteers will prepare 200,000 free meals, and 100,000 people will be along the parade route.

Parade Route: (Courtesy, Appeal-Democrat) The procession starts at the Yuba City Sikh Temple – 2468 Tierra Buena Road. From there, it goes south on Tierra Buena Road to Butte House Road. Then the procession heads east to Civic Center Boulevard, where it turns south, loops around Poole Boulevard and Stabler Lane before traveling back toward the temple on Butte House Road. In total, the route runs a little over four miles.

 

 

In Sutter County, download an app to receive emergency notifications on your phone

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Sutter County recently purchased a mass emergency notification system, Code Red, that will be used for emergency notifications in every city and unincorporated area of the county. It is the same robust system used by our emergency management partners in Yuba County, Butte County, and Nevada County.

While every hard landline telephone in Live Oak, Yuba City, and the rest of Sutter County will be entered into the system automatically, you will need to take at least one of the following actions to receive text or voice messages on your cell phone:

  1. You can register your cell phone, and others in your household, and connect it to your home address to receive emergency notifications specific to your neighborhood, city, or region; and/or
  2. You can download an app for your smartphone to receive notifications of emergencies wherever you are located in Sutter, Yuba, Butte, or Nevada counties.

You will need to register your cell phone with Code Red even if you previously registered your cell phone to receive emergency notifications from Sutter County. Sutter County no longer utilizes the Nixle platform for emergency notifications.

 

 

 

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.