In Sutter County, music, food and art in two downtowns tomorrow

33894889_10155755899330889_2300133073531961344_nGreat weather is on tap tomorrow when Sutter County’s two incorporated cities showcase their downtowns with street fairs centered on art and music and food.

Yuba City’s annual Summer Stroll (2 p.m. to 10 p.m.) on Plumas Street is produced by the Yuba City Downtown Business Association with the assistance of a great number of corporate sponsors.

Like its sister event, the Christmas Stroll, the Summer Stroll showcases the Plumas Street Shopping District by offering family friendly street vendors. Visitors stroll between the existing downtown shops and a variety of attractions in the street, including a Kids Science Area and a Kids Water Area. At least six bands will play in a free all-day street concert.

Meanwhile, in Live Oak, the City is hosting a Mural Marathon Street Fair from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. near the intersection of Broadway and Elm streets. Five artists are competing for cash prizes for painting the best mural on equal sized large sections of a building. The artists have been working since Thursday, and the winners will be announced between 5:30-6 p.m.

The event is co-produced by Yuba Sutter Arts, which acquired a grant to help the artists with materials. Yuba Sutter Arts is Sutter County’s designated Arts Council. The Arts Council has provided a sneak peek at the mural work on its Facebook page

Arts and crafts and food vendors and music will be part of the street fair.

In Sutter County, a powerful collection of Native American portraits and the woman who created them

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In 2013, Matika Wilbur set off to photograph members of all 562 Tribal Nations in North America.

This Saturday, she will present her work at 3 p.m. at the Community Memorial Museum, 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City. The free event includes a reception following her presentation.

Matika Wilbur’s exhibit, Natural Wanderment: Stewardship-Sovereignty-Sacredeness, will remain at the museum through August 22. The museum is open Tuesday through Frieday 9 a .m. to 5 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Matika Wilbur also discussed her intriguing and important project during a recent Ted Talk:

In Sutter County, Comstock’s details how the Sutter Buttes informed the design of the new Courthouse


As part of an article on the architecture of new civic structures in the region, Comstock’s featured the new Sutter County Courthouse in Yuba City in its June magazine edition.

The Sutter County Courthouse, completed in 2015, was designed for the client–the State of California–by architecture firm Ross Drulis Cusenberry. The article notes: “The architect had a stunning site to work with, surrounded by mature tulip trees and the neighboring Sutter Buttes as its backdrop. Drawing its design inspiration from the imposing peaks, RDC created a tall element in a flat landscape whose shape and color mimics the erosion of the volcanic domes of the Buttes.”

The State of California took over all courthouse responsibilities from the counties beginning in 2002.  The State is now responsible for more than 500 buildings and 20 million square feet of space associated with courthouse operations in all 58 counties.

A link to the online version of the story can be found here:





In Sutter County, plans for security improvements at boat ramps

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The Sutter County General Services Department is actively pursuing security enhancements at three of the four boat ramps it operates.

General Services Director Megan Greve said the plan is to install security fencing, on-line or credit card payments, and a gate lock system to reduce vandalism and thefts at boat ramps at Boyd’s Pump and the Yuba City Boat Dock on the Feather River, and at Tisdale Weir on the Sacramento River.

Improvements are expected to be in place this fall, Greve said.

In the interim, Greve said, boaters will not be required to pay the daily use fee. The County is removing the cash boxes used to collect boat ramp use fees because the boxes have been destroyed a multitude of times and money from the boat fees stolen. The enhancements will allow for the safe and secure collection of fees that are to be used to provide annual maintenance of the docks. Over the past two years, the revenue collected has been reduced by over $10,000 due to theft and vandalism.

“These security enhancements are what many boaters have been asking Sutter County to provide,” Greve said. “We’ll provide a more secure parking lot while boaters are out on the water.”

No changes are planned at Live Oak Park boat ramp, where there is a park attendant on duty.

In Sutter County, a local government agency has been suppressing mosquito populations for 7 decades

The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District Facebook page has a lot of information presented in a fun way. (If you guessed midgut, you were right.)

The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito & Vector Control District is a local government agency that is not well known, despite its role in making the valley floor along the lower Feather River tolerable for human beings year-round. Since 1946, the District has interrupted mosquito breeding cycles and educated the public about the relationship between standing water, mosquitoes, and disease. 

The mission of the District is clear in the first paragraph of its online history ( “Before California was settled by pioneers and gold seekers, thousands of seasonally flooded acres of lowlands, marshes and other wetlands produced hoards of mosquitoes impacting the lives of Native Americans. Certain evidence of an archeological and anthropological nature suggest that these native cultures were seasonally compelled to move or abandon coastal and lowland areas. Unmitigated mosquito breeding resulted in unlivable conditions. Similarly, other tribes inhabiting mountain environments would face springtime hatches of snow pool and floodwater mosquitoes. As the Gold Rush drew miners to California in the 1850’s, the prospectors were quickly introduced to the mosquitoes, their bites and the pathogens they transmit.”

The District’s boundaries comprise almost all of Sutter County and all of the valley floor in Yuba County. Its board of directors is comprised of two members appointed by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors, and one each by the cities of Live Oak, Marysville, Yuba City, and Wheatland, and the Yuba County Board of Supervisors. The District is funded by property taxes.


Today, the District has an array of programs, including providing free mosquito fish, to limit mosquito breeding. They also have an online map showing the location of West Nile activity in birds, mosquitoes and horses.

The District office and yard is located at 701 Bogue Road, Yuba City.

District staff operates and maintains a fleet of surveillance and specialty vehicles used for the surveillance and treatment of mosquitoes and mosquito sources. The District is a member of the Mosquito and Vector Control Association and works in cooperation with such agencies and institutions as: other California Mosquito Abatement and Mosquito and Vector Control Districts; the local Health Departments; County Agricultural Commissioner offices; the University of California labs and research departments and the California Department of Health Services.

The primary goal of the District is to conduct field surveillance to facilitate the detection and control of mosquitoes in order to suppress their populations and prevent the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases. The District also provides consultation and assistance for other vectors of public health importance such as; flies, fleas, ticks, and their associated diseases as resources allow.

You can access all their information at this website:

And you can follow on Facebook:

In Sutter County, finding out online where you can vote in-person

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Ballots can be filled out at your precinct, dropped in the mail by end of business today, dropped off at the county at Elections Department, or dropped in this official ballot drop box in front of the Elections Office up until 8 p.m. tomorrow ( 1435 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City).

Not sure where you vote tomorrow? In Sutter County, there’s an app for that.

Type in your address and it will tell you where your voting place is.

The last day to register to vote was 15 days before the election. If you didn’t register to vote in time for tomorrow’s California primary election, you can get registered online right now for the November 6 general election, when the governorship will be decided.

Register here:

For more general information about voting, and specific information about voting in Sutter County, visit the Sutter County Elections page:

In Sutter County, annual cost of smoking estimated at $56 million, including $30 million in direct health care costs


Today is National No Tobacco Day, and the Sutter County Public Health Department is in the midst of a full court press to get the word out about the dangers of smoking and the use of e-cigarette nicotine products.

To mark this day, Sutter County’s new policy designating all County owned, leased, and operated facilities and campuses as Smoke and Tobacco-Free goes into effect. The new policy, approved by the Board of Supervisors on April 10, 2018, will include all enclosed and unenclosed areas, including buildings, grounds, parks, and parking lots.

The Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus policy declares that the use of any tobacco product, or use of any product that mimics smoking or produces smoke be prohibited. This policy applies to all staff, campus visitors, clients, vendors, contractors and volunteers. The policy designation promotes the health and well-being of all Sutter County employees and the community they serve by decreasing risk of secondhand smoke inhalation. Sutter County facilities and campuses will be a place where we can all practice health. “This is a great step forward in providing a healthier place to live and work for Sutter County employees and for the people that they serve,” stated Dr. Lou Anne Cummings, Sutter County Health Officer. You can read the Public Health Department’s entire press release here:

After a front page story ran in the Appeal-Democrat this morning about the exposure of youth to dangerous, flavored tobacco products, staff from the Sutter County Public Health Department appeared on Sacramento TV Channel 10s’s Sac & Company show to issue the same message. Here’s a link to that interview:

Today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Public Health’s Tobacco Education staff were scheduled to be at the Sutter County Library,  750 Forbes Avenue, Yuba City, with Dandy the Smokeless Dragon, and tobacco education games and activities aimed at youth.

While use of tobacco products by adults is growing, Sutter County residents still smoke at a higher rate than the rest of California. In every community, a growing number of children report having tried a flavored tobacco product.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, secondhand smoke is a preventable factor of numerous health problems in infants and children, including asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Some of the health conditions caused by secondhand smoke in adults include coronary heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. According to researchers, the annual cost of smoking in Sutter County is estimated at more than $56 million, more than $30 million of that in direct health care costs.