Sutter County Public Health takes part in emergency exercise

Sutter County Public Health Officer Dr. Lou Ann Cummings and Sutter County Public Health Epidemiologist Robert Herrick discuss the procedures for filling a request for resources as part of a statewide Public Health Emergency Exercise this morning.  

Sutter County Public Health staff participated this morning in a statewide Public Health Emergency Exercise by establishing a Department Operations Center in support of the response to a “terrorist scenario” involving Rideout Regional Medical Center.

In Public Health emergencies, Public Health staff will coordinate the identifying, gathering and disbursement of resources needed to address the emergency, as well as issue Public Health notices and other information to the general public through press releases and Social Media.

If Rideout Regional Medical Center were impacted by a disaster–whether it occurred at the hospital or the hospital were over-run with trauma patients–and could not treat all trauma patients, Sutter County Public Health would help identify other medical facilities that could treat trauma patients during the emergency. Other resource needs might be hospital beds, tents, nurses, ambulances, etc.

The California Department of Public Health conducts annual emergency exercises, and local scenarios are developed to keep the training realistic.


Sutter County’s Punjabi-American museum display to be featured on CNN’s ‘United Shades of America’

Mr. Kamau Bell interviews Valarie Kaur in front of the Punjabi-American permanent exhibit at Sutter County’s library November 5. The filming is for Mr. Bell’s CNN show, “United Shades of America.”

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is gearing up for its annual fundraiser, Trees and Traditions on Saturday, December 2, from 5 8 p.m., but they’ve been awfully busy as the holiday season approaches.

Reflecting the important role the museum plays in our region,  on Saturday, the Community Memorial Museum hosted the Yuba-Sutter Arts display of photographs of area veterans. The display will remain up now through November 26.


The display of large pictures of area military veterans will remain at the Community Memorial Museum through November 26.

On the previous weekend, the museum hosted a television crew, and comedian and political provocateur Kamau Bell, host of the CNN show “United Shades of America.”


Mr. Bell  explores communities across America to understand the unique challenges they face. He interviewed Valarie Kaur, a Sikh woman born and raised in Sutter County, while sitting in front of the permanent Punjabi-American museum exhibit.

The episode will air during season 3 of Mr. Bell’s show, which begins sometime in the spring.

You can buy tickets for Trees and Traditions at the museum for $45 per person. Hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be provided by Hillcrest Catering, wine from Sicilia Vineyards, coffee from Clark Avenue Coffee, and music will be provided by a fantastic jazz singer, Jonathan Karrant.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at 530-822-7141 or visit

Sutter County’s museum to host reception Saturday for remarkable Portraits of Veterans exhibit of local veterans

portraitsThe Community Memorial Museum will host a reception on Veteran’s Day (this Saturday, November 11) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to open the Yuba-Sutter Arts Portraits of Veterans exhibit.

During the past several weeks, professional photographers have been making photographic portraits of Veterans from all over the region. The project was open to all U.S. Military Veterans and more than 300 Veterans from all branches of the service and representing hundreds of years of military service volunteered for the project

Each large format print is black and white and 20”x30” overall. There will also be additional prints displayed of Veterans with family members including spouses, children and grandchildren. The impact of a gallery full of these remarkable images will be breathtaking.

In addition to the Community Memorial Museum, additional Portraits of Veterans Photo Gallery locations include:

  • Sutter County Library
  • Yuba County Library
  • Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce in Marysville
  • Yuba College
  • Wheatland High School
  • Broadway Lounge in Live Oak

For additional information, visit the Yuba-Sutter Arts website at


Sheriff Paul Parker, who began his career as a cadet, announces he won’t seek another term


Sheriff Paul Parker conducts a briefing in the Emergency Operations Center during the winter storms of 2017. Sheriff Parker has announced he will not seek re-election in 2018.
sheriff J. Paul Parker
Sheriff Paul Parker

Sheriff Paul Parker, who dreamed at a young age of becoming a law enforcement officer, and who started his career in the Sutter County Sheriff’s Department Cadet Program, has announced he will not seek re-election in 2018. Sheriff is one of six elected department head positions in the County. The others are Treasurer/Tax Collector, Auditor/Controller, Clerk/Recorder, District Attorney, and Assessor. All other department heads are appointed by the elected Board of Supervisors.

We look forward to working with the sheriff in his final year.

Below is the text of the Sheriff’s press release announcing his decision.

Sutter County Sheriff J. Paul Parker announces Retirement

YUBA CITY–In a much anticipated announcement, Sheriff Paul Parker announced that he would not run for re-election, but instead would retire at the end of the current term.

“I vividly recall my excitement back in 1972, when I received the notice I had been accepted into the Cadet Program. That’s when my dream of becoming a law enforcement officer was off and running,” stated Sheriff Parker. “Today, I still feel the same pride and commitment to our community, and the Department.  But after nearly 10 years as Sheriff, it is time for me to hand over the reins.”

Parker began as a Sheriff’s Patrol Cadet at the old Jail next to the Courthouse on 2nd and C Streets in 1972.  He moved up to communications and worked for a year in the photo lab for the Detective’s Division.  Parker paid his own way through the police academy, after graduating, was hired as a patrol officer for the Live Oak Police Department in 1976.

He returned to the Sheriff’s Department in 1980 as a patrol deputy.  Parker moved quickly up the ranks to Corporal in 1985, Patrol Sergeant in 1989, and served eight years as a Detective Sergeant.  He was promoted Captain in 1999, commanding the Jail Division before taking command of the Patrol Division in 2003 and was promoted to Undersheriff in 2006.

In April 2008, Paul Parker was appointed Sutter County Sheriff-Coroner after the retirement of Sheriff Jim Denney.  He was overwhelmingly re-elected Sheriff in 2010 and 2014.

During that time, Parker has served as an instructor at Yuba Community College, as well as teaching courses on jail security and domestic violence at both the Police and the Jail Academies.  Parker is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.  He has been honored as Officer of the Year by the Marysville Exchange Club and Officer of the Year by the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office.

“I must thank my family for enduring all the night shifts; the Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthday and other celebrations that all cops know they are going to miss with their families. My family has always been my rock and my anchor.” said Parker.

“I also want to thank my second family – the members of the Sheriff’s Department, who over the years could be counted on no matter the challenge. Many are still doing the job, some are retired, but still around – and some are gone but, never forgotten.”

Parker concluded: “It’s been a great honor and a distinct privilege to serve the citizens of Sutter County over these past 45 years. They have gone by in a flash…  Thank you.”

Sheriff Parker is a lifelong resident of the Yuba/Sutter area and lives in Yuba City with his wife Kate. Sheriff Parker has two daughters, (Jacqueline and Samantha) a son (Jacob) and six grandchildren (Abby, Christian, Kyler, Saxon, Jackson, and Georgia Grace).   

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One of Northern California’s largest parties, the Sikh Parade returns to Sutter County this weekend

Sierra College students captured this image from the 2016 Sikh Parade.

It’s the biggest party of the year in the mid-Valley when the Sikh Parade is conducted in Sutter County on the first Sunday of November. The parade has been conducted for almost four full decades, and is a weekend-long celebration of the culture and religion of the Sikhs, primarily from the Punjab region of India, but who come from all parts of the world for this annual celebration.

Sierra College students captured this image from the 2016 Sikh Parade.

The parade is only one part of a two-day, three night festival that begins Friday night with fireworks and the reading of the Sikh holy book at the gurdwara on Tierra Buena Avenue in west Yuba City. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the temple, and goes for 4.5 miles through Yuba City. It is expected to draw as many as 80,000 people, the majority from outside the area. Area motels are booked solid months in advance of the event.

For a schedule of activities, see this Appeal-Democrat article:

We would also encourage folks to visit the permanent exhibit about Sikhs in America at the Community Memorial Museum, at 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

During the evacuation of Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties in February, Sikh temples in many parts of Northern California opened their doors and became a shelter for refugees. The Sikh religion is known for its kindness to those in need, no matter their backgrounds.


The permanent exhibit at the Community Memorial Museum at 1333 Butte House Road will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Who are the homeless in Sutter County? Here are the answers…

Who are the homeless in Sutter County? The Sutter County Public Health Department has some of the answers, based on surveys and other outreach they have been conducting for the past year.

On October 24, Epidemiologist Robert Herrick and Homeless Project Specialist Ymelda Mendoza-Flores made a presentation to the Board of Supervisors. Their presentation was part of a broader presentation on the background, legal ramifications, and recommendations on how to manage the homeless situation in Sutter County. It stands alone for the value of the information, so we’ve culled it from the Board of Supervisors video and posted it to YouTube so you can view and share. You can click on the YouTube video above to watch the presentation.

The issue of homelessness and strategies for identifying a location for a homeless shelter are expected to be on the November 7 Board of Supervisors agenda. The Board meets at 3 p.m. at the Hall of Records at Second and B streets, Yuba City.

DWR & FEMA helped residents prepare for flood season at Sutter County event; how to get emergency text alerts

Our thanks to the California Department of Water Resources for participating in the Sutter County Flood Aware, Flood Prepare Fair on Wednesday, October 25, as part of the California Flood Preparedness Week.

Our thanks to the folks at the California Department of Water Resources and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for participating in the Flood Aware Flood Prepare Fair yesterday at Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Yuba City, an event conducted during the California Flood Preparation Week.

DWR made a significant investment in bringing a display about their work on the spillways at Oroville Dam and a working model of a flood plain that helps people understand the impact of too much water all at once. And FEMA sent a representative to help people understand the National Flood Insurance Program.

We also want to thank our partners in the community who participated in the event. The Yuba City Fire Department had information on evacuation routes, a guide to being prepared for all sorts of emergencies, and how to sign up for their emergency alert system: Rapid Notify.

The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency provided an update on the emergency levee work at Yuba City, which will wrap up in about two weeks, and the UC Davis Ag Extension program had a display about how last winter’s erosion on the Feather River impacted farmlands along the river.

Our Office of Emergency Management coordinated the fair and provided assistance to fair goers in signing up for emergency alerts from the Sutter County Operational Area by texting their zip code to 888-777. About 27,000 people in Sutter County are signed up to receive such alerts. Try it, it’s easy. And you can add as many zip codes as you like.

Yuba City Fire Department’s Bill Fuller provided information on evacuation routes, emergency preparedness, and signing up for the City’s Rapid Notify emergency alert system.
The Sutter County Office of Emergency Management helped residents sign up for emergency alerts from the Sutter County Operational Area by texting your zip code to 888-777.