Recycle up to 20 used car tires for free under local government coupon offer

By Gene Daniels, Photographer (NARA record: 8463941) – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain,

A program that provides Sutter County residents with an opportunity to dispose of used passenger car tires for free is a service of the Yuba-Sutter Regional Waste Management Authority, through a grant provided by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (or CalRecycle), which is a branch of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Each of us can do something to help avert potential problems caused by more than 40 million worn or damaged tires replaced each year in California, not to mention the millions already stockpiled at waste tire facilities or illegally dumped in alleys and by roadsides throughout the state.

Our Legislature recognized the serious environmental safety and health threats posed by improper management of waste tires and passed the California Tire Recycling Act in 1989. This act mandated that CalRecycle oversee and regulate the management of waste tires in the state. To further assure proper waste tire management, the Legislature passed additional legislation in 2000 to augment the California Tire Recycling Act.

It costs $4.65 each to dispose of a tire at either of the Recology transfer stations. But you could dispose of up to 20 tires for free with a phone call to the Regional Waste Management Authority (weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.) at (530) 634-6890. Give them your address and the number of tires you have, and they will mail you a coupon allowing you to take the tires to the transfer station at 3001 North Levee Road off Highway 20 just east of the Marysville City limits, or at the Ponderosa transfer station in Brownsville.

Tires collecting on your property can trap water and provide breeding habitat for disease-carrying mosquitoes. Tire piles can become a fire hazard. Used tires can be recycled into playground equipment or filler for asphalt for roads. They’ve even been used in garden beds as mulch and some “green” buildings are made from recycled tires.

Coupons are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last and they expire 30 days from the date issued. A valid coupon must be presented when the waste tires are delivered to the drop-off location.  Tires do not need to be removed from the rims.

This program is for residential use only, not businesses.

Coupons are available for residents of both Sutter and Yuba counties. The Yuba-Sutter Regional Waste Management Authority is a Joint Power Agency (JPA) created under an agreement between the cities of Live Oak, Marysville, Wheatland and Yuba City, as well as the counties of Sutter and Yuba. There are many successful JPAs in this community, including Yuba-Sutter Transit, the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency, and the Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority. JPAs are good ways for local government agencies to jointly exercise powers in an efficient manner.

For more information about the recycling programs offered through the Yuba-Sutter Regional Waste Management Authority, visit their website at

Board honors Hmong soldiers who fought for the U.S. in secret war

Sutter County Board of Supervisors Chair Jim Whiteaker (left) presented a proclamation declaring September Hmong History Month to Honorable Civil General John Thao and Lt. Col. James Thao. Also in attendance was Major Turuel of the U.S. 24th Army Infantry Division, who said he is proud to have been asked to join the Hmong organization.


A touching moment at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Many people have been watching the PBS documentary on the Vietnam War. Little known was the role of the Hmong in fighting a secret war in Laos on behalf of the United States government from 1960-1975. After the war, many Hmong were relocated to various countries, including the United States, because of ethnic cleansing by the Communists after 1975. The Sutter County Board of Supervisors presented representatives of the Hmong soldiers with a proclamation declaring September Hmong History Month. The proclamation follows:

WHEREAS, the Lao-Hmong, which means “free people,” valiantly supported the Armed Forces of the United States of America and its allies during the Vietnam War, serving in the “Secret Army” funded by the CIA, which included Special Guerilla Units and other Special Forces, to thwart the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese Army in Laos, Cambodia and Thailand from 1960-1975; and

 WHEREAS, the members of this Laotian hill tribe are known for their warrior traditions, loyalty and bravery, evidenced by the guarding of Unites States personnel and Air Force radar installations; gathering critical intelligence on enemy movement and operations; performing rescue missions to save downed United States pilots; and fought in conventional and guerilla combat against overwhelming forces, including several North Vietnamese divisions, to disrupt the flow of troops and supplies along the Ho Chi Minh Trail; and

WHEREAS, a conservative estimate of more than 35,000 brave Lao-Hmong men, women and children lost their lives, more than 50,000 were wounded, and more than 2,500 remain missing in action, which does not include the devastating loss of life in excess of 30,000 when the Lao-Hmong fell victim to retributive ethnic cleansing starting in 1975 and continuing to this day; nor the thousands forced into re-education camps or who perished attempting to cross the Mekong River into Thailand; and

WHEREAS, in addition to the devastation to their homes and way of life, thousands of Lao-Hmong soldiers and their families became a country-less people when they commenced their perilous flight to seek safe refuge in other countries such as Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, New Zealand and the United States—a mass exodus that continues to this day; and

WHEREAS, in 2013 the State Legislature declared September Hmong History month, and the Sutter County Board of Supervisors also recognizes the heroic and significant contributions made to the United States during fighting efforts in Laos and the exemplary way the Lao-Hmong have assimilated into and contributed to our American way of life.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED that the Sutter County Board of Supervisors does hereby proclaim September 2017 as Lao-Hmong History Month in the County of Sutter.

Our IT folks have advice for all about staying secure on social media

Our Information Technology Division, part of our General Services Department, does a great job of protecting the nearly 1,000 county computers from getting hacked or infected with viruses. They handle hundreds of security threats each day.

Here’s some advice they have for everyone who uses social media. It’s worth sharing with your friends and family.


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Real falcon hunting exhibition Sunday behind the County Museum


Here’s something you won’t see every day, and it’s something you should put on your calendar, particularly if you have kids. And it’s perfectly priced–free, as are all programs at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County.

On Sunday, October 1st at 1pm, West Coast Falconry and the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County will present the program Hunting with Falcons. West Coast Falconry will give a talk about the ancient and modern sport of Falconry in the United States. Learn how Falconry is a viable hunting sport that has its own season and bag limits, just like gun and bow hunters. Falconry has a unique role not only in hunting, but in wildlife and habitat preservation. Meet the hawks and falcons traditionally used in hunting today as well as some falconers from the Yuba/Sutter area. Cameras are encouraged, there will be a flight demonstration as well.

This program will be held in Howard Harter Memorial Park, which is located directly behind the Museum. Please use the parking lot in front of the Museum.

This talk relates directly to the current temporary exhibit at the Community Memorial Museum, which will be open for viewing before, during and following the program. The exhibit, The History of Hunting in Yuba-Sutter, is our fifth annual art/history exhibit, and includes work by local and regional artists. Included artists are Paul Boehmke, Max Komissarchik, Luisa Leger, Patris, and Don Payne. Also included is local taxidermy by Greg Murphy, historic photos from the Museum’s collection, antique duck decoys on loan from Al Montna, and other historic items related to hunting in the area.

The History of Hunting in Yuba-Sutter will be on display at the Museum through November 5th. The art is available for purchase during the exhibit, with some of the proceeds benefiting the Museum.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Tuesday-Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm-4pm. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at 530.822.7141 or visit us at



Big machines and aerial views: the emergency work on the Yuba City levee on track

There’s great news on the levee repair front. The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency has been operating three different “headings” to speed completion of the emergency repair project at Yuba City before there is any threat from high water this winter. The excavation of the levee and the application of slurry is nearly complete. There will be a 21-day drying period before the top of the levee will be reconstructed. This is critical work and once again the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency is to be commended.

The video above was created by Yuba City Councilman and Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency Board Member John Buckland. The drone footage provides tremendous perspective.

The Appeal-Democrat this morning provided additional details about the project:

And for more information about SBFCA and all of the levee repair work it has completed since its formation in 2007, visit:

Family Soup, helping families with children with special needs

Family Soup Cynthia Martinez article as a new board memberA recent article in the newsletter for Family SOUP, a local organization that works with families with children with special needs, is an example of how a supportive community works. The article highlighted a new board member, Sutter County employee Cynthia Martinez, who is a Resource Specialist at Sutter Yuba Behavioral Health Services.

Martinez said her brother and her family have received support from Family SOUP for several years, and she is so impressed with their positive impact on her family she has chosen to give back. That’s why she’s taking time out of an already busy life to serve on the Board of Directors of the organization. Great job, Cynthia.

Family SOUP is dedicated to supporting, encouraging and providing information and facilitated referral to help families with children with special needs navigate complex service systems. They offer a variety of programs for parents/caregivers and children. They believe in the power of parent to parent support and the role of parents as their child’s best advocate.

The Family SOUP mission is to empower families of children with special needs through support and education to reach their full potential as members of the community.

You can get more information at their website:

91 countries, 40 states: where Sutter County’s agricultural products are shipped


In Sutter County, you can see much of the main industry in action. It’s not hidden behind manufacturing walls, it’s in plain sight, under the sun. You can see it from the window of your home or the window of your car. You can smell it in the evening as products ripen on the tree or the vine.

Today, Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner Lisa Herbert is releasing the 2016 Crop and Livestock Report. (You can view it here:

While 2016 was a down year, led primarily by a devastating 54 percent loss of production in prunes, the report highlights the significance of the total value of agricultural production in Sutter County: $514 million.

Rice remained the number one agricultural product in Sutter County in 2016. There was a significant increase in rice production due to access to more water in 2016, and total rice production was valued at $127 million. In second place, higher acreage and yields led to a 53 percent increase in the value of walnuts, which was $119 million. Peaches, nursery products, tomatoes, and almonds took up the third through sixth positions.

Which brings us back to prunes. Significant rainfall, high winds and low temperatures in March devastated the Sutter County prune crop, and it fell from third place to seventh in the crop production report. Prunes remain a strong Sutter County product, however. We are reminded in an article in the crop report on the founding of the Sunsweet growers co-op in 1917 that the first prune tree was planted in California in 1850.

One of the highlights of the crop report each year is the page listing the number of countries (91) and the number of American states (40) to which Sutter County agricultural products are shipped.