Sutter, Yuba Ag Commissioners team with Farm Bureau to host pesticide spray education program

Sutter County Fire personnel demonstrated a Pesticide Incident Triage tent at the annual Spray Safe training hosted by the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau in cooperation with the Sutter County and Yuba County Agricultural Departments in Yuba City on Wednesday. Approximately 180 people attended the event at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds.

The Sutter County Agricultural Department joined hands with the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau and the Yuba County Agricultural Department to host the annual Spray Safe pesticide training in Yuba City on Wednesday.

Approximately 180 people, including 50 primarily Spanish speaking individuals, participated in the training.

According to Sutter County Ag Commissioner Lisa Herbert, said the program is conducted across the state to bring awareness about safe and effective use of pesticides on crops. Brian Leahy, Director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulations, was the keynote speaker.

Topics included pesticide safety, safety around schools, saving money and time while reducing spray drift, preserving water safety, worker safety, heat illness, and orchard spray drift management,



Sutter, Yuba counties combined make up Yuba City metro market ranked 7th for best economic performance among U.S. small cities

yubacityIt was exciting news late last week as we first learned that the Yuba City “metro area” was being ranked 7th among the nation’s small cities for economic development performance in the Milken Institute’s annual report on Best Performing Cities U.S. Index.

It is an honor not just for Yuba City, the largest incorporated city in the Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area, or “metro area,” but for the entire region comprised of Sutter County and Yuba County. It is a recognition that our region is situated for economic expansion.

The Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities (BPC) U.S. index provides a way to measure which American metros offer the greatest opportunities for prosperity and innovation across the nation. The BPC index measures metropolitan areas’ economic performance using outcomes-based metrics such as job creation, wage gains, and technology developments to evaluate the metros’ relative growth. Their latest rankings can be found here:

For the report, the Milken Institute examined Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs), a designation determined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and used by the Census Bureau and other federal government agencies for statistical purposes. A metropolitan area, sometimes referred to as a metro area, greater area, commuter belt or conurbation, is a region consisting of a densely populated urban core and its less-populated surrounding territories, sharing industry, infrastructure, and housing.

Sutter and Yuba counties were designated an SMSA after the 1980 U.S. Census determined there were more than 100,000 people living in the two counties. The SMSA was named Yuba City because it was the largest incorporated city in the two counties. The SMSA includes all of the incorporated cities of Yuba City, Live Oak, Marysville, and Wheatland, and all of the unincorporated areas of Sutter and Yuba counties.

The ranking was based in part on the number of high tech industries in the two counties, and the high rate of job growth over the past year.



In Sutter County, Tattooed & Tenacious is a history exhibit at the museum


Tattooed And Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History, is the latest exhibit at Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County.

The exhibit officially runs from January 13 through March 11, but you can get a sneak peek and meet some tattoo artists during a reception at the museum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. You can even leave a picture of your own artwork to be part of the exhibit.

The exhibit is a traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy in partnership with the Hayward Area Historical Society and History San Jose. The exhibit also features Yuba-Sutter area tattoo artists from To the Grave Tattoo, Heart n Soul, Righteous Ink, and Artistic Temple Social Club.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The phone number is 530-822-7141. The website is



Sutter County roads closed to flooding are listed online


Sutter County’s Road Maintenance Division has been extra busy in the last 48 hours dealing with flooded roads and debris in culverts that is hindering drainage.

South Sutter County in the Pleasant Grove area is susceptible to flooding due to runoff carried by several creeks that begin in Placer County to the east. As of Wednesday morning, portions of five roads (Fifield, Keys, Brewer, Placer, and Pleasant Grove roads) in the Pleasant Grove area were closed due to flooding.

If you encounter a flooded road, turn around. It does not take much water to float a car off a roadway into a ditch, and about half of drownings occur in vehicles.

You can get road closure updates from the Road Maintenance Division on the Sutter County website ( Here’s the direct link:

Sutter County jackets presented by members of American Legion Post 705 of Yuba City

In new jackets with the Sutter County logo, an American flag patch, and with “Sutter County” emblazoned across the back, the five Sutter County Supervisors participated in Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Fifth Street Bridge Replacement Project. The jackets were presented to Board members and County Department Heads in a ceremony involving military veterans belonging to American Legion Post 705 of Yuba City in a ceremony at the Board meeting on January 2.

When Sutter County’s Board of Supervisors participated in Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Fifth Street Bridge Replacement Project, their bright red jackets with a Sutter County logo, an American flag patch, and “Sutter County” emblazoned on the back drew a lot of attention and a few remarks.

“I want one of those Sutter County jackets,” said Assemblyman and former Sutter County Supervisor James Gallagher when he stepped to microphone to talk about the groundbreaking.

The jackets were presented to Board members and County Department heads on January 2, at the request of outgoing Board Chair Jim Whiteaker, as an acknowledgement of the many hours department heads worked during the February emergency situation during his recent term as Board Chair, and for their daily efforts to improve Sutter County.

American Legion Post 705 Commander Scott Hanson, who served in the United States Marine Corps,  presented a jacket to Sutter County Assessor Todd Retzloff.


Making the presentation special was the participation of military veterans from American Legion Post 705 of Yuba City, who took turns presenting jackets to the department heads. Supervisor Whiteaker said he appreciated the participation of the members of American Legion Post 705.

Mark Carlson, who served with the California National Guard, presented a jacket to Agricultural Commissioner Lisa Herbert.


“Veterans know the importance of service. Service to their community. Service to their country,” Whiteaker said.

County Administrator Scott Mitnick received his jacket from Steven Jordan, who served in the U.S. Navy.


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Department heads and the Board of Supervisors with new Sutter County severe weather jackets.


You can see the entire ceremony by viewing the Board meeting at this link:

In Sutter County, a new(er) connection to the other side of the Feather River

Artist’s rendering of new Fifth Street Bridge

A long-awaited moment is at hand. Local government officials, state and federal representatives, and interested parties gathered under a canopy in a steady rain at Beckwourth Riverfront Park in Marysville on Monday to kick off construction of a new bridge across the Feather River between Yuba and Sutter counties.

The groundbreaking was hosted by the City of Yuba City, which is administering a $70 million construction contract to build a four-lane replacement for the existing two-lane Fifth Street Bridge, which has been declared obsolete. Yuba City’s Public Works Department received high praise from all parties for bringing the project to fruition.

The new bridge will be built just north of the existing bridge, and will tie into the existing bridge entrances on each side of the river.

Yuba City is administering a $70 million construction project on behalf of the cities of Marysville and Yuba City, and the counties of Sutter and Yuba. Yuba City hosted the Groundbreaking Ceremony at Marysville’s Beckwourth Riverfront Park on a rainy Monday morning.

Representatives of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments were also in attendance. SACOG played a key role in finding funding for the bridge.

Board Chairman Dan Flores represented Sutter County at the groundbreaking. He said the bridge is a result of collaboration between the cities and counties. Additional collaboration, he said, will lead to more public works projects.

Rideout Health Chief Executive Officer Gino Patricio said the new bridge will save lives because it will reduce the time to get patients from Sutter County to the region’s only Emergency Department at Rideout Regional Medical Center.

This photo, according to the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County, is of a bridge constructed in 1861 across the Feather River. Sutter County built a bridge across the Feather River in 1861 that withstood the great flood of 1861-62 and stood for several decades, while a private competitor’s bridge washed away in the flood just weeks after being completed.

Yuba City Councilman John Buckland gave a good historical overview. He pointed out the first bridge across Feather River was built in 1853. It finally collapsed in summer of 1861. He said “Sutter County placed a toll on the bridge” that replaced it, and he left the matter at that.

Left unsaid is that Sutter County built the replacement bridge at a cost of $37,000, after acquiring State Legislation to proceed, and after winning a lawsuit by a private bridge company claiming it was unconstitutional for the County to build a bridge and charge a toll. The bridge was paid off in 1871, and the County dropped the toll as soon as the debt was settled.

Sutter County’s bridge was well-built. A private company tried to compete by hastily erecting a bridge 500 feet from the one the County was building, but within weeks the great flood of 1861-62 took out the competitor’s bridge. Sutter County’s bridge stood for several decades.

The existing bridge opened in 1958, after the previous bridge was washed away in the 1955 flood.

Supervisors (from left) Mat Conant, Jim Whiteaker, Dan Flores, Ron Sullenger, and Larry Munger turn soil during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Fifth Street Bridge Replacement Project.

Sutter County interested in Independent Forensic Team’s final report on the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident

Sutter County Supervisors Larry Munger (left) and Mat Conant (center) took a tour of the dam repairs in October.

The Independent Forensic Team’s final report on the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident was released today. We have not had a chance to review the entire report, but everyone who lives below the dam has an interest in the findings. Here is the link so you can read it for yourself and share with friends and family.