Motorists can expect significant travel delays this weekend on State Highway 70 south of Oroville for roadway construction work.

A contractor will be conducting reversing one-way traffic control around the clock at the intersection of Palermo Road/Welsh Road and Highway 70 starting at 10 p.m. Friday, July 12 and continuing through 5 a.m. Monday, July 15. Flaggers will be stationed on both sides of the intersection directing traffic through the work zone. Motorists can expect delays of up to one hour

In addition, local residents will find Welsh Road and Palermo Road closed intermittently at Highway 70 throughout the weekend.

Caltrans advises motorists to use alternate routes such as Highway 99 to avoid the heavy traffic congestion in the area.

The work is part of a safety project to widen Highway 70 between Ophir Road and Palermo.


19 173 Highway 70 at Palermo work area map

The Board of Education of Yuba County (“Board”) intends, at its meeting on July 10, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard at the Yuba County Office of Education, 935 14th Street, Marysville, California 95901, to appoint a legally qualified person to serve on the Board beginning on August 14, 2019 to serve through November 2020 (“Vacant Office”).
Candidates to be considered:
1. Alisan Hastey
Candidates will be interviewed at the July 10, 2019 meeting, and the Board will accept public comment either in writing or at the meeting.
Questions or need further assistance?
Please call Halee Pomeroy at 530-749-4853
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Westwood Trail, Oregon House

Just before 8:00 a.m. on 7/8/19, the YCSO Marijuana Enforcement Team (METYU) with the assistance of
Yuba County Code Enforcement officers executed a search warrant in the 9100 block of Westwood Trail
in Oregon House. During the search, Deputies located and eradicated 2,423 marijuana plants and 140 lbs.
of processed marijuana from a large outdoor grow as well as a residence and garage converted to indoor
grow facilities at the property.


Two male adults ran from the property as officers arrived to serve the search warrant. One of the suspects
was found by deputies a short time later on Rices Crossing Road in Oregon House and taken into custody.
He was identified as 56-year-old Chung Chan of Texas. Chan was booked into the Yuba County Jail on
charges of 11358 H&S/Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana, 11359 H&S/Possession of Marijuana for sale,
11366 H&S/Maintaining a Residence for Drug Sales, and 148(a)PC/Resisting Arrest/Obstruction.


Dixon Hill Rd, Dobbins


At approximately 8:00 a.m. on 7/5/19, the YCSO Marijuana Enforcement Team (METYU) with the assistance of Yuba County Code Enforcement officers executed a search warrant in the 13000 block of Dixon Hill Rd in Dobbins. During the search, Deputies located and eradicated approximately 1,224 marijuana plants at an outdoor grow in an unpermitted temporary greenhouse structure. No suspects were located at the site during the search.

Deputies conducted an approximate one-month long investigation of the site which investigators first became aware of following a fire at a related grow in Forbestown in May, 2019. The Dixon Hill Rd grow location was then confirmed by overflights of the area.


Yuba City, Ca.


 tea party Scott Bennett 1The new Feather River Tea Party Patriots announced Scott Bennett, U.S. Army Special Operations Officer and Psychological Warfare analyst, will be the Special Guest Speaker for their next meeting, Monday, July 15, 2019.

In 2011, 2LT Scott Bennett, U.S. Army Special Operations Officer and Psychological Warfare analyst, worked in the highest levels of counterterrorism, intelligence, and politics in Washington DC.   He had been awarded a Direct Military Commission by the President of the United States and was a leading writer and thinker at the State Department Counterterrorism Office, U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the George W. Bush Administration.

After discovering and exposing massive corruption within the Obama White House and military contractors, he was unlawfully imprisoned on trumped up charges by the Obama Administration.  Why?  In performance of his sworn military officer's oath, Bennett had filed intelligence analysis reports exposing illegal terrorist finance corruption and money-laundering operations involving the Clinton Foundation, the law firm Covington and Burling, the Department of Justice (Eric Holder, Lanny Breuer, Loretta Lynch, Kevin Downing), Saudi Arabia-Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood, US Central Command, and the international defense contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton.  

Lt Bennett was threatened, then imprisoned and tortured in a horrifying "Kafkaesque" sojourn; but with a renewed spiritual strength, and an unyielding tenacity and determination, Bennett eventually fought his way out and exposed the "domestic enemies" who had subverted the U.S. Constitution and betrayed the American people.  It was in the traumatic silence of jail and agony of isolation that Lt Scott Bennett was able to synthesize his past work, contacts, experience and intelligence research to discover the real story behind Booz Allen Hamilton, the Carlyle Group, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and give the American people the truth they always suspected, but could never find.  Now they can.  

The compilation of reports and letters to Congress, and synthesized intelligence materials (unclassified) is told in his book "SHELL GAME."  Autographed copies will be available at the meeting.  Contact info available at:  www.shellgamewhistleblower.com.  Recently, Scott Bennett has been a frequent visitor to the White House and various trips to the middle east, including Iran.

Don’t forget – Our regular feature In The News with Paul Preston, Agenda 21 Radio, will follow our Special Guest Speaker.  Paul will be discussing events of the day.

There is no membership requirement to attend and everyone is welcome.  Doors open at 6:00 pm; meeting begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Come early to register, socialize with like-minded patriots, and get a good seat.

The meeting will be Monday, July 15, 2019, at the Crossroads Community Church, 445 B Street, Yuba City, CA 95991.

Contact Larry or Carla at (530) 755-4409

The Rooster Tails Fishing Club monthly breakfast will be held at the Auburn Elks Lodge at 195 Pine Street in Auburn on Friday, July 19th.  This free event is open to club members, spouses, and non-member guests.  Doors to the Lodge open at 7:00 a.m. to share fresh brewed coffee.  A fantastic $15 wide-selection buffet breakfast is served at 8:00 am, followed at 9:00 am with special guest speaker, Pro Fishing Guide James Netzel, Tightlines Guide Service, giving a special presentation on his tactics for fishing Stampede Reservoir Kokanee. This will be an informative presentation you don’t want to miss!


fishingJames has been fishing since he was able to hold a fishing rod and guiding since 2012.  He specializes in Kokanee, King Salmon, Stripers, Trout, Land Locked King Salmon, and Mackinaw on waters including Stampede Reservoir, Folsom Lake, Sacramento River, Oroville Lake, Donner Lake, Lake Tahoe, and the Delta. His goal is to allow his clients to sit back, relax, and enjoy themselves while he does whatever it takes to help create an enjoyable memory that will last a lifetime.  He provides all the top quality equipment on his comfortable 23’ Rogue Chinook guide boat equipped with the latest electronics, new rods/reels and species-specific tackle.



James is proud to hold something that is very important to remember and honor our veterans for the sacrifices they made for us. If you see James’ boat on the water flying an American flag, that means he has a veterans on board. Be sure to stop-by and say, “Thank you for your service,” to the veterans.  James is an active supporter of Purple Heart Anglers, a non-profit organization founded in 2009 to help aid in the healing of disabled veterans through fishing and hunting trips.  James provides a $50 discount to any military veteran for a guided fishing trip.

Find out more about Captain Fishin’ James by visiting www.fishtightlines.com.

The 30 year old, 200+ members Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. is a non-profit organization that meets the third Friday of each month to educate, entertain, and enhance fishing experience.  Unlike many bass and fly fishing clubs that concentrate on very specific types of fishing, the Rooster Tails Fishing Club provides a balanced mix of fishing techniques presented by fishing experts targeting a variety of fish species on multiple types of waters. For


By Boots Johnson


There were many people who took advantage of the free fishing day last Saturday with some trying their luck for the first time. It is hoped that the free days will give some folks a chance to see how enjoyable fishing really is and take up the sport full time.

Up Portola Way Lake Davis received a nice trout plant last week which should bring smiles to those who give this reservoir a try. Speaking of this Dam, I can recall fishing both big and little Grizzly creeks before the valley was flooded. My friend Bill Baggett and I spent many a morning fishing for the rainbow trout in these streams. Deer were abundant here and it was not unusual to spot a small herd of deer crossing the streams. The trout were always cooperative, feisty and excellent table fare with none over 13 inches.

Lake Oroville is putting out some nice landlocked king salmon at this time. Best bet is to fish near the green bridge (as usual).

Little Grass Valley Reservoir near La Porte is the place to go for brown trout, with some fish in the three to five pound range. This reservoir received a trout plant a week or so ago and we wonder if the smaller rainbows are responsible for the good brown bite at this time.

Fishing has picked up at Jackson Meadows Reservoir. The lake is full at this time and the trout are active and available.

Stampede Reservoir is a hot spot for kokanee salmon. Limits are a sure thing and it is recommended to fish the west side of the lake.

We are told that Collins Lake has gone to summer mode at this time. Trout will be found in the deeper parts of the lake mostly by lead line and downriggers.


Lake Tahoe fishing is still good for mackinaw lake trout with kokanee also available for those who fish for them. Rainbow trout are also being taken occasionally.

Closing thought: “The best gift you can give to others may be your time.”

Agencies report progress on voluntary river agreements

Voluntary agreements to improve fish habitat in Central Valley rivers have made "substantial progress," according to state agencies. The agreements have been offered as an alternative to a state plan to redirect river flows. Leaders of the state environmental and natural-resources agencies say final evaluation of the agreements could come by October. The agreements would include targeted river flows, plus other projects to enhance fish habitat.

Analysis may help predict Sierra tree die-offs

From what they learned studying the impact of the recent, multiyear drought, researchers say they can now predict where future droughts will hit Sierra Nevada forests the hardest. Two professors at the University of California, Merced, say parts of the Sierra reached a tipping point in 2015, when a combination of drought and dry soil caused trees to die in large numbers. They say their analysis of the past drought will help diagnose and forecast future forest die-offs.  


Sensors could help ranchers locate cattle

Using a high-tech tracking system, students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo hope one day to help cattle ranchers keep track of their herds. The students designed sensors that could allow ranchers to find cattle that separate from the herd. The sensors would be worn on a collar to monitor an animal's location and temperature. The students plan to begin testing the system with cattle, and want to use similar technology to benefit other aspects of ranching.


Survey shows little price change for cookout foods

Retail prices remain virtually unchanged for traditional Independence Day cookout foods, according to an annual survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The survey showed prices for a summer cookout to serve 10 people averaged $52.80, up less than 1 percent from a year ago. Volunteer shoppers across the country checked prices on foods including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, potato salad, lemonade and watermelon.

Grass Valley, Ca.


The Historic Downtown Grass Valley Thursday Night Market is once again offering its FREE Summer Concert Series featuring nationally acclaimed local and regional musicians performing on the Main Street Festival Stage. Between the street vendors, local shops, restaurants and entertainment, you’re sure to find something for everyone. So bring the whole family and enjoy a truly spectacular event!

Music, art, farmers, entertainment and local food will be featured on the streets of downtown Grass Valley Thursday nights:  The free event takes place on Thursdays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm June 27th, July 11th, 18th, 25th, and August 1st.

Grass Valley Thursday Night Market will feature a beer and wine garden with beverages from local wineries and entertainment.  Beer and wine entertainment stage will feature a different full band every week.

Several local businesses will extend their offerings out in front of their store front to enjoy their food while taking in the community gathering.

Visit www.downtowngrassvalley.com for details or call the office at 530-272-8315



Knights of Columbus #2145 Blood Drive

Sunday, July 7

9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Located in the Old Parish Hall

335 Oak Street, Colusa

Participants receive a Fandango movie voucher!

Maxwell Community Blood Drive

Tuesday, July 16

3 – 6 p.m.

Located at the Maxwell Fire Station

231 Oak Street, Maxwell

As a thank you, receive a Blood Donor Hat for 200 Rewards!




Cambridge Junior College

Friday, July 19

1 – 4 p.m.

Located on the bloodmobile

990-A Klamath Lane, Yuba City

As a thank you, receive a $5 Starbucks card.


Calvary Christian Center

Saturday, July 27

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Located in the Fellowship Hall

2620 Colusa Highway, Yuba City

As a thank you, receive a $5 Starbucks card!



Beale Air Force Base Blood Drive

Wednesday, July 31

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Located in the Bloodmobiles

BX Parking Lot

17600 25th Street, Bldg 2434, Beale AFB

As a thank you, receive a $5 Starbucks card!

            Stone Soup is in its third year now and the lunch crowd is growing. Every Thursday lunch is served at noon: homemade soups, salads, bread and dessert for a donation of $3.00. Of course, other donations are appreciated as this program helps support the community center itself. Now there are workshops being offered each first and third Thursday after lunch. On July 18 there will be a person from Legal Aid discussing trusts and reverse mortgages. Good information for all of us.

            The Brownsville Farmer's Market is doing well. They had live music last weekend and plan to have more on the first Saturday of each month. They are hoping to start a Bingo game each Saturday, too. Activities are planned for kids, there is a great hot lunch, and vendors with interesting items. Now that summer is upon us, more produce will be coming in so come join the fun.

            Yeah! Gold Eagle Market rebuild has started. It’s going to be great to watch the building take shape. Also, the cell tower must be getting close to being completed. The construction workers haven’t been out on Willow Glen. Frenchtown Road, Oregon Hill, and Frenchtown Dobbins all got a nice new repave. Things have been hoppin’ in Brownsville and beyond.

            Thank you to the Foothill Volunteer Firefighters Association for the spectacular Independence Day Celebration. The BBQ, raffle, Kids Muster and fireworks made the day extra special. Thank you also to all those donated time, raffle prizes and fireworks.

            The Brownsville Mercantile is under new management and they have added some nice changes. Fresh cut flowers are available for order, you can get cold beverages, frozen quiche, ice cream bars, and snacks. There is still a room or two that are being reorganized and renewed, but they are open for business so stop in, say hello and peruse each of the nine rooms. You’re sure to find a treasure.

            Oops! In our last column we mentioned that Loretta will be at Books & More with her fabulous soups starting on Saturday, July 6. But what we failed to mention was that she will be there the first Saturday of each month, starting on July 6. Loretta’s soup is not to be missed.

            Don't forget the classic car rally at the Chestnut Grove this Saturday. Come help support Autism Speaks and have a great day. There is a good raffle, food and some beautiful cars to look at.

            Look Back in Time – In 1910 A. H. Ermatinger took a load of lumber to Honcot and hauled a load of hay for Ruff & Ermatinger's logging camp at Scales (hauling stuff up and down the hill just like today).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.    Christine and Yvonne

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Multiple Regulations and Bans took effect on July 1st


Only July 1st, 2019 the State of California will prohibit lead ammunition for hunting, establish new identification requirements to purchase ammunition and/or firearms and implement “phase 2” of Proposition 63 (new ammunition requirements).
What you need to know:
Traditional Ammo Ban for Hunting
Beginning on July 1st, California will become the first state in the nation to require nonlead, or alternative, ammunition for all firearms-related hunting. Alternative ammunition has been required for waterfowl hunting nationwide since 1991.
California’s phase-in of alternative ammunition for hunting originated with state legislation signed into law in 2013. In 2015, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted regulations to phase in the requirement over time with full implementation July 1, 2019. 
The alternative ammo requirement includes hunting on public land, private property and licensed game bird clubs, and applies to rifles, shotguns, pistols and muzzleloaders in any gauge or caliber for the take of any legal species. The alternative ammo requirement extends to the legal take of nongame birds and mammals and includes firearms used for depredation to take species causing property damage.
The requirement does not apply to hunting with pellet rifles. Since pellet rifles are not classified as firearms, the use of traditional pellets is allowed. Traditional ammunition is allowed for target shooting where that activity is permitted.
The first California hunting seasons impacted by the traditional ammunition ban include the general rabbit season, which opens statewide July 1, and the A Zone general deer season, which opens Aug. 10 along much of the California coast.
For more information, visit CDFW’s Nonlead Ammunition in California webpage at www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/nonlead-ammunition
New Identification Requirements
Last week the Department of Justice in California issued proposed “emergency” regulations establishing identification Requirements for Firearms and Ammunition Eligibility Checks by mandating all firearm and ammunition purchasers possess a federally compliant “REAL ID” or provide additional documentation of lawful presence in the U.S. California. Californians wishing to purchase a firearm or ammunition will need to obtain a “REAL ID” from the CA DMV or provide secondary identification at the time of purchase such as:
If a person doesn't have a REAL ID, buyers are required to provide documentation, in conjunction with their non-REAL ID, showing they're legal citizens and are allowed to possess a firearm and/or ammunition. Acceptable forms of documentation include:

(1) Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card.
(2) Certified copy of U.S. birth certificate.
(3) U.S. Certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen.
(4) Valid, unexpired foreign passport with valid U.S. immigrant visa and approved Record of Arrival/Departure (I-94) form.
(5) Certified copy of birth certificate from a U.S. Territory.
(6) Certificate of Naturalization or U.S. Citizenship.
(7) Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card.
If a person's name is different between the driver's license and the documentation they provide, the applicant has to prove there was a name change.

Acceptable documents include:
(1) An adoption document that contains the legal name of the applicant as a result of the adoption.
(2) A name change document that contains the applicant’s legal name both before and, as a result of, the name change.
(3) A marriage certificate.
(4) A dissolution of marriage document that contains the legal name of the applicant as a result of the court action.
(5) A certificate, declaration or registration document verifying the formation of a domestic partnership.
(6) A dissolution of domestic partnership document that contains the legal name of the applicant as a result of the court action.
New Ammo Regulations – “Eligibility Checks” 
Also beginning on July 1st, California will implement new ammunition regulations for all transfers made in the state. A DOJ point of sale standard eligibility check costing $1 or a $19 basic eligibility check will be required for all sales. 
Pursuant to Penal Code sections 30352 and 30370, the Department of Justice will determine that a person is eligible to purchase or transfer ammunition if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • The person has a current Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Department
  • The person’s information matches an entry in the Automated Firearms System (name, date of birth, current address, and driver license or other government identification) and does not fall within a class of persons who are prohibited from owning or possessing ammunition. The Department shall make this determination by cross-referencing the Prohibited Armed Persons file (also known as the Armed and Prohibited Persons System).
  • The person is not prohibited from purchasing or possessing ammunition. The Department determines eligibility based on a comprehensive review of its records (similar to a firearm eligibility check).

Please note: this eligibility check requires a manual review of records by a Department analyst. As such, the Department may take longer to respond with a determination as to eligibility. Response times may take several days. Persons will have the ability to check the status of their eligibility check through the Ammunition Eligibility Check Status and Information page (available July 1, 2019).

  • The person was approved by the Department to receive a firearm from the ammunition vendor, pursuant to Penal Code section 28220, if that vendor is a licensed firearm dealer, and the ammunition is delivered to the person in the same transaction as the firearm. In this scenario, the dealer will use the approved firearm eligibility check as the approval to purchase ammunition, and will submit the ammunition purchase to the Department during the delivery of the firearm.

In a nutshell, DOJ will determine eligibility through two types of checks:
Standard Eligibility Check - $1

  • If an individual has a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE).
  • If an individual has an Automated Firearm System (AFS) record and the information on their ID matches the information (name, address etc.) in the AFS and has not changed.

Basic Eligibility Check - $19

  • If an individual does not have a COE isn’t in the AFS or the information in the AFS doesn’t match their ID.
  • This is a manual check and could take up to 10 days.
  • This option requires the vendor to collect the purchasers name, date of birth, current address, gender, hair color, eye color, height, weight, driver license or other government identification number, telephone number, United States citizenship status, federal Alien Registration Number or I-94, place of birth, alias name(s), and race.

*Non-California residents without a COE may be ineligible to purchase ammunition. According to DOJ, they cannot determine whether or not a non-resident is prohibited from purchasing or possessing ammunition.
Record Keeping Requirements:
Starting July 1, 2019, all California ammunition vendors must record information on a DOJ form before selling or transferring ownership of ammunition. The forms must be kept no less than 5 years.
Private Transactions: 
Licensed vendors are required by law to process private party ammunition transactions and cannot refuse to process in-person private party ammunition transfers but vendors may also charge a fee for the service to the purchaser. If the purchaser is present for immediate delivery, licensed vendors can charge the purchaser no more than $5. If the purchaser is not present for the immediate delivery, vendors may charge an additional “storage” fee as agreed upon with the purchaser prior to the vendor receiving the ammunition (there isn’t a cap).
The newly adopted regulation adopts chapter 13, sections 4350-4353, which can be found within Title 11 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR). The full text of the adopted regulations can be found here.


                         Yuba-Sutter counties say they made a big difference for survivors 


WHAT:            Recognize six organizations that provided vital services when Yuba and Sutter counties set up the largest Evacuation Shelter serving Camp Fire survivors

 WHO               Organizations Being Honored

  • · Yuba-Sutter Domestic Animal Disaster Assistance
  • · FieldHaven
  • · Yuba-Sutter Habitat for Humanity
  • · Yuba-Sutter Salvation Army
  • · Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds
  • · Sutter North Medical Group

 Organizations Presenting Proclamations

      • Board of Supervisors for Yuba County
      • Board of Supervisors for Sutter County

                          Also Attending

  • · Butte County Official  

          WHERE:           Yuba County Board of Supervisors Chamber

                                    915 Eighth Street, Marysville, CA

           WHEN             Tuesday, July 9 at 9 a.m.

             WHY                Emergency Services and Health teams from Yuba and Sutter counties joined to stand up an evacuation shelter on November 8, 2018, for survivors of the Camp Fire. Numerous organizations throughout the region were involved in the response, but six were particularly instrumental in establishing the shelter and meeting specific needs.  The two counties are joining once again to express appreciation for the vital services provided by these organizations.

Dixon Hill Rd, Dobbins
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on 7/5/19, the YCSO Marijuana Enforcement Team (METYU) with the
assistance of Yuba County Code Enforcement officers executed a search warrant in the 13000 block of
Dixon Hill Rd in Dobbins. During the search, Deputies located and eradicated approximately 1,224
marijuana plants at an outdoor grow in an unpermitted temporary greenhouse structure. No suspects were
located at the site during the search.
Deputies conducted an approximate one-month long investigation of the site which investigators first
became aware of following a fire at a related grow in Forbestown in May, 2019. The Dixon Hill Rd grow
location was then confirmed by overflights of the area.
dobbin cannibis

Marysville, CA 


Elections Office offers three open house-style events


Yuba County residents can get a good feel for the new touchscreen voting system they will be using during next year’s March Presidential Primary, as the county’s Election Office offers three opportunities this summer to take an updated voting booth for a “test drive.”

The open house-style events will showcase the new Democracy Suite Voting System, which gives voters the opportunity to mark ballots either electronically using a touchscreen system or use a more traditional paper ballot. Election staff will be on hand to answer questions to give residents the opportunity to try out the new system.  


Open houses are scheduled at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, July 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wheatland Community Center, 101 C Street in Wheatland
  • Wednesday, July 31. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Board of Supervisors Chambers, 915 8th Street in Marysville.
  • Thursday, August 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Alcouffe Center, 9185 Marysville Road in Oregon House

“We want to give our voters a glimpse of the technology that will greet them at the voting precincts next year,” said Yuba County Clerk-Recorder Terry Hansen. “The touchscreen system is very user-friendly and designed to safeguard the integrity of each vote.”


The California Secretary of State recently decertified the widely-used Legacy Voting System that had been in place for several years, making it necessary for many county elections offices throughout the state to purchase new systems. Hansen said the required change gives her office the opportunity to make improvements to the voting booth experience.

In each voting booth, a touchscreen tablet will be just one method available for completing a ballot. After voting using the touchscreen, a paper ballot prints out, which the voter will then place in the ballot box. The computer system is designed to keep no record of votes that were cast. The electronic system also allows voting by way of an audio ballot.

Paper ballots will also be available for voters who prefer that method. The updated ballots will no longer use the connect-the-arrow approach. Instead, voters will only have to fill in a simple oblong hollow “bubble.”

More information about the new voting system and hands-on demos can be found online at www.yubaelections.org.

New Voting System

Red Bluff Airport Serves as Starting Point for Flights Over Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Colusa, Humboldt, Lake, Plumas and Siskiyou Counties


SAN FRANCISCO – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has begun daily aerial fire detection patrols across thousands of miles of its service area. This is the sixth year for these patrols which assist the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE and local fire agencies with early fire detection and response. Early detection of smoke or fire allows fire agencies to quickly respond to accurate locations.

“Given the continued and growing threat of extreme weather and wildfires, we are committed to further reduce wildfire risks and help keep our customers and the communities we serve safe. Early detection with these patrols can give first responders the critical window of time to quickly contain wildfires,” said Sumeet Singh, PG&E vice president of the Community Wildfire Safety Program.

The patrols began on June 1 and will run until October 31 or later, depending upon conditions. Seven planes will fly daily routes from late afternoon until dusk, the time of day when wildfires are most likely to start.   

Using fixed-wing aircraft, fire spotters will operate along these routes:

  • From Red Bluff to foothill and mountain areas over Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Yuba, Colusa, western Plumas and southern Siskiyou and Trinity counties.
  • Auburn to Sonora in the Central Sierra
  • Sonora to Porterville in the Southern Sierra
  • Red Bluff to Humboldt and Lake Counties
  • Vacaville to Solvang near the coast
  • Mendocino County

The patrols are coordinated through PG&E's aerial operations. The Mendocino County route is co-funded by PG&E and run by the Mendocino County Aerial Fire Patrol Co-Operative. The Co-Op patrol began June 15 and will run through October 15 or later, depending upon conditions.

In 2018, PG&E patrols identified a total of 209 fires, 10 of which were first reports. The patrols totaled more than 5,200 flight hours. PG&E began operating the aerial patrols in 2014, after the governor issued a drought emergency declaration. PG&E has continued the patrols because of the scale of tree mortality and the significant increase of fire risk in California.

The aerial patrols are just one tool that PG&E utilizes to reduce the risk of wildfires. Our Community Wildfire Safety Program includes enhanced inspections of electric infrastructure in high fire-risk areas; the installation of weather stations and high-definition cameras to increase situational awareness; the operation of a 24/7 Wildfire Safety Operations Center; and other actions described in our Wildfire Safety Plan.

    The Feather River Air Quality Management District
    reminds residents that fireworks can temporarily increase air pollution in local areas and
    advises taking appropriate cautionary measures as individual health conditions dictate.
    Particle pollution from fireworks may be harmful to sensitive individuals - those with
    heart or lung disease, children and the elderly.
    During prime time for fireworks displays significant increases in local levels of
    particulate pollution have been observed. This is especially true in places with
    substantial fireworks activity and stagnant weather conditions. Although these levels
    may dissipate overnight, elevated pollution concentrations can last until morning if wind
    conditions are stagnant or an inversion is present.
    graph fireworks
    Current air quality conditions and air quality forecasts for the Yuba-Sutter Area are
    available to the public via the District website www.fraqmd.org or www.airnow.gov.
    Wildfire smoke is another source of particle pollution that may be present at ground
    level during the July 4th holiday. Please be extra cautious and visit CAL FIRE’s website
    for information on fireworks safety: http://www.readyforwildfire.org. To find out if any
    fireworks restrictions exist where you will be celebrating please contact your local fire

    July 4-5 2018 in Yuba City
    Federal Daily Standard PM2.5 Levels

Motorists Can Expect Significant Delays July 12-15



Motorists can expect significant travel delays next weekend on State Highway 70 south of Oroville for roadway construction work.

A contractor will be conducting reversing one-way traffic control around the clock at the intersection of Palermo Road/Welsh Road and Highway 70 starting at 10 p.m. Friday, July 12 and continuing through 7 a.m. Monday, July 15. Flaggers will be stationed on both sides of the intersection directing traffic through the work zone. Motorists can expect delays of up to one hour



In addition, local residents will find Welsh Road and Palermo Road closed intermittently at Highway 70 throughout the weekend.

Caltrans advises motorists to use alternate routes such as Highway 99 to avoid the heavy traffic congestion in the area.

The work is part of a safety project to widen Highway 70 between Ophir Road and Palermo.

Weather or unexpected events may delay or prolong the work. Caltrans advises motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert.” The department will issue construction updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play.




19 173 Highway 70 at Palermo work area map

Nevada City, CA




On July 13, 2019, the Yuba Watershed Institute will host a workshop called “Working with Local Wood: Harvesting, Handling, Processing, & Milling Local Wood to Quality Lumber.”

The workshop will take place from 9:30 am to 4 pm at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center

(17894 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA 95959).

Milling your own lumber is more than cutting boards from a log. This workshop will cover the following topics, and more: how to select trees for quality and quantity; how to get the log to the mill, or vice versa; the best way to mill a log for different purposes; and what to do with the boards after milling in order to save your investment and preserve the board’s worth. Both conifer and hardwood species will be discussed.

The presenters at this Saturday workshop have many decades of experience dealing with local woods, which include come of the world’s premier species and some of the most difficult to dry and preserve.

Len Brackett spent five years as an apprentice in Japan learning temple building in the traditional timber framing manner and established East Wind Construction Company on the San Juan Ridge 45 years ago. The rich Japanese cultural understanding and appreciation of conifer wood is deep and fascinating.

Bob Erickson has been a furniture maker since 1969 and brings a wide-ranging knowledge of what it means to work with local hardwoods and the pitfalls of not doing it right. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and Los Angeles County Museum plus others.

Theo Killigrew des Tombe has been a timber faller for CAL FIRE and a saw mill operator since 1996. He operates a Wood-Mizer LT40 portable sawmill and will display and demonstrate its operation. In the off season he is found in Nashville’s music venues playing and singing his original songs.wood2

Robert Beauchamp has a diverse business plan. He is an accomplished furniture maker, a California walnut sawyer and dealer and a pine cone picking contractor who has climbed many of the largest trees in the world, the giant sequoias. He harvests, mills, and sells California Claro walnut.

For more information and to register,


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From Assemblyman James Gallagher


Starting Monday, July 1, the Yuba City and Chico DMV field offices will have extended daily hours. Daily DMV hours at these two locations are listed below.

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Yuba City only)

Additionally, all DMV offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 24, until 1 p.m. for training.