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Briefs: Duck-box program orientation slated at Gray Lodge

An orientation for the annual Wood Duck Nest Box Program sponsored by the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is slated from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 9 at Gray Lodge, west of Gridley.

Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes and pack a box lunch. Volunteers must be 18 years or older. Reservations are required; call 846-7505.

The season-long program groups two to three crew members for data collection and habitat maintenance for wood duck populations and other wildlife.

Maintenance checks are conducted biweekly from April to July.


GOP legislators urge 'fire fee' repeal

Several Republican state legislators have called on Gov. Jerry Brown to repeal the "fire fee" assessed on people who live in state-responsibility areas for fire protection.

The fee, which was enacted in 2011 and will be charged in Yuba County for the first time this year, is a slap in the face of residents in the face of CalFire money being diverted elsewhere, according to the letter requesting the repeal.

"While millions of taxpayers' dollars have been hidden in this secret fund, cash-strapped local fire-safe councils are scrambling to find money to provide preventive services such as fuel reduction and forest thinning," states the letter, signed by Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, among others.

"In the Northstate, the Shasta County Fire Safe Council, for example, is looking at selling firewood just to remain solvent in order to meet local service needs," said the statement.

Money diverted from CalFire to an outside agency constitutes about $3.6 million, while the fire fee is expected to generate about $90 million annually.


Bowling for Veterans registration under way

Registration is under way for the second annual Bowling for Veterans event hosted by Yuba-Sutter Veterans Stand Down.

The event will starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, with check-in at 5 p.m., at Nu Generation Lanes, 876 W. Onstott Frontage Road, Yuba City.

The entry cost is $20 per person, with proceeds going to help Yuba-Sutter veterans and their families.

Registration forms are available online at For more information, contact the Yuba-Sutter Veterans Stand Down office at 749-1036.


College offering bus driver classes

Courses in bus driver training and renewal are among the classes offered in the Yuba College Community Education program.

Two separate classes — a bus driver training course for new drivers and a bus driver renewal course — are both set from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 27 to March 28 at Yuba City High School.

The course fee is $80 for new drivers and $50 for renewal.

For more information, call 741-6825 or visit, click into Webadvisor, then Community Education.


Valentine's card workshop slated

Participants will make unique cards during the Valentine's Day card workshop on Saturday at the Yuba County Library in Marysville.

The free program is slated from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. in the library's Community Room, at 303 Second St.

For more information, call the library at 749-7380.


Low-cost rabies clinics Saturday

Low-cost rabies clinics are scheduled for Saturday at two locations in Sutter County, co-sponsored by the Northern Valley Veterinary Medical Association and the county Community Services Department. The cost is $6 for dogs and cats.

The clinics, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m., will take place at the Sutter Fire Department, 2340 California St., Sutter; and the East Nicolaus Fire Department on Palm Avenue.

Licenses are available at both sites. For more information, contact the Sutter County Community Services Department in Yuba City.


Charity thrift shop needs donations

The Sutter Buttes Canine Rescue Thrift Shop in Yuba City is in immediate need of donations including new or gently used furniture, clothing and electronics.

All money raised through the store, at 855 Gray Ave., benefits Sutter Buttes Canine Rescue.

The organization works to provide homeless dogs with food, vaccines, medical care and shelter while waiting to place them into permanent homes.

Donations are tax deductible. For more info, call 755-2025.


Concert with local soloists Feb. 15

"The Season of Love," a Valentine's "pops" concert featuring several local soloists and the Yuba Sutter Master Chorale, is planned at the First Lutheran Church in Yuba City.

The concert is scheduled at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at 850 Cooper Ave.

Admission is free, with donations accepted.


Acoustic guitar concert series set

Performer Julio Reyes is featured in the next Acoustic Guitar Concert Series at the Yuba College Theatre, 2088 N. Beale Road, Linda.

The concert is set at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Tickets are $10 general and $5 for students and seniors.

Upcoming featured performers include George England on March 29; Gordon Rowland, April 19; and Daniel Roest, classical guitar, and Francesca Anderson, flute, on May 10.

All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Yuba College Public Events. For more information, call 741-6829.


Healthy cooking class scheduled

A demonstration on healthy cooking for ages 12 and up is slated at the Yuba County Library, hosted by the county Health and Human Services Department.

The free event, at 11 a.m. Feb. 12, includes learning about shopping for more with less money.

Participants must register at the library's front desk. Space is limited to 25 people.

For information about the program, call 877-847-3663.

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