Sutter County

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Major changes are ahead for a small Sutter County water utility and its arsenic-tainted water, due to pressure from the US Environmental Protection Agency. 


The roughly 350 customers of Sutter County Waterworks District, primarily serving the community of Robbins, will continue receiving free bottled drinking water as part of the deal, according to Amy Miller, Director of Enforcement and compliance for EPA Region 9.


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The Sutter Buttes are more than 2,000 feet high and 10 miles in diameter. At the base of the buttes is a small town called Sutter. Both were named after John Sutter. He was a Swiss pioneer who is probably best known as being the owner of Sutter’s Mill, a sawmill where gold was first found in the state and the place where the California Gold Rush began.

Listener John Miles submitted a question to NSPR asking why people often refer to the Sutter Buttes as the “smallest mountain range in the world?” He also asked, what makes the Sutter Buttes a mountain range and how were they were formed?

Up The Road: Sutter Buttes

Apr 27, 2016
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You’re driving home up 99, feeling as road worn as an old tire. As the landscape opens before you and the sky expands, the freeway stress starts rolling away. But it’s not until you reach the Sutter Buttes that you fully relax and breathe, deep. It’s not until you reach the Sutter Buttes that you know you’re almost home.

Nine North State elementary schools were among 772 primary schools across California recognized as “Gold Ribbon Schools” Wednesday by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

About 6,000 schools were eligible to apply for the designation, which recognizes programs, activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other schools.

“These schools shine as bright beacons for others, putting forth an exemplary effort to ensure that every student is ready for 21st century college and careers,” Torlakson said.

Gov. Jerry Brown has made a couple of supervisor appointments. Sixty-eight-year-old Barbara LeVake of Yuba City has been named the Fifth District representative on the Sutter County Board of Supervisors. LeVake is a former supervisor, having served from 1989 to 1992. She is also a member of the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency, the Farm Bureau and the Western Growers Association.