Briefs: Skeletal remains found in Buttes
Skeletal remains found in Buttes
Human skeletal remains were discovered on Tuesday afternoon near a dirt road close to the summit of the Sutter Buttes, the Sutter County Sheriff's Department reported.
"We don't know if they're male or female, or how long they've been there," Capt. Lewis McElfresh said, adding the cause of death is under investigation.
Construction workers made the discovery around 12:15 p.m. at a makeshift campsite by an unnamed access road near Pass Road in Sutter County, authorities said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 822-7307.
Security guard raise rejected
Alhough they haven't received a cost-of-living raise in two years, Elite Security guards contracted with Yuba County won't be seeing one in the near future.
The firm requested an adjustment or a raise of 40 cents per hour, but there wasn't enough support among the Yuba County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. While supervisors Hal Stocker and Mary Jane Griego supported the raise, supervisors Andy Vasquez and Roger Abe opposed it. Vasquez pointed out approving a raise wasn't in the county's fiscal budget for 2012-13, adding the firm's contract didn't call for such raises.
A motion to approve the raise died on a 2-2 vote, with Supervisor John Nicoletti absent.
Fire doused nearhomeless camp
A small fire in a homeless camp was quickly extinguished late Monday by Marysville firefighers near the soccer fields in Beckwourth-Riverfront Park.
The blaze, described by Marysville Police Sgt. Jason Garringer as "larger than a camp fire" was reported by an eastbound motorist crossing the 10th Street Bridge at 10:18 p.m.
The fire is under investigation.
Reeves Avenue receiving upgrades
Reeves Avenue in Yuba City is the location of the third annual neighborhood revitalization project coordinated by the Yuba City Helping Area Neighborhoods Develop Successfully program.
Volunteers are needed to help with projects including exterior painting, weed and trash removal, landscaping improvements and repairs.
The project is from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, with check-in at 7:30 a.m., followed by a barbecue lunch for the volunteers.
Register by emailing email@example.com or calling 822-3233.
Tour scheduled for college site
Light refreshments and optional tours of the new Yuba College Sutter Center are set Thursday at the site, 3301 E. Onstott Road in Yuba City.
Activities begin at 3 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and include speeches by local government officials and members of the Yuba Community College District board of trustees.
The education center includes 18 classrooms, two computer labs, two video conference classrooms , two large lecture halls, faculty offices and a cafe.
Halloween celebration set
Smartsville is celebrating Halloween with old Irish traditions, tours of the cemeteries and a bit of history from 2 p.m. to dark Oct. 27 in the Yuba County community.
During the day, downtown Smartsville features hot dogs and chips, seasonal goodies and activities for children including pumpkin carving.
Tours of historic cemeteries, led by author Kathleen Smith, start at 2 p.m. at the Smartsville Fraternal (Masonic) cemetery on Hammonton-Smartsville Road.
Ghost stories start at about 6:15 p.m. For more information, call Kathy Smith at 916-838-2757.
Volunteers sought for STARS
Recruitment drives seeking volunteers for the Yuba County Sheriff's Team of Active Residents in Service program continue the next two weekends in the foothills.
Volunteers will take sign-ups and answer questions from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Gold Eagle Market, 16823 Willow Glen Road, Brownsville and Oct. 20 at Gold Eagle Market, 11269 Loma Rica Road, Loma Rica.
STARS applications can be picked up at the Sheriff's Department, 215 Fifth St., Marysville, and online at sheriff.co.yuba.ca.us/starsprogram.html.
Volunteers' duties include live scan fingerprinting, assisting at the Yuba County Animal Shelter and jail, clerical support and patrolling neighborhoods.
For more information, call the STARS program coordinator Laura Miller at 749-7777.