Thumbs Down: The American Lung Association recently released its State of Tobacco Control 2018 California Local Grades ... a long title for a report on looking at what counties are doing to discourage smoking.

We don’t do well on these tests – Ds and Fs.

Categories graded are: smoke-free outdoor air; smoke-free housing; reducing tobacco sales.

Little comfort can be taken in the fact that we’re not alone. Statewide, officials said, about 50 percent of Californians live in a city or county earning a grade of D or worse. Grades, generally, are worse in more rural counties.

Our Yuba County health administrator said in an article last weekend that they will focus this coming year on creating tobacco-free outdoor recreation areas – parks and trails where smoking is not allowed. And the Yuba County health department now has an employee position dedicated to outreach and prevention of tobacco. And Sutter County Public Health is working on a four-year plan to eliminate tobacco use.

If you find it hard to believe that smoking is still a thing in this day in age, you evidently were never a smoker ... it’s one tough addiction to kick. If you’re among those trying, hang in there, please.

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Thumbs Up: Johnnie Yaklich, 93, was honored last week at a Marysville High School basketball game.  He played basketball there 75 years ago, and graduated with the class of 1942 (members of which wrote the school song). He went to Yuba College until joining the Marine Corps during WWII. When he got out, he went right back to playing basketball at Yuba College. The retired Hallwood farmer also did some coaching, and we liked this quote by him in a story last week:

“... I hope I’ve done good things and that I was a good guy for people to follow in my footsteps.”

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Thumbs Up: To unexpected gifts from unexpected sources. Wonderful news that 151 area families, who lost homes and property in the Cascade Fire that swept around the Loma Rica area in Yuba County in October, will each receive $500 in assistance from the Islamic Relief USA organization.

The Virginia-based organization will be donating $75,500. 

Evidently, the organization was involved in providing relief during the fires and mudslides around the state, but chose to focus additional giving to the Yuba County area. 

“It may seem like a small amount, but we know every bit helps. Obviously, this is a very tough period for residents living in Yuba County and we want to do whatever we can to alleviate the pain and suffering ...” said Minhaj Hassan, spokesperson for Islamic Relief.

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Thumbs Up: Quite a schedule of local displays and events commemorating President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s executive order 9066 in 1942, ordering the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast were relocated to 10 camps during our war with Japan. 

The program, “... And then they came for us – Japanese American Internment,” a historic display and series of programs, are slated at Yuba College campuses.

“We don’t want this to happen again to anyone,” said an organizer. The schedule:

n A presentation, “Internment and its Relevance Today” is at 10:30 a.m. today (Saturday) – at Yuba College, room 803, 2088 N. Beale Road, Linda, with presenter Lon Hatamiya.

n “The Japanese American Citizens League: A Legacy of Human Rights Activism” at noon Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Yuba College Sutter Center, room 101, 3301 E. Onstott Road, Yuba City with presenter Walter Masuda.

n A film, “Truman Welcomes Home the 442nd Soldiers” at noon Feb. 15 at Yuba College Sutter Center, room 101.

n Day of Remembrance photo exhibit now until Feb. 28 at the Linda campus library.

n There will also be a Yuba Sutter Arts gallery exhibit, “Faces of Internment,” which opens Feb. 7.

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Oops! The annual Rotary Club of Yuba City Crab Feed is today, Saturday, Feb. 3. In the Friday Best Bets feature, we inadvertently placed it as an event on another day.

As your tickets tell you, the 25th annual feed and auction is today: cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner served at 7:30 p.m. at the main exhibit hall, Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, 442 Franklin Ave., Yuba City.

Proceeds benefit the Rotary Scholarship Program and a host of other community service projects. It’s a great cause and our apologies for the confusion.

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Ugh: Actually, double-ugh, but it’s that time of year:

A friend of mine has two tickets for the 2018 Super Bowl, both box seats. He paid $4,500 each but he didn’t realize last year when he bought them it was going to be on the same day as his wedding. If you are interested, he is looking for someone to take his place. It’s at St. Christopher’s Church, in Edina, Minnesota, at 3 p.m. ... Look for the woman in the white dress.

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