We’re hearing a mixed report on the traffic and parking situation around Beckwourth Riverfront Park and the Cotton Rosser Pavilion – epicenter of this weekend’s 85th annual Marysville Stampede. This year’s rodeo is happening while the huge Fifth Street Bridge project is underway.

Best advice might be to leave a little earlier than you normally would and watch for volunteers directing traffic.

Beyond that, it should be a great event – bigger and better than ever. The contestants should be top-notch – it’s late in the season and many of them are trying to fit this venue into their schedule to build up all the points they can.

The gates open at 3 p.m. today (Saturday) and the show starts at 5 p.m. This is “Military Appreciation Day” and active and retired military personnel get in free with a valid military ID.

Tomorrow, the gates open at 1:30 p.m. and the show starts at 3:30 p.m. It’s “Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day” and if you wear pink apparel you receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes.


Thumbs Down: It’s a bit confusing, but it appears that a new Verizon cell tower planned for Camptonville, will help the general cause – just not for Camptonville residents.

While it’s going to be situated in Camptonville, it won’t improve cell service right around that area. But it will improve reception in the New Bullards Bar area. Spotty or just plain bad cell service in the foothills is a huge issue, ever more so as we worry about the increased likelihood of fires and the need to be able to communicate.

Yuba County officials approved a permit this past week for a tower that will be situated in Camptonville. Some locals had tried to block the permit because the new tower wouldn’t improve service for Camptonville or local emergency services. But according to a Verizon official, the new tower would fill in a gap in wireless service in the area ... just not that particular area.

That official went on to talk up their plans for a well-camouflaged tower (it will look like a tree) and etc. But there was no further mention about what they would be doing in the future to solve the gap in coverage in the Camptonville area.

Had that explanation been given, it might have helped.


Thumbs Up: Leave it to our creative friends at Yuba Sutter Arts ... here’s a new sort of fundraiser: an arts safari.

They’re having a drawing for two winners. Each winner and nine friends get to travel to a spot in the Sutter Buttes. A guide, a “big game painter,” a personal chef and sommelier, musicians and other support staff take you on the safari for a “sip and sketch” experience.

The art safaris are on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m., starting with a hayride up into the Buttes. Everything you need to paint a landscape is provided. There are appetizers and wine and a five-course dinner ... and live music.

Doesn’t matter if you have any artistic experience or a lick of talent ... you’ll learn some basics and have some fun. And eat and drink well, evidently.

It’s part of the upcoming seventh annual Harvest the Arts celebration at J. Heier Farms on Sept. 22. Winners of two packages will be announced at that event. Ticket prices for the drawing are $50 each or three for $100.

For tickets to the Harvest the Arts event or for raffle tickets, stop by the Yuba Sutter Arts office at 624 E St. in Marysville, Wednesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Or call the office at 742-2787 or email abbie@yubasutterarts.org.


Ugh: A visitor to a Western settlement notices a noose hung from an oak tree and goes in the saloon and asks a guy at the bar, “Hey, are you fixin’ to hang someone?”

“Yes,” says the cowboy. “We’re going to string up Brown Paper Larry.”

The visitor asks, “How come he’s called ‘Brown Paper Larry?’”

“Because,” the cowboy says, “he wears nothing but clothes made of brown paper. Brown paper hat, brown paper shirt, brown paper pants, brown paper chaps ...”

“Oh,” says the visitor. “Well ... what are you hangin’ him for?”


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