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September 30, 2014

Short Lived Hopes

The dark storm clouds drifted fiercely at the hills above Pittville and Little Valley Friday night, The sheets of rain were clearly visible and the wind picked up. The temperature dropped and the ag land below the bluffs breathed a welcome. But it was short lived, by the time it slipped into McArthur the sunset was a gorgeous mixture of reds, yellows, magentas violet and gray, but little if anything in the way of rain.

Need for a New Ambulance is Critical
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
FALL RIVER MILLS — Mayers Made 28 ambulance runs last month, but that really isn’t the news.

They have a major push going to purchase a new one with good cause.

During the Day Fire Mayers One, their workhorse, was nearly red tagged by Cal Fire because of a leaky fuel line. They were able to replace it with Mayers Two, but had to call Modoc in Alturas to cover the district while Mayers took their’s to Double ‘S’ for repairs.

Later in the month, at the scene of a major trauma call, Mayers One broke down, was towed from Big Valley to Fall River Mills, couldn’t be repaired there and had to be towed into Redding.

Of the 29 calls, six were in the Big Valley area.

In addition to the Intermountain Health Care Foundation, The Rotary International has given a $10,000 grant, and Bob Jehn, an Insurance Agent headquartered in Fall River Mills, and a Rotarian with the Burney-Fall River Rotary Club has started a challenge with pledges to raise an additional $10- $15,000. Reports are that pledges are ‘rolling in.”

Mimi Brown’s Research on Genomics to be Published

Lyda Mimi Brown, 2005 graduate of Fall River High School and daughter of Michiko and Bill V. Brown, O.D., accepted a research position at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Genomics and Systems Biology. This university is one of the top rated research universities in the world. Mimi recently received her master’s degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and follows in the footsteps of her namesake, Lyda Malon Brown, who was also the valedictorian of her class in 1940 at Chicago’s Roosevelt High School. She just received notification that the first part of her research will be published in December, the same month as her acting debut as an extra in Night at the Museum, Part III, with the late actor, Robin Williams.

A Big Valley Ambulance District is Back on the Drawing Board
BIG VALLEY — The group trying to put an ambulance effort together for the Big Valley area has started to wend its way though the political hoops it has to jump through as its leadership appeared before the Lassen County Board of Supervisors and the Modoc County board, explaining their intentions to put the issue back on the ballot this coming spring.

In spite of a nasty accident, shortly before the election, on Highway 139 in which a woman lost her life and an extended wait for ambulance service at the scene, the opposition managed to defeat the proposal by a narrow margin of 44 votes.

Mountain Echo has pointed out a fallacious belief by opponents who believe air ambulance service is available and thus ground ambulance isn’t necessary. A spokeswoman for Reach, told Mountain Echo earlier that air ambulances depend on ground units, including ambulances to make the call about the air ambulance being necessary as well as guiding them in to make landings. The air ambulances do not respond at customer request.

Currently, since Modoc Medical Center has stopped supporting the ambulance they had stationed in Adin, those in need of an ambulance have to rely on Modoc Medical Center coming out of Alturas on the Adin end and from Mayers Memorial Hospital coming out of Fall River Mills on the Bieber end of the Valley.
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Legion and Auxiliary Honor Boys and Girls State Reps

In photo above left: Guests of honor, Boys State participants Jake Lewis, Big Valley, Jordan Estes, Burney, Thomas Noel, Fall River.  In photo above right:  Guests of honor, Girls State participants Taylor
Corder, Fall River, Lisa Lommen, Fall River, Paige Pfadt, Burney.
FALL RIVER MILLS — Over 100 veterans, their families and families of candidates returning from Boys and Girls State, attended a dinner Sept. 22, hosted by the American Legion Post 369 and 369 Auxiliary at the veterans hall.

Jake Lewis, Big Valley High School, Sponsor: Post 369; Jordan Estes, Burney High School, Sponsor: Post 441; Thomas Noel, Fall River High School, Sponsor: Post 369 and girls Taylor Corder, Fall River High School, Sponsor: Auxiliary Unit 369; Paige Pfadt, Burney High School, Sponsor: Post 441; and Lisa Lommen, Fall River High School, Sponsor: Auxiliary Unit 369 reported on their activities while attending the annual state event.

Fire Watch & Cyber Security Discussed
“Fire Watch” and “Cyber Security” were two major issues at the Mayers Memorial Hospital Board meeting last Wednesday afternoon.

The Fire Watch status had been placed on the hospital by the state because of problems with some of the equipment.

That equipment has since been repaired to the state’s satisfaction staff assured the board.

Precision Alarm Systems bid $33,500 to upgrade the system with the proper smoke detectors, accessible manual pull stations, rechargeable batteries, an addressable alarm control and power supplies.

The work, according to Louis Ward, director of support services, has been completed, inspected and the hospital taken off it’s “Fire Watch.”

The second issue that Ward feels is becoming critical is the district’s electronic information gathering equipment and the data gathered by the numerous machines and systems in the two facilities.

Estimates for backup were high and the work time consuming. He said the management team is looking into ways to get the situation covered in the most efficient, affordable manner.

On another matter CEO Matt Rees said he was working with Surprise Valley Healthcare District, Modoc Medical Center, and Lakeview to form a joint powers administration agreement that could help in a number of ways by sharing resources and information that would be helpful to all involved.

USDA Loan is Back in USDA’s Hands
FALL RIVER MILLS — Mayer’s board chair and finance committee chair Allen Albaugh reported that the district had not heard back on the proposal they sent the US Department of Agriculture Loan request that included $25,624,352 in Series ‘B’ Loan funds. That proposal was sent to the USDA following a special board meeting last month. It was an answer to an earlier request for funding which was turned down.

The funding is to cover 48% of a facilities construction project totalling $53,162,250.

The head of the state offices of USDA told Mayers they would pass it on to the Washington D.C. level without comment.

Mayers to Seek Director
FALL RIVER MILLS — The Mayers Memorial Hospital District will be seeking applicants to fill one position of the District’s board of directors.

Board member and vice president Brenda Brubaker’s seat on the board will become vacant at the end of her term in December.

Brubaker cited an increase in her other commitments as the reason she chose not to seek another term.

Since the filing period for incumbents and interested parties to seek a spot on the ballot has expired, the Shasta County Clerk’s office has notified the Mayers board that they need to appoint a replacement.

The notice spelling out the position and procedure will be posted in both newspapers and three additional public locations.


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