Well, golly gee, word on the street is the Western Sierra Medical Center has changed its’ name back to Western Sierra Medical Clinic due to an infringement on the name of a Western Sierra Medical Center http://www.wsmedicalcenter.com in Camino. Apparently they were not happy with the Grass Valley WSMC usurping the name and (strangely) the telephone number is very nearly the same too. The Camino WSMC number is 530 647-9762 and the Grass Valley WSMC is 530 274- 9762. I’m sure there is more to this story, I wonder if we will ever be told.
Meanwhile some “good” news is more street words suggesting the Downieville WSMC is once again going to return to a 24/7 service. There has been no official notice from anyone as the powers that be don’t communicate with us “fat country folk” in western Sierra County. It is not clear if this is for everyone or just when the tourists and bicyclists are back in town, and of course, does this mean the ambulance will be able to go to the Clinic with a patient for stabilizing or what? Right now Sierra 1A aka Frank Lang, FNP is able to respond with the Downieville ambulance when he is available. Will they reinstate the alternate Base Station agreement with Enloe Hospital? WSMC Administration have argued emergencies are best handled by EMS and that even BLS services were better than what the Clinic could provide, so why? and what has changed?
Ok, so Carrie can’t be in the sun but we still have a Corner, Dianne just needs a break from Pondering, Carol hasn’t been to the movies or read any books…. what does she do with her time… Guest Columnist Mel Gurtov submitted a column about India and the general treatment of women. Although I feel for everyone in India suffering the effect of the earthquake near Nepal and wondered about publishing a critical column, it might just be the right time, while rebuilding the infrastructure and preparing for the future… why not take this moment to think about human rights and the treatment of women and the impoverished citizens and redevelopment for everyone.
There was a Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors to hear the appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval decision on a zoning change and special use permit for the Firm Foundation Academy in Pike City. Many citizens attended and spoke eloquently both for and against the project, it will be back before the Board on June 2nd. Read the Mountain Messenger for more on that subject.
So meanwhile we do have local events, activities photos and information including the Fringe, Gabby, The Cats, The Others and a plethora of interesting news.
The photo this week is from Mary Davey in Sierra City, remember those thunderstorms we had…