On my soapbox

December 17, 2013 

I'm going to get on my soapbox a little. Dr. Joel Figatner voiced concerns over the staffing at our Urgent Care facility in a recent Sierra Star story. Now I want to put in a word about our Ambulance Service.

Have you taken a peek inside the new ambulances? They look like a mobile emergency room. Do you realize that for a $65 annual membership, you get a trip down to the hospital if needed once a year?

I have been a subscriber since they started and have had to use it a few times and it has really financially helped. Look at the savings you've made if you have to take a ride. It really is a bargain and it helps keep them in business.

I heard of an idea about a Health Care District possibly being formed in Oakhurst to help with the ongoing expenses of both Urgent Care and Sierra Ambulance. I hope so — this is something we just can't lose, so get vocal and find out who you need to talk to and let them know we are working on it as fast as we can. If you are concerned about staffing at our Urgent Care facility, send a letter to CEO Craig Castro, c/o Clovis Community Medical Centers, P.O. Box 1232, Clovis, Calif., 93611.

I wouldn't mind seeing a bond on our ballot if it could help Urgent Care and Sierra Ambulance Service — wouldn't you vote for it?

Well, I feel very sorry for those people that missed the Tenaya's tree lighting. Jackie Byer's had her singers including the little ones and The Sugar Pine Trio was there ... and David is really getting good on his Elvis impersonating (I'm talking about movement here, girls).

The Chamber got the Mountain Bucksprogram off the ground just in time for Christmas. I'm anxious to spend mine — they will cost $25 for the book of five $5 certificates, good at a variety of businesses in town. See you around town when I'm out spending my Mountain Money.

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