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Thanks for operating outside the box

Los Medicos Boladores (The Flying Doctors) is a self-funded volunteer organization that provides healthcare services in remote areas of Mexico. We fly private plane teams of doctors, dentists, optometrists, interpreters and volunteers every month from various Northern California and Nevada cities.Las October I flew a team onto a remote island off the Baja Pacific coast. Dr. Frank Long was asked to assist in the diagnosis of a village fisherman who had a runaway problem with his thyroid. The only doctor on this tiny island was a recently graduated medical doctor who was partly paying back the cost of his medical education by serving this remote area for a year. This type of doctor is called a posante. This young lad (age 24) was part6icularly challenged by the fisherman’s condition due to a mix up in pills that were to have preceded an upcoming thyroid operation to be performed in Ensenada. Frank was sable to help the diagnosis and a follow-on prescription but only after a blood work up could support his findings. We first investigated flying the blood sample to Ensenada, however when we radioed our request we were informed about bad weather and impending darkness. The team would be returning to the United States the following day, so we decided to take the blood sample to Truckee for testing.The next morning my wife and I went to Tahoe Forest Hospital to explore the possibility of testing here in Truckee. “Hi, I have this blood I brought in from Mexico last night and I was wondering if you could test it?” Questions like social security number, patient medical history, patient’s physician, residence address, etc., etc., stopped us in our tracks. Then a lady appeared from behind a partition who explained that our request was contrary to policy but if we were able to get a local doctor to provide an order, we might have a chance. We contacted a local pilot/physician and his office provided the necessary order. The next obstacle was that now the sample was too old to provide a complete analysis. The doctor stepped in and all we needed was a certain parameter so the test went forward. The results came in and they were faxed to the island. It took a couple of people to step outside of our stateside thinking and for that we thank you.Last, but not least we had the matter of the bill for the lab work. The hospital staff was so helpful, my wife and I did not have the courage to ask that the bill be waived. In stepped the Rotary Club of Truckee, a.k.a. Noon Rotary. We have had the fortunate experience of guest speaking the LMV subject to their luncheon meetings which has resulted in three new members and now a check to cover the blood work bill. Thank you Truckee noon Rotary.Bob and MO HorvathLos Medicos Voladores, High Sierra ChapterSupport for Special ProgramsSierra Mountain Middle School and the Peer Helpers would like to thank Truckee Roundtable Pizza and Kings Beach Safeway for their very generous donations for our Peer Helper Dance this month. Your support for our schools and community is very appreciated. With you help, special programs in the schools can continue to flourish. The peer helpers are a large part of reducing school conflict, helping with homeroom guidance, school leadership and morale. Thank you for all you have done to support this worthwhile program.Rachel Falk and Nancy EvansSierra Mountain Middle School CounselorsAs part of the statewide School-to-Career initiative, the Sierra Regional Career Partnership offers high school students throughout Nevada and Placer counties opportunities to connect their educational experience to community-based career development activities. As Community Learning Coordinator for Truckee High School I create internships, job shadows and other career exploration opportunities for our students in our community.Most recently, on April 11, thirty- five local professionals participated in Truckee High’s Career Day. They presented information about their careers to 450 Truckee High students in small group speaker forums arranged by career areas. The event was a great success due to the high quality of presentations. All of the professionals were eager to give our students important and useful information about entering the workforce.I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude towards and admiration for all those who graciously contributed your time and efforts to this very worthwhile event.Meredith Watson, Truckee FireDean Levonian, CDFDetective Don Garrett, Truckee PoliceRuss Mann, Judy Newland, Peggy Reichman, Tahoe Forest HospitalBrinn Wellise, Switchback PR and MarketingBruce Turner, Edward JonesLori Higashi, SafewayMike Schwartz, The BackcountryLarry Prosor, photographerDan Dominy, cinematographerSteve Hoyt, ImagitechElizabeth Rodgers, film and video producerJulie Conover, Passport to AdventureMari Nello, Sierra Nevada CollegeBobbi Anders, Truckee ElementaryRobert Todd, Todd AeroMark Estee, Moody’s BistroJenna Sonnenshein, Sunshine Pastry and ProvisionsPatty Johnson, attorneyJanna Caughron, Truckee Airport DistrictRoger Jones, pilotPolly Ryan, Truckee Counseling ServicesBob Brandenburg, Nevada County Behavioral Health ServicesDr. Rolf Godon, psychologistPam Sommer, Ryan Group ArchitectsJohn Pruyen, Ward-YoungBruce King, Truckee Ballet ArtsAudrey Dygert, artistDan O’Gorman, Truckee Donner Rec DeptGraham Sampson, Northstar GolfDamein Fertitta, Clark ChiropracticMonina Vasquez, peer counselingThe students benefited tremendously from the experience, and I believe that the information you gave them during this event will be helpful and meaningful for the students as they make choices about their futures. Your enthusiasm, flexibility, creativity, professionalism, and – most important D obvious genuine concern for our local youth are impressive and commendable.Thanks again, all of you.Karen Honeywell, Community Learning CoordinatorSierra Regional Career Partnership/Truckee High SchoolTo the Editor:On Sunday, March 24th , Sugar Bowl hosted the second of their two 2002 Skiing for Schools Days. Almost $13,000 was raised on this day and combined with the first Skiing for Schools day, over $23,000 to support the projects and grants programs of the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation.Sugar Bowl has been a partner in the Skiing for Schools program for many years. Due to the outstanding business and community support for the Skiing for Schools, Dining for Schools and Golfing for Schools fundraisers over the past ten years, the Foundation has been able to distribute over $750,000 in grants to teachers in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.Once again, our thanks go to Rob Kautz, Bill Hudson, and the employees of the Sugar Bowl Resort for their generosity. We also thank the members of the community who supported the Sugar Bowl Skiing for Schools Days. We’re sure they had a memorable day!Sincerely,JoAnn LoomisChair, FundraisingTahoe Truckee Excellence in Education FoundationDear Editor,Last week, Friday, April 26, the Truckee Donner Rec & Park had a fundraiser for the BMX Park they are going to build this May. We would like to thank everyone who attended, those who worked to make the fundraiser possible, and a special thanks to all those who donated the auction & raffle prizes.We are so fortunate in our community that so many resources come together to support family and children activities. We are thankful to the Truckee Donner Rec & Park District for their willingness to support this new activity.BMX (bicycle motocross) is a rapidly-growing sport. There are two main sanctioned groups in the U.S.: The NBL (National Bicycle League) and the ABA (American Bicycle Association). The ABA is more prominent in the western states.The build the Truckee BMX track would cost approximately $35,000. The Truckee Donner Rec & Park applied for, and received, a grant from the ABA for $10,000 in support for designing, building, education and providing the starting gate. We expect the ABA to be here, in Truckee, at the end of May to do that actual building of the track.Other generous donations have been from the Truckee Community Foundation and the Optimists Club. Thank you, thank you!This Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m., at the Rec center, will be another planning meeting for the building of the track. We welcome everyone to attend. Although we have several generous people who are donating their services to this effort, we still need teams of volunteers to work on building the track. Please come and let us know your expertise and ability and we’ll put you to work.Our wish list includes: six-foot fencing, a public address system and announcer’s booth, a laptop computer, portable phone, registration booth, a snack shack, large hoses, grant writer, nonprofit application writer, among others. Please come to the meeting or contact Dan O’Gorman at the Truckee Rec & Parks District, 582-7720, if you can help with any of these.Sincerely,Jane PalmerTruckeeTTHS Drama Club Says ThanksDear Editor,As producer of the Truckee High School musical, I would like to express the gratitude of the actors, musicians and stage crew of “Oklahoma” to our sponsors and to the many merchants and volunteers who have helped us put on another successful production. A huge thank you to our major sponsor: “the Truckee Optimist Club,” “The Soroptimist Club” and Michael Griesmer. Your very generous financial support allows us to offer the students of TTHS exposure to the dramatic arts, which they might not otherwise experience. I would also like to thank: Four Seasons Florist, Donner Trading Company, Wagon Train, Cabona’s, W & T Graphix, T.I.P., Mad Hatters, Reno Hilton, Silver Legacy and N & N Productions who have all helped us make “Oklahoma” a great show. The students have worked very hard and we invite you all to come and see the super job they have done! Our performances are May 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 17 and 18. Thank you again for helping make our dreams come true.Sincerely,Esther Porter, producer”Oklahoma!”