AM News Friday, 8.02.13
Mendocino county has released the Fitch & Co report on establishing an xclusive operating area (EOA) to stabilize emergency ambulance services.
It is now available online at: www.co.mendocino.ca.us/administration/EMS.htm
The report concludes that a single EOA for the county is not feasible but that establishing EOA's for the Ukiah-Willits areas and the Ft Btagg Mendocino areas may stem the deterioration of the EMS system somewhat and allow it to evolve into a more stable system with higher levels of consistency, reliability, and performance.
The EOAs would include exclusivity for all ambulance services –emergency and non-emergency – except for air medical and critical care transportation services.
Their greatest concerns are the bankruptcy of the Mendocino Coast
Hospital and the lack of volunteers to adequately ensure ambulance staffing. Also, the intense competition for a limited number of patients in the Ukiah-Willits area may result in the inability of either provider to maintain current
levels of quality and operations.
Mendocino and Marin Search and Rescue searched all day Wednesday in
rough and rugged terrain but have not yet found Erik Lamberg. The dogs
they were using expressed an interest in a certain area of the dense forest but since he area is very tough to search, and they need specific resources to follow up on this, the search will continue again next week sometime.
Lt. Shannon Barney could not yet commit to a date, as there are a number of variables.
According to Mrs Lamberg "The search went well, there were no injuries to anyone while out searching, and the good people of the Skunk Train were
extremely helpful in assisting and they have promised to again assist next
She concludes "Friends and family have been closely with me and my children all day, and we are doing our best to hold up. This was a tough day, but at least we are leaving it with knowledge that there will be a further search, and the possibility of answers."
Caltrans announced that the first stage of Greenwood Creek Bridge Replacement project on Route 1 in Mendocino County has been completed, and
traffic will be rerouted from the old bridge onto the new bridge. Motorists
can expect 15 minute delays while the rerouting of traffic is performed.
One way traffic control with a temporary signal system will remain in place
throughout the second stage of construction. Demolition of the old bridge
was scheduled to begin yesterday, August 1, and will continue for
approximately five weeks. The other half of the new bridge is expected to be completed during the summer of 2014.
The new bridge will be wider and safer for all users, including motorists,
pedestrians, and bicyclists. It will include 12 foot lanes, six foot shoulders, and a five foot wide protected pedestrian path which will become part of the California Coastal Trail.
A collection box to dispose of expired and unwanted prescription and non-prescription medications has been donated by Waste Management and
installed outside the Fort Bragg Police Department.
This collection box provides a legal and environmentally-safe way to
dispose of unwanted medications.
To use the disposal box, first empty pills into a plastic bag. The large, red
self-service disposal box is installed outside the front door. The medications will be collected by the HazMobile program and destroyed in a high-temperature incinerator.
Needles and syringes are NOT accepted in the Police Department
medication disposal box . Needles and syringes that are properly packaged in a hard plastic container, such as a liquid laundry detergent bottle, will be accepted without charge at the Caspar Transfer Station.
For more information call the Police Department at 707-961-2800.