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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 7A un James Wilson Staff Writer What started out as a family hunting trip Sept. 27 quickly turned into a medical emergency for Apple Valley's Dave Wyrick. Dave, along with his wife, Emily Wyrick, and uncle Jim Feller, came up to Plumas County to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a weekend of hunting. Dave fell ill while in the middle of the forest, and according to him, if it wasn't for the help of Meadow Valley couple James and Ami BaUard, he would be dead today. The three hunters set out early Sept. 27 to the mountains above Bucks Lake and Three Lakes. Once they were a good distance from the truck, Dave started to feel a little funny. That funny feeling quickly turned into something more serious. "We were almost to the top of the mountain and I started sweating profusely," recalled Dave. "I started puking, and it got to the point where I was throwing up bile." Emily and Feller knew there was possibly other hunters located close to them, so they hoisted Dave up and started to make their way down the mountain. As they continued down, Dave became more and more sick. "I know this sounds funny now, but I told them to just leave me there and head down the mountain without me," Dave said. Emily and Feller finally reached Three Lakes and spotted a campsite. James and Ami were at the site. The two visiting hunters explained the situation to the Ballards and asked if they had a vehicle to help take Dave off the mountain. James went up the trail and helped Dave make it to their camp. By the time Dave got to the camp, he was not looking so hot. According to Ami, a licensed vocational nurse, Dave was disoriented and could barely stand up. Ami's Quick action by James and Ami Ballard, shown here near their house in Meadow Valley, may have saved the life of Dave Wyrick, a hunter who became sick miles from his vehicle. Photo by James Wilson evaluation led to the spotted the truck. James conclusion that Dave needed waited to make sure the two immediate medical visiting hunters loaded the assistance, truck up and the truck James hoisted Dave into started, then led them down his truck, Emily and Feller the mountain. loaded up their gear and "In our day-to-day lives, it jumped in, and the four sped isn't often that you run down 12 miles to Plumas across people that are District Hospital. willing to provide such help James explained the without any desire of situation to the receiving recognition or nurse, who checked Dave in compensation," Dave said and administered an IV. Now about James and Ami. that Dave was stable, James "Their compassion and grace offered Emily and Feller a reflects great credit upon ride back to their truck,themselves, their family and There was only one problem community." -- Dave had been the driver Since Dave's episode, he and they weren't quite sure hasn't gone on any big hikes. where on the mountain their His doctors back home think truck was parked, the episode may have been Going above and beyond, caused by a bad reaction to James drove Emily and arthritis medication. Dave Feller up and down the dirt said he and his family will roads around Bucks Lake for never forget the kindness of several hours until they James and Ami. (weather permitting), 1 thru Nov. 1st 7 Days a Week Call Now for Tee Times, Reservations and Information PLUMAS PINES GOLF RESORT 402 Poplar Valley Road Graeagle, Ca To send a legal: To send an advertisement: mail@plumasnews.oom ( is NO LONGER IN USE James Wilson Staff Writer "The main thing with regard to self-care is that those who are selfless and compassionate have an Achilles heel-- They don't pay enough attention to themselves." These words, spoken by psychologist Charles Figley, were the basis for the experiential retreat held in Serpilio Hall at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds on Oct. 15. First 5 Plumas, the Plumas County children and families commission, funded the event for care providers of all walks of life. A total of 24 participated, including therapists, social-service workers, educators and child-care providers. "The stress level among care providers can be extremely high," noted First 5 Plumas executive director Ellen Vierra. "This retreat was set up so they can learn to take care of themselves." Because all who participated lead generally busy lives, the one-day workshop focused not on coming up with more time, but utilizing the time between the demands, choices and responsibilities Kalena Babeshoff instructs a group of care professionals at the Caring for Oneself While Caring for Others retreat held at the fairgrounds Oct. 15. The retreat, sponsored by First 5 Plumas, taught care providers methods to unload stress in their lives. Photo by James Wilson of their lives. Kalena Babeshoff, founder of the Foundation for Healthy Family Living, developed and facilitated the program taught at the retreat. Babeshoffhas worked in the health-care field since the 1970s. Participants learned and practiced relaxation tools involving stress-releasing movements, massage and acupressure. Those interested in learning more about Babeshoff's methods can go to United Bikers of Northern present an California @ The Feather River Grange Hall, Quincy Every 2nd Saturday November thru April 8am - llam (price includes: biscuits & sausage gravy, fruit, juice, milk, coffee & tea) Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers B Mimosas available for only $4 morel During the breakfast there will be an "opportunity drawing" with, great prizes that "you need not be present to win!" Support OUR LOCAL Hospice and other local charities! For more info, call Dave & Helen Reynolds @ 283-4950 Paid political advertisement SUPERVISOR, DISTRICT 5 The l ally Homegrown Candidate! Plumas County has been our family's home for over 57 years I Live Here .... Over the past 60 years here in Plumas County, I've been a son, a student, an employee, a husband, an employer and have worn many other various hats. I am your Local Candidate with the Most & Longest Hands on County Experience. I Love the people, the businesses, the beauty of our landscape that we share in our small communities throughout Plumas County. It's nice to be able to go anywhere such as, our Grocery Stores, our Hardware Stores, Restaurants, Schools, Realty Offices, Our Local Newspaper, Motels and So Many Other Places where I find people I know, I can visit with, smile at people I don't know and they smile back. Plumas County is a channing, historic, friendly place with many kind, thoughtful, caring and helpfulpeople. These are some of the many reasons I've chosen to make Plumas County my home. I Work Here .... As' a business person here in Plumas County I know the importance of Buying Local. I believe Local businesses and Local Workers should be used for Local Jobs ...... I AM THE ONLY CANDIDATE THAT PURCHASED MY SIGNS, MAILERS, POSTCARDS, STAMPS, ETC .... LOCALLY. Many of you are discouraged. I would like to be one who helps in turning our economy around, and be an encourager to the people of Plumas County. I want the young and old, families, students, employees, employers and all those wanting to make Plumas County their home be able to stay here, to have a safe, comfortable, good life here. We need to keep the employers/business's we have in the County and bring in safe, good paying jobs. I've Raised My Family Here .... When my wife & I chose to live and raise our family here, the economy was much better, we've had a good and safe family atmosphere and life here. Times am Very. Tough these days. I've watched and Personally Know Young Families. Senior Citizens. Students and many like my wife and I who are or have been livin~surviving paycheck to paycheck. Many. Many people are tolling me that they are strug_~ling day to day. wondering when or if anything is going to change and get better. telling me. "it's got to change, turn around. I've Love It Here .... I Am Asking to Be Your District 5, Plumas County Sul~ervisor. and this County. needs people who will SPEAK Ugfor THEM. I WILL BE THAT PERSON. an indeeendent voice that will listen & soeak un for all of you. My opponents have sought donations, I HAVE NOT. If elected, I will owe NO favors. I am Sorry that I was not able to meet and talk to each of you in District 5, but if elected, I will make it a priority to get to know those of you I have not vet met. (530) 836-0257 Paid for by the committee to elect Jeff Engel