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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Dec: 31, 2014 3A Christmas meals As has been the Quincy Service Club's tradition for decades, Rotarians, with the help of family and friends, deliver Christmas meals and lots of holiday cheer to several homebound senior citizens in the Quincy area on Tuesday, Dec. 22. As also done for decades, the turkey dinners were provided by Safeway and were delivered to those whose names were provided by the Senior Nutrition Program. From left: Siegfried Fiolka, Marcia Price, Ethan Fiolka, Lisa Kelly, Toni Thomas, Herschal Beail, Mike Taborski, Steve King and Mike Beatty. Photo by Greg Knight Action committee files complaint against clinic Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.com Effective Jan. 1, 2015, many Sierra County medical : services, in place for nearly , half a century, are history due to Western Sierra Medical Clinic's downsizing in Downieville. In 2014, the nonprofit's i CEO, Scott McFarland, and ! its board voted to discontinue after-hours and weekend urgent and emergency medical services, as well as reduce primary care office hours, according to WSMC officials. In addition, the Base Hospital Extension Agreement with Enloe Medical Center in Chico was cancelled, meaning the Downieville site can no longer partner with the fire district's ambulance operation for urgent and emergency medical services. Western Sierra County's struggling economy, dwindling population and declining employment opportunities were deemed as factors. "With the changing demographics of the population .in Sierra County many organizations serving the county have had to make difficult decisions in the face of declining demand for their services," said Cheryl Rubin, WSMC planning and development director. "These changes are designed to make the most of our resources, while continuing to offer as many services as possible." The 80 percent reduction in medical services impacts about 3,200 county residents I PLEDGE Shop Local Spend Local Eat Local Stay Local ENJOY LOCAL "We are at risk. We now have to plan our emergencies." Ingrid Larson Downieville Clinic Patients' Advocacy Committee chairperson and 690,000 visitors across 500 square miles of rugged mountain terrain and winding roads. It limits accessibility to physicals, regular checkups, urgent care, treatment of minor sicknesses, management of medical conditions and chronic diseases, labs and imaging orders, and dental care, according to area .... residents alarmed by WSMC's decision. "Our rural/frontier community has lost full-time quality health care that we benefited from for 40 years," said Ingrid Larson, Downieville Clinic Patients' Advocacy Committee chairperson. "We are at risk. We now have to plan our emergencies." The Downieville Clinic became a Federal Health Center in 2007 and merged with Grass Valley's Miner's Clinic in 2009 to satisfy federal grant requirements. Downieville brought with it a ' $600,000 federal grant and unencumbered real estate. Miner's Clinic provided the patient volume required by the grant. Advocacy group representatives say the merger agreement states WSMC will maintain on-site medical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Downieville. ."Which is quite different from what we have as of Jan. 1:8 to 5, Monday through Thursday, with no after-hours service and no weekend coverage," said Larson. Dismayed over the cuts, the advocacy group filed a complaint with the state's Attorney General's Office seeking enforcement of the merger agreement, or dissolution for noncompliance and the return of all pre-merger assets. The AG notified the group that the compliant was received, but a response has not yet been issued. WSMC staff could not comment on 2019 East Main St., Quincy 283-2929 www.quincyhotspot.com Tues-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm Sat 10am-4pm Closed Sun & Mon the action because of pending litigation. However, Rubin did say that WSMC is not looking to ignore any county patients and is working with other organizations to fund and provide health care services for needed health care. "But whenever there is any such change there occasionally will be some information out in the community that is not correct," she added. "We remain ready, as well, to adjust our hours based on the seasonal needs of Sierra County and the demands put on our clinic." Rubin added that expanded offices and services recently opened at WSMC's Grass Valley location. Providers at the 19,000-square-foot, $4.9 million development, located at 844 Old Tunnel Road, are available to assist patients in the Downieville area as needed. Fire, Water or Wind Damage have you frustrated? 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The bodies of Mike and Olga Kroencke were discovered by Butte County sheriff's deputies Saturday, Dec. 20, in the foothills north of Oroville. Deputies found the bodies in the Berry Creek area after relatives reported the Kroenckes were late in arriving. According to reports, the deaths are considered suspicious. Deputies reportedly found the bodies inside a car. The Butte County Sheriff's Office has declined to offer any details, despite repeated requests by Feather Publishing. Spokesperson Miranda Bowersox said last week that because the deaths were under investigation, the department wouldn't release any details other than confirmation of the identities. When asked ff the deaths were being investigated as homicides, Bowersox said she could not comment and that details would be reported to the media in a press release. No press release had been provided as of Tuesday, Dec. 30. 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