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PAGE 4 BLACKFOOT VALLEY DISPATCH APRIL 7, 2016 COMMENTARY Letter: Why clinic is importa Lincoln community EMS nt Lincoln residents, the ambulance, the ambu- As President of the Lin- lance suffers. colnVolunteer Ambulance In 2015, the ambulance Service, I would like to wrote off just under $70,000 thank everyone who at- dollars because patients tended the meeting involv- did not pay. When you put ing the community and Pure everything on the plate it View Health Center. Lincoln cost the ambulance about Ambulance is in full support $500 to a $1000 dollars to of Pure View functioning in function for each call. The Lincoln. The clinic is do- ambulance also has costs if ing a great things for this the wheels never turn. community, and without it, Here is the down and there would be no medical dirty. If the clinic were to services here. close, the ambulance calls I can explain why. With- would increase. Already out the clinic, the only almost half of the calls go medical service is emer- unpaid. Those numbers gency service. However, would rise. Funds to keep some people will see the the ambulance going get ambulance as a mobile very short or go in the hole. clinic. This is not the case. In 2015, Lincoln Ambulance Our community ambulance was within three medical is a PRE-HOSPITAL EMER- calls of going into the hole. GENCY care unit ONLY. We The ambulance will have to only treat life threats en- stop responding to all medi- route to an emergency room cal calls, and you will be left either in Helena, Missoula, to treat yourself. or Great falls. In closing, I would hope Herein lies the problem, that all members of this If there is no clinic here, community will continue- some patients will not go to support our local Clinic. to another doctor until the Without it we will all suffer. problem has progressed to Just think about this for a life threatening problem a minute. If you or a loved and then we get called, one was hurt bad in one way The clinic has a wonder- or another, and no one was ful program that the ambu- coming, what would you do? lance does not. They have Aaron Birkholz- a funded sliding fee scale. President, Advanced EMT If the patient does not have Lincoln Volunteer insurance and does not pay Ambulance Service Annual Weed Management Meeting Weed District April 20, 6 to 8 pm Deer Lodge Community Center April 21't 1 to 3 pm Helmville Community Center Raffle Prizes * Recertification Credits Available Sen. Steve Daines Montana Montana Energy Jobs Made-in-Montana energy means good Montana jobs that on average pay two to three times more than the state average. Montana's ability to create more good- paying energy jobs is im- mense - in fact, our state leads the nation in coal deposits. We are the na- tion's fifth-largest producer of hydropower, with 23 hydroelectric dams across our state, and fifth in wind energy potential. Montana is at the center stage of the national en- ergy debate and provides the nation a template of a true all-of-the-above en- ergy portfolio - we have coal, natural gas and oil, as well as renewables such as hydro, wind, biomass and solar opportunities. What makes our state most valu- able are the people who make our energy systems work, towns like Colstrip that build communities around livelihoods reliant on good paying energy jobs: That is the good news. The bad news: Montana energy jobs are under as- sault. The past two weeks, I've heard from thousands of Montanans about the future and importance of made-in- Montana energy and made- in-Montana good-paying jobs. During my week long tour across our state I saw once again, our vast natural resources and our true en- ergy potential- from tour- ing a wind farm near Baker " - to seeing the hydropower facility at Helena's Hauser Dam -to hosting a town hall in Colstrip - hearing directly from the community about the devastating effects President Obama's anti-coal regulations will have on hardworking Montanans. My statewide energy tour culminated this week at Montana Energy 2016, where over 600 people gathered in Billings for a Montana family conversa- tion about our state's energy future. During the two and half day summit we heard a consistent and powerful message about the need to maximize our opportu- nity for growth and expand made-in-Montana energy and the good-paying jobs it supports. Montanans are leading American energy innovation - Montanans' like Chrystal Cuniff, a Montana Tech en- gineer from Choteau who's helped drill the deepest well in the Gulf of Mexico or Ryan Lance, a Montana native, who's leading one of the largest oil and gas com- panies in the world. Ashley Dennehey from Colstrip highlighted how the boiler- Ovando Montana Under Assault makers, operators and other hardworking labor groups in her community are working hard to keep the lights on in the face of adversity. We must continue invest- ing in our two year col- leges that provide training in trades like welding and heavy machine operations, so we can keep our kids here with good-paying energy jobs. And, we can't forget that Montana coal provides tax revenues of $145 mil- lion year, which support our teachers and schools. Montana should lead the world in developing clean coal technology. We must continue to develop renewable technologies that will store the power created by wind. We should not al- lowWashington, D.C. and the Obama administration to dictate and regulate coal and gas out of existence. We need more made-in- Montana energy, not more made in the Middle-East energy. Make no mistake, Presi- dent Obama's Environmen- tal Protection Agency regu- lations are killing Montana energy. Our country's future is bright if we can unleash the power of innovation and rein in the overregulation of Washington, D.C. I couldn't agree more with what Chairman of the Crow Nation Darrin Old Coyote said in his keynote address at Montana Energy 2016, 'Tkll of Montana citizens need to work together for a better tomorrow: renew- able energy, fossil energy, conventional energy, Indian or non-Indian. Regardless of political affiliation, whether we are Democrats, Republi- cans or Independents." Montanans can find bet- ter solutions than Washing- ton, D.C. bureaucrats. 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