CITY BY THE BAY — I Left my Heart in San Francisco, was a song made famous by Tony Bennett. The skyline of the city is shown here and the subject of Petersons monthly travel article. Photo courtesy of Cindy Habets Peterson
Special to the I-O by Cindy Habets Peterson
It is difficult not to be inspired, on a daily basis, by San Francisco.
After much time on the road and as semi-permanent houseguests, we have once again marked this West Coast urban center as our permanent address.
Our full-time wandering days behind us for the moment, we are fortunate to call one of the most-visited cities in the world our home. And with the approach of summer vacation season, I was inspired to dedicate my next few articles to locations closer to home.
For the next couple months I’ll be taking a break from countries requiring a passport stamp or a visa to highlight on some of the amazing locations we have right here in the Western United States.
TRAUMA CERTIFICATION — Ruth Erickson, director of ambulance services, and Laura Erickson RN, trauma coordinator at the Pondera Medical Center, hold a plaque in the ER Room showing the hospital has been designated continuous certification as a Trauma Receiving Facility. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Pondera Medical Center (PMC) recently received continued certification as a Trauma Receiving Facility from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.
In March 2009, the hospital met state and federal requirements proving its readiness and training to respond to patients with trauma injuries, receiving a one year certification as a Trauma Receiving Facility.
The PMC recently completed a trauma report to the state and received full trauma designation status effective through March 2012.
All of the Emergency Room staff has received Advanced Trauma training that focuses on a systematic, standardized approach to care of the injured patient, which significantly reduces patient mortality.
TREE PLANTING — From the left, Dru Gunderson, Mayor John Shevlin, John Callahan, and Rich Anderson plant a Poplar tree in Legion Park for Arbor Day. Later on the city crew put in a pair of Linden trees. The city crews have been planting about eight trees a year over the past few years in city parks. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
County commissioners set June 7 at 5:15 p.m. in the courthouse to discuss the commercial, health, and public safety issues of the medical marijuana growing industry on the residents of Pondera County.
The sale of marijuana for medical purpose is fast becoming a hot topic across the state.
In Pondera County there are 17 caregivers, people who can legally grow marijuana for medical purposes and 45 patients.
It can be used for chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, HIV (AIDS), multiple sclerosis, cancer or glaucoma to name a few.
Commissioner Cynthia Johnson commented, “There is no guidance across the state, it’s pretty much a free-for-all.”
In addition, she noted that the county is not zoned and the commissioners would need to draft a new ordinance which would be for commercial use.