Eight planes made the January trip. The weather was clear and the flight down
uneventful. There was a bit of rain two days prior to our arrival and the Serenidad
runway in Mulege was a bit wet. The Cadeje runway was dry but the river was flowing
with water. There were two quinceañeros, fifteenth birthday parties, on
Friday and Saturday nights in Mulege that some members of our group attended.
These members enjoyed getting to know more of the local people and their
John Thatcher and Kathy Ogden came down on Thursday to do a
dermatology clinic in Mulege and joined us on the Saturday
trip to Cadeje. We were delighted to
see them and they were put to good use at the Cadeje clinic. Drs. Eric
McFarland, David Rose and newcomer Guy Tarleton saw all the patients, including
a few latecomers who showed up after the clinic was closed. Thanks to all the
helpers who made this an efficient and caring clinic.
Dr. Hui Nguyen and wife Kim were a great help on their first
trip and we hope they join us again. Melodi cleaned teeth,
always a great need, and Ruth Anne
and Pam Heinz helped with the rest of the assisting chores.
CADEJE AIRPORT UPDATE
In conversation with Arnulfo, who is in charge of the airport,
it became obvious that he wanted to relieve himself of the airstrip
also directed us to call the head of the ejido, Augustín Mesa,
who lives in La Paz.
To keep the story short, an airport committee of Brian Coryat,
Bob Openshaw and John Grube spoke with Augustín in La Paz and heard a similar concern.
We have therefore proposed that the airstrip be leased to Aeromédicos
for a nominal fee and that we then assume responsibilities for the strip. This
was verbally agreed to with great enthusiasm by Augustín. There will be
an ejido meeting on the 24th of February which we will attend to hopefully finalize
The permit to land at the airstrip in Cadeje cannot be resolved
until the Feb. 24th meeting . Alternate plans to land at
La Purisima are
We will probably have a small but efficient crew for the February
trip and will
stay in San Juanico. Learn more at the potluck, which will be held
Directions and info on other side.
Pilots: Jim Gaskin, Scott Gordon, John Grube, Ted Kenney, Tom
Koff, Ross Rankin, John Thatcher
Dentists: John Grube, Hui Nguyen
RDAs: Pam Heinz, Ruth Anne Quarles, Melodi Willis
MDs : Eric McFarland, David Rose, Guy Tarleton, John Thatcher
RNs: Sandra Burney, Lisa Fabian, Linda Rose, Cristine Snider,
EMTs: Leslie Vallee, Erlinda
MA: Kathy Ogden.
RM: Lola Rosales (clinic coodinator)
Translators: Kristin Avery, Sandra Burney, Lisa Fabian, Susan Grube,
Bob Openshaw, Christine
Snider, Linda Rose, Lola Rosales
Pharmacy: Linda Rose, Lisa Runyen
Helpers: Kent Pember, Elwood Schapansky, Kim Nguyen
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