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The Independent Weekly Newspaper Serving the Backcountry Communities of Julian, Cuyamaca, Santa Ysabel, Shelter Valley, ML Laguna, Ranchita, Sunshine Summit, Warner Springs and Wynola. Volume 29 - Issue 23 Wednesday January 15, 2014 Julian, CA. ISSN 1937-8416 Juli:n News PO Box 6:39 Juiian, CA. 92036 Change Service Requested i  PRESORTEO STANOARD ill ,,,ili,,ill,,i,,l,,llill,,,i,,,,ili,lilllil,,,l,,,i,lilli,l,lP,i Small Town Papers TFN / : 217 W Cota St i Shelton WA 98584-2263 Terry Munt had been receiving his three-month supply of cholesterol medication from his pharmacy for a co-pay of $183.00. According to Terry, because of the Affordable Care Act, his insurance was cancelled and his investigation and pricing of a new approved insurance plan was not only going to cost him more but his deductibles were going to be much higher before any co-pays began to kick in. Additionally, he said that "he was not going to be able to keep his current Doctors, among them Doctor Merrick." Terry decided to go on his own for his health care and pay out of pocket as his needs arose. He went to CVS for his medication and was stunned to find that his cash price for a three-month supply of medicine was going to cost $2,000.00. This is not a negative or positive story on the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) or the American health care system turned on its head. This is not about the high cost of medicine or all the political shenanigans that have been going on for years regarding Americans, their Doctors or their medication. This is a story of local health care, the dedicated people that are pushing like crazy to keep it here and bring medical specialists to Julian. In Terry's case, the typical health care provider, (notice I didn't say Doctor, get used to it) would probably make a note to the patients record that the patient is not taking prescribed meds (not my fault). According to Terry, Doctor Merrick became very involved. He wanted his patient to take an important medication that would help maintain his health. He worked with the Borrego Community Health Clinic and they were able to provide Terry his three months of prescription medication for $28.00. What's happening with the Julian Medical Clinic requires a little history. On or around 1991 The Julian Medical Foundation was formed as an incorporated non-profit. Prior to that time the Julian Chamber of Commerce was responsible for bringing physicians to Julian. The original purpose of one of the Foundation's early committees was to bring an X-ray machine to Julian. Old timers joked that if you needed to have an X-ray you'd have to go to the Vet. Not much has changed in regard to the physical structure of the Julian Medical Clinic. For a long time it has been housed in a building on Washington St. owned by the Chamber of Commerce. It was built a long time ago as an adjunct to the Fire House, which was housed in the present Candied Apple Bakery. While the building has gone under extensive remodeling the past few years, it is best described as "quaint". Bottom line is, it has serious, "small" issues. At some time in the 1990s Doctor Merrick and his wife came to Julian and ran a private practice out of the building. About the same time, Bruce Hebets was becoming involved with the Borrego Community Heath Foundation after being involved with the San Ysidro Clinic System. Through his diligence and expertise he was able to turn Borrego into a Federal Qualified Health Center. School Is Back.In Session American Legion Family ' Prescribes Medical Clinic Fundraising Julian by Bill Fink ! Eagles Julian to see if they could lend a ,. Athletics In the medical business, this opens a lot of doors to funding and acceptance as a provider for insurance companies and government insurance programs. Around 2004 Doctor Merrick sold the Julian Clinic to the Borrego Community Health Foundation. According to Chuck Kimball of the Julian Medical Foundation, Bruce Hebets turned a roughly $400,000.00 single Borrego location into about 20 medical and dental clinics, as well as pharmacy, children center, home care, and mobile medical and dental services into a $50,000,000.00 non-profit operation as of 2012. He did this in medically under-served communities in San Diego and Riverside counties. The bottom line for the Julian Medical Clinic is that operating independently had been a tough row to hoe. In a small community it is difficult to keep Doctors and to attract the attention of insurers that are willing to accept small operations as providers. With its affiliation with Borrego the opportunity for growth and greater service to our community is really enhanced. The affiliation with Borrego has been a God.send to _Jutian. locals and so has that other non-prdfit, the Julian Medical Foundation. Since 2008 they have been looking to procure a property in Julian and in 2009 they purchased the property on A Street. Since that time, in addition to raising money to make a "state of the art" building a reality, they have engaged an architect, have been developing plans and specifications and processing and obtaining approvals through the myriad of agencies that have their fingers in this development. Additionally, the foundation has negotiated a long-term lease with the Borrego Community Health Foundation that will cover the costs of end loan financing and will provide funds for contingency maintenance and disaster costs. The bottom line is that building and property are owned by a Julian non-profit and leased by a financially solid partner. Doctor Wylie said that by moving to the new facility "it provides the opportunity for Julian to engage Doctors in the fields of Ob Gyn, Psychiatry, Cardiology with the potential for ENT, Dermatology and other specialized fields." Certainly the possibility exists for Urgent Care and Doc Wylie was excited about the possibility of an Osteopathic treatment room. All this takes money. According to Chuck Kimball, the project will cost over a million dollars. Private donors are a source as well as public fundraising. Of course partnering with an organization like Borrego, being a Federal Qualified Health Center, the doors to grants gets opened real wide. Not long ago Alan Marvin of the Julian group came to the American Legion Family in hand raising funds. If you know our Legion, you already know the answer to that one. As a result, this Friday, January 17, the American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion are pulling all stops and throwing one of their great steak dinners to raise funds for the cause. The doors will open at 5:30 P.M. The bill of fare will be rib-eye steak, baked potato, veggie, salad, rolls and dessert. As a guest of the Legion you will be able to take advantage of a great bar with the finest in beers and cocktails at great prices. This will be a great event and Legion steak dinners are well attended. Advance tickets are available and encouraged. The tip jars will be out, your neighbors will be there, and Foundation members will be present to give you any details you'll need. This will be a great event for a great local cause. This project is close to being a reality. You can help a great cause and get a great meal to boot. For more information or tickets, call the Legion at 760 765-0126 or the Julian Medical Foundation at 760 765-0765 i!!*!! i i i I ! ::i Chance Perez takes it to the hoop in a recent game at San Pasqual Academy. All of the Eagles sports teams will be getting into their league seasons as school resumes this week. photo by Lance Arenson ( Julirn Historical Socieh, Taking A Walk In Our Ancestors Shoes You are invited to a free picture show of Cuyamaca's delightful Green Valley and its ancient "San Diego Trail." Ed Huffman and Albert Simonson searched there for the last Indian village of Mitaragui, where mountain Kumeyaay indians were astonished by a visit from Governor Fages, his elite Catalonian volunteers, and presidio leatherjacket soldiers. It was a tense but amicable encounter of European and American culture, in 1782. You will hear about accomplishments of exploration and diplomacy but also challenges of hunger, grizzly bears, a demanding king, and a saucy young society wife who demanded a first and scandalous divorce in our Spanish America, on grounds of adultery, all in abundant detail. There will be pictures of uniforms and firearms, ballroom dress, old maps and testimony, useful native plants, a native hut, and a secluded cascade you will surely want to visit. Ed Huffman and Albert Simonson will be giving their presentation about tracing the "San Diego Trail" next Wednesday evening January 22, beginning at 7pm. As always, the presentation is free and all are invited. There will be free refreshments and good fellowship in The Julian Historical Society's old Witch Creek's school house at 2133 Fourth Street, Julian. This is another opportunity for you to connect with the rich history of the back country we live in. You will also get to travel the trail without leaving your seat. left: Kumeyaay village home below: Pedro Fages: Military Governor of Alta California bottom:fresh water spring Julian Historical Society Collection photos Basketball. Boys Tuesday, January 14 6:30 - @Ocean View Thursday, January 16 6:30 - @ Borrego Tuesday, January 21 *6:30 - Vincent Memorial Thursday, January 23 6:30 - @Calexico Tuesday, January 28 6:30 - Warner Thursday, January 30 6:30 - Mtn Empire Tuesday, February 4 6:30 - Borrego Thursday, February 6 6:30 - @Vincent Memorial Basketball- Girls Tuesday, January 14 5:00 - @Ocean View Thursday, January 16 5:00 - @ Borrego Tuesday, January 21 5:00 - Vincent Memorial Thursday, January 23 5:00 - @Calexico Tuesday, January 28 5:00 - Warner Thursday, January 30 5:00 - Mtn Empire Tuesday, February 4 5:00 - Borrego Thursday, February 6 5:00 - @Vincent Memorial Soccer- Boys Tuesday, January 14 3:15 - Calapatria Thursday, January 16 3:15 - @Vincent Memorial Thursday, January 23 3:15 - Calexico Mission Tuesday, January 28 3:15 - Borrego Thursday, January 30 tba - @ Calapatria Monday, February 3 tba - @River Valley Tuesday, February 4 3:15 - Vincent Memorial Friday, February 7 3:15 - Ocean View Tuesday, February 11 3:00 - @Calexico Mission Thursday, February 13 4:00 @ Borrego Springs Tuesday, February 18 4:00 @Classical Academy Soccer- Girls Monday, January 13 3:15 - Foothills Tuesday, January 14 3:00 - @Borrego Thursday, January 16 3:15 - Guajome Park Friday, January 17 3:15 - El Cajon Valley Thursday, January 23 3:15 - @Vincent Memorial Monday, January 23 tba - @River Valley Tuesday, January 28 5:00 - @Borrego Thursday, January 30 3:15 - Vincent Memorial Monday, February 3 3:15. River Valley Tuesday, February 4 3:15 - @Calexico Mission Thursday, February 6 3:15 - Borrego Tuesday, February 11 3:15 - Calexico Mission Wrestling Thursday, January 16 4pm - @Guajome Park Saturday, January 17 Tournament Thursday, January 30 4pm - @Mountain Empire Thursday, February 5 4pm - Julian High Saturday, February 15 CIF Divisionals Saturday, February 22 ClF Masters i HISTORIc CI00HBE]00 ] [IXER - FEBRUARY 6 - JULt00 WAGON INFOR00ATION: JULIAN CHA_HBER OF COMMERCE AT (760) 765-t857