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  • Rural cancer patients face lack of specialists, long trips for treatment

    As fire chief in Kingsburg, a small town in California’s Central Valley, Tim Ray has done more than battle blazes in the past few years. Actual fires here are relatively few, in fact. These days, Ray, a trim 52-year-old with clipped moustache and gentle eyes, oversees a kind of volunteer medical transportation service, hustling patients from this idyllic town—settled by Swedish immigrants in the 1870s and still bedecked with “Välkommen” welcome signs—as far as 20 miles away, to a hospital in Fresno.

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  • RCAC helps homeowners replace dry wells

    California’s severe drought continues with no end in sight and families across the state face life without water—something most of us can only imagine—as wells run dry. Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) has been helping homeowners through the California household/small water system drought assistance (HSWSDA) loan/grant program.

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    Network News Sept. 2016

    All children get stomachaches, Melanie Whelchel thought when her 3-year-old son Jessen suffered yet another one in 2013. At the time, she blamed a virus, although Jessen had been vomiting. Even an X-ray of a lump on Jessen’s abdomen indicated harmless constipation. But during one feverish middle-of-the-night attack, with Jessen curled up in agony, a frantic Whelchel rushed him to an emergency room in Chico, where they live.

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