The Columbia Press 1 Clatsop County’s Independent Weekly www.thecolumbiapress.com WHS Spanish teacher has well traveled career Vol. 5, Issue 39 September 24, 2021 Vaccine mandate leads to slow burn in Warrenton Left: Volunteers at a practice burn training on Skipanon Drive in 2018. (Diane Collier) Bottom left: Vol- unteers arrange to transport a fire boat to help fight a fire aboard a fish- ing vessel in the Skipanon River in April. (Bella Byers) Below: Volunteers read to children at a 2020 commu- nity event. (Cindy Hansen) By Bruce Dustin For The Columbia Press Carolina Ochoa-Roloff es la nueva maestra de español en la escuela se- cundaria en Warrenton. Said another way, Señora Ochoa-Rol- off is the new Spanish teacher at WHS. She grew up in La Puente, Calif., began teaching at Jurupa Valley High and then Rubidoux High, both in Riverside County, Calif. Ochoa-Roloff moved to Clatsop County when her hus- band, Travis Roloff, Ochoa-Roloff was transferred here. Roloff is a chief warrant officer in the Coast Guard and he transferred here recently from Massachusetts. Their marriage has given her the op- portunity to work at some interesting places. She taught at Sonoma Valley High School while he was assigned to Station Golden Gate in San Fran- cisco; at Public Schools Academy in Fairfield, Calif., a high school that’s run like a military school and geared toward public safety education; and Nauset Regional High School in Eastham, Mass., when her husband was transferred to Cape Cod. Nauset, where Ochoa-Roloff taught for four years, had a diverse student population, many of them with Por- tuguese and Brazilian backgrounds. It is one of the top 100 schools in Amer- ica through the U.S. Department of Education’s “Nationally Recognized Schools of Excellence” program. Her arrival here from Massachusetts -- from one coast to the other -- is due to her husband’s redeployment. Bienvenidos a Warrenton, Señora Carolina Ochoa-Roloff. 50 ¢ By Cindy Yingst The Columbia Press Gov. Kate Brown’s mandate meant to force the hesitant masses to get vaccinated or lose their jobs could have dire consequences for Warren- ton and other communities who rely on volunteers for fire and emergen- cy medical services. Warrenton Fire Department, which serves the city as well as un- incorporated areas south of the city, has three paid career employees and 20 volunteers. More than half of the volunteers are unvaccinated. The mandate hits Warrenton – and other rural fire agencies state- wide – especially hard. “I’m sick about it. I’ve lost sleep over it,” Warrenton Fire Chief Bri- an Alsbury said. “I volunteered for 13 years before I took the job as the chief and my heart goes out to them. “Truly everyone in Warrenton who volunteers, they’re here for their community. They enjoy fighting fires and going out on medical calls. This mandate is going to keep them See ‘Vaccine’ on Page 4 For more on this issue, read Mayor Balensifer’s column on page 7. Warrenton clinic doctor featured in nationwide campaign Dr. Elizabeth Erikson, a physician at the CMH-OHSU Clinic in Warrenton, is featured in a nationwide campaign for 3RNET, a resource for health pro- fessionals seeking careers in rural and underserved communities. The “First. Next. Forever.” cam- paign highlights Erikson’s story and the work of Amanda Judd, who worked as CMH’s provider recruiter for five years before moving to her husband’s next Coast Guard duty sta- tion earlier this summer. Judd helped bring Erikson to CMH in 2018 when she saw she would be a good fit for the organization’s Planetree, person-cen- tered culture. Stacee Reed, program manager “We’re so fortunate that Dr. Erik- for recruitment and retention with See ‘Campaign’ on Page 5 son believed CMH had everything she was looking for,” Judd says in the recruitment campaign. “I can say with confidence that she is making a positive differ- ence in the community. She’s exactly who we had hoped for.” 3RNET includes a digital search engine for professionals to search for jobs. Its national network of coordinators covers all 50 states and represents or- ganizations that serve the na- Dr. Elizabeth Erikson at her family farm. tion’s health care safety net.