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EMS on hold in tiny Annex

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

ANNEX – Residents of a small town on the Idaho-Oregon border will wait a little longer for emergency medical services.

Annex, population 216, sits on the Oregon side of the Snake River across from Weiser. Most residents of the small town shop and socialize in Weiser and high school students, after completing grade school in Annex, attend Weiser High School.

Until May, ambulance service to Annex was provided by Washington County Ambulance from Weiser.

According to Larry Colella, Washington County ambulance director, the service to Annex has existed for at least 20 years.

In May, the Oregon Health Authority notified the Weiser Ambulance the service and its employees weren’t licensed in Oregon.

“We are not refusing to provide service. We just legally are not able to,” Colella said.

Now, Treasure Valley Paramedics, based in Ontario, serves Annex. The drive of 18 miles takes . . .