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By Rebecca Gourley

Health care team did 3,000-mile commute


Rebecca Gourley

LONG-DISTANCE COMMUTERS: Rick and Dawn Sexton now work at the Goldendale Family Practice Clinic, fresh off a stint in Alaska.

Imagine commuting to work via a 3,000-mile flight.

That is what two local health professionals did when they moved to Goldendale.

Physician Assistants Rick and Dawn Sexton moved to Goldendale in 2005, and 11 days later they started work in Alaska.

The island of Shemya is eight square miles and has a barren landscape with no trees. It serves as the United States Air Force Cobra Dane radar base, as part of the Eareckson Air Station. Its geographically close proximity to Russia allows the collection of data on Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine launched ballistic missiles.

The Sextons took care of the workers and military that operated the radar.

“We would work 28...

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