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jeremykspk
08-29-2003, 02:25 PM
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An unidentified 85-year-old Pueblo man is the latest West Nile Virus victim, according to the Colorado State Health Department. The man, who was also the first male casualty, died on Tuesday in Pueblo while being treated for encephalitis. No other details were provided. The death brings the statewide total to 9 with 775 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Colorado so far this year. The other deaths include a 79-year-old Fremont County woman, two Pueblo County women, aged 83 and 84, two Weld County Women, aged 77 and 69, two Larimer County women aged 68 and 80, and a 67-year-old woman from Boulder County. Colorado residents are urged to take precautions against the virus by using an insect repellant with 20 to 30% Deet, but no more than 10% Deet for children, refraining from outside activities during the early morning and late evening hours, and by wearing clothing that covers as much exposed skin as possible. Call the state-wide toll-free hotline for more information at 877-462-2911.

During his town meetings in the San Luis Valley, U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard has indicated that he believes the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve could be a reality by the end of this year. Allard said that $31.28 million needed for the purchase has either been appropriated or will be appropriated later this year. He also said that the profit which Yale University receives from the sale, about $4 million, will be given back to the U.S. Government to help complete the sale. Yale University holds an interest in the 97,000 acre Baca Ranch. Only one lawsuit reportedly remains that involves the Baca ranch sale. Allard indicated that that wouldn’t hold up the closing of the ranch sale or the national park designation.

The Las Animas/Huerfano Counties District Health Department has declared a public health emergency in the two counties due to West Nile Virus. Las Animas County Commissioners and the City of Trinidad also followed suit on Tuesday, issuing formal declarations of a state of emergency. Las Animas County does not have any confirmed West Nile cases currently, however, 8 possible cases are awaiting final blood test results. There are now 5 confirmed West Nile cases in Huerfano County. None of the cases have been life threatening so far. The emergency declaration will now make both counties eligible for federal aid.

The Trinidad Round-Up association will host many events this weekend in Trinidad. Events begin tomorrow at 6:30pm with a kid's dress-up contest, a Cheerleading competition, and a street dance with music by the Chuck Cusiman Band. Saturday's events begin with family day at the rodeo at 1:30pm. The queen coronation dance will take place at 9pm. On Sunday, a barbeque begins at 11am with the rodeo at 1:30pm and a rodeo dance at 9pm. Then, the Labor Day Parade begins at 9am on Monday with Grand Marshal Leroy Laplatt and Sliver Queen Shirley Leplatt. The rodeo gets underway again at 1:30pm. Everyone is welcome to all events. And, remember, this is Labor Day weekend approaching, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to anticipate heavy traffic in many areas of the state this weekend. The heaviest traffic is expected on Labor Day, with everyone returning home from the long weekend. And if your weekend includes alcohol, remember... If you drink, don't drive. The Colorado state patrol and police and sheriff's agencies throughout the state will be looking for you. Be safe, have fun, and have a great Labor Day weekend.