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The Alamosa Mosquito Control District discovered the West Nile Virus in mosquitoes trapped within the district yesterday. The district responded immediately by treating the area and searching for sources of mosquitoes. Harvey Teyler, Manager of the district said that "we cannot stop the West Nile Virus completely, but the district is working to minimize its effect on our community by trapping, testing and controlling". West Nile Virus is a disease that can be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Catching the illness is rare, and most infected people will not get sick, or will only have mild symptoms. However, it can be fatal, especially to those over 50 or the very young. Symptoms include headache, high fever, disorientation, coma and convulsions. People can protect themselves from being infected by preventing mosquitoes from biting them. Use of insect repellant that contains 20 to 30% Deet and wearing clothing that covers the skin as much as possible is recommended. Call the Alamosa Mosquito Control District for more information at 589-5409.
Laboratories at the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University have reported Colorado's first cases of equine West Nile Virus for 2003. Four horses have tested positive for West Nile Virus in the state, including one each in Yuma, Weld, Adams and Fremont counties. The Yuma County horse died on July 6th while the others are recovering. One of the surviving horses was vaccinated against West Nile Virus. The vaccination status of the other two horses is not known. Colorado reported about 380 equine cases last year. Of those, 93 died. It is recommended that horse owners have their horses vaccinated against West Nile Virus. Owners should also consider eliminating standing pools of water where mosquitoes can breed and keeping their animals inside during the morning and evening when mosquitoes are most active.
Colorado state auditors yesterday questioned how Colorado‚€™s Workforce Development Program uses federal funds. 27 of 78 cases that have been reviewed are in question. Problems found include $2,900 that was paid for moving expenses to a person who had already accepted a management-level position before enrolling in a workforce program, and $1,200 in three rent payments for a person who may not have qualified for even one month. Colorado's office of workforce development programs has 224 employees who oversee the programs with an annual budget of $54 million, mostly federal funds. Federal grant rules require that training be directly linked to occupations in demand and the clients' skills to fill them.
Logger Days will take place this Saturday and Sunday in South Fork. There will be a huge craft fair and entertainment beginning at 9am both days. Saturday's logging competition begins at 1pm, and will include and axe throw, timed wood chop, two man cross cut and more. Sunday includes an amateur axe throwing competition beginning at 11am with the logging competition beginning at noon. All events will be held at the South Fork Community Building and Grounds. For more information, call 1-800-571-0881.
A contractor for the environmental protection agency is currently performing Road Work around the Summitville Mine Superfund Site. Because of the project, traffic delays of up to 2 hours can be expected on Pinos Creek Road. Travelers are advised to use Park Creek Road instead to avoid delays. The project should be complete by the end of this month. Call 657-2410 for more information.
The La Veta School of the Arts will present a class by Raymond Redfeather entitled "Sacred Geometry" this Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm each day at the school. The class will include drawing the ancient patterns of Euclid, Pythagoras and Plato. Call 742-3704 for more information.