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the alamosa mosquito control district continues to discover west nile virus in mosquitoes in the alamosa area. yesterday, a trap at cattails golf course and a trap in the vicinity of 12 mile road and the 105 south tested positive. This brings the total positive tests to five since the first detection on july 13th. The district's response has been to treat an area within one and one-half miles of the trap. The treatment consists of aerial and ground spraying and one application is done immediately with a second following in the early evening hours. This has reduced the number of mosquitoes in the traps to almost zero. Three new cases of west nile virus in humans have also been reported in the state. A 48-year-old pueblo man tested positive, was hospitalized and is now recovering at home. A 45-year-old female from otero county and a 57-year-old jefferson county female have both also tested positive and are recovering. That brings the total to 4 human cases so far. Symptoms include headache, fever, neck stiffness, weakness, disorientation, tremors, convulsions or coma. People should protect themselves by using insect repellant containing 20 to 30% deet and wearing protective clothing. Call the amcd at 589-5409 for more information.
the u.s. Forest service says that it is not yet convinced that curtis bruner, the new owner of the cuchara valley ski resort, will be any better off than the 7 owners who have preceded him in the ski resort's 22 year history. However, the forest service says it does want to cooperate with bruner if he can make the resort viable. The resort hasn't opened for seven of the past 14 years, and forest officials say that they are going to stick with their plan to dismantle the ski lifts and rehabilitate the area as funds permit, beginning perhaps sometime next year. The forest service has requested specific information from bruner and his supporters including proof that he is the new legal owner instead of john lau. Bruner also must prove that he and his backers are financially able to make cuchara valley a viable resort.
a subaru utility vehicle westbound on u.s. 160 in the san luis valley, just west of county line road, crossed into the oncoming lane at 10:11pm on wednesday and collided head-on with a 1992 chevrolet coupe. The subaru spun around and became engulfed in flames. The chevrolet went off the south side of u.s. 160 and rolled once. Both driver and passenger in the subaru were pronounced dead at the scene as were both the driver and passenger in the chevrolet. Whether or not seat belts were in use in either vehicle is unknown at this time. All four died of massive internal injuries.
the city of aguilar has lifted its water restrictions and residents may now use their allotments of two hours a day, three days a week. eventhough city officials are not saying that the town's water crisis is over, numerous leaks have been fixed and faulty valves in the city's distribution system have been fixed. It is now expected that sufficient water should be available for the town's 600 residents and 350 water customers for the rest of the year.
raymond g. "jerry" murphy, a native of pueblo and adams state graduate, hiroshi h. "hershey" miyamura and george t. Sakato were the focus of attention in monte vista's ski hi stampede parade yesterday. Events this week in the valley and at the colorado state veterans center at homelake are being held to welcome home soldiers who fought in korea. Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the armistice that ended the korean conflict.
vectra bank of colorado has placed its four san luis valley branches on the market. zions bancorporation of denver has decided to concentrate on the small and mid-sized businesses and shed it's agriculture-related branches. The four branches for sale in the valley are in alamosa, del norte, saguache and center.