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A 64-year-old woman, who was a resident of the City and County of Denver, died yesterday at a Denver hospital from West Nile Virus. The woman is the first resident of the City and County of Denver and the 13th Coloradan to die from the effects of West Nile Virus. She was suffering from meningitis. The 13 deaths are among the now 973 human cases of West Nile Virus reported in Colorado this year. 32 new cases were added to the list yesterday. Eventhough mosquito season should only last a few more weeks, Coloradans are still advised to take precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes. Use insect repellents with 20 to 30% Deet, 10% Deet or less for children. Refrain from outside activities during the early morning and late evening hours when mosquitoes are the most active, and wear protective clothing outdoors if you must be outside during that time. Also, install or repair window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside and eliminate any standing water where mosquitoes may breed. For more information, call the Colorado Health Education Line at 1-877-462-2911.
A cut cable in Casper, Wyoming, left Cellular One cellular customers in Colorado and Wyoming without phone service yesterday. The cable, one of Qwest's fiber optic cables, was cut about 3:30am yesterday morning. Crews were at work repairing the cable yesterday, however, the outage was still an extended one. Phone service has been restored this morning. Cellular one has about 32 million customers nationwide. It is not known just how many customers the cable cut affected.
The Colorado Historical Society has announced that the Baca House in Trinidad will be featured on an upcoming home and garden television program entitled "homes of our heritage: homes on the range". The program will air on HGTV on Sunday at 7pm. Paula Manini, Director of the Trinidad History Museum, is featured on the program discussing the history of the Baca House and its relationship to the Santa Fe Trail. Mark Gardner, a former director of the museum, was also interviewed. More information about the program or the museum can be obtained by calling the museum at 846-7217.
The Colorado State Patrol, the Conejos County Sheriff's Office, the La Jara Police Department and Hometown Food Market will sponsor a child safety seat check-up on Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the Hometown Market parking lot. Child safety seats will be checked for recalls and for proper installation. Call the Colorado State Patrol for more information at 589-5807. The check-up is free and open to everyone.
The Fifth-Annual Rio Costilla Valley Studio Tour will take place this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Those wishing to take the self-guided tour can visit artist studios in Amalia and Costilla, New Mexico, and Jaroso, Colorado, near San Luis. Sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, crafts, furniture, drums and more will be on display for viewing. Tour maps are available at the Costilla Community Center. Call 505-586-1581 for more information.
The Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges will hold their next meeting next Wednesday, September 10th, at 7pm in the community room of the Monte Vista Public Library. All members and the public are invited to attend. Call Tim Armstrong for more information at 852-2452.