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Colorado State Health Officials reported two additional deaths due to West Nile Virus, bringing the total of deaths in the state to 35. The deaths reported yesterday were an 84-year-old man from Adams County who was suffering from Encephalitis. He died on Monday. And, a 53-year-old man from Boulder County who was also suffering from Encephalitis. He also died on Monday. The now 35 deaths are among 1,660 human cases of West Nile Virus reported in Colorado this year as of yesterday when 62 additional human cases were added to the list. More information on West Nile Virus can be found on the web at www.fightthebitecolorado.com or by calling the Colorado Health Education Line at 1-877-462-2911.
The Colorado Transportation Commission held their monthly meeting yesterday at the Pueblo Convention Center. At the meeting, the 11 commissioners heard that the state transportation advisory committee had not been able to reach a consensus on possible changes to the way the Colorado Department of Transportation's flexible funds are dispersed. Currently, the formula for disbursement of funds is based on the region's lane miles, vehicle miles traveled and truck miles traveled. Officials from Denver want to see the formula based on fuel taxes, auto-related sales taxes and vehicle registrations instead of the current formula. However, that would favor the state's most populated areas, and those from rural areas objected. None of the commissioners wanted to make a decision yesterday, so the decision on whether or not to alter the formula is expected to take place at the commission's meeting in October.
40 youths attended a gathering of coalitions from Alamosa County's two school districts last week to just say no to lung cancer. The youth from Alamosa High School and Sangre De Cristo High School are part of "Get Real". The "Real" stands for Resist Exposed Advertising Lies" and relates to the tobacco industry's marketing to teens. Erin Seedorf, the program's statewide coordinator was on hand at the gathering to encourage the youth. She said that Sangre De Cristo High School has one of the largest anti-smoking coalitions in Colorado, and encouraged the group to apply for grant funds from the tobacco settlement to continue its program to educated youth about the hazards of tobacco.
The First Annual Gully Golf Tournament, presented by the Navajo Home Owners Association, will take place this Saturday beginning at 9am at the Navajo Ranch Resorts West of Walsenburg. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Spanish Peaks Library in Walsenburg. Entry fee for the event is $5 and you must bring your own clubs. Refreshments will be available and prizes will be offered. For more information or to get signed up, call Frank Reider at 738-6040.
The Maroon Pride Parent Organization will meet at Alamosa High School on Monday at 7pm in the commons area to organize sponsored events for homecoming. Homecoming is officially Saturday, October 4th, and your help is needed. Maroon pride traditionally sponsors the tailgate party prior to the football game, hot cocoa and doughnuts at the bonfire and more. If you're a parent of a student athlete at Alamosa High School, please plan to attend this important meeting.
The Saguache Volunteer Fire Department invites you to the 11th Annual Fall Festival of burgers/brats/beer and more at Otto Mears Park in Saguache this Saturday from 8am to 5pm. There will be a pancake breakfast at 8am, entertainment in the park all day from 10am to 5pm, plus arts and crafts booths, antiques, food and much more. Everyone is welcome.