Briefs for Wednesday, Sept. 12 |

Briefs for Wednesday, Sept. 12

6th Annual Love INC Pig Roast and Silent Auction Fundraiser will be held Sunday Sept. 16 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Food served at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Silent Auction winners announced at 1 p.m. (Please be present to win) Advanced tickets on sale through Sept. 15 individual $10, Family $35. Tickets at the door on Sept. 16 individual $11, and Family $37. For advanced tickets contact your Church office or call Love INC at 826-4400. Great food, fun fellowship, and wonderful door prizes.

Connection 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, announces it is offering the Education Scholarship Program for the fall 2012 semester. The Education Scholarship Program is an opportunity offered by Connection 4 Kids through funding from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation. Early childhood providers who are employed at a licensed child care facility or licensed preschool or are a licensed family child care provider in Moffat County or Rio Blanco County and are enrolled in coursework to further their related education are eligible and encouraged to apply. The Education Scholarship Program application and additional details are available at For more information about Connection 4 Kids or the Educational scholarship Program, call Michelle Balleck at 824-8282, ext. 47, or email her at

West Nile Virus: take precautions

Denver- As of Sept. 7, 51 human cases of West NIle virus have been reported to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. THis is a sharp increase over 2011, when there were just seven cases, but significantly below the 578 cases in 2007 and the 2,847 cases in the peak year of 2003. The 51 cases this year include two deaths in Montrose County. Elisabeth Lawaczeck state public health veterinarian, advises people to continue to take to take precautions against West NIle virus by wearing insect repellent, draining standing water and using other methods to avoid mosquito bites when outside. Typically, West Nile virus season should be winding down now, but mosquitoes that carry the disease still are circulating. West Nile virus is carried by certain birds and transmitted to people by bites from mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds. Female Culex mosquitoes the species that transmits the virus, usually start emerging in late April or early May and continue transmitting the virus until the first frost, which usually is in September along the Front Range. Precautions to take against West Nile virus include the “four Ds”

  • Drain standing water around the house weekly since that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs. Be sure to empty old tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles can occur.
  • Dusk till Dawn and when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active, so limit outside activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Deet is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellent. Always follow label instructions carefully.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk or in areas where mosquitoes are active. THe Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and local public health agencies maintain a website with additional information about West Nile virus at

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