News briefs: Tips on avoiding mosquitos
Steamboat crane festival set
Soar with cranes! Soar with planes! Visit Steamboat Springs and the beautiful Yampa Valley in Northwest Colorado for the 6th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival and the Wild West Air Fest taking place on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2017.
The crane festival features guided crane viewings, nature and bird walks, expert speakers, films, crane and bird art, workshops, children’s activities, live raptors presented by HawkQuest, ranch tours, a community barbecue at The Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch, and more.
Festival keynote speaker is George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation. The Wild West Air Fest features nationally renowned performers providing edge of the seat excitement as they undertake thrilling aerobatics and formation flying. Please visit http://www.coloradocranes.org for a complete festival schedule.
Avoid mosquito bites and West Nile virus
Northwest Colorado Health advises precautions against mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus.
· Drain standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty old tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles occur.
· Limit outdoor activities or take precautions during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
· Dress in long sleeves and pants in active mosquito areas.
· Insect repellents containing DEET are effective in repelling mosquitoes. Always follow label instructions and precautions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using insect repellent on children younger than two months old and not using repellents containing more than 30 percent DEET on children.
For tips on safely using insect repellents on children, go to http://www.healthychildren.org (type “insect repellent” in the search box).
West Nile virus is rare, but if you have symptoms including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, contact your health care provider immediately. For more information, go to http://www.cdc.gov/westnile.
County begins chip seal project
The Moffat County Road Department will be starting a chip seal project on Wednesday, July 19-26, weather permitting.
Workers will be chip sealing Moffat County Road 57 (Price Creek Road) from the intersection of State Highway 40 south for about 10 miles.
There may be traffic delays while we are putting the chips down.
For more information, you can call 824-3211.
I have followed with interest the discussion concerning the potential transfer of the Yampa Elementary School to Memorial Regional Health. Although there are many significant unanswered questions about what Memorial Regional Health plans to do with the Yampa Elementary School, the focus of my letter is on the Yampa Elementary School as a community asset.