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SMALL TO"C,,.f,,I PAPERS tNC" 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA 98136-1208 "Where the Kid got his name" The favorite count), newspaper of Marla Mitts Continuing the Crook County news since 1884 Thursday, June 24 20i0 issue No, 25 75 Cents Sundance, Wyo_ming 82729 Health department: West Nile remains a public health threat Wyoming residents should use common sense measures to avoid mosquito bites because West Nile virus is still a potential public health threat in most areas of the state, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. West Nile virus (WNV) can cause serious illness in some cases. Mosquitoes spread WNV by feeding on infected birds and then biting people, other birds and animals. "There are many factors affecting the possible numbers of West Nile virus cases we could see in any year," said Dr. Tracy Murphy, state epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health. "No one can easily or consistently predict what may happen with West Nile virus from year to year. That's why we want people to protect themselves." "One thing we do know is the presence of still, stagnant water or irrigation can be an important factor," Murphy said. "The flooding we've seen in areas around the state should serve as a reminder to be careful of WNV because flooding can obviously lead to more water sitting around." No human WNV cases have been yet reported in Wyoming this year, but there have been two positive mosquito pools found in Goshen County. Murphy recommends Drying trend Park work gets back on track Jeff Moberg photo After being delayed by the abnormally wet spring weather over the course of the next month. Once they are done, a crew from Heritage Homes has finally been able to re-start the city will begin installation of an irrigation system and work on the park rebuild, playground equipment once concrete foundations have It is anticipated that the crew will finish their work had time to cure. Sundance rodeo ontap The chute gates will open on the Sundance Chamber -sponsored rodeo next Thursday and Friday {July 1 and 2) as the second annual event gets underway. The event, slated to begin at 7 p.m. each evening will again feature a full slate of rodeo events including: saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing, professional clown acts and more. In addition to the rodeo events, a free pig roast will also be available while it lasts during Friday's performance. Admission for the event is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 through 12 and free for under 6. Concessions will be available on the grounds. the following common sense measures for WNV protection: 1) DAWN and 2) DUSK - Most mosquito species prefer to feed at dawn or dusk, so avoid spending time outside during these times. 3) DRESS - Wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long- sleeved shirt when outdoors or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light-colored and made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin. 4) DRAIN Mosquitos breed in shallow, stagnant water. Reduce the amount of standing water by draining and/or removing it. 5) DEET Use an insect repellent containing DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide). When using DEET, be sure to read and follow the label instructions. Other repellents such as Picaridin (KBR 3023) or oil of lemon eucalyptus can also be effective. Last year in Wyoming there were 12 human WNV cases with 1 death reported. There were 10 human cases with no deaths in 2008; 185 human cases with 2 deaths in 2007; 65 human cases with 2 deaths in 2006; 12 human cases with 2 deaths in 2005; 10 human cases with no deaths in 2004; and 393 human cases with 9 deaths in 2003. 79/57 Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 50s. 82156 Mostly sunny. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid 50s. 70151 A few thun- derstorms possible. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 50s. 76/57 Partly cloudy, chance of a thunder- storm. Mort 6/28 / 80157 Partly cloudy with a stray thunder- storm. Inside: entng wnergen00 man00ement tak00Al00 sh00n Pet00on (307 28311 www.sundancetimes.com