Dear Penley: Use game for education

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Jul 272004
 
Authors: William Travis Sharpe Junior Economics Major

I am about to start my third year at CSU, and I cannot help but

notice the rise in tuition and other fees around campus. I know

that I am not the only person who feels the effects of cuts to

Higher Education in Colorado. However, I did not decide to write

you about increasing costs, I decided to write you because I have

an idea that would increase the Higher Education budget in

Colorado. I have sent this idea to Governor Owens, but I feel that

your input, influence, connections and position at the university

make you a more suitable and attainable person for me to propose my

idea.

As we all know, the University of Colorado – Boulder vs. CSU

football game is one of the biggest events of the year in Colorado,

and not just for the two universities either, but for the entire

state. However, CU and CSU are only under contract to play each

other, they are not required to play. I propose that we take steps

similar to the state of Florida, who requires Florida State

University and University of Florida to play every year, and

require CU and CSU to play. In addition to requiring the two

schools to play each other, they should be required to play at a

large neutral site, like Invesco Field at Mile High. In turn, an

additional fee would be added to the ticket prices, and a small

percentage taken out of concessions and other game related income,

and added to the budget for Higher Education in Colorado.

Such an idea might seem unfeasible and ludicrous, but it could

contribute lots of money to Higher Education across Colorado. For

example: we’ll assume that the game sells out, like always, add

$7.00 per ticket for a Higher Education fee, and draw $0.25 from

every concession sale (assuming each ticket-buyer purchases one

concession item); the increase in the budget would be drastic in

just one afternoon or evening. Invesco Field at Mile High seats

76,125 people. Therefore, the budget would increase $532,875.00 on

ticket fees and $19,031.25 on concession kickbacks, making the

Higher Education budget increase $551,906.25 in less than six

hours.

President Penley, I do not know what it takes to make a

difference in decisions, the budget or any significant event at

CSU, let alone the State of Colorado. However, I do know what it

feels like to worry about affording college. I would appreciate

your help and consideration of this proposal. It would make the

difference in the educations of thousands of students across

Colorado.

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Saddam doesn’t deserve a gardenn

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Jul 272004
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

In Iraq Saddam Hussein spent his time ordering the killing of

his people, the destroying of the ecosystem and hiding in a

cave.

Today he spends his days tending a garden, eating muffins,

reading the Koran, exercising and watching his weight.

According to a CNN article, Saddam is kept apart from other

prisoners during his three hour outside break but spends this time

working on his garden.

This does not seem like the treatment a mass murdering evil

dictator deserves. It is apparent the United States treats Saddam

as a guest, not a prisoner to avoid claims of prisoner mistreatment

and abuse.

But there is a fine line between prisoner abuse and treating a

former evil dictator like he’s at the Hiatt.

We, as a country, are fighting a war in Iraq to show what a true

democracy is and to help others attain the same privilege. In this

we should live up to the same standards we are dying for others to

have.

In real democracy people are punished for what they do wrong. In

a real democracy we treat people the same, if someone is famous and

evil and someone is off the street and evil they should be equally

punished.

It’s sad to think that if Saddam hadn’t killed so many in such a

famous fashion that he may be receiving the punishment he deserves

or might not even be around to afford such a luxury.

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Foxes in the Fort

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Jul 272004
 
Authors: Evan Truesdale

If you have been noticing foxes around Fort Collins in large

numbers recently, you are not alone. The population of foxes, which

are a form of urban wildlife, has been larger than in past

years.

“There has been an increase in the number of calls we’ve been

getting this year regarding foxes,” said Sarah Alexander, director

of wildlife services at the Larimer Humane Society.

Alexander stressed that the fox population, while a possible

“rabies vector species,” is not dangerous.

“We haven’t had any incidents of rabies being transmitted from a

fox in Larimer County,” said Alexander.

There are several key steps that residents can do to discourage

foxes from moving in, or “denning,” on their property: Feeding pets

indoors, keeping grass short, closing the lids on trashcans and not

trying to attract small birds by building ponds and feeding

them.

Developing a complex yard creates areas prime for fox

habitation, Alexander said.

By removing food, water, and shelter, homeowners can reduce the

population of foxes in their neighborhood.

“People need to understand that these animals don’t all live in

the mountains… These animals are urban wild animals, they do live

in our communities and they do live in our cities, and that’s

normal,” Alexander said.

While a fox sighting may be unsettling for some, their presence

may be more beneficial than some might guess.

They keep the rodent population in check said Dr. Terry

Campbell, the section chief of zoological medicine at the CSU

Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

“You very rarely hear that a person is bitten by a fox,” said

Campbell. “I don’t see any real concern of having fox around.”

Campbell said foxes “are more of a threat to domestics pets,

rather than people.”

The presence of the foxes may be due in part to the destruction

of their natural habitats in nature, according to Campbell. Because

of their highly adaptable nature, the urban fox population

continues to thrive in Larimer County.

“You can get pretty close to them, I have them in my

neighborhood. I like to watch them go into my neighbors garage to

feast on their cat food,” Campbell said.

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Campus cool

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Jul 272004
 
Authors: Kyle Endres

Sweltering summer heat can cause students and faculty some

discomfort outdoors, but if it gets hot enough it can affect some

campus buildings inside as well.

CSU has a district cooling plant that distributes 3,500 tons of

cooling to most campus buildings. Occasionally, extreme outside

temperatures and a high level of humidity in the air can “max out”

the system, meaning one or more buildings have to be taken off.

“It’s only a couple of weeks out of the year at most that we’re

maxed out,” said John Morris, manager of facilities operations for

Facilities Management.

Facilities Management has a hierarchy for which buildings get

shut off first. The first building to be shut off is the Lory

Student Center – which also has its own chiller system – followed

by classroom and administrative buildings and then research-based

buildings.

Facilities Management strives to maintain 78 degrees Fahrenheit

in campus buildings between the months of May and September, which

is usually possible unless there are extreme temperature swings,

Morris said.

“People can handle those swings better than some of the animals

and research projects,” he said. “You can easily change the

temperature 5 degrees and ruin a $5 million project.”

Journalism graduate student Lindsay Lysengen has found her own

way to deal with the fluctuations in temperature.

“I treat coming to campus like an outdoor situation and dress in

layers,” Lysengen said.

There are several campus buildings that use their own chillers

to keep temperatures low. A few buildings, including the Shepardson

Building and the Music Building, have no cooling system at all.

Joan Cusack, the accounting technician for the Department of

Music, Theatre and Dance, said working in the Music Building

without air conditioning can be frustrating.

“It is extremely hard to work with no air circulation, with

noise of fans going on,” Cusack said. “We have had people faint in

the past because of the heat.”

Morris said Facilities Management will work on getting cooling

into some of these buildings as funding becomes available.

“We’ve been slowly expanding the system, getting cooling into

buildings that never had it,” he said.

Cusack said any type of system, even just one to allow

ventilation throughout the building, would be helpful.

The district cooling plant is more effective than individual

building chillers, which are in turn more effective than office air

conditioning units, Morris said.

One of the more difficult aspects of cooling the campus is

during the months when there are temperature shifts, such as the

warm days and cool nights in April, he said. A lot of campus

buildings can only have either the cooling system or the heating

system.

“These transition seasons are really tough trying to meet the

occupant demands for internal space temperatures,” Cusack said.

Morris said the Facilities Management is open to suggestions for

cooling the campus, and people can call 491-0077 if they have a

problem with building temperatures.

“We take their needs into consideration and do the best we can

with the resources (the university) give us,” he said.

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Three die in plane crash

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Jul 272004
 
Authors: Jesse McLain

Three Larimer County businessmen were killed last Friday in a

twin-engine plane crash that took off from Fort Collins/ Loveland

Airport around noon.

The plane, piloted by Leo J. Schuster, of Loveland, crashed into

the English Ranch subdivision in southeast Fort Collins shortly

after take-off.

Schuster, 50, was accompanied by two Fort Collins residents,

Scott Nelson, 38, and Bill Neal, 58.

The three men were on their way to the Des Moines Register’s

Great Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa. A fourth friend, Mark Haenny of

Loveland decided to drive to the race instead of fly.

Investigators are still attempting to discover the cause of the

crash. According to the FAA, Schuster had a spotless flying record.

The plane has been involved in four prior accidents since it was

built in 1986 resulting in no injuries and only minor damage to the

plane.

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BCS to make changes in ranking system

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Jul 202004
 
Authors: Kyle Endres

New changes to the Bowl Championship Series should improve

access for non-BCS football conferences, but they do not go quite

as far as CSU would have liked, the university’s athletic director

said Monday.

“We certainly would like it to move further than it has moved,

but given where we’ve been, it’s OK,” said Director of Athletics

Mark Driscoll.

The new BCS ranking system is designed to be “simpler and more

precise,” said BCS Coordinator Kevin Weiberg in a press conference

transcript announcing the changes last week.

The main difference between the previous ranking system and the

new one is the number of categories included in the formula. The

previous system had five components, including two combined human

polls, computer rankings, a strength of schedule component, overall

team record and a quality-win factor.

The new system would have the two human polls: The Associated

Press and USA Today/ESPN coaches polls. Each count for one-third of

a team’s ranking, and a average of six computers would make up the

final one-third.

“They’re trying to maybe have a little more of the human touch

in it,” Driscoll said.

He said this added human input could help CSU’s chances of

making a BCS bowl game, of which there are currently four, with

plans to possibly add another game.

Driscoll believes having writers’ and coaches’ opinions play a

larger part in the rankings might allow for some “subjective

judgment” in the rankings, rather than set computer formulas

largely determining where a team is ranked.

The fifth bowl game is important, Driscoll said, because there

is the possibility of greater access. However, he said a fifth bowl

game would only be possible if there is a marketplace demand for it

through network television.

Another component to the new ranking system is that non-BCS

conference teams can be eligible for a BCS bowl if they are ranked

12th or higher in the BCS rankings. This could go up to 16th or

higher if one of the six BCS conferences does not have a team in

the top 16.

Previously, non-BCS teams had to finish sixth or higher to make

a BCS bowl game.

“Certainly this puts more weight on the human polls, and so if

there is a strong consensus about a team having a Cinderella-type

season, that’s great. That’s part of the interest that’s associated

with college football,” Weiberg said.

The Mountain West Conference has contracts with three bowl

games, none of which are BCS bowls. The eight-team conference is

looking at adding a fourth bowl contract.

“We’re actively looking for another bowl game or even two if

they’re out there,” Driscoll said. “Should we get a fourth bowl and

should we have four teams bowl-eligible, we could have half the

league go.”

Driscoll said he hopes the new rankings will help the Rams’

chances of getting in the “mix” of elite college football

teams.

In 2000, CSU finished 14th in the AP ranking but was not invited

to a BCS bowl.

Last year, the University of Miami (Ohio), a non-BCS conference

school, finished 10th in the BCS rankings and was invited to the

GMAC Bowl, a non-BCS bowl. Also last year, Mountain West Conference

champion Utah finished 21st in the BCS rankings after a 10-2 season

and a 17-0 victory over Louisville in the AXA Liberty Bowl, also a

non-BSC game.

“One year we were ranked in the final poll 14th, so it’s

possible that we could have been there and there have been some

other non-BCS teams in the last five years that have had records

good enough – you know inside the top 12 – to be able make it, so

yeah, we’re hopeful to make it,” he said.

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To the editor

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Jul 202004
 
Authors:

Joe Marshall’s column (“Electoral College A Potential Pandora’s

Box”, Collegian, July 7) contains terribly flawed arguments and a

highly biased look at the next election. His assertion that “the

possibility of this particular technicality deciding the outcome of

two consecutive elections is proof of the electoral college’s

obsolescence” is illogical. I strongly doubt that if Senator Kerry

loses the popular vote but wins in the electoral college, we will

hear a peep from Mr. Marshall. Mr. Marshall accuses Congress of

having rushed several states into existence some 110 years ago,

possibly prematurely for the sake of their electoral votes. Even if

true, how does this bear on the present issue? All have been

“adequately” populous for a long time, and thus this aspect of

Marshall’s “argument” is irrelevant. Much more scary is Mr.

Marshall’s question about whether the majority of Americans would

accept a repeat of the outcome of the 2000 election as legitimate.

Is he seriously questioning whether or not the majority of

Americans would defy the constitution, the ruling law of the land?

Or would he promote a coup d’etat? Scary stuff.

More troubling is Mr. Marshall’s implied assertion that

representation based on anything other than population is unfair.

No doubt, then, Mr. Marshall would also espouse the radical notion

of the abolition of the U.S. Senate, and our conversion to a

unicameral legislature. Our country is the United States; our

founders recognized our diversity and sought to protect that

diversity and prevent the populous states from dictating to the

less populous states. The electoral college is a brilliant

arrangement that preserves the importance of the less populous

states. Without it, less populous states (including Colorado) would

be ignored both during and between elections; candidates would only

mine votes where they are most densely concentrated. No candidate

would visit Albuquerque, Helena, or Denver for that matter in the

hopes of harvesting a few hundred more votes, which would be

insignificant if we elected Presidents based on a popular vote.

However, because a few hundred votes can make the difference in the

winner-take-all system called the electoral college,

small-population states do count.

Despite his being a history major, Mr. Marshall’s column is

sorely lacking in perspective. This is not a time of “unprecedented

ideological division”-far from it. Only a few years ago, Bill

Clinton was an enormously polarizing figure, with much of the

country despising his poor judgment, weather vane politics, and

unprecedented lack of morality. And then there was that minor

ideological division called the civil war–but maybe Mr. Marshall

hasn’t yet covered that in his studies.

Mr. Marshall also tries to create the impression of a current

populist uprising on the left, citing “hundreds of thousands of

individual contributions totaling less than $1000 each”. In fact,

according to the Washington Post, 64% of donors in 2002 giving $200

or less to federal candidates gave to Republicans, not Democrats.

In contrast, 92% of those giving $1 million or more contributed to

Democrats. By this measure, the Democratic party is floated mostly

by rich trial lawyers and left-wing Hollywood elites (including

George “I-hate-President-Bush” Soros, and Barbra

“I-hate-John-Ashcroft” Streisand), whereas the little guys and gals

are giving primarily to Republican candidates.

The electoral college was a intelligent creation that helps

balance the power structure within the country. If Mr. Marshall

does not like the electoral college, perhaps he would be more

comfortable with a system whereby each county receives one vote for

president in a winner-take-all arrangement. Of course, in that

system, George Bush would have defeated Al Gore by a 4 to 1

margin.

Jerry Magloughlin

CSU

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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

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Jul 202004
 
Authors: Joe Marshall

Remember the old adage about keeping friends close and enemies

closer?

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been the sworn enemy of the

United States and Israel for a generation. A sponsor of

anti-American, anti-Israeli “terrorist” organizations throughout

the world, Iran is a perpetual target of American aggression.

As the American quest to stamp out terrorism worldwide unfolds,

Iran’s position in the conflict is becoming ever more precarious;

while the United States seems to be waiting for a reason to attack

Iran, an alliance with the Islamic Republic may be the only way to

achieve long-term stability in the region.

In his 2000 State of the Union address, President Bush branded

Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an “Axis of Evil.” While Iraq and

North Korea are definitely not friends of the United States, the

only proof linking either to terrorists was Saddam Hussein’s

monetary gifts to families of deceased Palestinian suicide

bombers.

Of the three states, only Iran is an active sponsor of

terrorism. And now that the axis has become an axle with one hub

surrounded and the other in perpetual need of grease, the War on

Terror’s next turn will likely be toward the adversary that is not

corroding from within.

Iran and the United States have, for all intents and purposes,

been in a state of war since severing diplomatic relations in 1979.

Over the past 25 years, Iran has been a sponsor of Hezbollah, the

Palestine Liberation Organization and other militant groups. At the

same time, the United States has been continuously funding

anti-government factions within Iran.

After the Islamic revolution of 1979, the United States froze

all Iranian assets it had control over, approximately $12 billion,

and began funding anti-government insurgents in Iran.

Iranian-backed terrorists in Lebanon bombed a U.S. Marines

barracks in 1983, killing 241. In 1988 the United States shot down

an Iranian Airlines passenger jet over the Persian Gulf, killing

all 259 aboard. During the Iran-Iraq War, a conflict that literally

wiped out a generation of men on both sides, the United States

backed Saddam Hussein.

The conquest of Iraq, forged in the name of freedom and founded

by fears of terrorism, turned up no weapons of mass destruction and

only one Al-Qaeda member who has yet to be captured. Opponents of

the war claim the conflict is about oil, not defeating terrorists.

This may be somewhat true, but the occupation of Iraq also has

other benefits for the United States.

Perhaps the most subtle geo-strategic advantage America gained

in its quasi-tyrannical quest to rid Iraq of “tyranny” is the

United States now has control over the eastern and western borders

of Iran. The planet’s primary state sponsor of terrorism has been

surrounded by the United States.

The next logical step in the terror war would then be, at least

when viewed through the lens of the Bush doctrine, the destruction

of the Iranian government. Unfortunately for Bush, an invasion of

Iran is not politically possible because of the less-than-total

success of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Both countries are only being kept from anarchy by the presence

of U.S. forces, something the Bush administration is trying to

remedy. The governments currently in control of Afghanistan and

Iraq are seen as puppets of Washington, and their legitimacy is

totally dependent on the U.S. military.

What is needed to maintain the stability of both states is the

influence of a regional government not viewed as an American crony.

The government itself would have to be stable and legitimate, with

an Islamic tradition and a history of maintaining independence from

imperial bodies.

Iran.

Iran is an Islamic republic, predominantly Shiite and blessed

with a tradition of independence, even from the Ottomans. These

attributes are at least partially attractive to both Iraqis and

Afghanis, as is the recent Iranian tradition of opposing the United

States and Israel.

Any partnership between the United States and Iran would

certainly involve conciliations on both sides, a fact that would

bring stability not only to the Middle East, but also to the rest

of the world.

At the center of these negotiations would be Israel. If Iran

could be persuaded to stop funding terrorist activities within

Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, so too could the United States be

persuaded to be more objective in its dealings with Israel.

While this may upset Israel in the short-term, especially

economically, the state’s long-term stability could be fortified

because of the pacification of its main rival.

While the recent U.S. military activities in the countries

bordering Iran have warmed U.S.-Iran relations from absolute zero

to merely freezing, the nations are still hostile. While there is a

growing movement within Iran to embrace the United States, the fact

remains that the building formerly used to house the U.S. Embassy

is now an anti-American museum.

Iraq and Afghanistan will never become fully autonomous if only

the United States controls their destinies. What is needed is a

political partner not viewed as imperialistic or opportunistic to

help guide the fledgling governments.

If Iran were tapped for such a task, its involvement could be

made conditional. Eager to expand its influence, Iran would

certainly accept at least some of these conditions, including a

public cessation of terrorist activities.

Not only would a geo-political partnership between the United

States and Iran stabilize the entire Middle East, it would end the

global war on terror.

Today, such peace may only be a fantasy, but it is something to

strive for nonetheless. Peace is possible.

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Armstrong not deserving of sixth Tour de France win

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Jul 202004
 
Authors: Evan Truesdale

I admit that I feel like a jerk to some extent. Yes, it’s nice

to see Lance Armstrong coming back strong for what looks to be

inevitable sixth-consecutive victory – I just don’t think he

deserves it.

Before you fire up the standard reply that most Americans give

about him, let me say this: I agree with you.

I know in full detail about his fight with cancer when the odds

were so against him that the doctors never even told him how bad

off he was until after he was on the path to recovery.

I know about his children, his wife and his divorce and his

now-public relationship with Sheryl Crow. I read his biography.

Twice.

I’ve also read “The Lance Armstrong Performance Program,” which

was coauthored by his coach Chris Carmichael. I’ve read every

incarnation of Joe Friel’s “Bible” books along with most trade

magazines since I was so young I hadn’t even started to get hair on

my face.

I just don’t think that Lance deserves it. He earned it, that I

don’t doubt. Despite years of drug allegations by the French and at

times the Union Cyclists International – the two groups that could

never accept an American as not just a competitor, but a dominator

of Le Tour – he has done it drug-free.

I have always considered myself a traditionalist. I yearn for

the days of Eddy Merckx, aka the Cannibal, who would simply

demolish the field not just at Le Tour, but also at every race of

the entire season. That’s how he got his nickname; he aggressively

went after all the wins. More recently, Miguel Indurain also won

five during the late ’80s and early ’90. These are true

champions.

What makes Merckx and Indurain true champions is that they raced

for an entire season. Lance races for an entire two months.

To further compare Merckx and Lance is the total number of days

spent wearing the Yellow Jersey. When Lance starts out on L’Alp

D’Huez, it will be his 61st day wearing the prized jersey. Merckx

wore it 111 days during his career. Note though that Lance has now

surpassed Indurain for days spent in yellow by one.

Lance’s race program has become standardized over the past

several years: first, a short stage series usually about one week

long as a tune-up for Le Tour mid-June, then he races Le Tour.

After that Lance heads back to race a single U.S. classic and then

disappears from most races until the Olympics later this year.

When I’m watching the Olympics, I’ll be chanting “U-S-A, U-S-A”

as loud as anyone else and wishing all the best for Lance to

improve upon his Bronze medal from four years ago.

It’s just that Lance has never proven himself in my eyes by

spending his winters in smoky indoor tracks and competing in small

races where he would be paid enormous sums simply for arriving.

Instead, he spends his time giving speeches and making Subaru

commercials.

I don’t have anything but thanks to offer him for his charity

work and for making cycling more viable in the American public than

anyone since Greg LeMond.

I don’t have to like the fact that Lance will, barring a crash

on today’s individual uphill time trial on L’Alp D Huez, probably

have secured his victory.

However, he will have won it fair and square. As six years of

random and scheduled urine and blood tests have shown, as well as

six years of room searches and at times trash-can searches, Lance

and U.S. Postal-Berry Floor team are winning this tour without help

from “the sauce.” But I still believe that blood doping exists in

professional and possibly amateur racing.

Great riders like Iban Basso have been brought to tears already

this year and the race is only two-thirds over, Tyler Hamilton has

bowed out and Ullrich lags by more than six and a half minutes.

Congratulations Lance, you are about to set a new record, six in

a row. I know that you can beat me any day of the week, and even at

my peak of fitness I would never even dare to pose a challenge to

you to even a simple sprint for the town line just for fun. I know

that if I even did win it was because you let me win, like you let

Basso win on stage 16, only to nip him on the line the very next

day and again on Tuesday.

I still don’t think that Lance deserves to set the record, but

he has earned it. He’s earned it with every day he spent in the

saddle on six-hour training rides since he came back from cancer. I

don’t have to like it, but I am going to respect it.

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West Nile already affecting county

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Jul 202004
 
Authors: J.J. Babb

As of Tuesday six individuals in Larimer County had confirmed

cases of the West Nile virus, according to the Larimer County

Department of Health and Environment.

Last year nine individuals in Larimer County died from West Nile

virus, 63 suffered from the most serious forms of the illnesses

(encephalitis or meningitis) and 546 individuals reported and had

confirmed cases of the virus last year.

“I figure there were close to 10,000 people in our county that

got infected and we figure up to 80 percent never got sick,” said

Ann Watson, Larimer County health education supervisor.

While only six individuals have been infected this year, Watson

reports cases of individuals infected last year having a

reoccurrence of symptoms this summer.

Although symptoms may vary somewhat due to the fact that West

Nile is a virus, Watson lists the most common symptoms as extreme

muscle aches, headache, fever, vomiting or extreme eye pain.

“Anybody can be infected but people who suffer most serious

consequences are older people and people with weakened immune

systems,” Watson said.

Watson has seen cases where young teenagers have been infected

and left with permanent paralysis from the virus.

While tests may be performed to detect the virus, individuals

must be infected for more than a week for the natural antibiotics,

which fight the virus, to show up in the test.

During this waiting period, Watson suggests treating the

symptoms of West Nile virus the same as for the flu: rest and drink

plenty of fluids. The average person who became ill stayed ill for

two weeks.

Despite local mosquito spraying, individuals can lower their

personal risks to the illness by using mosquito repellent.

According to a press release by the Larimer County Department of

Health and Environment, “The most effective way to prevent mosquito

bites is to use an effective mosquito repellent containing

DEET.”

DEET is the common name for N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide, which is

the active ingredient in the most widely used insect repellents

applied to the skin, according to www.deet.com.

DEET has also been known to cause skin reactions on some people

and is toxic if ingested, according to the Web site and according

to a press release from the department of health and environment,

DEET should not be used on infants younger than two months old.

Since young children are at risk for infection, many parents and

day-care centers have looked at ways to avoid infection.

Mary Hamilton, executive director of the University Children’s

Center, works with 45 children at the center this summer.

To protect the children in her staff’s care, the center

maintains that children not go outside during the main time for

mosquitoes, dusk and dawn, and standing water is also eliminated

from the area.

“It’s obviously a concern with young children. It’s balancing

out the risk with the risk of DEET. We really leave it up to

parents and what they want to do,” Hamilton said.

Colorado State Parks, in partnership with the Tri-County Health

Department, the Mesa County Health Department and the Colorado

Department of Public Health and Environment, is running a public

awareness and prevention campaign called “Fight The Bite

Colorado.”

“We want to educate the public on the West Nile virus so that

everyone can enjoy the outdoors this summer with the highest level

of personal safety. Each visitor to a state park will have an

opportunity to get the information they need to allow them to make

a personal choice to prevent infection of the West Nile virus,”

said Lyle Laverty, Colorado State Parks director, in a press

release.

As the summer continues and outside activities prevail, Watson

suggests one thing to avoid contracting West Nile virus: “Use

repellent.”

For more information on West Nile Virus in Larimer County visit:

www.larimer.org/health

or

“http://www.healthinfosource.com/”>www.healthinfosource.com

Tips for proper repellent use: (Larimer County Department of

Health and Environment)

– Your back yard or patio is not a “safe zone.” Even a brief

trip out to the barbecue or garden allows time for an infected

mosquito to bite.

– Use enough repellent to cover exposed skin or clothing. Don’t

apply repellent to skin that is under clothing. Heavy application

is not necessary to achieve protection.

– Do not apply repellent to cuts, wounds or irritated skin.

– After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and

water.

– Do not spray aerosol or pump products in enclosed areas.

– Do not apply aerosol or pump products directly on the face.

Spray hands and then rub them carefully over the face, avoiding the

eyes and mouth.

Guidelines for Children and Repellents

– Use products containing 10 to 30 percent DEET or less for

children.

– Parents should apply repellent to young children to ensure

complete coverage and proper application. Avoid getting the

repellent on children’s hands or in their eyes or mouths.

– Repellents containing DEET should not be used on children two

months of age and younger. Limiting exposure to mosquitoes is best

for these infants.

– Mosquito netting products are available to fit over strollers

or baby cribs.

– Insect repellent applied to protective clothing is also

effective.

– If you will not use repellents, use alternative means of

protection. These include wearing long-sleeved shirts and long

pants and covering your face with mosquito net hoods. Cover baby

strollers or playpens with mosquito netting.

– Clothing can be sprayed with insecticides or repellents

containing Permethrin or DEET. Treated clothing can be purchased.

Such clothing will last through several launderings. Do not spray

Permethrin directly on skin. Follow product directions.

– Alternative repellants that don’t contain DEET may provide

protection, but studies have shown that these repellents don’t

provide protection for as long.

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