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September 5, 2012

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Page 10 CHAMBER FROM PAGE 8 -the Desert Bloom ATV rally that is being produced by Jason Cobb of Ari- zonaFive2 Productions. Jason visited the Business Chamber office several months ago to see if this kind of event would be welcome in town, and the Business Chamber is very excited about this event. They will be working with this group to help promote the event, which will be held on February 14th to 17th at Tyson Wells Show- grounds. The rally will include guided trail rides, RV hookups will be avail- able, drive in movies in main camp site, breakfast and barbecues for par- ticipants, grab bags for participants, raffles, poker runs, dinner cruise to Silly Als. and a huge merchants and manufacturers midway. All ATVers, off road enthusiasts, jeeps, motor- cycles etc. are welcome to be a part of the fun!! The events main sponsor is Sanderson Ford, and there will be all kinds of ATV and off road sponsors also bringing their merchandise to the midway. More information about this event will be forthcoming soon. The Business Chamber is still on summer hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but the volunteers have been there other days working on the upcoming season--if there is a car in front, just knock if you need information. Or call 927-9321 and leave a message and it will be returned. Starting in October they will be back on regular hours. of the Desert Messenger Email: DEADLINE is WED. Sept. 12 for Sept.19th issue Phone: 541-218-2560 QPD investigates arson homicide Quartzsite Police Department is inves- tigating an arson-involved homicide that occurred on the evening of August 23rd, 2012 at the Desert Edge mobile home park, in Quartzsite. The victim has been identified as Linda Dale Garrett, a 65 year old white female, a Quartzsite resident. Anyone having information that they feel would be helpful to the investiga- tion, please contact the Quartzsite Police Department Administration Office at 928¬927-4644 during regular business hours, or Central Dispatch at 1-888-818-4911 after business hours. Sergeant James Schultz Acting Chief of Police Get ready to Zumba® this fall Quartzsite - Arizona Western College (AWC) will host Zumba® Classes this fall. Are you ready to party your- self into shape? That's exactly what the Zumba® program is all about. It's an exhilarating, effective, easy- to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie- burning dance fitness-party™ that's moving millions of people toward joy and health. Classes held at AWC in Quartzsite. $40 per session (8 classes) Tuesday and Thursday 6- 7pm. 10/2/12-11/1/12 (No classes on 10/16 or 10/18) Register Today! AWC Quartzsite 695 N. Kofa Ave. Call: 928-927-8299 READER'S OASIS BOOKS 690 E. Main - Quartzsite (one block east of Family Dollar) 928-927-6551 September 5, 2012 West Nile virus outbreak - protect yourself La Paz County, AZ- The cur- rent West Nile virus outbreak is the largest in history and La Paz County Health Department wants to remind residents and visitors to take precautions against mosquito bites. "In this area, mosquito ac- tivity peaks in mid to late August," said Marion Shontz, Director of the La Paz County Health Department. "Most mosquitoes do not carry the West Nile but some do and it is our goal is to prevent mosquito bites in the first place." Mosquitoes in La Paz County first tested positive for West Nile virus in 2003 and have maintained a presence since then. There are cur- rently 1118 human cases of West Nile virus in the US with the ma- jority of them being in the state of Texas and only 12 of them in Ari- zona. La Paz County does not have any human cases of West Nile vi- rus. With the rise in human cases it is important for residents to re- member to take precautions while outdoors. Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has a website with prevention messages on Prevention techniques in pre- venting West Nile virus Avoid Mosquito Bites • Wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when out- doors at dusk and dawn. • Use a mosquito repellent, fol- lowing label directions, when outdoors. Mosquito Proof Your Home Remove all standing water • Turn over plastic containers, ce- ramic pots, tin cans, and other similar water-holding containers. • Remove discarded tires from your property (used tires are one of the most common mosquito breeding sites). • Turn over plastic pools and wheelbarrows when not in use. • Change the water in the bird baths, pet dishes and flower pots at least twice a week. • If it is impossible to remove standing water (ponds, water- ways) briquettes that inhibit lar- vae maturity are available at local hardware stores. • Check window screens for holes. Or try attracting animals that natu- rally feed on mosquitoes by build- ing birdhouses, bat-houses, or fill- ing ponds with mosquito larvae eating fish, called mosquito fish. Monsoon rains can provide breed- ing grounds for mosquitoes who often travel several miles for a blood meal. Interestingly, only fe- male mosquitoes rely on blood for sustenance while male mosquitoes feed on nectar. It takes 10-20 days for a mosquito to go from egg to adulthood. West Nile virus is a potentially se- rious illness and has been found in 48 of the States. Most people who are infected with West Nile virus experience no symptoms or may experience mild illness such as a fever, headache, and swollen glands 3 to 14 days after being bit- ten by an infected mosquito. It is estimated that 1% of people bitten by an infected mosquito will devel- op encephalitis, inflammation of the brain. Symptoms of encepha- litis include high fever, headache, muscle weakness or paralysis, sei- zures, and confusion. The La Paz County Health Depart- ment is committed to serving and educating the community of La Paz County on all public health issues. For more information please stop by the office at 1112 Joshua Ave suite 206 or give us a call at 928 - 669 -1100. For those online please visit the Centers for Disease Con- trol and Prevention at www.cdc. gov or

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