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Full Strawberry Moon...

Full Strawberry Moon on Friday evening.

Saturday June 30th - Full Strawberry Moon...

Because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June, the Full Moon this month is often referred to as the Full Strawberry Moon. This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon.

In addition to the Full Moon, skywatchers will be treated this weekend to a very close conjunction of the planets Venus and Saturn in the western sky after sunset.

On Saturday, June 30th, they will be only 2/3o apart, which means you can hide them both behind the tip of your index finger held at arm's length. If you have a backyard telescope, set it up. Even small scopes reveal the rings of Saturn and the surprising crescent shape of Venus. (sky map)

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West Nile Appears In Larimer County...

West Nile Appears In Larimer County

Thursday June 28th - West Nile Appears In Larimer County...

Mosquitoes trapped in Fort Collins and in Loveland tested positive for West Nile Virus on Tuesday, according to officials at the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. The mosquitoes were collected on June 19th and are the first to test positive in Colorado this year.

“These tests show that West Nile virus is circulating in Larimer County right now and mosquito numbers are on the rise,” said Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, director of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. “Unfortunately, in the week since the positive mosquitoes were trapped, the overall number of Culex mosquitoes has doubled. It’s time to wear repellent when outdoors, wherever and whenever mosquitoes are active", she said. 

West Nile virus is a disease transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can lead to very serious illness and in some cases, to chronic disability and death. Complications of West Nile Virus increase with a person’s age, and people who had a solid organ transplant or who have weakened immune systems are at high risk for serious illness if infected with the virus. 

LeBailly pointed out that the weather this week has been ideal for Culex mosquitoes, which are the main transmitters of West Nile virus. “The recent high temperatures can lead to explosive growth in their numbers,” she said.

Approximately eighty mosquito traps are placed each week across the county. The trapped mosquitoes are separated by species and then are tested for West Nile virus. 

“It’s likely that there are more West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes circulating this week than last week,” LeBailly said. “The positive results are showing up earlier than in 2003—the worst year so far for West Nile virus infection in Larimer County.” 

Dead birds, especially corvids (crows, ravens, magpies and jays) could also be a warning of increased West Nile activity. So far no dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in Larimer County this year. LeBailly said that there have been no confirmed reports of West Nile virus in humans in Colorado yet, but that could change very quickly.

With the confirmation that West Nile virus is circulating in mosquitoes, the health department stresses that now is the time to stock up on repellent and begin using it regularly when going outside at peak mosquito times, between dusk and dawn.

“It’s always a good practice to apply an effective repellent before gathering for barbecues, firework shows, camping and other outdoor activities,” said LeBailly. The peak season for infection with West Nile Virus is from July through August. 

Preventive actions include using an effective mosquito repellent when outside during peak mosquito hours, dressing to limit exposed skin, and eliminating mosquito breeding areas around your home such as containers of standing water. 

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WWII Bombers On Public Display...

B24 & B17 to be on public display

Wednesday June 27th - WWII Bombers At FNL Open House...

In conjunction with a 5-day visit by a trio of World War II bombers, the Fort Collins/Loveland Municipal Airport (FNL) will hold an open house 9am-4pm on July 4th.  Admission and parking are free.

An on-the-ground static display of a B-17, B-24 and B-25 bombers plus other specially-invited aircraft will be available for viewing on the tarmac.  A WWII T-6 Texan, a StaggerWing biplane plus general aviation and home-built planes are also likely to be present for viewing.

There will not be an air show associated with the open house.  The airport will remain open for normal operations throughout the day.

The open house will provide an opportunity for the public to visit the airport and learn more about its businesses and the local aviation community.  Airport tenants, businesses and other FNL-related organizations will staff booths and offer information to the public.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.

The WWII bombers will be present at the airport beginning about midday July 2nd through July 6th.  Tours inside and flights aboard the warbirds will be available for purchase. Cost will be $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under, to walk through all three planes.  Cameras are very welcome. 

Flights of approximately 30 minutes cost $425 per person aboard the B-17 or B-24 and $325-$400 per person on the B-25, based on seat location.    Flight reservations may be made by contacting the Collings Foundation at (800) 568-8924.

The bombers are from the Collings Foundation of Massachusetts , founded to preserve historic aircraft and automobiles.  All fees paid for the tours and flights help support the foundation.

The open house will also provide an opportunity for visitors to expand their appreciation and understanding of the economic benefits the airport provides to local communities, such as employment, transportation, business opportunities, and recreation and sport flying. Other important uses of the facility include fighting forest fires, transportation of organs and tissue, patient transportation and cargo transport.  

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Qwest Brings DSL To Mountain...

Qwest Brings DSL Service To Mountain

Tuesday,  June 26th - Qwest Brings DSL Service To Mountain...

Residents in the Cedar Park and Cedar Springs subdivisions on Storm Mountain may soon have DSL service through a project currently underway by Qwest.

During a telephone conversation on Monday with a Qwest representative, it was confirmed that Qwest is currently in the process of bringing high speed internet service to the Storm Mountain area.

The installation project is currently scheduled for completion by late September, 2007, after which Qwest will begin notifying area residents of the availability of the new DSL service.

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Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella)

Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella)

Sunday,  June 24th - Photo Of The Week...

Taken last Wednesday, this week's photo features one of the more colorful wildflowers currently blooming in the foothills of our area, Indian Blanket.

Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella), also called Firewheel, Blanketflower, or Sundance, is a short-lived annual flowering plant native to the central United States.

The branching stem of this plant is hairy and upright, growing to 2 ft tall. The leaves are alternate, mostly basal, 4-8 cm long, with edges smooth to coarsely toothed or lobed. The pinwheel, daisy-like inflorescences are 4-6 cm diameter, vividly colored with red, orange and yellow. The central disc florets of the flowerhead tend to be more red-violet, with the outer ray florets being yellow. In one variety, almost the entire flower is red, with only the barest tips of the pedals touched with yellow. It blooms practically year-round in some areas, but more typically in summer to early fall.

It is a hardy plant, not picky about soil, though sandy and well-drained are best. It has a high drought tolerance and does best with a dry, hot climate in full sun. It's vibrant colored flowers can be seen carpeting fields and the sides of highways for miles in the summer to late fall. In the garden, the flowers can be removed/deadheaded to promote further blooming.

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