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Don't let up now

Sep 14, 2017 By Steven R. Peck, Publisher

Wouldn't you know it? West Nile is back.

Last week we ran a page-one story with a big headline telling readers that the number of mosquitoes in Fremont County was down significantly from its summer peak. Some of the traps set in key areas around the county by Fremont County Weed and Pest trapped no mosquitoes at all during the week-long testing. At "busier" times of year the traps will be buzzing with new inhabitants.

Other traps did corral some mosquitoes last week, but just one was the variety capable of carrying and transmitting dangerous West Nile virus - and it tested negative.

That, in turn, prompted mosquito program managers to determine that mosquito trapping and testing for West Nile virus could be concluded for the year.

Then, the new case of West Nile virus infection in a person was confirmed in the county.

Mosquitoes don't need mid-summer weather to thrive. They can continue to be active - and threatening - well into October if wintry conditions have not materialized.

Stay alert, and take sensible mosquito precautions. To review:

- Wear long sleeves and long pants, particularly when mosquitoes are most active;

- Mosquitoes are most active around dawn and around dusk. Be especially attentive at those times.

- Don't permit standing water to accumulate on your property. Mosquitoes love it, and they lay eggs continuously.

- If you're going to be outside, use mosquito repellent.

West Nile virus has become a more or less permanent part of life in Fremont County. Let's not give it any extra assistance.

In the rain

An old movie musical called "Melody for Two" came out in 1937. The only thing lasting about it was a song called "September in the Rain," sung by the male lead. A lot of people have recorded the song since then, including both Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Doris Day had a version, and even rock 'n' roll court jester Rod Stewart covered it on an album in 2010.

With the Riverton Valley awakening Thursday to a rainstorm that cooled off a hot week of late-summer weather, the old song came to mind:

The leaves of brown came tumbling down, remember

In September in the rain

The sun went out just like a dying ember

That September in the rain

To every word of love I heard you whisper

The raindrops seemed to play a sweet refrain

Though spring is here, to me it's still September

That September in the rain

To every word of love I heard you whisper

The raindrops seemed to play a sweet refrain

Though spring is here, to me it's still September

That September in the rain

That September in the rain

Autumn begins next week. It gave us a pleasant sneak preview on Thursday.

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