Sample Letter to IRS Administrator
On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, The Wilderness Society today released a report that debunks one of the primary arguments allies of the oil industry have put forward to promote drilling in one of America’s last pristine, untouched landsc
Just as tourists are arriving at Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument for its first official summer season, Interior Secretary Zinke was visiting too — to review its monument status.
Statement from Mike Anderson, senior policy analyst with The Wilderness Society:
We’ve already heard a lot about ticks this year, but don’t forget to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. Not only are the bites itchy and irritating, they can make you sick!
Officials with Public Health Madison & Dane County say a dead bird found in Dane County has West Nile virus. This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Dane County since monitoring for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1st.
“Finding this bird means that residents need to step up their efforts to prevent mosquito bites,” says Director Janel Heinrich.
Here are their suggestions:
- Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Apply insect repellent to clothing as well as exposed skin since mosquitoes may bite through clothing.
- Make sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquito entry.
- Properly dispose of items around your property that hold water, such as tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or discarded tires.
- Clean roof gutters and downspouts for proper drainage.
- Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats, and canoes when not in use.
- Change the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
- Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.
- Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas.
According to a release, most people (80%) who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. Those who do become sick usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, rash, and fatigue. Less than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously sick with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis, and coma. Older adults and those with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal.