The first bird in Alameda County to test positive for West Nile Virus this year was detected last week, according to the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District. The crew found the dead crow in Livermore on Thursday after someone called the West Nile Virus hotline and reported the bird in the area, said district manager John Rusmisel, and testing showed the bird was "acutely positive."
"We predict that the Tri-Valley area, being the warmest part of the county, will be the focus of West Nile Virus infections this year," Rusmisel said.
He advised residents to get rid of outside standing water and to avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn, wear DEET insect repellent and dress appropriately in buggy areas.
Ranchers fete soldiers
Five active duty soldiers that have been awarded the Purple Heart or decorated for valor in Afghanistan or Iraq were in a parade along Pleasanton's Main Street yesterday afternoon, before going to the Rao Ranch on Mines Road for a barbecue and some hunting. The procession was scheduled to include more than 100 Warriors' Watch Riders and an airborne Huey Helicopter.
The event was arranged by the Purple Heart Outdoors Tour, whose sole purpose is to organize hunting and fishing events for active duty Purple Heart recipients or for those who have received commendations for valor.
This is the fourth time for this event with participation from Fields Livestock Co., N3 Cattle Co., Patterson Ranch, Marciel Ranch, Walker Ranch, Koopman Ranch and Rao Ranch.
Classic cars and more
The Goodguys 26th Flowmaster West Coast Nationals three-day show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds starting today will feature the Western Engine and Model Exhibition with hand-crafted, scale model piston driven miniature engines that work and run just like those that power life-size cars, ships and motorcycles.
The Goodguys shows draw more than 3,000 classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars and over 70,000 people to the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $18; children from 7-12 are $6. Fairgrounds parking is $8. For more, visit www.good-guys.com or call 838-9876.