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PITKIN COUNTY Tick season is upon us, and anyone venturing out into the blooming hills is advised to wear protective clothing and take precautionary measures while out there – and at home.Nancy Mackenzie of the Pitkin Environmental Health Department said on Tuesday that she already has had a call from one man who “walked into a tick-infested gulch and was covered by ticks.”She advised all hikers and wanderers to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts, tuck pants legs into socks and use insect repellent containing DEET, and to be sure to conduct a thorough check after any possible exposure. People should remove an embedded tick promptly by pulling it directly out with tweezers, being careful not to twist it, she advised.April through June are the peak months for tick exposure and the onset of tick-borne diseases.Midland Avenue detour set ThursdayBASALT Midland Avenue traffic in Basalt must use a detour for a short time Thursday morning, the town government announced Tuesday.Traffic will be rerouted around Lion’s Park, using a street called Midland Annex, from 5-8 a.m., the announcement said. A road cut will be made on Midland Avenue, to the side of Town Hall, necessitating the detour.Two Rivers Road will remain open in both directions.No local immigrant rallyGLENWOOD SPRINGS Sayre Park was quiet Tuesday. A big difference from last year on May 1. And even though immigration marches and rallies were held around the state and nation through the morning, it seemed like business as usual in Glenwood Springs.No rally, not because immigration is no longer an issue. It’s just that last year had a different set of circumstances, according to Adriana Ayala, Roaring Fork School District’s pre-collegiate director.Ayala said last year’s rally was a national effort to bring attention to the issue. This year it’s still an issue but it’s just not in the same spotlight.”It was a lot about economic boycott and to show what the impact would be,” she said.Last year’s local rally was organized in part by students of Glenwood Springs High School. More than 1,000 people participated by leaving work, school or just taking time out of their day to highlight the impact that immigrants have in the community. But even without the rally the concerns are still apparent.”A lot of students are still concerned,” Ayala said. “I think a lot of them are more concerned now because things are tighter than they have ever been before.”Tuesday morning, reports came in of rallies in Denver, Los Angeles, New York and other cities around the country reminiscent of last year but on a much smaller scale. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)


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