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Local conservation organizations host recreational gear sale benefit

—Reid Bandeen

On October 20, at the Placitas Merc, there will be a Placitas gear sale to benefit Placitas-based conservation organizations Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of New Mexico and the Las Placitas Association (LPA). This is a great way to sell some of your surplus recreational gear, while contributing to a worthy cause. This is also an opportunity to get some early Christmas shopping done by acquiring some quality gear at a great price.

For sellers: starting at 8:00 a.m. bring your gear—skis, boots, bikes, camping gear, sports gear, outdoor clothing, golf clubs, etc. (good quality sports/recreational gear only please) to the Merc parking lot for logging in and pricing. Then hang around, shop, or go enjoy your Saturday while we market your goods. Return between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. to pick up your cash (25 percent deducted from sales price to benefit Pathways and LPA), or retrieve any unsold items. 

We will graciously accept any donated items and can provide a record of tax-deductible donation for any proceeds.

For buyers: the Gear Sale starts at 9:00 a.m. and we plan to have some great values.

All transactions will be cash only. There is an ATM at the Merc for your convenience.

Sandoval County officials deal with West Nile Virus

Government officials across Sandoval County continue to monitor and guard against the spread of West Nile Virus. The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed three cases of the virus were reported at the end of August, including two in Corrales. There have been 28 cases of the virus in New Mexico this year, with one resulting in death, according to the department of health.

No Sandoval County residents have died from the virus, and no new cases have been reported in the county since the end of August.

“We have increased our fogging efforts as a result of the initial reports of the virus, and so far we haven’t seen any additional cases,” says Paul Sandoval, president of Road Runner Public Health, a pest control firm that works on a contract with Sandoval County.

West Nile Virus is contracted by being bitten by mosquitoes carrying the virus. Symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Anyone with these symptoms should see their health care provider. Less than one percent of people who contract West Nile Virus develop meningitis or encephalitis. Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fever and chills; confusion, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain. Symptoms include headache, fever, confusion and drowsiness. People older than 50 are at most risk for serious illness from the virus.

To protect against the virus, Sandoval recommends limiting the time you spend outdoors during the dawn and dusk hours and also not leaving water sitting outside around your home. People who must be outside at dawn or dusk should use insect repellant and cover their skin as much as possible, Sandoval advises.

The New Mexico Department of Health is issuing weekly West Nile Virus updates. To get that             information, visit:

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