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m WEELE Nile Virus in the area. County Health reported earlier this there were three confirmed in the number has now SUBMITTED PHOTO Currently nine cases of in Richland registered County said a cou- have required ' commis- to take ~n an attempt to have to protect mosquitos)," Commissioner Don Steppler said. Steppler said he knows of two individuals in the Culbertson- Brockton area that needed to be hospitalized. One individual's condition was so serious that he was taken to a hospital in Billings. Symptoms of West Nile Virus resemble those of the common flu, so people should be aware of the similarities. Most people with the disease never know they have it, but those who do may have a fever, headache, vision problems, body aches, nausea, rash or swollen glands. Older people and others with weakened immune systems are most at risk for severe illness, but West Nile Virus can affect anyone. Infected persons usually develop symp- toms in 3-14 days of being bitten by an infected mosquito. If you think you may have symptoms, contact your health- care provider immediately. A three-step prevention plan includes wearing insect repellent with DEET when going outside along with long sleeves and long pants. Avoid spending time out- side ~luring the early morning hourS'and dusk. All areas of standing water, which are potential breeding sites of mosquitoes, should be drained. ea i~ ............ i~ PHOTO BY BILL VANDER WEELE Despite cool and windy weather conditions, Lambert's band performs during homecoming activities Saturday afternoon. Members Include, front from left, Raquel Herman, Danlelle Herman, Jasmine Murray, Ashley John= t, MaKenzle Johnson (knseling), Tanner Irigoin, Angela Vaira, Ben Diede' and Marcus Go=m; middle, Caleb Bear===, Jewell Murray, Michael Vaira and Kendra Steppler; back, director Bill Ulrickson, Nathan Bear and Savage stu- dent John Hoon. i Illi II II II II I I new ~W WEELE Center patients look when they desk was by Sid- Co. this week to federal Health Portability and Act guidelines. so patients can during regis- director Center. previously open the new regis- three sap- areas, along cubicles for the and Car- preauthoriza- areas feature so staff members without wor- overheard by privacy to the Hackley, "You want as much confi- Portabil- Act of of efforts by and care reform proponents. The four primary objectives of the legislation are to assure health insurance portability by eliminating job-lock due to pre- existin$ cal conditions, to re~-care fraud and abuse, ,to enforce standards for health information, and to guar- antee security and privacy of health information. "You want to give patients as much confidentiality as you can." - Patty Hackley "With the federal privacy reg- ulations, we decided it was the time to go ahead and make the registration area more private," Jung said. "Basically, it's out of respect for the privacy of patients." Jung added that Sidney Health Center has used a notice of pri- vacy practices since April. The notice outlines how the hospital can disclose a patient's informa- tion. For example, the informa- tion can be relayed to different doctors and staff for treatment purposes. Earlier, a privacy glass was installed in the Clinic Pharmacy ~R WEELE The new registration area at Sidney Health Center Includes gla=m and separate cubicles to provide more privacy for patients. and the Extended Care nursing strive for reasonable steps to tion. station areas so the public could- insure the patient's privacy. "Confidentiality isn't just n't hear confidential conversa- Jung established the HIPAAbound by the walls of the Sidney tions among staff members. Task Force, a multi-disciplinary Health Center. This is something Jung said no other privacy team, in December 2001. The we stress in training - it goes changes are planned. She noted task force trains employees how beyond ~f~cility. We continu- regulation doesn't require pri- to avoid improperly disclosing ously re~nd staff about this," vate rooms, as long as officials patieats' confidential informa- Jung said. es I OBINSON City Council meeting Monday Smelser started the meeting included Dr. Jerry Bergman and of the Montana State University Ultural Research Center, former -- - Red Lovec, judges Deniece Fred Barkley, Leroy Student Coun- to council members Dab Sargent for all of their work ..... entries. It was a hot warm day, going on that day. We'll go next year and see how it goes," thanked the Friends of Nutter; to raised $10,500 in private donations They still need $6,500 to raising. The community can statue fund by purchasing the plates, $10 for each will go the Nutter statue on Sept. 22 for the Market. have the neighbors' signatures. now," Smelser said. "It would either be a full change in zoning or conditional use. Conditionalusei~uires a public hearing," Terry Meldahl, d~ of public works, said. In other news, the condemnation issue surround- ing the fire-damaged house in the northeast sec- tion of town was discussed. II I "We'll give it another go next year and see how it goes." -- Mayor Smelser "We are trying to get it taken care of, we have to do it a legal way. Someone paid the back taxes on it, which complicates the official condemnation," Smelser said. In other news, the owner of the land behind Mt. Pleasant wants to lease the field for cattle use. The area is at the end of the main runway in the fly zone of the airport. The airport has agreed to allow cattle in the field. The area is zoned for the city but was leased in 1994 for agricultural purposes. '~here are certain things they do not allow, like structures, but cattle are OK," Meldahl said. There was a motion to put the issue in the strut and to the alley committee. .ent victims BY ELLEN ROBINSON Taylor has been hospitalized Herald-Leader in Billings since the Aug. 17 A benefit supper and auction auto accident, first at Deacon. will be held to help with medical ness Hospital then at St. Vin- expenses associated with the cent. Her mother, Nancy, is stay- Aug. 17 auto accident and ing in Billings at the Ronald recovery bills for Alisha Taylor McDonald House. and Alisha Lorenz. The benefit "I would like to say thanks to on Oct. 11 will begin with sup- the community for all the sup- per at 5 p.m. and end with the port, we appreciate it, and auction at 7 p.m. at the Triangle Alisha does to. We've had a lot Nite Club. of support from our friends and The Ian Tometich Tribute family, lots of prayers. We Band will provide music during appreciate everyone helping," the sloppy joe supper, and Sear- Trent Taylor, Alisha Taylor's er-Goss partnership will host the father, said. auction. Area businesses are After the accident, Lorenz was donating side dishes for the sup- also hospitalized in Billings. per. All donations will go to "Aiisha Lorenz is doing better, help the families of Taylor and she is at school," Ashley Taylor, Lorenz. Thrivent Financial is Alisha Taylor's older sister, matching the donations, and a said. benefit account has been opened The Family, Career and Com- for Taylor at Wells Fargo Bank. munity Leaders of America Inc. A rifle raffle is also being held is sponsoring the sloppy joe din- for an Interchangeable Thomp- her, Oct. 11. The FCCLA is a son Centerfire Encore Rifle, non-profit national vocational your choice of cartridge, $5 a student organization for stu- ticket or five tickets for $20. The dents in family and consumer drawing will be held Nov. 10 sciences education in schools (must be 18 to pick up the gun). across the nation. i