County residents are being urged to take precautions against mosquito bites after both the West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis were recently found in local mosquito pools. That from County Department of Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler... who says they just received results back from the state Department of Health. Schuyler says we've seen West Nile Virus in the past... but, adds this is the first-time Eastern Equine Encephalitis has turned-up here. Schulyer says "Triple-E" is very rare... but, is most often fatal to the person bitten. She says she's not trying to alarm people... but, adds you should be vigilant in avoiding mosquitos... and, taking precautions when you go outside. First off... Schuyler says you should use insect repellent. She say's those should contain DEET... picaridin... or oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. You should also avoid going outside at dawn or dusk. That's when mosquitos are most active. Schuyler adds that... if you have to be outside... wear long-sleeved shirts... long pants... shoes and socks if weather permits. She also says eliminate all standing water around your home.
One person has been killed... while another has been seriously hurt... after their motorcycle crashed in Cattaraugus County town of Machias. State Police in Amity say both the operator... and, his passenger... were thrown from the bike while riding on McKinstry Road Sunday night. Troopers say the passenger, a 43-year-old Machias woman, died in the crash. The operator, a 49-year-old man from Machias, is in critical condition at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. No names have been released. Troopers are looking into what caused the crash.
A Buffalo-area man is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries after the truck hauling a camper-trailer he was riding in went out of control... struck a dirt embankment... and, rolled over in the town of Stockton. Sheriff's officers say the camper-trailer... being hauled by Jason Elliott of Hamburg... began swaying on the Hartfield-Stockton Road about 2 PM Sunday as the truck went down a hill. Deputies say the vehicle then struck the earth embankment.. and overturned. The passenger... Tricia Andrezejewski... was flown by Starflight Helicopter to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment. No charges have been filed.
Chautauqua County's Congressman says he's part of an effort to reform the National Security Agency... and, other spy organizations. Corning Republican Tom Reed says the most critical reform is protecting American's Civil Liberties. Reed says he's not calling for ending the NSA... but, demanding more transparency in the FISA Courts that determine who needs to be watched as potential enemies of the state... and, so people that are not any kind of security risk have a way to challenge such determinations. He admits it's a balancing act. Reed says this is the ideal time to be working on such reforms because the Intelligence Reauthorization Bill is up for renewal this Fall. He's been working with Indiana Republican Marlin Stutzman on the measure... but, adds there's been some bi-partisan support for reforming the way phone records are handled. Reed adds that he's also heard a lot of concern back in his 23rd District -- especially in the wake of the IRS scandal. He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call Monday with Southern Tier Media.
President Obama will spend the latter part of next week riding a bus through two Northeastern states -- including New York -- to talk about the economy and building the middle class. The White House says the president will make stops next Thursday and Friday in Western New York and Pennsylvania. One stop will reportedly be in Buffalo. Last month... Obama began a series of speeches around the country on his ideas for how to build the middle class and boost the economy.
Turkey has been considered a "role model" for the Middle East for adopting democratization over the past 11 years... and, there has been economic growth. However... Monday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution disputes that conclusion... and, has the evidence to back it up. In fact... Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute... Michael Rubin... says Turkey is a model "for the wrong thing." He says even Turkey's own records show murder rate for women has gone up 14-hundred percent between 2002 and 2009. Rubin adds the military should not have a role in Democratization... yet they have that in Turkey because there are no 'checks and balances....' Rubin adds that Aartalan has been jailing jounalists in record numbers. In fact... he says Turkey has become the biggest jailer of journalists in the world. Rubins says that flies in the face of people who say that Turkey is a "western leaning member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.." or NATO. He spoke with our Jim Roselle from Chautauqua to kick off "Turkey - Model of the Middle East" week.