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January 3, 1996 | FRANK MANNING
Joan Yacovone had her share of critics during her four years on the Agoura Hills City Council. Now the former councilwoman faces a possibly more pesky foe: mosquitoes. The City Council has appointed her to a two-year term as a trustee on the Los Angeles County West Vector Control District, which deals with mosquito abatement, among other things. Yacovone, a medical underwriter, did not seek reelection to the council last November, saying she no longer had time for the office.
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November 25, 1996 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
A Calabasas environmental scientist has been appointed to the Los Angeles County Vector Control District by County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Melinda Merryfield-Becker is owner and president of Perspective Environmental Services Inc. and a member of the Citizens Advisory Commission for the Ventura Freeway Corridor Areawide Plan. Merryfield-Becker has also been active in the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation and the Monte Nido Valley Property Owners Assn.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1996 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
A Calabasas environmental scientist has been appointed to the Los Angeles County Vector Control District by County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Melinda Merryfield-Becker is owner and president of Perspective Environmental Services Inc. and a member of the Citizens Advisory Commission for the Ventura Freeway Corridor Areawide Plan. Merryfield-Becker has also been active in the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation and the Monte Nido Valley Property Owners Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1996 | FRANK MANNING
Joan Yacovone had her share of critics during her four years on the Agoura Hills City Council. Now the former councilwoman faces a possibly more pesky foe: mosquitoes. The City Council has appointed her to a two-year term as a trustee on the Los Angeles County West Vector Control District, which deals with mosquito abatement, among other things. Yacovone, a medical underwriter, did not seek reelection to the council last November, saying she no longer had time for the office.
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March 29, 2000
Health officials are warning hikers at Will Rogers State Historic Park to be wary of ticks this spring, because researchers have found a group of ticks there that tested positive for the bacterial illness Lyme disease. People who play or work in the park or in the Santa Monica Mountains should be extra watchful for the ticks, which dwell in tall grass along trails and attach themselves to animals and humans, said Robert Saviskas, of the Los Angeles County West Vector Control District.
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March 31, 1999 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ticks carrying Lyme disease have been found in Tapia Park and adjacent Malibu Creek State Park, Los Angeles County health officials reported Tuesday. The first confirmed Lyme disease-bearing tick in Los Angeles County was found last year in Topanga State Park, which, like Malibu Creek and Tapia, is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. "We found 37 male and 28 female ticks in that area, and they were divided into seven pools of eight to 10," said Dr.
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March 16, 1999 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A colony of Africanized honeybees has been found in Calabasas, prompting warnings Monday by county officials that the aggressive insects have probably spread throughout the San Fernando Valley. The discovery of a hive of the so-called killer bees in an oak tree in Calabasas marks the farthest north the bees have been found in Los Angeles County since the first local sighting last fall in Lawndale. County agricultural officials now believe the bees have colonized 40% of the region.
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March 16, 1999 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A colony of killer bees has been found in Calabasas, meaning the aggressive insects probably have spread throughout the San Fernando Valley, county officials said Monday. The March 5 discovery of a hive of Africanized honey bees in an oak tree in Calabasas marks the farthest north the bees have been reported in Los Angeles County since first being sighted in Lawndale last fall.
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February 24, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
If a house was flooded, when is it safe for residents to return? If a home hasn't been red-tagged by building inspectors, residents can reenter when the storms are over or after safety officials or fire department personnel have ended the evacuation.
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February 23, 1998 | KATHLEEN DOHENY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts should not panic over last week's discovery that a tick found in the Topanga area tested positive for the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, county officials say. Instead, they should practice preventive measures and educate themselves about symptoms of the disease, a bacterial infection transmitted by the Western black-legged tick here or deer ticks elsewhere.
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April 2, 2004 | Kevin Pang, Times Staff Writer
With West Nile virus making its advance on Southern California, mosquito control agencies have been preparing themselves for as long as two years to increase efforts to kill the insects, which carry the disease. The Orange County Vector Control District has hired 24 temporary inspectors, twice the number added last year to destroy mosquitoes in marshlands, sewers, aqueducts and other areas with standing water.
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April 20, 1995 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This year's heavy rains will probably produce the biggest mosquito population in 20 years, and county health officials are bracing for a possible outbreak of mosquito-transmitted St. Louis encephalitis. "It's shaping up to be the worst (season) we've had in 20 years," said Robert Saviskas, executive director of the Los Angeles County West Vector Control District.
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