Tom Wills

2012 was a bad year for West Nile Virus in Western Colorado. Mesa, Montrose and Delta Counties accounted for nearly half the confirmed cases in the state. In Delta County, the 22 cases included the death of an 82-year-old man from Orchard City.
The North Fork’s Mosquito Abatement District had its own troubles. High numbers of West Nile-carrying mosquitoes called into question the effectiveness of the larviciding program, and two members resigned when the rest of board refused to spray....